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The Lord my pasture shall prepare

Hymn Before a Scripture Reading

“The Lord my pasture shall prepare”
Words: Joseph Addison, 1712.

The Lord my pasture shall prepare
And feed me with a shepherd’s care;
His presence shall my wants supply
And guard me with a watchful eye;

My noonday walks He shall attend
And all my midnight hours defend.
When in the sultry glebe I faint
Or on the thirsty mountain pant,

To fertile vales and dewy meads
My weary, wandering steps He leads,
Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow,
Amid the verdant landscape flow.

Though in a bare and rugged way,
Through devious lonely wilds, I stray,
Thy bounty shall my pains beguile;
The barren wilderness shall smile,

With sudden greens and herbage crowned,
And streams shall murmur all around.
Though in the paths of death I tread,
With gloomy horrors overspread,

My steadfast heart shall fear no ill,
For Thou, O Lord, art with me still;
Thy friendly crook shall give me aid
And guide me through the dreadful shade.

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“The Lord my pasture shall prepare” by Choir of Christ’s College;

Litany to St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Protector, Third Order Franciscan

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, graciously hear us.
O God the Father, of heaven:
have mercy upon us.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world:
O God, the Holy Ghost:
O Holy Trinity, one God:
have mercy upon us.
Holy Mary:
Pray for us.
Immaculate Virgin:
Mother and Mistress of our Order:
Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary:
Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Duchess of Thuringia:
St. Elizabeth, mother in Israel:
St. Elizabeth, queen in the Kingdom of God:
St. Elizabeth, consoler of sinners:
St. Elizabeth, nurse of lepers:
St. Elizabeth, devoted wife of Louis the Good:
St. Elizabeth, famous exemplar of Christian widowhood:
St. Elizabeth, fervent spouse of the Son of God:
St. Elizabeth, humble in prosperity:
St. Elizabeth, patient in adversity:
St. Elizabeth, mighty in penance:
St. Elizabeth, wondrous in prayer:
St. Elizabeth, first-born of the tertiaries regular:
St. Elizabeth, protectress of our Order:
St. Elizabeth, the “dear saint” of Holy Church:
Pray for us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world:
spare us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world:
graciously hear us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world:
have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O blessed Elizabeth. Alleluia.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. Alleluia.
Let us pray.

Merciful Lord, we pray Thee to pour the bright beams of Thy grace into our hearts: that, by the glorious prayers of Thy Saint Elizabeth, we may learn to despise all worldly prosperity, and ever to rejoice in all Heavenly consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Before a Scripture Reading

O God, Father and Son and Holy Spirit,
I thank you for the inestimable gift of the Holy Scriptures.

May I always have a great reverence for your inspired Word,
through which you speak to us and are present in a special way among us.

May I read and understand the holy Bible, the Old and the New Testament,
as you want it to be read and understood—in accordance with the
interpretation and the teaching of Your Church.

May I make the complete observance of the Holy Gospel the rule of my daily life.

May the Scripture readings be of benefit for my soul
and guide me through life’s dangers and temptations to eternal life. Amen

Novena Prayer to St. Michael

You can start it on Saturday and end on the 21st and anyone who wishes can begin it again for themselves and their intentions on the 21st and end it on the Feast Day of the Holy Archangels.
Novena to St. Michael the Archangel

Novena Dates September 21 – 29. Feast Day September 29

St. Michael the Archangel. loyal champion of God and His people. I (we) turn to you with confidence and seek your powerful intercession. For the love of God. Who made you so glorious in grace and power. and for the love of the Mother of Jesus. the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my (our) prayer. You know the value of my (our) soul(s) in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me (us) to conquer
the evil spirit who tempts me. I desire to imitate your loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and your great love for God and people. And since you are God’s messenger for the care of his people. I (we) entrust to you this special request: (Mention your request).

St. Michael, since you by the Will of the Creator. the powerful intercessor of Christians. l (we) have great confidance in your prayers. I (we) earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy Will. my (our) petition will be granted.

Pray for me (us). St. Michael. and also for those I (we) love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs. Through your powerful intercession. may we live a holy life. die a happy death. and reach heaven where we may praise and love God with you forever. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel. defend us in battle. Be our defense 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 thrust into hell Satan. and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

The Chaplet of St. Michael

The Chaplet of St. Michael is a wonderful way to honor this great Archangel along with the other nine Choirs of Angels.

What do we mean by Choirs? It seems that God has created various orders of Angels. Sacred Scripture distinguishes nine such groupings: Seraphim, Cherubim. Thrones. Dominations. Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels and Angels (Isa. 6:2; Gen. 3:24; Col. 1:16; Eph. 1:21; Rom. 8:38). There may be more groupings but these are the only ones that
have been revealed to us. The Seraphim is believed to be the highest Choir, the most intimately united to God. while the Angelic Choir is the lowest.

The history of this Chaplet goes back to a devout Servant of God, Antonia d‘Astonac, who had a vision of St Michael. He told Antonia to honor him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion. an escort of nine angels chosen from
each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life.

O God. come to my assistance. O Lord. make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father. etc.

[Say one Our Father and three Hail Mary’s after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]

1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.

2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Chrislian perfection. Amen.