There is a lot of upheaval in our world today. From illnesses such as the novel coronavirus, the economic and cultural crises that harm marriages and families, to the crises within the Church and the loss of faith especially among our young people, — our whole world is in need of the redemption that only our Lord can give.
During this penitential season of Lent, it is fitting that we Catholics heed the words of our Lord to his apostles: “Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (cf. John 15:5). Hence, we turn to him and abide in him through prayer, asking for the intercession of our Blessed Mother.
Lenten Prayer Campaign
Beginning on March 15, the Third Sunday of Lent, and culminating on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord on Wednesday, March 25, we as a parish community shall inter into an intense and fervent period of prayer during the Hail, full of grace! Lenten prayer campaign. In doing so, we turn to the most perfect disciple of our Lord — our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary — whose free, perfect, and trusting yes to the Father we are called to imitate.
What do I need to do?
From March 15 to 25, we challenge all parishioners to commit to praying the Rosary daily for the following particular intentions:
- For personal holiness, increase in faith, and greater trust in the Lord Jesus
- For people suffering from illnesses and victims of COVID-19
- For families suffering financially due to the economic situation
- For couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage and for the welfare of their children
At the end of your Rosary, we strongly encourage you to pray the following devotions in addition (see the text for these prayers below):
- Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel (Pope Leo XIII)
- the Memorare
- Prayer to St. Joseph
What happens after?
During the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord on Wednesday, March 25, there will be Masses live-streamed on several different websites (see Salt & Light TV: live Masses at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. daily). We invite you to unite your intentions and prayers with the holy sacrifice of the Mass. We are confident that in our Lord’s mercy, our prayers have been heard and will be answered according to his time and purpose.
We then encourage you to persevere in your newfound habit of daily prayer and continue on the path of holiness, trusting in the graces obtained for us by our Blessed Mother.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel:
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother: to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joseph
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me.