A Prayer To ‘Be Holy As God Is Holy’
Prayers for Holy Communion
Canon for preparation for Holy Communion (pdf) To be said the evening before you plan to partake of Holy Communion.
Prayers to be said on the morning you plan to partake of Holy Communion (pdf)
Prayer of St.
Lord, Jesus Christ my God, forgive the faults and sins which I, Your unworthy servant have committed from my youth to this day and hour, whether knowingly or in ignorance, whether by words, deeds, intentions or thoughts and whether by habit or through any of my senses. By the prayers of Your pure and Virgin Mother, make me worthy without condemnation to receive Your precious, immortal and life-giving Mysteries for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. May the Eucharist sanctify, enlighten, strengthen and heal my soul and body and thus destroy my evil thoughts, intentions and prejudices. For Yours, Christ our God, is the Kingdom, the power, the glory, the honor and worship with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of St.
John of Damascus
Master and Lord, Jesus Christ our God, You alone have authority to forgive my sins, whether committed knowingly or in ignorance, and make me worthy to receive without condemnation Your divine, glorious, pure and life-giving Mysteries, not for my punishment, but for my purification and sanctification, now and in Your future Kingdom. For You, Christ our God are compassionate and love mankind and to You we give glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit now and forever and ever. Amen.
Prayers Right Before Communion
I believe and confess, Lord, that You are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. I also believe that this is truly Your pure Body and that this is truly Your precious Blood.
Therefore, I pray to You, have mercy upon me, and forgive my transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, in word and deed, known and unknown.
And make me worthy without condemnation to partake of Your pure Mysteries for the forgiveness of sins and for eternal life. AmenHow shall I, who am unworthy, enter into the splendor of Your saints? If I dare to enter into the bridal chamber, my clothing will accuse me, since it is not a wedding garment; and being bound up, I shall be cast out by the angels. In Your love, Lord, cleanse my soul and save me.
Loving Master, Lord Jesus Christ, my God, let not these holy Gifts be to my condemnation because of my unworthiness, but for the cleansing and sanctification of soul and body and the pledge of the future life and kingdom.
It is good for me to cling to God and to place in Him the hope of my salvation.
Receive me today, Son of God, as a partaker of Your mystical Supper. I will not reveal Your mystery to Your adversaries. Nor will I give You a kiss as did Judas.
But as the thief I confess to You: Lord, remember me in Your Kingdom.
Prayers After Receiving Communion
I thank Thee, O Lord my God, that Thou hast not rejected me, a sinner, but hast granted me to be a communicant of Thy holy Things. I thank Thee that Thou hast granted me, unworthy as I am, to partake of Thy pure and heavenly Gifts.
But, O Lord, Lover of men, Who didst die for us and rise again and bestow upon us these Thy dread and life-giving Mysteries for the well being and sanctification of our souls and bodies, grant that these may be even to me for the healing of my soul and body, for the averting of everything hostile, for the enlightenment of the eyes of my heart, for the peace of the powers of my soul, for unashamed faith, for sincere love, for the fullness of wisdom, for the keeping of Thy commandments, for an increase of Thy divine grace, and for familiarity with Thy Kingdom; that being kept by Them in Thy holiness I may ever remember Thy grace, and never live for myself but for Thee our Lord and Benefactor. And so when I have passed from existence here in the hope of eternal life, may I attain to everlasting rest, where the song is unceasing of those who keep festival and the joy is boundless of those who behold the ineffable beauty of Thy face. For Thou art the true desire and the unutterable gladness of those who love Thee, O Christ our God, and all creation sings of Thee throughout the ages.
Prayer of St.
Basil the Great
Lord Christ our God, King of the ages and Creator of all, I thank Thee for all the blessings Thou hast granted me and for the communion of Thy pure and life-giving Mysteries. I pray Thee, therefore, good Lord and Lover of men, guard me under Thy protection and within the shadow of Thy wings; and grant me with a clear conscience till my last breath worthily to partake of Thy holy Things for forgiveness of sins and for life eternal.
For Thou art the Bread of Life, the Source of Holiness, the Giver of all that is good, and to Thee we send up the glory, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer of St.
Symeon the Translator O Thou Who givest me willingly Thy Flesh for food, Thou Who art fire, and burnest the unworthy, Scorch me not, O my Maker, But rather pass through me for the integration of my members, Into all my joints, my affections, and my heart. Burn up the thorns of all my sins. Purify my soul, sanctify my mind; Strengthen my knees and bones; Enlighten the simplicity of my five senses. Nail down the whole of me with Thy fear. Ever protect, guard, and keep me From every soul-destroying word and act. Sanctify, purify, attune, and rule me.
Adorn me, give me understanding, and enlighten me. Make me the habitation of Thy Spirit alone, And no longer a habitation of sin, That as Thy house from the entry of communion Every evil spirit and passion may flee from me fire.
I offer Thee as intercessors all the sanctified, The Commanders of the Bodiless Hosts, Thy Forerunner, the wise Apostles, And Thy pure and immaculate Mother. Receive their prayers, my compassionate Christ. And make Thy slave a child of light.
For Thou alone art our sanctification, O Good One, And the radiance of our souls, And to Thee as our Lord and God as is right
We all give glory day and night.
May Thy Holy Body, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, be to me for eternal life, and Thy Precious Blood for forgiveness of sins.
And may this Eucharist be to me for joy, health, and gladness.And in Thy awful second coming, make me, a sinner, worthy to stand on the right hand of Thy glory, through the intercessions of Thy holy and most pure Mother and of all Thy Saints. Amen.
To the Most Holy Mother of God
All-holy Lady, Mother of God, the light of my darkened soul, my hope and protection, my refuge and consolation, and my joy, I thank thee that thou hast made me, who am unworthy, worthy to be a communicant of the immaculate Body and precious Blood of thy Son.
But do thou who didst bear the true Light enlighten the spiritual eyes of my heart. O thou who didst conceive the Source of Immortality, give life to me who am dead in sin.
O thou who art the compassionately loving Mother of the merciful God, have mercy on me and give me compunction and contrition of heart, humility in my thoughts, and the recall of my reasoning powers from their captivity.
And grant me till my last breath to receive without condemnation the sanctification of the Holy Mysteries for the healing of soul and body. And give me tears of repentance and confession, and of thanksgiving, that I may praise and glorify thee all the days of my life. For thou art blessed and glorified for ever. Amen.
Then the Song of Symeon is said:
Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Lord, according to Thy word. For my eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared in the sight of all peoples, the light of revelation for the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.
To Be Holy For God You Have To Be Wholly For God
Commentary on Parashat Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18 — 21:9
- Laws regarding both sacred and secular legislation are addressed. The Israelites are told that in every dealing they should pursue justice in order to merit the land that God is giving them. (16:18–18:8) The people are warned to avoid sorcery and witchcraft, the abhorrent practices of their idolatrous neighbors. (18:9–22) God tells them that should an Israelite unintentionally kill another, he may take sanctuary in any of three designated cities of refuge. (19:1–13) Laws to be followed during times of peace and times of war are set forth. (19:14–21:9)
You must be wholehearted with Adonai your God (Deuteronomy 18:13).
In Genesis 6:9 and 17:1, the Hebrew word tamim is used to refer to Noah and Abraham, respectively, and is translated as blameless. In Deuteronomy 18:13, the same word, tamim, is translated as wholehearted. Why is this word translated differently in our portion?
What does being wholehearted mean? Does it mean the same to you as being blameless?
Rabbinic commentators have written that only five biblical verses convey the essence of Judaism and this is one of them. Why do you think that they felt this verse is so important?
Deuteronomy 18:13 appears in a section that enumerates the abhorrent practices of sorcery and witchcraft. Does this knowledge affect how you understand the verse?
By the Way…
That, I believe, was what God asked of Abraham. Not “Be perfect,” not “Don’t ever make a mistake,” but “Be whole.” To be whole before God means to stand before Him with all our faults as well as our virtues and to hear the message of our acceptability.
… Know what is good and what is evil, and when you do wrong, realize that that was not the essential you. It was because the challenge of being human is so great that no one gets it right every time. God asks no more of us than that (Harold S.
Kushner, How Good Do We Have to Be? p. 180).
To be sure, they seek Me daily, as though eager to learn My ways. a nation that does what is right, that has not abandoned the laws of its God.… “Why, when we fasted, did You not see? When we starved our bodies, did You pay no heed?” Because on your fast day you see to your business and oppress all your laborers! (Isaiah 58:2–3).
Classical Jewish ethicists have attempted to illuminate the difficulty and significance of being wholehearted. “For you must know that words are a matter of the tongue, but meaning is a matter of the heart….When a man prays only with the tongue, the heart is preoccupied with something other than the meaning of the prayer…. The prayer becomes a body without a soul, a shell without contents.
… Only the body is present; the heart is absent” (Bahya Ibn Pakuda quoted in The Book of Direction to the Duties of the Heart by Menahem Mansoor, p. 365) .
There is no doubt that Deuteronomy 18:13 is a very important verse.
At times it is either neglected or underrated because it appears in a portion that includes many significant rules and admonitions pertaining to justice, war crimes, conscientious objection, and protection of the environment.
And as if that were not enough, in Shoftim we also find the famous phrase “Justice, justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20), which is always worthy of serious study and discussion.
I believe that there is a reason why being wholehearted appears in this week’s portion. Perhaps Deuteronomy 18:13 will lead us to justice. And since this verse is viewed as one of the five great biblical passages, it possesses the power to be both timely and timeless.
The purpose of this verse may be to remind us that at times we approach God with an insincere heart, a heart that is neither whole nor full. Accordingly, we create a distance between ourselves and God.
We erect barriers and obstacles that keep us far away from God. Is it our behavior alone that stops us from being wholehearted? Our behavior is indeed part of the problem, but it is not the entire problem.
Maybe we cannot be holy because we are not wholly for God: We only give and show part of ourselves to God. We are plagued by a disharmony that prevents us from connecting our hearts, words, and deeds to create a beautiful tapestry that is prosaic as well as Mosaic.
In essence, you cannot be wholehearted for God when your heart is reserved for another God or when you are unwilling to give any of your heart to God. A heart that belongs only to you and cares only for you is not a heart that can be whole for God.
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A Prayer That Brought the Holy Spirit Down
When they were released they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, «Sovereign Lord, who didst make the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who by the mouth of our father David, thy servant, didst say by the Holy Spirit, 'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things? The kings of the earth set themselves in array, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'—for truly in this city there were gathered together against thy holy servant Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever thy hand and thy plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness, while thou stretchest out thy hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of thy holy servant Jesus.» And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
This prayer is relevant for us today in Minneapolis for fivereasons.
- It is relevant because of the answer that came.
- It is relevant because of who is praying.
- It is relevant because of the occasion when it was prayed.
- It is relevant because of whom it was prayed to.
- It is relevant because of what was asked.
1. The Answer That Came
It is relevant because of the answer that came.
Verse 31: «And when they had prayed, the place in which theywere gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled withthe Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.»
Parallels with Pentecost
Notice the parallels here with what happened at Pentecost. Herethey had just prayed. There (Acts 1:14) they had been praying. Hereit says, «And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.» In Acts2:4 it says, «And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
«(Exactly the same verb.) Here God shakes the building todemonstrate his power. There in Acts 2:2 a sound came from heaven the rush of a mighty wind. Here they speak the Word of Godwith boldness.
There they began to speak in other tongues the greatthings of God (Acts 2:4, 11).
In other words, Pentecost was the first great outpouring of theSpirit on the church. And here is another one. In both God givesphysical demonstrations of his power. In both he gives the fullnessof the Holy Spirit.
In both he releases open and courageousspeaking. Whatever else Pentecost is, it is not unique as anoutpouring of the Spirit to empower the church for witness.
Theblessing of Pentecost would happen in different ways and differentmeasures through Acts and through the rest of church history.
Exactly What We Desperately Need
This prayer is relevant today because of the answer that came.This outpouring of the Spirit is exactly what is desperately neededin the church in America because of the challenges that face us.This is true even in the best of churches—notice that thepeople on whom this blessing came were not disobedient orfaithless. Some of them—Peter and John—had just beenspectacularly obedient.In fact verse 8 said that Peter had beenfilled with the Holy Spirit when he stood up to speak in thecourtroom. Now he and the other praying saints are filled again inthis extraordinary way. Even if you love many things aboutBethlehem and think that God's blessing is on us—as Ido—this is what we need.
Not because our church is so bad butbecause the need and the hardness of the world is so great.
2. Who Is Praying
This prayer is relevant because of who is praying.
Verse 23: «When they [Peter and John] were released, they wentto their friends and reported what the chief priests and the eldershad said to them. And when they had heard it they lifted theirvoices together to God and said . . . «
Luke does not say they went to «the other apostles.» He saysthey went to «their friends,» literally: «their own.
» The word isused this one other time in Acts, namely, in Acts 24:23 whereit says that Felix commanded that none of Paul's friends [i.e., hisown] should be prevented from attending to his needs.
It is thesame word used in John 1:11—»Jesus came to his own and hisown received him not.» It simply means family, friends, closeassociates, neighbors, etc.
Therefore this prayer is relevant to us because it is prayed notby someone with special rights and privileges, but by Christians.It is the church gathered, not just the apostles, that pray for Godto give boldness and to heal and to do signs and wonders.
Thesewere not the prerogatives of the apostles, as we have already seenlast spring when we looked at Stephen in Acts 6:8 and Philip inActs 8:6 both of whom God used to do signs and wonders even thoughthey were deacons and evangelists and not apostles (6:5; cf. alsoGalatians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:9–10).
So the prayer is relevant because of whoprayed it—people you and me.
3. When It Was Prayed
This prayer is relevant because of the occasion when it wasprayed.
Following the Threats of the Religious Leaders
Peter and John had just been released from custody. Verse 23says they told the other believers specifically what the chiefpriests and elders had said. Verse 29 clues us in on what this was.The believers pray, «Now, Lord, look upon their threats.
» In otherwords, Peter and John had told them about the threats mentioned inverses 18 and 21. In verse 18 the priests and elders demandedthat Peter and John «not speak or teach at all in the name ofJesus.» In verse 21 they threaten them further.
So the occasion for this prayer is very dangerous threatsagainst the preaching of God's Word in the name of Jesus. Therewere extraordinary obstacles in the way of the spread of Jesus'name. This is why the church is so urgent in its prayer.
They donot assume that they can keep on and advance in effective ministrywithout a fresh baptism of the Spirit. Fear could paralyze them atany moment.One look into their children's face and they want torun away where it is comfortable and safe and not risk speaking forChrist in public anymore.
The Obstacles and Dangers We Face
So this prayer is relevant for us because of its occasion. Weface tremendous obstacles too. Persecution of Christians is a wayof life in many countries of the world. In America persecution isincreasing and freedoms are narrowing, as the secular relativistsfeel more and more threatened by our message that there is one wayto God and one set of commandments valid for all.
But even short of persecution, the obstacles we face makingChrist known are great—with the anonymity of neighborhoodscreated by mobility; the entertainment industry that keeps peoplesaturated with the world and numb to spiritual things; a thoroughlyGod-ignoring culture; a medical technology so advanced and soavailable that people seldom think of resorting to God for help;and on top of all this the relative weakness of the church veryenmeshed in the values of the world they are supposed to confrontwith a radically different Christ.
If the early Christians, with their first-hand experience of therisen Christ and their immediate access to apostles andeye-witnesses, needed to seek a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spiritto carry on in their situation, how much more we.
4. To Whom It Was Prayed
This prayer is relevant because of whom it was prayed to.
Declaring Who God Is
It is remarkable that these Christians take five verses to tellGod who he is, and two verses to ask what they want from him. NowGod does not need to be told who he is.
But Christians need to knowwho he is—and precisely in their prayers they need to knowand confess that he is the kind of God who can and will answertheir prayers.
In essence what they are doing in verses 24–28 ishallowing God's name before they pray, «Thy kingdom come.»
They identify God in two ways. First, they say he is the Creatorof all things. Verse 24: «Sovereign Lord, who didst make the heavenand the earth and the sea and everything in them . . . » So theyappeal to him as the Creator of all. They know that if God createdeverything in earth, sea, and heaven, then these elders and priestsare his property and he can do with them as he pleases.
Second, they say that God is the one who is ruler of all, eventhe deeds of evil men. He puts to naught the rage of the Gentilesand empties the plans of his adversaries. They say this by quotingPsalm 2 in verses 25–26, and then by showing that the psalm wasfulfilled in the way God was in control when evil men killed Jesus.
Verses 27–28: «For truly in this city there were gathered togetheragainst thy holy servant Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herodand Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel [that's the conspiracy of the nations mentioned in Psalm 2], to dowhatever thy hand and thy plan had predestined to take place [that's how God turned their rage into a vain thing, thenaccomplished his saving purpose].»
In other words, just the psalm says, «Why do the Gentilesrage and the peoples imagine a vain thing?» (v. 25).Their ragecomes to naught and their imagination is empty, because God ruleseven over the sinful deeds of men and causes them tobackfire—Jesus is risen and the stone which the buildersrejected has become the head of the corner. All their rage and alltheir imagination has turned back on their own head.
The Importance of Doctrine and Theology
Now remember all thisis a prayer! All this is prelude to askingfor the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Here is what this makes thisrelevant for our praying today. Many would tell us that doctrineand theology are not important if you can have the power of theHoly Spirit.
But these early Christians knew better. For them thedoctrine of creation, the doctrine of inspired Scripture (v. 25),the doctrine of God's sovereignty even over the voluntary acts ofsinful people, a knowledge of Old Testament prophecy—thesethings were essential.
The Spirit of God is the Spirit of truth. Heis not indifferent to bad doctrine in the mind when he comes tofill the heart. If we want his fullness, we will do well to fill ourminds with the truth he has revealed about God in Scripture.
Thenwe will pray more the early Christians.
5. What Was Asked
This prayer is relevant because of what was asked.
Reasoning and Requesting
In verse 29 they arrive at their request: «Now, Lord, look upontheir threats.» That's their first request. It means: «Take note,Lord, what is at stake in their threats.
They have commanded us notto speak of your Son's name any more. That is what is at stakehere. So rouse yourself, because nothing is of greater interest toyou than the honor of your Son. Rise up.
Take note. Look on theirthreats.»
That is a kind of argument in the court of heaven. Here is whyyou should help us: their threats are against your Son'sreputation. Here is what we need so that we do not cave in to theirthreats.
Verse 29b–30: «Grant to thy servants to speak thy word with allboldness, while thou stretchest out thy hand to heal, and signs andwonders are performed through the name of thy holy servantJesus.»
They ask for three things: that God would give them boldness;that he would stretch out his hand to heal people; and that hewould cause signs and wonders to happen—all this through thename of Jesus. In other words their desire is to be empowered insuch a way that the name of Jesus will be vindicated.
How We Should Seek the Power of the Spirit
This is relevant for us because it shows us how we should beseeking the power of God's Spirit. We should be praying for it they were—and remember Jesus says not to lose heart, but tokeep seeking and knocking and asking the Father for the Holy Spirit(Luke 11).
And that means praying not only in general ways for theoutpouring of God's Spirit but in specific ways: for the gift oold proclamation, for his hand to be stretched out to heal, andhis Son's name to be honored and vindicated through signs andwonders. Preaching is primary because the gospel is the power ofGod unto salvation.But signs and wonders are helpful witnesses tothe Word of grace (Acts 14:3; Hebrews 2:4).
It is a very relevant prayer. Not for an introspective peoplewho are merely interested in unusual experiences, but for a peoplewho long for the salvation of sinners and the magnifying of God'sglory and the public vindication of Jesus' name. If that is what wewant, then this is the way to pray.
Prayers to the Holy Spirit
“Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God “Father” and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.”
– St. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto
Pray to Holy Spirit – Consecration – Inspiration – Guidance – Find your Destiny thru Quiet Prayer
“I am going to reveal to you a secret of sanctity and happiness.
For five minutes every day quiet your imagination, close your eyes to everything visible and your ears to all external sounds and withdraw into the sanctuary of your baptized soul which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
There, speak to the Holy Spirit and say:
“O Holy Spirit
Beloved of my soul
I adore you.
strengthen Me and Console me.
Tell me what I ought to do
and command me to do it.
I promise to submit to everything
that you ask of me
and to accept all
that you allow to happen to me.
Just show me what is your will.”
If you do this, your life will be happy and serene. Even in the midst of troubles you will experience great consolation, for grace will be given to strengthen and help you to cope with every difficulty”
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples.
Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of Your grace and love.
- Grant us the Spirit of Fear Of The Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward You.
- the Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others;
- the Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation;
- the Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in holiness;
- the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of Your truth;
- the Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom;
- Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever; Teach us to be Your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit. Amen.
Children’s Prayer to Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit…
bring me today… love, joy and peace… in all that I say.
Come Holy Spirit…
help me be you… showing kindness and goodness in all that I do.
Come Holy Spirit
Please Bless my Family and Friends… In all that we do!
And bless the many people… that might not know and love you.
Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am.
I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations.
I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You.
Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth.
Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructed the hearts of the faithful, Grant, that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Invocation to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit,
come by means of the powerful intercession
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Your well-beloved spouse.
Come, Holy Spirit,
come by means of the powerful intercession
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Your well-beloved spouse.
Come, Holy Spirit,
come by means of the powerful intercession
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Your well-beloved spouse.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.
Come, O Creator Spirit blest! And in our souls take up Thy rest; Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid, To fill the hearts which Thou hast made. Great Paraclete! To Thee we cry, O highest gift of God most high! O font of life! O fire of love! And sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts art known, The finger of God’s hand we own; The promise of the Father, Thou! Who dost the tongue with power endow.
Kindle our senses from above, And make our hearts overflow with love; With patience firm and virtue high The weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread, And grant us Thy true peace instead; So shall we not, with Thee for guide, Turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow The Father and the Son to know, And Thee, through endless times confessed, Of both, the eternal Spirit blest.
All glory while the ages run Be to the Father and the Son Who rose from death; the same to Thee, O Holy Ghost, eternally.
Spreading the Word of God
Lord, you have enriched me
with the strength of your word.
You have opened my mind and heart
to see the wonders you have created.
You have blessed me with the gift of communication
to share your divine message.
Holy Spirit, help me to understand
the power of these gifts,
and teach me to use them wisely.
Bless all who use their talents
to communicate the Gospel.
Guide those who work
in the field of communications
to use their power for the good of your people.
This I ask through Jesus Christ, Our Lord
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Common Catholic Prayers
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
Soul of Christ, make me holy Body of Christ, be my salvation Blood of Christ, let me drink your wine Water flowing from the side of Christ, wash me clean Passion of Christ, strengthen me Kind Jesus, hear my prayer Hide me within your wounds And keep me close to you Defend me from the evil enemy And call me at the hour of my death To the fellowship of your saints That I might sing your praise with them
for all eternity. Amen.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, We fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer them. Amen.
V- The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. R- And she conceived by the Holy Spirit. (Hail Mary….) V- Behold the handmaid of the Lord. R- Be it done unto me according to thy word. (Hail Mary….) V- And the Word was made Flesh. R- And dwelt among us. (Hail Mary….) V- Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saint Michael Prayer
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection 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 cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartfully sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishment, but most of all because I have offended Thee my God, Who is all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
Miraculous Medal Prayer
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee, and for those who do not have recourse to thee, especially the enemies of the Church and those recommended to thee. Amen.
Dear Lord, I do not know what will happen to me today. I only know that nothing will happen that was not foreseen by You, and directed to my greater good from all eternity. I adore Your holy and unfathomable plans, and submit to them with all my heart for love of You, the Pope, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.
Guardian Angel Prayer
Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grace After Meals
We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, who livest and reignest world without end. Amen. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Common Catholic Devotions
Charismatic Prayer God Holy Jesus , Sample of Essays
Charismatic Prayer By Neil Clemens When I pray, I usually stop and contemplate what I need to pray about or think about what I need to pray for. After lots of research on charismatic prayer, I found out that it is a various genre of prayers.
The prayer that stuck out most to me is the one where you say simple holy words in a loving manner, such as “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, save souls.” I’ve heard that every time you say “Jesus” three times, it relieves some soul in purgatory. Pretty wonderful how we can make such a difference with prayer. By definition, Charismatic means “gifted.
” It is Greek and also refers to the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Charismatics share personal experiences through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Some claim special gifts such as healing, speaking in tongues, and understanding. I have seen these gifts poured out at Lifeteen camps and they are really cool because they bring out the best in the people who have them. A movement called Charismatic Renewal that, in the 1970’s, had the support of two popes.
Some problems the bishop’s of the world had was that “Protestant charismatics” find no value in bishops or sacraments. I think that if you deny those things, you cannot really call yourself a Catholic because those are some very big things about our faith that make it good.
In recent years, Pope John Paul II has called for the increased devotion to the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother.
The Term Paper on Jesus Holy Spirit
… of men, to be «God with us.» The humanity of Jesus prayed to the Spirit of God in him for strength, insight … .» God will always reside in Jesus, therefore Jesus will always be God. Jesus is the baptizer with the Holy Ghost, the Comforter Isaiah 44 … . Believe in the atonement of Jesus on the cross and receive the gift of eternal life which Jesus died to freely give you …
Another charismatic form of prayer is Affective prayer. It is the “Lifting of the heart to God in words and silent longings. It is mainly motivated by a sense of duty or reparation for a sin or sins you have committed.
Usually, people will gather together and have prayer meeting, similar to a youth group and having the spontaneous vocal and physical actions associated to Southern Baptists. Is a Charismatic Prayer Meeting a Eucharistic Celebration I don’t compare one with the other.
In a prayer meeting, Jesus is present in a different way and for a different purpose.Both the Mass and the Charismatic Prayer Meeting are to bring glory to God as the Body of Christ, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Only, we worship Him from an informal viewpoint, rather than a structured celebration.
At a “Charismatic Mass” we experience the combining of these two forms of worship. This is similar to what happened at Lifeteen Camp. Our Mother Mary has been giving messages regularly for the last few decades.
This is the latest Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje: “Today again I call all of you to prayer.
Only with prayer, dear children, will your heart change, become better, and be more sensitive to the Word of God. Little children, do not permit Satan pull you apart and to do with you what he wants.
I call you to be responsible and determined and to consecrate each day to God in prayer. May Holy Mass, little children, not be a habit for you, but life. By living Holy Mass each day, you will feel the need for holiness and you will grow in holiness.
I am close to you and intercede before God for each of you, so that He may give you strength to change your heart.
Thank you for having responded to my call.” We see how even the Blessed Mother wants us to give charismatic praise to God. In the following weeks, I intend to pray for each of my friends as I pass them in the hall by simply saying Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, pray for them.Who knows, some of those friendships may even grow stronger. Until the last few years, I had really not prayed deeply, but now I know how God can intercede in my life and I know how good it feels to have Him as a friend. Bibliography 1.
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The Essay on Aether God Of Light
… person would be buried underground at his grave. For my five gods … have a mass with the body and have prayers for the deceased, then after the mass the … Nike, Poseidon, and Helios. Hades was the god of the underworld and precious metals, his responsibilities … have been cast after being defeated by the gods, including the Cyclopes, the Titans and Typhus …
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