Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, and in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare, we honor with special devotion the mysteries of the life of Christ, which speak to us of His love, His poverty, and especially His holy passion. We express our devotion through of the Holy Rosary, the Way of the Cross, and faithful adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Additional devotional practices are prepared in keeping with the liturgical season.
Our contemplative prayer is enhanced by additional Catholic prayers and devotions. Please join us in a selection of some of our favorites below.
Exhortation of Saint Francis of Assisi to Saint Clare and to the Sisters
Listen little poor ones, called by the Lord,
you have been gathered together from many parts of this land.
Live always in the truth that you may die in obedience.
Do not look at the life of this world; do not look at the life outside,
for the life of the Spirit is better, for the life of the Spirit is true.
I beg you, in my love for you that you use with kindness,
what the Lord gives to you, and though you weary with the care
of your sick, I ask you bear it in peace.
I promise that each one of you, will be crowned in heaven,
as a queen with the Virgin Mary,
through the merits of the Mother Clare, and so be it.
Prayer for Those Who Suffer
O God, You Who filled
the heart of St. Clare with love
for the mysteries of the Cross
and caused her to rejoice when sharing
in the suffering of Christ,
grant that, through
her example and prayers,
all who suffer, in mind and body
may find serenity in suffering,
faith in time of trial,
hope in Your healing mercy,
and be given a share
in the everlasting light and love
of Your Heavenly Kingdom.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Prayer for Vocations
LORD of the Harvest,
BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call. Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving for vocations blossom in the good soil of faithful people.
INSTILL those in religious life, parish ministries, and families with the confidence and grace to invite others to embrace the bold and noble path of a life consecrated to you.
UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament, so that we may cooperate with you in building your reign of mercy and truth, of justice and peace. Amen. (Pope Francis)
Dear Blessed Mother "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" for the greater glory of God. Amen
Prayer for Vocations to the Capuchin Poor Clare Sisters
O gracious God,
you call all who believe in You
to grow perfectly in love
by following in the footsteps of Christ, your Son.
May our lives as Capuchin Poor Clare sisters
provide a convincing sign of your Kingdom
for the Church and the whole world.
Continue to call young women
so that we may faithfully live the Gospel life
and build-up your Kingdom
through our life of prayer and contemplation
in humble service to our brothers and sisters.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord. Amen
Prayers by St. Francis of Assisi
A Prayer Before the Crucifix
Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart,
and give me right faith,
certain hope and perfect charity,
sense and understanding, Lord,
so that I may accomplish
your holy and true will.
A Prayer of Total Self-Giving
I beg you, Lord
let the fiery, gentle power
of your love
take possession of my soul,
and snatch it away
from everything under the heaven,
that I may die for love of your love,
as you sow fit to die for love of mine.
Salutation of the Blessed Virgin
Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen,
Mary, holy Mother of God;
you are the virgin, made church
and the one chosen by the most holy
Father in heaven
whom He consecrated
with His most holy beloved Son
and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
in whom there was and is
all the fullness of grace and every good.
Hail, His Palace!
Hail, His Tabernacle!
Hail, His Home
Hail, His Robe!
Hail, His Servant!
Hail, His Mother!
And Hail, all you holy virtues
which through the grace and light of the Holy Spirit
are poured into the hearts of the faithful
so that from their faithless state
you may make then faithful to God
Antiphon to Mary
Holy Virgin Mary,
there is no one like you born into the world;
You are the daughter
and the servant of the most high and supreme King
and the Father of heaven,
you are the Mother of Our Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the spouse of the Holy Spirit:
pray for us with St. Michael the Archangel
and all the powers of the heavens
and all the Saints
to your Most Holy Beloved Son, the Lord and Master.
— Glory to the Father...As it was in the beginning...
Prayer to Do God's Will
Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God,
grant us in our misery the grace
to do for you alone
what we know You want us to do
to desire what pleases You.
Thus, inwardly cleansed,
and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow
in the footprints of Your beloved Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
And by your grace alone
may we make our way to You, Most High,
who live and rule in perfect Trinity
and simple Unity and are glorified
Forever and ever. Amen.
A Prayer for the Intercession of Saint Veronica Giuliani
Father of Love, Who in Saint Veronica, who was conformed to Your Son, You have given us a marvelous example of patience and of ardent charity. Give to us, through her powerful intercession, to discover the sweetness found in the Cross and the grace of confidence as we implore; (here mention your intention) Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Veronica Giuliani, Pray for us.