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Selected and Highly Recommended Prayers



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The purpose of this document is to share with those who visit our pages many of the prayers in English which miguel de Portugal regularly offers in addition to the Holy Rosary (1), Chaplet of Mercy (2), Chaplet of Tears (3) , Via Crucis (4) and the practice of other devotional practices (5)

Therefore, we have chosen to release a number of those prayers since almost the beginning of his journey. Many of them were regularly offered before he even offered his first Holy Rosary.

In addition to the following prayers, he offers other in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin but not having the appropriate human resources to conduct the translation and formatting work, they will not be published at this time.



DETAILS


OPENING DAY PRAYER

Jesus, my Lord and God.  I bow down in humble adoration before You.  From the depths of that humility I raise my eyes to You and in humble supplication to Your Sacred Heart, implore Your Mercy and forgiveness for my many sins.  Grant me the Grace to spend this day of holy and loving reparation with all the holy dispositions You desire.

Enter into my heart Yourself, dearest Lord, and work Your pleasure in it; directing all my faculties, senses and powers to Your greater Honor and Glory.  Help me to console You for all the wrong doings Your loving Heart receives from an ungrateful mankind.

Mary, dearest Mother, and you, great St. Joseph, teach me to pray, to love, to make reparation and to adore the Loving Heart of Jesus, so often abandoned hidden  in the Most  Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen!

Most Holy Trinity, as an act of my free will, I totally abandon myself into Your Hands; do with me what You Will.  Whatever You may do, I thank you;  I am ready for  all; I accept all that You Will be done in me and in all Your creatures - I wish no more than this, O Lord, other than you sustain me throughout whatever I may have to go through. Amen!



TO OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL

Hear me Lord, Holy Father, Almighty and Eternal God and graciously send Your Holy Angels from Heaven to watch over, to cherish, to protect, to abide with, and to defend me and all who dwell in (fill in here a location and/or environment)*. I ask this the Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen!

* For example: the USA, Chicago, this building, this neighborhood, my home, around me, etc.



CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT


Holy Spirit, Divine Spirit of Light and Love, I consecrate to You my understanding, heart and will, my whole being for time and for eternity.

May my understanding be always subject to Your heavenly inspirations and in the Light of the valid teachings of the Catholic Faith, of which You are the infallible Guide.

May my heart be ever inflamed with the Love of God and of my neighbor, may my will be ever conformed to the Divine Will, may my whole life be faithful to the imitation of the life and virtues of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to Whom with the Father and You, be honor and glory forever! Amen!



PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS


Heart of Jesus, all Holy! Fountain of all blessings, I adore You, I love You, and with lively sorrow for my sins, I offer You this poor heart of mine.  Make me humble, patient, pure and entirely obedient to Your Will.

Good Jesus, grant that I may live in You and for You.  Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Your blessings on all that I do, and the Grace of a holy death.

Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, inflame our hearts with love of You!  Amen!



ABANDONMENT TO THE WILL OF GOD

Eternal Father, as an act of my free will, I totally abandon myself into Your Hands;
do with me what You Will.
Whatever You may do, I thank You;
I am ready for all;
I accept all that You Will be done in me and in all Your creatures;
I wish no more than this, O Lord,
other that you sustain me throughout whatever I may have to go through.
Amen!



PRAYERS FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

Eternal Father, I offer The Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the merits of  the Masses offered throughout the world today, for the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family.  Amen! Amen!



A MEDITATION ABOUT SILENCE

Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle.  A talkative soul will seldom attain sanctity.  The sword of silence will cut off everything that would like to cling to the soul.  We are sensitive to words and quickly want to answer back, without taking any regard as to whether it is God's will that we should speak.  A silent soul is strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence.  The silent soul is capable of attaining the closest union with God.  It lives almost always under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  God works in a silent soul without hindrance.



OFFERINGS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

God Holy Spirit, Infinite Love of the Father and the Son, as an offering to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your Immaculate Spouse, I am firmly resolved now more than ever, to hear Your voice, and to do in all things Your most Holy and Adorable Will. Amen!


PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

Guardian of virgins, and holy father Joseph, to whose faithful custody Christ Jesus, innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, were committed; I beg you, by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness, I may, with spotless mind, pure heart and chaste body, ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life.  Amen!


PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I take to you all my interest and desires.  Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me through your powerful intercessions and obtain for me, from your Divine Son, all spiritual blessings necessary to serve Him well.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and departing souls, pray for us!

Our Father / Hail Mary / Gloria



TO ST. JOSEPH - PATRON OF WORKERS

God, Our Father, Creator and Ruler of the Universe, in every age You call man to develop and use his gifts for the good of others.

With Saint Joseph as our example and the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God, help us (me) to do the work You have asked and achieve the results You desire.

We (I) ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen!




ASPIRATIONS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Light of the intellect, enlighten me. Divine Fire of hearts, inflame me. Fullness of souls, fill me. Lord of Grace and Life, vivify me.

In this vale of suffering, guide me. From stumbles and falls, deliver me. By Your Divine Gifts, enrich me. By Your Divine Operations, sanctify me.

My Jesus, transform me that having been faithful upon Earth, I may be Eternally happy in Heaven, in perfect reflection of Your love.

Amen!



INVOKING MARY'S INTERCESSORY POWERS

August Queen of the Heavens, heavenly sovereign of the Angels, Thou who from the beginning received from God the power and the mission to crush the head of satan, I (we) humbly beseech Thee to send your holy Legions so that under Thy command and through thy unequaled intercessory power, they may pursue the demons and combat them everywhere, suppress their boldness and drive them back into the abyss.

Who is like God? O good and tender Mother, Thou will always be our love and our hope!

O Holy Mother, send Thy holy Angels to defend me (us) and to drive far away from me (us) the cruel enemy.

Holy Angels and Archangels, defend us, guard us.  Amen!



ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

O Adorable Heart of Jesus + the tenderest + the most amiable + the most generous of all hearts!  Penetrated with gratitude at the sight of Thy benefits I come to consecrate myself wholly and unreservedly to Thee!

I wish to devote all my energies to propagating Thy worship and winning + if possible + all hearts to Thee.  Receive my heart this day + O Jesus!  Or rather take it + purify it + to render it worthy of Thee;  Make it humble + gentle + patient + faithful + and generous like Thine + by inflaming it with the fire of Thy love.

Hide it in Thy Divine Heart  with all hearts that love Thee and are consecrated to Thee.  Never permit me to take my heart away from Thee again. Please, do not let me grieve Thy Adorable Heart.  Thou knowest + O Heart of Jesus + that the desire of my heart is to love Thee always + to be wholly Thine + in life and in death + in time and eternity.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us, Sacred Heart of Jesus + I trust in Thee.



EUCHARISTIC PRAYER OF AKITA

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, TRULY present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom.

Please, receive this humble offering of myself.  Use me as You Will for the Glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.

Most Holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from You nor Your Divine Son.  Please defend and protect me as Your special child.

Amen!



PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA [Patroness of Poland]

Virgin Most Holy, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Mother of the Word Incarnate, Treasurer of Graces and Refuge of us sinners.

I fly to your Motherly affection with lively faith, and I beg of you the Grace ever to do the Will of God. 

Into Your Most Holy Hands I commit the keeping of my heart, asking you for health of soul and body, in the certain hope that you, our most loving Mother, will hear my prayers. [present your request] Wherefore, with lively faith I pray - (3 Hail Mary)


Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Peace and Mercy, pray for all of us.

Amen!


PENTECOST

Father of Light and Life, from Whom every good gift comes, send Your Spirit into our lives with the power of a mighty wind, and by the flame of Your Wisdom open the horizons of our minds.

Loosen our tongues to sing Your praise in words beyond the power of speech, for without Your Spirit man could never raise his voice in words of peace or announce the truth that Jesus is Lord, Who indeed lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.  Amen!



IN SEARCH FOR HOLINESS

Breathe in me, Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy;
Act in me, Holy Spirit, that my work may also be holy;
Fill my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy;
Guard me always, Holy Spirit, that I may ever remain holy;
Preserve me, Holy Spirit, that my body may remain your dwelling;
In my last hour call me, Holy Spirit, to enjoy the holiness of heaven.  Amen!



ABANDONMENT TO MARY

Mary, I come to you with childlike confidence and earnestly beg you to take me under your powerful protection.
Grant me a place in your loving Motherly Heart.
I place my immortal soul into your hands and give You my own poor heart.




ABANDONMENT TO JESUS

Into Your hands I commend my body and soul;
I offer them to You with all the love of my heart, for I love You, Lord, and so, need to give myself, to surrender myself into Your hands, without reserve, and with boundless confidence. 
For You Are My Lord and My God!




IN CONCLUSION OF THE DAY

O Jesus, living in Mary, come and live in Your servants, in the Spirit of Your Holiness, in the Fullness of Your Power, in the Perfection of Your Ways, in the Truth of Your Mysteries.  Reign in us over all adverse power by Your Holy Spirit and the Glory of the Father.   Amen!

O Lord Jesus Christ, into Thy Hands I commend my soul and my body.  Do Thou Bless me, have Mercy upon me and grant me Life Eternal!

Amen!


THE ACTS

Of Faith

Lord Jesus Christ, I firmly believe that You are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament as true God and true Man, with Your Body, Blood and Divinity, My Redeemer and my Judge, I adore Your Divine Majesty together with the angels and saints.  I believe, O Lord; increase my faith.

Of Hope

Good Jesus, in You alone I place all my hope.  You are my salvation and my strength, the Source of all good.  Through Your Mercy, through Your Passion and Death, I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, the grace of final perseverance and a happy eternity.

Of Love

Jesus, my God, I want to love You more and more with my whole heart and above all things, because you  have given  Your life for me, a poor sinner, and in Your Mercy You have even offered Yourself as food for my soul.

My God, I love you.  Inflame my heart so that I may love you more.


Of Contrition


O my Savior, I am truly sorry if I have offended You because You are infinitely good and sin displeases You.
I regret all the sins of my life and seek your forgiveness, and the necessary races to avoid them in the future.
Through the merits of Your Precious Blood, wash from my soul all stain of sin, o that, cleansed in body and soul,
I may worthily approach You!




KEEP AT YOUR WORK



 The Lord has given to every man his work. It is his business to do it, and the devil's business to hinder him if he can. So sure as God has given you a work to do, satan will try to hinder you.

 He may present other things more promising. He may allure you by worldly prospects, he may assault you with slander, torment you with false accusations, set you to work defending your character, employ pious persons to lie about you, editors to assail you, and excellent men to slander you.

You may have Pilate and Herod, Ananias and Caiaphas all combined against you, and Judas standing by you ready to sell you for thirty pieces of silver; and you may wonder why all those things come upon you.

 Can you not see that the whole thing is brought about through the craft of the devil? To draw you off from your work and hinder your obedience to God?

 Keep about your work. Do not flinch because the lion roars; do not stop to stone the devil's dogs; do not fool away your time chasing the devil's rabbits. Do your work!

Let liars lie, let sectarians quarrel, let corporations resolve, let editors publish, let the devil do his worst; but see to it that nothing hinders you from fulfilling the work God has given you.

He has not sent you to make money. He has not commanded you to get rich. He has never bidden you to defend your character, He has not set you at work to contradict falsehood which satan and his servants may start to peddle. If you do these things, you will do nothing else; you will be at work for yourself and not for the Lord.

Keep about your work. Let your aim be as steady as a star. Let the world brawl and bubble. You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted, slandered, wounded and rejected; you may be abused by foes, forsaken by friends and despised and rejected of men, but see to it, with steadfast determination, with unfaltering zeal, that you pursue the great purpose of your life and object of your being, until at last you can say: "I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do".


CONCLUSION

We pray that one and all will find much peace and joy, as well as spiritual and material benefits from offering the above prayers on a regular basis.  Some of them, once a day; others, once a week, and so on as the Holy Spirit of God moves each one of you.


NOTES____________________________

(1) The Holy Rosary
(2) Chaplet of Mercy
(3) Chaplet of Tears
(4) Via Crucis
(5) What Else Can We Do?

Published on November 18, 2006 - Mary, Mother of Divine Providence (Saturday before 3rd Sunday in November)
Reissued on January 14th, 2016

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