An Index of Prayers on My Website
During these troubled times, prayers in my collection that are now of particular note are the following:
For a collection of prayers you can say during any day, including those for a specific purpose, please choose from this selection of daily prayers.
The Holy Rosary
Depending on my spiritual need at the time, I pray either the Scriptural Rosary or an alternative method based on St. Louis de Montfort's recommendations. I also would like to share some of my favorite novenas and prayers for intercession which can be prayed on nine consecutive days as per the norm, or on nine consecutive weeks on the same day.
Some of those who are opposed to the praying of the Rosary argue that, “The Rosary is not in the Bible.” Those who believe in the power of the Rosary and devote themselves to fulfilling the Blessed Virgin's request that we pray it daily say in response: “The Bible is in the Rosary.” Unfortunately, many who pray the Rosary cannot explain to its detractors the beauty and purpose of such a spiritual devotion. For one thing, how can we claim that we are meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary just by repeating the ‘Hail Mary’ and other prayers? This is why I was drawn to the Scriptural Rosary which has a Bible passage for reflection that you can read to yourself or out loud before the start of each decade and before each of the ten Hail Marys for that decade. The Bible passages are relevant to the Mystery.
I believe that not only does this help me focus my mind and contemplate in my heart the meaning of the Mysteries, but it can also help others who are still in the dark to understand and appreciate the Rosary and why we pray it. If you would like to try praying the Scriptural Rosary and see what I mean, please use the following links. Each will take you to a page that includes not just the Scriptural Rosary for that day but also a few of my recommended prayers before and after the Rosary.
An alternative method of praying the Rosary, ensuring that the significance of each Mystery is not lost on us as we pray, includes a shorter Bible passage at the start of the decade for our reflection, acclamations that the fruits of the Mysteries may enrich us, and an expansion on the ‘Hail Mary’ prayer that is relevant to the Mystery. This is somewhat shorter than the Scriptural Rosary but equally effective in helping us focus. Select a link from the following to learn more about this:
If you wish to pray a non-Scriptural Rosary, including the Mysteries of Light proposed by St. Pope John Paul II, please use these links:
Or, if you prefer praying the traditional fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, please click these links instead:
Novenas to God, the Virgin Mary, the Angels and the Saints
A novena (from
Latin: novem, meaning “nine”) is an ancient tradition of devotional praying in Christianity consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days or weeks. During a novena, we make petitions, implore favors, or obtain graces from God the Father, Jesus Christ our Savior, the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Trinity. We also ask for intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Angels, or the Saints of the faith. The prayers are often derived from devotional prayer books, or the novena may consist of short prayers said throughout the day. These are dedicated to a specific angel, saint, or a certain Marian title, and can also invoke one of the personages of the Holy Trinity. As I mentioned, I have a few favorites to recommend. I tend to pray them on specific days for nine consecutive weeks as follows:
Chaplets and Other Special Prayers
Moreover, I am building an archive of chaplets and other prayers for special intentions, such as:
I will be adding more Prayer pages in the coming weeks, so check back in here soon. Thanks and God bless!