Prayers

*** THE DIVINE PRAISES:

Blessed be God.
Blessed be his Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and True Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints. 

*** FATIMA PRAYERS:

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee! I beg
pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not 
trust, and do not love Thee!

O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee
profoundly. I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and
Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the 
world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences
by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart
of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of
poor sinners. (3 times)

Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the 
Most Blessed Sacrament.

***PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION

 Dear Jesus, I ardently desire to receive Thee. The moment draws near;
the rapturous moment, in which I shall receive Thee, my God, into my
soul. I come to Thee, I run to meet Thee with the utmost devotion and
reverence of which I, as a little child, am capable. Stretch forth Thy
most sacred hands to embrace my soul-Thy pierced hands which were
stretched forth amid the anguish of Thy Passion to embrace all sinners.
I stretch forth not only my hands, but my heart and my soul, to embrace
Thee and to lead Thee into the innermost and secret recess of my heart.
 Would that I had within me as great a devotion, love, and purity as Thou
have ever been adored with by the heart of any mortal. Would that I were
filled with all virtues, with all holy desires, with perfect devotion. 
Would that I had the purity of all Thy apostles, the holiness of all 
confessors, the chastity and cleanness of heart of all virgins, and the
holy fire of love of all the martyrs.
 Would that I could receive Thee now with all that devotion, reverence,
and love with which Thy most Blessed Mother received Thee in Thy incarn-
ation, and in Thy adorable Eucharist! Would that I had Thy own most sacred
and divine Heart, that I might receive Thee as Thy ineffable majesty
deserves!
 I offer Thee, my sweetest Jesus - to be my fitting preparation, to make
amends for all my unworthiness, my negligences, my lack of preparation,
devotion, and affections - I offer Thee the love which the Blessed Mother
and the saints had when they received Thee in this Holy Sacrament.
 I offer Thee, Most Holy Jesus, Thy own meritorious Heart, and all the 
ineffable virtues and graces which the most Blessed Trinity bestowed with-
out measure upon it, that all my vileness and all my unworthiness may be
covered, and that a proper and most peaceful abode may be prepared for 
Thee in my soul. Amen.

*** MISC. PRAYERS:

May the Heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, 
adored, and loved, with grateful affection, in all the tabernacles
of the world, and in the hearts of all men, even to the end of time! 
Amen.

O Sacrament Most Holy,
  O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and all thanksgiving
  Be every moment Thine!

May the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar and the three-fold,
grace-laden Beautiful, Sorrowful, and Immaculate Heart of the
Blessed Virgin Mary be praised and blessed in the name of all
and from all souls before all the tabernacles of this earth 
forever! Amen.

O Most Holy God, I adore Thee, through the Adorable Sacrament of
the Altar, and I offer Thee, through the holy hands of the Immaculate
Virgin Mary, all the consecrated Hosts on our Altars as a sacrifice 
of expiation, reparation, and atonement for all the sacrileges, 
profanations, impieties, blasphemies, and crimes commited against Thee
throughout the world. Amen.

*** HOLY FACE PRAYERS

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible 
and ineffable Name of God be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored 
and glorified in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the 
creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Thine adorable Face, 
to ask of Thee the graces of which we stand most in need, we beseech Thee 
above all, to grant us that interior disposition of never refusing at any
time to do what Thou requirest of us by Thy holy Commandments and divine
inspirations. Amen.

O Good Jesus, who hast said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall
find, knock and it shall be opened to you," grant us O Lord, that faith which 
obtains all, or supply in us what may be deficient; grant us, by the pure effect
of Thy charity, and for Thine eternal glory, the graces which we need and which 
we look for from Thine infinite mercy. Amen.

Be Merciful to us, O my God, and reject not our prayers, when amid our afflictions,
we call upon Thy Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Thine adorable face.

O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Face of Thy Son Jesus. We present It to
Thee with confidence, to implore Thy pardon. The All-Merciful Advocate opens His 
mouth to plead our cause; hearken to His cries, behold His tears, O God, and through
His infinite merits, hearken to Him when He intercedes for us poor miserable sinners.
Amen.

Adorable Face of my Jesus, my only love, my light, and my life, grant that I may know 
Thee, love Thee and serve Thee alone, that I may live with Thee, of Thee, by Thee, and 
for Thee. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy Beloved Son for the honor and 
glory of Thy Name, for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of the dying. 

O Divine Jesus, through Thy Face and Name, save us. Our hope is in the virtue of Thy 
Holy Name.


*** ST. MICHAEL PRAYER (This is the original long version)

 O Glorious Archangel St. Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our
defence in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities
and Powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil.
Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in his own image 
and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil.
Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as
already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his
apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for
them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called
the devil or Satan, who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss 
with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken
courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the
multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the
name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal
perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory.
This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his 
malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of
impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every
vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated 
with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb,
and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy
Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the
Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of
their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design the when the Pastor 
has been struck, the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible 
Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people
of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector
and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defence against the malicious
power of hell: to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established
in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan 
under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men
in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most 
High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and 
beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do
thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the
nations. Amen.
 V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
 R. The Lion of the tribe of Juda has conquered, the root of David.
 V. Let thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
 R. As we have hoped in Thee.
 V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
 R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
 Let us pray.
  O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy Holy Name, and
 as suppliants we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever
 Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael, thou wouldst
 deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about
 the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer for the Restoration of the Roman Mass

O Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest and Immaculate Lamb of God, slain
for us and for many on the Altar of Calvary, and continually offered to Thy 
Heavenly Father in the clean oblation of Thy Eucharistic Sacrifice; grant,
we beseech Thee, through the merits and prayers of Thy Saints Gregory the 
Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Pius V, that the holy Roman and Apostolic Catholic
Mass, ratified, expounded, and perpetuated by them respectively, may be rightly
restored to the Altars of Thy Church throughout the world: that once again this
most awesome, majestic and perrenial rite may offer Infinite worship and homage
to the Most Blessed Trinity, the fullest fruits and consolation and spiritual 
nourishment to the faithful, an impregnable defense and counterbalance against
the rising tide of evil, and a sure termination of the anguish, fear, doubts,
and profanations occasioned by its unsanctioned abandonment and replacement.
O Holy Saints of the centuries, who sanctified and nourished your souls with 
the perennial Roman Mass, and Holy Martyrs who shed your blood for it, grant, 
we pray in desperation, that we will no longer be bereft of it, and that we will,
as thee, commit ourselves to the Mass at all costs and to the last breath of our
lives. Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the Immaculate Eucharistic Victim, pray for 
us that we may bravely, prudently, and diligently and with sound doctrine and 
means, pursue the rectification of the present encroachments on the Eucharistic
Sacrifice, and secure, with thy powerful maternal aid, the restoration of our 
Roman Catholic Mass and the Reign and Order of the Kingship of Jesus Christ thy
Son. Amen.

This prayer was written by Rev. Lawrence B. Brey, and published in The 
Maryfaithful sometime during the 70's.

The Fifteen St Bridget Prayers

FIRST PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Eternal Sweetness to those who love Thee, joy surpassing 
all joy and all desire, Salvation and Hope of all sinners, Who hast
proved that Thou hast no greater desire than to be among men, even 
assuming human nature at the fullness of time for the love of men,
recall all the sufferings Thou hast endured from the instant of Thy
conception, and especially during Thy Passion, as it was decreed and
ordained from all eternity in the Divine Plan.
 Remember, oh Lord, that during the Last Supper with Thy disciples,
having washed their feet, Thou gavest them Thy Most Precious Body and
Blood, and while at the same time Thou didst sweetly console them,
Thou didst foretell them Thy coming Passion.
 Remember all the fear, anguish and pain that Thou didst suffer in Thy
delicate Body before the torment of the Crucifixion, when, after hav-
ing prayed three times, bathed in a sweat of blood, Thou wast betrayed
by Judas, Thy disciple, arrested by the people of a nation Thou hadst
chosen and elevated, accused by false witnesses, unjustly judged by
three judges during the flower of Thy youth and during the solemn 
Paschal season. 
 Remember that Thou wast despoiled of Thy garments and clothed in 
those of derision; that Thy Face and Eyes were veiled, that Thou wast
buffeted, crowned with thorns, a reed placed in Thy hands, that Thou
wast crushed with blows and overwhelmed with affronts and outrages.
 In memory of all these pains and sufferings which Thou didst endure
before Thy Passion on the Cross, grant me before my death true contr-
ition, a sincere and entire confession, worthy satisfaction and the
remission of all my sins. Amen.

SECOND PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! True liberty of angels, Paradise of delights, remember the
horror and sadness which Thou didst endure when Thy enemies, like 
furious lions, surrounded Thee, and by thousands of insults, spits,
blows, lacerations and other unheard of cruelties, tormented Thee at
will. In consideration of these insulting words, I beseech Thee, oh
my Saviour, to deliver me from all my enemies, visible and invisible,
and to bring me, under Thy protection, to the perfection of eternal
salvation. Amen.

THIRD PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Creator of Heaven and earth Whom nothing can encompass or
limit, Thou Who dost enfold and hold all under Thy loving power,
remember the very bitter pain Thou didst suffer when the Jews nailed
Thy Sacred Hands and Feet to the Cross by blow after blow with big
blunt nails, and not finding Thee in a pitiable enough state to sat-
isfy their rage, they enlarged Thy Wounds, and added pain to pain,
and with indescribable cruelty stretched Thy Body on the Cross, pulled
Thee from all sides, thus dislocating Thy limbs.
 I beg of Thee, oh Jesus, by the memory of this most Loving suffering
of the Cross, to grant me the grace to fear Thee and to love Thee. 
Amen.

FOURTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Heavenly Physician, raised aloft on the Cross to heal our
wounds with Thine, remember the bruises which Thou didst suffer and 
the weakness of all Thy members which were distended to such a degree
that never was there pain like unto Thine. From the crown of Thy head
to the soles of Thy feet there was not one spot on Thy Body that was 
not in torment, and yet, forgetting all Thy sufferings, Thou didst not
cease to pray to Thy Heavenly Father for thy enemies, saying: "Father,
forgive them for they know not what they do."
 Through this great Mercy, and in memory of this suffering, grant that
the rememberance of Thy most bitter Passion may effect in us a perfect
contrition and the remission of all our sins. Amen.

FIFTH PRAYER 

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Mirror of eternal splendor, remember the sadness which Thou
experienced, when contemplating in the light of Thy Divinity the pre-
destination of those who would be saved by the merits of Thy Sacred 
Passion, Thou didst see at the same time, the great multitude of rep-
robates who would be damned for their sins, and Thou didst complain
bitterly of those hopeless lost and unfortunate sinners.
 Through this abyss of compassion and pity, and especially through the
goodness which Thou displayed to the good thief when Thou saidst to
him: "This day, thou shalt be with me in Paradise." I beg of Thee oh
Sweet Jesus, that at the hour of my death, Thou wilt show me mercy. 
Amen.

SIXTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Beloved and most desirable King, remember the grief Thou 
didst suffer, when naked and like a common criminal, Thou wast fast-
ened and raised on the Cross, when all Thy relatives and friends 
abandoned Thee, except Thy beloved Mother, who remained close to Thee
during Thy agony and and whom Thou didst entrust to Thy faithful disc-
iple when Thou saidst to Mary: "Woman, behold Thy son!" and to St.
John: "Son, behold Thy Mother!"
 I beg of Thee oh my Saviour, by the sword of sorrow which pierced the
soul of Thy holy Mother, to have compassion on me in all my afflict-
ions and tribulations, both corporal and spiritual, and to assist me
in all my trials, and especially at the hour of my death. Amen. 

SEVENTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Inexhaustible Fountain of compassion, who by a profound 
gesture of Love, said from the Cross: "I thirst" suffered from the 
thirst for the salvation of the human race. I beg of Thee my Saviour,
to inflame in our hearts the desire to tend toward perfection in all
our acts; and to extinguish in us the concupiscence of the flesh and
the ardor of worldly desires. Amen.

EIGHTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Sweetness of hearts, delight of the spirit, by the bitter-
ness of the vinegar and gall which Thou didst taste on the Cross for 
Love of us, grant us the grace to receive worthily Thy Precious Body
and Blood during our life and at the hour of our death, that they may
servr as a remedy and consolation for our souls. Amen.

NINTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Royal virtue, joy of the mind, recall the pain Thou didst
endure when, plunged in an ocean of bitterness at the approach of 
death, insulted, outraged by the Jews, Thou didst cry out in a loud
voice that Thou wast abandoned by Thy Father, saying: "My God, My God,
why hast Thou forsaken me?"
 Through this anguish, I beg of Thee, oh my Saviour, not to abandon 
me in the terors and pains of my death. Amen.  

TENTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Who art the beginning and end of all things, life and vir-
tue, remember that for our sakes Thou were plunged in an abyss of 
suffering from the soles of Thy feet to the crown of Thy Head. In
consideration of the enormity of Thy Wounds, teach me to keep, through
pure love, Thy Commandments, whose way is wide and easy for those who
love Thee. Amen.

ELEVENTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Deep abyss of mercy, I beg of Thee, in memory of Thy Wounds
which penetrated to the very marrow of Thy Bones and to the depth of
Thy being, to draw me, a miserable sinner, overwhelmed by my offenses,
away from sin and to hide me from Thy Face justly irritated against 
me, hide me in Thy Wounds, until Thy anger and just indignation shall
have passed away. Amen.

TWELFTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Mirror of Truth, symbol of unity, link of Charity, remember
the multitude of wounds with which Thou were covered from head to 
foot, reddened by the spilling of Thy adorable Blood. Oh Great and
Universal Pain which Thou didst suffer in Thy virginal Flesh for Love
of us! Sweetest Jesus! What is there that couldst have done for us
which Thou hast not done! May the fruit of Thy sufferings be renewed
in my soul by the faithful rememberance of Thy Passion, and may Thy 
Love increase in my heart each day, until I see Thee in eternity, Thou
Who are the treasury of every real good and every joy, which I beg 
Thee to grant me, oh Sweet Jesus, in Heaven. Amen.

THIRTEENTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Strong Lion, Immortal and Invincible King, remember the 
pain which Thou didst endure when all Thy strength, both moral and 
physical, was entirely exhausted, Thou didst bow Thy Head, saying, "It
is consummated!" Through this anguish and grief, I beg of Thee Lord
Jesus, to have mercy on me at the hour of my death when my mind will 
be greatly troubled and my sould will be in anguish. Amen.

FOURTEENTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! Only Son of the Father, Splendor and Figure of His Sub-
stance, remember the simple and humble recommendation Thou didst make 
of Thy Soul to Thy Eternal Father, saying: "Father, into Thy hands I
commend My Spirit!" And with thy body all torn, and Thy Heart Broken,
and the bowels of Thy Mercy open to redeem us, Thou didst Expire. By
this Precious Death, I beg of Thee oh King of Saints, comfort me and
help me to resist the devil, the flesh and the world, so that being
dead to the world I may live for Thee alone. I beg of Thee at the hour
of my death to receive me, a pilgrim and an exile returning to Thee. 
Amen.

FIFTEENTH PRAYER

 Our Father - Hail Mary

 Oh Jesus! True and fruitful Vine! Remember the abundant outpouring 
of Blood which Thou didst so generously shed from Thy Sacred Body as 
juice from grapes in a wine press. 
 From Thy Side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, blood and water 
issued forth untill there was not left in Thy Body a single drop, and 
finally, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top of the Cross Thy
delicate Flesh was destroyed, the very Substance of thy Body withered,
and the Marrow of Thy Bones dried up.
 Through this bitter passion and through the outpouring of Thy Prec-
ious Blood, I beg of Thee, oh Sweet Jesus, to receive my soul when I
am inmy death agony. Amen.

CONCLUSION

 Oh Sweet Jesus! Pierce my heart so that my tears of penitence and 
love will be my bread day and night; may I be converted entirely to
Thee, may my heart be Thy perpetual habitation, may my conversation
be pleasing to Thee, and may the end of my life be so praiseworthy
that I may merit Heaven and there with Thy saints, praise Thee for-
ever. Amen

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST

 O Lord Jesus christ, Who before ascending into heaven didst promise
to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thine Apos-
tles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Ghost to me, that He
may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me 
the spirit of Wisdom, that I may despise the perishable things of this
world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the spirit of
Understanding, to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth;
the spirit of Counsel, that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing
God and gaining Heaven; the spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my
cross with Thee and that I may overcome with courage all obstacles that
oppose my salvation; the spirit of Knowledge, that I may know God and  
know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints; the spirit of 
Piety, that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable; the spirit
of Fear, that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and 
may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, Dear Lord, with the sign
of Thy true disciples, and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY GHOST

Holy Ghost, God of Love, I adore Thee really and truly in my soul. Oh,
 give me Thy holy love.
Holy Ghost, God of Peace, really and truly in my soul, give me Thy 
 blessed peace, which surpasses all understanding.
Holy Ghost, God of Light, really and truly in my soul, give me Thy 
 blessed light, that I may see all things clearly.
Holy Ghost, God of Joy and Consolation, really and truly in my soul,
 fill me with thy joy and consolations.
Holy Ghost, God of Strength, really and truly in my soul, give me Thy
 divine strength, that I may do all things well.
Holy Ghost, God of infinite Sweetness and Goodness, really and truly
 in my soul, give me Thy seven Gifts, and Thy twelve Fruits.

PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat Thou didst suffer in the
 Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during
 Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
O most sweet Jesus, through the pains Thou didst suffer in Thy most
 painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying
 Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
O most sweet Jesus, through the most cruel pains which Thou didst 
 suffer in Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on the Holy Souls in
 Purgatory.
O most sweet Jesus, through the anguish of Thy most bitter dereliction
 on the Cross, have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in
 breathing forth Thy blessed soul, have mercy on the Holy Souls in 
 Purgatory. Amen.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS ROSARY (said on a regular Rosary)

Sign of the Cross-Apostle's Creed-Our Father-3 Hail Mary's, in honor
 titles: 1. Mary Ever Virgin 2.Mother of God 3. The Immaculate Conception.
First Decade: Jesus is condemned to death
Our Father-Glory be
Small beads: Jesus, Mary, I love you, save souls, save the consecrated.
Large beads: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of
 Hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy
 Mercy.
Continue for all 14 Stations.
At the end say "Hail Holy Queen" prayer, the Memorarae.
Finally: Memorare to St. Joseph
 Remember, O most chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it
known that anyone implored your help and sought your intercession was
left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power, I fly unto you, and 
beg your protection. Despise not, O foster-father of the Redeemer, my
humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen. 

THIRTY DAYS' PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH  (For any special intention)

 Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful
friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, 
the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow.
Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just dis-
pleasure of my god, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you, loving
guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection.
 Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers,
and obtain for me the favors I ask.
 I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him
to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.
 I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no 
shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the holy Virgin, nor a house where the
Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow
the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world's Redeemer in a cave.
 I ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus, which you
conferred on the adorable Infant.
 I ask it by the painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon,
whichdeclared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our 
sins and of their great love for us.
 I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to
you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From their
evil plan you had to flee with Him and his Blessed Mother to Egypt. I ask
it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous
journey.
 I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate
Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your
own country. I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with
so many joys and sorrows.
 I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you
and His Mother for three days. I ask it by your joy at finding Him at the
Temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the 
company of the Child Jesus. I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed
in His obedience to you.
 I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you showed in accepting the
Divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and
Mary. I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the
world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His
kingdom and led you into it with special honors.
 I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption, and through that endless 
hapiness you have with her in the presence of God.
 O good father! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to
hear me and obtain for me what I ask. (Here name your petitions or think
of them.)
 Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful 
to them in the plan of god. Finally, my dear patron and father, be with
me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally
sing the praises Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.