Praying for others

“This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love than this, no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15,12-13)

We quoted that gentle admonition from Our Lord in our oft-reposted, “Our Lord’s Litany of Love“.

In a further quote:

The term litany is derived from the Greek word for prayer, entreaty or supplication. The post-conciliar Church tends to disdain litanies as repetitious but faithful Catholics know them for what they are, sweet words of love exchanged between the Beloved and His own. On Holy Thursday evening during the time He instituted His sacrament of love, Our Lord spoke tenderly, pleading with His loved ones (and by them, us!) to understand this new law of love. See how often, in varied ways, He reminds us of His love for us and the sweet burden we share for the salvation of souls.

Today, we want to focus briefly on our need to pray for others.  Novenas, Litanies and Rosaries are among the most popular. I believe that this is so because they involve us most closely with our most Blessed Mother, for this work of intercession is certainly her appointed task!  And she  welcomes us to join with her. When we pray to her on behalf of others, she graciously blesses them and us too.

Most of us are not called to lay down our lives for Our Lord nor for our friends, but we are called to the task of living our lives in love for those who are entrusted to us and to pray for them. This costs us no money, but does cost us something more than money; it demands our time which is precious and fleeting, and the love of our hearts.

From this tiny little outpost on the immense world wide web, we notice that readers are experiencing what several report as the “roughest start of any year ever” with numerous difficulties and trials.  And we have barely begun the first month of this new year!  Readers have spoken to me of their own crosses, the loss of jobs, severe illness, death of loved ones, family members who have turned away from the faith and appear to be lost in sin.  Of course, I offer them my prayers, but in order to do more, I thought to ask you please dear readers, consider praying for our other readers who are suffering right now. It is a beautiful thing to think of each of us, who may be enduring our own suffering in silence, praying for others.  Our Lord taught us this in His Litany of Love when He, although He was just hours away from Golgotha, urged us to love one another. From His Cross He prayed, “Father forgive them.”

Today, I recommend to you prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and include the short form of the Novena Prayer and her Litany. For the long form see here.

“There is no problem …  that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

 

Novena Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual help, dispenser of every grace that God grants us in our misery; Mother so powerful and yet so merciful, thou art the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners, and so I come to thee, mindful that thy own dear Son, when dying for my sins, entrusted me to thee.

In thy pure hands I place my eternal salvation; I trust my soul and all my needs to thee. If thou wilt take me under thy protection, I shall fear no evil, trusting thy promise: thou wilt not forsake me and thy Immaculate Heart will be my refuge and sure way to Jesus.

I beg thee, most dear Mother, obtain for me an ever greater love for Jesus, the grace of true contrition, forgiveness of my sins, final perseverance, and the favor that I now request, _________.  Mother of Perpetual Help, I give thee thanks for answering my prayer and will proclaim always thy goodness and mercy. Amen.

 

 

 

LITANY  OF  OUR  LADY  OF  PERPETUAL  HELP

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 Ghost, 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.
Queen conceived without the stain of Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
O Mother of Perpetual Help, whose very name inspires confidence, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may love God with all my heart, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may in all things conform my will to that of thy Divine Son, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may always shun sin, the only real evil, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may always remember my last end, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may often and devoutly receive the Sacraments, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may avoid every proximate occasion of sin, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may never neglect prayer, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may ever remember to invoke thee, particularly in time of temptation, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may always be victorious in the hour of temptation, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may generously pardon my enemies, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may arise quickly, should I have the misfortune of falling into mortal sin, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may courageously resist the seductions of evil companions, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may be strong against my own inconstancy, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may not delay my conversion from day to day, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may labor zealously to eradicate my evil habits, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may ever love to serve thee, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may lead others to love and serve thee, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may live and die in the friendship of God, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In all necessities of body and soul, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In sickness and pain, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In poverty and distress, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In persecution and abandonment, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In grief and dereliction of mind, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In time of war, famine and contagion, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In every danger of sin, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When assailed by the evil spirits, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When tempted by the allurements of a deceitful world, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When struggling against the inclinations of my corrupt nature, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When tempted against the holy virtue of purity, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When death is nigh, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the loss of my senses shall warn me that my earthly career is at an end, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the thought of my approaching dissolution shall fill me with fear and terror, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When at the decisive hour of death, the evil spirit will endeavor to plunge my soul into despair, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the priest of God shall give me his last absolution and his last blessing, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When my friends and relations, surrounding my bed, moved with compassion, shall invoke thy clemency on my behalf, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the world will vanish from my sight, and my heart will cease to beat, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When I shall yield my soul into the hands of its Creator, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When my soul will appear before its Sovereign Judge, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the irrevocable sentence will be pronounced, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When I will be suffering in Purgatory, and sighing for the vision of God, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.

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, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, O Mother of perpetual Help,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray:
O Almighty and Merciful God, Who, in order to succor the human race, hast willed the Blessed Virgin Mary to become the Mother of Thy only-begotten Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that by her intercession we may avoid the contagion of sin and serve Thee with a pure heart, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Think now, how good it would be to pray, from time to time, a rosary, litany and novena prayer for others who we do not know, but who are isolated – as all too many of us are! – and have no way of seeking spiritual support from other traditional Catholics. It is a great tragedy that so many of us have no community of support around us. Many readers have spoken to me of this painful isolation – they too, would love to make First Fridays, First Saturdays, but even a traditional Latin Sunday Mass is not within reach. When they seek out others online, they find supposedly traditional Catholic, pro-Fatima blogs which attack others, dividing the faithful instead of uniting them. I do not want to do that here; but instead urge you to pray for healing the disunity and antagonism that separates and weakens us all.

NOTE, at 2:13 pm: In this post, I failed to make the point that while we pray for those we love, it is a very noble and necessary thing to pray for others (those we will never meet)  who are united with us in faith but tragically separated by this disastrous culture which isolates us all. The only way through this diabolical morass is to reach beyond ourselves with the help of the Mother of God, in obedience, love and trust.  We absolutely must pray urgently for others, for the night comes quickly now. Let’s pray while are able, pray for those struggling and losing heart, that our faith may not fail. Most especially, pray for our priests.

Remember, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound satan and all who serve him!
  Mother of Perpetual Help, Immaculate Mother of God, pray for us and for the Pope.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, Give me strength against thine enemies.

3 thoughts on “Praying for others

    • peregrine says:

      Diane, thank you for your prayers. I will pray to Saint Jacinta for them as I pray for my own who have also turned away from the Faith.
      Diane, take heart in Our Lady of the Rosary’s promise – she will not refuse our prayers for our children! They are her children too!
      May Our Lady keep you close always

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