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Monday, August 24, 2015

Litany of St. Dominic


Lord, have mercy on us.
 Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
 Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven,
 Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
 Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
 Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
 Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
Pray for us. (repeat after each line)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Holy Father St. Dominic,
Light of the Church,
Day star of the world,
Preacher of grace,
Rose of patience,
Most zealous for the salvation of souls,
Most desirous of martyrdom,
Evangelical man,
Ivory of chastity,
Man of an apostolic heart,
Doctor of truth,
Example of poverty,
Rich in purity of life,
Burning as a torch for the salvation of sinners,
Trumpet of the Gospel,
Herald of heavenly tidings,
Rule of abstinence,
Shining as the sun in the temple of God,
Enriched with the grace of Christ,
Clothed in heavenly robes,
Resplendent in the choir of virgins,
Father and leader of our Holy Order,
That at the hour of death we may be received into the heavenly kingdom,

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
 Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
 Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
 Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy father, St. Dominic,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, Grant, we beseech you, omnipotent Lord, that we borne down by the weight of our sins, may by the intercession of our Holy Father, St. Dominic, be mercifully assisted. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Litany of Dominican Saints and Blesseds


Lord, have mercy on us.
 Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
 Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven,
 Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
 Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
 Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
 Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
 Pray for us. (repeat after each line)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
St. Michael,
St. Gabriel,
St. Raphael,
St. Joseph,
St. John the Baptist,

All you holy angels and archangels,
All you holy patriarchs and prophets,
All you holy apostles and evangelists,
All you holy martyrs,
All you holy virgins and widows,
All you holy men and women,

Bl. Jane of Aza,
Bl. Reginald of Orleans,
Holy Father Dominic,
Bl. Bertrand,
Bl. Mannes,
Bl. Diana,
Bl. Jordan of Saxony,
Bl. Ceslaus,
St. Peter of Verona,
St. Hyacinth,
Bl. Sadoc and Companions,
Bl. Giles,
St. Margaret of Hungary,
Bl. Bartholomew of Vicenza,
St. Thomas Aquinas,
St. Raymond of Peñyafort,
Bl. Innocent,
St. Albert the Great,
Bl. John of Vercelli,
Bl. Amata,
Bl. Cecilia,
Bl. Emily,
St. Agnes of Montepulciano,
Bl. Margaret of Castello,
Bl. Imelda,
Bl. Margaret Ebner,
Bl. Henry Suso,
St. Catherine of Siena,
Bl. Raymond of Capua,
St. Vincent Ferrer,
Bl. John Dominic,
Bl. Peter of Castello,
Bl. John of Fiesole,
St. Antoninus,
Bl. Osanna of Mantua,
St. Pius,
St. John of Cologne and Companions,
St. Louis Bertrand,
St. Catherine de Ricci,
St. Rose of Lima,
St. Dominic Ibáñez and Companions,
Bl. Agnes of Jesus,
St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions,
St. Martin de Porres,
St. Francis de Capillas and Companions,
St. Juan Macias,
St. Louis de Montfort,
St. Vincent Liem,
Bl. Marie Poussepin,
St. Ignatius Delgado and Companions,
St. Dominic An-Kham,
Bl. Hyacinth Cormier,
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati,
Bl. Bartolo Longo,
All you holy Dominicans,

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
 Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
 Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
 Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, all you Dominican Saints and Blesseds,
 That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, O God, source of all holiness, you have enriched your Church with many gifts in the saints of the Order of Preachers. By following the example of our brothers and sisters, may we come to enjoy their company for ever in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.




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Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy on us.
 Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
 Christ, graciously hear us .

God the Father of heaven,
 Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
 Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
 Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
 Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,
 Pray for us. (repeat after each line)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,

House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of Families,
Queen of Peace,

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
 Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
 Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
 Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
 That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, Grant, we beseech you, Lord God, that we your servants may rejoice in continual health of mind and body and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may we be delivered from present sorrow to delight in joy eternal. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

An Act of Abandonment

(By Saint Jane Frances De Chantal.)
I have made some minor alteration to suit the modern English reader.


0 sovereign goodness of the sovereign Providence of my God!
I abandon myself forever to Your arms.
Whether gentle or severe,
lead me henceforth whether You Will;
I will not regard the way through which You Will have me pass,
but keep my eyes fixed upon You,
my God, who guides me.
My soul finds no rest without the arms
and the bosom of this heavenly Providence,
my true Mother, my strength and my rampart.
Therefore I resolve with Your Divine assistance,
0 my Saviour,
to follow Your desires and Your ordinances,
without regarding or examining why You do this rather than that;
but I will humbly follow You
according to Your Divine will,
without seeking my own inclinations.
Hence I am determined to leave all to You,
taking no part therein save by keeping myself in peace in Your arms,
desiring nothing except as You incites me to desire,
to will, to wish.
I offer You this desire, 0 my God,
beseeching You to bless it;
I undertake all it includes,
relying on Your goodness,
liberality, and mercy,
with entire confidence in You,
distrust of myself,
and knowledge of my infinite misery and infirmity.
Amen!




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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Novena to the Holy Ghost


First Day: The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit! Lord of light!
From Your clear celestial height,
Thy pure beaming radiance give!

Only one thing is important -- eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared -- sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts, He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation, we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for "The Spirit helpour infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself ask for us. 

Almighty and eternal God, Who has given to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and has given us forgiveness of all our sins, given to send forth from heaven upon us Your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.



  • Our Father



  • Hail Mary



  • Glory Bes



  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit



  • Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit



    Second Day: The Gift of Fear

    Come,  Father of the poor!
    Come, with treasures which endure!
    Come,  Light of all that live!

    The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by Sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls."

    Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set You, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou lives and reigns in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.




  • Our Father



  • Hail Mary



  • Glory Bes



  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit



  • Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit



    Third Day: The Gift of Piety

    You, of all consolers best,
    Visiting the troubled breast
    Refreshing peace bestow

    The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.




  • Our Father



  • Hail Mary



  • Glory Bes



  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit



  • Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit



    Fourth Day: The Gift of Fortitude

    You in toil are comfort sweet
    Pleasant coolness in the heat;
    Solace in the midst of woe.

    By the gift of Fortitude, the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."

    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from You, my God and greatest Good. Amen.





  • Our Father



  • Hail Mary



  • Glory Bes



  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit



  • Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit



    Fifth Day: The Gift of Knowledge

    Light immortal! Light Divine!
    Visit  these hearts of  mine
    And our inmost being fill.

    The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth -- in relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possessed it."

    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Your glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to You and Your eternal rewards. Amen.




  • Our Father



  • Hail Mary



  • Glory Bes



  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit



  • Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit



    Sixth Day: The Gift of Understanding

    If You take Your grace away,
    Nothing pure in man will stay,
    All his good is turn'd to ill.

    Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion. By faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God."

    Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of You and the Father and the Son. Amen.




  • Our Father



  • Hail Mary



  • Glory Bes



  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost



  • Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit



    Seventh Day: The Gift of Counsel

    Heal our wounds - our strength renew;
    On our dryness pour Your dew;
    Wash the stains of guilt away!

    The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. "Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct our way in truth."

    Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Your holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Your commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.




  • Our Father


  • Hail Mary



  • Glory Bes



  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit



  • Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit



    Eighth Day: The Gift of Wisdom

    Bend the stubborn heart and will;
    Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
    Guide the steps that go astray!

    Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written "all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior: "Take up your cross and follow Me, for My yoke is sweet, and My burden light."

    Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all passing joys and satisfactions of the earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.




  • Our Father



  • Hail Mary



  • Glory Bes


  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit



  • Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit



    Ninth Day: The Fruits of the Holy Ghost

    You, on those who evermore
    We confess and we adore,
    In Your sevenfold gifts, descend:
    Give us comfort when we die;
    Give us life with You on high;
    Give us joy which never ends. Amen.

    The gifts of the Holy Ghost perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Ghost, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

    Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Your inspiration, may merit to be united eternally with You in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.




  • Our Father



  • Hail Mary



  • Glory Bes



  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit



  • Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit



    Prayer to the Holy Ghost

    Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. Oh God Who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and to ever rejoice in His consolations, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.



    The novena to the Holy Ghost is the oldest novena, first made at the direction of Our Lord when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the First Pentecost. It is the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light, strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. To encourage devotion to the Holy Spirit the Church has enriched this novena with indulgences.

    The faithful who devoutly assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Ghost immediately preceding the feast of Pentecost may gain anIndulgence of 10 years on any day of the novena, and a Plenary indulgence, if they take part in at least five of the exercises; and moreover go to confession, and receive Holy Communion and pray for the Holy Father's intentions.

    Those who make a private novena in honor of the Holy Spirit, either before Pentecost or at any other time in the year may gain an Indulgence of 7 years on any day of this novena, and a Plenary indulgence under the usual conditions; but if a public novena is held, this indulgence is available only to those who are lawfully hindered from being part in the same.



  • (edited by Rev. Fr. Jessie G. Somosierra, Jr)




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