Perseverance and Prayer
Throughout our school's existence, the success of St. Joseph Academy has come about by simply placing the school in God's hands. It is through prayer and perseverance that the sacred responsibility -- the authentic intellectual and moral education of our students -- may be fulfilled each day. Our students and staff pray the following prayers on a daily basis:
THE MORNING OFFERING
O, JESUS, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Thy Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the holy souls in purgatory, for the intentions of all of our associates and benefactors, and for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.
HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER
HOLY SPIRIT guide my every thought, word, and deed.
PATER NOSTER (OUR FATHER)
PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum, adveniat regnum tuum, fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris, et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. 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 divine 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.
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary ...
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord,
be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary ...
And the Word was made flesh [genuflect]
and dwelt among us.
Hail Mary ...
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
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 we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
REGINA COELI (Easter Season)
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.
For He whom thou didst deserve to bear, Alleluia.
Hath risen, as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
R. Because Our Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, who by the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of eternal life, through the same Christ our Lord. 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.
THE HOLY ROSARY
-One decade. The students are asked to finish the Rosary at home with their family.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malicious enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come unto Thee,
that with Thy saints I may praise Thee
forever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL
St. 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 hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
ACT OF CONTRITION
O MY GOD, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because I have offended Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love, and I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
Prayer Before Tests:
PRAYER OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Grant, O merciful God, that I may ardently desire, prudently examine, truthfully acknowledge, and perfectly accomplish what is pleasing to Thee, for the praise and glory of Thy Name. Amen.
Various Novenas throughout the year are also prayed by staff and students (and sent home for families to join).
The Stations of the Cross are prayed every Friday during Lent.