O gracious God,
we remember before You today Your servant and apostle James,
first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom
for the Name of Jesus Christ;
and we pray that You will pour out upon the leaders of your Church
that spirit of self-denying service
by which alone they may have true authority among your people;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and forever.
O gracious God,
O most blessed Virgin Mary,
mother most loving and most merciful,
I, a miserable and unworthy sinner come before You,
with the heartfelt prayer,
that of Your loving kindness
you would concede to graciously to be near me
and all who throughout the whole Church
are to receive the body and blood of Your Son this day,
even as you were near Your most dear Son
as He hung bleeding on the cross,
that, aided by Your gracious help,
we may worthily offer up a pure and acceptable sacrifice
in the sight of the holy and undivided Trinity.
O Mary, crowned with stars,
who has the moon for your footstool
and who sits enthroned above all the choirs of Angels,
turn your eyes toward this vale of tears,
and hear the voice of one
who puts all his hope and trust in you.
Now you rejoiced in the endless bliss of paradise;
but once you endured the miseries of this our exile
and you know how bitter are the days of him who eats the bread of sorrow.
Help me throw off the yoke of sin
Grant that I may run to your protection
and your loving arms of help and consolation.
Blood of my Crucified Savior,
detach me from the world,
and the spirit of the world.
Make me humble in life and sacrifice,
after the example of St. Catherine of Sienna,
who loved You so much.
O Precious Blood,
be my strength amid the trials and struggles of exile.
Grant that at the hour of death
I may be able to bless You
for having been the comfort
and the sanctification of my soul,
before becoming, in Heaven,
the everlasting object of my love and praise.
O Lord, my God,
from this day I accept
from Your hand willingly
and with submission,
the kind of life that it may please You to send me,
with all its sorrows, pains, and anguish.
Into Your hands, O Lord,
I commend my spirit.
Give me strength, O my God,
to absolve my offences,
to overcome temptations,
to subdue my passions,
and to acquire the virtues proper in my life.
Fill my heart with tender affection for Your goodness,
hatred for my faults,
love for my neighbor,
and contempt of the world.
May Your grace help me to be submissive to my superiors,
condescending to my inferiors,
faithful to my friends,
and charitable to my enemies.
Through Your goodness, thy will be done.
O God, how precious I am to You.
Since the beginning of time,
You were there for me.
You were there when I was happy;
You were there when I was sad.
You never left me.
Once when I felt so alone,
so broken and in grief,
I thought You had left me.
But I was wrong because You never left me.
It was me, O God, who had left, It was me,
who did not seek, did not trust, did not
surrender to Your love.
How great is Your love for me, O God!
Yet, I still doubt; I steal fear your Love.
Why can’t I believe that You love me?
How little faith I have in Your, O God.
Why can’t I believe that Your love me,
that You want me?
Why can’t I accept that being myself
Is enough for You, O God?
Why do I need reasons and answers?
What use are these for me?
Does everything have an answer?
Does Your love for me have a reason?
Help me, God, to let go of my doubts.
Help me see the beauty of Your love,
Open my heard – the place where You dwell.
Help me to accept that love needs no reason,
that love doesn’t doubt, that love has no fear.
Fill me with Your love, O God.
Fill me with Your unceasing love.
A love without end.
Columban Lay Missionary Vida Hequilan
O Mary, dear Mother, enlighten our minds, and warm our hearts;
let that pure love which streams forth from your eyes,
spread itself abroad and bring forth those wondrous fruits
which Your Son purchased for us by the shedding of His Blood,
the while You suffered they most bitter torments at the foot of His Cross.
giver of purity and strength,
pour down upon my soul.
Make of my heart a living chalice
from which grace shall constantly flow
on those that love You,
and especially on poor sinners that offend You.
Teach me to honor You
and to make You honored by others.
Give me power to draw to You cold and hardened hearts,
that they may feel how infinitely
Your consolations surpass those of the world.
You who, with special mercy,
look upon those clothed in Your beloved Habit,
cast a glance of pity upon me.
Fortify my weakness with Your strength;
enlighten the darkness of my mind with Your wisdom;
increase my faith,
hope and charity.
Assist me during life,
console me by Your presence at my death,
and present me to the August trinity as Your devoted child,
that I may bless You for all eternity in Paradise.
To You I desire to consecrate all my thoughts,
words, actions, and sufferings;
that I may think of You, speak of You,
willingly refer all my actions to Your greater glory,
and suffer willingly whatever You shall appoint.
Lord, I desire that in all things Your will may be done;
because it is Your will,
and in the manner that You desire.
I beg of You to enlighten my understanding,
to inflame my will,
to purify my body,
and to sanctify my soul.
I cling to You and give myself to You
and ask You by Your compassion
to watch over me in my weakness.
Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus
and looking at His Five Wounds
and trusting in His Precious Blood
and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart,
I implore You Adorable Spirit,
helper of my infirmity,
so to keep me in Your grace
that I may never sin against You.
Give me grace O Holy Ghost,
Spirit of the Father and the Son,
to say to You always and everywhere,
Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening.
Out of love it was that You came down to take our flesh;
and when about to depart from this world to the Father,
You left to us this Sacrament as a pledge of Your love,
that after a new and wondrous manner
You might abide with us forever.
O Lord how worthy are You of Love,
who does so much for love of us!
Wherefore I will love You, O Lord,
my Strength, my Refuge, and my Deliverer.
O God, You are true Love!
He that dwells in love dwells in You.
May I be more firmly united with You in the bond of love.
Who shall separate me from the love of Christ my Saviour?
O that neither life, nor death,
nor any creature may have power to do so.
God, You are the source of all life.
You created me and formed me in my mother’s womb.
You gave Your only Son Jesus so that I may
have live, and have it to the full.
You shaped me and blew the breath of life
into me and made me become a living being.
My pride and selfishness makes me think I am God,
and this blinds me to think that I live for myself.
Your servant St. Paul reminds me that while I live,
I live for You, God, and if I die, I am Yours.
Facing the music of life that it offers,
the challenges at times makes me “cut out”
myself from the very source of life.
I am like the branch that cuts out from the true vine.
When I am not connected to the source of life or the true vine,
I really feel empty, and it makes me think
that life is not worth living.
The source of life fills me with all the blessings and graces I need.
Restore me that I may be one with You.
You are my life.
- Columban Fr. Taaremon Matauea
O merciful Redeemer,
stoop to regard me as a perpetual adorer
of Your Most Precious Blood,
and be pleased to accept my prayers,
my deeds and my sacrifices,
as so many acts of reparation and love.
Through Your Precious Blood I will be saved.