To Jesus, Through Mary
Prayer to Mary before the Rosary
Oh Mary Immaculate, my Queen, my Mother and my Mystical Spouse, I invite you to pray with me and for me in this Most Holy Rosary. Please unite you most beautiful and all-powerful voice to mine, so that my prayer, mingled with yours, will truly become pleasing to the Most Holy Trinity. Purge my mind and my heart of any worthless, evil or distracting thoughts, that I might pray well, from the heart, from within and with your Most Immaculate Heart. Further, trusting in your promise that we will obtain all we ask through the recitation of your Holy Rosary, I now place at your feet my humble petitions and requests (name intentions here). Oh sweetest Virgin, show yourself to be the all provident Heavenly Mother you are by providing for each and every one of my spiritual and temporal needs, for, without God’s grace, Mediated through you, Mary, I can do nothing whatever. I have complete trust in your all-powerful and never-failing intercession, and know that you will obtain a favorable response to my petitions, provided that what I am asking for is in conformity with the Eternal Father’s Divine Will for me and my life. Amen.
PARTICIPATION IN THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS THROUGH, WITH AND IN MARY
Prayer to Mary Before Communion
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, you upon whom the Holy Spirit of God first descended to bring about the True Presence, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Jesus Christ, and served for nine months as His first and most glorious Tabernacle, I beg you to prepare my heart now to become a worthy resting place for your Son, who hates iniquity. To this end, I solemnly entrust my heart to you, O Mary, and I beg that you might meet me in the same spirit by replacing my heart with your Most Immaculate Heart. May it please Our Lord to be received by you in me. Further, I beg of you, O Holy Mary, to be clothed with your virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Purity and Humility. May I contemplate the Real Presence of Our Lord truly present under the appearances of bread and wine with the pure light of the Immaculate Faith that you possessed while on earth; may I hope and trust in His Divine Mercy and Divine Providence with the certainty, hope and immaculate trust that you possessed while on earth; finally, may I adore His Sacred and Eucharistic Heart, pierced by a lance, and from which there issued forth Blood and Water as a fountain of Mercy for us, with the perfect and Immaculate Love and Adoration of your Immaculate Heart. Moreover, clothe me, O Holy Mother Mary, in the garment of your Immaculate Purity of Mind, Body and Soul, with your perfect humility and with the very fullness of your Grace as I approach this Holy Table of Sacrifice, that Our Lord might receive the perfect glorification, adoration and gratitude that is His due in this, my reception of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
Prayer During Consecration (Elevation of the Host)
My Lord and my God, as I kneel here at the foot of Your Most Holy Cross upon which You are offering Yourself as the unblemished Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world, I beg of You, for the sake of this, Your Most Sorrowful Passion, to work a profound miracle of Grace and Mercy in my soul, such that the greatest, all-consuming, ever-increasing desire of my heart might be a radical, transforming union of my heart with your Divine Heart; of my intellect and will with Your Perfect, Divine Intellect and Will. May I always love you above all things, with my whole heart, soul, strength and mind, and may I love my brothers and sisters as You have loved us, to the point of laying down my very life for my brothers and sisters, from within and with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.
Prayer During Consecration (Elevation of the Chalice)
My Lord and my God, as the Precious Blood and Water issues forth from Your Sacred and Pierced Heart, giving birth to Your Church, the Sacrament of Salvation through which the Grace and Mercy merited by you is dispensed in the Seven Holy Sacraments which you have established, I earnestly pray – through, with and in the Immaculate Heart of Your Most Holy Mother – for the sake of this, Your Most Sorrowful Passion, in whose presence I now kneel, through the same Blood and Water that gushes forth from Your Heart as a fount of Divine Mercy for us, that I might be entirely washed of the sins of my entire life, of all inordinate desires and attachments and, finally, of all temporal punishment due to my sin, both now and especially at the hour of my death; that, at the moment of my transition from this earthly life, which so absorbs and wearies me, to life eternal with You, the Father and Your Spirit, I might be found pleasing in Your sight through a sheer act of Your benevolent kindness and Merciful goodness. Amen.
Approved Blessing of the Medal of St. Benedict
Medals of Saint Benedict are sacramentals that may be blessed legitimately by any priest or deacon — not necessarily a Benedictine (Instr., 26 Sept. 1964; Can. 1168). The following English form may be used.
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.
In the name of God the Father+ almighty, who made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, I exorcise these medals against the power and attacks of the evil one. May all who use these medals devoutly be blessed with health of soul and body. In the name of the Father + almighty, of the Son + Jesus Christ our Lord, and of the Holy + Spirit the Paraclete, and in the love of the same Lord Jesus Christ who will come on the last day to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire.
Let us pray. Almighty God, the boundless source of all good things, we humbly ask that, through the intercession of St. Benedict, you pour out your blessings + upon these medals. May those who use them devoutly and earnestly strive to perform good works be blessed by you with health of soul and body, the grace of a holy life, and remission of the temporal punishment due to sin.
May they also with the help of your merciful love, resist the temptation of the evil one and strive to exercise true charity and justice toward all, so that one day they may appear sinless and holy in your sight. This we ask though Christ our Lord. Amen.
The medals are then sprinkled with holy water.
Nihil obstat and Imprimatur, Saint Cloud, 24 April 1980.