Almighty God, you have generously made known to man the mysteries of your life through Jesus Christ your Son in the Holy Spirit. Enlighten my mind to know these mysteries which your Church treasures and teaches.
Move my heart to love them and my will to live in accord with them. Give me the ability to teach this Faith to others without pride, without ostentation, and without personal gain.
Let me realize that I am simply your instrument for bringing others to the knowledge of the wonderful things you have done for all your creatures. Help me to be faithful to this task that you have entrusted to me. Amen.
My Guardian Angel for a Happy Death
In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
I, a poor, unhappy sinner,
make this solemn declaration before thee,
O beloved Angel,
who has been given me as a protector by the Divine Majesty:
- I desire to die in the Faith which the Holy,
Roman and Apostolic Church adheres to and defends,
in which all the Saints of the New Testament have died.
I pray thee, provide that I may not depart out of this life
before the Holy Sacraments of that Church have been administered to me.
- I pray that I may depart from this life
under thy holy protection and guidance,
and I beseech thee, therefore,
to assist me at the hour of my death
and to propitiate the Eternal judge,
whose Sacred Heart was inflamed with most ardent love
for sinners upon the Cross.
- With my whole heart I long to be made a partaker
of the merits of Jesus Christ and His holy Mother Mary,
thine exalted Queen,
and I pray thee,
through the sufferings of Jesus on the Cross,
to mitigate the agonies of my death
and to move the Queen of Heaven to cast her loving glance upon me,
a poor sinner, in that dreadful hour,
for my sweetest consolation.
O my Dearest Guardian Angel!
Let my soul be placed in thy charge,
and when it has gone forth from the prison of this body,
do thou deliver it into the hands of its Creator and
Redeemer, that with thee and all the Saints,
it may gaze upon Him in the bliss of Heaven,
love Him perfectly and find its blessedness in Him throughout eternity. Amen.
… St Charles Borromeo, Pray for Us …
(By St Charles Borromeo)