Catholic Prayer Revival

Saint Francis of Assisi


Prayer Prayed by St. Francis at the beginning of his Conversion

O great and glorious God, and my Lord Jesus Christ, enlighten, I beseech Thee, the darkness of my mind. Give me a right faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity; grant that I may know Thee, O Lord, in order that I may always and in all things act according to Thy most holy and perfect will. Amen.
(by: St. Francis of Assisi)

Novena Prayer to St. Francis


Glorious Saint Francis,
who voluntarily renounced
all the comforts and riches of your home
to follow more perfectly the life of poverty
and abnegation of Jesus Christ:
obtain for us,
we pray,
a generous contempt of all things in this world,
that we may secure the true
and eternal things of heaven.

Say the Glory be....

O glorious Saint Francis,
who during the whole course of your life
continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer,
and labour most zealously for the salvation of souls:
obtain for us,
we pray,
the grace of weeping continually
over those sins
by which we have crucified
afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ,
that we may attain to be of the number
of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Say the Glory be....

O glorious Saint Francis,
who, loving above all things suffering and the cross,
merited to bear in your body the miraculous stigmata,
by which you became a living image
of Jesus Christ crucified:
obtain for us,
we pray,
the grace to bear in our bodies
the mortifications of Christ,
that we may merit one day
to receive the consolations
which are infallibly promised
to all those who now weep.

"If we be dead with Christ Jesus,
we shall live also with Him," says the Apostle;
"if we suffer,
we shall also reign with Him." [2 Tim. 2:11-12]

Pray for us,
Saint Francis,
that we may obtain the graces and favours
we ask for in this novena;
pray for us, especially,
that we may obtain the grace of perseverance;
of a holy death and a happy eternity.

Say 5 times the Our Father...,
the Hail Mary... and the
Glory be....

Novena To Our Lady Of The Chain


by: St. Francis

O Blessed Lady of the Chain,
sweet hope, eternal comfort
of those who with confidence call upon you;
prostrate at your feet,
I profess my misery and nothingness.
You who are the Queen of Heaven and earth;
the Mother of Our Divine Saviour;
O you who are so powerful before the throne of God,
please, obtain for me this favour which I need so much.

May the many favours and graces
which you obtain daily from Jesus
for those who invoke you
under the title of Mother of the Chain,
encourage me to have recourse to you
and present to your maternal heart all my afflictions.
O powerful Virgin,
break the chains of sin which hold me fast.
Destroy the snares of my spiritual and temporal enemies,
chain me close to you
and to Jesus with a lively faith,
a firm hope,
and a burning charity.

Encircle me with your chains and thus,
unite me to your heart.
United in such a way to you and to Jesus,
I will fear nothing.
There will be no doubt of my eternal salvation,
no fear of not being granted
all the temporal and spiritual blessings
I need to lead a devout life.

Since I am in need of help in this present affliction,
O loving Mother,
I have recourse to you with childlike faith;
and thus, I hope
to obtain the favor I am now asking.

[State your intentions here.]

I am sure that you will grant me my request
with that same love with which you did
grant the request of the three prisoners.
I am confident you will grant this favour
through your merits
and the merits of your Divine Son
and allow me to return soon
to render to you the homage of my praises
and grateful thanksgivings.


"Hail Holy Queen..."

Prayer in Honor of the Sacred Stigmata

of St. Francis of Assisi

O Lord Jesus Christ who when the world was growing cold, in order that the hearts of men might burn anew with the fire of Thy love didst in the flesh of the most blessed Francis reproduce the stigmata of Thy passion: be mindful of his merits and prayers; and in Thy mercy vouchsafe to us the grace ever to carry Thy cross, and to bring forth worthy fruits of penance.

(Indulgence 300 days)

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi


O Lord, make me an instrument of They peace, where there is hatred,
let me sow love;
where where is injury;
where there is doubt;
where there is despair,
where there is darkness,
where there is sadness,
O Divine Master. grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood and to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal life. Amen.

Litany of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi

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 Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us!
God, the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us!

Holy Mary,
Pray for us*

Holy Mother of God,*
Holy Virgin of virgins, *
Saint Michael, *
Saint Gabriel, *
Saint Raphael, *
All ye holy Angels and Archangels, *
All ye holy orders of blessed Spirits, *
Saint John Baptist, *
Saint Joseph, *
All ye holy Patriarchs and Prophets, *
Saint Peter, *
Saint Paul, *
Saint Andrew, *
Saint James, *
Saint John, *
Saint Thomas, *
Saint James, *
Saint Philip, *
Saint Bartholomew, *
Saint Matthew, *
Saint Simon, *
Saint Thaddeus, *
Saint Mathias, *
Saint Barnabas, *
Saint Luke, *
Saint Mark, *
All ye holy Apostles and Evangelists, *
All ye holy Disciples of the Lord, *
All ye holy Innocents, *
Saint Stephen, *
Saint Lawrence, *
Saint Vincent, *
Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian, *
Saint John and Saint Paul, *
Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian, *
Saint Gervase and Saint Protase, *
Saint Bernard, *
Saint Peter, *
Saint Accursius, *
Saint Adjute, *
Saint Otho, *
Saint Daniel, *
Saint Angelo, *
Saint Samuel, *
Saint Domnus, *
Saint Leo, *
Saint Hugoline, *
Saint Nicholas, *
Saint Peter Baptist and all Japanese Martyrs, *
Saint Nicholas and all Martyrs of Gorcum, *
Saint Fidelis, *
All ye holy Martyrs, *
Saint Sylvester, *
Saint Gregory, *
Saint Ambrose, *
Saint Augustine, *
Saint Jerome, *
Saint Bonaventure, *
Saint Martin, *
Saint Nicholas, *
Saint Louis, *
Saint Benvenute, *
All ye holy Bishops and Confessors, *
Saint Antony, *
Saint Benedict, *
Saint Bernard, *
Saint Dominic, *
Holy Father Francis, *
Saint Anthony of Padua, *
Saint Bernadine, *
Saint John of Capistrano, *
Saint James of Marchia, *
Saint Peter of Alcantara, *
Saint Francis Solano, *
Saint Peter Regalate, *
Saint Didacus, *
Saint Paschal, *
Saint Benedict, *
Saint Pacific, *
Saint John Joseph, *
Saint Leonard, *
Saint Theophile, *
Saint Felix, *
Saint Joseph of Leonissa, *
Saint Seraphine, *
Saint Joseph of Cupertino, *
Saint Ferdinand, *
Saint Louis, *
Saint Ives, *
Saint Elzear, *
Saint Roche, *
Saint Conrad, *
Saint John Mary, *
All ye holy Priest and Levites, *
All ye holy Monks and Hermits, *
Saint Mary Magdalen, *
Saint Agatha, *
Saint Lucy, *
Saint Agnes, *
Saint Cecilia, *
Saint Catherine, *
Saint Clare, *
Saint Agnes of Assisi, *
Saint Catherine of Bologna, *
Saint Colette, *
Saint Veronica, *
Saint Rose of Viterbo, *
Saint Hyacintha, *
Saint Mary Frances, *
Saint Angela, *
Saint Anastasia, *
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, *
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, *
Saint Margaret of Cortona, *
Saint Brigid, *
All ye holy Virgins and Widows, *

All ye Saints of the three Orders of our Holy Father Francis:
Intercede for us!

All ye Saints of God:
Intercede for us!

Be merciful:
Spare us, O Lord!

Be merciful:
Hear us, O Lord!

From all evil,
Deliver us, O Lord!**

From all sin, **
From Thy wrath, **
From a sudden and unprovided death, **
From the snares of the devil, **
From anger, hatred, and all ill will, **
From the spirit of fornication, **
From lightning and tempest, **
From the scourge of earthquake, **
From pestilence, famine and war, **
From everlasting death, **
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, **
Through Thy coming, **
Through Thy nativity, **
Through Thy baptism and holy fasting, **
Through Thy Cross and Passion, **
Through Thy death and burial, **
Through Thy holy Resurrection, **
Through Thine admirable Ascension, **
Through the coming of the Holy Ghost the Paraclete, **
In the day of judgment, **

We sinners, beseech Thee hear us.
That Thou wouldst spare us,
We beseech Thee hear us.***

That Thou wouldst pardon us, ***
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy holy Church, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to preserve our Apostolic Prelate, and all orders of the Church in holy religion, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to humble the enemies of holy Church, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant peace and unity to all Christian people, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring back to the unity of the Church all those who have strayed away, and lead to the light of the Gospel all unbelievers, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service, ***
That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires, ***
That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors, ***
That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relations and benefactors, from eternal damnation, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, ***
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe graciously hear us, ***
Son of God, ***

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Our Father (inaudibly).

V. And lead us not into temptation.
R. But deliver us from evil.

Psalm LXIX

O God, come to my assistance: O Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek after my soul. Let them be turned backward, and blush for shame, that desire evils unto me. Let them be straightway turned backward blushing for shame, that say unto me: 'Tis well, 'tis well. Let all that seek Thee be joyful and glad in Thee; and let such as love Thy salvation say always, the Lord be magnified. But I am needy and poor; O God, help Thou me.

Thou art my helper and my deliverer: O Lord, make no long delay.

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, world without end. Amen.

V. Save Thy servants.
R. Who hope in Thee, O my God.
V. Be unto us, O Lord, a tower of strength.
R. From the face of the enemy.
V. Let not the enemy prevail against us.
R. Nor the son of iniquity approach to hurt us.
V. O Lord, deal not with us according to our sins.
R. Neither requite us according to our iniquities.
V. Let us pray for the true Sovereign Pontiff.
R. The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
V. Let us pray for our benefactors.
R. Vouchsafe, O Lord, for Thy name's sake, to reward with eternal life all those who do us good. Amen.
V. Let us pray for the faithful departed.
R. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. For our absent brethren.
R. Save Thy servants, who hope in Thee, my God.
V. Send them help, O Lord, from Thy sanctuary.
R. And defend them out of Sion.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray:

O God, Whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, receive our humble petition; that we, and all Thy servants who are bound by the chains of sin, may, by the compassion of Thy goodness, mercifully be absolved.

Graciously hear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy suppliants, and forgive the sins of them that confess to Thee; that, in Thy bounty, Thou may grant us both pardon and peace.

Show forth upon us, O Lord, in Thy mercy, Thy unspeakable loving-kindness; that Thou mayest both loose us from all our sins, and deliver us from the punishments which we deserve for them.

O God, Who by sin are offended, and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication to Thee, and turn away the scourges of Thine anger, which we deserve for our sins.

Almighty, everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant N., our Sovereign Pontiff, and direct him, according to Thy clemency, into the way of everlasting salvation; that by Thy grace he may both desire those things that are pleasing to Thee, and perform them with all his strength.

O God, from Whom all holy desires, all right counsels, and all just works do come, give to Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts be devoted to the keeping of Thy commandments, and the fear of enemies being taken away, we may pass our time, by Thy protection, peacefully.

Inflame, O Lord, our reins and heart with the fire of the Holy Ghost; that we may serve Thee with a chaste body, and please Thee with a clean heart.

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins; that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired.

Direct our actions, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by Thy inspirations, and further them with Thy continual help, that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and through Thee be likewise ended.

Almighty, everlasting God, Who hast dominion over the living and the dead, and Thou art merciful to all whom Thou foreknowest will be Thine by faith and good works; we humbly beseech Thee that they for whom we intend to pour forth our prayers, whether this present world still detain them in the flesh, or the world to come hath already received them stripped of their mortal bodies, may, by the grace of Thy loving-kindness, and by the intercession of all the saints, obtain the remission of all their sins. Through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. May the almighty and merciful Lord graciously hear us.
R. Amen.
V. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

O Victim of Heavenly Love


O victim dear of heavenly love,
Impurpled by thy fivefold sign,
Saint Francis, father of the poor,
Of Jesus' Cross a living shrine.

Thou, burning with the glowing flames
Of love of God and love of man,
Dost yearn for Christ to shed thy blood
And thrice dost try the seas to span.

Although denied thy heart's desire,
Thou lettest not thine ardour wane;
but kindled still with love divine
To stir new fires thou strivest amain.

Still living in thine Orders three,
Thou art found in many a save clime;
And frozen hearts, warmed at thy flame,
Grow fervent with thy fire sublime.

So shalt thou crush the powers of hell,
Thy conquering arms our foes dismay;
When holy Church doth seem to fail,
Still is thy mighty strength her stay.

Come, help us, father, while we pray,
Thy love within our hearts inspire,
Thy boundless love, that spreads abroad
The glowing brightness of its fire.

Praise we the Father and the Son,
Praise we the Holy Paraclete:
He grant us grace to emulate
Our father's spirit, as is meet. Amen.

Act of Love

by St. Francis of Assisi

I believe Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament, O Jesus. I love Thee and desire Thee. Come into my heart. I embrace Thee, O never leave me. I beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus, may the burning and most sweet power of Thy love absorb my mind, that I may die through love of Thy love, Who was graciously pleased to die through love of my love. Amen

Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi

Litany of the Seraphic Father Saint Francis


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 Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us!
God, the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us!

Holy Mary, conceived without sin,
Pray for us. *

Holy Mary, special Patroness of the three Orders of Saint Francis, *
Saint Francis of Assisi, *
St. Francis, Seraphic Patriarch, *
St. Francis, most prudent Father, *
St. Francis, despiser of the world, *
St. Francis, model of penance, *
St. Francis, conqueror of vices, *
St. Francis, imitator of the Saviour, *
St. Francis, bearer of the marks of Christ, *
St. Francis, sealed with the character of Jesus, *
St. Francis, example of purity, *
St. Francis, image of humility, *
St. Francis, abounding in grace, *
St. Francis, reformer of the erring, *
St. Francis, healer of the sick, *
St. Francis, pillar of the Church, *
St. Francis, defender of the Faith, *
St. Francis, champion of Christ, *
St. Francis, defender of thy children, *
St. Francis, invulnerable shield, *
St. Francis, confounder of heretics, *
St. Francis, converter of the pagans, *
St. Francis, supporter of the lame, *
St. Francis, raiser of the dead, *
St. Francis, healer of the lepers, *
St. Francis, our advocate, *
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Have mercy on us!

V. Pray for us, blessed Father Francis:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

O God, Who by the merits of St. Francis, dost amplify the Church with the increase of a new progeny, grant to us by His imitation to despise earthly things, and forever to partake of, heavenly graces, by our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who with thee, and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen.