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Prayer of Saint John Vianney

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O most holy Virgin Mary,
always present before the most holy Trinity,
to whom it is granted at all times
to pray for us to your most blessed Son,
pray for me in all my needs.

Help me, defend me,
give thanks for me,
and obtain for me the pardon
of all my sins and failings.
Help me especially in my last hours.
Then, when I can no longer give
any sign of the use of reason,
give me courage
and protect me against all evil spirits.

Make in my name a profession of faith.
Assure me of my eternal salvation.
Never let me despair of the mercy of God.
Help me to overcome the evil spirits.

When I can no longer say,
"Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands,"
say it for me.

When I can no longer hear
human words of consolation,
bring me comfort.

Stay with me when I stand
in judgment before your Son.

If I have to do penance
for my sins in purgatory,
pray for me after my death.

Inspire my friends to pray for me,
and thus help gain for me
very soon the happiness of being
in the presence of God.

Lead my soul to heaven where,
united with all the elect,
I may bless and praise God
and yourself for all eternity.

SAINT JOHN VIANNEY (Curé d'Ars) (1786-1859)
Franciscan Tertiary and Saint of the Catholic Church

Prayer of Saint Thomas More

Crucifix made by Cimabue, detail

Give me Thy grace, good Lord
to set the world at nought;

To set my mind fast upon Thee,
and not to hang upon the blast of men’s mouths;

To be content to be solitary,
not to long for worldly company;

Little by little utterly to cast off the world,
and rid my mind of all the business thereof;

Not to long to hear of any worldly things,
but that the hearing of worldly phantasies may be to me unpleasant;

Gladly to be thinking of thee,
piteously to call for thy help;

To lean unto the comfort of thee,
busily to labor to love You;

To know my own vileness and wretchedness,
to be humble and meeken myself under the mighty hand of God;

To bewail my sins passed,
for the purging of them patiently to suffer adversity;

Gladly to bear my purgatory here,
to be joyful of tribulations;

To walk the narrow way that leads to life,
to bear the cross with Christ;

To have the last thing in remembrance,
to have ever before my eye my death that is ever at hand;

To make death no stranger to me,
to foresee and consider the everlasting fire of hell;

To pray for pardon before the Judge come,
to have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me;

For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks,
to buy the time again that I before have lost;

To abstain from vain conversations,
to eschew light foolish mirth and gladness;

Recreations not necessary to cut off,
of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss as nothing
for the winning of Christ;

To think my greatest enemies my best friends,
for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good
with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.

Give me the grace so to spend my life,
that when the day of my death shall come,

though I may feel pain in my body,
I may feel comfort in soul;

and with faithful hope in thy mercy,
in due love towards thee
and charity towards the world,

I may, through thy grace,
part hence into thy glory.

Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)
Franciscan Tertiary and Saint of the Catholic Church

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