O Jesus, who has said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened to you,” through the intercession of Mary, your most holy Mother and good St. Joseph, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.
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O Jesus who has said, “All that you ask of the Father in my name, He will grant you,” through the intercession of Mary, your most holy Mother and good St. Joseph, I humbly and urgently ask your Father in your name that my prayer be granted.
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O Jesus, who has said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away but my word shall not pass away”, through the intercession of Mary your most holy Mother and good St. Joseph, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.
I place myself in the presence of Him, in whose Incarnate Presence I m before I place myself there.
I adore Thee, O my Savior, present here as God and man, in soul and body, in true flesh and blood.
I acknowledge and confess that I kneel before that Sacred Humanity which was conceived in Mary’s womb and lay in Mary’s bosom; which grew up to man’s estate, and by the Sea of Galilee called the Twelve, wrought miracles, and spoke words of wisdom and peace; which in due season hung on the cross, lay in the tomb, rose from the dead, and now reigns in heaven.
I praise, and bless, and give myself wholly to Him, Who is the true Bread of my soul, and my everlasting joy.
John Henry Newman
Fray Luis de León was a 16th-century Augustinian friar and priest who compiled and wrote a commentary on the work of St. Teresa of Avila.
Virgin of Virgins, you were untouched by that stain of sin, that first of all evils, the sad inheritance of the human race. From my earliest years I have placed my hope in you. Where the power of evil overcomes me and makes my life too sinful for your gaze, all the more will your unbounded compassion show me your generous love, because my sufferings is so deep, my sinfulness so unworthy of your aid.
Jesus, you decided to become a child, and I’m coming to you full of trust. I believe that your attentive love forestalls all my needs. Even for the intercession of your holy Mother, you can meet my necessities, spiritual as well as material, if I pray according to your holy will.
I love you with all my heart, all my strength; I beg your pardon if my weakness makes me sin. I repeat with the Gospel, “Lord, if you want you can heal me.” I leave you to decide how and when.
I’m ready to accept suffering, if this is your will, but help me not to become hardened to it, rather to bear fruit. Help me to be a faithful servant and for your sake, holy Child, to love my neighbor as myself.
Almighty Child, unceasingly I pray you to support me in my necessities of the present moment (mention your needs here). Grant me the grace to remain in you, to be possessed and to possess you entirely, with your parents, Mary and Joseph, in the eternal praise of your heavenly servants. Amen.
O my dear Jesus, if I could set table for all the poor, for your most holy love!
O Lord, if I should visit all the hospitals, and could serve all the sick, could rescue the captives, could clothe the poor and naked, give lodgings to pilgrims, and provide graves for all the deceased. How happy my soul would be, Lord!
If I should counsel and show all the road to heaven, punish and correct all who offend you, console the afflicted, pardon the offenses that have been done me, suffer the disturbances of all, and finally pray, as worthily as the glorious Saint Stephen prayed, for my enemies and the enemies of all!
This grant me by the merits of your sacred passion. Amen.
I will love you, Lord, in every way and without setting limits to my love. You set no limits to what you have done for me; you have not measured out your gifts. I will not measure out my love. I will love you, Lord, with all my strength, with all my powers, as much as I am able.
St. Joseph is the protector of the Servants of God of Saint Augustine.
Remember, O most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, my beloved patron, that never has it been heard that anyone sought your aid without being comforted.Inspired by this confidence, I come to you and fervently commend myself to you.Despise not my petition, dear foster father of our Redeemer, but graciously accept it.Amen.
O glorious descendant of the kings of Judah! Inheritor of the virtues of all the patriarchs! Just and happy St. Joseph, listen to my prayer; You are my glorious protector, and shall ever be, after Jesus and Mary, the object of my deepest veneration and most tender trust. You are most hidden, though the greatest saint, and are the special patron of those who serve God with great purity and fervor. In union with all those who have ever been devoted to you, I now dedicate myself to your service, begging you, for the sake of Jesus Christ, who condescended to love and obey you as a son, to become a father to me and to obtain for me filial respect, confidence and a child's love for you. O powerful intercessor for all Christians, whose mediation, as St. Theresa assures us, has never been found to fail, deign to intercede for me now, and to implore for me the particular intention of this novena.(Specify your intention.)
Present me, O great Saint, to the adorable Trinity, with whom you have such glorious and intimate communication. Obtain that I may never erase by sin the sacred image in whose likeness I was created. Beg for me that my divine Redeemer may enkindle in my heart and in all the hearts the fire of His love and infuse therein the virtues of his adorable infancy: his purity, simplicity, obedience and humility. Obtain for me also a fervent devotion to your virgin spouse, and protect me so powerfully in life and death that I may have the happiness of dying, as you did, in the friendship of my Creator, and under the immediate protection of the Mother of God.
O Powerful Saint Rita, rightly called Saint of the Impossible, I come to you with confidence in my great need. You know well my trials, for you yourself were many times burdened in this life. Come to my help, speak for me, pray with me, intercede on my behalf before the Father. I know that God has a most generous heart and that he is a most loving Father. Join your prayers to mine and obtain for me the grace I desire (mention your request). You who were so very pleasing to God on earth and are so much so now in heaven, I promise to use this favor, when granted, to better my life, to proclaim God’s mercy, and to make you more widely known and loved. Amen.
The chaplet of Saint Rita consists of a set of 10 beads on which one recites alternately the Our Father and the Hail Mary while reflecting on the following meditations.
1.I rejoice with you, O blessed Saint Rita, who were showered by God with blessings of sweetness whereby you remained always faithful to your baptismal consecration. Pray for me that I may avoid every sin. Our Father. Hail Mary.
2.I rejoice with you, O glorious Saint Rita, who from childhood were blessed with the gift of prayer and the contemplation of Jesus Crucified. Obtain for me fervor in my prayer and compassionate love for Jesus in his sufferings. Our Father. Hail Mary.
3.I rejoice with you, O fortunate Saint Rita, who learned how to draw from your Crucified Savior the strength and the courage to bear the trials of life out of love for him. Pray for me that I may imitate your virtues and experience the favor of Jesus Crucified. Our Father. Hail Mary.
4.I rejoice with you, O most blessed Saint Rita, who were so loving as to suffer for Jesus, and so came to receive on your forehead a thorn from his crown. Obtain for me a sign of heartfelt contrition and the grace of sorrow for my sins. Our Father. Hail Mary.
5.I rejoice with you, O Saint Rita, who walked always the path of faith, hope, and love, as wife and mother, widow and religious, and who now enjoy the rewards of heavenly glory. Look upon me in my needs and obtain for me the grace to follow your example, fulfilling all the duties of my state of life so as to share with you some day the Father’s presence. Our Father. Hail Mary.
God of truth, desire of all hearts, we praise you for your love that touched the heart of Augustine and awakened in him the quest for your truth. Attracted by the good things you made, he learned to seek your face and to know the joy of your presence. The name of Christ, echoing from infancy in the depths of his heart, called him back to your Word, the teacher who dwells within. With Augustine we praise the work of your love and proclaim your action of grace in our lives. Through the intercession of Augustine we ask you to hear our prayer: (here mention your request). Teach us daily to live by his example so that our restless hearts may find your peace and our lives may rejoice in your love. Saint Augustine--pray for us.