Kinh bà Thánh Catarina
(Thánh Catarina thành Siena, Thánh Catherine thành Siena)
Lạy Nữ đồng trinh rất vẻ vang, hôm nay mọi nơi thiên hạ làm lễ kính Người, các thánh Thiên thần trên không khen Người, các đấng trên trời kính trọng Người, xin Người cầu cùng Chúa cho chúng con hằng vâng phục giới răn Đức Chúa Trời và xin thêm cho chúng con các nhân đức, cùng các sự lành khác.
Bà thánh Catarina cầu cho chúng con.
Đáng chịu lấy những sự Chúa Kitô đã hứa.
Lạy Chúa là Đấng đã ban cho bà thánh Catarina nên vinh hiển về ơn riêng đức đồng trinh và đức nhịn nhục, mà thắng trận các quỷ dữ cùng giữ lòng kính mến Tên Chúa cách vững vàng, thì xin Chúa ban cho chúng con bắt chước Người, để khi đã giày đạp sự trái thế gian cùng vượt khỏi các mưu kế giặc thù thì được đến nơi cả sáng Chúa bằng an. Vì Đức Chúa Giêsu Kitô là Chúa chúng con. Amen.
Một bản khác: kinh cầu Thánh Catarina thành Siena, thuộc khu vực Hải Phòng.
Lạy Bà Thánh Catarina đồng trinh, Bà sống ở thế gian chỉ hơn ba mươi năm, mà đã nên gương sáng cho các tín hữu về đời sống đạo đức thánh thiện, siêng năng cầu nguyện và hãm mình. Bà đã hòa mình vào cuộc sống hằng ngày, để đỡ nâng những người đau khổ, thăm viếng các bệnh nhân, thương giúp những người yếu đuối.
Vì nhiệt thành với cộng đồng dân Chúa, Bà đã làm những việc trọng đại, giúp ích cho Giáo hội, nhất là vận động Đức Giáo Hoàng bỏ lưu vong trở về Rôma.
Xin bà Thánh Catarina chuyển cầu cho chúng con được theo gương Bà, trung thành giữ các giới luật Chúa, siêng năng cầu nguyện, hãm mình, chuyên lo việc tông đồ và thi hành đức bác ái với mọi người, để sau chúng con được hạnh phúc cùng Bà trên Thiên Đàng. Amen.
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Saint Catherine of Siena prayers
“Loved Undefiled” by St. Catherine of Siena
Eternal God, eternal Trinity, You have made the Blood of Christ so precious through His sharing in Your Divine nature. You are a mystery as deep as the sea; the more I search, the more I find, and the more I find the more I search for You. But I can never be satisfied; what I receive will ever leave me desiring more. When You fill my soul I have an ever-greater hunger, and I grow more famished for Your light. I desire above all to see You, the true light, as you really are.
“My Nature is Fire” by St. Catherine of Siena
In your nature, eternal Godhead, I shall come to know my nature. And what is my nature, boundless love? It is fire, because you are nothing but a fire of love. And you have given humankind a share in this nature, for by the fire of love you created us. And so with all other people and every created thing; you made them out of love. O ungrateful people! What nature has your God given you? His very own nature! Are you not ashamed to cut yourself off from such a noble thing through the guilt of deadly sin? O eternal Trinity, my sweet love! You, light, give us light. You, wisdom, give us wisdom. You, supreme strength, strengthen us. Today, eternal God, let our cloud be dissipated so that we may perfectly know and follow your Truth in truth, with a free and simple heart. God, come to our assistance! Lord, make haste to help us!
A Prayer for St. Catherine of Siena’s Intercession
O Saint Catherine of Siena, God our Father enkindled the flame of holy love in your heart as you meditated on the Passion of Jesus His Son. Moved by His grace, you devoted your life to the poor and the sick, as well as to the peace and unity of the Church. Through your intercession, may we also come to know the love of Jesus, bring His compassion to all, and work for the unity of His Church. We ask this in Jesus’ Name and for His sake. God, You caused St. Catherine to shine with Divine love in the contemplation of the Lord’s Passion and in the service of Your Church. By her help, grant that Your people, associated in the mystery of Christ, may ever exult in the revelation of His glory. Amen.
A Prayer for the Coming of the Holy Spirit by St. Catherine of Siena
Holy Spirit, come into my heart; draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God, and grant me charity with filial fear. Preserve me, O ineffable Love, from every evil thought; warm me, inflame me with Thy dear love, and every pain will seem light to me. My Father, my sweet Lord, help me in all my actions. Jesus, love, Jesus, love. Amen.
A Prayer for Priests by St. Catherine of Sienna
Father, I beseech You, direct the hearts and wills of the servants of Your Bride, the Holy Church, unto yourself so that they may follow the poor, bleeding, humble, and gentle Lamb of God on the way of the Cross. Make them angels in the shape of men; for after all, they have to administer and distribute the Body and Blood of Your Only Begotten Son! Amen.
A Prayer to God for fleeing of self-love by St. Catherine of Siena
O omnipotent Father, God of truth, God of love, permit me to enter into the cell of self-knowledge. I admit that of myself I am nothing, but that all being and goodness in me comes solely from You. Show me my faults, that I may detest my malice, and thus I shall flee from self-love and find myself clothed again in the nuptial robe of divine charity, which I must have in order to be admitted to the nuptials of life eternal.
A Prayer for Fire Fighters to St. Catherine of Siena
Dominican Tertiary and Doctor of the Church, you were full of wisdom, the special gift of God, and you knew how to guide even Pontiffs, as well as how to extinguish fiery passions and restore true peace among people. How inspiring your spiritual writings and how heroic your abstemious life! Fires are today unfortunately all too common, including those caused by criminals. Please protect and encourage firefighters in their heroic efforts to save lives. Amen.
A Prayer for Mothers expecting a Child to St. Catherine of Siena
Humble virgin and Doctor of the Church, in thirty-three years you achieved great perfection and became the counselor of Popes. You know the temptations of mothers today as well as the dangers that await unborn infants. Intercede for me that I may avoid miscarriage and bring forth a healthy baby who will become a true child of God. Also pray for all mothers, that they may not resort to abortion but help bring a new life into the world. Amen.
A Prayer to God to follow St. Catherine’s example
Heavenly Father, Your glory is in Your saints. We praise Your glory in the life of the admirable St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her whole life was a noble sacrifice inspired by an ardent love of Jesus, Your unblemished Lamb. In troubled times she strenuously upheld the rights of His beloved spouse, the Church. Father, honor her merits and hear her prayers for each of us, and for our whole parish family dedicated to her. Help us to pass unscathed through the corruption of this world, and to remain unshakably faithful to the church in word, deed, and example. Help us always to see in the Vicar of Christ an anchor in the storms of life, and a beacon of light to the harbor of your Love, in this dark night of your times and men’s souls. Grant also to each of us our special petition.
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We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the bond of the Holy Spirit. St. Catherine of Siena, Pray for us. Amen.