PRAYERS FOR HOLY PRIESTS
My Dear Jesus, Thou desirest that we pray the Lord of the harvest
that He send zealous laborers into His harvest. Deign to raise up in
Thy Church, and especially in this diocese, numerous and holy priests
who, taking Thy Divine Heart as their Model, will, in the exercise of
their holy priesthood, promote the glory of Thy heavenly Father and
the salvation of those souls whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy
Precious Blood. Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the
fire of Thy divine love, seek nothing but Thy greater glory and the salvation of souls.
O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us a number of
PRAYER TO BE SAID AT THE PRIEST'S COMMUNION
O Lord, may Thou find shelter and rest gently within the heart of Thy
Make him, O Lord, a priest according to Thy heart: meek, humble,
zealous, so that all he does will be for Thine honor and glory. Mold
him into a man of prayer and labor, insensible to earthly things, and
sensible only to Thy love and to the graces of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
It often happens that Catholics who are at a distance from a church, or because of illness or some other unavoidable impediment, may be unable to hear Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. Causes may excuse bodily presence but do not dispense us from uniting ourselves in spirit to those who actually enjoy the happiness of being in God's holy temple.
The Sundays and Feasts were instituted by the Church that we may render unto God that worship which we owe Him every moment of our lives. This worship is the Mass; and it is offered for us even when we are not actually present. But to enjoy the benefits which it procures, we must by a spiritual Communion become partakers of the altar from which we are temporarily banished. Excite a desire of visiting the house of God and let the whole family kneel before a Crucifix, a statue of the Blessed Virgin or a pious picture. Then, transporting themselves in spirit before the altar where Mass is being celebrated, let them endeavor to follow the service there performed.
Form of Making a Good Intention
Before Holy Mass
(To be used when, by reasonable cause, one is hindered from going to church.)
I believe, Lord Jesus, that in the Last Supper Thou didst offer up a true Sacrifice; I believe it because Thou hast made it known to us through the Catholic Church, which from apostolic times has constantly taught the same to us. Since Thou didst command the Apostles and the priests ordained by them to do the same till the end of time, I therefore offer to Thee with the priest this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (which I believe to be one with that offered on Mount Calvary) to Thy honor and glory, in acknowledgement of my most bounden service, in thanksgiving for the innumerable benefits which Thou hast conferred upon me and upon the whole world, in satisfaction for my sins and the sins of all mankind, and for obtaining the grace of perfect contrition for my sins. I also offer to Thee this Holy Mass for my friends and benefactors, and for those for whom I am bound, and for whom Thou wilt me to pray. I also offer it for my enemies, that they may be converted, for all the faithful departed, particularly for my parents and relatives, and for the welfare of all Christendom.
Prayers During the Time
of the Holy Mass
I. Heartfelt desire to participate in the Holy Sacrifice
Most Holy Trinity, God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, almighty source of all things; my best Father, my merciful Redeemer, the Fountain of my sanctification and happiness, I, Thy most unworthy creature, venture to appear before Thee, to show to Thee, my true God and Creator, all honor, adoration, and trustful submission; to thank Thee for the innumerable benefits which I have received from Thee, to praise Thee for Thy glory (for I am created for Thy praise); to implore Thy mercies, and to appease Thy justice, because I have so often and so grievously sinned against Thee. All this I cannot do in a worthier and more perfect manner than by hearing, with faith and devotion, Holy Mass. For in that Holy Sacrifice is offered to Thee the most sublime Sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, the most efficacious Sacrifice of supplication and propitiation, the most worthy Sacrifice of salvation for the living and dead. But because I cannot this day be present bodily at Holy Mass, I will, at least in spirit, place myself before the altar where Jesus Christ, in an unbloody manner, offers Himself, O Heavenly Father, to Thee. With this glorious Sacrifice I unite my present prayer;
I fervently desire, united with the Son of God, in the strongest manner to praise, love, supplicate Thee, O Heavenly Father, to repair all the wrong and shame that I have wrought, and completely to accomplish all that can be accomplished by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. To this end give me Thy Divine grace, and grant that I may perform all this with sincere devotion. Amen.
II. Contrition for sins, with faith and confidence in Jesus Christ, and an offering up of His precious merits
Holy Father, I confess with sorrow that I have seldom served Thee with an undivided heart, but rather have often offended Thee, and by my slothfulness and neglect have brought upon myself infinitely great guilt before Thee. I therefore take refuge in the merits of Thy Beloved Son, now present upon the altar, Who so freely commends and imparts to us His grace and favor. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Jesus offers to Thee for me, the highest veneration and love, the most perfect praise, the most hearty thanksgiving, and the most kind expiation.. For the perfect forgiveness of my sins, O Heavenly Father, I offer up to Thee the whole suffering and death of Jesus Christ, which are now, in an unbloody manner, renewed upon the altar. O most benign Father, Thy Son has suffered and died even for me,
a poor sinner. With thankful love I bring before Thee, as a precious and pleasing offering, the infinite merits of His suffering and death. I firmly trust that, on account of this inestimable Sacrifice of Thy Son, Thou wilt not regard my guilt, and that Thou wilt increase in me Thy graces. Amen.
O Father of mercies, and God of all consolation, to Thee I turn for help and grace. Graciously look upon my misery and wretchedness, and let my supplications come before Thee. That I may the more surely be heard by Thee, I appear before the throne of Thy grace, which, for our salvation, is set up in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where the innocent Lamb of God is mysteriously offered up to Thee, Holy Father, Almighty God, for the remission of our sins. Regard, I beseech Thee, the innocence of this holy Sacrifice, and for the sake thereof extend to me Thy mercy. O my Saviour, how great is that love of Thine for me which, to make satisfaction for my sins, and to gain me the grace of Thy Father, impelled Thee to endure for me such bitter pains, and even death itself! How great is yet that love of Thine for me which causes Thee, in every Holy Mass, to renew, in an unbloody manner, Thy death of propitiation, in order to apply and communicate to me Thy merits! With my whole heart I thank Thee for this, Thy great love, and from the depths of my soul I beseech Thee to make me a partaker of the fruit of it, and to strengthen and confirm me by the grace of the Holy Ghost,
that I may detest sin and all unholy living, that I may crucify my flesh, with all its passions, deny myself, and follow in Thy footsteps, that all my thoughts and words, all that I do or leave undone, may be a living service of God, and a sacrifice well pleasing to Him.
As Thou hast offered up to Thy Heavenly Father Thyself, so take me also in the arms of Thy love and mercy; and present me, a poor erring sinner, as an offering to Thy Father, and let me no more be separated from His love. Amen.
III. Adoration of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, under the appearance of Bread and Wine
O most holy Jesus, before Thee the Heavenly choirs kneel and adore; with them I lift up my voice and cry: Holy, holy, holy, art Thou, O Lord of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Thy grace and glory. Thou art present, O Jesus, under the appearance of bread and wine. Hear, O hear my prayer! I strike my breast and confess my unworthiness; but with firm confidence I implore Thee, O Jesus, be merciful to me! O most benign Jesus, forgive me my sins! O holy Blood, wash me from my sins! O precious Blood of Jesus, O Blood of Jesus, rich in grace, cry out to Heaven for mercy upon me! Most holy God, receive this precious Blood, together with the love through which
it was shed; receive it as an offering of my love and thankfulness, for the greatest glory of Thy Name; for the forgiveness of my sins; in satisfaction of the punishments which I have deserved; for the washing away of the stains of my guilt, as reparation for all my neglects, and as amendment for all the sins which I have committed through ignorance or frailty; receive it also as a sacrifice for the consolation of the afflicted; for the conversion of sinners; for the recovery of the sick and suffering; for the strengthening of those who draw near to death; for the refreshment, purification, and deliverance of the souls of the departed in Purgatory. Amen.
IV. Unshaken Confidence in Jesus Christ
To Thee, O most benign Jesus, I lift up my eyes and my heart. Oh, turn upon me Thy gracious countenance, and Thy true love. Behold, O Lord, my manifest need, and the great danger of my soul. Receive me, O Thou Who art my only true mediator and helper! Be Thou, through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, my salvation, and obtain for me the entire remission of my sins. Oh, represent to Thy Father how cruelly Thou wast scourged, crowned, crucified and put to death for us, and thereby reconcile with the strict justice of God me, a miserable sinner. Amen. Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . .
V. He who asks in the Name of Jesus shall receive
O Lamb of God, Who didst suffer for us, miserable sinners, have mercy upon me, and offer up to the Father Thy Passion for the forgiveness of my sins! O Lamb of God, Who didst die for us, miserable sinners, have mercy upon me, and offer up to God Thy death in satisfaction for my sins! O Lamb of God, Who didst sacrifice Thyself for us, miserable sinners, have mercy upon me, and offer up Thy holy Blood to the Father for the cleansing of my soul!
Heavenly Father, I offer up to Thee, this precious and most worthy oblation. My sins are more in number than the hairs of my head, but, O just and merciful God, lay this precious offering in the one scale and my sins in the other, and that will far outweigh my guilt. O merciful, O holy God, give me Thy blessing before I end my prayer, and through this blessing let me obtain grace at once to begin to amend my life, and to renounce whatever is sinful and displeasing to Thee. Support me in my weakness; strengthen me when temptations assail me, and let me never forget that Thou art near me.
O precious day! but perhaps the last of my life! O happy day! if it shall make me better! Holy Mother of God, Mary, holy Angels and friends of God, pray for me and lead me in the way of truth. O God, grant Thy love to the living, and Thy peace to the dead. Amen.
Act of Union
With the Sacrifice of the Mass
When we cannot assist at it
As I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the holy Mysteries, O my God! I transport myself in spirit to the foot of Thine altar; I unite with the Church, which, by the hands of the priest, offers Thee Thine adorable Son; I offer myself with Him, by Him, and in His Name. I adore, I praise, and I thank Thee, imploring Thy mercy, invoking Thine assistance, and presenting Thee the homage I owe Thee as my Creator, the love due to Thee as my Saviour. Apply to my soul, I beseech Thee, O merciful Jesus, Thine infinite merits; apply them also to those for whom I particularly wish to pray. I desire to communicate spiritually, that Thy Blood may purify, Thy Flesh strengthen, and Thy Spirit sanctify me. May I never forget that Thou, my Divine Redeemer, hast died for me; may I die to all that is not Thee, that hereafter I may live eternally with Thee. Amen.
Invocation of the Great Promise to be recited before Communion:
Most benign Jesus, Who in Thine infinite goodness has promised the
grace of final repentance to those who communicate in honor of Thy
Sacred Heart on the first Friday of the month for 9 consecutive
months, I intend now to receive Thee in Holy Communion to obtain this
most special grace and to make reparation for the ingratitude and the
outrages returned for Thy love in this Holy Sacrament.
Help me, Lord to live always according to Thy Holy Law, detesting all
my sins and trusting in Thine infinite mercy.
A Novena to obtain graces through the intercession of Saint Maria
O Jesus, who filled Thy handmaid Saint faustina with profound vener-
ation for Thy boundless Mercy, deign, if it be Thy Holy Will, to grant
me, through her intercession, the grace for which I fervently pray....
My sins render me unworthy of Thy Mercy, but be mindful of Saint
Faustina's spirit of sacrifice and self-denial, and reward her virtue
by granting the petition which, with childlike confidence, I present
to Thee through her intercession. Amen. St. Faustina, pray for us.
Prayer to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Virgin Immaculate, perfect lover of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacra-
ment, we ask thee to obtain for us the graces we need to become true
adorers of our Eucharistic God. Grant us, we beg of thee, to know Him
better, to love Him more, and to center our lives around the Euchar-
ist, that is, to make our whole life a constant prayer of adoration,
thanksgiving, reparation, and petition to our Lord in the Blessed
V.Pray for us, O Virgin Immaculate, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
R. That the Eucharistic Kingdom of Jesus Christ may come among us!
O my God, through the Precious Blood of Jesus and His 5 Blessed
Wounds, grant me today 5 graces: the conversion of a sinner; the con-
version of a heretic, infidel, or Jew; the salvation of someone dying
in peril of everlasting death; a vocation to the priesthood or to the
and for some new soul, the grace of entering into and savoring the
mystery of the Eucharist.
Holy Souls Rosary (prospective)
Large: Eternal rest, etc.
Small: St. Gertrude Prayer: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most
Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son Jesus, in union with the Masses said
throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for
sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my
own home and within my family. Amen.
Concluding prayer (maybe)
May the prayer of Thy suppliant people, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
benefit the sould of Thy departed servants and handmaids; that Thou
mayest both deliver them from all their sins, and make them to be
partakers of thy Redemption. Amen.
By this holy water and by Thy Precious Blood, cleanse me from all my
sin, O Lord.
Almighty Father I place the Precious Blood of Jesus before my lips
before I pray, that my prayers may be purified before they ascend to
Thy Divine Altar. Amen.
Hail and Blessed be the hour and the moment in which the Son of God
was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in
piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and
grant my desires, through the merits of our Savior Jesus Christ and
His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Eucharistic Holy Hour (some of the prayers)
Jesus, my God, I bow down in lowliest adoration before Thee, down to
the depths of my utter nothingness, and from that depth I raise my
eyes in humble supplication to Thy Sacred Heart, imploring Thy mercy
and forgiveness for my many sins. Give me grace to spend this hour of
loving reparation with all the holy dispositions Thou desire. Come
into my poor heart Thyself, dear Lord, and work out Thy pleasure in
it, directing my faculties, senses and powers to Thy greater honor and
glory. Would that I might console Thee for all the wrongs Thy loving
Heart receives from the ingratitude of men.
Mary, my dearest Mother, and you, O great St. Joseph, lend me all the
love of your hearts, and the love of all the angels and saints with
which to love my Jesus. Teach me to pray, to love, to repair, to adore
the loving, wronged Heart of Jesus hidden in the Blessed Sacrament of
the Altar. Amen.
Blessed and praised every moment be the most Holy and Divine Sacra-
O Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament, have mercy on us.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, enkindle in our
hearts the love of Thee.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, furnace of divine Charity, give peace to
Blessed and praised be the Sacred Heart and Precious Blood of Jesus
in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Praise, adoration, love and thanksgiving be every moment given to the
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, in all the tabernacles of the world, even
to the end of time. Amen.
May the Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere.
Sweet Heart of Jesus, make me love Thee ever more and more.
Heart of Jesus, burning with love of us, inflame our hearts with love
Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.
Sacred heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come.
All for Thee, Sacred heart of Jesus.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Blessed be the most Sacred Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, increase in us Faith, Hope, and Charity.
I adore Thee, most Sacred Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
Love, honor and glory to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
O my Jesus, Fountain of inexhaustible benediction, Thou Who didst
bless the Apostles before Thou didst ascend into heaven, bless me also
and with Thy presence sanctify me.
Bless my memory, that it may ever recollect Thee.
Bless my understanding, that it may ever think of Thee.
Bless my will, that it may never seek or desire that which may be
displeasing to Thee.
Bless my boday and all its actions.
Bless my heart with all its affections.
Bless me now and at the hour of my death.
Bless me in time and in eternity, and grant that Thy most sweet
blessing may be to me a pledge of eternal happiness.
Bless my brethren, the faithful.
Bless my dear ones.
Bless everyone I love, and every one to whom I owe any gratitude, and
bring me and them to rest in Thy Sacred heart forever. Amen.
Prayer before Benediction
O Jesus, Who are about to give Thy blessing to me, and to all who are
here assembled, I humbly beseech Thee that it may impart to each and
all of us the special grace we need.
But more than this I ask:
Let Thy blessing go far and wide.
Let it be felt in the souls of the afflicted, who cannot come hither
to receive it at Thy feet.
Let the weak and tempted feel its power wherever they may be.
Let the poor sinner feel its influence,arousing him to come to Thee.
Let it cross the seas and animate and comfort the missionary far
away from home and brethren, and toiling for the love of souls so
dear to Thy Sacred Heart.
I humbly beg Thy blessing for......, and may it affect that salu-
tary purpose for which, O Lord, Thou dost so lovingly impart it. Amen.
O Eternal Father! for the love of the Eternal Son, and for the love
the Eternal Holy Ghost, grant my request.
O Eternal Son! for the love of the Eternal Father, and the love of
the Eternal Holy Ghost, grant my request.
O Eternal Holy Ghost! for the love of the Eternal Father, and for the
love of the Eternal Son, grant my request.
O my crusified Jesus, for the love of the adorable Trinity, and for
the love of Mary and Joseph, grant my request.
O Mary, my Mother, for the love of the ever adorable Trinity, and for
the love of Jesus and Joseph, obtain my request.
O Holy St. Joseph, for the love of the ever adorable Trinity, and for
the love of Jesus and Mary, obtain my request.
I offer to Thee, O Lord, all the bitterness of Thy Passion, in repar-
ation for the offenses committed against Thee.
Eternal Father, we offer Thee the Holy Face of Jesus, covered with
blood, sweat, dust and spittle, in reparation for the crimes of Comm-
unists, blasphemers, and the profanation of the Holy Name and of the
Holy Day of Sunday. Amen.
Come Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them
the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray:
O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of
the Holy Ghost, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be
always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ
our Lord. Amen.
St. Louis de Montfort's Preparation for the Recitation of the Rosary
I unite myself with all the saints in heaven, and with all the just
on earth; I unite myself with Thee, my Jesus, in order to praise Thy
holy Mother worthily and to praise Thee in her and by her. I renounce
all the distractions that may come to me while I am saying this Ros-
Prayer to the Queen of Angels to Defeat Satan
August Queen of Heaven! Sovereign mistress of the angels! Thou who
from the beginning hast received from God the power and mission to
crush the head of Satan, we humbly beseech thee to send thy holy leg-
ions, that under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the
evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks
and drive them into the abyss of eternal woe. Amen.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Holy Wounds of Thy Son, and His
Precious Blood, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of
the souls in Purgatory.
Eternal Father, by virtue of Thy generosity and love, I ask that Thou
accept all my actions, and that Thou multiply their value in favor of
every soul in Purgatory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer to redeem lost time
O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Thy sovereign power.
While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that Thou,
Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am,
yet I firmly believe that Thou can do all things. Please restore to
me the time lost, giving me Thy grace, both now and in the future,
that I may appear before Thee in "wedding garments". Amen.
Act of Union with the Sacrifice of the Mass when we cannot assist at
As I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the Holy
Mysteries, O my God, I transport myself in spirit to the foot of Thine
altar: I unite with the Church, which, by the hands of the priest,
offers Thee Thine adorable Son; I offer myself with Him, by Him, and
in His Name. I adore, I praise, and I thank Thee, imploring Thy mercy,
invoking Thine assistance, and presenting Thee the homage I owe Thee
as my Creator, the love due to Thee as my Savior. Apply to my soul, I
beseech Thee, O merciful Jesus, Thine infinite merits; apply them also
to those for whom I particularly wish to pray. I desire to communicate
spiritually, that Thy Blood may purify, Thy flesh strengthen, and Thy
Spirit sanctify me. May I never forget that Thou, my divine Redeemer,
hast died for me; may I die to all that is not Thee, that hereafter I
may live eternally with Thee. Amen.
My Lord, grant that I may love Thee, and that the reward of my love
may be to love Thee ever more and more.
As preparation for Mass:
Sign of the Cross
Our Father- for grace to hear Mass with right dispostions.
In front of crucifix- 5 Our Father's and Hail Mary's in honor of the
5 Wounds of Christ.
Imagine you're on Calvary. At the elevation, adore the Sacred Host &
offer body & sould to God.
At the elevation:
My God, I offer Thee Thy Beloved Son; I offer Thee His Passion and
Death: I offer Thee His virtues and His merits.
My God, I offer Thee Thy well-beloved Son by the hands of the priest.
O Lord, I offer Thee this Sacred Blood by the hands of the priest.
I offer to Thee, Heavenly Father, this Sacred Host, the Body and
Blood of Jesus, on behalf of...., and with it I offer to Thee the love
of His Sacred Heart, which ever throbbed for Thee.
Fervently desire to hear all Masses being offered at the same time
and adore God as if actually at all of them, asking for a share in the
fruits of them all. Offer them in union with the one we are hearing.
Holy Communion- The benefit of cancelling part of our temporal punish-
ment can be assigned to another.
O my Jesus, I adore Thee in this Holy Sacrament as my Lord and my God,
My Redeemer and Savior.
O sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may love Thee more and
Sweetest Jesus, grant me an increase of faith, hope, and charity, a
contrite and humble heart.
Praised be Jesus in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar.
O Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.
Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Jesus
O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I a miserable sinner, salute and
worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst
bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy Flesh and laid bare Thy Bones
as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other Wound of Thy
Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and
glorify Thee and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful
Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain and by the crushing
burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive
me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven
along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen.
Pope Eugenius III, at the earnest request of St. Bernard, has granted
three thousand years Indulgence to all who with a contrite heart,
recite the Lord's Prayer and Hail Mary 3 times, in honor of the Wound
on the Shoulder of Our Blessed Redeemer.
Prayer to the Wounded Heart of Jesus
O my Most Loving and Gentle Jesus, I desire with all
the affections of my heart, that all beings created and
uncreated, should praise Thee, honor Thee and glorify
Thee eternally for that Sacred Wound wherewith Thy
Divine side was rent. I deposit, enclose, conceal in that
wound and in that opening in Thy Heart, my heart and
all my feelings, thoughts, desires, intentions
and all the faculties of my soul.
I entreat Thee, by the Precious Blood and Water that flowed
from Thy Most Loving Heart, to take entire possession of me,
that Thou may guide me in all things.
Consume me in the burning fire of Thy Holy Love,
so that I may be so absorbed and transformed
into Thee that I may no longer be but one
with Thee. Amen.