Prayers for the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows
 

Prayer To Our Lady of Sorrows
by St. Alphonsus Liguori

I compassionate thee, O most sorrowful Mother! Thy heart was pierced with a sword of grief when Simeon foretold to thee in the Temple the ignominious death and the desolation of thy divine and most dear Son, which thou west destined one day to witness.

By the great anguish of thy suffering heart, O gracious Queen of the universe, impress upon my mind, in life and in death, the sacred Passion of Jesus and thine own sorrows. Amen.


Prayer to St. Anthony, Finder of the Lost

Saint Anthony, when you prayed your stolen book of prayers was given back to you. Pray now for all of us who have lost things precious and dear. Pray for all who have lost faith, hope or the friendship of God.
Pray for us who have lost friends or relatives by death. Pray for all who have lost peace of mind or spirit. Pray that we may be given new hope, new faith, new love. Pray that lost things, needful and helpful to us, may be returned to our keeping. Or, if we must continue in our loss, pray that we may be given Christ's comfort and peace. Amen.


Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

\May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: "Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power" (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Rev:12;7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.       ~John Paul II, St. Peter's Square, 1994~


 

Morning Offering
(from the Apostleship of Prayer)

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings
of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.


Prayerful Aspirations

 

Remember when we were taught to say an aspiration?  We can still say these short easily-remembered prayers throughout the day and raise our hearts to God.  Here are a few to get us started.  Choose one of these or make up your own. As you go about your day say it often in your heart, to keep yourself "in tune" with God!

+Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us and for our children.
+Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You.
+O Mary, conceived without original sin, pray for us who have recourse to you!
+Jesus and Mary, I love you: save souls!
+Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you.  Save families.
+O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!
+Blessed Be God who calls His children back to Him.
+Blessed Mother, cover my prodigal with your mantle of Love and protection.