Professio Fidei TridentinaeEgo ______ firma fide credo et profiteor omnia et singula, quæ continentur in Symbolo, quo Sancta Romana ecclesia utitur, videlicet:

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem cæli et terræ, visibilium omnium et invisibilium. Et in unum Dominum Iesum Christum, Filium Dei unigenitum, et ex Patre natum ante omnia sæcula. Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero, genitum non factum, consubstantialem Patri; per quem omnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos homines et propter nostram salutem descendit de cælis. Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato, passus et sepultus est, et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas, et ascendit in cælum, sedet ad dexteram Patris. Et iterum venturus est cum gloria, iudicare vivos et mortuos, cuius regni non erit finis. Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem, qui ex Patre Filioque procedit. Qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur: qui locutus est per prophetas. Et unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam. Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum, et vitam venturi sæculi. Amen.

Apostolicas et Ecclesiasticas traditiones reliquasque eiusdem ecclesiæ observationes et constitutiones firmissime admitto et amplector.

Item sacram Scripturam iuxta eum sensum, quem tenuit et tenet sancta Mater Ecclesia, cuius est iudicare de vero sensu et interpretatione sacrarum Scripturarum, admitto; nec eam umquam nisi iuxta unanimem consensum Patrum, accipiam et interpretabor.

Profiteor quoque septem esse vere et proprie Sacramenta novæ legis a Iesu Christo Domino nostro instituta, atque ad salutem humani generis, licet non omnia singulis, necessaria: scilicet Baptismum, Confirmationem, Eucharistiam, Pænitentiam, Extremam Unctionem, Ordinem et Matrimonium; illaque gratiam conferre; et ex his Baptismum, Confirmationem et Ordinem sine sacrilegio reiterari non posse. Receptos quoque et approbatos Ecclesiæ catholicæ ritus in supradictorum omnium Sacramentorum solemni administratione recipio et admitto.

Omnia et singula, quæ de peccato originali et de iustificatione in sacrosancta Tridentina Synodo definita et declarata fuerunt, amplector et recipio.

Profiteor pariter, in Missa offerri Deo verum, proprium et propitiatorium sacrificium pro vivis et defunctis. Atque in sanctissimo Eucharistiæ Sacramento esse vere, realiter et substantialiter Corpus et Sanguinem, una cum anima et divinitate Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, fierique conversionem totius substantiæ panis in Corpus ac totius substantiæ vini in Sanguinem, quam conversionem Ecclesia Catholica transubstantiationem appellat. Fateor etiam sub altera tantum specie totum atque integrum Christum verumque Sacramentum sumi.

Constanter teneo, Purgatorium esse, animasque ibi detentas fidelium suffragiis iuvari. Similiter et Sanctos, una cum Christo regnantes, venerandos atque invocandos esse, eosque orationes Deo pro nobis offerre, atque eorum reliquias esse venerandas. Firmiter assero, imagines Christi ac Deiparæ Semper Virginis, necnon aliorum Sanctorum habendas et retinendas esse, atque eis debitum honorem et venerationem impertiendam.

Indulgentiarum etiam potestatem a Christo in Ecclesia relictam fuisse, illarumque usum Christiano populo maxime salutarem esse affirmo.

Sanctam, Catholicam et Apostolicam Romanam Ecclesiam, omnium ecclesiarum matrem et magistram agnosco, Romanoque Pontifici, beati Petri Apostolorum principis successori, ac Iesu Christi Vicario, veram obœdientiam spondeo ac iuro.

Cetera item omnia a sacris canonibus et œcumenicis Conciliis, ac præcipue a sacrosancta Tridentina Synodo, et ab œcumenico Concilio Vaticano tradita, definita et declarata, præsertim de Romani Pontificis Primatu et infallibili Magisterio, indubitanter recipio atque profiteor; simulque contraria omnia, atque hæreses quascunque ab Ecclesia damnatas et reiectas et anathematizatas, ego pariter damno, reicio, et anathematizo.

Hanc veram Catholicam Fidem, extra quam nemo salvus esse potest, quam in præsenti sponte profiteor et veraciter teneo, eandem integram, et immaculatam usque ad extremum vitæ spiritum, constantissime, Deo adiuvante, retinere et confiteri, atque a meis subditis, illis, quorum cura ad me in munere meo spectabit, teneri, doceri et prædicari, quantum in me erit, curaturum, ego idem ______ spondeo, voveo ac iuro. Sic me Deus adiuvet et hæc sancta Dei Evangelia.

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I, ______, with a firm faith, believe and profess all and every one of the things contained in the symbol of faith, which the holy Roman Church makes use of, viz.:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father; by whom all things were made; Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and became incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. He was crucified for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried, and on the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into Heaven, sitteth on the right hand of the Father, and shall come again with glory, to judge the living and the dead, and Whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and Giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is adored and glorified, and Who spake by the Prophets. And One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I await the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Apostolic and Ecclesiastical traditions and all other observances and constitutions of the same Church I firmly commit to and cherish.

I also accept the Holy Scriptures according to that sense which our Holy Mother the Church hath held, and doth hold, to which it belongs to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures. Neither will I ever take and interpret them otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.

I also profess that there are truly and properly seven Sacraments of the New Law, instituted by Jesus Christ Our Lord, and necessary for the salvation of mankind, though not all for every one, to wit: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony; and that they confer grace; and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders cannot be repeated without sacrilege. I also receive and admit the received and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church used in the solemn administration of the aforesaid Sacraments.

All and each one of the things which have been defined and declared in the Holy Council of Trent concerning Original Sin and Justification, I cherish and accept.

I profess likewise that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead; and that in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really, and substantially the Body and Blood, together with the Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ; and that a conversion takes place of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood; which change the Catholic Church calls Transubstantiation. I also confess that under either species alone Christ is received whole and entire, and a true Sacrament.

I firmly hold that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful. Likewise, that the Saints reigning with Christ are to be honored and invoked, and that they offer up prayers to God for us; and that their relics are to be venerated. I most firmly assert that the images of Christ and of the Mother of God, ever Virgin, and also of other Saints, ought to be possessed and retained, and that due honor and veneration are to be given them.

I also affirm that the power of indulgences was left by Christ in the Church, and that the use of them is most wholesome to Christian people.

I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church as the mother and mistress of all churches, and I vow and swear true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and as the Vicar of Jesus Christ.

I likewise undoubtingly receive and profess all other things delivered, defined, and declared by the sacred Canons, œcumenical Councils, and particularly by the Holy Council of Trent, and by the œcumenical Council of the Vatican, especially concerning the primacy of the Roman Pontiff and his Infallible teaching; and I condemn, reject, and anathematize all things contrary thereto, and all heresies which the Church has condemned, rejected, and anathematized.

This true Catholic Faith, outside of which no one can be saved, which in the present I willingly profess and to which I truly adhere, I do hold fast to and confess the same, unstained and inviolate, unto the last breath of life, unwaveringly, with God’s assistance. And that I will take care, as far as in my lies, that it be held, taught, and preached, by those placed under me, or those, the charge of whom shall devolve on me, by virtue of my office. I, the same ______, do promise, vow, and swear. So help me God and these Holy Gospels of God.

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Prayer for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, by St. Alphonsus Ligouri
My Lord Jesus Christ, for the love which Thou dost bear to men, Thou dost remain night and day in this Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit Thee. I believe that Thou art present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore Thee from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank Thee for all the graces which Thou hast bestowed upon me and in particular for having given me Thyself in this Sacrament, for having given me Thy Holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit Thee in this chapel. I now salute Thy most loving Heart: and this for three ends:

  1. In thanksgiving for this great gift;
  2. To make amends to Thee for all the outrages which Thou dost receive in this Sacrament from all Thine enemies;
  3. I intend by this visit to adore Thee in all the places on earth in which Thou are the least revered and the most abandoned.

My Jesus, I love Thee with all my heart. I grieve for having so many times offended Thine infinite goodness. I promise with Thy grace never more to offend Thee in the future.

Now, miserable and unworthy though I be, I consecrate myself to Thee without reserve; I give Thee my entire will, my affections, my desires, and all that I possess. From now on dispose of me and of all that I have as Thou dost please. All that I ask of Thee and desire is Thy holy love, final perseverance, and the perfect accomplishment of Thy will. I recommend to Thee the Holy Souls in Purgatory; but especially those who had the greatest devotion to the most Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to Thee all poor sinners.

My dearest Saviour, I unite all my affections with the affections of Thy most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to Thine Eternal Father, and beseech Him in Thy Name to vouchsafe, for Thy love, to accept them. Amen.

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Morning Salutation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

A Morning Offering to the Sacred Heart of JesusO sweetest Jesus, Divine Friend, Thou hast been watching and waiting patiently and lovingly in Thy lonely tabernacle all through the night for this moment, which finds me once more at Thy Blessed Feet, that I may be consoled and strengthened by Thy presence. I have come, dear Lord, to adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, with a heart full of thanks to Thee for abiding with us ‘all days’. I thank Thee, in particular, for having protected and preserved me during the past night, and for having given me another day to labour for Thy greater honour and glory, for the good of my neighbour, and for my own sanctification and salvation. In reparation for all the sufferings Thy Sacred Heart endures in the Blessed Sacrament, I offer Thee the adoration and praise of all the just on earth, of all the Angels and Saints in Heaven, and especially of Thy Blessed Mother. I offer Thee my heart, my soul, my body, and all that I have. My whole being shall be consecrated to Thy service. Deign to make me obedient, modest, humble, patient, kind, and magnanimous in my conduct toward others; draw me to Thee in ever closer union with Thy loving, Sacred Heart; make me resigned to Thy Holy Will, and grant that I may be found worthy one day of that reward which Thou hast promised to those who love and serve Thee faithfully on earth. Give me Thy grace, that I may become a Saint. O stay with me, dearest Jesus, my good Lord and Master, till the evening of my life. Pardon me all my sins; I am very sorry that I have offended Thee, because Thou art infinitely good; I love Thee truly with my whole heart; let me not be separated from Thee, and when death comes, say to me: ‘Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord’. Amen.

O Sacrament most holy! O Sacrament divine!
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

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Prayers in Honor of Our Lady of La Salette

Our Lady of La SaletteA Prayer in Honor of Our Lady of La Salette

Remember, dear Lady of La Salette, true Mother of Sorrows, the tears which thou didst shed for me on Calvary; be mindful also of the unceasing care which thou dost exercise to shield me from the justice of God; and consider whether thou canst now abandon thy child, for whom thou hast done so much. Inspired by this consoling thought, I come to cast myself at thy feet, in spite of my infidelity and ingratitude. Reject not my prayer, O Virgin of reconciliation, convert me, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus Christ above all things and to console thee too by living a holy life, in order that one day I may be able to see thee in Heaven. Amen.

Litany of Our Lady of La Salette

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

Jesus hear us. Jesus, grant our petitions.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy, Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Our Lady of La Salette, reconciler of sinners, Pray for us. *
Our Lady of La Salette, help of the just, *
Our Lady of La Salette, healer of the ill, *
Our Lady of La Salette, consoler of the afflicted, *
Our Lady of La Salette, who appeared to some poor children of the Alps to give us grave warnings, *
Our Lady of La Salette, who wept tears on thinking of man’s sins, *
Our Lady of La Salette, who gave us the Lord’s warnings so that we be converted, *
Our Lady of La Salette, who by Thy supplications holds back the arm of the Lord, who is angry with us, *
Our Lady of La Salette, who said: “If my people will not submit, I shall be forced to let go the arm of my Son”, *
Our Lady of La Salette, who prays continually to Thy Divine Son that He be merciful to us, *
Our Lady of La Salette, who feels such great sorrow because of our sins, *
Our Lady of La Salette, who deserves all our gratitude, *
Our Lady of La Salette, who, after giving Thy warnings to the children of the mountain, said: “Well, my children, you will pass it on to all my people.”, *

Mary, thou who have announced to men terrible punishments if they are not converted, *
Mary, thou who announces to them mercy and pardon, if they return to God, *
Mary, thou who promises abundant graces if we do penance, *
Mary, thou whose miraculous apparition has echoed throughout both worlds, *
Mary, thou whose miracles extend to all countries, *
Mary, thou whose cult grows each day, *
Mary, thou whose good works delight all thy children, *
Mary, thou who are not invoked in vain, *
Mary, thou who made a miraculous spring flow forth at thy feet, *
Mary, thou who, following the example of Jesus, gives sight to the blind, movement to the paralyzed, health to the ill, *
Mary, thou who consoles all the unfortunate, *
Mary, thou who appeared resplendent with light, *
Mary, thou who wore on thy breast the Crucifix and the instruments of the Passion, *
Mary, thou who has warned us to sanctify the Lord’s Day if we are to avoid the terrible punishments, *
Mary, thou who said that work on Sundays and blasphemy especially excite the anger of God, *
Mary, thou who has reproached us for not keeping the fasts and abstinences of the Church, *
Mary, thou who has announced to us the plagues of God, if we continue to violate His commandments, *
Mary, thou who has recommended morning and evening prayers, *

By Thy powerful protection, deliver us from the evils which threaten us, O Mary!
Poor sinners that we are, convert us, O Mary!
In the accomplishment of our duty, help us O Mary!
In solid piety, strengthen us O Mary!
In the persevering practice of all the virtues, encourage us O Mary!
In our joys, be with us O Mary!
In all the events of life, obtain for us a perfect submission to the will of God, O Mary!

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, pardon us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant our petitions!
Lamb of God, who takest 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:
O God, Who does not cease showing us how agreeable to Thee is the devotion to the Most Holy Virgin, by the many miracles which her intercession obtains for us, grant us the grace to be always faithful to the teachings she gives us, that, after having observed Thy holy commandments in this life, we may have the joy of possessing Thee for all eternity. Amen

Indulgence of 40 days
(Monseigneur de Bruillard, 15 January 1852)

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Litany of the Most Holy Trinity

Adoration of the Trinity, Albrecht Durer

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V. Blessed be the holy Trinity and undivided Unity;
R. We will give glory to Him, because He hath shown His mercy to us.

V. O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is Thy Name in all the earth!
R. O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God!

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.

V. Christ, have mercy.
R. Christ, have mercy.

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.

V. Blessed Trinity, hear us.
R. Adorable Unity, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, * Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, *
God the Holy Ghost, *
Holy Trinity, One God, *
Father from Whom are all things, *
Son through Whom are all things, *
Holy Ghost in Whom are all things, *
Holy and undivided Trinity, *
Father everlasting, *
Only-begotten Son of the Father, *
Spirit Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, *
Co-eternal Majesty of Three Divine Persons, *
Father, the Creator, *
Son, the Redeemer, *
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, *
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, *
Who art, Who wast, and Who art to come, *
God Most High, Who inhabitest eternity, *
To Whom alone are due all honor and glory, *
Who alone doest great wonders, *
Power infinite, *
Wisdom incomprehensible, *
Love unspeakable, *

V. Be merciful,
R. Spare us, O Holy Trinity.

V. Be merciful,
R. Graciously hear us, O Holy Trinity.

From all evil, ^ R. Deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all sin, ^
From all pride, ^
From all love of riches, ^
From all uncleanness, ^
From all sloth, ^
From all inordinate affection, ^
From all envy and malice, ^
From all anger and impatience, ^
From every thought, word, and deed contrary to Thy holy law, ^
From Thine everlasting malediction, ^
Through Thine almighty power, ^
Through Thy plenteous loving kindness, ^
Through the exceeding treasure of Thy goodness and love, ^
Through the depths of Thy wisdom and knowledge, ^
Through all Thy unspeakable perfections, ^

That we may ever serve Thee alone, ~ R. We beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may worship Thee in spirit and in truth, ~
That we may love Thee with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength, ~
That, for Thy sake, we may love our neighbor as ourselves, ~
That we may faithfully keep Thy holy commandments, ~
That we may never defile our bodies and souls with sin, ~
That we may go from grace to grace, and from virtue to virtue, ~
That we may finally enjoy the sight of Thee in glory, ~
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to hear us, ~

V. O Blessed Trinity,
R. We beseech Thee, deliver us.

V. O Blessed Trinity,
R. We beseech Thee, save us.

V. O Blessed Trinity,
R. Have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father… Hail Mary…

V. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of Heaven,
R. And worthy to be praised, and glorious, and highly exalted forever.

Let Us Pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast granted Thy servants in the confession of the True Faith, to acknowledge the glory of an Eternal Trinity, and in the power of Thy majesty to adore a Unity: we beseech Thee that by the strength of this faith we may be defended from all adversity. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. R. Amen

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Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of MaryO Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from Heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God’s handiwork. I bless thy Holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever Virgin, conceived without stain of sin, Co-Redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. O Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy Divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.

Most glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, turn thine eyes in pity upon us, miserable sinners; we are sore afflicted by the many evils that surround us in this life, but especially do we feel our hearts break within us upon hearing the dreadful insults and blasphemies uttered against thee, O Virgin Immaculate. O how these impious sayings offend the infinite Majesty of God and of His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ! How they provoke His indignation and give us cause to fear the terrible effects of His vengeance! Would that the sacrifice of our lives might avail to put an end to such outrages and blasphemies; were it so, how gladly we should make it, for we desire, O most Holy Mother, to love thee and to honor thee with all our hearts, since this is the Will of God. And just because we love thee, we will do all that is in our power to make thee honored and loved by all men. In the meantime do thou, our merciful Mother, the supreme comforter of the afflicted, accept this our act of reparation which we offer thee for ourselves and for all our families, as well as for all who impiously blaspheme thee, not knowing what they say. Do thou obtain for them from Almighty God the grace of conversion, and thus render more manifest and more glorious thy kindness, thy power and thy great mercy. May they join with us in proclaiming thee Blessed among women, the Immaculate Virgin and most compassionate Mother of God.

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The Feast of the Annunciation occurs, fittingly, nine months before the Feast of the Nativity. It signals Gabriel’s visitation to Our Lady, where she would give her fiat (“Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.”), showing Mary’s first cooperation with the Divine Will of God. This feast simultaneously celebrates the Hypostatic Union, for as a result of Mary’s acceptance of the Divine Will, the Holy Ghost overshadowed Mary and brought forth the union of God the son and our humanity in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia:

The Annunciation is the beginning of Jesus in His human nature. Through His mother He is a member of the human race. If the virginity of Mary before, during, and after the conception of her Divine Son was always considered part of the deposit of faith, this was done only on account of the historical facts and testimonials. The Incarnation of the Son of God did not in itself necessitate this exception from the laws of nature. Only reasons of expediency are given for it, chiefly, the end of the Incarnation. About to found a new generation of the children of God, The Redeemer does not arrive in the way of earthly generations: the power of the Holy Spirit enters the chaste womb of the Virgin, forming the humanity of Christ. Many holy fathers (Sts. Jerome, Cyril, Ephrem, Augustine) say that the consent of Mary was essential to the redemption. It was the will of God, St. Thomas says (Summa III:30), that the redemption of mankind should depend upon the consent of the Virgin Mary. This does not mean that God in His plans was bound by the will of a creature, and that man would not have been redeemed, if Mary had not consented. It only means that the consent of Mary was foreseen from all eternity, and therefore was received as essential into the design of God.

Enjoy prayers in honor of Our Lady’s Annunciation, beginning with the Angelus. The Angelus is special to this today, but is traditionally said each day of the year, at noon.

The Angelus, in Honor of the Feast of the AnnunciationThe Angelus

V. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae;
R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Ecce ancilla Domini.
R. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Ave Maria…

V. Et Verbum caro factum est.
R. Et habitavit in nobis.

Ave Maria…

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus: Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem, ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

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 in the hour of our death. Amen.

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. R. Amen.

O Beata Virgo Maria, in Honor of the Feast of the Annunciation

O Beata Virgo Maria, quis tibi digne valeat iura gratiarum ac laudum praeconia rependere, quae singulari tuo assensu, mundo succurristi perdito? Quas tibi laudes fragilitas humani generis persolvat, quae solo tuo commercio recuperandi aditum invenit?

Accipe itaque quascumque exiles, quascumque meritis tuis impares gratiarum actiones, et cum susceperis vota, culpas nostras orando excusa. Admitte nostras preces intra sacrarium exauditionis et reporta nobis antidotum reconciliationis. Sit per te excusabile quod per te ingerimus; fiat impetrabile quod fida mente poscimus.

Accipe quod offerimus, redona quod rogamus, excusa quod timemus, quia Tu es spes unica peccatorum. Per te speramus veniam delictorum et in te, beatissima, nostrorum est expectatio praemiorum. Sancta Maria, succurre miseris; iuva pusillanimes; refove flebiles; ora pro populo; interveni pro clero; intercede pro devoto femineo sexu: sentiant omnes tuum iuvamen, quicumque celebrant tuam sanctam commemorationem.

Assiste parata votis poscentium et reporta nobis optatum effectum. Sint tibi studia assidua orare pro populo Dei, quae meruisti, benedicta, Redemptorem ferre mundi, qui vivit et regnat in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

In English:

O Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found the way to restoration?

Accept, then, such poor thanks as we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and, receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the heavenly audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation. May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence, through thee be granted.

Take our offering, grant us our requests, obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners. Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, O blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succor the miserable, help the fainthearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection.

Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the Redeemer of the world, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer in Praise of Our Lord and Our Lady, for the Annunciation

O Emmanuel, God with us! Who, as Thy Church says in her Hymn, “being to take upon thee to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin’s womb,” the whole human race gives thanks to Thee, on this day, for Thy merciful coming. O Eternal Word of the Father! it was not enough for thee to have drawn man out of nothing, by Thy power; Thine exhaustless love would follow him even to the abyss of misery, into which he had fallen. By sin, man had forfeited the dignity Thou hadst given him; that he might regain it, Thou didst come in person and assume his nature, so to raise him up again to Thyself. In Thee, from this day forward unto all eternity, God is made man, and man is made God. Thy Incarnation is the fulfilment of the promises made in the Canticle; Thou unitest Thyself to human nature, and it is in the virginal womb of a daughter of David that Thou celebratest these ineffable espousals. O incomprehensible humiliation! O ineffable glory! The humiliation is for the Son of God, the glory is for the son of man. Thus hast Thou loved us, O Divine Word! thus hast Thou removed from us the degradation of our fall! The rebel angels fell, and thou didst leave them in the abyss; we fell, and thou hadst mercy on us. A single look of Thy pity would have sufficed to save us; but it would not satisfy Thy love: therefore didst Thou descend into this world of sin, take upon Thyself the form of a slave (Philipp. ii. 7.), and lead a life of humiliation and suffering. O Word made Flesh! Who comest not to judge, but to save (St. John, xii. 47.)! we adore Thee, we praise Thee, we love Thee. Make us worthy of all that Thy love has led Thee to do for us.

We salute thee, O Mary, full of grace, on this the day whereon thou didst receive thy sublime dignity of Mother of God. Thy incomparable purity drew down upon thee the love of the great Creator, and thy humility drew Him into thy womb; His presence within thee increased the holiness of thy spirit and the purity of thy body. What must have been thy happiness in knowing that this Son of God was living by thy life, and was taking from thine own substance the new being, which His love for us induced Him to assume! Between thee and Him is formed that ineffable union which is granted to none else but to thee: He is thy Creator, and thou art His Mother; He is thy Son, and thou art his Creature. Every knee bows down before Him, O Mary! for He is the great God of heaven and earth; but every creature reveres thee, also, for thou hast carried Him in thy womb, thou hast fed him at thy breast; thou alone canst say to him, as does His heavenly Father: Thou art my Son! O Mother of Jesus! thou art the greatest of God’s works: receive the humble homage of mankind, for thou art most dear to us, seeing that thou art of the same flesh and blood as ourselves. Thou art a Daughter of Eve, but without her sin. By thy obedience to the divine decrees, thou savest thy mother and her race; thou restorest Adam and his children to the innocence they had lost. Jesus, Whom thou bearest in thy womb, is our pledge that all these blessings are to be ours; and it is by thee that He comes to us. Without Jesus, we should abide in death; without thee, we should not have had Him to redeem us. It is from thy virginal womb that He receives the precious Blood which is to be our ransom, that Blood whose purity He protected in thy Immaculate Conception, and which becomes the Blood of God by the union, that is consummated in thee, of the Divine with the Human Nature.

Today, O Mary! is fulfilled in thee the promise made by God after Adam’s sin, that he would put enmity between the Woman and the Serpent. Up to this time, the human race had not the courage to resist the enemy; it was subservient to him, and everywhere were altars raised up in his honour; but, on this day, his head is crushed beneath thy foot. Thy humility, thy purity, thy obedience, have conquered him; his tyranny is checked. By thee we are delivered from his sway; and nothing but our own perversity and ingratitude could again give him the mastery. Let not this be, O Mary! Come to our assistance. During this Season of repentance, we humbly acknowledge that we have abused the grace of God; we beseech thee, on this the Feast of thy Annunciation, intercede for us with Him, Who, on this day, became thy Son. Holy Mother of God! by the salutation addressed to thee by the Angel Gabriel, by thy virginal fear, by thy fidelity to God, by thy prudent humility, by thy consent, obtain for us conversion of heart, and sincere repentance; prepare us for the great Mysteries we are about to celebrate. These Mysteries are so full of sorrow to thy maternal heart; and yet thou wouldst have us rejoice on this day, as we think on the ineffable happiness which filled thy soul at the solemn moment when the Holy Ghost overshadowed thee, and the Son of God became thine. Yes, Blessed Mother of Jesus! we will spend the whole of this day near thee, in thy humble dwelling at Nazareth. Nine months hence, we will follow thee to Bethlehem, and there, in company with the Shepherds and the Angels, we will prostrate ourselves in adoration before the InfantGod, our Saviour: we will join our voices with those of the heavenly host, and we will thus express our gladness: Glory be to God in the highest! and peace on earth to men of good will!

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Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque entered the Visitation Convent in 1671 and six years later Christ appeared to her in a vision in which “I could plainly see His Heart, pierced and bleeding, yet there were flames, too, coming from it and a crown of thorns around it. He told me to behold His heart which so loved humanity. Then He seemed to take my very heart from me and place it there in His heart. In return He gave me back part of His flaming heart.”

Pope Leo XIII approved the Litany of the Sacred Heart in 1899. The litany was developed and perfected from several earlier litanies composed since Fr. Jean Croiset, SJ, wrote The Devotion to the Sacred Heart and composed one of the first litanies in the 1680s and 90s. This litany is one of the six litanies of the Church approved for public use.

Litany of the Sacred Heart of JesusLord, have mercy on us.
R. Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World,
God, the Holy Ghost,
Holy Trinity, one God,

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost,
Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy,
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, saturated with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities,
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all Saints,

Lamb of God, Who taketh away the sins of the world, R. Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who taketh away the sins of the world, R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God Who taketh away the sins of the world, R. Have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of Heart. R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with Thee, world without end. R. Amen.


Litany of the Sacred Heart of JesusKyrie, eleison,
R. Kyrie, eleison.

Christe, eleison,
R. Christe, eleison.

Kyrie, eleison,
R. Kyrie, eleison.

Christe, audi nos,
R. Christe, audi nos.

Christe, exaudi nos,
R. Christe, exaudi nos.

Pater de caelis, Deus,
R. Miserere nobis.
Fili, Redemptor mundi, Deus,
Spiritus Sancte, Deus,
Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus,

Cor Iesu, Filii Patris aeterni,
R. Miserere nobis.
Cor Iesu, in sinu Virginis Matris a Spiritu Sancto formatum,
Cor Iesu, Verbo Dei substantialiter unitum,
Cor Iesu, maiestatis infinitae,
Cor Iesu, templum Dei sanctum,
Cor Iesu, tabernaculum Altissimi,
Cor Iesu, domus Dei et porta caeli,
Cor Iesu, fornax ardens caritatis,
Cor Iesu, iustitiae et amoris receptaculum,
Cor Iesu, bonitate et amore plenum,
Cor Iesu, virtutum omnium abyssus,
Cor Iesu, omni laude dignissimum,
Cor Iesu, rex et centrum omnium cordium,
Cor Iesu, lancea perforatum,
Cor Iesu, fons totius consolationis,
Cor Iesu, vita et resurrectio nostra,
Cor Iesu, pax et reconciliatio nostra,
Cor Iesu, victima peccatorum,
Cor Iesu, salus in te sperantium,
Cor Iesu, spes in te morientium,
Cor Iesu, deliciae Sanctorum omnium,

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, R. Parce nobis, Domine.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, R. Exaudi nos, Domine.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, R. Miserere nobis, Domine.
Iesu, mitis et humilis Corde, R. Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum.

Oremus. Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, respice in Cor dilectissimi Filii tui et in laudes et satisfactiones, quas in nomine peccatorum tibi persolvit, iisque misericordiam tuam petentibus, tu veniam concede placatus in nomine eiusdem Filii tui Iesu Christi: Qui tecum vivit et regnat in saecula saeculorum. R. Amen.

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Ancient Novena to St. JosephO St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by thy powerful intercession, and obtain for me from Thy Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our Lord, so that having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

O St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me.

This prayer was found in the fifteenth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, not shall poison take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy; or shall be burned in any fire, or shall be overpowered in battle. Say for nine mornings for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail.

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Christ Falls for the Third TimeGlory, honor, and praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ; may all the world adore Thee; blessed be Thy Holy Name, Who for us sinners didst vouchsafe to be born of a humble Virgin; and blessed be Thine infinite goodness, Who didst die upon the Cross for our redemption. O Jesus, Son of God and Savior of mankind, we beseech Thee to have mercy on us, and so dispose our lives here by Thy grace, that we may hereafter rejoice with Thee forever in Thy Heavenly Kingdom. Amen.

O Dear Jesus, our blessed Savior and Redeemer, the sweet comforter of all the sad, desolate, and distressed souls: behold Thy poor servants humbly prostrate at the foot of Thy holy Cross, bewailing our miseries, imploring Thy mercy, and beseeching Thee to take pity and compassion upon us in this our present and pressing afflictions, in our infirmities, poverties, temptations, troubles, and all other spiritual or corporeal necessities.

Hear our prayer, O assured refuge of all afflicted, wretched! Behold our tears, consider our sorrows, and remedy our distresses; for finding ourselves encompassed with very grievous calamities, by reason of our great crimes, we knowest not whither to fly for succor, or to whom we may make our moan, but unto Thee, our meek and merciful Savior, with a full hope and confidence that Thou, O living Redeemer, wilt vouchsafe to lend the ears of Thy ordinary pity and accustomed clemency to the humble petition of Thy poor children, and by that sweetness which Thy blessed soul perceived at the time of Thy alliance with our human nature, when resolving with the Father and the Holy Ghost to unite Thy Divine Person to mortal flesh for man’s salvation. Thou didst send Thy Angel to the holy Virgin Mary with those happy tidings, and clothing Thyself with our human nature, didst remain true man for the space of nine months in her sacred womb.

By the anguish Thou didst endure when, the time of Thy designed Passion drawing nigh, Thou didst pray to Thy Eternal Father, that if it might stand with His most Divine Providence, Thou didst desire that the bitter chalice might pass away from Thee; yet concluding with a most perfect act of resignation: Not My will, O heavenly Father, but Thine, be done.

By the outrageous injuries, shameful disgraces, cruel blows, contumelious blasphemies, forged witnesses, false accusations, and unjust judgments which Thou, innocent Lamb! Patiently didst endure; by the shackles which fettered Thy limbs, the tears which flowed from Thine eyes, the Blood which trickled from Thy whole Body; by the fears, sorrows, and sadness of Thy Heart; by the shame Thou didst receive in being stripped of Thy garment, to hang naked on the Cross in the sight of Thy sorrowful Mother and in presence of all the people.

By Thy royal head crowned with thorns and smitten with a reed; by Thy thirst quenched with vinegar and gall; by Thy side opened with a spear, whence issued blood and water, to refresh our souls with that living fountain of Thy love and mercy; by the sharp nails wherewith Thy tender hands and feet were cruelly pierced and fastened to the Cross; by the recommendation of Thy departing Soul to the Heavenly Father, saying, Into Thy hands I commend my spirit; by Thy praying for Thine enemies, saying, O Father, forgive them, for they know what they do; by Thy giving up the ghost when Thou didst cry out with a loud voice, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? and then bowing down Thy most blessed head, to impart the kiss of peace saidst, It is consummated.

By the great mercy Thou didst show towards the penitent thief, saying, This day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise; by Thy descent into the Limbo of the just, and the joy Thou didst communicate to the souls therein detained; by the glory of Thy triumphant Resurrection, and the consoling apparition Thou frequently didst make for a space of forty days to Thy sacred Virgin Mother, to Thine Apostles, and Thine other chosen friends and servants: by Thine admirable Ascension, when, in the sight of Thy sacred Virgin Mother and Thy Apostles, Thou wast elevated into Heaven; by the miraculous coming down of the Holy Ghost in the form of fiery tongues, whereby Thou didst replenish the hearts of Thy disciples with Thy love, and didst give them strength and courage to plant Thy faith in the whole world; by the dreadful day of general judgment, on which Thou art to pass sentence on all mankind.

By all those sorrows, joys, passions, compassions, and whatsoever else is near and dear to Thee in Heaven and on earth, take pity on us, O compassionate Redeemer; hear our prayers, and grant us that for which now we most humbly and heartily petition Thee.

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Grant us, O gracious Saviour, speedy and efficacious feelings of Thy Divine succor and comfort: Who, according to the accustomed sweetness of Thy tender Heart, art wont to grant the requests of those who really fear and love Thee, even to their own soul’s desire and satisfaction. Bestow on us also, O blessed Lord Jesus, a constant faith, a confident hope, a perfect charity, a cordial contrition, a sincere confession, a competent satisfaction, a diligent custody of myself from future failings, a heroic contempt of the world, a complete conquest of my passions, a zealous imitation of Thy exemplary life and conversation, an entire accomplishment of our vows and duties, an absolute mortification of self-will, a willing readiness to die for Thy love and honor, a final perseverance in grace and good works, a happy departure of our souls out of this world, with senses perfect about us, Thy holy Sacraments to strengthen us, Thyself, O dear Jesus, to comfort us, Thy sacred Virgin Mother, with the Saints, our particular patrons, to pray for us, and our good Angels to conduct us to eternal rest, eternal life, and eternal happiness. Amen.

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