Prayers by Blessed Bartolo Longo

Prayers to and by Blessed Bartolo Longo

From his writings

The Rosary a Teacher of Life

The Rosary is a teacher of life, a teacher full of gentleness and love, where people beneath the gaze of Mary, almost without noticing, discover they are being slowly educated in preparation for the second life, that which is authentic life, for it is not destined to end in a very few years, but to go on unto eternity.

The Rosary and the Eucharist

The Rosary, therefore, in a gentle, subtle way leads one to the Eucharist, to the Most Blessed Sacrament: those who approach Jesus in thought, year to approach Him in reality; those who know Jesus cannot but love Him; indeed, those who truly love Jesus cannot forego possessing Him.

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Bartolo Longo

God, Father of mercy, we praise you for having sent into the history of mankind, the Blessed Bartolo Longo, ardent apostle of the Rosary and shining example of a layman deeply involved in the evangelical witnessing of faith and of charity.

We thank you for his extraordinary spiritual journey, his prophetic intuitions, his tireless endeavors on behalf of the poorest and the neglected, the devotion with which he served your Church and built the new city of love at Pompeii.

We beseech you, grant that Blessed Bartolo Longo soon be numbered among the Saints of the universal Church, so that everyone may follow him as a model of life and benefit by his intercession.  Amen.

Prayer to Blessed Bartolo Longo

O Blessed Bartolo Longo, you who loved Mary with the tenderness of a son and who spread devotion by the reciting of the Holy Rosary and through her intercession received superabundant grace to love and serve Christ through service to abandoned children, obtain for us the grace to live in the spirit of prayer united to God, to love him, as you did, through our brothers. You, who at the end of your earthly journey declared never having tired of praying for every pain, for every hardship, for every calamity, trusting in the omnipotence of God and in the intercession of His Divine Mother, continue to intercede for those who are called to continue your work of faith and love at Pompeii and for all the Rosarians of the world. Pray for us that we, after the earthly contemplation of the joyful and sorrowful Mysteries, can with you share the joy of the glorious Mysteries in heaven with Mary, Queen of the angels and of the Saints. Amen

Prayer of Blessed Bartolo Longo to Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii

O Virgin Mary,
Queen of the Blessed Rosary,
dispenser of graces in the Valley of Pompeii
and sweet Queen of my heart,
kindly accept the prayer
I address to you,
that your love
may spread in my heart
and in the hearts of
all those who honor you
by reciting the Blessed Rosary.
I long for the whole world
to come to know
the miracles and graces
you grant from your
Shrine of Pompeii,
and that the whole world
love you and experience
the power of your intercession,
the fruit of your bountiful graces.
Grant that all the sinners
of the world come
penitent to your feet
and once again find Jesus,
the source of peace and of true happiness;
and through your intercession
may I too meet Him at the end
of my life’s journey.
Amen.

Blessed Bartolo Longo’s Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary

         O blessed rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love which unites us to the angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we will never abandon you. You will be our comfort in the hour of death; yours our final kiss as life ebbs away. And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompeii, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May you be everywhere blessed, today and always, on earth and in heaven. Amen!

The Supplica

Prayed at Midday on May 8th

O August Queen of Victories, O Sovereign of Heaven and Earth, at whose name the heavens rejoice and the abyss trembles, O glorious Queen of the Rosary, we your devoted children, assembled in your temple of Pompeii, (on this solemn day), pour out the affection of our heart and with filial confidence expresse our miseries to you.
From the throne of clemency, where you are seated as Queen, turn, O Mary, your merciful gaze on us, on our families, on Italy, on Europe, on the world. Have compassion on the sorrows and cares which embitter our lives. See, O Mother, how many dangers of body and soul, how many calamities and afflictions press upon us.
O Mother, implore for us the mercy of your divine Son and conquer with clemency the heart of sinners. They are our brothers and your children who cause the heart of our sweet Jesus to bleed and who sadden your most sensitive heart. Show all that you are the Queen of Peace and of Pardon.
Hail Mary.

It is true that although we are your children we are the first to crucify Jesus by our sins and to pierce anew your heart. We confess that we are deserving of severe punishment, but remember that, on Golgotha, you received with the divine blood, the testament of the dying Savior, who declared you to be our Mother, the Mother of sinners.
You then, as our Mother, are our Advocate, our Hope. And we raise our suppliant hands to you with sighs crying “Mercy!” O good Mother, have pity on us, on our souls, on our families, our relatives, our friends, our deceased, especially our enemies, and on so many who call themselves Christian and yet offend the heart of your loving Son. Today we implore pity for the misguided nations throughout all Europe, throughout the world, so that they may return repentant to your heart.
Hail Mary.
Kindly deign to hear us. O Mary! Jesus has placed in your hands all the treasures of his graces and mercies. You are seated a crowned Queen at the right hand of your Son, resplendent with immortal glory above the choirs of angels. Your dominion extends throughout heaven and earth and all creatures are subject to you.
You are omnipotent by grace and therefore you can help us. Were you not willing to help us, since we are ungrateful children and undeserving of your protection, we would not know to whom to turn. Your motherly heart would not permit you see us, your children, lost. The Infant whom we see on your knees and the blessed rosary which we see in your hand, inspire confidence in us that we shall be heard. We confide fully in you, we abandon ourselves as helpless children into the arms of the most tender of mothers, and on this day, we expect from you the graces we so long for.
Hail Mary.
One last favour we now ask of you, O Queen, which you cannot refuse us (on this most solemn day): Grant to all of us your steadfast love and in a special manner your maternal blessing. We shall not leave you until you have blessed us. Bless, O Mary, at this moment, our Holy Father. To the ancient splendors of your crown, to the triumphs of your Rosary, whence you are called the Queen of Victories, add this one also, O Mother: grant the triumph of religion and peace to human society. Bless our bishops, priests and particularly all those who are zealous for the honor of your sanctuary. Bless finally all those who are associated with your temple of Pompeii and all those who cultivate and promote devotion to your Holy Rosary. 

O blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love which unites us to the angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we shall never abandon you. You will be our comfort in the hour of agony: to you the last kiss of our dying life. And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompeii, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. Be blessed everywhere, today and always, on earth and in Heaven. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen.* 

Sermon on the Divine Name by St. Leonard of Port Maurice & a Sacramental for Protection From Plagues

The original Italian can be found here and here

The thing I yearn for from you is a tender devotion to the Most Holy and sweet Name of Jesus. This is that great Name, which is above all names, in which we must be saved, and without which there is no health. Oh Most Sacred Name, Name of peace, Balsam of life, which was the center of all the sighs of the most fervent lovers of Jesus. The sign of those who truly love Jesus is to bear Jesus imprinted in the heart and to name often and with devotion the Most Holy Name of Jesus. St. Paul the Apostle had so impressed on his soul, that at all hours he still had it on his tongue and on his pen, and five hundred times he names in his Epistles the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Oh what a beautiful language! Ignazio Martire wore it with gold letters in the middle of his heart.

Oh what a beautiful embroidery! My Bernardine of Siena was the first to expose it in public veneration and with the Most Holy Name of Jesus he soaked the hardest hearts, converted the most obstinate sinners, and almost reformed Italy as a whole, and everywhere he wanted to see that beloved figure of the Most Holy Name of Jesus carved on the doors of houses, at the head of the bed, on the frontispiece of the Churches, everywhere he wanted to see the Most Holy Name of Jesus carved and painted. This is precisely what I want from you, my beloved listeners, let all of you have the Most Holy Name of Jesus carved or painted on the doors of your homes. And here I show you the model…

Oh, do not deny me this grace, which will all redeem for your good. Preaching our glorious St. Bernardine in the city of Ferrara assaulted by a fierce plague, he exhorted everyone to the devotion and veneration of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, and all those citizens lit themselves up with such a beautiful devotion that they placed the Most Holy Name of Jesus on the doors of their homes, and with this they remained free from the infectious disease. Those from Padua obtained the same, who in persuasion of the Saint embraced so holy a devotion; and in Camaiore, land of the Republic of Lucca, the Saint promised that if they had carved, and painted the Most Holy Name of Jesus on the doors of their houses, they would never have been assaulted by the plague and, in conformity, promised, so it happened, although at various times all the surrounding places have been desolated by a scourge. What do you say, beloved? will you have repugnance to this little inconvenience? But consider it grace the great good that will come to all your houses, be assured, that in those houses, on the doors of which you will see the Most Holy Name of Jesus painted or carved, there will be nothing more than fear, nor of witches , neither of evil, nor of accidents of fate. Oh how many lightning strikes, how many disasters your houses will be free of! A hundred, therefore, a hundred, and a thousand times blessed are those houses which will bear the Most Holy Name of Jesus on their foreheads, and woe to those houses where Jesus will not be seen! it will be a nest of demons, and will be subject to a thousand misfortunes. Go on, compete with those who make him paint more beautiful, or waste your time, from tomorrow on, explain such a beautiful livery of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

Oh what a blessed place this will be; see all the houses embellished and sanctified by this Most Holy and Most Sweet Name! And because I seem to see you all willing, all inflamed with love and devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus, I take heart to end the Preaching with that beautiful sentiment of the Apostle. “All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do ye all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Yes, yes, whatever you do, do it all in honor and glory of Jesus, and in the Most Holy Name of Jesus. If you leave the house, go out with Jesus your servant; if you walk the streets, walk with Jesus your companion; if you enter the Church, you enter with Jesus your Advocate. Jesus be with you in your works, Jesus be among you in your speeches, Jesus be for you and your rest. The sun never comes out, that you are not with Jesus, nor the sun goes down, that you do not leave with Jesus. The Name of Jesus is the first, who opens your mouth in the morning, and the Name of Jesus is the last that you seal it up in the evening; so that Jesus is the one, who will gather your soul in his arms, when you give your last breath, dying with Jesus on the eyes, with Jesus in the mouth, with Jesus in the heart; and I hope it will succeed if you are Brothers of the Congregation of true lovers of Jesus and if you have the Most Holy Name of Jesus painted or sculpted on the door of your houses. Go up, as a sign that you want to obey, that you want to do everything, say all three times aloud: VIVA JESUS, VIVA JESUS, VIVA JESUS!

(Lenten sermons of B. Leonardo from Porto Maurizio Reformed Minor and Apostolic Missionary of the Retreat of San Bonaventura in Rome, Vol. III, Assisi, 1806, pp. 325-328)

This sacred emblem is placed on the doors of houses for protection against the plague. It is an ancient indulgenced practice linked to The Most Holy Name of Jesus. The main devotions are illustrated in this figure: to the Most Holy Trinity, to Mary Most Holy, to St. Joseph, to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart, to the Holy Rosary and to the Chair of St. Peter.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory (Beginning October 24)

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

(Beginning October 24)
From the 1910 Raccolta.

(300 Days, T.Q.
Plenary, during the period. I, II, IV.)

First Day, October 24

Jesus my Saviour, I have so often deserved to be cast into Hell; how great would be my suffering if I were now cast away and obliged to think that I myself had caused my damnation. I thank Thee for the patience with which Thou hast endured me. My God, I love Thee above all things and I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee because Thou art infinite goodness. I will rather die than offend Thee again. Grant me the grace of perseverance. Have pity on me and at the same time on those blessed souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Then follows Pater, Ave, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, below.

Second Day, October 25

Woe to me, unhappy being, so many years have I already spent on earth and have earned naught but hell! I give Thee thanks, O Lord, for granting me time even now to atone for my sins. My good God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. Send me Thy assistance, that I may apply the time yet remaining to me for Thy love and service; have compassion on me, and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. O Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Then follows Pater, Ave, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, below.

Third Day, October 26

My God! because Thou art infinite goodness, I love Thee above all things, and repent with my whole heart of my offenses against Thee. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the same, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. And thou, Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Then follows Pater, Ave, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, below.

Fourth Day, October 27

My God! because Thou art infinite goodness, I am sorry with my whole heart for having offended Thee. I promise to die rather than ever offend Thee more. Give me holy perseverance; have pity on me, and have pity on those holy souls that burn in the cleansing fire and love Thee with all their hearts. O Mary, Mother of God, assist them by thy powerful prayers.

Then follows Pater, Ave, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, below.

Fifth Day, October 28

Woe to me, unhappy being, if Thou, O Lord, hadst cast me into hell; for from that dungeon of eternal pain there is no deliverance. I love Thee above all things, O infinite God and I am sincerely sorry for having offended Thee again. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. O Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Then follows Pater, Ave, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, below.

Sixth Day, October 29

My Divine Redeemer, Thou didst die for me on the Cross, and hast so often united Thyself with me in Holy Communion, and I have repaid Thee only with ingratitude. Now, however, I love Thee above all things, O supreme God; and I am more grieved at my offences against Thee than at any other evil. I will rather die than offend Thee again. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to their aid with thy powerful intercession.

Then follows Pater, Ave, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, below.

Seventh Day, October 30

God, Father of Mercy, satisfy this, their ardent desire! Send them Thy holy Angel to announce to them that Thou, their Father, are now reconciled with them through the suffering and death of Jesus, and that the moment of their deliverance has arrived.

Then follows Pater, Ave, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, below.

Eighth Day, October 31

Oh my God! I also am one of these ungrateful beings, having received so much grace, and yet despised Thy love and deserved to be cast by Thee into hell. But Thy infinite goodness has spared me until now. Therefore, I now love Thee above all things, and I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. I will rather die than ever offend Thee. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to their aid with thy powerful intercession.

Then follows Pater, Ave, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, below.

Ninth Day, November 1

My God! How was it possible that I, for so many years, have borne tranquilly the separation from Thee and Thy holy grace! O infinite Goodness, how long-suffering hast Thou shown Thyself to me! Henceforth, I shall love Thee above all things. I am deeply sorry for having offended Thee; I promise rather to die than to again offend Thee. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance, and do not permit that I should ever again fall into sin. Have compassion on the holy souls in Purgatory. I pray Thee, moderate their sufferings; shorten the time of their misery; call them soon unto Thee in heaven, that they may behold Thee face to face, and forever love Thee. Mary, Mother of Mercy, come to their aid with thy powerful intercession, and pray for us also who are still in danger of eternal damnation.

Then follows Pater, Ave, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, below.

Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

St. Alphonsus Liguori

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemani, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.

℟. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them.

℟. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them.

℟. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them.

℟. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them.

℟. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them.

℟. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them.

℟. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

(Recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory and mention your intentions here)

Blessed Souls, I have prayed for thee; I entreat thee, who are so dear to God, and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for me a miserable sinner, who is in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. Amen.

Miscarriages & Baptism

Baptize in Case of Miscarriage (pdf print)

Baptizing Miscarried and Stillborn Babies: The Other Unborn

Roman Rite (pdf … below is from the Baptism section)

1964 Roman Rituale Book of blessings and rites (Extraordinary Form) – General Instructions on Baptisms: mentions about conditions for baptism in the womb

20. No child is to be baptized while still enclosed in the mother’s womb, as long as there is a probable hope that it can be properly brought forth and then baptized. If only the head of the child has come forth and there is danger of its dying, it should be baptized on the head; if afterward it is born and lives, baptism may not be repeated conditionally. If another member of the body makes its appearance and there is danger of death, the baptism should be conferred conditionally upon that member; if the child lives after birth it must be rebaptized conditionally. Should a mother die in confinement, the fetus should be extracted by those obliged there to by their profession, and if there is a certainty that it lives, it should be baptized absolutely, otherwise conditionally. A fetus baptized while in the mother’s womb must be rebaptized conditionally after birth.

21. One should see to it that every abortive fetus, no matter of what period, be baptized absolutely if it is certainly alive. If there is doubt about its being alive, it should be baptized conditionally.

Here is a link on what to do regarding what to do regarding baptism and miscarriages.

Click the photo for the pdf

 

 

History/Symbolism of Renaissance Art & Caravaggio Lecture Series by Ryan Grant

Ryan Grant of www.mediatrixpress.com gave two lectures on Catholic Art today at Our Lady of Mt Carmel parish in Littleton, CO.  I’ve included both lectures from the conference he did.
He has a wide range of lecture topics that you can find here

Also, Ryan’s blog has more write ups on this subject here