Beautiful Prayers of Love, Praise, and Sorrow
FROM THE RACCOLTA
PRAYERS TO OUR LORD JESUS
O Jesus, grant that I may be Thine, wholly Thine, forever Thine.
Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know Thee,
And desire nothing save only Thee.
Let me hate myself and love Thee.
Let me do everything for the sake of Thee.
Let me humble myself and exalt Thee.
Let me think nothing except Thee.
Let me die to myself and live in Thee.
Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee.
Let me banish self and follow Thee,
And ever desire to follow Thee.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee,
That I may deserve to be defended by Thee.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee,
And let me be among those who are chosen by Thee.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of Thee.
Let me cling to nothing save only to Thee,
And let me be poor because of Thee.
Look upon me, that I may love Thee.
Call me that I may see Thee,
And for ever enjoy Thee. Amen. (St. Augustine)
O Jesu, Virgin-born to Thee:
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete.
Grant unto us, Thy servants, O Lord Jesus Christ, to be protected at
all times and
in all places by the patronage of Blessed Mary, Thy Virgin Mother.
O sweetest Jesus, hide me in Thy Sacred Heart, permit me not to be
from Thee, defend me from the evil foe.
Through Thine infant cries when Thou wast born for me in the manger,
Through Thy tears when Thou didst die for me on the Cross,
Through Thy love as Thou livest for me in the tabernacle,
Have mercy on me and save me.
My dearest Jesus, teach me to be patient, when all the day long my
troubled by little, but vexatious crosses (R. Card. Merry del Val).
An Act of Adoration and Thanksgiving
We adore Thee, most holy Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all Thy
that are in the whole world, and we bless Thee;
because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
(Testament of St. Francis of Assisi, Conf.)
Lord Jesus Christ, in union with that Divine intention wherewith on
earth Thou didst offer to God Thy praises through Thy Most Sacred
Heart, and dost now offer them in the Sacrament of the Eucharist
everywhere on earth even to the end of time, I most gladly offer Thee
throughout this entire day, all my thoughts and intentions, all my
affections and desires, all my words and deeds, in imitation of the
most sacred Heart of the blessed and ever Virgin Mary Immaculate.
Grant me Thy grace, most merciful Jesus, that it may be with me and
me and persevere with me even to the end. Grant that I may always
desire and will
that which is to Thee most acceptable and most dear.
Let Thy will be mine, and let my will ever follow Thine
and agree perfectly with it.
Let my willing and not-willing be all one with Thine,
and let me not be able to will or not will anything else
but what Thou willest or willest not.
Jesus Christ my God, I adore Thee and thank Thee for all the graces
Thou hast given me this day. I offer Thee my sleep and all the moments
of this night, and I beseech Thee to keep me without sin. Wherefore I
put myself within Thy sacred Side and under the mantle of our Lady, my
Mother. Let Thy holy Angels stand about me and keep me in peace; and
let Thy blessing be upon me. (St. Alphonsus M. de Liguori)
O Jesus, our Saviour and Redeemer, Son of the living God, behold we
kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation; we would make amends
for all the blasphemies uttered against Thy holy Name, for all the
injuries done to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the irreverence
shown toward Thine immaculate Virgin Mother, for all the calumnies and
slanders spoken against Thy spouse, the holy Catholic and Roman Church.
O Jesus, Who hast said: "If you ask the Father anything in My Name, He
will give it you", we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who
are in danger of sin; shield them from every temptation to fall away
from the true faith; save those who are even now standing on the brink
of the abyss; to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth,
courage and strength for the conflict with evil, perseverance in faith
and active charity! For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus, in Thy
Name, unto God the Father, with Whom Thou livest and reignest in the
unity of the Holy Ghost world without end. Amen.
Our sins, O Lord, darken our understanding and hide from us the
blessing of loving Thee as Thou dost merit. Enlighten our minds with a
ray of Thy Divine light. Thou art the Friend, the Redeemer and the
Father of him who turns penitent to Thy Sacred Heart; we, too, turn
penitent to Thee.
Jesus, we hope in Thee, for we know that our salvation cost Thee Thy
death upon the Cross and moved Thee to remain continually in the
Blessed Sacrament, in order to unite Thyself with us as often as we
desire. We, O Lord, to give Thee thanks for the great love Thou bearest
toward us, promise Thee, by the help of Thy grace, to receive Thee in
Thy Sacrament as often as we can, and to sing Thy praises in church and
in every place, without human respect. Lord, we beseech Thee, trusting
in Thy Most Sacred Heart, that Thou wouldst call all men to receive
Thee daily at the altar, according to Thy burning desire.
O Jesus, Son of the glorious Virgin Mary, and only Son of the
God, I adore Thee and acknowledge Thee as my God, the only true God,
unique and infinitely perfect, Who hast made out of nothing all things
that are outside of Thee, and Who dost preserve and govern them with
infinite wisdom, sovereign goodness and supreme power; I beg of Thee,
by the mysteries that were fulfilled in Thy sacred Humanity, to cleanse
me in Thy Blood from all my past sins; pour forth abundantly upon me
Thy Holy Spirit, together with His grace, His virtues and His gifts;
make me believe in Thee, hope in Thee, love Thee and labor to merit
Thee in each of my actions; give Thyself to me one day, in the
brightness of Thy glory, in the midst of the assembly of all Thy
Jesus Christ, we have recourse to Thee, Holy God, Mighty God,
Immortal God, have mercy on us and on all mankind. Cleanse us in Thy
Precious Blood from all our sins and infirmities. My Jesus, I believe
in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee, I give myself to Thee.
Lord Jesus, I unite myself to Thy perpetual, unceasing, universal
sacrifice. I offer myself to Thee every day of my life and every moment
of every day, according to Thy most holy and adorable will. Thou hast
been the victim of my salvation, I wish to be the victim of Thy love.
Accept my desire, take my offering, graciously hear my prayer. Let me
live for love of Thee, let me die for love of Thee; let my last
heartbeat be an act of perfect love!
O Jesus! I come to Thee! Thou art the Way that I would follow in
obedience to Thy Commandments, Thy counsels and Thine example; let me
walk after Thee in the way of obedience, of self-denial and of
sacrifice, which leads to Heaven and Thee! O Jesus, Thou art the Truth;
Thou art "the true Light which enlighteneth every man coming into this
world". I believe in Thee! I believe in Thy Gospel; I would know Thee
in order to love Thee; I would make Thee known in order to make Thee
loved. O Jesus! Thou art the Life, through Thy sanctifying grace which
is the life of our souls; through Thy words which are "the words of
everlasting life"; through Thy Eucharist which is "the living bread
come down from Heaven"; through Thy Heart which is the fountain of life
for individual souls and for society. I cling to Thy Word with all my
heart; I hunger for the living Bread of Thy Eucharist; I open my heart
without reserve to the life-giving streams from Thy Sacred Heart; I
unite myself inwardly to all Its intentions. Ah, may this Divine Heart
reign universally over the children of the Church and over all
My Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, I humbly beseech Thee to
scatter the darkness of my mind, and to give me lively faith, firm hope
and burning love. Grant, O my God, that I may know Thee well and may do
all things in Thy light and in conformity to Thy holy will. Amen.
O Jesus our Saviour, give us Thy blessing, deliver us from everlasting
death, assist Thy holy Church, give peace to all nations, deliver the
holy Souls suffering in Purgatory.
O Lord God, King of Heaven and earth, may it please Thee this day to
order and to hallow, to rule and to govern our hearts and our bodies,
our thoughts, our words and our works, according to Thy law and in the
doing of Thy Commandments, that we, being helped by Thee, may here and
hereafter worthily be saved and delivered by Thee, O Saviour of the
world, Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.
Deliver me, Lord Jesus Christ, from all my iniquities and from every
evil, make me ever hold fast to Thy Commandments and never allow me to
be separated from Thee.
We offer Thee, Lord Jesus Christ, the merits of Mary, Thy mother and
ours, as she stood beneath the Cross, in order that, by her tender
intercession, we may obtain the happy fruits of Thy Passion and Death.
O dearly beloved Word of God, teach me to be generous, to serve Thee as
Thou dost deserve, to give without counting the cost, to fight without
fretting at my wounds, to labor without seeking repose, to be prodigal
of myself without looking for any other reward save that of knowing
that I do Thy holy will (R. Card. Merry del Val).
Change my heart, O Jesus, Thou Who didst empty Thyself for love of me!
Make known to my spirit how excellent were Thy sacred humiliations.
Let me begin this day, illumined by Thy Divine light,
to do away with that portion of the natural man,
that still lives undiminished in me.
This is the chief source of my misery, this the barrier
that I constantly oppose to Thy love (R. Card. Merry del Val).
Jesus, Sweet Memory
Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast!
Yet sweeter far Thy face to see
And in Thy presence rest.
No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than Jesus' name,
The Saviour of mankind.
O hope of every contrite heart!
O joy of all the meek!
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!
But what to those who find? Ah! this
Nor tongue nor pen can show---
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.
Jesus! our only hope be Thou,
As Thou our prize shalt be;
In Thee be all our glory now,
And through eternity. Amen.
Jesus, Beauty of the Angels
O Jesus, Thou the beauty art
Of Angel worlds above!
Thy name is music to the heart,
Enchanting it with love!
Celestial sweetness unalloyed!
Who eat Thee hunger still,
Who drink of Thee still feel a void
Which naught but Thou can fill!
O my sweet Jesus! hear the sighs
Which unto Thee I send!
To Thee my inmost spirit cries,
My being's hope and end!
Stay with us, Lord, and with Thy light
Illume the soul's abyss;
Scatter the darkness of our night
And fill the world with bliss.
O Jesu! spotless Virgin flower!
Our life and joy! to Thee
Be praise, beatitude and power,
Through all eternity! Amen.
O Jesus, King Most Wonderful
O Jesus, King most wonderful!
Thou Conqueror renowned!
Thou Sweetness most ineffable!
In whom all joys are found!
When once Thou visitest the heart,
Then truth begins to shine;
Then earthly vanities depart;
Then kindles love Divine.
O Jesu! Light of all below!
Thou Fount of life and fire!
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire.
May every heart confess Thy name,
And ever Thee adore;
And seeking Thee, itself inflame
To seek Thee more and more.
Thee may our tongues for ever bless;
Thee may we love alone;
And ever in our lives express
The image of Thine Own. Amen.