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Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows for Our Beloved Dead

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O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother, I turn to thee in supplication, and by that sword which pierced thy sorrowful heart, when thou didst behold thy beloved Son Jesus Christ bow His head and give up the ghost, I pray and beseech thee to help the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and particularly those for whom I now pray. (mention here the named of your departed loved ones) Mother of Sorrows, Queen of Martyrs, for the love of thy divine Son, whose Precious Blood was shed for us, help us with thy powerful intercession, who are in danger of falling not only into Purgatory but also of losing our souls forever in Hell. O Mary, Mother of Grace; Mother of Mercy, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

Eternal Father, through the most Precious Blood of Jesus and the Sorrows of Mary, have pity upon the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Amen. 

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From Kyrie Eleison: Two Hundred Litanies with Historico-Liturgical Introduction and Notes by Rev. Fr. Benjamin Francis Musser, O.F.M. (Westminster, MD: The Newman Bookshop, 1944)

O God, who dost reward faithful souls, who didst make the sharers of Thy sufferings also partakers of Thy joys; vouchsafe that we, who on earth venerate the Passion of Thy only begotten Son our Lord, and Sorrows of His Mother, our Lady, Mary, ever Virgin, may deserve to enjoy eternally in heaven the triumphal joys of both. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, who dost reward faithful souls, who didst make the sharers of Thy sufferings also partakers of Thy joys; vouchsafe that we, who on earth venerate the Passion of Thy only begotten Son our Lord, and Sorrows of His Mother, our Lady, Mary, ever Virgin, may deserve to enjoy eternally in heaven the triumphal joys of both. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Blessing of Crucifixes

The priest is vested in alb or surplice and stole of the color of the day

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord

R. Who created Heaven and earth

V. The Lord be with you

R. And with thy spirit

Let us pray: We pray Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: that Thou wouldst deign to † bless this symbol of the Cross, that it may be a salutary remedy to humankind; serve to bolster faith, bring forth good works and the redemption of souls; may be a means of consolation and protection, and a protection against cruel weapons of evil. Through Christ, our Lord.

R. Amen.

Let us pray: Bless, † O Lord Jesus Christ, this Cross, for through Thine holy Cross Thou didst deliver the world from the power of the demon who rejoiced in the transgression of the first man eating of the forbidden tree.

The priest sprinkles the cross with holy water, saying:May this symbol of the Cross be sanctified in the name of the Father, † and of the Son, † and of the Holy † Ghost; that those who pray before this Cross may find health of body and soul, through the same Christ our Lord.

The priest and all present genuflect before the crucifix, adore it, and kiss it devoutly.

The Power of the Name of Mary

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Thomas a Kempis affirms “that the devils fear the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire.” The Blessed Virgin herself revealed to St. Bridget “that there is not on earth a sinner, however devoid he may be of the love of God, from whom the devil is not obliged immediately to fly, if he invokes her holy name with a determination to repent.” On another occasion she repeated the same thing to the saint, saying, “that all the devils venerate and fear her name to such a degree, that on hearing it they immediately loosen the claws with which they hold the soul captive.” Our Blessed Lady also told St. Bridget, “that in the same way as the rebel angels fly from sinners who invoke the name of Mary, so also do the good angels approach nearer to just souls who pronounce her name with devotion.”