Father’s Day

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A Day in June in the Woods Near Lellinge, by Carl Frederic Aagaard, 1878

Prayer for Fathers
By Pope John XXIII

Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus
and chaste husband of Mary,
you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family of Nazareth
with the work of your hands.

Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you.
You know their aspirations,
their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know
you will understand and protect them.

You too knew trial,
labour and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life,
your soul was full of deep peace
and sang out in true joy
through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you
and with Mary, his tender Mother.

Assure those you protect that they do not labour alone.
Teach them to find Jesus near them
and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done.

Amen.


Pray the Chaplet of Saint Joseph

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.