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20 Pious Practices for Lent: What Should I Give Up for Lent?

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As such, let us consider the following 20 PIOUS PRACTICES FOR CATHOLICS TO PRACTICE DURING LENT:

1. Abstain from Meat

We should all know that Catholics are required to abstain from all meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. This is the minimum requirement and violation of this law is a mortal sin and, if you die without Confession and Contrition, for this sin your soul will be damned.

Yet, certainly we can do more than the simple minimum practice for Lent? Traditional Catholics will still fast and partially abstain from meat on all weekdays of Lent unless a 1st Class Feast falls during the week (e.g. 1st Class Feast of St. Joseph on March 19). By partial abstinence, a person is allowed to eat meat only at the major meal.

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Catholic Prayer Warriors for Children

You are invited to join if you are so inclined.
We are Catholics who are concerned about the health and salvation of all children.
We pray for them and teach them our Catholic Faith.
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We pray novenas, aspirations, special requests and the rosary.

While it will be for the health and salvation of all children,
you are free to add something like especially for my own children, for all sick children, etc. to the intention.
You are also free to privately add other intentions not related to the main purpose of this site.

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Saint John Bosco novena Jan. 22-30

Novena to Saint John Bosco

Saint John Bosco, father and teacher of the young,
in need of special help, I appeal with confidence to thee, Saint John Bosco,
for I require not only spiritual graces, but also temporal ones, and particularly…

(add your personal intentions here)

May thou, who on earth had such great devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
and to Mary Help of Christians, and who always had compassion for those who were suffering,
obtain from Jesus and His Heavenly Mother the grace I now request,
and also a sincere resignation to the Will of God.

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Novena to Our Lady of Good Success Jan 24-Feb 1

Novena to Our Lady of Good Success through the intercession of Mother Marianna

Hail Mary, Most Holy, Beloved Daughter of God the Father
Through the intercession of Mother Marianna de Jesus Torres,
grant thy good success to this request
(name request)
…Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…

St Michael, pray for us.

Hail Mary, Most Holy, Admirable Mother of God the Son
Through the intercession of Mother Marianna de Jesus Torres,
grant thy good success to this request
(name request)
…Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…

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January- Month of the Holy Name of Jesus


Invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus

This short invocation of the Holy Name is a type of prayer known as an aspiration or an ejaculation. It is meant to be prayed repeatedly throughout the day, especially during January, the Month of the Holy Name.

“Blessed be the most holy Name of Jesus without end!”
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The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
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Prayer of Petition in the Holy Name of Jesus

O Divine Jesus, Thou hast promised that anything we ask of the Eternal Father in Thy name shall be granted.

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Novena to the Holy Family Dec. 30 – Jan. 7

Novena to the Holy Family
Starts Dec. 30 ending Jan. 7 eve of the Feast of the Holy Family

O most loving Jesus, Who by Thy sublime and beautiful virtues of humility, obedience, poverty, modesty, charity, patience and gentleness,
and by the example of Thy domestic life didst bless with peace and happiness the family Thou didst choose on earth,
in Thy clemency look down upon this household, humbly prostrate before Thee and imploring Thy mercy.
Remember that this family belongs to Thee; for to Thee we have in a special way dedicated and devoted ourselves.
Look upon us in Thy loving kindness; preserve us from danger; give us help in time of need, and grant us the grace to persevere to the end in the imitation of Thy Holy Family;
that having revered Thee and loved Thee faithfully on earth, we may bless and praise Thee eternally in heaven.

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Novena for Epiphany Dec 28- Jan 5.

At Thy birth, O Jesus, a star of wondrous splendor shone forth in the Eastern skies and led to Bethlehem the Magi, those envoys of far-distant, pagan peoples, even as the Angel, bathed in heavenly light, was summoning to Thy manger the shepherds, as representatives of the chosen people. For the Gentiles as well as the Jews, must needs recognize in Thee, a poor and helpless Infant, the Almighty King of Ages, the Savior of mankind. Neither scepter nor diadem disclosed Thy kingly state; no sweet harmonies, no hosts of angels mustering around Thy crib revealed Thy divine nature; but the star shining above Thy wretched stable pointed to the Heavens, the earth, and the entire universe as Thine absolute possessions; even as the Magi, who at the inspiration of Thy grace, coming promptly from afar, caring naught for dangers, overcoming every difficulty, and embracing every sacrifice, reached Thy feet and kneeling in reverence offered Thee gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Thirsting for God, they had gone eagerly in search of Thee, and Thou did reveal Thyself to them in a wonderful manner, while still in Thy crib, filling them with joy and transforming them into the first messengers of Thy glories to the peoples of the East.

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The St Andrew Christmas Novena Nov.30- Christmas

The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is often called simply the “Christmas Novena” or the “Christmas Anticipation Prayer,”
because it is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas.
The First Sunday of Advent is the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saint Andrew.
(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day
from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)

Imprimatur
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897

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Immaculate Conception Novena Nov. 29- Dec.7

O IMMACULATE Virgin! Mary, conceived without sin!
Remember, thou was miraculously preserved from even the shadow of sin,
because thou was destined to become not only the Mother of God,
but also the mother, the refuge, and the advocate of man;
penetrated, therefore, with the most lively confidence in thy never-failing intercession,
we most humbly implore thee to look with favor upon the intentions of this novena,
and to obtain for us the graces and favors we request.

(Here form your petitions.)

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Novena to St. Nicholas Nov. 27- Dec. 5

St. Nicholas, Glorious Confessor of Christ, assist us in thy loving kindness.
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Glorious St. Nicholas, my special Patron from thy throne in glory, thou dost enjoy the presence of God,
turn thine eyes in pity upon me and attain for me from our Lord
the graces and help that I need in my spiritual and temporal necessities
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(and especially this favor provided that it be profitable to my salvation).
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Let us Pray,
O God who has glorified Blessed St. Nicholas, thine illustrious Confessor and Bishop,
by means of countless signs and wonder, and who does not cease daily so to glorify him ,
grant we beseech thee, that we, being assisted by his merits and prayers,
be delivered from the fires of hell and from all dangers through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary novena Nov 12-20

Feast Day Nov. 21.

Gracious and lovable art thou in thy splendor, O holy Mother of God!
Show me thy countenance. Let thy words sound in my ears, for thy voice is sweet and thy countenance is beautiful.
Turn to us in thy beauty and loveliness!
Come forth in majesty and reign!
Hail Mary…

O Blessed Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, Temple of the Lord, sanctuary of the Holy Ghost,
thou alone, without an equal, hast pleased our Lord Jesus Christ!
Hail Mary…

Blessed indeed art thou, O holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise, for from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our Lord.
Draw us, O Immaculate Virgin; we shall come after thee, breathing the sweet fragrance of thy virtues!
Hail Mary

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Start Novena to St. Gertrude Nov 7-15

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Prayer that was prayed by St. Gertrude for all the souls in Purgatory:

“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with 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.

Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that this prayer would release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said.
The prayer was extended to include living sinners which would alleviate the indebtedness accrued to them during their lives.
~From the Raccolta

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Nov. Month of the Poor Souls

Efficacious Prayer for the Faithful Departed

O Most compassionate Jesus, have mercy on the Souls detained in Purgatory,
for whose redemption Thou didst take upon Thyself our nature and endure a bitter death.
Mercifully hear their sighs, look with pity upon the tears which they now shed before Thee,
and by virtue of Thy Passion, release them from the pains due to their sins.
O most merciful Jesus, let Thy Precious Blood reach down into Purgatory and refresh and revive the captive souls who suffer there.
Stretch out to them Thy strong right hand, and bring them forth into the place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

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Nov. 1-8 visits to cemetery for Holy Souls

The current ecclesiastical regulations in force are as follows:

On All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.

On all the days from November 1 though November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence applicable only to the poor souls is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray (even if only mentally) for the departed.

Conditions for both indulgences:
1.
Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.

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