Grant , O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.
(Ash Wednesday Collect)
O Immaculate Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mother of God and Mediatrix of every grace: I firmly believe that Your dearly beloved Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, is truly, really,
and substantially contained in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love Him above all things and I long to receive Him into my heart. Since I cannot now receive Him sacramentally, be so good as to place Him spiritually in my soul. O my Jesus, I embrace You as One who has already come, and I unite myself entirely to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain, so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession, to come unto You. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
"We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
'We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God.'
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes toward us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died . . . "
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To Mother Mary, may you continue to bless our lives as we journey in faith, hope, and love.
Be our model and guide as we live in the grace won by your Son Jesus, in His suffering and resurrection. May your motherly intercession for us bring healing, strength and renewal.
O Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners. Help us to bring all people to your Son, especially those in most need of His mercy. May our Sodality help us grow in your image as disciples of Jesus.
We pray this in His name. Amen.
(Thank you and God bless Fr. Michael Briese and Fr. Frank DeSiano for our Sodality prayer.)
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.
We pray that parishes, placing communion at the center, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.
For victims of abuse
We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.
For a culture of peace and non-violence
We pray for the spread of peace and non-violence, by decreasing the use of weapons by States and citizens.
For church movements and groups
We pray that Church movements and groups may rediscover their mission of evangelization each day, placing their own charisms at the service of needs in the world.
For the abolition of torture
We pray that the international community may commit in a concrete way to ensuring the abolition of torture and guarantee support to victims and their families.
For a Eucharistic life
We pray that Catholics may place the celebration of the Eucharist at the heart of their lives, transforming human relationships in a very deep way and opening to the encounter with God and all their brothers and sisters.
For World Youth Day
We pray the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help young people to live and witness the Gospel in their own lives.
For people living on the margins
We pray for those persons living on the margins of society, in inhumane life conditions; may they not be overlooked by institutions and never considered of lesser importance.
For the Synod
We pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a lifestyle at every level, and allow herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the peripheries of the world.
For the Pope
We pray for the Holy Father; as he fulfills his mission, may he continue to accompany the flock entrusted to him, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
For persons with disabilities
We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the center of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.
In 2016, Pope Francis renamed the Apostleship of Prayer as the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, which Pope Francis officially established as a pontifical work on November 17, 2020.
O Mary, Immaculate Virgin, for the sake of your blessed house,
which we the angels moved to the pleasant hills of Loreto,
turn your benevolent eyes toward us.
For the holy walls within which you were born and lived as a child,
with prayers and the most sublime love;
for the fortunate walls that listened to the greetings of the angel
who called you; “Blessed among all women,”
and which remind us of the incarnation of the word
in your purest bosom;
for your blessed house, where you lived with Jesus and Joseph,
and which became during the centuries
the fervently longed-for destination of the saints,
who considered themselves lucky to kiss fervently your sacred walls,
bestow upon us the graces which we humbly ask,
and the fortune of coming to Heaven after the exile,
to repeat to you the greetings of the angel: Hail Mary.
Lord, have mercy. R: Christ, have mercy.
Lord have mercy, Christ hear us. R: Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, R: Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, R: Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, R: Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, R: Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, R: Pray for us. (repeat after each invocation)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of Virgins
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of Divine Grace
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of Our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion
Tower of David,
Tower of Ivory,
House of Gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace,
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world; R: spare us O Lord!
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: R: graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: R: have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R: That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
I ask you Lord, help us always keep before our eyes, the example of Mary, who accepted the death of her son as a great mystery of salvation.
Help us to act with our gaze fixed on the good of others,
And die in the hope of the resurrection, conscious that we are never alone or abandoned by God or Mary, the loving mother ever concerned for her children.
Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs of her dying glorious Son.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
To counsel the doubtful.
To instruct the ignorant.
To admonish the sinner.
To comfort the sorrowful.
To forgive injuries.
To bear wrongs patiently.
To pray for the living and the dead
Begin each day by thanking God for another opportunity to praise Him for His kindness, mercy and compassion and to live out His Gospel message. Pray the prayers of Faith, Hope, and Love and three (3) Hail Mary.
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and
Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine son became man, and died for our sins, and that He
will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy
Catholic Church teaches because Thou Hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
Act of Hope
O my god, relying on thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain
pardon of my sins, with the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
Act of Love
O my god, I love thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
In the process of gathering our thoughts as we begin this meeting:
May we treat each other’s ideas with reverence and respect.
May we hear each one’s Truth and Wisdom, that in the variety of viewpoints, out of the rich differences among us will come the balance of the Kingdom.
May we discover how to reject ideas without rejecting people.
May we discover how to share visions though we do not share the same means for reaching our desired goals.
May this meeting, then be for each of us a prayer, a lesson and an opportunity to be servants to those whom we represent.
We ask these things in you, Jesus Christ. Amen.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to you today with our fears and concerns -- You know what's in our hearts. We love You, trust You, we need You.
We ask You to be with us. Stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow.
We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. And so we ask that you bring your loving and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now. Please comfort them.
Please be with the grieving families of those who have passed away.
Please have mercy on those who have died, may they be with You in heaven.
Please stand at the side of all medical professionals who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others.
Lord, we are scared and we are sorrowful. Please heal us.
Send us your peace and overwhelming presence.
(Mention your intentions here)
We ask the Fourteen Holy Helpers, those who lived during the time of the plague,
to pray for us and all who are at-risk!
Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby.
Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal. Amen.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me. Amen.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the divine power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Sodality Union "foster[s] spiritual
formation on the specific source of our
spirituality: The Exercises of St. Ignatius."
"We also encourage you to offer the Prayer of Pope Francis to 'Our Lady, Health of the Sick' which he composed especially for the coronavirus pandemic."
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas we who are put to the test and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
A Prayer for Those Who Live Alone
I live alone, dear Lord, stay by my side,
In all my daily needs be my guide.
Grant me good health, for that I pray,
To carry on my work from day to day.
Keep pure my mind, my thoughts, my every deed,
Let me be kind and unselfish in my neighbor's need.
Spare me from fire, from flood and
From thieves, from fear, and evil ones.
If sickness or an accident befall,
Then humbly, Lord, I pray, hear my call.
And when I'm feeling low, or in despair,
Lift up my heart, and help me in my prayer.
I live alone, dear Lord, yet have no fear,
Because I feel Your presence ever near. Amen.
Eternal Father, I offer you
the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity
of your dearly beloved Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in atonement for our sins and those of the
whole world .Amen.
Remembering The Year of St. Joseph
On the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis proclaimed December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021 the Year of St. Joseph. and invited us to make the following prayer to St. Joseph:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen
PRAY FOR VOCATIONS
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…
Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X
We pray for all of our dear Sodalists who have been called home, including our beloved Past President Graciela Stevens (1996-1998) who was called to her eternal home on February 21, 2022.
We are deeply saddened by their loss, yet thankful for their Marian example and their profound devotion to Our Blessed Mother,
"That by the grace of the divine goodness and the assistance of Mary our Mother Sodalists may deserve to obtain eternal happiness."
Prayer For The Deceased Sodalist
Most merciful Heart of Jesus, by the memory of your bitter passion and death, and of the sorrows of your Holy Mother, we ask you to have mercy on Souls of all departed Sodalists, especially on the souls of _________________ who once were members of this Sodality. May you too have pity on them Merciful Mother, deliver them speedily from Purgatory, offer up to God the great treasure of your merits, and those of your Divine Son, and of all His Saints, so that those who faithfully honored and served you in the Sodality during the time of their mortal life, may speedily hasten to enjoy with you forever the life without end in Heaven. AMEN.
Lord Jesus, Lovingly welcome into your presence our Brother/Sister __________ who have completed their journey on this earth, and have gone their rest in the hope of rejoicing with You forever in heaven. Source of all life and love, in Your infinite mercy, look favorably upon their goodness, and forgive any sins they may have committed, so they may enjoy for all eternity the great rewards You have promised to those who believed in you. AMEN.
Prayer for the Holy Souls
My God, another year has passed in the history of salvation. Yesterday we celebrated the great feast of all the saints around Your throne, all those who accepted Your call and have been washed clean in the blood of the lamb. May these Your holy and proven servant intercede for us now that we contemplate the narrow gate and hard road we must traverse before we have reason to rest. I offer You my sufferings, prayers, holy communions, and all spiritual exercises for those You have committed us to pray for. It is true, I am saddened and frightened by the certain fate of dying, but yesterday’s feast has shown us that life is changed and not taken away, and our hope in eternal life is justified. Now it is time to pray that all the living and the dead may attain what You have promised. Please grant Your eternal rest unto them, my God, and let Your light always shine upon them.
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