St. Catherine of Siena



St. Dominic

Prayer to St. Catherine of Siena and St. Dominic

O holy Priest of God and glorious Patriarch, Saint Dominic, thou who wast the friend, the well-beloved son and the confident of the Queen of Heaven, and didst work so many miracles by the power of the holy Rosary; and thou, Saint Catherine of Siena, first daughter of this Order of the Rosary, and powerful mediator at Mary's throne with the Heart of Jesus, with whom thou didst exchange thy heart; do thou, my beloved Saints, have regard to my necessities and pity the sad condition in which I now find myself. On earth you opened thy hearts to the miseries of thy fellow-men and thy hands were strong to help them; now in Heaven thy charity hath not grown less nor hath thy power waned. Pray, ah, pray for me to the Mother of the Rosary, and to her Divine Son, for I have great confidence that through thy intercession I shall obtain the favor I so much desire. Amen.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

Three times

In honor of St. Vincent Ferrer, Glory be, etc., Three times, and in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, Glory be, etc., Three times. 

From the Raccolta


A Prayer

O Saint Catherine, thou lily of virginity and rose of charity who didst adorn the
garden of Saint Dominic, heroine of Christian zeal who wast chosen like Saint Francis to be the special Patron of Italy, to thee we have recourse with confidence, invoking thy mighty protection upon ourselves and upon the whole Church of Christ, thy Beloved, in whose Heart thou didst drink of the inexhaustible fountain of all grace and all peace for thee and for the world. From that Divine Heart thou didst draw the living water of virtue and concord in families, of upright conduct in young people, of union among the discordant nations, of renewal of public morality and of brotherly love, which is compassionate and benevolent towards the unfortunate and suffering, and didst teach us by thy example how to unite the love of Christ with the love of country.

If thou lovest the land of Italy and its people entrusted to thee, if pity for us moves thee, if that tomb is dear to thee in which Rome venerates and honors thy virginal remains, oh! graciously turn thine eyes and thy favor upon our pain and upon our prayer, and fulfill our desires.

Defend, assist, and comfort thy fatherland and the world. Under thy protection and thy guidance be the sons and daughters of Italy, our hearts and our minds, our labors and our hopes, our faith and our love; that faith and that love which formed thy very life and made thee the living image of Christ crucified in thy intrepid zeal for His Spouse, Holy Church.

O heroic and holy messenger of union and peace for the Church of Christ, thou who didst restore the successor of Peter to the Apostolic Roman See in the splendor of its authority and teaching office, protect and console him in his paternal and universal solicitude, in his anxious cares and in his counsels for the salvation and the tranquillity of the peoples of the earth; revive, preserve, and increase in us and in all faithful Christians, O heavenly Patroness, the affection and the filial submission which thou didst cherish for him and for the fold of Christ in a world at peace. Amen (Pope Pius XII)

This prayer formerly carried an indulgence of 500 days and a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, when this prayer has been recited daily for a month (Pius XII Rescript in his own hand, March 7, 1942, document exhibited March 24, 1942; S. P. Ap., June 18, 1949).

A Prayer

 O admirable Saint Catherine, thou who didst merit to make of thy whole life the noblest holocaust, constantly inspiring thyself to a most ardent love for Jesus, the Lamb without blemish, and for His beloved Spouse the Church, whose rights thou didst strenuously affirm and support in troubled times, obtain, likewise, for us the grace not only to pass unscathed through the corruption of this world, but also to remain unshakably faithful to the Church, in word, in deed, in example, to see always, and to make others see, in the Vicar of Christ our anchor, as it were, in the storms of life, the beacon light that points the way to the harbor of safety in the dark night of our times and of men's souls.

This prayer formerly carried an indulgence of 300 days and a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, when this prayer has been recited daily for a month (S. P. Ap., Dec. 12, 1940).


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