Prayers of the Saints

  • Chastity Prayer (St. Thomas Aquinas)

    Lord Jesus, I know that every perfect gift, and especially that of chastity, depends on the power of Your providence. Without You a mere creature can do nothing. Therefore, I beg You to defend by Your grace the chastity and purity of my body and soul. And if I have ever sensed or imagined anything that could stain my chastity and purity, blot it out, Supreme Lord of my powers, that I may advance with a pure heart in Your love and service, offering myself on the most pure altar of Your divinity all the days of my life. Amen.


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  • Evening Prayer by St. Augustine

    Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give Your angels and saints charge over those who sleep. Tend Your sick ones, O loving Lord; rest Your weary ones; bless Your dying ones; soothe Your suffering ones; pity Your afflicted ones; shield Your joyous ones. And all for Your love’s sake. Amen.


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  • Holy Spirit Prayer of St. Augustine

    Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
    Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
    Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
    Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
    Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.


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  • Peace Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi

    Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace:
    where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    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.


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  • Prayer for Christlikeness (John Henry Cardinal Newman)

    Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go; Flood my soul with Your spirit and life; Penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that all my life may be only a radiance of Yours; Shine through me and be so in me that everyone with whom I come into contact may feel Your presence within me. Let them look up and see no longer me – but only Jesus. Amen.


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  • Prayer for Generosity (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

    Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
    Teach me true generosity.
    Teach me to serve You as You deserve;
    to give and not to count the cost,
    to fight and not to heed the wounds,
    to toil and not to seek for rest,
    to labor and not to ask for reward,
    save that of knowing that I do Your Will. Amen.


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  • A Student’s Prayer (by St. Thomas Aquinas)

    Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth Your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever.  Amen.


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  • A Prayer Before Mass (by St. Thomas Aquinas)

    Almighty and everlasting God, behold I come to the Sacrament of Thine only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: I come as one infirm to the physician of life, as one unclean to the fountain of mercy, as one blind to the light of everlasting brightness, as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore, I implore the abundance of Thy measureless bounty that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to heal my infirmity, wash my uncleanness, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty and clothe my nakedness, that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, with such reverence and humility, with such sorrow and devotion, with such purity and faith, with such purpose and intention as may be profitable to my soul’s salvation. Grant unto me, I pray, the grace of receiving not only the Sacrament of our Lord’s Body and Blood, but also the grace and power of the Sacrament. O most gracious God, grant me so to receive the Body of Thine only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, which He took from the Virgin Mary, as to merit to be incorporated into His mystical Body, and to be numbered amongst His members. O most loving Father, give me grace to behold forever Thy beloved Son with His face at last unveiled, whom I now purpose to receive under the sacramental veil here below. Amen.

     


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  • A Prayer After Mass (by St. Thomas Aquinas)

    I give thanks to Thee, O Lord, most holy, Father almighty, eternal God, that Thou hast vouchsafed, for no merit of mine own, but out of Thy pure mercy, to appease the hunger of my soul with the precious body and blood of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Humbly I implore Thee, let not this holy communion be to me an increase of guilt unto my punishment, but an availing plea unto pardon and salvation. Let it be to me the armor of faith and the shield of good will. May it root out from my heart all vice; may it utterly subdue my evil passions and all my unruly desires. May it perfect me in charity and patience; in humility and obedience; and in all other virtues. May it be my sure defense against the snares laid for me by my enemies, visible and invisible. May it restrain and quiet all my evil impulses and make me ever cleave to Thee Who art the one true God. May I owe it to a happy ending of my life. And do Thou, O heavenly Father, vouchsafe one day to call me, a sinner, to that ineffable banquet, where Thou, together with Thy Son and the Holy Ghost, art to Thy saints true and unfailing light, fullness of content, joy for evermore, gladness without alloy, consummate and everlasting happiness. Through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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  • Suscipe (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

    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.


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  • The Daily Prayer of Saint Mother Teresa

    Dear Jesus,
    help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go.
    Flood our souls with Your spirit and life.
    Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
    that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.
    Shine through us and be so in us
    that every soul we come in contact with
    may feel Your presence in our soul.
    Let them look up and see no longer us,
    but only Jesus.
    Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as You shine,
    so to shine as to be light to others.
    The light, O Jesus, will be all from You.
    None of it will be ours.
    It will be You shining on others through us.
    Let us thus praise You in the way You love best
    by shining on those around us.
    Let us preach You without preaching,
    not by words, but by our example;
    by the catching force –
    the sympathetic influence of what we do,
    the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to You.
    Amen.


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  • A Daily Prayer Before Daily Mass (by Saint Ambrose)

    O gracious Lord Jesus Christ, though I, who am a sinner, in nowise presume on any merits of my own, and put all my trust in Thy goodness and mercy, yet do I fear and tremble in drawing near to the Table on which is spread Thy banquet of all delights. Many a sin has sullied me in body and in soul because I did not restrain my thoughts nor guard my lips: nevertheless, it is to Thee, O God of majesty and love, that I turn in my extremity, for Thou art the fount of mercy; to Thee, as quickly as I may, I speed: for Thou alone canst heal me; I take refuge under Thy protection. I dare not face Thee as my judge, but I cleave to Thee as my savior. Thy mercy is above all Thy works. Though I fear, because of my sins, yet I trust in Thee on account of Thy mercy. Turn, then, those pitiful eyes of Thine upon me, O Jesus Christ, our everlasting king and Lord, Who art God and man, and Who for man was crucified. Have mercy upon me, full of misery and of sin though I be, upon me, whose only hope is in Thee, because of Thy loving-kindness. Hail! Thou saving victim, offered up for me and for all mankind upon the gibbet of the cross! Hail! thou glorious and most Precious Blood, that flows from the wounds of Jesus Christ, my crucified Lord; to wash away the sins of all the world! Forget not, O Lord, that I am one of those whom Thou hast created, and with Thine own blood hast redeemed. I repent of my sins: I will strive to amend my ways. O most merciful Father, put far from me all my iniquities and all my offences; so that, by Thee made whole in body and in soul, I may be accounted worthy to approach the Holy of holies. Grant, in fine, that the holy foretaste of Thy body and blood, which thou vouchsafe to me, a poor sinner, may be a pledge of the full remission of my sins and of the washing away for evermore of all my guilt. From my mind may it chase away every sinful thought: in my will may it foster all holy desires: may it spur me on to the doing of works well-pleasing to Thee; and may it be to me, of body and of soul, a very sure protection and defense against the craft of all my enemies. Amen.


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  • Breastplate of St. Patrick

    I armor myself today with the power of the Most Holy Trinity, in the oneness of God, Creator of the universe. I armor myself today with the baptism of Christ, His crucifixion and resurrection, His ascension and glorious second coming. I armor myself today with God’s guidance to direct me, God’s might to sustain me, God’s wisdom to instruct me; God’s Word to give me speech, God’s shield to protect me; God’s army to defend me, against the snares of demons, against the lure of vices, against all who plot me harm. I invoke all these virtues today against every hostile and merciless power that may assail me, against the incantations of false prophets, against the black laws of heathenism, against the false laws of heresy, against the deceits of idolatry, against every art and spell that binds the soul to evil. Christ guard me today against every poison, burning, drowning and fatal wounding. Christ be with me, Christ be behind me, Christ be within me, Christ be beside me, Christ to win me. Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ to be where danger threatens, Christ be in the hearts of those around me, forevermore. Amen.


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