Friday, 6 June 2014

Practical Exercises Of Prayer. Section II. Devout prayers, which may be said during the day with spiritual profit. By The Very Rev. John Baptist Pagani.


When the sign of the Angelus is given at morning, noon, and evening, say:

The angel of God brought the message unto Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Ghost. Hail Mary, &c.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary, &c.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us. Hail Mary, &c.

Let us pray.

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of the resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

A Prayer before beginning any important Office.

Prevent, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions, by Thy holy inspiration, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and by Thee be happily ended. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

At the end of any important Office.

We give Thee thanks, almighty and merciful Lord, for all Thy gifts, who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

In going forth from your house, say:

Shew me, O Lord, Thy ways, and teach me Thy paths. Direct my steps according to Thy word, that no injustice rule over me. Make perfect my steps in Thy paths, that my feet be not moved.

Grace before Meals.

Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which of Thy bounty we are going to receive. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grace after Meals.

"We give Thee thanks, almighty God, for all Thy benefits, who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, for Thy name's sake, to render unto all our benefactors everlasting life. Amen.

May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

A Prayer for Scholars before Study.

O incomprehensible Creator, the true fountain of light and only author of all knowledge, vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, to enlighten my understanding with the rays of Thy brightness, and chase away from me all darkness of sin and ignorance. Thou who makest eloquent the lips of the speechless, instruct my tongue, and pour on my lips the grace of Thy blessing. Give me a diligent and obedient spirit, quickness of apprehension, capacity of retaining, and the powerful assistance of Thy holy grace, that I may apply all to Thy honour and the everlasting salvation of my own soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Priests before instructing the People.

Come, O Holy Ghost, replenish the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send down Thy Spirit, and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

O God, who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful by the illumination of Thy Holy Spirit, grant unto us, we beseech Thee, in the same Holy Spirit, to relish that which is right and pleasing in Thy sight, and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolations, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee and the same Holy Ghost, ever liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end Amen.

Prayer after the Instruction.

Accept, O most gracious God, the office of our service. If, by Thy grace, we have performed any thing according unto our duty, in Thy clemency do Thou regard it: and whatever we have done with negligence, do Thou mercifully forgive the same, who livest and reignest, one God, in perfect Trinity, world without end. Amen.

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus.

V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.
V. God the Father of Heaven
R. Have mercy on us.
V. God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. God the Holy Spirit,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Holy Trinity, one God,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, Son of the living God, R. Have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father, [etc.]
Jesus, brightness of eternal light.
Jesus, King of glory.
Jesus, sun of justice.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary.
Jesus, most amiable.
Jesus, most admirable.
Jesus, the mighty God.
Jesus, Father of the world to come.
Jesus, angel of great counsel.
Jesus, most powerful.
Jesus, most patient.
Jesus, most obedient.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Jesus, lover of chastity.
Jesus, lover of us.
Jesus, God of peace.
Jesus, author of life.
Jesus, example of virtues.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls.
Jesus, our God.
Jesus, our refuge.
Jesus, father of the poor.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful.
Jesus, good Shepherd.
Jesus, true light.
Jesus, eternal wisdom.
Jesus, infinite goodness.
Jesus, our way and our life.
Jesus, joy of Angels.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles.
Jesus, teacher of the Evangelists.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs.
Jesus, light of Confessors.
Jesus, purity of Virgins.
Jesus, crown of Saints.

V. Be merciful, R. spare us, O Jesus.
V. Be merciful, R. graciously hear us, O Jesus.

V. From all evil, R. deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From Your wrath, [etc.]
From the snares of the devil.
From the spirit of fornication.
From everlasting death.
From the neglect of Your inspirations.
By the mystery of Your holy Incarnation.
By Your Nativity.
By Your Infancy.
By Your most divine Life.
By Your labours.
By Your agony and passion.
By Your cross and dereliction.
By Your sufferings.
By Your death and burial.
By Your Resurrection.
By Your Ascension.
By Your institution of the most Holy Eucharist.
By Your joys.
By Your glory.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. spare us, O Jesus.
V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. graciously hear us, O Jesus.
V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. have mercy on us, O Jesus.

V. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, You have said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek, and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened to you." Grant, we beg of You, to us who ask it, the gift of Your most divine love, that we may ever love You with our whole heart, in word and deed, and never cease praising You.

Give us, O Lord, as much a lasting fear as a lasting love of Your Holy Name, for You, who live and are King for ever and ever, never fail to govern those whom You have solidly established in Your love.

R. Amen.

Aspirations which may be used in the midst of our ordinary Occupations.

Lord Jesus, I believe that Thou art the Son of the living God; increase my faith.

In Thee, O Lord, is my hope; oh, let me never be confounded.

Hide me, O dear Jesus, in Thy sacred wounds; bathe my soul in Thy precious blood.

O Fountain of Mercy, have pity on me, and save my soul.

Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.

Oh, rather let me die a thousand deaths, than be separated from Thee!

Oh, that I had the heart of the highest cherubim and seraphim, that I might worthily praise, love, and glorify Thee!

O my God, teach me to love Thee; teach me to serve Thee as I ought.

O Divine Love, how little art Thou loved by men!

Take possession. Lord, of my heart, and inflame it with the fire of Thy love.

Too late I have known Thee, O ancient Truth! Too late I have loved Thee, O ancient Beauty!

Thou art, O Lord, the God of my heart, and my portion for ever.

My God and my all, I desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ.

As the hart panteth after the fountain of living water, so does my soul long after Thee, my God.

Who will give me the wings of the dove, and I will fly and repose in Thee 1

My soul has thirsted after God, the Fountain of living water, which springs to eternal life. Oh, when shall I come and appear in the presence of my God!

My heart and flesh rejoice exceedingly in the living God.

O Lord, enlighten my eyes, that I may never sleep in death.

The sins of my youth and my ignorances remember not, O Lord.

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Thy Name give glory.

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I recommend my spirit.

Let God arise, and let His enemies be put to flight. Say to my soul, O Lord, I am thy salvation.

Let the name of the Lord be ever blessed.

My heart is ready, O Lord; my heart is ready.

All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise Him, and glorify Him for ever.

O Sweet Heart of my Jesus, give me the grace to love Thee evermore.

Give me, O Lord, Thy grace with Thy love.

O Heart of my Jesus, burning with love for me, inflame my heart with love for Thee.

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

Taken from - The Way to Heaven. A Manual of Devotion. By The Very Rev. John Baptist Pagani.