Prayer to Saint Vitus One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers of the Church

Dear Vitus, the one thing we are certain about
is that you died a martyr’s death.
In early times,
churches were dedicated to you in important places.
In the Middle Ages,
your intercession obtained cures from epilepsy
so that this disease came to be called “Saint Vitus’ Dance”.
Inspire comedians to make people dance with laughter
and so bear goodwill toward one another.

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