A SIMPLE PRAYER
Mary, Mother of Jesus, Help me to be only All for Jesus, holy.
A PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, make intercession for the holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.
A PRAYER OF JOINED VOICES IN GREAT TIME OF NEED
-- Pope Saint Pius X!
During the reign of Pope Saint Gregory the Great (590 - 604), human hearts had grown hard and cynical. A devastating plague broke out in Rome. Vast numbers of people suffered horribly and died violently. The stench of death was everywhere. Medical science had no remedy. The Pope turned in prayer to Mary as Mother of God and mother of the human race. In a public act of faith, and defiant of the disease that was wiping out the population of Rome, Saint Gregory the Great carried a highly sacred icon, reputedly painted by St. Luke, in solemn procession from the Church of Saint Mary Major to Saint Peter's Basilica. Stories survive even to these times that those who witnessed the solemn procession heard angelic choirs chanting the glorious Resurrection Hymn that acknowledges and praises God's gifts to Mary. People, stooped with sorrow, were suddenly filled with joy at the sound of the angels on high. They joined their voices with the angels to cry out this prayer:
O Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluiia, For He Whom you were privileged to bear, Alleluia, Has risen, as He said, Alleluia. Pray for us to God, Alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia. For the Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia. Let us pray. O God, Who gave joy to the world Through the resurrection of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ; Grant, we beseech You That through His Mother, the Virgin Mary, We may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. May the Divine Assistance remain always with us. Amen.
-- Pope Saint Gregory the Great
This prayer was approved and enriched with an indulgence of five hundred days by Pope Pius X at an audience held on August, 1908, and was included in the official edition of approved indulgenced prayers (1950).
A PRAYER FOR HUMILITY
I come to thee, glorious Mother of God, whom the Church of the Saints call Mother of Humility, Mother of Mercy. Thou art she, O Mary, who has never refused the company of anyone; whose mercy has never failed anyone, or whose clemency rejected any supplicant. God forbid, mediatrix of men, and their only hope, after thy Son, that my sins should be an obstacle to exercising towards me thy merciful office. Ah, no; assuredly, I hope that thou wilt deign to obtain for me the grace to expiate them, to repent of them sincerely. Amen.
WHAT JESUS HAD TO SAY ABOUT PRAYER - MATTHEW 6:5-14
Saint William of Paris (c. 1148 - 1203).
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
This is how you are to pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.
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