Thirty-second day for the Preparation of Total Consecration.
8th day for the Novena to Our Lady of Success.
2nd Sunday for St. Thomas Aquinas.
On the Gospel for the Day.
PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.
My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.
On the Gospel for the Day.
Represent to yourself, my soul, the householder depicted in to-day’s Gospel; see how he goes out at different hours of the day, looking about him on the marketplace and in the streets of the city, and wherever he finds a man standing idle, sending him into his vineyard to work there for the wages agreed upon. And when you have impressed upon your mind the scene thus placed before you by the parable, proceed to consider its spiritual meaning.
1st. Consider the work in the vineyard. The householder who goes out to hire laborers is God, our heavenly Father. The vineyard is His holy Church. The laborers hired at various hours of the day are those who are called to the Faith of Christ, and you are one of these. You too have the grace of this vocation, therefore forget not what St. Paschasius bids us bear in mind: We are not sent into this vineyard to be idle, but to work, each one according to his capabilities. To this rule there are no exceptions: Rich and poor, young and old, the healthy and the sick, the blind and the lame, each and all can and must work. And what is the work that they are to do? The saint tells us: The work we have to do is in our own souls, by mortifying our evil passions, subduing our sinful desires, rooting out sin and planting virtues. This is the work we are called to do in the vineyard; to dig it, to dress the soil, to plant it and cultivate the fruit; this is the work God has given you to do. Examine yourself, my soul; see how you have hitherto acquitted yourself of your duty; make a careful survey of the produce of your toil, the fruit you have gathered as the result of your labor in that vineyard.
2d. Consider the reward of your labor. Observe how God, in order to prevent you from becoming discouraged in the arduous work of tilling the ground of your heart, from feeling your daily mortifications and spiritual conflicts to be onerous and irksome, promises to recompense you for your labor. The laborers He has engaged are not to work for nothing; they are to receive the penny agreed upon as their wages. This penny is eternal felicity. That, as the pious Dionysius the Carthusian says, is the day’s wages for which we work day by day, and which God pays every day to the soul when it departs out of this world. Meditate attentively to-day, my soul, on this penny; contemplate in spirit the beauty, the joy, the glory of the Heaven which is promised you, and imprint that fair picture so deeply upon your mind that if the burden and heats of the day should press all too heavily upon you, the remembrance of the recompense laid up for you may serve to console and strengthen you, just as hired laborers cheerfully bear heat and cold, thirst and toil during the day because they look to receive the wages due to them at its close. And what are their wages? A few cents. What is that in comparison to the remuneration to which you can look forward?
3d. Consider the end of the labor. Turn again to the pleasant scene depicted in the parable, when the sun is sinking in the west, and the tired workman wipes the sweat from his brow, while the householder comes to give to each man his wages, wherewith to procure refreshment and recreation after his hard day’s work. How welcome to the industrious laborer are the evening hours when day is done! How welcome to the devout Christian is the evening at the close of life’s long day! happy indeed shall we be when once we have entered upon eternal rest, when the heavenly Householder pays for temporal labor in eternal coin; when tribulation, tears, persecution, hunger, and thirst, heat and cold are altogether ended, to be followed by everlasting joy, everlasting felicity! Does not the bliss of this one evening, Christian, far outweigh the suffering of the burden and heats of the day? But mark this, and retain it in your memory as the fruit of to-day’s meditation: The evening is only pleasurable to the diligent workman. If you would have a happy day succeed to the evening of life, you must work right diligently in the vineyard of the Lord. If you are indolent, and do not work for the wages God offered you, deeming them insufficient, as did the discontented servant, if you only work for the sake of gaining applause, of satisfying your own passions, woe betide you, for in that case the evening of your life will not be followed by a bright and joyous day in Heaven, but by the eternal night of hell.
Wherefore labor diligently: labor in a right way before the dark night comes, and ask yourself in what special manner you shall employ yourself during the season of Lent in the vineyard of the Lord.
PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.
My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.
Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, 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.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, brightness of eternal light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, sun of justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, example of virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, father of the poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our way and our life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of the Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
From all evil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From Thy wrath, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the spirit of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus.
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the neglect of Thine inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus.
By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy most divine life, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy labors, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Cross and dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy death and burial, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy joys, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy glory, deliver us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, hear us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus!
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
Let Us Pray.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who has said, Ask and ye shall receive, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you, mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the gift of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.
Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy Name, for Thou never failest to help and to govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast love: who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.
– Raccolta 113
An indulgence of 7 years.
A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, for the daily and devout recitation of this litany (S. C. Ind., Jan. 16, 1886; S. P. Ap., Jan. 2, 1933).
Prayer in honor of the Most Holy Name
O sweet Name of Jesus, holy above all names in heaven and on earth, and to which every knee, both of men and of angels in heaven, on earth and in hell bends. Thou art the way of the just, the glory of the saints, the hope of those in need, the balm of the sick, the love of the devout and the consolation of those that suffer.
O, Jesus be to me a help and a protector so that Thy Name may be blessed for all times. – Thomas A. Kempis
Prayer of Reparation in Praise of the Holy Name of God entitled:
“The Golden Arrow”
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Amen.
Prayer in honor of the Holy Name
O my Jesus, Thou art the Savior who hast given Thy blood and Thy life for me, I pray Thee to write Thy adorable name on my poor heart; so that having it always imprinted in my heart by love, I may also have it ever on my lips, by invoking it in all my necessities. If the devil tempts me, Thy name will give me strength to resist him; if I lose confidence, Thy name will animate me to hope; if I am in affliction, Thy name will comfort me, by reminding me of all Thou hast endured for me. If I find myself cold in Thy love, Thy name will inflame me by reminding me of the love Thou hast shown me. Hitherto I have fallen into so many sins, because I did not call on Thee; from henceforth Thy name shall be my defense, my refuge, my hope, my only consolation, my only love. Thus do I hope to live, and so do I hope to die, having Thy name always on my lips.
Most holy Virgin, obtain for me the grace of invoking the name of Thy Son Jesus in all my necessities, together with thine own, my Mother Mary; but let me invoke them always with confidence and love, so that I may be able also to say to thee as did the devout Alphonsus Rodriguez: “Jesus and Mary, may I suffer for thee; may I die for thee; may I be wholly thine, and in nothing my own!” O my beloved Jesus! O Mary, my beloved Lady! give me the grace to suffer and to die for thy love. I will be no longer my own, but altogether thine; thine in life, and thine in death, when I hope by thy help to expire saying, Jesus and Mary, help me! Jesus and Mary, I recommend myself to thee; Jesus and Mary, I love thee, and I give and deliver up to thee my whole soul.
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