Prayer for Discernment

Today, O God of all days,
give me an experience of your heart.
Draw me deep into your very being,
into the core of your love for me, others, and the world.

Give me a glimpse of others the way you see them: loving them, forgiving them,
and delighting in the way they give glory to God
through their very existence.

Help me to discern out of that open place of deep affection so that I too might be a useful vessel of your love in the world.


Prayer for Wisdom

Great is the wisdom of the Lord!
God Almighty, Your Wisdom includes
An understanding of what is fair,
What is logical, what is true,
What is right and what is lasting.
It mirrors Your pure intellect!
I entreat You to grant me such Wisdom,
That my labors may reflect Your insight.
Your Wisdom expands in Your creations,
Displaying complexity and multiplicity.
Your Wisdom is an eternity ahead of man.
May Your wisdom flourish forever!


An Act of Hope

O Lord God,
I hope by your grace for the pardon
of all my sins
and after life here to gain eternal happiness
because you have promised it
who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind,
and merciful.
In this hope I intend to live and die.


Prayer for Our Nation

God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust the United
States of America to Your loving care. You are the rock
on which this nation was founded. You alone are
the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for
Your glory and dwell among Your people.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s
leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will.

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate,
Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject
the “culture of death.” Lead us into a new
era of life. We ask this through
Christ our Lord.


Prayer to Saints Peter and Paul – Solemnity Feast celebrated on June 29

O holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, I choose you this day and forever to be my special patrons and advocates; thee, Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, because thou art the Rock, upon which Almighty God hath built His Church; thee, Saint Paul, because thou wast fore-chosen by God as the Vessel of election and the Preacher of truth in the whole world. Obtain for me, I pray you, lively faith, firm hope, and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, attention in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be able to overcome the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth for endless ages, to enjoy His presence and love Him forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

V. Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth.
R. They shall be mindful of Thy name, O Lord.

Let us pray:

O God, Whose right hand raised up blessed Peter, when he walked upon the water and began to sink, and thrice delivered his fellow-Apostle Paul from the depths of the sea, when he suffered shipwreck: graciously hear us and grant, by the merits of them both, that we also may attain unto everlasting glory: Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen

Prayer to St. Joseph for Fathers 

St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary,
you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.

You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect all the fathers who trustingly come to you.

You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes.They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness.

But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother.

Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done. Amen.

-by Pope St. John XXIII

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy on us.Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.Christ hear us
Christ, graciously hear us. 
God the Father of heaven,Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of Virgins,Pray for us.
Mother of Christ,Pray for us.
Mother of the Church,Pray for us.
Mother of Divine Grace,Pray for us.
Mother most pure,Pray for us.
Mother most chaste,Pray for us.
Mother inviolate,Pray for us.
Mother undefiled,Pray for us.
Mother most amiable,Pray for us.
Mother most admirable,Pray for us.
Mother of Good Counsel,Pray for us.
Mother of our Creator,Pray for us.
Mother of our Savior,Pray for us.
Mother of mercy,Pray for us.
Virgin most prudent,Pray for us.
Virgin most venerable,Pray for us.
Virgin most renowned,Pray for us.
Virgin most powerful,Pray for us.
Virgin most merciful,Pray for us.
Virgin most faithful,Pray for us.
Mirror of justice,Pray for us.
Seat of wisdom,Pray for us.
Cause of our joy,Pray for us.
Spiritual vessel,Pray for us.
Vessel of honor,Pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion,Pray for us.
Mystical Rose,Pray for us.
Tower of David,Pray for us.
Tower of ivory,Pray for us.
House of gold,Pray for us.
Ark of the Covenant,Pray for us.
Gate of Heaven,Pray for us.
Morning star,Pray for us.
Health of the Sick,Pray for us.
Refuge of sinners,Pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted,Pray for us.
Help of christians,Pray for us.
Queen of angels,Pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs,Pray for us.
Queen of prophets,Pray for us.
Queen of apostles,Pray for us.
Queen of martyrs,Pray for us.
Queen of confessors,Pray for us.
Queen of virgins,Pray for us.
Queen of all saints,Pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin,Pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven,Pray for us.
Queen of the Holy Rosary,Pray for us.
Queen of families,Pray for us.
Queen of peace,Pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,Graciously hear us, O Lord.
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.

Prayer to God for Protection

Almighty and merciful Father,
Who shows your love to all creation,
We come before you to ask for a quick control
of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world.

Hear graciously the prayers we make
For those affected by the virus
In various parts of the world.

Grant healing to the sick,
Eternal life to the dead,
And consolation to the bereaved.

We pray that an effective medicine
to combat the sickness
be speedily found.

We pray for the relevant Governments
And health authorities
That they take appropriate steps
For the good of the people.

Look upon us in your mercy
And forgive us our failings.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus. Amen.

Prayer for the Faithful of St. Francis Chapel

O Mother of Jesus,
whose intercession strengthens the Church,
conserve, increase and make fruitful
this congregation at St. Francis Chapel.
O, Mary, you care for the brethren of your Son
with a mother’s love;
watch with maternal charity over all who
rejoice today to be part of this family.
Sustain our priests in their apostolate,
protect travelers on their journeys,
guide students who seek truth,
and be a bulwark for all the faithful
who gather at this chapel
in living out their vocations at home
and in the marketplace.
Blessed Mother,
who have already reached the perfection of grace,
mercifully pray for us
that by the merits of your Son
we shall increase in faith, hope and love
till the consummation of heaven. Amen.