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Praying Nun

Daily Prayers

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.



Hail Mary (Ave Maria)

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among 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.

The Greater Doxology (Gloria in Excelsis)

Glory be to God on high. And on earth peace to men of goodwill. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. Lord Jesus Christ, Only begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Thou Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Thou who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou alone art holy. Thou alone art the Lord. Thou alone, O Jesus Christ, art most high. With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed: (striking the breast three times as you say) though my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored they help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen. (prayer of St. Bernard)

Our Father (Pater Noster)

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.

The Lesser Doxology (Gloria Patri)

Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. 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, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended into hell, the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and 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 life everlasting. Amen.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishment, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

Hail Holy Queen
(Salve Regina)

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 towards us, And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

The Prayer for Pardon:  My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee.

The Angel’s Prayer:  O Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – I adore Thee profoundly. O offer Thee the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ -  present in all the tabernacles of the world – in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

The Eucharistic Prayer:  Most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The Prayer of Sacrifice:  O my Jesus, it is for love of You, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of sinners.

Prayer to end each Decade of the Rosary:  O my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of your mercy.

The Fatima Prayers

Queen of Heaven
(Regina Coeli)

Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia.  For He whom you merited to bare, alleluia, Has risen as He said, alleluia. Pray to God for us, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia

R. Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia,

Prayer to St. Joseph

Be mindful of us, O blessed Joseph, and intercede on our behalf with thy foster Son; and secure for us the favor of thy most holy Virgin spouse, the mother of Him who liveth and reigneth with the Father and Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael

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, thrust down into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who roam through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

The Divine Praises

Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be his most Sacred Heart. Blessed be his most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.  Blessed be her glorious assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints.

Prayer for the Holy Souls (Given by Jesus to St. Gertrude to release 1000 souls each time
it is prayed)

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy 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.

For the Faithful Departed

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace. Amen.

May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for a Happy Death

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul.  Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.

Prayer Before a Crucifix

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy Five Wounds, pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee , my Jesus, “They have pierced my hands and my feet, they have numbered all My Bones.” (Psalm 22: 1718)

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from you.


                                                  St. Alphonsus Liguori

Prayer for the Daily Neglects

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings and all its merits.

First – To expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life. Glory be…!

Second – To purify the good I have done badly this day and during all my life. Glory be…!

Third – To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and during all my life. Glory be…!

(This prayer is not meant to replace confession)

Litany of Humility

O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.                                                                                                

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                  

From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                              From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                      

From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                     

From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                      

From the desire of being preferred, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                  

From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                  

From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus

From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                    

From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                        

From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                     From the fear of being falsely accused, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                             

From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                         From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                             From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                        

From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.                                                                                       

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.                                             

That others may be admired more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.                                       

That in the opinion of the world, others may increase, and I may decrease, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.                                                                                                                                                                     

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.                                     

That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.                                

That others may be preferred to me everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.                          

That others become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Cardinal Merry del Val (for private devotions only)


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


                                                St Ignatius of Loyola.

The Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to look for any reward, save that of knowing that I do Your Holy Will.


                                              St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;                             Body of Christ, be my salvation;                                  Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;                                  Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains;                Passion of Christ, my comfort be;                                O good Jesus, listen to me; In thy wounds I fain would hide;

Ne’er to be parted from Thy side;                                Guard me, should the foe assail me;                            Call me when my life should fail me;                          Bid me come to Thee above,                                          With Thy saints to sing Thy love,                                World without end. Amen.                                                                                                                                       St. Ignatius of Loyola (translated by John Henry Cardinal Newman)

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Blessed Virgin Mary first revealed her Immaculate Heart and her desire to establish a devotion to it at Fatima to the 3 children seers at Fatima in the June 13, 1917 apparition. She told them that “Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and these souls will be loved by God, like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne.” Lucia later revealed that they saw “In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”


In the July 13th apparition, Blessed Mary asked for the establishment of the Five First Saturdays of Reparation as a devotion to her Immaculate Heart. ‘To prevent the war, I will come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and communion in reparation on the first Saturdays of five months.”

Five First Saturday Devotions

Our Lady spoke to Sr. Lucia dos Santos on December 10, 1925 saying, “See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me. Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary.”


Why Five First Saturdays?

Jesus revealed the reason for Five First Saturdays this devotion to Sr. Lucia on May 29 – 30, 1930, saying, “Daughter, the motive is simple: There are five kinds of offenses and blasphemies spoken against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

First: Blasphemies against the Immaculate Deception.

Second: Blasphemies against her Virginity.

Third: Blasphemies against the Divine Maternity, refusing, at the same time, to receive her as the Mother of mankind.

Fourth: The blasphemies of those who seek publicly to implant, in the hearts of children, indifference, disrespect, and even hate this Immaculate Mother.

Fifth: The offences those who revile her directly in her sacred image.

Here, My daughter, the motive for which the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired Me to ask for this little had the misfortune of offending her. As for you, always seek by your prayers and sacrifices act of reparation, and in consideration of it to move My mercy to pardon souls who have to move My mercy to pity for these poor souls.”

Exercise for a Happy Death

from Practices of Piety  1953 ed. Salesians of St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco recommended this exercise to be used monthly for the members of the religious

order (Salesians) which he founded. He also recommended it for students attending Salesian schools.


In addition to the usual daily practices of piety, there shall be: The prayers for this pious exercise

 as given below:

(1) Monthly confession;

(2) A meditation or conference the evening before or on the day itself of the Exercise for

a Happy Death;

(3) A half-hour’s reflection or examination of conscience made in common, according to

the prescribed formulary on the progress or retrogression made in virtue during the past month

(4) The reading at table or elsewhere of the whole or at least part of the Constitution (Rule of

 the Salesian Order--for Salesians)

(5) The choosing of a Saint as protector for the month.

(6) Prayer of Pope Benedict XIII  To obtain from God the grace of not dying an unprovided death:

                    O most merciful Lord Jesus, by Thy agony and sweat of Blood, and by Thy death, deliver us,

we beseech thee, from a sudden and unprovided death. O most kind Lord Jesus, by Thy most cruel and

ignominious scourging and crowning with thorns, by Thy Cross and most bitter Passion, and by Thy goodness,we humbly pray that Thou wouldst not suffer us to die suddenly without the holy Sacraments. O most loving Jesus, by all thy labors and sorrows, by Thy Precious Blood and most sacred Wounds, by those last words on the Cross: "My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken Me?" and by those others: "Father into Thy hands I commend My Spirit," we most earnestly beseech Thee to deliver us from a sudden death. Grant us, we pray Thee, time for repentance; grant us a happy passing in Thy grace, so that we may praise Thee, and bless Thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.


Litany for a Happy Death to Our Lord Jesus Christ.


                    Lord Jesus, God of goodness and Father of mercies, I approach Thee with a contrite and humble heart; To Thee I recommend my last hour and the decision of my eternal doom.


When my feet, benumbed in death, shall warn me that my mortal course is drawing to a close,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When my hands, cold and trembling, shall no longer be able to clasp the crucifix, and, against my will,

I am forced to let it fall on my bed of suffering,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When my eyes, dim and troubled at the approach of death, shall fix themselves on Thee, my last and only support,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When my lips, cold and quivering shall pronounce for the last time, Thy adorable Name,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When my face, pale and livid, shall inspire the bystanders with compassion and awe, and my hair bathed

in the sweat of death and stiffening on my head, shall forbode my approaching end,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When my ears, soon to be shut forever to the words of men, shall be opened to hear Thy voice pronouncing

the sentence by which my condition is to be irrevocably fixed for all eternity,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When my imagination, agitated by horrible and fearful specters, shall be drowned in an abyss of anguish;

and my spirit, troubled with the sight of my ill-doings and the fear of Thy justice, shall wrestle with the

powers of darkness, who will strive to take from me the consoling sight of thy mercies, and plunge me into

the pit of despair,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When my weak heart, weighed down with the pain of my illness shall be overtaken by the horror of death,

and be exhausted by the efforts it has made against the enemies of my salvation,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When I shall shed my last tear, the sign of my dissolution, do Thou receive it as a sacrifice of expiation,

so that I may expire a victim of penance; and then, in that dreadful moment,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When those present, encircling my bed, shall be moved by compassion for me and invoke Thy clemency

on my behalf,

                merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When I shall have lost the use of my senses, when the world shall have vanished from my sight; when my

agonizing soul shall feel the sorrows of death,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When my last sigh, shall summon my soul from my body, accept it as a sign of holy impatience to come

to Thee, and Thou,

                merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When my soul, trembling on my lips, shall bid adieu to this world and leave my body lifeless, pale and cold,

receive this separation as a homage which I willingly pay to Thy divine Majesty, and in that moment,

                 merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


When at length my soul, admitted to Thy presence, shall first behold the immortal splendor of Thy Majesty,

reject it not, but receive me into the loving bosom of thy mercy, where I may ever sing Thy praises,

               merciful Jesus have mercy on me.


Let us pray. O God, Who hast doomed all men to die, but hast concealed from all the hour of their death,

grant that I may pass my days in the practice of holiness and justice; and that I may deserve

to quit this world in Thy holy love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee

in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for the souls in Purgatory

                    O Almighty God, Who by the love which Thou bearest for all men, has deigned to take our

humanity, to live laboriously, to suffer a most cruel Passion, and finally to die on the Cross, I beseech

Thee, by the infinite merits purchased for us by thy Precious Blood, look mercifully on the torments

which are endured by those holy souls in Purgatory, who having departed this vale of tears in Thy grace,

still suffer in cruel flames, in order to atone for the sins, for which they have not yet given full satisfaction

to Thy divine justice. Accept, O merciful God, the prayers which I offer to them, deliver them from that

dark prison, and call them to the glory of Heaven. I recommend to Thee the souls of my relations, of my

benefactors, both spiritual and temporal, and in a special manner of those to whom I may have been an

occasion of sin by my bad example. Most holy Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Comforter of the Afflicted,

intercede for these souls that, by thy powerful intercession, they may be admitted to enjoy that Kingdom

which is prepared for them.

V. We pray Thee, therefore, help Thy Servants;

R. Whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy Precious Blood.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.

R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

V. May they rest in peace.

R. Amen.

Prayer to St. Joseph to obtain the grace of a happy death

                    Most glorious St. Joseph, blessed Spouse of Mary, thou hast merited to be chosen as Guardian

for the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, and who, whilst embracing Him affectionately, didst have a

foretaste of the bliss of Heaven, I beseech thee, obtain for me the full pardon of my sins and the grace

of imitating thy virtues, so that I may walk in the path that leads to eternal happiness. As thou hadst

the privilege of having Jesus and Mary at thy deathbed, and in their arms didst breathe forth thy souls,

I earnestly pray thee to protect me from my enemies in that last moment, so that, consoled by the

sweet hope of coming to possess everlasting glory in heaven with thee, I may expire pronouncing the

most holy names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.

For the intention of the Holy Father to gain the Indulgences:

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.


For our benefactors and persons recommended to our prayers:

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.


For the one among us who will be the first to die:

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.


For all the souls in Purgatory:

                    Out of the depths I cry to Thee, O Lord; Lord hear my voice. Let Thine ears be attentive

to the voice of my supplication. If Thou, O Lord wilt mark iniquities, Lord who shall stand? For with

Thee there is forgiveness and by reason of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord. My soul hath

relied on His word, my soul hath hoped in the Lord. Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with

Him plentiful redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord

R. And perpetual light shin upon them.

V. From the gates of hell.

R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.

V. May they rest in peace.

R. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Priests and deacons add:


The Lord be with you.

R. And with thy spirit.


Let us pray:

                    O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the Faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy servants

departed the full remission of their sins, that through the help of pious supplications, they may obtain

that pardon which they have always desired; Who livest and reignest world without end.

R. Amen.

V. Eternal Rest give unto them, O Lord.

R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

V. May they rest in peace.

R. Amen.

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