Parish Devotions

This page lists some of the devotions and prayers which are prayed in St. Michael’s Parish on a regular basis. Please also see the other links listed under Catholic Devotions in the menu bar.

The following two prayers below are led after every Mass at St. Michael’s Parish to obtain St. Joseph’s continued aid in the maintenance and restoration of our facilities at Mount St. Michael.

Novena Prayer to St. Joseph

Glorious Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to thee do we raise our hearts and hands to implore thy powerful intercession. Obtain for me from the benign Heart of Jesus the help and the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly for the grace of a happy death and the special favor I now implore: (the maintenance and restoration of our buildings at Mount St. Michael) Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel animated with confidence that thy prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. O glorious St. Joseph, through the love thou didst bear to Jesus Christ, and for the glory of His name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions. Amen.

Memorare to St. Joseph

Remember, O most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, that never it hath been heard that anyone invoked thy patronage and sought thine aid without being comforted. Inspired by this confidence I come to thee and fervently commend myself to thee. Despise not my petition, dear foster father of our Redeemer, but accept it graciously. Amen.

Prayer for Vocations

(Prayed after all Masses on Sundays)

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst take to Thyself a body and soul like ours, to teach us the glory of self-sacrifice and service, mercifully deign to instill in other hearts the desire to dedicate their lives to Thee. Give us priests to stand before Thine altar and to preach the words of Thy Gospel; Brothers to assist the priests and to reproduce in themselves Thy humility; SISTERS to teach the young and nurse the sick and to minister Thy charity to all; lay people to imitate Thee in their homes and families. Amen. (7 years indulgence each time recited; a plenary indulgence if recited daily for an entire month.)

Prayer to Christ the King

O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge Thee to be the King of the universe; all that hath been made is created for Thee. Exercise over me all Thy sovereign rights. I hereby renew the promises of my Baptism, renouncing Satan and all his works and pomps, and I engage myself to lead henceforth a truly Christian life. And in an especial manner do I undertake to bring about the triumph of the rights of God and Thy Church, so far as in me lies. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer Thee my poor actions to obtain the acknowledgment by every heart of Thy sacred kingly power. In such wise may the kingdom of Thy peace be firmly established throughout all the earth. Amen.

Sunday: Prayer to the Blessed Trinity

O Blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the Source and Fountain of all good, I most firmly believe in Thee, I most humbly adore Thee, and thank Thee with a grateful heart for all the blessings and benefits I have received from Thy infinite goodness. I most fervently consecrate and offer to Thee an unreserved sacrifice of my whole being. O my God, Who hast a right to every day, hour, and moment of my existence, accept the thoughts, words, and actions of this day, which I offer Thee in testimony of my sincere desire to satisfy my obligation of keeping it holy and as the first fruits of the week; mercifully assist me to spend it in such a manner as may draw down Thy blessing. Increase in my soul the heavenly virtues of faith, hope, and charity, which I received at Baptism, and teach me to make faith the rule of my conduct, that thereby it may avail me to life everlasting.

Eternal Father, take possession of my memory; efface from it all images of vanity, and engrave therein the recollection of Thy adorable Presence. Eternal Son, enlighten my understanding, and conduct me in the path of salvation by the light of faith. Holy Ghost, sanctify my will by the most ardent love; render it submissive under the contradictions of this life, and never permit that by attachment to my own ideas or judgment, I should forfeit the blessings of peace offered to men of good will and obedient minds. Holy, adorable undivided Trinity, by Whose power, mercy, and providence I was created, redeemed, regenerated, and preserved to this moment, receive the oblation of my whole being, and take me out of the world rather than permit me to efface Thy sacred image in my soul by mortal sin. I adore Thee, O Holy Trinity; I worship Thee; I most humbly give Thee thanks for having revealed to man this glorious, this incomprehensible mystery, and for granting to those who persevere until death in the faithful profession of it, the reward of beholding and enjoying in heaven, what we now believe and adore upon earth, one God in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Saturday: Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth and tender Mother of men, in accordance with thy wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate to thee, myself, my brethren, my country and the whole human race. Reign over us and teach us how to make the heart of Jesus reign and triumph in us and around us as It has reigned and triumphed in thee. Reign over us, dearest Mother, that we may be thine in prosperity and in adversity: in joy and in sorrow: in health and in sickness: in life and in death. O most compassionate Heart of Mary, Queen of Virgins, watch over our minds and our hearts and preserve them from the deluge of impurity which Thou didst lament so sorrowfully at Fatima. We want to be pure like thee. We want to atone for the many sins committed against Jesus and thee. We want to call down upon our country and the whole world the peace of God in justice and charity. Therefore, we now promise to imitate thy virtures by the practice of a Christian life without regard to human respect. We resolve to receive Holy Communion on the First Saturday of every month and to offer thee five decades of the Rosary each day together with our sacrifices in a spirit of reparation and penance. Amen.

Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Most Holy Virgin, and our beloved Mother, we listen with grief to the complaints of thy Immaculate Heart, surrounded with thorns which ungrateful men place therein at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Moved by the ardent desire of loving thee as our Mother and of promoting true devotion to Thy Immaculate Heart, we prostrate ourselves at thy feet to prove the sorrow we fell for the grief that men cause thee and to atone by means of our prayers and sacrifices for the offenses with which men return thy tender love. Obtain for them and for us the pardon of so many sins. A word from thee will obtain grace and forgiveness for us all. Hasten, O Lady, the conversion of sinners, that they may love jesus and cease to offend God, already so much offended and thus avoid eternal punishment. Turn thine eyes of mercy toward us so that henceforth we may love God with all our hearts while on earth and enjoy Him forever in heaven. Amen.

Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for our dear country.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sanctify our clergy.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Make our Catholics more fervent.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Guide and inspire those who govern us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cure the sick who confide in Thee.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Console the sorrowful who trust in Thee.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Help those who invoke Thine aid.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Deliver us from all dangers.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Obtain for us all we lovingly ask of Thee.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Make our family life holy.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Help those who are dear to us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bless the work of our Fatima apostolate.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Give us back our ancient fervor.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Obtain for us the pardon of our manifold sins and offenses.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bring all men to the feet of Thy Divine Child.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Obtain peace for the world.

LET US PRAY. O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy Most Holy Mother, whom we invoke under the title of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and grant us by her most powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: Dear Lady of Fatima

Dear Lady of Fatima,
We come on bended knee,
To beg Your intercession,
For peace and unity.
Dear Mary, won’t You show us,
The right and shining way,
We pledge our love and offer You,
A Rosary each day.

You promised at Fatima,
Each time that You appeared,
To help us if we pray to You,
To banish war and fear.
Dear Lady, on First Saturdays,
We ask Your guiding hand,
For grace and guidance here on earth,
And protection for our land.

Chair of Unity Octave Prayers

Every year, from the feast of St Peter’s Chair at Rome on Jan 18 to the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on Jan 25, we observe a special week of prayer for the conversion of non-Catholics to the Faith. The official prayers for the octave will be prayed after daily Mass. Please include this all-important intention for unity in your other prayers, sacrifices and good works.

Official Prayer

Antiphon: “That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, in Me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou has sent Me.” (John 17:21)
V. I say unto thee that thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock I will build My Church.

Let us pray: O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst say to Thine Apostles: peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; look not upon my sins but upon the faith of Thy Church and vouchsafe unto her that peace and unity which are agreeable to Thy Will. Who livest and reighnest God forever and ever. Amen.
An indulgence of 200 days during the octave of prayers for the unity of the Church from the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter in Rome to the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the end of the devout exercise.

Other Prayers
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is that all men should be saved and that none should perish, look upon the souls that are deceived by the guile of Satan, in order that the hearts of them that have gone astray may put aside all the perverseness of heresy and being truly repentant, may return to the unity of Thy truth. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
From the Roman Missal. An indulgence of 3 years.

Lord Jesus, merciful Savior of the world, we humbly beseech Thee by Thy Most Sacred Heart, that all the straying sheep may turn unto Thee, the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls: Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
An indulgence of 500 days (Pope St. Pius X, rescript in his own hand, Oct 26, 1905. S. P. Ap., June 5, 1933.)