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Directory of Devotional Prayer

ISBN13: 9781594713002

ISBN10: 1594713006

Publisher: Ave Maria Press (31 July 2012)

Extent: 256 pages

Binding: Leather Bound

Size: 1 x 11.8 x 16.8 cm

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  • For the first time in over sixty years, the Congregation of Holy Cross has produced a new prayer book designed to serve the spiritual needs of both the priests and brothers of the Congregation and the thousands of Catholics who are the recipients of the education and ministry of Holy Cross parishes and schools.


    The Congregation of Holy Cross presents its new Directory of Devotional Prayer, a handsomely produced pocket-size treasury of everyday prayers, popular devotions, and reflections. Printed in two colors and durably bound, this elegantly designed prayer book showcases the spiritual heritage of Holy Cross: Eucharistic devotion, daily meditation, the examination of conscience, the Way of the Cross, the rosary, litanies, and devotion to the principal patrons of the Congregation—Saint Joseph, Our Lady of Sorrows, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


    The Directory also celebrates the fundamental and distinctive elements of the Holy Cross charism: conformity to Christ, trust in Divine Providence, and hope in the Cross.



    Letter of Promulgation  xv

    Preface  xvii


    I Holy Eucharist


    Prayers before Mass

    1 Prayer (adapted from the 1859 Directory)  

    2 Prayer to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus (1859 Directory)  

    3 Act of Hope  

    4 Act of Love  

    5 Act of Desire  

    6 Prayer to Saint Joseph  

    7 Prayer of Saint Thomas Aquinas  

    8 Prayer of Preparation for Holy Communion

    9 Prayer from the Byzantine Liturgy


    Prayers after Mass  

    10 Act of Thanksgiving (1859 Directory)  

    11 Act of Self-Offering (1859 Directory)

    12 Act of Petition (1859 Directory)

    13 Anima Christi—Prayer to the Most Holy Redeemer

    14 Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary

    15 Prayer of Saint Thomas Aquinas  

    16 Prayer of Saint Bonaventure  

    17 Oblatio Sui—Prayer of Self-Dedication to Jesus Christ (Saint Ignatius of Loyola)

    18 Prayer of Blessed John Newman  

    19 En Ego—Prayer to Jesus Christ Cruci? ed  


    Visit to the Blessed Sacrament

    20 Act of Faith (1859 Directory)  

    21 Act of Hope (1859 Directory)  

    22 Act of Love (1859 Directory)

    23 Act of Desire (1859 Directory)  

    24 Prayer of Blessed John Newman  

    25 Prayer of Adoration  

    26 Prayer to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist  

    27 Four Short Prayers to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus  

    28 Adoro Te Devote (Saint Thomas Aquinas)  

    29 Pange Lingua (Saint Thomas Aquinas)  

    30 Litany of the Holy Eucharist  30Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament  

    31 Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction  


    II Daily Meditation  

    32 Prayer before Meditation  

    33 At the Beginning of Meditation

    34 Prayers before Reading Scripture  

    35 To Mary Immaculate  

    36 Prayer after Meditation  

    37 O Jesus, Living in Mary (Jean-Jacques Olier, SS)  

    38 Suscipe (Saint Ignatius of Loyola)  

    39 Serenity Prayer (Reinhold Niebuhr)  


    III Particular Examen  

    40 Order of Examen  


    IV Sacrament of Reconciliation  

    41 Prayer before Examination of Conscience  

    42 Examination of Conscience (based on the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross)  

    43 Prayer before Confession  

    44 Prayer for Contrition  

    45 Act of Contrition  


    V Stations of the Cross

    46 Stations of the Cross (I)  

    47 Stations of the Cross (II)  


    VI Prayers  115

    Prayers for Holy Cross  

    48 Weekly Prayers for Vocations to the Congregation of Holy Cross  

    49 For Vocations  

    50 For the Congregation of Holy Cross

    51 For the Family of Holy Cross (I)  

    52 For the Family of Holy Cross (II)  

    53 For the Family of Holy Cross (III)  

    54 For Holy Cross Collaborators and Associates  

    55 For Those to Whom We Minister  

    56 For Perseverance in Religious Life  

    57 For Personal Renewal of Vows  

    58 For a Spirit of Obedience (from the Spiritual Exercises for the Marianites of Holy Cross by Father Moreau)  

    59 For Those in Authority in the Congregation  

    60 For Our Benefactors  


    Prayers for a Dying Religious  

    61 Litany for a Dying Religious (adapted from the 1947 Directory and Pastoral Care of the Sick, 1983)  

    62 Prayer by a Dying Religious (adapted from the 1947 Directory)  

    63 Prayer of Commendation  

    64 Prayer after Death (I)  

    65 Prayer after Death (II)  


    Intercessory Prayers and Prayers for Individual Canonizations  

    66 For the Intercession of Blessed Basil Moreau and Saint André Bessette  

    67 For the Canonization of Our Servants of God  

    68 Additional Prayers for Individual Canonizations  

    • Blessed Basil Moreau  

    • Blessed Marie-Léonie Paradis  

    • Servant of God Patrick Peyton  

    •  Servant of God Theotonius Amal Ganguly  

    •  Servant of God Vincent Joseph McCauley  

    • Servant of God Flavien Laplante  

    •  Jacques-François Dujarié (1947 Directory)  

    69 For a Favor through the Intercession of:  

    • Blessed Marie-Léonie Paradis  

    •  Servants of God Patrick Peyton, Theotonius Ganguly, or Vincent McCauley  

    • Servant of God Flavien Laplante  

    • Jacques-François Dujarié  


    Other Prayers  

    70 For the Pope (I)  

    71 For the Pope (II) (from the Roman Missal)  

    72 For the Local Church (from the Roman Missal)  

    73 For the Diocesan Bishop (from the Roman Missal)  

    74 For Government and World Leaders (based on 1988 Constitutions)  

    75 Veni, Creator Spiritus  

    76 For the Invocation of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Saint Bonaventure)  

    77 To the Holy Spirit

    78 For Spiritual Discernment (Saint Benedict)

    79 For Justice and Peace (based on 1988 Constitutions)

    80 For the Poor and the Oppressed

    81 For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life (from the Roman Missal)

    82 For the Sick  

    83 For Families

    84 Litany of Saints  


    VII Principal Patrons


    Saint Joseph

    85 Memorare in Honor of Saint Joseph

    86 Consecration to Saint Joseph

    87 Prayer to Saint Joseph (especially after the recitation of the Rosary)

    88 To Obtain a Special Favor

    89 For Vocations to Holy Cross  

    90 Prayer to Saint Joseph, Patron of Holy Cross (adapted from the 1947 Directory)

    91 Prayers to Saint Joseph (from the Votive Chapel of Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montréal, Canada)

    • Joseph, Our Solace in Suffering  
    • Joseph, Model of Laborers
    • Joseph, Mainstay of Families
    • Joseph, Hope of the Sick
    • Joseph, Patron of the Dying
    • Joseph, Protector of the Church
    • Joseph, Terror of Demons
    • Joseph, Guardian of the Pure of Heart

    92 The Joys and Sorrows of Saint Joseph

    93 Prayer to Saint Joseph for a Happy Death (I)

    94 Prayer to Saint Joseph for a Happy Death (II)

    95 Litany of Saint Joseph


    The Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows

    96 Memorare

    97 Sub Tuum Præsidium

    98 An Ancient Prayer to Our Lady

    99 Tota Pulchra Es

    100 Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary (1859 Directory)

    101 Vocation Prayer to Mary, Mother of Sorrows

    102 The Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows

    103 The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    104 Angelus

    105 Marian Anthems

    • Alma Redemptoris Mater

    • Ave Regina Cælorum

    • Regina Cæli

    • Salve Regina

    106 Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto)


    The Sacred Heart of Jesus

    107 Memorare to the Sacred Heart

    108 Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    109 Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart (Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque)

    110 Consecration to the Sacred Heart (1947 Directory)

    111 Prayers to the Sacred Heart (1859 Directory)

    112 Invocations to the Sacred Heart

    113 Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • Congregation of Holy Cross

    The Congregation of Holy Cross is a religious order of priests and brothers that was founded in 1837 by Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau (1799–1873) in the small French town of Sainte-Croix (Holy Cross). This group of brothers and priests served a variety of needs as the Church was rebuilt following the French Revolution. Within a few years, the missionary spirit of their founder, who was beatified in 2007, and the zeal of these men to make God known, loved, and served prompted them to go far beyond the borders of France. Today members of Holy Cross live and work in sixteen countries on five continents. In the United States, Holy Cross missionaries founded—and continue to serve—many schools, including the University of Notre Dame and the University of Portland.

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    Many generations of Holy Cross religious used a special book of prayers, some each day and others on special occasions. I am pleased that Ave Maria Press is making this important book available to members of the general public. I hope that they, along with our Holy Cross religious, will discover prayers that may assist them in the development of their own spiritual lives.


     - Rev. Richard V. Warner, C.S.C., Superior General, Congregation of Holy Cross


    It is a pleasure for us in Holy Cross to share with all the faithful this rich treasury of our devotions and prayers. Not only do they reveal the history of Holy Cross spirituality, they allow others to join us in praying as we in Holy Cross have prayed for over 170 years. The reader will see clearly the central role of Divine Providence, the Eucharist, and the Cross as our Hope, that are so deeply rooted in our spirituality. We invite all who possess the Holy Cross Directory of Devotional Prayer to join us in praying the same prayers that were prayed by all those in Holy Cross in whose footsteps we follow, including St. Andre Bessette, C.S.C., our first Holy Cross saint.


     - Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., Provincial Superior, United States Province of Priests and Brothers


    I recommend this book to all who know Holy Cross so that they can share in our spiritual heritage and be companions with us in our journey to holiness.


     - Br. Thomas A. Dziekan, C.S.C., Vicar General, Congregation of Holy Cross


    With this Directory of Devotional Prayer, the Holy Cross priests and brothers continue their great tradition of inviting lay men and women to unite with them and with the Church in prayer. These devotional prayers, suited for all different moments of our walks with the Lord, can help any follower of Christ to ‘pray unceasingly.’


     - Rev. Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C., Coeditor of The Cross, Our Only Hope


    To receive a book like this is to be given a precious gift, a way to say the unsayable from the mouths of spiritual greats, past and present. To give a book like this is to invite a blessing that offers the receiver to go within, meet God, and let holy words form and transform a wounded heart. This is benefaction of the highest order, especially for those of us who are a part of the Holy Cross family. This little book is devotion with Mary at the foot of the cross for our times.


     - Rev. Daniel Issing, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Theology, Kings College


    This is a very practical and inspirational resource! It can be used for ones own personal prayer life or for leading others in liturgical services, meetings, or on retreats. It also provides a beautiful connection to the life and mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross.


     - Tami Schmitz, Associate Director of Campus Ministry, University of Notre Dame

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