Traditional Prayers, Page 6
PRAYER FOR A SERVICEMAN
O Mary, Queen of Martyrs, look after my beloved wherever he may be. Talk with him during the silent watches of the night and spur him to bravery when he faces the cruel foe. Keep him inspired by a never undying faith in God our Savior. Wherever his duty takes him, keep his spirit high, and his purpose unwavering. He is my choicest treasure, take care of him, O Mother of God! Keep him in health and sustain him under every possible circumstance. Touch him with thy smile of benevolence, comfort him and give him full confidence in thy intercession and my prayers for his every brave pursuit. Fail him not and may he not fail God, his country, nor the ones who love him.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
Behold at thy feet, O Mother of Perpetual Help, a wretched sinner who has recourse to thee, and confides in thee, O Mother of mercy, have pity on me. I hear thee called by all the refuge and the hope of sinners: be then my refuge and my hope. Assist me, for the love of Jesus Christ; stretch forth thy hand to a miserable fallen creature who recommends himself to thee and who devotes himself to thy service forever.
I bless and thank Almighty God, Who in His mercy hast given me this confidence in thee, which I hold to be a pledge of my eternal salvation.
It is true that in the past I have miserably fallen into sin, because I had not recourse to thee. I know that now, with thy help, I shall conquer.
I know, too, that thou wilt assist me, if I recommend myself to thee; but I fear that in time of danger, I may neglect to call on thee, and thus lose my soul.
This grace, then, I ask of thee, and I beg, with all the fervor of my soul, that, in all the attacks of Hell, I may ever have recourse to thee.
O Mary, help me. O Mother of Perpetual Help, never suffer me to lose my God.
FOR OUR ARMED FORCES
O God, I beg Thee, watch over those exposed to the dangers of a soldier's, sailor's, or airman's life. Give them such strong faith that no human respect may ever lead them to deny it or fear to practice it. Strengthen them by Thy grace against the influence of bad examples so that, being preserved from vice and by serving Thee faithfully, they may be ready to meet death, if it should come to them on land, at sea, or in the air.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, inspire them with sorrow for sin and grant them pardon. Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, protect them. Amen.
Our Lady of Victory, we humbly beg thee to protect all our armed forces everywhere and to give them unflinching courage age to defend our country with honor and dignity. Guard our churches, our homes, our schools, our hospitals, our factories, our buildings, and all therein from harm and peril. Protect our land from enemies within and without. Grant us an early peace and victory founded upon justice. Instill into the hearts and minds of men everywhere, a firm purpose to live forever in peace and good will toward all. Amen.
POPE PIUS XII'S PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
O Virgin of Guadalupe, Empress
It is suggested that three Hail Marys be recited for North, Central and South America.Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us,
keep us under thy mantle and be our salvation.