As our body cannot live without nourishment, so our soul cannot spiritually be kept alive without prayer.
– St. Augustine
PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Compassionate Jesus, I remember Your loving invitation to “come to me, all who labor and are heavy-burdened and I will give you rest.” Jesus, look upon my worries, fears, needs and doubts – and those of this broken world. I entrust to You my loved ones, both living and deceased. Enfold us all in Your love, now and evermore. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.
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,
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
PRAYER BEFORE CRUCIFIX
Most High and Glorious God,
Enlighten the darkness of my heart.
Give me a strong faith,
A firm hope,
And a perfect love.
May I feel and know Your holy will,
So that I may fulfill it,
And never go astray.
THE DIVINE PRAISES
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 His most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
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 Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints.