15 Prayers of St. Bridget

 

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First Prayer
O Jesus Christ! Eternal Sweetness to those who love Thee, joy surpassing all joy and all desire, Salvation and Hope of all sinners. Who hast proved that Thou has no greater desire than to be among men, even assuming human nature at the fullness of time for the love of men, recall all the sufferings Thou has endured from the instant of Thy conception, and especially during Thy Passion, as it was decreed and ordained from all eternity in the Divine plan.
Remember O Lord, that during the Last Supper with Thy disciples, having washed their feet, Thou gave them Thy Most Precious Body and Blood, and while at the same time Thou did sweetly console them, Thou did foretell them Thy coming Passion.
Remember the sadness and bitterness which Thou did experience in Thy Soul as Thou Thyself bore witness saying: "My Soul is sorrowful even unto death".
Remember all the fear, anguish and pain that Thou did suffer in Thy delicate Body before the torment of the Crucifixion, when after having prayer three times, bathed in a sweat of blood, Thou was betrayed by Judas, Thy Disciple, arrested by the people of a nation Thou had chosen and elevated, accused by false witnesses, unjustly judged by three judges during the flower of Thy youth and during the solemn Paschal season.
Remember that Thou was despoiled of Thy garments and clothed in those of derision; that Thy Face and Eyes were veiled, that Thou was buffeted, crowned with thorns, a reed placed in Thy Hands, that Thou was crushed with blows and overwhelmed with affronts and outrages.
In memory of all these pains and sufferings which Thou did endure before Thy Passion on the Cross, grant me before my death true contrition, a sincere and entire confession, worthy satisfaction and the remission of all my sins. Amen.

Second Prayer
O Jesus! True liberty of angels, Paradise of delights, remember the horror and sadness which Thou did endure when Thy enemies, like furious lions, surrounded Thee, and by thousands of insults, spits, blows, lacerations and other unheard-of-cruelties, tormented Thee at will. In consideration of these torments and insulting words, I beseech Thee, O my Saviour, to deliver me from all my enemies, visible and invisible, and to bring me, under Thy protection, to the perfection of eternal salvation. Amen.

Third Prayer
O Jesus! Creator of Heaven and earth Whom nothing can encompass or limit. Thou Who does enfold and hold all under Thy Loving power, remember the very bitter pain Thou did suffer when they nailed Thy Sacred Hands and Feet to the Cross by blow after blow with big blunt nails, and not finding Thee in a pitiable enough state to satisfy their rage, they enlarged Thy Wounds and added pain to pain, and with indescribable cruelty stretched Thy Body on the Cross, pulled Thee from all sides thus dislocating Thy Limbs. I beg of Thee, O Jesus, by the memory of this most Loving suffering of the Cross, to grant me the grace to fear Thee and to Love Thee. Amen

Fourth Prayer
O Jesus! Heavenly Physician, raised aloft on the Cross to heal our wounds with Thine, remember the bruises which Thou did suffer and the weakness of all Thy Members which were distended to such a degree that never was there a pain like unto Thine. From the crown of Thy head to the soles of Thy feet, there was not one spot on Thy Body that was not in torment, and yet, forgetting all Thy sufferings, Thou did not cease to pray to Thy Heavenly Father for Thy enemies saying: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Through this great Mercy and in memory of this suffering, grant that the remembrance of Thy Most Bitter Passion may effect in us a perfect contrition and the remission of all our sins. Amen.

Fifth Prayer
O Jesus! Mirror of eternal splendor, remember the sadness which Thou experienced, when contemplating in the light of Thy Divinity the predestination of those who would be saved by the merits of Thy Sacred Passion, Thou did see at the same time, the great multitude of reprobates who would be damned for their sins, and Thou did complain bitterly of those hopeless lost and unfortunate sinners. Through this abyss of compassion and pity, and especially through the goodness which Thou displayed to the good thief when Thou said to him: "This day, thou shall be with Me in Paradise." I beg of Thee, O Sweet Jesus, that at the hour of my death, Thou will show me mercy. Amen.

Sixth Prayer
O Jesus! Beloved and most desirable King, remember the grief Thou did suffer, when naked and like a common criminal, Thou was fastened and raised on the Cross, when all Thy relatives and friends abandoned Thee, except Thy beloved Mother, who remained close to Thee during Thy agony and whom Thou did entrust to Thy faithful disciple when Thou said to Mary: "Woman, behold thy son!" and to St. John: "Son, behold thy Mother!" I beg of Thee O my Saviour, by the sword of sorrow which pierced the soul of Thy holy Mother, to have compassion on me in all my affliction and tribulations, both corporal and spiritual, and to assist me in all my trials and especially at the hour of my death. Amen.

Seventh Prayer
O Jesus! Inexhaustible Fountain of compassion, Who by a profound gesture of Love, said from the Cross: "I thirst!" suffered from the thirst for the salvation of the human race. I beg of Thee of my Saviour, to inflame in our hearts the desire to tend toward perfection in all our acts and to extinguish in us the concupiscence of the flesh and the ardor of worldly desires. Amen.

Eighth Prayer
O Jesus! Sweetness of hearts, delight of the spirit, by the bitterness of the vinegar and gall which Thou did taste on the Cross for love of us, grant us the grace to receive worthily Thy Precious Body and Blood during our life and at the hour of our death, that they may serve as a remedy and consolation for our souls. Amen.

Ninth Prayer
O Jesus! Royal virtue, joy of the mind, recall the pain Thou did endure when plunged in an ocean of bitterness at the approach of death, insulted and outraged, Thou did cry out in a loud voice that Thou was abandoned by Thy Father saying "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Through this anguish, I beg of Thee, O my Saviour, not to abandon me in the terrors and pains of my death. Amen.

Tenth Prayer
O Jesus! Who art the beginning and end of all things, life and virtue, remember that for our sakes Thou was plunged in an abyss of suffering from the soles of Thy Feet to the crown of Thy Head. In consideration of the enormity of Thy Wounds, teach me to keep, through pure love, Thy Commandments, whose way is wide and easy for those who love Thee. Amen.

Eleventh Prayer
O Jesus! Deep abyss of mercy, I beg of Thee, in memory of Thy Wounds which penetrated to the very marrow of Thy Bones and to the depth of Thy Being, to draw me, a miserable sinner, overwhelmed by my offenses, away from sin and to hide me from Thy Face justly irritated against me, hide me in Thy Wounds, until Thy anger and just indignation shall have passed away. Amen.

Twelfth Prayer
O Jesus! Mirror of Truth, symbol of unity, link of Charity. Remember the multitude of wounds with which Thou was covered from head to foot, torn and reddened by the spilling of Thy adorable Blood. O Great and Universal Pain which Thou did suffer in Thy virginal Flesh for Love of us! Sweetest Jesus! What is there that Thou could have done for us which Thou has not done! May the fruit of Thy sufferings be renewed in my soul by the faithful remembrance of Thy Passion, and may Thy Love increase in my heart each day, until I see Thee in eternity, Thou who are the treasury of every real good and every joy, which I beg Thee to grant me, O Sweetest Jesus, in Heaven. Amen.

Thirteenth Prayer
O Jesus! Strong Lion, Immortal and Invincible King, remember the pain which Thou did endure when all Thy strength, both moral and physical, was entirely exhausted, Thou did bow Thy Head saying: "It is consummated!" Through this anguish and grief, I beg of Thee Lord Jesus, to have mercy on me at the hour of my death when my mind will be greatly troubled and my soul will be in anguish. Amen.

Fourteenth Prayer
O Jesus! Only Son of the Father, Splendor and Figure of His Substance, remember the simple and humble recommendation Thou did make of Thy Soul to Thy Eternal Father, saying: "Father, into Thy Hands I commend My Spirit!" And with Thy Body all torn, and Thy Heart Broken, and the bowels of Thy Mercy open to redeem us, Thou did expire. By this Precious Death, I beg of Thee O King of Saints, comfort me and help me to resist the devil, the flesh and the world so that being dead to the world, I may live for Thee alone. I beg of Thee at the hour of my death to receive me, a pilgrim and an exile returning to Thee. Amen.

Fifteenth Prayer
O Jesus! True and fruitful Vine! Remember the outpouring of Blood which Thou did so generously shed from Thy Sacred Body as juice from grapes in a wine press. From Thy Side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, blood and water issued forth until there was not left in Thy Body a single drop, and finally, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top of the Cross, Thy delicate Flesh was destroyed, the very Substance of Thy Body withered, and the Marrow of Thy Bones dried up. Through this bitter Passion and through the outpouring of Thy Precious Blood, I beg of Thee, O Sweet Jesus, to receive my soul when I am in my death agony. Amen.

Conclusion
O Sweet Jesus! Pierce my heart so that my tears of penitence and love will be my bread day and night. May I be converted entirely to Thee, may my heart be Thy perpetual habitation, may my conversation be pleasing to Thee and may the end of my life be so praiseworthy, that I may merit Heaven and there with Thy saints, praise Thee forever. Amen.