O Mary, implore for the world
the grace to see everything as the gift of God
and the virtue to work with generosity
and to make use of such gifts wisely and providently.
Implore peace for the world.
Fashion brothers and sisters
out of persons who are so divided.
Guide us to a more ordered and peaceful society.
For those who are suffering,
afflicted by current misfortunes,
and for the dead, obtain eternal rest.
Show yourself a mother to us;
this is our prayer,
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary!
O Mary, implore for the world
O, my Blessed Mother,
it is not one sword only with which I have pierced your heart,
but I have done so with as many
as are the sins which I have committed.
Ah, Lady, it is not to you,
who are innocent,
that sufferings are due, but to me,
who am guilty of so many crimes.
But since you have been pleased to suffer so much for me,
O, by your merits,
obtain me great sorrow for my sins,
and patience under the trials of this life,
which will always be light in comparison with my demerits.
God called us out of darkness,
into His wonderful light.
May we experience His kindness and blessings,
and be strong in faith, in hope, and in love.
Because we are followers of Christ,
who appeared on this day as a light shining in darkness
may He make us a light to all your sisters and brothers.
The wise men followed the star,
and found Christ who is light from light.
May we too find the Lord
when our pilgrimage is ended.
St. John Newmann, servant of God and man,
your desire to bring all souls to Christ
inspired you to leave your family, home, and country.
Ask for us the grace to live worthily
in the spirit of our Baptism,
so that all our thoughts, words,
and actions of every day will bring God,
Our Father, greater honor and glory.
Ask for us the graces necessary to help
and to serve the poor,
the suffering, and the oppressed.
May we live as you lived,
persevering in every difficulty,
to know and to do God's Holy Will.
In this life, may we share your intercession,
the protection of Mary,
and the grace of Jesus Christ,
Our Lord and Redeemer.
You would not willingly call on us to suffer.
You say all things work together for our good
if we are faithful to You.
Therefore, if You ordain it:
through disappointment and poverty,
sickness and pain,
even shame and contempt and calumny,
You will support us with the consolation of Your Grace
and compensate us for any temporal suffering
by the possession of that peace
which the world can neither give nor take away.
O Divine Jesus,
You promised that anything we ask
of the Eternal Father in Your name shall be granted.
O Eternal Father,
In the name of Jesus,
for the love of Jesus,
in fulfillment of this promise,
and because Jesus has said it,
grant us our petitions for the sake of Jesus,
Your Divine Son.
O All-Transcendent God
what words can sing Your praises?
No word does You justice.
What mind can probe Your secret?
No mind can encompass You.
You are alone beyond the power of speech,
yet all that we speak stems from You.
You are alone beyond the power of thought,
yet all that we can conceive springs from You.
All things proclaim You,
those endowed with reason and those bereft of it.
All the expectation and pain of the world coalesces in You.
All things utter a prayer to You,
a silent hymn composed by You.
You sustain everything that exists,
and all things move together to Your orders.
You are the goal of all that exists.
You are one and You are all,
yet You are none of the things that exist,
neither a part nor the whole.
You can avail Yourself of any name;
how shall I call You,
the only unnamable?
We pray that this New Year will bring us closer to You.
May we take the time to get to know You.
Help us to truly celebrate the gifts You have graciously given us
and use them to serve You and spread Your word,
May we also see and love you in all the people we meet,
so that in turn, they can see You in us.
God our Father,
on this eve of the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God
give us an appreciation of the many gifts
You have given us during the past year.
Help us bless You in return during the coming year
by sharing some of our gifts with others who have far,
far less than we do.
Lord Jesus Christ, who,
being made subject to Mary and Joseph,
consecrated domestic life by Your ineffable virtues;
grant that we, with the assistance of both,
may be taught by the example of Your Holy Family
and may attain to its everlasting fellowship.
Who lives and reigns, world without end.
O God, for the sake of whose Church
the glorious Bishop Thomas fell by the sword of ungodly men:
grant, we beseech You that all who implore his aid,
may obtain the good fruit of his petition.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever.
Lord, be good to them,
and show them all Your Love.
Lord, be kind to them,
and grant them peace above.
Lord, be merciful to them,
and wipe their sins away.
Lord, be generous to them,
with all my heart I pray.
Lord, be gracious to them,
for good that they have done.
Lord be gentle with them,
for sufferings undergone.
Lord, may we meet again,
when heaven’s crown is won.
- Columban Fr. Pay Sayles
Lord, you are the living Word of God
who came to dwell in hearts of all people.
Increase my desire and strengthen my will
to know the Word of God and to live it in my life.
Share with me your abundant grace and power.
Show me your will for me as I learn
to do great wonders in small ways
in my home and community.
Stephen, full of grace and power,
who worked great wonders and signs among the people.
You crowned him with glory and honor, O Lord.
You gave him rule over the works of Your hands.
Now, Grant, O Lord, that we may
imitate Your servant, Stephen,
whose memory we celebrate.
Teach us to love even our enemies
as Stephen knew how to pray even
for his persecutors to our Lord Jesus Christ
Your Son, who lives and reigns forever.
Moonless darkness stands between.
Past, the Past, no more be seen!
But the Bethlehem star may lead me
To the sight of Him Who freed me
From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord: You are Holy;
Make me meek, Lord: You were lowly;
Now beginning, and always,
Now begin, on Christmas day.