THE FIFTEEN PRAYERS

of

ST. BRIDGET

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Twelfth Prayer
Pray one Our Father and one Hail Mary.

O Jesus! Mirror of truth, symbol of unity, link of charity, remember the multitude of wounds with which You were covered from head to foot, torn and reddened by the spilling Your adorable Blood. O great and universal pain which You suffered in your virginal flesh for love of us! Sweetest Jesus! What is there that You could have done for us that You have not done! May the fruit of Your sufferings be renewed in my soul by the faithful remembrance of Your passion, and may Your love increase in my heart each day, until I see You in eternity, You who are the treasury of every real good and every joy, which I beg You to grant me, O sweetest Jesus, in Heaven. Amen.


Thirteenth Prayer
Pray one Our Father and one Hail Mary.

- O Jesus! Strong lion, immortal and invincible king, remember the pain which You endured when all Your strength, both moral and physical, was entirely exhausted. You bowed Your head, saying, “It is consummated!”
- Through this anguish and grief, I beg of You, 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
Pray one Our Father and one Hail Mary.

O Jesus! Only Son of the Father, splendor and figure of His substance, remember the simple and humble recommendation You made of Your soul to Your eternal Father, saying: “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.” And with your body all torn, and Your heart broken, and the bowels of Your mercy open to redeem us, You expired. By this precious death, I beg of You, 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 You alone. I beg of You, at the hour of my death, to receive me, a pilgrim and an exile, returning to You. Amen.


Fifteenth Prayer
Pray one Our Father and one Hail Mary.

- O Jesus! True and fruitful vine! Remember the abundant outpouring of blood which You so generously shed from Your sacred body, as juice from grapes in a wine press.
- From Your side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, blood and water issued forth until there was not left in Your body a single drop. And finally, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top of the cross, Your delicate flesh was destroyed, the very substance of Your body withered, and the marrow of Your bones dried up.
- Through this bitter passion, and through the outpouring of Your Precious Blood, I beg of You, 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 You. May my heart be Your perpetual habitation. May my conversation be pleasing to You. And may the end of my life be so praiseworthy that I may merit Heaven, and there with Your saints, praise You forever. Amen.

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