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Prayers and hymns express our beliefs in an inspirational and exciting way. On this page I'll share some of my favorites.

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Prayer of St. Ephraim (Psalm 140)

Oh Lord and Master of My Life!
Take from me the spirit of laziness,
idle curiosity, the lust for power
and idle talk.
But rather grant to me, your servant,
the spirit of soberness, humility,
patience and love.

Yes, Oh Lord and King!
Grant me to see my own faults
and not to judge my brothers and sisters
for blessed are You! and to the ages of ages.
Amen.

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~HOLY SAINT MICHAEL,THE ARCHANGEL,DEFEND US IN BATTLE.BE OUR SAFEGUARD AGAINST THE WICKEDNESS AND SNARES OF THE DEVIL.MAY GOD REBUKE HIM,WE HUMBLY PRAY;AND DO YOU,O PRINCE OF THE HEAVENLY HOST,BY THE POWER OF GOD CAST INTO HELL SATAN AND ALL THE EVIL SPIRITS WHO WANDER THROUGHT THE WORLD SEEKING THE RUIN OF SOULS...AMEN.


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BASIC PRAYERS

[SIGN OF THE CROSS]  [OUR FATHER]  [HAIL MARY]  [GLORY BE]  [APOSTLES CREED]
[ACT OF FAITH]  [ACT OF HOPE]  [ACT OF CHARITY]
[ACT OF CONTRITION 1]  [ACT OF CONTRITION 2] [TRADITIONAL MORNING OFFERING]

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who recite devoutly, according to any legitimate formula, the acts of the theological virtues (Faith, Hope, Charity) and of Contrition.

Each act is indulgenced.

 

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The Five Luminous Mysteries  
 Thursday

I. The Baptism in the Jordan
II. The Wedding at Cana
III. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
IV. The Transfiguration
V. The Institution of the Eucharist


The Five Joyful Mysteries
 Monday & Saturday

I. The Annunciation: Humility
II. The Visitation: Charity
III. The Birth of Our Lord: Poverty, or detachment from the world
IV. The Presentation of Our Lord: Purity of heart, obedience
V. The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple: Piety


The Five Sorrowful Mysteries
 Tuesday & Friday

I. The Agony in the Garden: Contrition for our sins
II. The Scourging at the Pillar: Mortification of our senses
III. The Crowning with Thorns: Interior mortification
IV. The Carrying of the Cross: Patience under crosses
V. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord: That we may die to ourselves


The Five Glorious Mysteries
 Sunday & Wednesday

I. The Resurrection: Conversion of heart
II. The Ascension: A desire for heaven
III. The Coming of the Holy Ghost: The Gifts of the Holy Ghost
IV. The Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven: Devotion to Mary
V. The Coronation of our Blessed Mother: Eternal happiness

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Prayers


Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins, but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

Loving Father, I offer you everything I do this day -- my thoughts, works, joys and sufferings. I desire to join my heart this day to the heart of your Son, who gave himself up totally to your service and to the service of others. Give me your Spirit so that I can live like him, joined to his offering in the Eucharist.

Way of the Cross Eucharistic
For the "Eucharistic Year" 2004-05

How to do it:

            Beginning of every Station:
                       Leader: Proclaims the Station... We adore You, O Lord Jesus Christ, and we bless You.
                       All: Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed us and the whole world.
           
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…
           
At the End of every Station:
                       
Leader: Lord Jesus Christ crucified, prisoner of love in the Eucharist,
                        All: Have mercy on us and on the whole world.

First Station: Jesus is condemned to Death by Crucifixion (Mk.15:15):
    I adore You, my suffering Jesus, the eternal sweetness: Caiaphas and Pilate condemned You… You became man just for that, to be the Lamb of God, to take away my sins and the sins of the whole world! (Jn.1:29)... now, from the prison of love in the Tabernacle, you give us life (Jn.5:54).
    I thank You, my dear Jesus. It is all an excess of love… give me resignation in trials.   

Second Station: Jesus carries His Cross (Jn.19:17):
    I adore You, my tormented Jesus, deep abyss of mercy, carrying your own Cross for love of me and for the whole world. You did not redeemed us with your miracles or sermons, but with Your Cross, praise You, my Lord and my God… this cross should be mine, not thine; my sins put you on it.
    I want to be your disciple, my dear Jesus, your Co-Redeemer, to help my neighbors to go to Heaven. My best weapons are to carry my own cross, like You!…and to receive you daily in the Eucharist.

Third Station: Jesus falls for the first time:
    I can see You, my Love, it is heavy your Cross, my sins and the sins of the whole world… I adore You. Thank you, my Savior and my God… by this first fall, never let me fall into mortal sin.
    My cross is also heavy, my Jesus, and I fall… but I thank You for your other excess of love, for being my daily bread in the Eucharist, to give me strength to stand up again (Jn.6:48-58, Mt.6:11).

Fourth Station: Jesus meets His Mother:
    The Blessed Mother went all the way with Jesus to the foot of the Cross (Jn.29:26-27)… after the First Fall she got close to Jesus: He was disfigured… it was the sword that Simeon foretold would pierce your heart (Lk.2:35)… and the two hearts blended for love of mankind… Jesus, the Redeemer. Mary, the first Co-redeemer (Gen.3:15, Rev.12).
    Mother Mary: Pray for us sinners now, give us the love and understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass… it is not the repetition of the sacrifice of Calvary, which was done once and for all, it is much more, it is the miracle of time and space, the greatest miracle of God, it is just as if were at Calvary the First Good Friday. (Heb.9:12,26,28, 10:14).

Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus bear his Cross (Mt.27:32, Mk.15:21, Lk.23:26):
    Simon of Cyrene, the only name mentioned in the Gospels in the Way of he Cross.
    My exhausted Jesus, inexhaustible fountain of compassion: I want to be another Cyrene. Give me, O Lord, the grace to live the glorious reality of the Tabernacle, to help you to carry your cross now, feeding and strengthening the world from your prison of love.

Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the Face of Jesus:
    Love is bold. Only a woman gets through the crowd, and wipes the disfigured face of Jesus with her veil. Jesus imprints on it his holy countenance. Glory to you, my Jesus, the splendor and figure of the substance of the Father (Jn.14:9)
    The real Jesus is great, a mirror of God!… the Eucharist is an ocean of love. God himself is in love with me, waiting daily for me made just wine an bread… I believe in you, my Jesus, imprint in my heart your love. Thank you, my Lord: For your love in the Eucharist, you have mercy on me and on the whole world (Jn.6:48-58, Mt.26:26-29)

Seventh Station: Jesus falls the Second Time:
    The weight of the Cross gets heavier, my dear Jesus. Now the sins of the Christians, of your friends, make you fall the Second Time: Our ingratitude, injustices, heresies, impurities, abortions, adulteries, homosexuality, drugs, sacrileges…
    O my poor Jesus, the heavenly physician, I love you… help me to understand and live the greatness of the Sacrament of Reconciliation… Pope John Paul II, goes to Confession daily!… Thank you, my dearest friend Jesus: For your humility in the Eucharist, you have mercy on me and on the whole world. Praise the Lord.

Eight Station: Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem (Lk.23:27-31):
    These are the only words Jesus spoke in the Way of the Cross, recorded in the gospel of St. Luke: "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children... For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?".
    Now we are in the Third Millennium, "the wood is dry"… my tender Jesus, sweetness of the heart: For your daily sufferings in the Eucharist, you have mercy on me and on the whole world. Thank you, my Love and my All.

Ninth Station: Jesus falls the Third Time:
    The Cross gets heavier and heavier: "The just man falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble to ruin" (Prov.24:16)… Yes, my poor Jesus, even your chosen ones sin, the priests, nuns… and this is your most painful fall…
    I love you, my priestly Jesus, and I praise you for the Sacrament of Confession (Jn.20:23)... the good Pope John XXIII used it daily…. thank you, my most dear friend Jesus: For your patience and perseverance in the Eucharist, you have mercy on me and on the whole world. 

Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his clothing (Jn.19:23-24, Mt.27:35, Mk.15:24):
    I adore you, my naked Jesus, mirror of the Father and eternal splendor: The soldiers divided your clothes among them, and cast lots for your garments, fulfilling two of the 13 prophecies of Psalm 22, all of them fulfilled to the letter at Calvary, praise the Lord!.
    A new indignity, now shamed in the eyes of men… and a new lesson from Jesus: To please Him, I have to strip my heart of all sorts of unworthy affections and pretenses, desiring nothing other than God… thank you, my Jesus: For your nakedness and meekness in the Eucharist, you have mercy on me and on the whole world.

Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross (Mk.15:25, Mt.27:35, Lk.23:33, Jn.19:18):
   Jesus was brought to a place called Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha), and there they crucified him with two other criminals… this is the apotheosis of the excess of love, without complains, this the Hour!… paying for all the sins of humankind. I adore you, and I love you, and I believe in you, my crucified Jesus, the Lamb of God.
    … And there was your Mother of Sorrows, receiving in her heart a thousand nails for each one you had.
     Thank you, Jesus: For your crucifixion and sorrows in the Eucharist, you have mercy on me and on the whole world.

Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the Cross (Mk.15:34,37, Mt.27:50-56, Lk.23:44-49, Jn.19:30):
    Jesus is death!, after six hours on the Cross…I adore and I bless you, my Lord and my God: … Silence!… it is the glorious hour of the Redemption of the universe and the reconciliation with the Father… the foundation of your Church.  
    Now Jesus is in the Eucharist already for 2000 years, day and night, waiting for us, waiting, waiting... the excess of love. 
    I want to accompany you, my Jesus, today and every day, in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass… and do it not boring, like the soldiers, but with the intensity of Mary and John.

Thirteenth Station: Jesus is taken down from the Cross (Mk.15:46, :Lk.23:53):
    Now Jesus is in your arms again, Most Holy Mother, just as in Bethlehem, but what a difference!: He has passed through another hands, though mine!
    Receive me also into your arms, O my Sorrowful Mother, with the same love you received Jesus... A million thanks, my tender Mother… a million thanks, my dearest Jesus, the lion of Judah… for your love and joy in the Eucharist, you have mercy on me and on the whole world.

Fourteenth Station: Jesus laid in the Sepulcher (Mt.27:57-61, Mk.15:42-47, Lk.23:50-56, Jn.19:38-41)
    Jesus is placed in the Tomb… and the enemies thought the Christ was finished!… but Jesus resurrected!… and the darkness of the sepulcher became the light of the world… where is, death, your sting?… with His real death, Jesus gives us the real life… and an eternal one, praise the Lord!.
    A million thanks, my most precious, alive Jesus, the beloved and most desirable King, the light of the spirit: When I receive you in my heart in the Holy Communion, make it a fit abiding place for your adorable Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Amen

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Divine Mercy, Sister Saint Faustina   
Eucharistic Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, for the Eucharistic Year 2004-2005, make copies

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Hymns

Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow (Traditional)

There's a Savior to see on a Christmas morn,
Rise up, shepherds, and follow.
He will show you the place where the child is born,
Rise up, shepherds, and follow.
Leave your sheep and leave your lambs,
Rise up shepherds and follow.
Follow, follow, rise up, shepherds, and follow.
Hark to the angels of Bethlehem,
Rise up, shepherds, and follow.

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Chapter 40: The Un-answered Prayers: God always answers a Prayer with a BIG YES

The Beatitudes in Matt.5:1-12:  

1 - Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
2- and he began to teach them, saying:
3- "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4- Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 -Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10- Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11- "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12- Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matt.5:1-12).

The Beatitudes and Curses in Luke 6:18-28:

18- Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, 19- and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20- Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21- Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh
22- Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
23- "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
24 -"But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
25- Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
26- Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
27- "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you
28- bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

It is customary at each station to pray:
We adore You,
O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

 
 
 
1-JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Pilate said to them "then what am I to do with Jesus, the so-called Messiah?" "Crucify him!" they all cried. Pilate washed his hands in front of the crowd, declaring as he did so, "I am innocent of the blood of this just man. The responsibility is yours." Mt 27:22,24

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

2- Jesus Takes Up His Cross.

Jesus was led away, and carrying the cross by himself, went out to what is called the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). Jn 19:16,17

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

3- Jesus Falls the First Time.

"If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and begin to follow in my footsteps. Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Mt 16:24-25

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

4- Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother.

Seeing his mother there with the disciple whom he loved, Jesus said to his mother, "Woman there is your son." In turn he said to the disciple, "There is your mother." Jn 19:26-27

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

5- Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross.

They laid hold of one Simon the Cyrenean who was coming in from the field. Then put a crossbeam on Simon's shoulder for him to carry along behind Jesus. Lk 23:26

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

6-. Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.

Many women were present looking on from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to attend to his needs. Mt 27:55

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

7- Jesus Falls a Second Time.

[Jesus said,] "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, murderess of prophets and stoner of those who were sent to you! How often have I yearned to gather your children, as a mother bird gathers her young under her wings, but you refused me." Mt 23:37

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

8- Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem.

A great crowd of people followed him, including women who beat their breasts and lamented over him. Jesus turned to them and said: "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Weep for yourselves and for your children." Lk 23:27-28

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world

9- Jesus Falls the Third Time.

[Jesus said,] "I solemnly assure you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much fruit." Jn 12:24

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

10- Jesus is Stripped of His Garments.

They took his garments and divided them four ways, one for each soldier. There was also his tunic, but this tunic was woven in one piece from top to bottom and had no seam. Jn 19:23

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

11- Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross.

When they came to Skull Place, as it was called, they crucified him there and the criminals as well, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing." Lk 23:33-34

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

12- Jesus Dies on the Cross.

From noon onward, there was darkness over the whole land until midafternoon. Then toward midafternoon Jesus cried out in a loud tone, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" ... Once again Jesus cried out in a loud voice and then gave up his spirit. Mt 27:45-46,50

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

13- Jesus Is taken Down from the Cross.

Afterward, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus asked Pilate's permission to remove Jesus' body. Pilate granted it, so they came and took the body away. Jn 19:38

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You;
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

14- Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb.

They took Jesus' body, and in accordance with Jewish burial customs, bound it up in wrappings of cloth with perfumed oils. In the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had ever been buried. Because of the Jewish Preparation Day, they buried Jesus there, for the tomb was close at hand. Jn 19:40-42

QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. Already we have had the Lily for Purity on May 1, the Rose representing Love of God on May 2, a Myosotis represents Thanksgiving on May 3, a Pansy assimilates Thought of Heaven for May 4, and May 5 calls for the delicate blossom of the Marguerite to signify Simplicity. Today the flower is the Violet. So appropriate on this Feast of St. John Before the Latin Gate since he was no shrinking violet but practiced at all times Humility. The devotion can be found in The Little Crown and Queen of the May

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