The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

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The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church
Nero’s Torches (Christian Candlesticks), by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1876

O God, who consecrated
the abundant first fruits of the Roman Church
by the blood of the Martyrs,
grant, we pray, that with firm courage
we may together draw strength from so great a struggle
and ever rejoice at the triumph of faithful love.
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.

From the Mass Readings for the Feast of the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church, Liturgy of the Hours. ‘Collect’ from the Common of Martyrs: For Several Martyrs


The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Immaculate Heart of Mary, 19th Century

Prayer to Mary

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
dwelling pure and holy, cover my soul
with your maternal protection,
so that being ever faithful to the voice of Jesus,
it responds to His love and obeys His Divine Will.

I wish, O my Mother, to keep unceasingly before me
your co-redemption in order to live intimately
with your heart that is totally united
to the Heart of your Divine Son.

Fasten me to this Heart by your own
virtues and sorrows.
Protect me always.

Prayer by Berthe Petit (a humble Franciscan Tertiary, born on January 23, 1870, in Enghien, Belgium)

Prayer for Peace in the World by Saint John Paul II


Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, by Leonhard Thoma

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O most holy heart of Jesus,
fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow
for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient,
and wholly obedient to your will.
Grant, Good Jesus,
that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger.
Comfort me in my afflictions.
Give me health of body,
assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessing on all that I do,
and the grace of a holy death.