Bishop Edward Rice
Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
November 6-16, 2023
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PRAYERS FOR THE NORTHERN LIEUTENANCY OF THE
EQUESTRIAN ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE OF JERUSALEM
During the weeks of Lent may we be inspired by this holy season to offer an extra prayer each week. Tradition invites us to consider prayer as one of the essentials during the time of Lent. To help us be in union with the Holy Father’s Jubilee Year of Mercy, I have selected a prayer for each of the weeks of Lent. You may want to recite one of these prayers assigned during the same day for each of the weeks of Lent. May we, as the Northern Lieutenancy, be inspired by the saints of our Church and pray their reflections on the mercy of God. May these prayers prepare us well for the great celebration of the great Feast of Easter
Fr. Fred R. Gaglia, Ph.D., KCHS
Ecc Master of Ceremonies
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
FIRST WEEK OF LENT FEBRUARY 14, 2016
Prayer of St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
To Our Lady of Mercy
Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanks for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent! Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.
Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged, comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection. Be ready to help us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God, for you were blessed by God and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world, who lives and reigns forever.
SECOND WEEK OF LENT, FEBRUARY 21, 2016
Prayer of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Merciful Lord, it does not surprise me that you forget completely the sins of those who repent. I am not surprised that you remain faithful to those who hate and revile you. The mercy which pours forth from you fills the whole world. It was by your mercy that we were created, and by your mercy that you redeemed us by sending your Son. Your mercy is the light in which sinners find you and good people come back to you. Your mercy is everywhere, even in the depths of hell where you offer to forgive the tortured souls. Your justice is constantly tempered with mercy, so you refuse to punish us as we deserve. O mad Lover! It was not enough for you to take on our humanity; you had to die for us as well.
THIRD WEEK OF LENT, FEBRUARY 28, 2016
Prayer of St. John Paul II (1920-2005)
TO THE MERCIFUL LOVE OF THE CRUCIFIED KING
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy, we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Merciful Love, we pray to You, do not fail! Merciful Love, be tireless! Be constantly greater than every evil which is in man and in the world. Be greater than that evil which has increased in our century and in our generation! Be more powerful with the power of the crucified King! “Blessed be His Kingdom which is coming.”
[L’Osservatore Romano, 4-30-79,7]
FOURTH WEEK OF LENT, MARCH 6, 2016
Prayer of St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)
TO THE DIVINE MERCY
I fly to Your mercy, Compassionate God, who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your mercy, because You are the God of mercy; and, from time immemorial, it has never been heard of, nor do heaven or earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your mercy has been disappointed.
O God of compassion, You alone can justify me and You will never reject me when I, contrite, approach Your Merciful Heart, where no one has ever been refused, even if he were the greatest sinner .
For Your Son assured me: Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy fail to embrace a trusting soul .
Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven, You are my peace. You are my salvation, You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts. You are the bright ray that lights up the path of my life. You are everything to a lonely soul. You understand the soul even though it remains silent. You know our weaknesses and, like a good physician, You comfort and heal, sparing us sufferings — expert that You are .
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, MARCH 13, 2016
Prayer of St. John Neumann (1811-1860)
THY KINGDOM COME
LORD, we ask for more than Thy Mercy! We desire Thee to reign over us. Thine interests must be ours. By the Love of Thy Sacred Heart, which surpasses all knowledge, we beg Thee, O Jesus, to fulfill in our time the promises made to St. Margaret Mary. In union with Holy Church, through the intercession of Thy Virgin Mother, for the honor of Thy Holy Name, JESUS, we ask Thee to hasten and establish the reign of Thy Divine Heart, here and now.
Finally, Lord Jesus, grant that by our fidelity to FIRST FRIDAY COMMUNION, we may obtain the rewards of THY GREAT PROMISE the grace that we shall not die under Thy displeasure, nor without receiving the last Sacraments, that Thy Divine Heart may be our final refuge at that last hour. Amen.
SIXTH SUNDAY OF LENT, PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016,
St. John Paul II (1920-2005)
ENCYCLICAL RICH IN MERCY (DIVES IN MISERICORDIA, 1980)
The Church Appeals to the Mercy of God
The Church proclaims the truth of God’s mercy revealed in the crucified and risen Christ, and she professes it in various ways. Furthermore, she seeks to practice mercy towards people through people, and she sees in this an indispensable condition for solicitude for a better and “more human” world, today and tomorrow. However, at no time and in no historical period-especially at a moment as critical as our own-can the Church forget the prayer that is a cry for the mercy of God amid the many forms of evil which weigh upon humanity and threaten it. Precisely this is the fundamental right and duty of the Church in Christ Jesus, her right and duty towards God and towards humanity. The more the human conscience succumbs to secularization, loses its sense of the very meaning of the word “mercy,” moves away from God and distances itself from the mystery of mercy, the more the Church has the right and the duty to appeal to the God of mercy “with loud cries.”135 These “loud cries” should be the mark of the Church of our times, cries uttered to God to implore His mercy, the certain manifestation of which she professes and proclaims as having already come in Jesus crucified and risen, that is, in the Paschal Mystery. It is this mystery which bears within itself the most complete revelation of mercy, that is, of that love which is more powerful than death, more powerful than sin and every evil, the love which lifts man up when he falls into the abyss and frees him from the greatest threats.