EVENING PRAYER Nr. 5

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Prayer # 5


Ah, Lord,

how many nights have I slept in enmity with Thee?

O God!

in what a miserable state was my soul during that time!

it was hated by Thee,

and wished to be hated by Thee.

I was condemned to hell;

there was nothing wanting

but the execution of the sentence.

But Thou, my God,

hast never ceased to seek after me,

and invite me to pardon.

But who can assure me

that Thou hast pardoned me?

Must I, O my Jesus!

live in this uncertainty

till Thou dost judge me?

But the sorrow which I feel

for having offended Thee,

my desire to love Thee,

and still more,

Thy Passion,

O my beloved Redeemer!

make me hope that Thy grace dwells in my soul.

I am sorry for having offended Thee,

O Sovereign Good!

and I love Thee above all things.

I resolve to forfeit everything

rather than lost Thy grace and Thy love.

Thou dost wish that the heart

which seeks Thee should be full of joy.

"Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord."

Lord, I detest all the injuries

I have offered to Thee.

Give me courage and confidence;

do not upbraid me with my ingratitude;

for I myself know and detest it.

Thou hast said that Thou willest not

the death of a sinner,

but that he be converted and live.

Yes, my God,

I leave all things and turn to Thee.

Give me Thy love;

I ask nothing else.

O Mary! thou, after Jesus, art my hope;

obtain for me holy perseverance.


By St. Alphonsus Liguori


AN EXORCISM PRAYER(WARNING: TO BE SAID BY A PRIEST ONLY.) This is a prayer against Satan and his rebellious angels. It was published

by the Order of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII.


This simple prayer must be said by a priest only.


The term "exorcism"" does NOT always denote a solemn exorcism involving a

person possessed by the devil. In general, the term denotes prayers to "curb

the power of the devil and prevent him from doing harm." As St. Peter had

written in Holy Scripture, "your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goes

about seeking whom he may devour." [1 St.Pet. 5:8]


The Holy Father exhorts priests to say this prayer as often as possible,

as a simple exorcism to curb the power of the devil and prevent him from

doing harm. The faithful also may say it in their own name, for the same

purpose, as any approved prayer. Its use is recommended whenever action

of the devil is suspected, causing malice in men, violent temptations and

even storms and various calamities. It could be used as a solemn exorcism

(an official and public ceremony, in Latin), to expel the devil. It would

then be said by a priest, in the name of the Church and only with a Bishop’s

permission.


FARMER’S PRAYERTO SAINT JOSEPH


O glorious St. Joseph,

foster father of Jesus,

you did provide for the Holy Family.

We commit to your protection all our crops and farm industries.

Deign, we beseech you, to intercede in our behalf

with Almighty God,

Who rules the seasons,

so that our fields being safe from pests and favored by the weather

may yield abundant crops

that will allow us to supply the wants of life.

Thus freed from earthly worries

may we after your example

apply all our thoughts to eternal life.

We beseech you

to instill a love of the land into the hearts of our youth

for their own salvation and that of Christian unity

so that we may all share hereafter

in the same blissful life you enjoy in heaven.


Amen.