Holy Mary, Mother Of God… (To The Saints Before Holy Communion)

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Saint John, evangelist
and beloved disciple of Our Lord,
Saint Thomas Aquinas,
Saint Alphonsus Liguori,
Saint Paschal Baylon,
Saint Francis Xavier,
Saint Aloysius,
Saint Juliana,
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque,
Saint Clara,
Saint Gertrude,
Saint Mechtildis!
Ye great saints and lovers of Jesus in the sacrament of His love,
pray for me that I may receive the Lord most worthily in holy communion;
that I may love Him more and more;
that I may follow His example in the practice of every virtue
and in the faithful discharge of all my duties;
that I may persevere in holiness to the end of my life
and attain to eternal salvation.

Amen.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism