“Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
(St. ThéRèse of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.)
THE HOLY ROSARY
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Why pray the rosary? One reason the Blessed Mother asked us to pray the rosary might be because it can benefit anyone at any stage of the spiritual life from beginners to advanced. The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” teaches about various types of prayer including vocal prayer, meditation and contemplation. The rosary is a vocal prayer, a meditation and can lead to contemplation as Pope John Paul II mentioned in his encyclical Rosary of the Virgin Mary.
If you are a beginner please click on the picture to find out how to pray the rosary:
If you want to pray the rosary traveling to work, taking a walk in the park or just want to have a company to pray – please download one of the rosary applications on your phone or tablet. Just click on the picture below to find more information.
54 days Novena to the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii – The powerful Novena consists of 15 decades (Joyful, Sorroful and Glorious Mysteries, but you can aslo pray a Luminous) of the Rosary each day for twenty-seven days in petition; then immediately 15 decades each day for twenty-seven days in thanksgiving. Choose one private intention (grace) for the whole novena.
Novena of petition praying at the end of each 27 days: “And to whom else might I turn, if not to You, who are the Solace of the wretched, the Comfort of the forsaken, the Consolation of the afflicted? I confess it to You, my soul is miserable: weighed down by enormous faults, deserving to burn in hell, unworthy of receiving graces! But are You not the Hope of those who despair, the Mother of Jesus, the only Mediator between God and humanity, our powerful Advocate before the throne of the Almighty, the Refuge of sinners? Now then, if You only say a word on my behalf to your Son, He will hear You. Therefore, ask Him, O Mother, for this grace which I greatly need (Here express the grace you desire). You alone can obtain it for me: You who are my only hope, my consolation, my sweetness, my whole life. So I hope. Amen.”
Novena of thanksgiving praying at the end of each 27 days: “Thanks I give to God and thanks to You, O divine Mother, for the new favours that, through your compassion and mercy, have been granted to me. What would have become of me, had you ignored my groans and my tears? May the Angels of Paradise and the choirs of Apostles, Martyrs, Virgins and Confessors give thanks to You on my behalf. May the souls of so many sinners saved by You, who now enjoy in Heaven the vision of your immortal beauty, thank You on my behalf. I wish all creatures to join me in loving You, and the whole world to repeat the echo of my thanks. What will I render back to You, O Queen, rich in mercy and magnificence? The rest of my life I dedicate to You, and to propagate your cult everywhere, O Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii, through whose invocation the grace of the Lord has visited me. I will promote the devotion of your Rosary; I will tell everyone about the mercy You have obtained for me; I will always proclaim how good You have been towards me, so that unworthy people, like me, and sinners may also turn to You with confidence. Amen”
Please click on the picture below to hear all four Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
A PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER
Grant, O Lord, that my own heart may be
touched, as yours is, at the passing of
all souls into eternal life.
In great confidence, I pray for all my
friends and loved ones who are no
longer here on this journey of faith.
When I am sad at the death of those
who were close to me, may my sadness
be firmly supported by my faith that life
is merely changed not ended, that those
I love are still with me though unseen.
May You, Lord Jesus Christ, welcome
me and all those for whom I pray, into
eternal life at the moment pleasing
Saint Therese, intercede for me.
Saint Therese, strengthen my faith.
Week 1, Hope
Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.
Week 2, Peace
Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.
Week 3, Joy
Dear Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas. Amen.
Week 4, Love
Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you, Jesus. Amen.
Advent Prayer for Families
Heavenly Father, your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us, a great sign of your love. Guide us as we strive to walk in that love together as a family this Advent. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, bring us closer to each other and to your son. Give us the grace and strength we need every day. Help us to always trust in you. Come, Lord Jesus, lead all people closer to you. Come and dispel the darkness of our world with the light of your love. Amen.
Blessing the Advent Wreath with Children
Dear Jesus, as we light the candle(s) on this Advent wreath, may the light of your presence bring joy to our hearts. Bless our family and our friends, and be with all those who are in need this holiday season. Amen.