Prayer to Saint Charbel, Our Patron Saint

O Lord Jesus, you inspired the Saint, Monk and Hermit Charbel to live and die in your path and you gave him the strength to detach himself from the world in order to make triumph, in his hermitage, the monastic virtues. We implore Thee to bestow upon us the grace to love Thee and serve Thee following his example.

God Almighty, who has manifested the power of Saint Charbel’s intercession, by the numerous miracles and favours, grant us our petition(s) by his intercession. Amen

St. John of the Cross’ “Prayer of Peace”

O Blessed Jesus, grant me stillness of soul in Thee. Let Thy mighty calmness reign in me. Rule me, O thou King of gentleness, King of peace. Give me control, control over my words, thoughts and actions. From all irritability, want of meekness, want of gentleness, O dear Lord, deliver me. By thine own deep patience give me patience, stillness of soul in Thee. Make me in this, and in all, more and more like Thee. Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila’s “Guide by You” Prayer

Lord, grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by You, always follow Your plans, and perfectly accomplish Your Holy Will.
Grant that in all things, great and small, today and all the days of my life, I may do whatever You require of me.
Help me respond to the slightest prompting of Your Grace, so that I may be Your trustworthy instrument for Your honour.
May Your Will be done in time and in eternity by me, in me, and through me. Amen.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux’s “Daily Offering to God”

My God, I offer you all that I do today for the intentions and the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I want to sanctify every beat of my heart, my thoughts and my simplest works by uniting them to his infinite merits.
I want to repair for my faults by casting them into the furnace of his merciful love.

O my God! I ask you for myself and for those dear to me the grace to fulfil perfectly your holy will and to accept for love of you the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that one day we may be reunited in Heaven for all eternity. Amen.

Prayer before an Image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O God, you have given us Mary as our Mother and through the Order of Carmel we learn to call her sister.

May we imitate her goodness and faith, and be ever joyful in the wonderful things you have done for us.

May Mary watch over and protect us on our pilgrim way to your holy mountain, Christ the Lord.

We make our prayer through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Flos Carmeli

The Flos Carmeli is a Carmelite hymn and prayer. Flos Carmeli is Latin for “Flower of Carmel” and was first used as the sequence for the Feast of St. Simon Stock. Beginning in 1663 it became the sequence for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. It is said to have been written by St. Simon Stock himself (c1165 – 1265).

English translation
Flower of Carmel, Tall vine blossom laden, Splendor of heaven, Childbearing yet maiden None equals thee. Mother so tender, who no man dist know, On Carmel’s children Thy favors bestow. Star of the Sea. Strong stem of jesse, Who bore one bright flower, Be ever near us And guard us each hour, who serve thee here. Purest of lilies, that flowers among thorns, Bring help to the true heart that in weakness turns and trusts in thee. Strongest of armor, We trust in thy might: Under counsel You give to those who turn to thee. Our way uncertain, Surrounded by foes, unfailing counsel You give to those who turn to thee. O gentle Mother, Who in Carmel reigns, Share with your servants that gladness you gained and now enjoy. Hail, Gate of Heaven, With glory now crowned, Bring us to safety Where thy Son is found, true joy to see. Amen (Alleluia)

Latin translation
Flos Carmeli, vitis florigera, splendor caeli, virgo puerpera singularia Mater mitis sed viri nescia Carmeliis esto propitia sella maris. Radi lesse germinans flosculum nos ad esse tecum in saeculum patiaris Inter spinas quae crescis lilium serva puras mentes fragilium tutelaris Armatura Fortis pugnanitium furunt bella tend praesidium scapularis Per incerta prudens consilium per adversa iuge solatium largiaris Mater dulcis Carmeli Domina plebem tuam reple laetitia qua bearis Paradisi clavis et ianua, fac nos duci quo, mater, gloria coronaris. amen (Alleluia)