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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Sometimes We Can't Pray as We Ought


In the New Testament, we are told that sometimes "we can't pray as we ought so the Spirit itself maketh intercession with groanings that can't be uttered." (Romans 8:26)
There are times in our life when a situation has us "prayerless." Where we just can't muster the words to pray. My former charismatic teachings suggested that this was when your "prayer language" could take over. I was never gifted with a prayer language but was open to the possibility. Now, I find that at times like this the intercession of the Spirit comes through for me in prayers written by others. These prayers can be short or long and can be useful to mirror the pangs of our heart that we can't seem to express. This one is a litany that was forwarded to me and came at a much needed time. Litany is from the latin word litania meaning prayer or supplication. This one is from the Catholics United for the Faith website.


Litany for the Protection and Guidance of Our Children

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of God . . . pray for us and for our children (repeat after each intercession)
St. Joseph, role model of Christian homes . . .
St. Michael, St. Rafael, and St. Gabriel . . .
All you guardian angels . . .
All you saints in Heaven . . .

From wrong companions . . . shield them, O Lord
From bad magazines . . .
From evil TV shows . . .
From filthy images and words on the Internet . . .
From worldly music and lyrics . . .
From violent movies and bad language . . .
From all the snares of the devil . . .

For guidance to make good choices . . . please, send them Your Holy Spirit
For guidance to discern situations . . .
For guidance to despise vanity . . .
For guidance to suppress pride . . .
For guidance to recognize and avoid the occasions of sin . . .
For guidance to banish evil thoughts and imaginations . . .

That they may love what is good . . . we beseech Thee, O Lord
That they may recognize the needs of others . . .
That they might be selfless in humble service to others, especially within their own families . . .
That they may joyfully make sacrifices . . .
That they have a great desire to hear and read Holy Scripture . . .
That they may grow in holiness . . .
That they understand more clearly that no one enjoys interior peace of heart who turns away from You and is disobedient to Your will . . .
That they may all reach heaven . . .

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world . . . spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world . . . graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world . . . have mercy on us, O Lord!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for introducing us to this Litany. (!)

God bless you.

October 19, 2006 9:28 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

May the Lord answer our prayers!
Thanks for visiting the blog. Please pass the prayer around!
The Lord Bless you too!

October 19, 2006 9:59 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

What a treasure to visit your beloved blog again and find this prayer for our children! Thanks much, TJ. Our children will be here tomorrow and we're all going to watch the Nebraska/Texas game. Please pray this along with us for all of our children that Christ's presence will be not only felt, but will draw them more and more to seek Truth. Our guest room also has a green scapular under the matress. I'm not superstitious about this sacramental, but I know it's changing maybe ever so slowly the hearts of those guests, be it our son, my brother, or others who have slept there. Patience is my greates need as we "wait on God as he does his miracles" in their lives.

Thanks so much for this beautiful prayer!

October 20, 2006 4:37 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

I will pray for your family as well! What a blessing it is to pray these litanies for our families.
Thanks for your comment!

October 20, 2006 5:57 PM  

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