What Is Prayer?

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.

(St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.)

The Pope Video September 2020 

Prayers for October

The Most Holy Rosary
The Mysteries of the Rosary:

The Joyful Mysteries – Traditionally recited on Monday and Saturday
 The Annunciation of the Lord
 The Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth
 The Nativity of the Lord
 The Presentation of the Lord
 The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

The Sorrowful Mysteries - Traditionally recited on Tuesday and Friday
 The Agony in the Garden
 The Scourging at the Pillar
 The Crowning with Thorns
 The Carrying of the Cross
 The Crucifixion of the Lord

The Luminous Mysteries - Traditionally recited on Thursday
 The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
 The Wedding Feast at Cana
 The Preaching of the Kingdom
 The Transfiguration
 The Institution of the Eucharist

The Glorious Mysteries - Traditionally recited on Wednesday and Sunday
 The Resurrection of the Lord
 The Ascension of the Lord
 The Descent of the Holy Spirit
 The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven
 The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven

The Angelus
Traditionally said three times a day: 6am, 12noon and 6pm.

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary.

V. And the Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary.

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

Let us pray;
Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord,
thy grace into our hearts;
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son,
was made known by the message of an angel,
may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Through the same Christ, our Lord.

The Regina Caeli
On Sundays, and throughout Eastertide

V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Sub tuum

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus,
sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen.

We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God.
Despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

This prayer, first found in c. 300, is the oldest known prayer to the Virgin.

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Prayer to Holy Michael, Archangel
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God cast into hell Satan
and all the evil spirits
who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Pope Francis's Prayer Intention

The Prayer Intention for October, offered to the whole church by Pope Francis through his worldwide prayer network, concerns “The Laity’s Mission in the Church”.

He invites us to pray with him that “by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church”.

Three proposals for the month ahead

1: Baptism, and the two other sacraments of initiation, Confirmation, and Eucharist, empower each of us for mission. Resolve to take a few moments of quiet meditation this month to reflect on where you see people in your parish or worshipping community, particularly women, carrying out that mission. Might it surprise you to think of what they are doing as “mission”? Then reflect on what particular mission and area of responsibility God’s inviting you, now, to discern, as a baptised member of the People of God.

2: Make a resolution to get to know those people who have recently been baptised in your parish, adults and children alike, and say a prayer for each of them, their parents, sponsors and god-parents. Send a message, or write a card or letter, to one or more of them, promising your prayers and support as they take up their Christian mission.

3: Follow Pope Francis’s suggestion about marking our own baptismal anniversary, just as we would a birthday. In 2014, at a general audience, he suggested, “Today, at home, go look, ask about the date of your Baptism and that way you can bear in mind that most beautiful day of Baptism. To know the date of our Baptism is to know a blessed day”. Why? Because “We are called to live our Baptism every day, as the current reality of our lives”.