Monday, April 7, 2008

The Leonine Prayers-

In 1884, Pope Leo XIII prescribed the recitation of several prayers after Low Mass. Exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere.


In 1934, Pope Pius XI ordered that these same prayers be offered for the conversion of Russia. These prayers are now optional. And, of course, they were meant to be said publicly by a priest at the foot of the altar at a low Mass.

Our parish has been saying praying these prayers after Mass now, for the past year or so. It creates a more holy end to the Mass, insead of stormig out of the church.

The prayers are...

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst 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. (Said 3 times)

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mouring and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.

4 comments:

Fr. Brian Stanley said...

Hey, Lex:

If memory serves me correctly, we started the Leonine Prayers here in ColdH2O on Ash Wednesday, 2006. So by the church calendar, we have been praying these prayers for two whole years.

I have seen these prayers bear much fruit, especially as so many parishioners have now memorized the Hail, Holy Queen and the St. Michael prayer. These are beautiful prayers, and as prayer affects us, God's grace shapes our minds and hearts to see the Blessed Mother and St. Michael as our friends, and invites us to grow in our spiritual lives. We are not alone, these prayers remind us: we pray within the communion of saints. May we grow in our awareness of this communion, knowing that our prayers to God are added to and aided by the prayers of Our Lady, St. Michael, and all the saints.

dad said...

I would add, also, that it has been a wonderful way for the laity of our parish to augment their prayer life. Although Holy Mass is the center of our lives as Catholics, it is such a good thing to see parishoners remain after to say these simple prayers together. They only take about two minutes, but are well worth it. An active parish life should include, first and foremost, prayer-- long before we become concerned with coffee and donuts, or softball games. The fact that people in our parish linger after Mass long enough to say some prayers together says alot. This is why I think it is good that it is not led by the priest. All of these people who so desperately seek this sense of "community" have an opportunity to see it fulfilled when we say the rosary before Mass, or the Leonine prayers after Mass. We don't need a priest for these. We can do them ourselves as often as we want. And we do them together, aloud. The irony is that many of the people who want to hold hands during the Lord's Prayer (because we are a "community") are the same ones who show up five minutes before Mass (after the rosary is over) and duck out during the Leonine prayers.
On another note, there are several sources that tell the story of what allegedly happened to to Leo XIII during the time he was entranced. Some stories are downright frightening (that he witnessed a conversation between Jesus and Satan). I don't know if the Holy Father ever wrote about it specifically, but it is fascinating.

Fr. Brian Stanley said...

Dad's getting up pretty early in the morning to leave a message here. And even during the spring break, getting up early!

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