The Peace Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
St Francis’ Testament Prayer
We adore You,
Lord Jesus Christ, here,
and in all Your Churches
throughout the whole world,
and we bless You,
because by Your holy Cross
You have redeemed the world.
St Francis’ Prayer Before the Crucifix
Most High, Glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me
true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord,
that I may carry out Your holy and true command.
St Francis’ Salutation to Mary, the Mother of God
Hail, O Lady, Holy Queen,
Mary, holy Mother of God,
You are Virgin made Church,
chosen by the most Holy Father in heaven
whom He consecrated with His most holy and beloved Son
and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
in whom there was and is all fullness of grace and every good.
Hail His Palace!
Hail His Tabernacle!
Hail His Dwelling!
Hail His Robe!
Hail His Servant!
Hail His Mother!
And hail all you holy virtues
which are poured into the hearts of the faithful
through the grace and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,
that from being unbelievers, you may make them faithful to God.
Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament
O Sacred Banquet,
in which Christ is received,
the memory of His Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
We ask You to enable us
so to worship the Sacred Mysteries of Your Body and Blood,
that we may constantly feel within our lives
the effects of Your redemption.
You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Blessing of St Francis
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May He show His face to you and have mercy on you;
May he turn His countenance to you and give you peace.
May the Lord bless you.
St Clare’s Words of Encouragement
As you gaze upon the Crucifix,
Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the Divine!
And transform your whole being
into the image of the Godhead itself
So that you too may feel what His friends feel
as they taste the hidden sweetness
which God Himself has reserved from the beginning
for those who love Him.
St Anthony’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, Fire of Love, come rest over each of us.
Make us ready to confess our sins,
that in revealing everything and concealing nothing,
we may attain heavenly life
to sing eternal praise with the angels.
With Your help, O Holy and Life-Giving Spirit,
You who live and reign through all ages. Amen.
Prayer for Vocation Awareness
Lord, in every age,
You call men and women to follow Christ,
and You challenge them
to announce the Good News to the world:
give to Your Church
faithful witness and courageous proclaimers of the Gospel.
Prayer of St Anthony
Lord, bind us to You and to our neighbor.
May our hearts not be turned away from You.
May our souls not be deceived
nor our talents or minds enticed by allurements or error.
Thus may we love our neighbor as ourselves
with strength, wisdom, and gentleness.
With Your help, You who are blessed throughout all ages.
Admonition of St Francis
Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility,
there is neither anger nor disturbance.
Where there is poverty with joy,
there is neither greed nor avarice.
Where there is rest and meditation,
there is neither anxiety nor restlessness.
Where there is fear of the Lord to guard an entrance,
there the enemy cannot have a place to enter.
Where there is a heart full of mercy and discernment,
there is neither excess nor hardness of heart.
Prayer of Total Self-Giving
I beg You, Lord,
let the fiery, gentle power of Your love
take possession of my soul,
and snatch it away from everything under heaven,
that I may die for love of Your love
as You saw fit to die for love of mine.
Novena Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Most holy and Immaculate Virgin and our Mother Mary,
you are our Perpetual Help, our refuge and our hope.
We come to you today. We thank God for all the graces
received through your intercession.
Mother of Perpetual Help, we promise to love you always
and do all we can to lead others to you.
Confident of your powerful influence with God,
obtain for us these graces:
the strength to overcome temptation,
a perfect love for Jesus Christ,
and a holy death
so that we will live with you and your Son for all eternity.
Novena Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God,
give us the grace to do for You alone
what we know You want us to do
and always to desire what pleases You.
Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened
and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow
in the footprints of Your beloved Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
and, by Your grace alone, Most High,
who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity,
and are glorified God almighty, for ever and ever. Amen.
Novena Prayer to St Anthony of Padua for Healing
Compassionate St Anthony,
you are called the “Miracle Worker”
by those who have been blessed by your special friendship.
I ask you to look with favor on _______
whom I commend to your intercession.
Great St Anthony, come to the assistance of _______.
Obtain for him/her health in mind and body,
and the strength to accept all suffering
in union with Christ, our Savior.
Loving St Anthony,
console all those who are afflicted,
and guide them to the heart of Jesus,
where they will obtain compassion, mercy and hope. Amen.
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