Let us not try to fit prayer into our day. Rather, let us fit our day around prayer. Let us give priority to prayer, and our day will be different when it begins with prayer. And gradually we will learn that the Holy Spirit prays through us...." with groans that words cannot express."
To make the Sign of the Cross while reciting the "Glory Be " is an oriental tradition.
In the Latin Rite, we make the Sign of the Cross only at the beginning and at the end of
a celebration. While, there is no need to do it every time we say the "Glory Be", there
is no reason why we should not sign ourselves whenever we wish.
The Sign of the Cross is one of the most important and one of the most frequently used of the sacramentals.
It is the sacred sign first taught to the feeble fingers of the child at its mother's knee; it is the sacred sign traced by the faltering fingers of the dying Catholic. From birth to death it is the holy sign, the holy ceremony that continually reminds the Catholic of the source from which all spiritual blessings come-the cross. The two most common forms of sacramental are the large Sign of the Cross made by touching the forehead, the breast, and
the left and right shoulders.The cross thus covers the body- at least the most important members--the head and
heart. The smaller Sign of the Cross is traced upon the forehead, lips, and breast.
We make the Sign of the Cross......
_ To remind us of the blessed Trinity- Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. We repeat their
names whilst making the sign of the Cross.
_ To remind us that the Son of God died on the Cross for all men. Before Calvary it was
a sign of disgrace. Christ made it a thing of glory and power.
_ To stir up our faith. It recalls that God is one and God is three; it recalls that the
Second person of the Trinity died for all men; it professes our faith; it identifies the
_ To strengthen our hope. By making this sign we express the hope that
through the Cross, all blessings will come to us. It is also a powerful protection from
all dangers and temptations especially against the Evil One.
_ To kindle and feed our charity. Making this sign recalls the limitless love of Jesus
who died upon the cross. We determine to return love for love.
_ It is used in all blessings bestowed by Bishops and Priests.
_ It is used in all the sacraments: 14 times in Baptism; 17 times in Extreme Unction.
Yes, even in the semi-darkness of the confessional the Priest makes the Sign of the
Cross over you. A love and bring
toward this sacred sign is the mark of a true
follower of Christ. Use it frequently, use it thoughtfully, use it lovingly. It will bring
you countless blessings.
The prayer that has captured the hearts of the faithful on account of its simplicity and efficacy is the pious
invocation : Jesus I trust in You!"
This prayer when said meaningfully is a firm affirmation that Jesus is the Lord and Saviour of our lives. It is
a simple but profound act of abandonment and trust in Jesus' goodness and mercy and a plea of hope in all
our necessities. In the heart of Jesus, those anguished by life's sorrows find peace; those afflicted by suffering
and illness find relief; those who feel constricted by uncertainty and anguish feel joy, because Christ's heart is
filled to overflowing with consolation and love for those who turn to It with trust. Great are the promises of our Lord to those who use this Divine Mercy invocation as a reminder of his mercy and our obligation to be merciful, just as Our Father in heaven is merciful to each and everyone of us.
Lord God Almighty, who have brought us to the beginning of this day, defend us during
this day by your power, that they may not fall into sin but that all our words, thoughts and
deeds may always proceed and be directed toward that which is just in your sight. Amen.
O my God, at the end of this day I thank you most heartily for all the graces I have
received from you. I am sorry that I have not made a better use of them. I am sorry for all
the sins that I have committed against you. Forgive me ,O my God, and graciously protect me
this night. Blessed Virgin Mary , my dear heavenly mother, take me under your protection.
St. Joseph, my dear Guardian Angel, and you all saints of God, pray for me.Sweet Jesus ,
have pity on all poor sinners, and save them from hell. Have mercy on the suffering souls
in purgatory. Amen.
Prater before a Crucifix
Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while before your face I humbly kneel, and
with a burning soul I pray and beseech you to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith,
hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendments, while I contemplate
with great love and tender pity your five wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the
words which David, your prophet, said of you, my dear Jesus : " They have pierced my hands and my
feet; they have numbered all my bones." ( Ps 21: 17-18 )
Prayer for Religious Vocations
Father , you call all who believe in you to grow perfect love by following in the footsteps of Christ
your Son. May those whom you have chosen to serve you as religious provide by their way a
convincing sign of your kingdom for the Church and the whole world. Amen.
Prayer for Priests
O my most Sweet Jesus, O Jesus, Eternal High Priest, keep your Priests in the shelter of
your Sacred Heart, where no one can hurt them. Keep their anointed hands unsullied,
which daily handle your Sacred Body. Keep pure the lips which are reddened with your
Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts which are sealed with the sublime
token of your glorious priesthood. Cause them to grow in love and loyalty to you and
protect them from the contamination of the world. With their power of transforming bread
and wine, give them the power of transforming hearts. Bless their work with rich fruit and
grant them one day the crown of eternal life. Amen.
St. Gertrude's Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
Eternal Father, I offer you the Most Precious Blood of your Divine Son, Jesus, in union
with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in purgatory, for
sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and
within my family. Amen.