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We adore you, O Lord
True God and true man, truly present in this holy Sacrament.
We adore you, O Lord
Our Savior, God with us, faithful and rich in mercy
We adore you, O Lord
King and Lord of creation and of history
We adore you, O Lord
Conqueror of sin and death
We adore you, O Lord
Friend of humankind, the Risen One, the Living One who sits at the right hand of the Father.
We adore you, O Lord

We believe in you, O Lord
Only begotten Son of the Father, descended from heaven for our salvation
We believe in you, O Lord
Heavenly physician, who bows down over our misery
We believe in you, O Lord
Lamb who was slain, who offer yourself to rescue us from evil
We believe in you, O Lord
Good Shepherd, who give your life for the flock which you love
We believe in you, O Lord
Living bread and medicine for immortality, who give us eternal life
We believe in you, O Lord

Deliver us, O Lord
From the power of Satan and the seductions of the world
Deliver us, O Lord
From the pride and presumption of being able to do anything without you
Deliver us, O Lord
From the deceptions of fear and anxiety
Deliver us, O Lord
From unbelief and desperation
Deliver us, O Lord
From hardness of heart and the incapacity to love
Deliver us, O Lord

Save us, O Lord
From every evil that afflicts humanity
Save us, O Lord
From hunger, from famine and from egoism
Save us, O Lord
From illnesses, epidemics and the fear of our brothers and sisters
Save us, O Lord
From devastating madness, from ruthless interests and from violence
Save us, O Lord
From being deceived, from false information and the manipulation of consciences
Save us, O Lord

Comfort us, O Lord
Protect your Church which crosses the desert
Comfort us, O Lord
Protect humanity terrified by fear and anguish
Comfort us, O Lord
Protect the sick and the dying, oppressed by loneliness
Comfort us, O Lord
Protect doctors and healthcare providers exhausted by the difficulties the they are facing
Comfort us, O Lord
Protect politicians and decision makers who bear the weight of having to make decisions
Comfort us, O Lord

Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In the hour of trial and from confusion
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In temptation and in our fragility
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In the battle against evil and sin
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In the search for what is truly good and true joy
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
in the decision to remain in you and in your friendship
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord

Open us to hope, O Lord
Should sin oppress us
Open us to hope, O Lord
Should hatred close our hearts
Open us to hope, O Lord
Should sorrow visit us
Open us to hope, O Lord
Should indifference cause us anguish
Open us to hope, O Lord
Should death overwhelm us
Open us to hope, O Lord


This is the English translation of the Litany of Supplication used during the Urbi et Orbi on 27 March 2020 presided over by Pope Francis on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica.

Source:  Vatican News



Feast of the Precious Blood - 1 July 2020

"Redemisti nos, Domine, in sanguine tuo... You have redeemed us, o Lord, with your Blood."

We, the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, honour in a special way the Blood of Christ, through which he redeemed ALL people, from every tribe and tongue, people and nation. (Revelation 5:9-10)   Inspired by our Founder, Abbot Francis Pfanner, join us in praying and singing his daily prayer:

O you Saints of Almighty God

obtain for me the grace I need,

this I ask through the Precious Blood

of my Redeemer Jesus Christ.

          • Always to do the will of God, to be united to God I pray.   Refrain
          • To do everything for the love of God, to think of nothing but of God I pray.  Refrain
          • To seek in all things the glory of God, to realize my own nothingness I pray.  Refrain
          • To keep a spirit of recollection,  to recognize better the will of God.  Refrain

Daily Prayer of Abbot Francis Pfanner (1825-1909)

Music & Video by Sr. Jackline Mwaka, CPS (East African Province) 

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Happy Mother Paula and Father Founder Day!

We give you thanks, God our Father, for Abbot Francis Pfanner and Mother Paula Emunds.  May the holiness of their lives inspire us to serve You and work for Your honor and glory.  Bless all of us that we may faithfully and joyfully continue the work which they began.  All for and with God!  Father Founder and Mother Paula, pray for us!

"Deep down in my soul I feel that we have lost our Founder, our Father… Oh, how profound and painful this loss is to me…This strong and noble soul never for one moment gave in to natural weakness.  He was and remained a Trappist until the end… relishing those episodes in his eventful life when Divine Providence had led him in unknown ways and quite often in spite of himself.  At such times, he said, he could rest assured to have fulfilled God’s will." 

                     -- Mother Paula Emunds on the Death of Abbot Francis Pfanner

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Mother Paula Emunds, Co-Foundress

8 January 1865 - 21 May 1948


               VALIANT WOMAN

1.   A valiant woman strong and true,
in all things sought God’s will;
left home and all she knew and loved,
to dare the utmost for God.

2.   Christ’s Precious Blood, her priceless treasure,
was shed for one and for all;
no sacrifice too much to render
to make God’s great love known.

3.   God is my Father, I’m God’s child,
rest safely in God’s love;
our God is good and truly good
is everything God does.

4.    In loving union with our God,
and faithful in little things;
Paula Emunds made her life
a constant worship of God.

Text: Marian Maskulak, cps
Tune: Land of Rest: meter: 86 86

Sung by: CPS Generalate - 20 May 2020, Rome, Italy


Abbot Francis Pfanner, Father Founder

21 September 1825 - 24 May 1909


               DAILY SEEKING

1.   Full of love for God and neighbor Francis Pfanner sought God’s way.
Daily seeking only God’s will he continued come what may.
Fully trusting, never doubting, full of faith in God alone,
thus he ran the race before him so to reach th’eternal home.

2.   Set on fire to spread the Gospel prayer and work filled all his days.
Holding fast through pain and struggle he relied upon God’s grace.
Zeal for mission knew no bound’ries, all God’s people must be served,
this apostle to the Zulus wanted all to hear God’s Word.

3.   As we gather round God’s table sharing life and breaking bread,
Francis Pfanner would remind us Precious Blood for us was shed.
Called to live the Paschal Myst’ry, love God’s people far and near,
in our living, in our actions may our witness stand out clear.

Text: Marian Maskulak, cps
Tune: Beach Spring; meter: 87 87 D

Sung by: CPS North American Province - May 2009, Toronto, Canada


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Video Summary of Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi - Vatican Media

Pope Francis gave an extraordinary message “To the City and to the World” (Urbi et Orbi) on 27 March 2020 to pray for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.  "We are all on the same boat" in this crisis and we cry out to Jesus as the disciples did, "Teacher, do you not care if we perish?"   Pope Francis reminded us of Jesus’ response to the disciples: “Why are you afraid?  Have you no faith?”  (Mark 4:40)

“Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: ‘Do not be afraid’ (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, ‘cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us’ (cf. 1Pet 5:7).”

 Urbi et Orbi Reflection of Pope Francis Full Text



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Worldwide Crisis, Worldwide Prayer

march 22 2020


Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

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