Tuesday, April 30, 2002:|
Prayer for the Feast of Saint Catharine of Siena
"Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that commemorating the Heavenly birthday of blessed Catharine, Thy virgin, we may both rejoice on her yearly festival and benefit by the example of so great a virtue. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen."
From the Collect for today's Mass
Monday, April 29, 2002:
Prayer for the Feast of Saint Peter of Verona
Grant we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that with fitting devotion we may follow the faith of blessed Peter, Thy martyr, who in the spreading of that same faith, was found worthy to win the palm of martyrdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
From the Collect for today's Mass
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 26-28, 2002:
Prayer for the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst endow holy Paul with singular charity to preach the mytery of the Cross, and willed that through him a new family should flourish in the Church: grant usthrough his intercession, that ever recalling the memory of Thy passion upon earth, we may deserve to obtain the fruit of it in Heaven. Who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one world without end. Amen.
From the Collect for the Feast of St. Paul of the Cross
Thursday, April 25, 2002:
Legacy of the "Lion of Scripture" Saint Mark: Imparting Christ's parting words in his account of the Life of the Savior
"Go ye into the whole world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned."
Mark 16: 15-16
Wednesday, April 24, 2002:
Prayer for the Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen
O God, Who didst vouchsafe to inflame the heart of blessed Fidelis with seraphic ardor and to adorn him with the palm of martyrdom and with glorious miracles in spreading the true Faith: we beseech Thee, by his merits and intercession, so to strengthen us by the might of Thy grace in faith and in charity, that we may deserve to be found faithful in Thy service even unto death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
From the Collect for today's Mass
Tuesday, April 23, 2002:
Prayer for the Feast of Saint George
"We humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, that Thou wouldst graciously vouchsafe to grant that we whom Thou hast refreshed with Thy Sacraments, may be able, through the intercession of blessed George, Thy Martyr, to serve Thee by a life well pleasing to Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen."
From the Postcommunion for today's Mass
Monday, April 22, 2002:
Prayer for the Feast of Popes St. Soter and Caius
May the festival of the blessed martyrs and bishops Soter and Caius, be a safeguard unto us, we beseech Thee, O Lord; and may their venerable prayer commend us to Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
From the Collect for today's Mass
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 19-21, 2002:
Prayer for the Feast of Saint Anselm
We beseech The, O Lord, that blessed Anselm, Thy Bishop and illustrious Doctor may approach to pray for us, that these Thy sacrifices may bring us salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one world without end. Amen.
From the Post Communion Prayer for the Feast of St. Anselm
Thursday, April 18, 2002:
Prayer of Oblation
"Take, O Lord, into Thy hands my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my will. All that I am, and have. Thou hast given me, and I surrender them to Thee, to be so disposed in accordance with Thy holy will. Give me Thy love and Thy grace, with these I am rich enough and desire nothing more."
From the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Indulgence of 300 days (Leo XIII, 1883)
Wednesday, April 17, 2002:
Prayer of Pope Saint Anicetus
O God, Who dost gladden us by the annual solemnity of blessed Anicetus, Thy martyr and bishop, mercifully grant that we who celebrate his Heavenly birthday may ever rejoice in his protection through our Lord.
From the Collect for the Mass for St. Anicetus
Tuesday, April 16, 2002:
Prayer of Saint Bernadette
"Let the crucifix be not only in my eyes and on my breast, but in my heart.From "The Voice of the Saints"
O Jesus! Release all my affections and draw them upwards. Let my crucified heart sink forever into yours and bury itself in the mysterious wound made by the entry of the lance."
Monday, April 15, 2002:
Universal Prayer of Clement XI for all Things necessary to salvation
Oh my God, I believe in Thee, but do Thou strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in Thee, do Thou secure them. I love Thee with my whole heart, teach me to love Thee daily more and more. I am sorry for having offended Thee, do Thou increase my sorrow.
From St. Andrew Daily Missal
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 12-14, 2002:
Commemoration of the Day's Saints
[V.] Precious in the sight of the Lord.From Morning Prayers in St. Andrew's Missal
[R.] Is the death of His saints.
May Holy Mary and all the saints intercede for us with the Lord, that we may merit to be succoured and preserved by Him, Who liveth and reigneth for ever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, April 11, 2002:
Prayer for the Feast of Saint Leo the Great
"God our Father, Thou wilt never allow the powers of hell to prevail against Thy Church, founded upon the rock of Thy Apostle Peter. Let the prayers of Thy holy Pope Leo the Great keep us faithful to Thy truth and secure in Thy peace."
Wednesday, April 10, 2002:
Today we bring you the Latin responses to the Regina Coeli which replaces the Angelus during Easter Time.
Regina Coeli laetare. Alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare. Alleluia.
Resurrexit sicut dixit. Alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum. Alleluia.
[V.] Gaude et laetare, virgo Maria. Alleluia.
[R.] Quia surrexit Dominus vere. Alleluia.
Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quae-sumus; ut, per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Tuesday, April 9, 2002:
This prayer replaces the Angelus during Eastertide. Today we bring it to you in English, tomorrow in Latin.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.
For He Whom thou was made worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Hath risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to our God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. For the Lord hath risen indeed. Alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, Who through the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant us, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Monday, April 8, 2002:
Prayer for the Annunciation
Oh God, Who wast pleased that Thy Word should take Flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the message of an Angel, grant to us Thy suppliants that we, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be aided by her intercession before Thee. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever. Amen.
From My Daily Prayer
Easter Saturday, April 6, 2002:
Day Nine of the Novena of Divine Mercy: April 6, 2002
Most Merciful Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure Love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your Mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your Love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your Power.
"Today bring Me souls who have become lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of My Mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My Soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will." For them the last hope of salvation is to run to My Mercy."
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your Mercy Amen.
Easter Friday, April 5, 2002:
Day Eight of the Novena of Divine Mercy: April 5, 2002
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your Justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your Mercy may be celebrated.
"Today bring Me the souls who are detained in Purgatory, and immerse them in the abyss of My Mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My Justice. It is in Your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My Justice."
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your Mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.
Easter Thursday, April 4, 2002:
Day Seven of the Novena of Divine Mercy: April 4, 2002
Most Merciful Jesus, Whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your Mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your Mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your Mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.
"Today bring Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy , and immerse them in My Mercy. These souls sorrowed most over My Passion and entered most deeply into My Spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death."
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless Mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You, O God; Show them Your Mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, Who said to them during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless Mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.
Easter Wednesday, April 3, 2002:
Day Six of the Novena of Divine Mercy: April 3, 2002
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all Heaven into ecstasy and they are the Heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.
"Today bring Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children, and immerse them in My Mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence."
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of Mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your Mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Easter Tuesday, April 2, 2002:
Day Five of the Novena of Divine Mercy: April 2, 2002
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You . Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your Mercy.
"Today bring Me the souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church."
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great Mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Easter Monday, April 1, 2002:
Day Four of the Novena of Divine Mercy: April 1, 2002
Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.
"Today bring Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Me."
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your Mercy for endless ages. Amen.