WORKS OF MERCY – CORPORAL AND SPIRITUAL
The performance of the works of mercy is a Divine edict of Jesus, “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36). This decree does impose the necessity of being merciful as the Heavenly Father is merciful. Unless one is like the rest of the residents in heaven, he/she would be cast off from the glory of God. For everybody in heaven is perfect as related by St. Birgitta (Bridget) of Sweden. This is the valuable lesson imparted by Our Lord Jesus in the parable of the marriage feast in Matthew 22 where the king finally invited strangers to his son’s wedding after his earlier preferred guests did not attend or declined his invitation. In this parable – And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matt. 22:11-14) – the guest not property attired (unlike the other guests) was thrown out.
In Ecclesiasticus 4, an exhortation to works of mercy was given:  Son, defraud not the poor of alms, and turn not away thy eyes from the poor.  Despise not the hungry soul: and provoke not the poor in his want.  Afflict not the heart of the needy, and defer not to give to him that is in distress.  Reject not the petition of the afflicted: and turn not away thy face from the needy.  Turn not away thy eyes from the poor for fear of anger: and leave not to them that ask of thee to curse thee behind thy back.  For the prayer of him that curseth thee in the bitterness of his soul, shall be heard, for he that made him will hear him.  Make thyself affable to the congregation of the poor, and humble thy soul to the ancient, and bow thy head to a great man.  Bow down thy ear cheerfully to the poor, and pay what thou owest, and answer him peaceable words with mildness.  Deliver him that suffereth wrong out of the hand of the proud: and be not fainthearted in thy soul.  In judging be merciful to the fatherless as a father, and as a husband to their mother.  And thou shalt be as the obedient son of the Most High, and He will have mercy on thee more than a mother. Also: (Ecclesiasticus 14:13) Do good to thy friend before thou die, and according to thy ability, stretching out thy hand give to the poor.
For if we have mercy towards others, God promises us mercy from Him. “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
Throughout the Scriptures, God has stated that each one is to be judged by his/her own good works. (Ecclesiastes 11:9) Rejoice therefore, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart be in that which is good in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes: and know that for all these God will bring thee into judgment.
Therefore man is required to do good works for God judges him on what good he has done in this life: (Ecclesiasticus 16:13) According as His mercy is, so His correction judgeth a man according to his works. (Ecclesiasticus 16:15) All mercy shall make a place for every man according to the merit of his works, and according to the wisdom of his sojournment. (Ecclesiasticus 35:24) Till He have rendered to men according to their deeds:
The doer of good works are always rewarded: (Ecclesiasticus 14:21) And every excellent work shall be justified: and the worker thereof shall be honoured therein.
The non-doers of good works are punished in eternal fire: (Ecclesiasticus 14:17) Before thy death work justice: for in hell there is no finding food. (Ecclesiasticus 14:20) Every work that is corruptible shall fail in the end: and the worker thereof shall go with it.
The corporal works of mercy, as the name implies, are related to providing material and physical assistance for the physical well-being of our fellow men. Our fellow men or brethren needs the basic necessities of life, i.e. food, drink, clothing, shelter, medical services and freedom from the constraints of the physical and mental captivity of others. So these works of mercy are specifically addressed to such needs. The corporal works of mercy are:
- To feed the hungry. Contributing to the costs of feeding the hungry, providing drink to the thirsty, clothing for the naked, providing shelter to the homeless and for the medical services of those who could not afford to do so, would suffice when one could not assist physically.
- To give drink to the thirsty.
- To clothe the naked.
- To harbour the harbourless.
- To visit the sick. Visiting the sick in hospitals with the intent of cheering them up in their present condition, especially with regard to handling their suffering according to God’s will. A
- To ransom the captive. It is interesting to note that for this work of mercy two religious orders have at different times in the history of the Church been instituted. In the year 1198 the Trinitarians were founded by St. John of Matha and St. Felix of Valois, and just twenty years later St. Peter Nolasco and St. Raymond of Pennafort established the Order of Our Lady of Ransom. Both of these communities had as their chief scope the recovery of Christians who were held captive by the infidels. In the religious body which owes its origin to St. Peter Nolasco, the members took a fourth vow to surrender their own persons in place of those whom they were not otherwise able to redeem from slavery. (www.newadvent.org)
- To bury the dead. The interment of a deceased person with ecclesiastical rites in consecrated ground. In extreme budgetary constraints, the Roman Catholic Church has allowed cremation as an option, but the ashes of the departed are to be kept in a small vault in the cemetery reserved for such remains. Some would choose to keep the ashes of the loved ones at home, but in some cases accidents have happened that caused the ashes to be thrown away or accidentally spilled.
Jesus” edict was given very specific terms and demands total compliance to avoid the eternal punishment of Hell: ” Then He shall say to them also that shall be on His left hand: Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave Me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave Me not to drink. I was a stranger, and you took Me not in: naked, and you covered Me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me. Then they also shall answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see Thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to Thee? Then He shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to Me. And these shall go into everlasting punishment:’ (Matthew 25:41)
In this modern culture, there are well-known personalities who are always in the forefront of corporal works of mercy. Some does them with fanfare and complete media coverage, some in obscurity – their good works were only exposed by some paparazzi or news snoopers. Unfortunately, these same individuals are also in the tabloid grapevine as living lives contrary to God’s commandments. Most people idolize them for being famous and “good… due to their corporal works of mercy. These individuals do have some reckoning to do. Why? First, they become models and examples for others to follow by doing good works. But they also lead the follower and fans to perdition by their perverse lives. Could one do good but sin some and not get a break from God? God requires obedience to His commandments more than sacrifices or offerings: [1 Kings (1 Samuel) 15:22] And Samuel said: Doth the Lord desire holocausts and victims, and not rather that the voice of the Lord should be obeyed? For obedience is better than sacrifices: and to hearken rather than to offer the fat of rams. Besides the Lord could not be bribed to be lenient to those who willfully offend Him: (Deuteronomy 10:17) Because the Lord your God He is the God of gods, and the Lord of lords, a great God and mighty and terrible, who accepteth no person nor taketh bribes. It is then imperative that the performance of the corporal works of mercy is just one of the requirements that God expects of us to be able to gain eternal salvation, coupled with complete obedience to His commandments.
But what could one do when he has no financial wherewithal or physical ability to provide corporal works of mercy? Then we could do what the saints have done in their lifetimes. Perform the spiritual works of mercy. God made each person for His own specific purpose. (1Cor. 12:28) And God indeed hath set some in the church; first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly doctors; after that miracles; then the graces of healing, helps, governments, kinds of tongues, interpretations of speeches. Each one has to complete their tasks as ascribed by the Lord. St. Augustine has discoursed poignantly that God would not grant us anything unless we pray. The greatest of these workers then, are those who pray incessantly and obtain the graces from God for all of humanity. From their prayers God gives His graces, people who will provide shelter, food and basic necessities to the those in need; the warriors who will fight for God on earth, in the political, legal and legislative arenas of the world including the resources needed to complete their work.
St. Faustina Kowalska wrote in her memoirs that she was able to do more in her small quarters in the convent than those who live in the outside world by praying for the living – relatives, friends, acquaintances, especially enemies, the sick, the poor, those in tribulation, etc. and the dead. The dead that we pray for are the souls in Purgatory, the upper hell where punishment is temporal and timed where one could still go to Heaven after the cleansing of stains. Though Purgatory has been taken for granted as just less severe than Hell, still the flames in both places are still the same for Purgatory and Hell are in the same place. Those in the lower Hell are beyond help. They are there for all eternity.
St. Birgitta (Bridget) of Sweden wrote the following: Perfect charity toward God and neighbor is essential, says Bridget, for Church reform. When speaking about love of neighbor, she emphasizes the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, placing the greater emphasis on the latter. The greatest spiritual need of our neighbor is the salvation of his soul, and one should be willing to gladly die for this. To work for the salvation of souls is the responsibility of all Christ’s friends, but especially priests and religious and those to whom the care of souls is entrusted. Bridget sees a great impediment to the salvation of souls and to Church reform in the indifference of many Christians to whether others are saved or not, or do not care enough to instruct or reprove others in order to help them on the road to salvation. She says such complacency and fear of offending others is inspired and encouraged by the devil, who does everything he can to prevent Christ’s followers from helping others in their spiritual needs, especially the need to convert. Bridget reproves those who have no desire to attain spiritual and moral perfection, but are content with fulfilling the minimum requirements for saving their souls. “Oh, what insane thoughts!… she exclaims, for no one who has not sought and attained perfection can enter heaven where all are perfect. Those who lack perfect charity when they die must first endure the pains of purgatory which, as noted above, are much greater than any sufferings in this life.
God provides for everyone, both just and sinners, equally. And the sinners don’t pray and have all the comforts and material things in this life. How is this? The sinner’s plight is all in the mercy and justice of God. Our task is to pray for their conversion and salvation. And for the just, He will always take care of their needs. We have just to accept whatever means God provides for us, whether in big and sumptuous portions or small, austere ones.
The spiritual works of mercy are:
- To instruct the ignorant. (This and the next work are extremely pertinent categories today, when so many people are confused by what the Church teaches on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, etc.) Ignorance is lack of knowledge about a thing in a being capable of knowing. It will, therefore, be taken to mean the absence of information which one is required to have. The mere want of knowledge without connoting any requirement on the part of a person to possess it may be called nescience. (www.newadvent.org)
- To counsel the doubtful. A state in which the mind is suspended between two contradictory propositions and unable to assent to either of them. (www.newadvent.org)
- To admonish sinners. Fraternal correction is here taken to mean the admonishing of one’s neighbor by a private individual with the purpose of reforming him or, if possible, preventing his sinful indulgence. (www.newadvent.org)
- To bear wrongs patiently. To carry one’s cross is a precept of Jesus we have to gain eternal salvation. (Luke 9:23) And he said to all: If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (Matthew 10:38) And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth Me, is not worthy of Me.
- To forgive offences willingly. This precept of forgiving is not only pleasing to God Who provides well for both just and sinners but is necessitated by the Divine decree of forgiving before one could gain forgiveness for himself: (Luke 6:37) Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven.
- To comfort the afflicted. Those who need some comfort, assurance and advice on their physical, mental, emotional or spiritual distress.
- To pray for the living and the dead. For the living, we should pray (in order of priority) for our spouses, children, relatives, friends, acquaintances, enemies, i.e. everyone we meet! For our enemies or those who grievously offend us, we have to forgive them first and forget what they have done against us. We have to forgive to be forgiven: For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences. (Matthew 6:14, 15) For the dead, we should pray for the unborn and those in Purgatory.
These spiritual works of mercy tend to gain the grace of God for the salvation of others, which in turn effects the salvation of the one who prays. As St. James said in his epistle: (James 5:20) He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins. Also, having even saved one soul by these good works brings joy to heaven: (Luke 15:7) I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance. Needless to say, the merciful work of praying for the living and the dead does bring not only salvation to one but also brings one closer to the realm of sanctity where the saints thrive.
MERCY AND FORGIVENESS TO OUR OFFENDERS
Spiritual mercy to others also means forgiving those who have offended us, particularly those who aggrieved us the most even those who plot to do evil to us. This is a requirement set by Jesus in Luke Chapter 6:  But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you.  And to him that striketh thee on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that taketh away from thee thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also.  Give to every one that asketh thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.  And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner.  And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them.  And if you do good to them who do good to you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also do this.  And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks are to you? for sinners also lend to sinners, for to receive as much.  But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for He is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.
St. Paul stresses the necessity of forgiving others: “And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ” (Ephesians 4:32)
Jesus was very specific that to be forgiven by God, one has to forgive his earthly offenders too: Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven. (Luke 6:37); For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. (Matthew 6:14); But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences. (Matthew 6:15); But if you will not forgive, neither will your Father that is in heaven, forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:26) There is no rationalization or excuses for not forgiving any one. Either one forgives or one does not enter Heaven after death!
THE BEST FORMULA FOR FORIVENESS – THE LORD’S PRAYER
Forgiving our offenders and forgetting their offenses has to be done if we have to avoid eternal fire. To avoid eternal damnation, the following practical steps would help one to forgive and forget:
First, anytime an offensive deed was done against you, remind yourself to keep your mouth shut and avoid any sharp reply. In most instances, not saying anything against the offense and the offender keeps the situation under control. When the opposite happens, i.e. there was lost temper and vile words strewn around and sometimes irreparable damage occurs between you and the offender. It is also best to make the Act of Contrition whenever uncharitable words slip out of your mouth and immediately apologize for the offensive remarks you made. This might calm down the offender. If the offender keeps mouthing off, you have to just apologized and calmly excuse yourself. Staying around would not help the situation.
Second, steal away into a silent corner and say the …”Lord’s Prayer”. At the very phrase “…as we forgive those who trespass against us…¦… stop, and place the face of the person(s) who have done the evil beside the words “who trespass against us…. This is the one you must forgive! If you do not forgive this person, made to the image and likeness of God just like you, then you will not be forgiven. This phrase is very specific! You have to forgive him/her right there and then! If you could not do so, then you stop praying anymore! Your prayers are worthless because God will be insulted and offended if you could not forgive that person at that very moment. You are practically untruthful because you could not forgive while you are asking for forgiveness at the same time! Keep doing this, i.e. repeating the Lord’s Prayer as many times as you could, until you could look at that face that caused which you so much grief and suffering and replace those emotions with love and forgiveness for the sake of God. Recall the first words of Jesus on the cross on Calvary, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” Recall the Man-God in His last moments of life hanging on for dear life having gone through so much torture, brutality, savagery and malediction in the hands of His own brethren, still forgiving those who brutalized Him! So if Jesus could forgive, then we can forgive. If you have trepidation in forgiving the offender, just forgive the offender for the sake of Jesus because this is the only recompense you could give Jesus in return for His suffering for your salvation. Sanctity is a reward that God showers on those who could forgive and forget, for now the forgiver has become like God Who forgives and has mercy on any man who repents of his/her sins.
 Death in this sense is the eternal death of punishment in hell. Where there is no escape, no release, no relief from undescribable torments.
DAILY PRAYERS FOR SINNERS, THE POOR SOULS IN PURGATORY, THE SICK AND THE UNBORN
The Holy Face of Jesus Prayers
PRAYER FOR THE HONOR AND GLORY OF THE NAME OF THE ETERNAL FATHER AND SALVATION OF SINNERS
ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy Dearly Beloved and Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for the honor and greater glory of Thy Name, Abba, Our Father, for the conversion of sinners, the salvation of the dying and those who would die within the next 24 hours.
ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy Dearly Beloved and Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for the honor and greater glory of Thy Name, Abba, Our Father, for the conversion of sinners, the salvation of the dying and those who would die within the next 24 hours, especially those who will die a sudden death.
ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy Dearly Beloved and Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for the honor and greater glory of Thy Name, Abba, Our Father, for the conversion of sinners, the salvation of the dying and those who would die within the next 24 hours, particularly anyone from among those whom You willest us to pray for and ought to pray for.
ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy Dearly Beloved and Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for the honor and greater glory of Thy Name, Abba, Our Father, for the conversion of sinners, the salvation of the dying and those who would die within the next 24 hours, particularly anyone from among those whom we pray for daily.
PRAYER FOR THE CLERGY, RELIGIOUS AND SINNERS
ETERNAL FATHER, since you have given us for our inheritance the Adorable Face of Your Divine Son, we offer this Face to You and we beg You, in exchange for this coin of infinite value, to forget the ingratitude of souls dedicated to, and consecrated by You and to pardon all poor sinners. Amen.
PRAYER FOR COMMUNISTS AND BLASPHEMERS
ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the Holy Face of Jesus, covered with blood, sweat, dust and spittle; in reparation for the crimes of communists, blasphemers, and for the profaners of Thy Holy Name, the Holy Name of Jesus, the Holy Ghost and our Blessed Virgin Mother and of the Holy Day of Sunday. Amen.
Precious Blood of Jesus Prayers
OFFERING OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
ETERNAL FATHER, We offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins, and in supplication for the holy souls in Purgatory and for the needs of holy Church.
OFFERING OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD, TO FREE 1,000 SOULS IN PURGATORY (As told by Our Lord to St. Gertrude, The Great)
ETERNAL FATHER, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today – for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
AN OFFERING OF THE HOLY WOUNDS AND THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the Holy Wounds of Thy Dearly Beloved and Only Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Chris, and His Precious Blood, for the conversion of sinners and for the relief of the souls in Purgatory. Through the same Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
PRECIOUS BLOOD PRAYER IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FROM OUR LORD
DEAR JESUS, moved by an impulse of love, and with purity of intention, we wish to cover our humble labors with Your merits and bathe them in the supernatural gold of Your Precious Blood. We desire to consecrate our lives to the saving of souls and the extension of Your glory with the glory of The Eternal Father, The Holy Ghost plus the love, honor and respect Your and our Blessed Mother deserves. We beg the Heavenly Father for as many souls as You shed drops of Blood during Your Passion. Amen.
OFFERING OF DAILY ACTIONS
ETERNAL FATHER, by virtue of Thy generosity and love, we ask that Thou accept all our actions and multiply their values in favor of every soul in Purgatory. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
THE HEROIC ACT IN FAVOR OF THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
O MY GOD! For Your greater glory, and to imitate as closely as possible the generous Heart of Jesus, my Redeemer, and also to testify my devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother, who is also the Mother of the souls in Purgatory, I place in her hands all my satisfactory works, as well as the fruit of all those which may be offered for my intention after my death, that she may apply them to the souls in Purgatory according to her wisdom and good pleasure. Amen.
PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
O GENTLE HEART OF JESUS, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them. Be not severe in Your judgment but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames, and Merciful Saviour send Your Holy Angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace in Thy kingdom, where Thou liveth and reigneth with The Father and The Holy Ghost, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR THE DYING AND THOSE WHO WILL DIE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS
O MOST MERCIFUL JESUS, Lover of souls, we beseech Thee, by the agony of Thy Most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother, wash clean in Your Blood the sinners of the world who are in their agony and are to die this day. Grant them Thy Mercy, the grace of final atonement for their sins, Thy forgiveness and eternal salvation. Amen. HEART OF JESUS, once in agony, have mercy on the dying and those who will today. Amen.
O DIVINE ETERNAL FATHER, Omnipotent and Merciful Creator, Who has so much love and mercy for all miserable sinners that hast deigned to suffer the excruciating agony, suffering, passion and death of Thy Dearly Beloved and Only Begotten Son, Jesus for the salvation of the selfsame sinners, please accept this humble offering of all the masses which are being said throughout the world today for sinners who will die today. Remember Lord, those who would die a sudden death, those in their final agony, those Thou willest we should pray for and ought to pray for, those for whom we pray for daily. May the Precious Blood of Jesus, Our Redeemer, obtain Thy mercy for the forgiveness of all their sins that they may gain Thy eternal salvation. Amen.
SEVEN OFFERINGS OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS
1. ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and Our Redeemer: for the propagation and exaltation of our dear Mother the Catholic Church, for the safety and prosperity of Thy faithful and true anointed servants – her visible Head, the Holy Roman Pontiff, the cardinals, bishops and pastors of souls, and all the ministers of the sanctuary; those whom Thou hast called into Thy religious service, that they may willfully enter into Thy service and dedicate the rest of their lives in serving, adoring and loving You with all their strength, minds, bodies and souls and strive to complete the task Thou hast given them, for Thy greater glory, profit, pleasure, joy and happiness and those men and women in Your Traditional and Orthodox Catholic institutions throughout the world dedicated to the defense, propagation, practice of, and obedience to the dogmas, doctrines and teachings promulgated by Thy Son’s true and faithful Roman Catholic Church’s before the onset of Vatican II especially the spread and propagation of the Tridentine Latin Mass, that Thy elect would fully receive the true Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus for their sanctification and salvation. GLORY BE…¦ Blessed and praised forevermore be Jesus, Who hath saved us by His Precious Blood! Amen.
2. ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and Our Redeemer: for the peace and concord of all nations, for the happiness of all Christian people and for the conversion of the enemies of our holy faith, schismatics, infidels and heretics. GLORY BE…¦ Blessed and . . .
3. ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and Our Redeemer: for the repentance of the unbelievers, the extirpation of all heresies, and the conversion of sinners. GLORY BE…¦ Blessed and . . .
4. ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and Our Redeemer: for the well-being and salvation of my spouse, my children, my siblings and their families, my relatives, in-laws, my friends and enemies, for the poor, the sick and those in tribulation particularly those who in prayer ministries throughout the world like the ones I receive daily, the rest of those whom we pray for daily particularly those for whom Thou willest we should pray, or knowest that we ought to pray. GLORY BE…¦ Blessed and. . .
5. ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and Our Redeemer: for all those who shall die this day and pass on to the next life especially those who would die a sudden death, those in their final agony, those Thou willest we should pray for and ought to pray for, those for whom we pray for daily, that Thou mayest preserve them from the pains of hell, and admit them the more readily to the possession of Thy glory. Thank You Lord for this last ditch effort You made to save us all from hell. GLORY BE…¦ Blessed . .
6. ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and Our Redeemer: for all those who are lovers of this Treasure of His Blood, for all those who join with us in adoring and honoring it, and for all those who try to spread devotion to It. GLORY BE…¦ Blessed and . . .
7. ETERNAL FATHER, we offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and Our Redeemer: for all our needs, spiritual and temporal, in thanksgiving for Thy latest benefits; for the holy souls in Purgatory particularly for those who in their lifetime were most devoted to this Price of our redemption and to the sorrows and pains of our Dear Mother, (The Most Blessed Virgin and) Holy Mary. GLORY BE…¦ Blessed and . . .
BLESSED AND EXALTED be the (Most Precious) Blood of Jesus, now and always, and through all eternity. Amen.
PRAYER FOR OUR ENEMIES
O GOD of peace, lover and guardian of charity, give to all our enemies true charity and peace; grant them the remission of all their sins, and mightily deliver us from their machinations. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Only-Begotten Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Ghost, One God, forever and ever. Amen. GLORY BE…¦
PRAYER FOR THE SICK
LORD JESUS CHRIST, You bore our sufferings and carried our sorrows in order to show us clearly the value of human weakness and patience; graciously hear our prayers for the sick, particularly anyone from among those whom we pray for daily and those Thou willest we should pray for and ought to pray for . Grant that those who are weighed down with pain and other afflictions of illness may realize that they are among the chosen ones whom You call blessed. Help them to understand that they are united with You in Your sufferings for the salvation of the world.
DEAR JESUS, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to You in their time of illness. O dearest Comforter of the troubled, alleviate their worry and sorrow with Your gentle love, and grant them the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place their worries in Your hands. We place our sick under Your care and humbly ask that You restore Your servants to health again. Above all, grant them the grace to acknowledge Your holy Will and know that whatsoever You do, You do for the love of us. Amen.
BAPTISM OF THE UNBORN  (A daily prayer provided by Our Lord Jesus to a holy soul for the salvation of aborted fetuses and babies that they may avoid going to Limbo and be confined there forever.)
‘BUT THE COUNSEL of The Lord stands for ever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations; to deliver their souls from death; and feed them in famine’ (Ps. 32:11.19)
APOSTLE’S CREED: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth . . .
(Sprinkle Holy Water in All Directions while reciting the following:)
ALL OF YOU, who were born dead, and are still to be born dead, by day and at night; ALL OF YOU, who were killed in the womb of your mother, and are still to be killed,
SO THAT all of you will be given eternal life by Our Lord Jesus Christ, I baptize (Give the name of Mary, Joseph, or John, or the Saint of the day) – IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST!
‘I HAVE CALLED YOU by your name, you are Mine!’ says The Lord. (Isaiah 43:1)
‘SING TO THE LORD a new canticle, because He has done wonderful things.’ (Ps. 97:1)
‘THE MERCIES OF THE LORD I will sing for ever.’ (Ps. 88:1)
ALLELUIA! Alleluia! Alleluia!
O LOVE! O Greatest Love! O Infinite Love of God!
ALLELUIA! Alleluia! Alleluia!
OUR FATHER… HAIL MARY… GLORY BE…
 Death in this sense is the eternal death of punishment in hell. Where there is no escape, no release, no relief from undescribable torments.
 Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena, Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorist Fathers), Baclaran, Paranaque, Rizal, Philippines
 Baptism of the Unborn Book