Monday, January 4, 2010

Precious treasures of the Faith: Prayers to Our Lady and Saint Joseph

Prayer to Our Lady of Exile

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Queen of Heaven and Earth, advocate of sinners, help of Christians, remover of misery, calamity, spiritual and bodily enemies, bad thoughts, the terrible scenes of the day of Judgment, plagues, spells, malefactors, thieves, robbers and assassins.

My beloved Mother, prostrated before Thy feet, full of repentance for my grievous sins, through Thy intercession I beg the forgiveness of our most kind God.

Beseech Thy Divine Son Jesus for our families, for Him to expel from our lives all these evils, grant the forgiveness of our sins and enrich us with His grace and mercy. Cover us with Thy maternal mantle and exile from us all evils and maledictions. Chase plagues and anxieties away from us. Through Thy intercession, may we obtain the cure of all illnesses, find the gates of Heaven wide open and be happy for all eternity. Amen.

7 Our Fathers... 7 Hail Marys... 1 Credo to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to honor the Seven Sorrows of Mary Most Holy. Our Lady of Exile, pray for us.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

To thee, St. Joseph, we have recourse in our tribulations, and having implored the assistance of thy most holy spouse, filled with confidence we now ask for thy patronage as well. By the sacred bond of charity that united thee to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by the paternal love thou hadst for the Child Jesus, we ardently beseech thee to cast a favorable gaze upon the inheritance that Jesus Christ conquered with His Blood, and help us in our needs with thy powerful hand.

Protect, o provident custodian of the Holy Family, the chosen people of Jesus Christ. Drive away from us, o most loving Father, the pest of error and vice.

Assist us from the heights of Heaven, o strongest bulwark in the struggle against the power of darkness; and just as thou once saved the threatened life of the Child Jesus, defend now the Holy Church of God from the ambushes of her enemies and from every adversity.

Support every one of us with thy constant protection so that, following thy example and sustained with thy help, we may live virtuously, die piously, and obtain eternal blessedness in Heaven. Amen.

The power of this prayer:

All the faithful who daily pray and disseminate this devotion to Our Lady of Exile will see the extinction of all punishments that lie in store for them. Hunger, plague, war or contagious illnesses will not afflict them. Their enemies will have no power to offend or rob them. They will be freed from the temptations of Satan and his demons. Plagues, rats and ants will be exiled from their crops. All those who have confidence in the mercies of the Great Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, will be happy in their businesses and travels. They will not die without confession and will be free from sudden death.

Approved by the Archbishop of Braga, Dom José and by the Archbishop of Porto, Dom Américo, on May 8, 1972.

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