LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE FAITHFUL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.
For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.
I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.
Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.
Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist
O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people”, you know our needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering, and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
On the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, pray for her assistance to prayer further on the
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, FASTING AND WORKS OF CHARITY
Thursday, May 14, 2020
The Holy Father invites "believers of all religions to unite spiritually for a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity to implore God to overcome the coronavirus pandemic--all believers together, believers of every tradition, to pray, fast and do works of charity."
Our Lady Queen of Peace invites all to join in the recitation of the rosary every evening at 8 PM on teleconference 712-832-8330, with access code 5245910#
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This message shared on National Prayer Day is from "the priests, and staff of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, who invite everyone to turn to our Blessed Mother. Mary, who tenderly loves and protects her children, in praying the Most Holy Rosary to end the spread of the coronavirus and intercede for those directly affected."
"We ask you to pray the Rosary beginning today and continuing each day during this period of great anxiety, each day following the recitation of the Angelus at noon or 6:00 p.m., or whenever your schedule allows. In so doing, you will be joining all of us here at Mary’s Shrine and many others in uniting our prayers as we invoke the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
"We also encourage you to offer the Prayer of Pope Francis to 'Our Lady, Health of the Sick' which he composed especially for the coronavirus pandemic."
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas we who are put to the test
and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Sodality Prayer "To Jesus through Mary"
O Mother Mary, may you continue to bless our lives as we journey in faith,
hope, and love. Be our model and guide as we live in the grace won
by your Son Jesus, in His suffering and resurrection. May your motherly intercession for us bring healing, strength and renewal. O Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners. Help us to bring all people to your Son,
especially those in most need of His mercy.
May our Sodality help us grow in your image as disciples of Jesus.
We pray this in His name. Amen.
(Thank you and God bless Fr. Michael Briese and Fr. Frank DeSiano for our Sodality prayer.)
Holy Father's Prayer Requests
Prayer intention for Evangelisation -- For Deacons
We pray that Deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.
Prayer intention for Evangelisation -- For The Way of the Heart
We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.
O Immaculate Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mother of God
and Mediatrix of every grace: I firmly believe that Your dearly beloved Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, is truly, really,
and substantially contained in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love Him above all things and I long to receive Him into my heart.
Since I cannot now receive Him sacramentally,
be so good as to place Him spiritually in my soul.
O my Jesus, I embrace You as One who has already come,
and I unite myself entirely to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
In addition to online Masses on EWTN, the following URLs can be copied to your browser to partake in daily Mass:
And Sunday TV Mass is available to watch anytime on the National Shrine’s YouTube channel OR:
The Mass airs every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on WDCW-50:
No cable; Dish or Direct TV subscribers: Ch. 50
Comcast: Ch. 23 in Washington, DC and Montgomery County; Ch. 3 in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland
RCN: Ch. 15
Verizon: Ch. 3
ADDITIONAL PRAYERS TO SHARE AND PRAY TOGETHER DURING THIS TIME WHEN WE REMAIN TOGETHER IN PRAYER AND STRONG IN OUR FAITH
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to you today with our fears
and concerns -- You know what's in our hearts. We love You, trust You, we need You.
We ask You to be with us. Stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow.
We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. And so we ask that you bring your loving
and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now. Please comfort them.
Please be with the grieving families of those who have passed away.
Please have mercy on those who have died, may they be with You in heaven.
Please stand at the side of all medical professionals
who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others.
Lord, we are scared and we are sorrowful. Please heal us.
Send us your peace and overwhelming presence.
(Mention your intentions here)
We ask the Fourteen Holy Helpers, those who lived during the time of the plague,
to pray for us and all who are at-risk!
Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby.
Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You
with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal. Amen.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan
and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
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A Prayer for Those Who Live Alone
I live alone, dear Lord, stay by my side,
In all my daily needs be my guide.
Grant me good health, for that I pray,
To carry on my work from day to day.
Keep pure my mind, my thoughts, my every deed,
Let me be kind and unselfish in my neighbor's need.
Spare me from fire, from flood and
From thieves, from fear, and evil ones.
If sickness or an accident befall,
Then humbly, Lord, I pray, hear my call.
And when I'm feeling low, or in despair,
Lift up my heart, and help me in my prayer.
I live alone, dear Lord, yet have no fear,
Because I feel Your presence ever near. Amen.
Prayer for Holy Souls
Merciful Father, hear our prayer and console us. As we renew our faith in Your Son, whom You raised from the dead, strengthen our hope that all our departed sisters and brothers will share in His resurrection, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Eternal rest grant unto them,
O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the rest in peace. Amen.
Prayer to Our Lady of Loreto
O Mary, Immaculate Virgin, for the sake of your blessed house,
which we the angels moved to the pleasant hills of Loreto,
turn your benevolent eyes toward us.
For the holy walls within which you were born and lived as a child,
with prayers and the most sublime love;
for the fortunate walls that listened to the greetings of the angel
who called you; “Blessed among all women,”
and which remind us of the incarnation of the word
in your purest bosom;
for your blessed house, where you lived with Jesus and Joseph,
and which became during the centuries
the fervently longed-for destination of the saints,
who considered themselves lucky to kiss fervently your sacred walls,
bestow upon us the graces which we humbly ask,
and the fortune of coming to Heaven after the exile,
to repeat to you the greetings of the angel: Hail Mary.
The Litany of Loreto
Lord, have mercy. R: Christ, have mercy.
Lord have mercy, Christ hear us. R: Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, R: Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, R: Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, R: Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, R: Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, R: Pray for us. (repeat after each invocation)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of Virgins
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of Divine Grace
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of Our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion
Tower of David,
Tower of Ivory,
House of Gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace,
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world; R: spare us O Lord!
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: R: graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: R: have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Sodality Prayer Intentions
I ask you Lord, help us always keep before our eyes,
the example of Mary, who accepted the death of her son as a great mystery of salvation.
Help us to act with our gaze fixed on the good of others,
And die in the hope of the resurrection, conscious that we are never alone or abandoned
by God or Mary, the loving mother ever concerned for her children.
Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs of her dying glorious Son.
"In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited.... In the spiritual works of mercy -- counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer -- we touch more directly our own sinfulness." Pope Francis
Spiritual Works of Mercy
To counsel the doubtful.
To instruct the ignorant.
To admonish the sinner.
To comfort the sorrowful.
To forgive injuries.
To bear wrongs patiently.
To pray for the living and the dead.
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Begin each day by thanking God for another opportunity to praise Him for His kindness, mercy and compassion and to live out His Gospel message. Pray the prayers of Faith, Hope, and Love and three (3) Hail Mary.
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and
Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine son became man, and died for our sins, and that He
will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy
Catholic Church teaches because Thou Hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
Act of Hope
O my god, relying on thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain
pardon of my sins, with the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
Act of Love
O my god, I love thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
Sodality Union "foster[s] spiritual formation on the specific source of our spirituality: The Exercises of St. Ignatius."
Thoughts on starting a Spiritual Journal
How can a journal lead me closer to God?
The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God's life
to flow into us without limit.
All the things in this world are gifts from God . . .
(from St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises)
How to begin a spiritual journal—
Sit quietly … Listen to the whisper of the Holy Spirit … Breathe deeply and pray that God be with you … Begin with a personal prayer: “Come Holy Spirit! Help me to give myself entirely to Jesus through Mary.”
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Write down your prayer intentions . . . List all who have asked for prayers.
Write down any distractions (grocery list, etc.) in a corner at the bottom of the page.
Jot down a few words from the daily readings, from Father’s homily . . . What Is God telling me?
Am I living the Sodality Way of Life? . . . Become aware of God’s presence.
Who brought me joy? Who made me laugh? Made me smile? What pleasure did I see in my family while we shared time at breakfast, in prayer, while taking a walk around the garden?
Do I have restored health? Did I bring the “joy of the Gospel” to at least one person today?
. . . Review your day with gratitude.
What is in my heart? In my mind? In my memory? What am I feeling? Do not be afraid to write down your fears, your doubts? Was I an example of Marian spirituality to all who crossed my path?
. . . Pay attention to your emotions.
What did I accomplish during my busy day at the office, in my visit to my sick neighbor, as I listened to my daughter’s dreams and goals for school, for her family.
. . . Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
Was I aware of God’s presence in the smallest blessings, in the frustrations of the day, in every aspect of my spiritual and physical surroundings? How can I continue to surrender to His will? “The New Evangelization offers hope” . . . Was I a living witness of God’s truth today? Look toward tomorrow.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding, and my entire will.
All I have and call my own.
Whatever I have or hold, you have given me.
I restore it all to you and surrender it wholly
to be governed by your will.
Give me only your love and grace
and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.
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Ask about Sodality Union's
May our Blessed Mother keep us in her most
pure heart, and accompany in a special way the parish
Sodality that took her to their home this month.
(Thank you and God bless Doris Patterson
and John Nicklow for their generous gifts.)
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Prayer For The Deceased Sodalist
Most merciful Heart of Jesus, by the memory of your bitter passion and death, and of the sorrows of your Holy Mother, we ask you to have mercy on Souls of all departed Sodalists, especially on the souls of _________________ who once were members of this Sodality. May you too have pity on them Merciful Mother, deliver them speedily from Purgatory, offer up to God the great treasure of your merits, and those of your Divine Son, and of all His Saints, so that those who faithfully honored and served you in the Sodality during the time of their mortal life, may speedily hasten to enjoy with you forever the life without end in Heaven. AMEN.
Lord Jesus, Lovingly welcome into your presence our Brother/Sister __________ who have completed their journey on this earth, and have gone their rest in the hope of rejoicing with You forever in heaven. Source of all life and love, in Your infinite mercy, look favorably upon their goodness, and forgive any sins they may have committed, so they may enjoy for all eternity the great rewards You have promised to those who believed in you. AMEN.
PRAY THE ROSARY!
Litany of Humility
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…
Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X
In the process of gathering our thoughts as we begin this meeting:
May we treat each other’s ideas with reverence and respect.
May we hear each one’s Truth and Wisdom, that in the variety of viewpoints,
out of the rich differences among us will come the balance of the Kingdom.
May we discover how to reject ideas without rejecting people.
May we discover how to share visions though we do not share the same means
for reaching our desired goals.
May this meeting, then be for each of us a prayer, a lesson and
an opportunity to be servants to those whom we represent.
We ask these things in you, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Pray for Vocations
(We invite each parish Sodality to submit its favorite prayer
or sacred image from its parish to include on this page.)
Pray with us
Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington
Mary, Our Mother, intercede with Jesus to help us do whatever He tells us.