Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping
Thy divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with
filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my
intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the
fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and
merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his
example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.
Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and
intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I
humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, "Thy will be done on earth as
it is in heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy
greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.
Prayer in Honor of St. Erasmus
O God, grant us through the intercession of Thy dauntless bishop and
martyr Erasmus, who so valiantly confessed the Faith, that we may learn
the doctrine of this faith, practice its precepts, and thereby be made
worthy to attain its promises. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Invocation of St. Erasmus
Holy martyr Erasmus, who didst willingly and bravely bear the trials and
sufferings of life, and by thy charity didst console many
fellow-sufferers; I implore thee to remember me in my needs and to
intercede for me with God. Staunch confessor of the Faith, victorious
vanquisher of all tortures, pray Jesus for me and ask Him to grant me
the grace to live and die in the Faith through which thou didst obtain
the crown of glory. Amen.
My LORD and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the
bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the
merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of
all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose
honor I make this novena.
Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and
graciously hear my prayer. Amen.
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