God of Truth You endowed our brother Albert
with the gift of combining human wisdom with divine faith.
May the pursuit of all human knowledge
lead to a greater knowledge and love of You.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.


Star of the Sea, light our way
Star of the Sea so radiant
in the glory of God’s Love,
Your crown outshining all the stars
of heaven up above,
O, lovely Queen of Peace,
gowned in azure's of the sea,
Help us find the way to Jesus,
in your wise serenity.
We ask you Pearl of Grace
to grant us vision, courage, will,
so 'peace on earth', that miracle,
at last might be fulfilled!
Dear Mother of the Church,
blessed beacon of God's Light,
may you always guide your children
on the stormy seas of life.
Make our hearts into safe harbors,
where dear Jesus is received
hear our prayer, O Spiritual Vessel,
Mother of God, Star of the Sea.

O Mother Cabrini, woman after God’s own heart,
Universal Patroness of Migrants, for whom this world,
too small a world, held lands for boundless work,
helping migrants find true integration into new cultures,
doing all things in God who strengthens us’
be for me now, with these your myriads of migrants,
my voice, my guardian, my advocate, my mother.

Bring the Good News of the Gospel to all humanity;
proclaim the love and mercy of God; breathe life,
truth and hope, justice, peace and communion,
wheresoever these values are wanting.

Inspire me with your love of the Heart of Jesus;
then, at my end, guide this my migrant soul
and bring me safe to God.

Intercede O Mother of Sorrows,
for us and all who are near and dear to us,
that we may ever do the Will of your Son,
and may direct all our actions to His honor,
and to the furtherance of devotion to your sorrows.


Glorious Saint Martin,
you who worked miracles and prodigies,
who with joy, amiability and the most
exquisite goodness won over the hearts of all
and did not cease to ever work for their
wellbeing: give me your hand and help me
to come out of all lack and scarcity which today
afflicts me and weighs me down.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us
Pope St. Leo the Great as an example of holiness.
Help us to imitate the love of You he showed
in choosing to respond to Your call to the diaconate
and the papacy.

You served the Church faithfully as a deacon,
and You became known for Your virtues.
Then, You answered God’s call to lead
His Church as the Pope.

Pray for me, that I may always be open to doing
God’s will in my life, no matter what He might call me to.
Pray that I may be as devoted a servant of God as You were.

Lord, I ask Your favor in a special way today.
I ask the gift of Your healing love,
I do so with confidence, knowing that You love me,
and that You want for me what is for my best.

I do so with trust, knowing that You care for me
more than I care for myself, and that I am precious to You.

I ask You, Lord, to release me from anything within me
which keeps me from opening my heart, soul, mind, and body
to Your healing love.

I also ask You to free me from any excessive self-pity
which hinders me from thinking of others instead of just myself.

O Mother of Sorrows, you,
who beneath the Cross of Jesus
were given to us as our Mother,
look down with pity on us,
your children, who weep and mourn
in this valley of tears.
By that sword of sorrow which pierced your Heart
when you looked upon the Face of your dead Son,
obtain for us that comfort we so sorely need
in our sufferings.

O Almighty and everlasting God,
Who by Your wonderful providence
choose the weak things of the world
to confound the strong:
be pleased to grant us Your humble servants,
that through the kindly prayers of blessed Didacus,
Your Confessor, we may become worthy
to be raised to eternal glory in Heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end.


Almighty Lord God,
You keep on giving abundance
to men in the dew of heaven,
and food out of the richness of the soil.
We give thanks to Your most gracious majesty
for the fruits of the field which we have gathered.
We beg of You, in Your mercy, to bless our harvest,
which we have received from Your generosity.
Preserve it, and keep it from all harm.
Grant, too, that all those whose desires You
have filled with these good things
may be happy in Your protection.
May they praise Your mercies forever,
and make use of the good things
that do not last in such a way
that they may not lose those goods
that are everlasting,
through Christ our Lord.


Dear Jesus,
Sometimes, I get caught up in the dos and don'ts
of religious practice.
It comes to feel almost too mechanical.
I don't think that is what You want.
You criticized the Pharisees for being too concerned
with the details of the law while forgetting its purpose.
Help me to be a reflection of Your love
so that I can become a more faithful and loving person.


— By a Columban Missionary

O Holy Mother of God,
pray for the priests
your Son has chosen to serve the church.
Help them by your intercession,
to be holy, zealous and chaste.
Make them models of virtue
in the service of God’s people.
Help them to be prayerful in meditations,
effective in preaching, and enthusiastic
in the daily offering of the holy sacrifice of the Mass.
Help them to administer the sacraments with joy.


O God, who has given us in Your humble Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, the model of all virtue and perfection, 
Grant to us the virtue of humility.

We think so little of You 
because we are so full of ourselves.

We cannot love You more until humility shows us
our own nothingness and makes us rejoice
in our complete Dependence upon You.

You have given to the world a glorious apostle of humility:
St. Martin De Porres.

Guide us by his example and strengthen
us through his intercession in our efforts
to conform our hearts to the humble heart
of Your crucified Son.

May the glory of sainthood which you have
bestowed upon Brother Martin draw the world
closer and closer to You.

Renew, O Lord, in these days when pride and forgetfulness
of You are so widespread, the wonders which You performed
through Your humble servant During his lifetime.

Through the same Christ Our Lord.


Heavenly Father, on this day we pray
for all our loved ones who have died.
Thank you for the memories and the lives
we shared with them on earth.
May they be at peace in Your loving arms
for all eternity.
May our memories of then deepen our faith,
strengthen our hope and increase our love of You
so that one day we, too, may enter your Holy Kingdom.

How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which You give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in Your saints, O God
In the honor and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow You,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world's power.
For You they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to You
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with Your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever with the martyrs.
O Christ, in Your goodness, grant to us
the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.