Seven Petitions to St. Vincent Ferrer

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Seven Petitions to St. Vincent Ferrer

First Prayer: Most faithful St. Vincent, you who with so much zeal extended the faith of Jesus Christ, grant, I pray you, that uniting my works to my faith, I may have, like you, a living faith; that till the last moment of my life, I may desire to live and die in the faith which you had, and that, like you, I may be able to say to my Lord: “I believe, O Lord, I believe.”

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

Second Prayer: O most amiable St. Vincent, grant that after your example I may unite my hope to my faith, resting solely on the bounty of the Lord. And though I own myself unworthy, on account of the numberless sins which I have committed, yet I nourish in the depth of my heart a firm hope of being able to bless and extol throughout eternity, the mercies of my God.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

Third Prayer: O most good and kind St. Vincent, you who are all inflamed with charity, obtain for me the grace to love God above all things, that burning with a holy love, I may never offend my God through interest, or for the sake of any worldly pleasure; but that I may for ever love Him, and implore His Divine Love. “Diligam te, Domine: diligam te, virtus mea” (Psalm xvii. 2).

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

Fourth Prayer: O most humble St. Vincent, you who have the most profound sentiments of humility, obtain for me from our Lord, I beseech you, this virtue, that I may forever fix my thoughts on my misery, my imperfections, and my nothingness. Grant that I may never be assailed by pride, and that, in order to keep myself humble and little in my own estimation, I may have always present to my mind, this great truth, “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” “Deus superbis resistit, humilibus autem dat gratiam” (James iv. 6).

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

Fifth Prayer: O most pure St. Vincent, who until death preserved unstained the beautiful lily of your virginity, vouchsafe that I may keep my mind pure in the sight of God, that I may have a horror of every impure thought, and that, through your intercession, God may grant my prayer. “Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a right spirit within my bowels.” “Cor mundum crea in me, Deus, et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis” (Psalm 1. 12).

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

Sixth Prayer: O great St. Vincent, you who were a martyr of penitence, obtain for me from God the spirit of compunction and a true sorrow for my sins, that I may weep over them, and detest them with a truly contrite heart, and that I may thus receive God’s pardon of them, which I humbly implore. “A contrite and humble heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” “Cor contritum et humiliatum, Deus, non despicies” (Psalm 1. 19).

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

Seventh Prayer: O St. Vincent, you who wrought such wondrous miracles, you will never reject the humble supplications of those who consecrate themselves to your worship. I beseech you to be my Protector in life and in death. In life to help me in my necessities; in death to assist my soul, that it may attain eternal salvation, and that thus, having glorified God through you on earth, I may glorify Him with you in heaven, forever and ever. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

(May be said every Friday.)

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