Our Lord often used parables to get his message across. Try
this modern story - "Footprints"
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Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God,
the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living
and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection
of the body and life everlasting.
Michael the Archangel:
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Mary . . .
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according
to Thy word.
Hail Mary . . .
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Mary . . .
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made
worthy of the promises of Christ.
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 His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do I come,
before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy clemency hear and answer me.
Hail Holy Queen:
Hail holy Queen Mother of mercy;
hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to you do we send up our sighs, mournings and weeping in this
vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards
and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of
thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Keep them I pray Thee, Dearest Lord. Keep them, for they are
Thy priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world, though from the world
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, shelter them in Thy
Keep them and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain.
Keep them, and O remember Lord, they have no one but Thee
Yet they have only human hearts with human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host that daily they caress.
Their every thought and word and deed, deign, Dearest Lord
(Alternative prayer for priests)
Efficacious Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus
|O my Jesus, You have said: "Truly I say to
you, ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find,
knock and it will be opened to you".
Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of ..........
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the
Father... Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in You.
|O my Jesus, You have said: "Truly I say to you, if you
ask anything of The Father in My Name, He will give it to you".
Behold, In your Name, I ask The Father for the grace of ..........
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory
be to the Father... Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust
|O my Jesus, You have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven
and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away".
Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of
Our Father... Hail
Mary... Glory be to the Father... Sacred Heart of Jesus I place
all my trust in You.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to
have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable
sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through
the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender mother
Say the Hail, Holy Queen
and add: Saint Joseph, foster father
of Jesus, pray for us.
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus!
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart!
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy!
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception!
Blessed be her glorious Assumption!
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother!
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse!
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints!
|Eternal rest grant unto them
And let perpetual Light shine upon them.
May their souls
And the souls of all the faithful departed
Through the mercy of God
Rest in peace.
Divine Mercy Chaplet:
Using normal rosary beads, begin with:
Our Father..., Hail Mary..., The Creed.
On the five large beads:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity
of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ in atonement
for our sins and those of the whole world.
On the ten small beads:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on
the whole world.
At the end of the Chaplet say three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty
One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
of the Depths - De Profundis - Psalm 129:
Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord hear my voice.
Let Thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If
Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities, Lord, who shall stand it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness, and by reason of
Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord. My soul has relied on
His word, my soul hath hoped in the Lord. From the morning watch
even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord. Because with the
Lord there is mercy; and with Him plentiful redemption. And He
shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures He gives me repose;
Before restful waters He leads me;
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths for His name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you
are at my side, with your rod and your staff that give me courage.
You spread a table for me in the sight of my foes; you anoint
my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.
for our Priests: (alternative)
You came from
among us to be, for us, one who serves.
We thank you for ministering Christ to us and helping us minister Christ to
each other. We are grateful
for the many gifts you bring to our community:
for drawing us together in worship,
for visiting us in our homes,
for comforting us in sickness,
for showing us compassion,
for blessing our marriage,
for baptising our children,
for confirming us in our calling,
for supporting us in bereavement,
for helping us to grow in faith,
for encouraging us to take the initiative,
for helping the whole community realise God's presence among us.For our part,
we pray that we may always be attentive to your needs
and never take you for granted.
You, like us, need friendship and love,
welcome and a sense of belonging,
kind words and acts of thoughtfulness.We pray, also,
for the priests who have wounded priesthood.
May we be willing to forgive
and may they be open to healing.
Let us support one another during times of crisis.God our Father,
we ask you to bless our priests and confirm them in their calling.
Give them the gifts they need
to respond with generosity and a joyful heart. We offer this prayer for our
priest, Who is our brother and friend,