26th September 2017: Month of Our Lady of Sorrows- Prayer for the Day. (Page 3)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Psalm 53
P: God, by your name save me, 
and by your might defend my cause.
All: God, hear my prayer; 
hearken to the words of my mouth. 

P: For haughty men have risen up against me, 
and fierce men seek my life; 
they set not God before their eyes.
All: See, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life. 

P: Turn back the evil upon my foes;
in your faithfulness destroy them. 
All: Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, Lord, for its goodness, 

P: Because from all distress you have rescued me,
and my eyes look down upon my enemies.
All: Glory be to the Father. 

P: As it was in the beginning. 

After the psalm the priest continues: 

P: Save your servant.
All: Who trusts in you, my God. 

P: Let him (her) find in you, Lord, a fortified tower.
All: In the face of the enemy. 

P: Let the enemy have no power over him (her).
All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm him 

P: Lord, send him (her) aid from your holy place.
All: And watch over him (her) from Sion. 

P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you. 

P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you. 

Let us pray.

God, whose nature is ever merciful and forgiving, accept our prayer that this servant of yours, bound by the fetters of sin, may be pardoned by your loving kindness.

Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who once and for all consigned that fallen and apostate tyrant to the flames of hell, who sent your only-begotten Son into the world to crush that roaring lion; hasten to our call for help and snatch from ruination and from the clutches of the noonday devil this human being made in your image and likeness. Strike terror, Lord, into the beast now laying waste your vineyard. Fill your servants with courage to fight manfully against that reprobate dragon, lest he despise those who put their trust in you, and say with Pharaoh of old: "I know not God, nor will I set Israel free." Let your mighty hand cast him out of your servant, (The name of the person), so he may no longer hold captive this person whom it pleased you to make in your image, and to redeem through your Son; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

All: Amen. 

Then he commands the demon as follows: 

I command you, unclean spirit, whoever you are, along with all your minions now attacking this servant of God, by the mysteries of the incarnation, passion, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, by the descent of the Holy Spirit, by the coming of our Lord for judgment, that you tell me by some sign your name, and the day and hour of your departure. I command you, moreover, to obey me to the letter, I who am a minister of God despite my unworthiness; nor shall you be emboldened to harm in any way this creature of God, or the bystanders, or any of their possessions.

The priest lays his hand on the head of the sick person, saying: 

They shall lay their hands upon the sick and all will be well with them. May Jesus, Son of Mary, Lord and Savior of the world, through the merits and intercession of His holy apostles Peter and Paul and all His saints, show you favor and mercy.

All: Amen.

Next he reads over the possessed person these selections from the Gospel, or at least one of them.

P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you. 
P: The beginning of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
All: Glory be to you, 0 Lord.