World Day of Prayer

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The Angel, by Carl Timoleon von Neff, 19th Century

A Prayer for Mercy

Almighty and everlasting God,
you do not will that a single sinner should perish,
and so you gave the world your Son Jesus,
who is Mercy Itself.
Make me a mirror of Divine Mercy.
Through prayer, the Sacraments,
and works of charity,
grant me the grace to seek your forgiveness,
even as I forgive others.
Inspire me to offer my sufferings in union
with the Passion of Jesus,
and thereby share in the redemption of the world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with You,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God,
for ever and ever.

Composed by: The Reverend Bernard J. Ezaki, M.Div., M.A.
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Monsignor James J. Mulligan, S.T.L., Censor Librorum
Imprimatur: Most Reverend John O. Barres, D.D.

Saint Polycarp

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Saint Polycarp, hegumen of Kyiv Caves Monastery, Ukraine (d. 1182)

Prayer of St. Polycarp of Smyrna
Before His Martyrdom

Lord, almighty God,
Father of your beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ,
through whom we have come to the knowledge of yourself,
God of angels, of powers, of all creation,
of all the race of saints who live in your sight,
I bless you for judging me worthy of this day, this hour,
so that in the company of the martyrs I may share the cup of Christ,
your anointed one, and so rise again to eternal life in soul and body,
immortal through the power of the Holy Spirit.
May I be received among the martyrs in your presence today
as a rich and pleasing sacrifice.
God of truth, stranger to falsehood, you have prepared this
and revealed it to me and now you have fulfilled your promise.

I praise you for all things, I bless you,
I glorify you through the eternal priest of heaven,
Jesus Christ, your beloved Son.
Through him be glory to you,
together with him and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Presidents’ Day

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United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., Print by Currier and Ives, 1872-1874

Prayer for Society
By Pope John XXIII

O Jesus, come back into our society,
our family life, our souls
and reign there as our peaceful sovereign.
Enlighten with the splendor of faith
and the charity of your tender heart
the souls of those who work
for the good of the people, for your poor.
Impart in them your own spirit,
a spirit of discipline, order and gentleness,
preserving the flame of enthusiasm
ever alight in their hearts.
May that day come very soon,
when we shall see you
restored to the center of civic life,
borne on the shoulders of your joyful people.