Prayers to special Saints

PRAYER TO MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS
MOST Holy and Immaculate Virgin, Help of Christians, Mother of the Church, we place ourselves under your motherly protection. We promise to be faithful to our Christian vocation and to work for the greater glory of God and the salvation of our souls, and of those entrusted to us.
With faith in your intercession we pray for the Church, for our family and friends, for youth especially those most in need and for all men.
You were St. John Bosco’s teacher. Show us how to imitate his virtues: especially his
union with God, his chastity, humility and poverty, his love for work and for temperance, his goodness and total giving of self to others, his loyalty to the Holy Father and to the Church.
Grant, O Mary, Help of Christians the graces of which we stand in need. (Here mention your intentions). May we serve God with fidelity and generosity until death. Help us and our dear ones to attain the boundless joy of being forever with our Father in heaven.
Amen.

 

PRAYER TO ST. THERESE
O little Therese of the Child Jesus who during your short life became a mirror of angelic purity, love of God whole hearted abandonment to His will, now that you possess the Lord you so deeply loved, plead my case before His Holy Throne.
Make my troubles your own. You promised to spend your Heaven doing good upon earth. Intercede for me in my hour of need (here mention the grace desired) if it is for the greater Glory of God and the good of my soul.
Dear little Flower, obtain for me the blessing that I may have strength in the trials of life and be defended at the hour of my death. Lead me to a happy eternity. Amen.

 

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
TO YOU, blessed Joseph, we come with confidence in this our hour of need, trusting in your powerful protection. Your loving service to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and your fatherly affection for the Child Jesus, Inspire us with Faith in the power of your intercession before the throne of God.
We pray, first of all, for the Church: that it may be free from error and corruption, and be a shining light of universal love and justice.
We ask your intercession for our loved ones in their trials and adversities that they may be inspired by the love, obedience and affection of the Holy Family and be to each other a mutual source of consolation and Christian fidelity.
We ask your intercession also for our special need (here mention the grace desired) Keep us one and all under your protection so that strengthened by your example and assistance, we may lead a holy life, die a happy death, and come to the possession of everlasting happiness in heaven. Amen.

 

PRAYER TO ST. JUDE
SAINT Jude glorious Apostle and faithful servant of the Son of God, the Church honours and invokes you universally as patron of hopeless cases, I place before you my problems, sure that you will not turn a deaf ear to my request.
Come to my assistance in this great moment of need that I may receive strength and perseverance and that I may ultimately accept God’s Holy will. (Here mention the grace desired)
I promise you O Blessed Apostle, to be ever mindful of this grant favour and never cease to honour you as my special patron. May the Holy will of God be in all things done forever. Amen.

 

PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY
O GOOD and gentle St. Anthony, your love of God and concern for His creatures made your worthy, whole on earth to obtain many miracles from God. Come to my help in this moment the grace of trouble and anxiety. (Here mention the grace desired)
Your ardent love of God made you worthy to hold the Holy Infant in your arms Whisper to Him my humble request if it be for the greater glory of God and the salvation of my soul, Amen.

 

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Novena to St. Joseph

*NOVENA PRAYER
*(prayer to be said at the end of each day’s devotion)
Saint Joseph, I, your unworthy child, greet you. You are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have special confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I place all my hope of salvation in you, for you are especially powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. Therefore I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:

 
(Mention your request).

 
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Amen.

 
MEMORARE
Remember, most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, my loving protector, Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection or asked for your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding, therefore, in your goodness, I come before you and humbly implore you. Despise not my petitions, foster-father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen.

 
We know Joseph was a man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him without knowing the outcome. When the angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him the truth about the child Mary was carrying, Joseph immediately and without question or concern for gossip, took Mary as his wife. When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, all his family
and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife and the baby. He waited in Egypt without question until the angel told him it was safe to go back.

 

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Prayer for spouses for one another

Jesus, You saw so much value in the love between husband and wife that You elevated married life to a sacramental level. I know that marriage is a sign of the love and unity that exists between You and Your Church.

Continue to give Your help to us that our love may grow day by day. Help us to realize that our love must overflow into the world around us. Give us strength in times of trial and difficulty; give us happiness, security, and the joy of seeing our love expand beyond ourselves to others. I ask this through the intercession of Mary and her beloved spouse, St. Joseph. Amen.

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