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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Chaplet of St. Cecilia


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On The Crucifix
Apostles’ Creed followed by:
St. Cecilia, glorious Virgin and Martyr of Jesus Christ, I admire the courage with which you professed your faith in the face of severe persecution, and the generous love with which you offered your life in witness to your belief in the Blessed Trinity.  I thank God with you for the wonderful graces He had bestowed upon you to make your life holy and pleasing to Him even in the midst of the wealth that was yours.  I thank Him for the privilege offered to you of receiving the glorious crown of martyrdom.
Saint Cecilia, I also admire the purity of love that bound you to the Savior, which was greater in your eyes than any human affection, so that you declared yourself before the enemies of the Church, "I am the bride of my Lord Jesus Christ."  Pray for me that in imitation of you I may keep my body pure and my soul holy, and that I may love Jesus with all my heart.
In these times so full of pleasure seeking and so lacking in faith, teach us to profess our faith courageously and to be willing to sacrifice ourselves in practicing it, so that our good example may lead others closer to Christ and the Church He as founded.
On the Beads:
In thanksgiving to God for the graces he bestowed on St Cecilia pray:
1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory be (on each bead)
St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
On the medal of Saint Cecilia say:
St. Cecilia,  I confide in your intercession because you generously offered your life as a sacrifice for the love of Jesus, to whom you were devoted with your whole heart and soul.  Jesus will not refuse your prayers.  Beg Jesus to grant me this favor: (Mention your request.).  For the sake of Jesus Christ,  Who filled your heart with pure and heroic love, Who crowned you with the glorious crown of martyrdom, Who permitted your body to remain incorrupt through these many centuries, and Who willed that your memory be praised by the Church at every Holy Day Mass, I earnestly ask you to intercede for me.  I resign myself entirely to the Holy Will of God.  Help me to imitate your faith and love of God, that I may be ready to make any sacrifice for my Catholic faith.  Through your prayers may I someday reach heaven and praise with you the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the loving Spouse of your soul and mine.  Amen.

Prayer to St. Cecilia
O glorious saint, who chose to die instead of denying your King, we pray you please to help us as His fair praise we sing!
We lift our hearts in joyous song to honor Him this way, and while we sing, remembering, to sing is to doubly pray.
At once in our hearts and in our tongues we offer double prayer sent heavenward on winged notes to praise God dwelling there.
While in our hearts and tongues we try with song to praise God twice, we ask dear saint, to help us be united close to Christ!

Prayer Invoking the Intercession of St. Cecilia
O Eternal God,  Who gave us, in the person of St. Cecilia,  a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days, like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise You and bless You forevermore in eternity.  Amen.

Prayer to St. Cecilia
O gentle Cecilia,  sweet voice and melody of the Heart of Jesus.  We come to you to beg your assistance.  Pray for us Cecilia, teach us to sing to glories of God and also for the Glory of God.  Give us the voice to sing the "Ave" as you did at the hour of your martyrdom.  Pray for us o martyr with a singing heart.  Amen.

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