Praying with the Holy Angels

Currently there is great interest in the angels. At the same time, there is also much confusion with regard to their nature and ministry. This is because, on the one hand, the angels are not sufficiently discussed in catechism classes and sermons, and on the other hand, many ideas about the angels have been presented - mainly from the New Age movement and the Mass Media - which are contrary to Catholic belief.

Praying with the Holy Angels

Quis Ut Deus?

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

CREATED FOR ADORATION

The Angels in heaven behold constantly the face of GOD (cf. Mt. 18,10). For adoration they were created, adoration is their fulfillment. They live for the magnification of GOD's glory. Their entire being and all their activities are immersed in the holiness of GOD. They are eternally one with GOD (cf. Jn 17, 21-22), enjoying a happiness absolutely beyond the comprehension of any but those who receive it. Even while they are watching over the entire creation, even while they are assisting us in our trials and battles against the forces of darkness, they never divert their face from the face of GOD. Indeed, this loving, adoring union with GOD is the source, not only of all their beatitude, but also of their love for us, and of all the grace, light and help which they communicate to us.

Models for Mankind

Most of all, we ought to learn adoration from the holy angels, for mankind too was created for the adoration and glorification of GOD. We have a harder time of it, because we cannot see GOD, because we can adore only in the obscurity of faith. The Angels, therefore, help us and teach us to pray with them: "Blessing, and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our GOD for ever and ever!" (Apoc 7, 12) The Angel can properly fulfill all his duties only because he does not turn his countenance away from GOD, because he remains immersed in perpetual adoration. For our own prayer we can learn these things from the example of the Angel:

1) to pray always,
2) to never withdraw our countenance from GOD,
3) to live constantly in the presence of GOD.

Here is how we can pray always:

1) by remaining united with and doing GOD's will;
2) by offering up ejaculations during work, by directing our spirit to GOD,
3) by offering all our works to GOD, especially every cross and hardship.

JESUS taught His disciples that "they ought always to pray and not to lose heart" (LK 18,1). Let your prayer and your work be a pleasing sacrifice before GOD; and offer it in HIM and with HIM and through HIM.

The Angels Carry our Prayers Before GOD

The adoration of mankind is carried aloft by the holy Angels. Through their ministry our prayer is enhanced and strengthened as it is presented to GOD. St. Raphael speaks thus to Tobias: "When you prayed with tears, and buried the dead, and left your dinner standing,... I offered your prayer to the Lord" (Tob. 12,12). In the holy liturgy we pray that the Angel might carry our prayers before GOD. The Angel not only presents our prayer, but he bears it aloft in a precious vessel. The four angels "fell down before the Lamb, having each a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Apoc. 5,8). The prayer of an angel is like a fire, which he holds flaming up out of the vessel of his spiritual nature. This vessel stands for the entire being of the Angel. Now into this vessel the Angel places our prayer.

The fire of our adoration burns together with the fire of the Angel: "Another Angel came and stood before the altar, having a golden censer: and there was given to him much incense, that he might offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the altar which is before the throne. And with the prayers of the saints there went up before GOD from the Angel's hand the smoke of the incense" (Apoc. 8, 2-4).

In his ministry the Angel is conscientious and faithful. GOD beholds us together with our Guardian Angel as though we were one. This unity also has its specific traits. No being in heaven or on earth is better suited to our own distinct individuality than our own Guardian Angel. This is why devotion to the Guardian Angel is particularly profitable. In him we find help and protection; he is our most beautiful compliment. Our poor, stammering prayers receive their most perfect form in his adoration. In the future, whenever we pray, let us remember to invite our Guardian Angel. He wills surely to pray with us and hear our prayers up to GOD, lending them some of his own splendor.

This Ministry is a Joy for the Angel

It is an enriching ministry for the Angel to carry our prayers before GOD. Consider, that prayer come forth from your heart, from that heart which GOD loves and in which He dwells. This is why the Angel so gladly carries our prayers. He feels therein the love and the presence of GOD. He rejoices to carry this fire, even though there is only a small glowing of the warmth of love therein. Mediatorship is co-natural to the Angel, and now out of his supernatural union with GOD grace also flows to man. This flowing communication of grace is a beatitude of the heavenly life. What a joy it is, to be able to bear, to channel the stream of GOD's love to another!

Let us not forget to thank the Angel for his assistance!

A  N  G  E  L  U  S

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. Amen


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

V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
    Hail Mary, etc.

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. Amen.

The practice of the Angelus is a long-standing custom of Catholic piety. In some countries it is still a tradition to ring the Church bells three times a day to invite the faithful to pray the Angelus. The praying of the Angelus has always been recommended by the Church. A recent document of the Holy See states, "The Angelus Domini is the traditional form used by the faithful to commemorate the holy Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary. It is used three times daily: at dawn, midday and at dusk."1 Also Pope Benedict XVI exhorted the faithful to continue this very practical devotion to the mystery of our salvation in the post-synodal exhortation Verbum Domini wrote:

The Synod also recommended that the faithful be encouraged to pray the Angelus. This prayer, simple yet profound, allows us to commemorate daily the mystery of the Incarnate Word. It is only right that the People of God, families and communities of consecrated persons, be faithful to this Marian prayer traditionally recited at sunrise, midday and sunset. In the Angelus we ask God to grant that, through Mary's intercession, we may imitate her in doing His will and in welcoming His word into our lives. This practice can help us to grow in an authentic love for the mystery of the Incarnation.2

The Incarnation is the central mystery in the history of salvation. The Angelus reminds us in a simple but profound way, how God intends to bring about our salvation. By sin man had cut himself off from God and was unable to return to Him by his own capacity. Therefore, God had to come in search of man. Through the mystery of the Annunciation, God shows us the strong, deep and wise love He has for all mankind. God's love has reached down from heaven to us and rescued us from sin and death. The path Divine Providence took is beyond our understanding and can only leave us in deep amazement. "In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might have life through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as expiation for our sins" (1 Jn 4:9).

What can we learn from the Divine Word and Mary for our own life? Mary was one with her Son in His obedience to the Father. According to the Letter to the Hebrews, the Eternal Word on entering the world said to the Father, "Behold, I come to do Your will, O God" (Heb 10:7). On the human side, asked by God through the angel for her loving, obedient consent to His will, Mary freely pronounced her own fiat, and thus heaven and earth met.

Pope Benedict the XVI. commented that "the 'yes' of the Son…and the 'yes' of Mary, …this double 'yes' becomes a single 'yes' and thus the Word becomes flesh in Mary. In this double 'yes' the obedience of the Son is embodied, and by her own 'yes' Mary gives Him that body."3 Thus she "became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race."

The same dynamic is valid for our lives, whenever we speak our fiat to God's will whether in the fulfillment of our daily duties, or to a special call, God's grace comes down into our souls, sanctifies us and transforms us into more perfect images of Christ, so that we can become and bring light into this world (cf. Mt 5:14). The devout praying of the Angelus allows us to enter into this holy dynamic. It will enlighten us and strengthen us through the ministry of the holy angels to say "yes" to God's will like Mary. We are all encouraged not only to pray daily the Angelus ourselves but also to spread it in our surroundings.

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, Vatican City, 2001, n. 195.
Pope Benedict XVI., Verbum Domini, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, 2010.
Pope Benedict XVI., Homily, September 11, 2006.

S  A  N  C  T  U  S

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth
Pleni Sunt Caeli et Terra, Gloria Tua
Hosanna in excelsis
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini
Hosanna in excelsis

We know this prayer well; we pray it at every holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  It is the prayer of the angels, entirely ordered to GOD, for His glory.  It has such a power that it has become a terror of demons.  We can safely say:  this prayer is our lay exorcism;  it is the fastest and surest weapon in every temptation, in every oppression.  It immediately cleans and clears the air around us.  Joy, confidence, fortitude and a great love for GOD enter our hearts.  All the jumble of daily life, which wants to wear us out, falls away when we pray this prayer slowly and with devotion. The  Sanctus stands before us like a blazing torch, like a stake which we can drive directly into the ground:   H e r e  is GOD's ground!  Where the Sanctus stands, no demon positions himself any more; the ground is as if glowing hot for him.

The Chaplet of St. Michael

A sincere Act of Contrition

V. O God, come to my assistance 
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, etc.

1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim,
may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's 

2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim,
may the Lord vouchsafe to grant us grace to leave the ways of wickedness
to run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen. 
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary 's 

3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones,
may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen. 
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's 

4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominions,
may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and subdue our unruly passions. Amen 
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's

5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers,
may the Lord vouchsafe to protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's 

6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues,
may the Lord preserve us from evil and suffer us not to fall into temptation. Amen. 
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's

7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities,
may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's 

8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels,
may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works, in order that we gain the glory of Paradise. Amen. 
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's 

9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels,
may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory. Amen.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's
 
1 Our Father In honor of St. Michael. 
1 Our Father In honor of St. Gabriel. 
1 Our Father In honor of St. Raphael. 
1 Our Father In honor of our Guardian Angel. 

O glorious Prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King, and our admirable conductor, thou who dost shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, vouchsafe to deliver us from all evil, who turn to thee with confidence, and enable us by thy gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day. 

V. Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ 
R. That we may be made worthy of His promises. 

Almighty and Everlasting God, who by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, hast appointed the most glorious Archangel, St. Michael, Prince of Thy Church, make us worthy, we beseech Thee, to be delivered from all our enemies that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into the august presence of Thy Divine Majesty. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

Saint Michael the Archangel - Act of Consecration

Oh most noble Prince of the Angelic Hierarchies, valorous warrior of Almighty God and zealous lover of His glory, terror of the rebellious angels, and love and delight of all the just angels, my beloved Archangel Saint Michael, desiring to be numbered among your devoted servants, I, today offer and consecrate myself to you, and place myself, my family, and all I possess under your most powerful protection.

I entreat you not to look at how little, I, as your servant have to offer, being only a wretched sinner, but to gaze, rather, with favorable eye at the heartfelt affection with which this offering is made, and remember that if from this day onward I am under your patronage, you must during all my life assist me, and procure for me the pardon of my many grievous offenses, and sins, the grace to love with all my heart my God, my dear Savior Jesus, and my Sweet Mother Mary, and to obtain for me all the help necessary to arrive to my crown of glory.

Defend me always from my spiritual enemies, particularly in the last moments of my life.

Come then, oh Glorious Prince, and succor me in my last struggle, and with your powerful weapon cast far from me into the infernal abysses that prevaricator and proud angel that one day you prostrated in the celestial battle. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

O glorious Prince of the heavenly host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the fearful warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come thou to the assistance of men, whom Almighty God created immortal, making them in His own image and likeness and redeeming them at a great price from the tyranny of Satan. Fight this day the battle of the Lord with the legions of holy Angels, even as of old thou didst fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud spirits and all his rebel angels, who were powerless to stand against thee, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that apostate angel, transformed into an angel of darkness who still creeps about the earth to encompass our ruin, was cast headlong into the abyss together with his followers. But behold, that first enemy of mankind, and a murderer from the beginning, has regained his confidence. Changing himself into an angel of light, he goes about with the whole multitude of the wicked spirits to invade the earth and blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to plunder, to slay and to consign to eternal damnation the souls that have been destined for a crown of everlasting life. This wicked serpent, like an unclean torrent, pours into men of depraved minds and corrupt hearts the poison of his malice, the spirit of lying, impiety and blasphemy, and the deadly breath of impurity and every form of vice and iniquity. These crafty enemies of mankind have filled to overflowing with gall and wormwood the Church, which is the Bride of the Lamb without spot; they have laid profane hands upon her most sacred treasures. Make haste, therefore, O invincible Prince, to help the people of God against the inroads of the lost spirits and grant us the victory. Amen. (indulg. By Leo XIII, 25 Sep. 1888]

Daily Prayer for Priests

O Almighty, Eternal God, look upon the Face of Your
Son and for love of Him, who is the Eternal High Priest,
have pity on Your priests. Remember, O most compassionate
God, that they are but weak and frail human beings.
Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which
is in them by the imposition of the bishop's hands. Keep
them close to You, lest the enemy prevail against them,
so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree
unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests;
for Your unfaithful and tepid priests; for Your priests laboring
at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for
Your tempted priests; for the lonely and desolate priests;
for Your young priests; for Your dying priests; for the
souls of Your priests in purgatory.

But above all, I commend to you N. and all the
priests dearest to me, the priest who baptized me, the
priests who have absolved me from my sins, the priests
at whose Masses I have assisted and who have offered
me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion, the
priests who have taught and instructed me or helped
and encouraged me, and the priests to whom I am
indebted in any other way.

O Jesus, keep them all close to Your Heart, and bless
them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

Way of the Cross for Priests

ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING PERSECUTION

(Make An Act of Contrition)

INTENTION: 0 dearest Lord Jesus, I offer Thee the way of the Cross which I am about to make for Thy honor and glory and for all Thy priests, especially those who are suffering persecution for Thy sake.

STATION I
Jesus is Condemned to Death.

We adore Thee, 0 Christ, and we bless Thee,
because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the World.

Dearest Lord Jesus, I thank Thee for permitting thyself to be unjustly condemned to death for our sakes. (Pause for reflection.) By this outrage I beg of Thee to grant to all priests the grace to condemn themselves by dying to the world while they are still on earth, that it may not be necessary for Thee to condemn them when they come to die. I also beg of Thee through this indignity to aid those priests who are suffering unjust condemnation for Thy sake, that they may bear their sufferings patiently in union with thine.

STATION II
Jesus is Made to Bear His Cross.

We adore Thee, 0 Christ, and we bless Thee,
because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the World.

Dearest Lord Jesus, I thank Thee for taking the rough cross upon Thy wounded shoulders and bearing it to Calvary. (Pause for reflection.) By Thy humble acceptance of the cross I beg of Thee to grant to priests the grace to accept humbly the crosses of their vocation. I ask of Thee also to grant to those priests, who are forced by Thy enemies and theirs to bear the many crosses of persecution, to follow courageously in Thy bloody footprints.

STATION III
Jesus Falls the First time.

We adore Thee...

My dearest Jesus, I thank Thee for this first time when Thou didst stumble and fall beneath Thy cross. (Pause for reflection.) By the humiliation Thou didst suffer here I beg of Thee to grant to priests the grace of avoiding all deliberate sin and, should they be so unfortunate as to fall, to rise at once and continue following after Thee. Grant also, dearest Jesus, to those who suffer persecution for thy sake the grace to follow Thee unceasingly without regard to human respect.

STATION IV
Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother.

We adore Thee...

My dearest Lord Jesus, I thank Thee for this heart-rending meeting on thy journey to Calvary. (Pause for reflection.) Through the union of Thy Most Sacred Heart with the Heart of Thy Immaculate Mother I beg of Thee to give Thy priests the grace to have Mary as their most powerful aid and comfort in life and at the hour of death. Grant also, 0 dearest Jesus, that Thy sweetest Mother may, in a special manner, be with those priests who are suffering persecution for Thy sake. May she comfort them in their hour of trial and darkness as she comforted Thee on Thy way to execution.

STATION V
Jesus Is Assisted By Simon of Cyrene.

We adore Thee...

Dearest Lord Jesus, I thank Thee for permitting this small aid to be given Thee, even by one who was unwilling to render Thee a service. (Pause for reflection.) By the help Thou didst accept from Simon, I beseech Thee to send to Thy priests someone to advise, encourage and support them, someone to aid them in moments of suffering, when the crosses of their vocation become almost too heavy to bear alone. Give also to those priests who bear the cross of persecution and torture the grace of a helping hand, a consoling voice, a deed of kindness, that in their most discouraged moments they may know that Thou art with them, sharing their crosses as they share Thine.

STATION VI
Veronica Wipes The Face of Jesus.

We adore Thee...

My sweetest Lord, I thank Thee for leaving the image of thy most holy and adorable face upon Veronica's veil. (Pause for reflection.) By this most gracious reward to Veronica, I beg of Thee to grant to all priests the grace of recognizing Thy holy image in themselves and in those entrusted to their care. I beg of Thee also, 0 most sweet Jesus, to grant to those priests who are suffering persecution to recognize Thy image, however disfigured, in their persecutors that they, too, may develop Thy image in themselves by dying with a prayer of forgiveness and love for their enemies on their lips.

STATION VII
Jesus Falls the Second Time.

We adore Thee...

My dearest Lord Jesus, I thank Thee for this second most painful fall. (Pause for reflection.) By the bruises Thou didst suffer when for the second time the cross bore Thee to the ground, I beseech Thee to grant to all priests the grace of fidelity to their duty as shepherds of souls. Let such as fall from the ideals of their state of life, 0 Lord, profit by Thy rising from Thy second fall, and rising, too, continue to follow after Thee. Grant also, 0 my Jesus, to those who are tempted to shirk their priestly duties for fear of persecution, to take courage from Thy falls and bear their crosses faithfully in union with Thee.

STATION VIII
Jesus Comforts Jerusalem's Women.

We adore Thee...

My dearest Jesus, I thank Thee for the consolation Thou didst give to these women who bewailed Thy sufferings. (Pause for reflection.) Grant, 0 dearest Lord, to all Thy priests, the grace of being merciful and kind to all who need their aid. Give them patience, understanding, and sympathy with all who suffer that their priestly hearts may reflect the virtues of Thy Own great Heart. To those who suffer trials and torments for Thy sake, give 0 Lord, the grace to keep their sufferings to themselves alone, so that, in imitation of Thee, they may not permit their pains to make them unmindful of the pains of others.

STATION IX
Jesus Falls the Third Time.

We adore Thee...

I thank Thee, dear Lord Jesus, for the third time when Thy sacred Body was pressed to the earth through the weight of Thy sufferings. (Pause for reflection.) By Thy fearless courage in rising from this third most painful fall, grant, 0 Jesus, to all Thy priests the grace to be faithful to their vocations forever, and to those who have turned their backs on Thee, give the humility to return to Thee, rising from their fall, assured that Thou wilt receive them once again into Thy friendship. I beg especially, 0 blessed Jesus, the grace of fortitude for those priests who live in danger of persecution. Give them the courage to adhere to Thee regardless of threats or violence; keep them for Thyself alone, and move the hearts of the apostates to rise from their defection and once more take up their crosses and follow after Thee.

STATION X
Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments.

We adore Thee...

0 dearest Lord, I thank Thee for the shame and humiliation which Thou didst endure when Thou didst permit Thyself to be stripped of Thy clothing on Calvary. (Pause for reflection.) My purest Jesus, by this great indignity, I beseech Thee to give to Thy priests great purity of heart and intention in serving Thee, and likewise the grace and courage to strip themselves of all things which are in any way displeasing to thee. Look in pity, also, on those priests, who, like Thee, are stripped of all their possessions and whose dignity and sanctity of person are disregarded by their persecutors. Help them, O loving Jesus, to unite their humiliations to Thee.

STATION XI
Jesus Is Nailed to The Cross.

We adore Thee...

Dearest Lord Jesus, I thank thee for giving Thyself into the hands of Thy executioners to be crucified and for the example of heroic patience which Thou didst give us in Thy terrible agony. (Pause for reflection.) I beg of Thee, my sweetest Lord, by Thy great pains to grant to all of Thy priests the grace of patience in time of trial and adversity. Especially to those chosen sons of Thine who share in the fullest sense in Thy crucifixion grant, 0 Lord, the grace to unite their spiritual, mental, and physical sufferings to Thine on the cross.

STATION XII
Jesus Dies On The Cross.

We adore Thee...

My Lord and my God! I love Thee with all my heart and I thank Thee for redeeming the world by giving Thy life - Thy All - for us. (Pause for reflection.) Jesus! I beg Thee to grant to Thy priests the grace to share in Thy all-embracing charity and to be ready to sacrifice themselves in imitation of Thee in order to further Thy Kingdom upon earth. Grant, 0 Jesus, that those priests who are suffering persecution for Thy sake, may ever keep in mind Thy crucifixion and death. May their love for Thee and Thine for them sustain them in their trials that they may share with Thee, not only Thy pains and sufferings, but also the triumph of Thy Resurrection!

STATION XIII
Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross And Placed In His Mother's Arms.

We adore Thee...

My dearest Lord, I thank Thee for resting, at Thy death as at Thy birth, in the holy arms of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. (Pause for reflection.) Dear Jesus, by the embrace which Thy Mother gave Thy tireless Body, grant that all Thy priests may so live as to merit being presented to Thee at the hour or their death in the arms of Thy priceless Mother. 0 Jesus and Mary, be at the side of all those priests who are suffering for the Faith. Grant that their torments and deaths may be but the planting of the seed from which the Church shall grow stronger and holier day by day.

STATION XIV
Jesus Is Placed In The Sepulchre.

We adore Thee...

0 Jesus, I thank Thee for the lessons Thou didst teach us in Thy life and by Thy death, and for the glorious Resurrection from this tomb to a life in Heaven, which we, too, hope, by Thy grace to share one day with thee. (Pause for reflection.) For all thy priests, 0 sweetest Lord, I beg the grace, through Thy burial to keep themselves, apart from the spirit of the world even while they live in the midst of the world, and the gift, at their life's end, of final perseverance. Grant, 0 Lord, to all, and in a special manner to those priests who have descended for Thy sake into the dark tomb of persecution, unending happiness with Thee in Heaven. May their wounds shine resplendently in Heaven. May they be united to Thee in the perfect union of the Beatific Vision - Thy promised reward to them for sharing Thy cross here on earth.

Thank Thee, dearest Lord Jesus, for permitting, me to accompany Thee on Thy sorrowful journey to Calvary. Bless me from Thy cross and help me to love Thee more and more so that I, too, may share Heaven with Thee and with all those for whom I have prayed.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Gloria for intentions of the Holy Father.