Pray Always

"Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened." -Matthew 7:7-8

“We ought always to pray.” –Luke 18:1

“Pray always” –Romans 12:12

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Prayers for the Pope

Prayer for the Supreme Pontiff

(From the Raccolta, approved by Pope Leo XIII, 8 May 1896)
O Lord, in union with millions of believers, and prostrate here at thy feet, we pray Thee to save, defend, and long preserve the Vicar of Christ, the Father of the glorious society of souls, our own Father. Today and every day he prays for us, fervently offering to Thee the sacred victim of love and peace. Turn then, O Lord, thy loving eyes upon us, who forgetful as it were of ourselves pray now above all things for him. Unite our prayers with his, and receive them into the bosom of thy infinite mercy, as a most sweet perfume of that living and efficacious charity, in which the children of the Church are united to their Father. All that he asks of Thee today we too ask for with him. Whether he sorrows or rejoices, or when he hopes or offers the victim of love for his people, we would be united with him. We desire that the utterance of our souls should be one with his.  Mercifully grant, O Lord, that no one of us be far from his mind and heart during the hour of his prayer, and when he offers to Thee the sacrifice of thy blessed Son. And in the moment that he, our most revered Pontiff, holding in his hands the very body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction the words: The peace of the Lord be ever with you, do Thou, O Lord, cause thy most sweet peace to descend with a new and manifest power into our hearts, and upon all the nations of mankind. Amen.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart

(From the Raccolta, approved by Pope Saint Pius X, 16 June 1906)

O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, pour down thy blessings abundantly upon thy Church, upon the Supreme Pontiff, and upon all the clergy; give perseverance to the just, convert sinners, enlighten unbelievers, bless our parents, friends and benefactors, help the dying, free the souls in Purgatory, and extend over all hearts the sweet empire of thy love. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady

(From the Raccolta, approved by Pope Saint Pius X, 19 December 1906)

O Mother of mercy, help of Christians, faithful handmaid of divine providence, treasurer of all graces, remember that never was it known that those who devoutly had recourse to thee were left without consolation. Wherefore, I prostrate myself humbly before thee, trusting in thy heart of pity and in thy most generous watchfulness, and beg of thee to hear my prayers. Obtain for me holy prudence, and graces in all my spiritual needs, and also that temporal prudence necessary for spending my days in this vale of tears. I commend most fervently to thy loving and maternal heart Holy Church, the Supreme Pontiff, the conversion of souls, the propagation of the Catholic Faith, as well as the chosen spouses of our Lord who are suffering in the cruel flames of Purgatory, that they may quickly be consoled with eternal refreshment. Amen.

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