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Devotions


In the book entitled “Novenas, Prayers of Intercession and Devotion,” published by Loyola Press in 2007, it is written:
“By praying, one is essentially joining the indwelling Holy Spirit, who “helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.  And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).

At our Baptism we Christians are infused with the Holy Spirit, who continually lives in us and prays for us to the heavenly Father – “God has sent the Spirit of his Son into hearts, saying ‘Abba Father!”  (Galatians 4:6).  Unless we thwart it by serious sin, the unceasing prayer of the Spirit continues without interruption for our entire lifetime.  If we have the misfortune to lose the gift of the Spirit, its restoration is immediate when we repent and seek absolution in the sacrament of Reconciliation. Moreover, the Spirit moves us to use the traditional prayers of the Catholic religion that are contained in the Holy Liturgy and in the popular devotions that flourish in our midst.  These are gifts of God for the people of God and a school of prayer from childhood to old age.

To pray well, therefore, we need to be aware of the divine presence in our hearts and use the Liturgy and personal forms of Prayer to respond to the Spirit’s call.  God will never fail us, and we shall never fail God if we live in prayer by exercising the indwelling presence through habits of prayer.”

“If we make these forms of devotion our own by consistent and faithful use, we will find ourselves. Formed and shaped by them in the image of Jesus.  But we have to say our prayers slowly and carefully, with great respect, standing in awe of the God who is ever-present, all-powerful, and completely loving.

Devotions express our total dependence on God, the friend of the human race, the giver of all good gifts, the One who exists from all eternity, who upholds the entire universe from second to second, who stands outside all our finite categories, and whose name is simply Love.”

We invite you to deepen your prayer life participating in our devotions:

INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, during our daily Mass, celebrated at 8:30  am in the morning from Monday to Friday in the Chapel after Communion we recite a novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague and do a prayer of thanksgiving.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, on the First Friday of each month after morning Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the monstrance for the entire day. The Adoration concludes with the Benediction usually at 8:00 pm.

MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS, on the First Friday of each month after the Mass, we pray the litany and novena to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the act of Reparation and Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

DIVINE OFFICE, LITURGY OF THE HOURS, in the morning about 7:50 a.m. in the Chapel from Monday to Friday, we pray together the official prayer of the Church joining the other fellow Catholics all around the world.

HOLY ROSARY, about 8:10 am in the morning, from Monday to Friday, we pray the Holy Rosary imploring the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

DIVINE MERCY, every year on the feast of Divine Mercy Sunday we have the Holy Hour with the Eucharistic Adoration. We pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy using rosary beads.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS, during the Lenten season every Friday we conduct the Stations of the Cross in the Chapel.
Soon we will be adding new devotions, so please visit this webpage.

CATHOLIC PRAYERS

Suscipe

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will, All I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace. That is enough for me. Amen

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; Good Jesus, hear me; Within the wounds, shelter me; From turning away, keep me; From the evil one, protect me; At the hour of my death, call me; Into your presence lead me; to praise you with all your saints Forever and ever. Amen

Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that I do your will. Amen


Prayer to Saint Joseph

O glorious Saint Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary, ever virgin, and the head of the Holy Family. You have been chosen by Christ’s vicar as the heavenly patron and protector of the Church founded by Christ.
Protect the Holy Father, our sovereign pontiff, and all bishops and priests united with him. Be the protector of all who labor for souls amid the trials and tribulations of this life, and grant that all peoples of the world may follow Christ and the Church he founded.
Dear St. Joseph, accept the offering I make to you. Be my father, protector, and guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me purity of heart and a love for the spiritual life. After your example, let all my actions be directed to the greater glory of God, in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and your own paternal heart. Finally, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense 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 other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Pope John XXIII Prayer to the Holy Spirit

COMMEMORATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL

Holy Spirit, fulfill in us the work begun by Jesus.
Let our prayer on behalf of the whole world be fruitful and unwavering.
Hasten the time when each of us will attain a genuine spiritual life.

Enliven our work that it may reach all human beings,
all who have been redeemed by the Blood of Christ
and all His inheritance.

Take away our natural presumption and uplift us with a holy humility,
with reverence for God and selfless courage.

Let no vain attachment impede the work of our state in life,
nor personal interest divert us from the demands of justice.

May no scheming on our part reduce love to our own petty dimensions.
May all be noble in us: the quest and the respect for truth,
and the willingness to sacrifice even to the cross and death.

And may all be accomplished in accord
with the final prayer of the Son to His heavenly Father
and in accord with the grace
that the Father and the Son give through You,
the Spirit of love,
to the Church and to its institutions,
to every soul and to all peoples.

Amen.