Praying the Stations of the Cross
We Adore You O Christ and We Bless You Because by Your Cross You Have Redeemed the World
The First Station
Jesus is Condemned to Die
Let me remember all those condemned unjustly. Give me the wisdom not to go along with the crowd
The Second Station
Jesus Carries the Cross
Let me take up my cross daily and ask for God’s grace to help me through each day
The Third Station
Jesus Falls the first time
Remember the deprived and lonely. It is easy to fall but divine grace is always at hand
The Fourth Station
Jesus Meets His Mother
Let me dwell on the pain of all parents when their children are suffering and help seems unavailable
The Fifth Station
Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
I remember the times I have struggled to bear my burdens and those who helped me
The Sixth Station
Veronica Wipes Jesus’ Face
Let me break through the bustle of life and offer help where it is needed
The Seventh Station
Jesus Falls For Second Time
When I feel abandoned by everyone let me remember how Jesus suffered for me
The Eight Station
Jesus Meets The Women of Jerusalem
How can I help and encourage those downtrodden by life’s injustices
The Ninth Station
Jesus Falls the Third Time
Allow me, in my frequent failings, to know that God’s grace is always available
The Tenth Station
Jesus is Stripped
Remember those who suffer loss and dignity because of the inhumanity of others
The Eleventh Station
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
Let me remember the pain I cause when I neglect the Christian way of life
The Twelfth Station
Jesus Dies on the Cross
Lord give me the peace of Christ at the end of my life
The Thirteenth Station
Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
Remember the tragedy of parents who receive the bodies of their children
The Fourteenth Station
Jesus is laid in the Tomb.
Let the tomb be my source of new life. May I find light in tines of darkness
The Divine Praises
Blessed be God
Blessed be His Holy Name
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man
Blessed be the Name of Jesus
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen
An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things
and I desire to receive You into my soul
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You
Act of Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection from the Coronavirus
The Act begins with the recitation of The Angelus
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, ………..
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to Your Word.
Hail Mary, ……
And the Word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, ……..
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your Grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the incarnation of Christ,
your Son by the message of an angel,
so by His passion and cross
we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ, our Lord.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
The First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary: The Annunciation of the Lord
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said: “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women”. And when she saw Him, she was troubled at His saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.And the angel said unto her:” Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest”… And Mary said:” Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word”. And the angel departed from her. (Luk 1,26-38)
Oh Mary with Your “yes” You have opened heaven’s ways, You have achieved the will of the Father. You will be blessed for ever: Your intercession is heard in Heaven, because You have accepted God’s plan. Let us pray that we can say “yes” to the Father in every instance He ask it of us. Mary help us to be humble and obedient to God’s will.
As we begin this decade of the Rosary we do so in solidarity with Pope Francis who has asked us to join together today in praying the Our Father to implore God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic:
Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
o 10 Hail Marys
o Glory Be
Prayer of Consecration
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick,
at this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus,
we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart:
ourselves, our family, the members of our parish and Diocese, and the people of Ireland.
O Mary, Queen of Ireland, when you appeared at Knock,
you gave hope to your people in a time of distress,
and brought them comfort in a time of sorrow.
Be with us now as a sign of salvation and hope,
as we entrust ourselves to your loving care.
We renew the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation
and ask your intercession that we may be always faithful to Christ and to His Church.
Bring under your mantle of protection all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, and those who care for the sick and minister to their needs,
as your Son implores us to do for one another.
O Loving Mother,
at the foot of the Cross, with steadfast faith,
your Immaculate Heart was pierced by grief at the suffering of your Son.
You know what we need during these difficult days.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us –
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
O Blessed Mother, Our Life, our Sweetness and Our Hope,
we wish that this Consecration be for the glory of God and that it lead us safely to Jesus your Son.
A Naomh-Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis.
May your servants be shielded, O Lord
By the protection of your loving-kindness,
That, doing what is good in this world,
They may reach you, their highest good.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen