Prayer for Gift of Tears

Prayer for Gift of Tears

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[℣] Leader  [℟] Response  [Ⱥ] All together

† In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit † Amen.


Eternal Loving Father, sweet hope of the unhappy, to You I can never pray without hope of mercy, grant me the grace, that when I think of You, speak of You, remember You, stand before You, offer prayers and praise to You, that I may weep with tears pouring profusely in Your presence, so that my repentant heart is revealed to You. By Your Holy Spirit Who softens the hard hearts of sinners, and moves them to tears, grant me the grace of tears, as You did grant it to your saints. Saints whose example I should follow and shed tears of gratitude—for receiving Your Merciful Love—throughout my remaining life. I ask this in the Most Holy Name of Jesus your Son. Amen.

Dear Jesus, Loving Savior, Word of the Father, King of Glory, and Teacher of all virtue, by word and example You taught us to weep and mourn, saying: ‘Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted’. You wept for Your dead friend, and You wept over the city that was to perish (John 11:35). I beg You, O Compassionate Jesus, through Your most blessed tears, and through all Your tenderness, by which You come to save us who were lost, give me this grace of compassionate tears that my soul so longs for. For without Your gift of it I cannot possess it. I ask this in your Most Holy Name. Amen.


[℣] Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your WILL be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. [℟] Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.


[℣] Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. [℟] Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.


[℣] Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. [℟] As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

[℣] May the divine assistance remain always with us, [℟] and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


† In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit † Amen.

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