~Prayers and Devotions~

Prayer to Blessed Marie-Celine
Blessed Marie-Celine, you placed yourself entirely in the Divine Heart of Jesus.
Hard times had been your lot:  sickness, family, worries, job losses, poverty, sudden deaths.
In the will of God you had found peace.
His mercy was greater than any misery and gradually His unfathomable plan revealed hidden graces.
In heaven you had promised not to forget anyone.
We come to you with our needs, especially for….
Beg Jesus and Mary to hear our pleas and guide our steps.
Violet of humility, pray for us!
Lily of purity, pray for us!
Rose of fervent love, pray for us!
Amen.

The Dedication Prayer of Saint Colette
O Blessed Jesus,
I dedicate myself to You
in health, in illness,
in my life, in my death,
in all my desires, in all my deeds.
So that, I may never work henceforth
except for Your glory,
for the salvation of souls,
and for that which You have chosen me.
From this moment on, oh dearest Lord,
there is nothing which I am not prepared
to undertake for love of You.
Amen.

 

Prayer for Discerning God’s Will

Most high and glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me sound faith, firm hope, and perfect love.
Let me, Lord, have the right feelings and knowledge,
so that I can carry out the task that you have given me in truth.
Amen.

 

Prayer to Know One’s Vocations
Behold me at your feet, O Virgin most kind, seeking to obtain through you, the most important grace of knowing what I ought to do.  I desire nothing but to comply perfectly with the Will of Your Divine Son at every moment of my life.

Mother of Good Counsel, let me hear your voice.  It will dispel every doubt that troubles my mind.  I trust in you, being confident that since you are the Mother of my Redeemer, you will also be the mother of my salvation.  If you, O Mary, will not send me a ray of the Divine Son, what light will enlighten me?  Who will direct me if you refuse, who are the Mother of the Uncreated Wisdom?

Listen then to my humble prayers.  Let me not be lost in my uncertainty and instability  Lead me alng the straight road that ends in the life everylasting, you who are my only hope, and whose hands are full of the riches of virtue and of life, and who dispenses the fruits of honor and holiness.  Amen.

 

Litany of St. Clare
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

St. Clare,                                                 pray for us.
Little plant of St. Francis,
Servant and handmaid of the Lord,
Lover of Christ and of the Cross,
Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
Footprint of the Mother of God,
Daughter and glory of the Church,
Mother of the Franciscan family,
Leader and teacher of your Sisters,
Vessel of humility,
Ark of chastity,
Fortress of patience,
Woman of prayer,
Adorer of the Eucharist,
Mirror of the Gospel,
Friend of the sick,
Hope of the weary,
Protector of God’s people,
Faithful follower of the Word of God.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
V/.  Pray for us, St. Clare,
R/.  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:  God of mercy, You inspired St. Clare with the love of poverty.  By the help of her prayers may we follow Christ in poverty of spirit and come to the joyful vision of Your glory in the Kingdom of heaven.  We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

 

Franciscan Crown – Rosary of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin
The seven decade Rosary has been a part of the Franciscan tradition since the fifteenth century.  It is said that Our Lady herself appeared to a young Franciscan friar and instructed him to weave her a “crown of prayers” by meditating on her seven joys.  All three orders of the Seraphic family have special devotion to the Franciscan Crown; Poor Clares wear a seven-decade Rosary on their rope cord and pray the Crown often.

Each decade begins with  an Our Father, is followed by ten Hail Marys, and concludes with a Glory Be.  After the seventh decade, two Hail Marys are added, bringing the total number of Hail Marys prayed to 72, in order to honor the 72 years that Our Lady is traditionally said to have lived on earth.

First Joy:         The Annunciation
Second Joy:     The Visitation
Third Joy:       The Birth of Our Lord and the Adoration of the Magi
Fourth Joy:     The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple
Fifth Joy:        The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple
Sixth Joy:        The Resurrection
Seventh Joy:  The Asssumption and Coronation