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PRAYERS

Prayer to Jesus Crucified

O good and most sweet Jesus! behold I fall on my knees before thee; and with all the ardour of my soul, pray and beseech thee that thou wouldst vouchsafe to impress on my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, with a true repentance for my faults and a most firm resolution to amend them; whilst, with deep feeling and grief, I consider within myself, and contemplate in spirit thy five woundshaving before my eyes what the royal Prophet expressed by these words: “They have pierced my hands and feet; they have numbered all my bones.” (Ps. 21)

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

Holy Virgin Mary, my sovereign Queen, I come to throw myself into the bosom of thy mercy, and place myself from this moment and for ever, soul and body, under thy safeguard and special protection. I confide to thee and place in thy hands all my hopes and my consolations, all my troubles and miseries, as well as the course and the end of my life, in order that, by thy holy intercession and by thy merits, all my actions may be performed according to thy desire and with the intention of pleasing thy divine Son. Amen.

Prayer to St. Joseph

Great saint, wise and faithful servant, to whom God confided the care of his family, thou whom he appointed the protector of the life of Jesus Christ, the consoler of his blessed Mother, and the faithful cooperator in the great design of the redemption of the world; thou who hadst the happiness to live with Jesus and Mary, and to die in their arms; chaste spouse of the Mother of God, model of the purest virtues, we thank God for the singular favours he was pleased to bestow upon thee, and we conjure him, through thy intercession, to render us imitators of thy virtues. Pray then for us, great Saint, and through the love which thou hadst for Jesus and Mary, and which Mary and Jesus had for thee, obtain for us the happiness to live and die in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

Prayer to One's Patron Saint

Great Saint, whose name I have the honour to bear, thou to whom God confided the care of my salvation, when by holy Baptism he adopted me for one of his children, obtain for me, by thy intercession, the grace to imitate faithfully thy virtues. Protect me during life, and do not abandon me at the hour of death. Amen.

Prayer to One's Guardian Angel

O holy Angel! whom God, by an effect of his bounty, has charged with the guidance of my conduct. Thou who assistest me in my afflictions, supportest me in my despondencies, and ceasest not to obtain for me new favours, I render to thee my most humble thanksgiving, and I conjure thee, powerful protector, to continue thy charitable care, to defend me against all my enemies, and to obtain for me that I may be ever ready to listen to thy inspirations and faithful in following them; to protect me above all at the hour of my death, and not to quit me till thou hast conducted me to the abode of eternal rest. Amen.

Prayer for the Faithful Departed

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful; give to the souls of thy servants departed the remission of all their sins; that, through the help of pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon they have always desired; who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

Aspirations

My Jesus, mercy.

My sweetest Jesus, be not my judge, but my saviour.

Saviour of the world, have mercy on us.

Jesus, my God, I love thee above all things.

Sweetest Jesus, grant me an increase of faith, hope and charity, a contrite and humble heart.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine.

Heart of Jesus, burning with love of us, inflame our hearts with love of thee.

May the sacred heart of Jesus be loved everywhere!

O sweetest heart of Jesus! I implore that I may ever love thee more and more.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.

Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.

To thee, O Virgin mother, never touched by stain of sin, actual or venial, I recommend and confide the purity of my heart.

O Mary, who didst come into this world free from stain! obtain of God for me that I may leave it without sin.

O Mary! conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Blessed be the holy and immaculate conception of the most blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God.

My queen! my mother! remember I am thine own. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession.

Virgin Mother of God, Mary, pray to Jesus for me.

Mary, mother of God and mother of mercy, pray for me and for the departed.

Saint Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.

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