POPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER TO THE BLESSED MOTHER DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
The most common occasion for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when we cannot fulfill
our obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation, whether because of illness or
bad weather, or some other reason outside of our control.
You can make an Acts of Spiritual Communion at any time and make multiple times a day—even on
days when we have been able to receive the Eucharist.
Each Act of Spiritual Communion that we make increases our desire to receive sacramental
Communion, and protects us until we can receive Holy Communion sacramentally again.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION (St. Alphonsus Ligouri)
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if
You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
NOVENA TO ST. BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS (Say for nine days or as a perpetual novena.)
Dear Saint Bernadette, Chosen by Almighty God as a channel of His Graces and Blessings, and through your humble obedience to the requests of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, you gained for us the Miraculous waters of Spiritual and physical healing.
We implore you to listen to our pleading prayers that we may be healed of our Spiritual and physical imperfections.
Place our petitions in the Hands of our Holy Mother, Mary, so that She may place them at the feet of Her beloved Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that He may look on us with mercy and compassion: (Make Petition)
Help us, O Dear Saint Bernadette to follow your example, so that irrespective of our own pain and suffering we may always be mindful of the needs of others, especially those whose sufferings are greater than ours.
As we await the Mercy of God, remind us to offer up our pain and suffering for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins and blasphemies of mankind.
Pray Saint Bernadette, that like you, we may always be obedient to the will of Our Heavenly Father, and that through our prayers and humility we may bring consolation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary that have been so grievously wounded by our sins.
Holy Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, Pray for us. AMEN.
Prayer to St. Leonie Aviat and St. Bernadette
Father in Heaven, in the life of the Church many ordinary men and women have provided extraordinary examples of conforming their lives to Your will. Through the centuries we have sought their intercession for particular needs.
Here at St. Bernadette of Lourdes in Drexel Hill you have blessed us with Divine Intervention through the intercession of St. Leonie Aviat. It is here where miracles have occurred. For this we give You thanks and praise.
Again, we seek Your divine intervention for our intentions ____________________. St. Leonie Aviat and St. Bernadette, please intercede for us for our petitions to God Our Almighty Father, to Jesus His Son and through the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR SUMMERTIME
We thank you, Gracious Lord, for sending summer and its pleasures — for beaches and patio parties, for sailing and swimming and water skiing and baseball and softball and for vacations with family and friends. Help us to understand that these summer joys are but a hint of what you have prepared for those who respond to Your love. Grant that we may never forget you in the midst of our summer fun!