Stanza della Segnatura, by Raphael, 1509
Prayer to Obtain the Grace of All the World’s Masses
Eternal Father, we humbly offer Thee
our poor presence and that of the whole of humanity,
from the beginning to the end of the world,
at all the Masses that ever have or ever will be prayed.
We offer Thee all the pains, sufferings,
prayers, sacrifices, joys and relaxations of our lives,
in union with those of our dear Lord Jesus here on earth.
May the Most Precious Blood of Christ,
All His Blood and Wounds and Agony save us,
through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
St. Augustine of Hippo and His Mother St. Monica, by Ary Scheffer, 1846
Prayer to Saint Monica,
Patroness of Mothers
Blessed Monica, mother of St. Augustine,
we give thanks to our Father in Heaven
Who looked with mercy upon your tears
over your wayward son.
His conversion and heroic sanctification
were the fruit of your prayers.
Dear St. Monica
we now ask you to pray with us
for all those sons and daughters
that have wandered away from God,
and to add your prayers to those of all mothers
who are worried over their children.
Pray also for us that,
following your example, we may,
in the company of our children,
one day enjoy the eternal vision
of our Father in Heaven.
Prayer to Saint Joseph for Success in Work
by Pope Saint Pius X
Glorious St. Joseph,
model of all those who are devoted to labour,
obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously,
putting the call of duty above my many sins;
to work with thankfulness and joy,
considering it an honour to employ and develop,
by means of labour,
the gifts received from God;
to work with order,
peace, prudence and patience,
never surrendering to weariness or difficulties;
to work, above all,
with purity of intention,
and with detachment from self,
having always death before my eyes
and the account which I must render of time lost,
of talents wasted,
of good omitted,
of vain complacency in success
so fatal to the work of God.
All for Jesus,
all for Mary,
all after thy example,
O Patriarch Joseph.
Such shall be my motto in life and death.