St. Joseph's Catholic Church Bromyard


Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel


Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness  and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who  wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.


Thanksgiving Prayer after Communion


 Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All,  How can I love thee as I ought?

And how revere this wondrous gift, so far surpassing hope or thought?

Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore. O make us love thee more and more.


Act of Contrition


 Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee,  and

I detest my sins above every other  evil, becuase they displease thee my God,

who for thy infinte goodness, art so deserving of all my love,

and I firmly resolve, by thy Holy Grace never more to offend thee, but to amend my life, Amen.    


 Desiderata - by Max Ehrmann


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.


If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.


Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons

strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.


Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.


Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have

a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.


Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of

life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.