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Hail, O illustrious St. Philomena, who so courageously shed thy blood for Christ, I bless the Lord for all the graces He has bestowed upon thee, during thy life, especially at thy death, I praise and glorify Him for the honor and power with which He has crowned thee, and I beg thee to obtain for me from God the graces I ask through thy intercession. Amen
 The ~Rosary~

Apostle’s Creed  (said on the Crucifix)  

I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. And  in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost  born of the Virgin Mary,  suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and was buried. He descended into Hell, On the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated  at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Our Father

(said at the beginning of each decade on the large beads)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.


Hail Mary (said on the small beads)

HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.


Glory Be:

(said at the end of each decade on the large beads)

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  The Fatima Prayer                (after the Glory Be)                                               

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

Salve Regina said after 5 decades

HAIL holy Queen, Mother of mercy,. Hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.      

 V. Pray for us O Holy Mother of God 

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray:O God, Whose only-begotten Son by His life death and resurrection , hath purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.                                                                 Rosary Bracelets

The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, King and centre of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray

Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end.

Prayers to the Sacred Head of Jesus


O wisdom of the Sacred Head, guide me in all my ways.

O love of the Sacred Heart, consume me with Thy fire.

(Say Three Glory Be’s, in honour of the Divine Will, Memory and Understanding)

O Seat of Divine Wisdom, and Guiding Power, which governs all the motions and love of the Sacred Heart, may all minds know Thee, all hearts love Thee, and all tongues praise Thee, now and for evermore. Amen.

O Will, which was always in meek subjection to Thy Heavenly Father's, control me in all things, as Thou didst govern all the affections and motions of the Sacred Heart of the God Made Man.

O Understanding, which knows all things, ever guide me with Thy light.

O Memory, in which past, present and future are at once reflected, which is ever mindful of me, and always seems studying some new means of giving fresh favours, force me to love Thee more and more.


Litany to the Sacred Head of Jesus


Lord, Have Mercy on us.  Christ, Have Mercy on us.
Lord Have Mercy on us.  Jesus, Graciously Hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,  Have Mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, Have Mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have Mercy on us.                                

Sacred Head of Jesus,  formed by the Holy Ghost  in the womb of the Virgin Mary,   Guide us in All our Ways.
Sacred Head of Jesus,  Substantially united to the Word of God, *
Sacred Head of Jesus, Temple of Divine Wisdom,  *
Sacred Head of Jesus,  Tabernacle of Divine Knowledge

Sacred Head of Jesus,  Safeguard against error, *

Sacred Head of Jesus, sunshine of heaven and earth,*    

Sacred Head of Jesus,  Treasure of science and pledge of faith, *  

Sacred Head of Jesus,  Radiant with beauty and justice and love,*      
Sacred Head of Jesus,  full of grace and truth,*

Sacred Head of Jesus, Living witness of humility, *

Sacred Head of Jesus, Reflecting the infinite Majesty of God,*     

Sacred Head of Jesus, Centre of the Universe,  
Sacred Head of Jesus,  Object of the Father's joyous satisfaction*

Sacred Head of Jesus,  Upon which the Holy Ghost Rested, *

Sacred Head of Jesus, around which the glory of Mt. Tabor was shown,  *
Sacred Head of Jesus, Who had no place on earth on which to rest,   *  
Sacred Head of Jesus, Whom the fragrant anointing of Magdalene consoled,  * 
Sacred Head of Jesus, Bathed with the sweat of blood in Gethsemane, * 
Sacred Head of Jesus, Who wept for our sins,*     
Sacred Head of Jesus, crowned with thorns,  *   
Sacred Head of Jesus, outraged by the indignities of the Passion,*     
Sacred Head of Jesus, consoled by the loving gesture of Veronica,  *  
Sacred Head of Jesus, bowed to earth which was redeemed at the moment of death on the Calvary, *   
Sacred Head of Jesus, light of every being born on earth, *  

Sacred Head of Jesus,  our guide and our hope,   *  
Sacred Head of Jesus,  Who knows all our needs, *    

Sacred Head of Jesus,  Who gives us all graces,  *  

Sacred Head of Jesus, That Governs All the Motions of the Sacred Heart,  *
Sacred Head of Jesus,  Whom we wish to adore and make known throughout the world,   *  
Sacred Head of Jesus, Who knows all the secrets of our hearts*

Sacred Head of Jesus, Who enraptures Angels and the Saints,*
Sacred Head of Jesus, Whom one day we hope to behold unveiled forever,*


  *Guide us in All our Ways.

Jesus, we Adore Thy Sacred Head; we surrender utterly  to all the decrees of Thine Infinite Wisdom.


Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

Holy  Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, the Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down into hell Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer Before Meals

Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Prayer for England

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down with mercy upon England thy dowry, and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith, fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee in our heavenly home.  Amen




V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost. 

Hail Mary. etc

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary, etc

V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, etc

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. 
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, that by His Passion and Cross we may be brought to the glory of the Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. 
R. Amen.

Prayer to St Joseph

O St Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.  O St Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your beloved Son, all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  So that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. 

O St Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms.  I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.  Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.


St Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for us.  Amen


 St Philomena Cord and Chaplets


Prayer to St Philomena


Hail Philomena, pearl of virgins, generous spouse of the King of kings.  Hail flower of martyrs, living host of Christ.  Do not refuse to assist by thy powerful intercession, those who call on thee with confidence, venerating thy merits.


St Philomena, virgin martyr and wonder worker, pray for us.  Amen


Chaplet of St Philomena


Creed, 3  Our Fathers in praise and glory of the Trinity, 13 Hail Marys in honour of the 13 years of life of St Philomena.  End “Hail, O Holy St Philomena, my dear patroness.  As my advocate with thy Divine Spouse, intercede for me now and at the hour of my death.  St Philomena, beloved daughter of Jesus and of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Amen.

Novena to St Philomena

O faithful virgin and glorious martyr, St Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me.  Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs.  Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of hope.  I entreat thy charity, O great Saint!  Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favourable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before thee…Please save your Church….

I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn, the sufferings and the death thou didst endure, united to the merits of the Passion and death of Jesus, thy Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask thee, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, Who is admirable in His Saints.  Amen


Litany of St Philomena

Lord, have mercy on us,

Christ, have mercy on us,

Lord, have mercy on us,

Christ, have mercy on us,

 Christ hear us

Christ graciously hear us

God the Father of Heaven

Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the World,

Have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Ghost

Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God

Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, *pray for us

St Philomena, *

St Philomena, filled with abundant graces from your birth, *

St Philomena, faithful imitator of Mary, *

St Philomena, model of virginity, *

St Philomena, temple of perfect humility,*

St Philomena, inflamed with zeal for the glory of God, *

St Philomena, victim of love for Jesus, *

St Philomena, example of strength and perseverance, *

St Philomena, invincible champion of chastity, *

St Philomena, firm and intrepid in the face of torments, *

St Philomena, scourged like your Divine Spouse, *

St Philomena, pierced by a rain of arrows, *

St Philomena, consoled in chains by the Mother of God, *

St Philomena, miraculously healed in prison*

St Philomena,  comforted by the angels in your torments, *

St Philomena, who preferred torments and the agonies of death to the splendour of the throne, *

St Philomena, who converted witnesses by your martyrdom, *

St Philomena, who wore out the fury of your tormentors, *

St Philomena, protectress of the innocent, *

St Philomena, patroness of youth, *

St Philomena, refuge of the unfortunate, *

St Philomena, health of the sick and infirm, *

St Philomena, new light of the Church

 Militant, *

St Philomena, whose name is glorious in Heaven & feared in Hell, *

 St Philomena,  made illustrious by the most splendid miracles, *

St Philomena, powerful with God, *

St Philomena who reigns in glory, *

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world

Spare us O Lord

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world

Graciously hear us, O Lord

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world

have mercy on us

 Pray for us, O Worker of Wonders, St Philomena

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ


Let us Pray

O Lord, through the intercession of St Philomena, Virgin & Martyr, whose eminent purity and practice of every virtue was most pleasing to Thee, pardon our sins and grant us the grace of saving the Church of SS Peter & Paul & St Philomena, through the same Christ, Our Lord.  Amen

* pray for us

Prayer for those Who wear the Cord of St Philomena


O most pure Virgin, glorious Martyr St Philomena, whom God in His eternal power seems to have revealed to the world in these disastrous days of ours, in order to revive the faith, sustain the hope , and inflame the charity of Christian hearts, I kneel at thy feet.  Deign of kindest Virgin, to receive my humble prayers, and to obtain for me that purity for love of which, thou didst sacrifice all the most attractive pleasures of the earth; obtain for me that strength of soul which made thee resist the most terrible attacks of tribulation and suffering; that ardent love for Jesus which the most fearful sufferings could not extinguish in thy heart.  And protect me in all the events of my life, from all dangers, spiritual and temporal.  Be present with me also in my last hour, which I commend to thy loving charity with confidence, since in life I love thee and wear thy holy Cord as a mark of my special devotion towards thee, the beloved of Jesus and Mary.  Amen

Prayer before a Crucifix


Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus,
I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight,
and with the most fervent desire of my soul
I pray and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity,  with true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment,  while with deep affection and grief of soul  I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious Wounds, having before my eyes that which David, the prophet, spoke of Thee, my Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."


Our Father ,Hail Mary, Glory Be, for the Holy Father's intentions

Prayer for Priests


Keep them I pray Thee,  dearest Lord

Keep them for they are Thine.

Thy priests whose lives burn out before

Thy Consecrated Shrine

Keep them for they are in the world

Though from the world apart.

When earthly pleasures tempt. allure,

Shelter them in Thy Heart.

Keep them and comfort them in hour

s of loneliness  and pain

When all their lives of sacrifice for souls seems  but in vain

Keep them and O remember Lord

they have no-one  but Thee.

Yet they have only human hearts and human frailty

Keep them as spotless as the Host that daily they caress

Their every thought and word and deed

Deign dearest Lord, to bless.


Our Father, Hail Mary.  Mary Queen of the clergy

Pray for them

"Let us do ever so little for God, we will be sure He will never forget it, nor let it pass unrewarded! How many of our actions are lost for want of applying them to this end. Were we to know the merit of only going from one street to another to serve a neighbour for the love of God, we should prize it more than gold or silver ..... One thing you may be sure of, that whilst you work for God, whether you succeed or not, He will amply reward you!" (Edmund Rice)

The Tumbler of Our Lady

Hugh O’Reilly

A jester entered a monastery and after a time, became very sad because he could not participate in the praying of the Divine Office or in the intellectual or artistic activities of the monks. He was afraid of being expelled as a useless mouth to feed. One day, while he was in the crypt of the Church before a statute of Our Lady a marvellous inspiration came to him.

When he heard the bell for the Mass, while he was arranging his garb he thought: “Oh! How unfortunate I am!  Each one is fulfilling his duty now, but I am here like a tethered ox with naught to do but chew its cud. What should I do? What should I say?  I will at least do something for the Mother of God, and none is here to blame. I will do what I know how to do, what I learned, which is my office. The others serve her with chant, and I will serve her with tumbling.”

Then, he took off his cowl, and approaching close to the altar he humbly gazed at the statue of Our Lady and said: “Lady, to Thy fair charge I give my body and soul. Sweet Queen, charming Lady, do not scorn the thing I know, for with the help of God I will exert myself in good faith to serve Thee. I do not know how to chant or read, so I will set before Thee what art I have. I will be like the lamb that jumps and frolics before its mother. Lady, Thou who art nowise bitter to those who serve Thou with a good intent, accept my actions with Thy good pleasure.”

Then he started his merry play, leaping low and small, tall and high, over and under. Then he bowed and knelt before the statue: “Ah!  My most sweet Queen, of Thy pity and Thy nobility, do not scorn my service.”

Again, he leaped and capered and with great ardour made the somersault of Metz [a type of acrobatic]. Again, he bowed before the statue, paid it reverence and all the honour that he might. Next, he did the Spanish vault, and then the vaults they love in Brittany, then the vault of Lorraine. He did all these feats as best as he was able. Afterwards, he did the Roman vault, and then, with hands before his brow, he danced with charm before the altar, gazing humbly at the statue of the Mother of God.

“My Lady,” he said, “here is a beautiful somersault, which I proudly offer to Thee only. I do not tumble for my own delight, but to serve Thee, and this alone is my recompense. Just as my brothers serve Thou, so also do I serve Thou. Do not scorn Thy servant, I beg Thee, for I do it for Thy pleasure. Thou art the most perfect creature who makes the entire world more beautiful!”  Then, he stood on his head and walked upside-down. His feet were moving joyfully, but his eyes were weeping…

He leaped and sprang until he was worn out and could do no more. Every day in his simplicity he would repeat his exercises of piety. But one day a certain monk discovered his secret and revealed it to the Abbot. Then the two of them hid themselves near the altar where they could see and not be seen to watch the acrobatics of the minstrel.

The Abbot and the monk saw the whole performance of the tumbler, the many vaults, as well as his nimble leaping and dancing. They saw him bow toward the statue and then bound and leap until he was nigh to faint. So weak was he that he sank to the ground, all worn out, and the sweat fell from his body to the ground, wetting the pavement of the crypt. But then, without delay, from her niche came the Sweet Lady to his need. Well she knew that guileless heart.

The Abbot watched everything attentively. He saw that there came down from the vault of the altar toward the jester a Lady so glorious that certainly no man had seen one so brilliant, so richly dressed, and so beautiful. Her vesture was marvellous, covered with gold and precious stones. In her train came the Angels and Archangels of Heaven, and they pressed close about the minstrel, and solaced and refreshed him. When their shining ranks drew near, peace fell on his heart. For they contended to do him a service, so they might be part of the work of the Lady who is a most precious Pearl.

Our Lady took her kerchief to refresh her exhausted tumbler

Then, the sweet and noble Queen herself took a white kerchief in her hand and with it gently fanned her minstrel who rested before the altar. The sweet and most good Lady refreshed his neck, body and brow, showing him a great concern as she comforted him.

The two witnesses withdrew. The Abbot called for the jester, asked him to tell his story, congratulated him and encouraged him to continue his devotion. Upon hearing this, the good tumbler rejoiced so greatly that the great emotion caused him to fall ill. He did not rise again from his bed, and shortly he died, surrounded by the Abbot and all the monks. These all humbly watched the dying man, and saw with their own eyes this wonder. About that lowly bed, the Virgin with her Angels appeared again to him, to await the passing of his soul, which she gathered to her bosom and brought to Paradise.

Thus ends the story of the tumbler. Fair was his tumbling, fair was his service, for with it he gained such high honour as is above all earthly honours

All images ©ursula cavanagh 2007


This site is dedicated for the glory of God & Our Lady  & Saint Joseph   and for my friends, Saint Philomena, Saint Therese, the Little Flower,

Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint  Michael the Archangel and more others than I can easily count                                                                                                 S.A.g

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