A Prayer for the Preservation of the Faith
O my Redeemer, will that terrible moment ever come, when but few Christians
shall be left who are inspired by the spirit of faith, that moment when Thine
indignation shall be provoked and Thy protection shall be taken from us?
Have our vices and our evil lives irrevocable moved Thy justice to take vengeance,
perhaps this very day, upon Thy children?
O Thou, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we conjure Thee, in the bitterness
of our contrite and humbled hearts, not to suffer the fair light of faith to be
extinguished in us. Remember Thy mercies of old, turn Thine eyes in compassion upon
the vineyard planted by Thine own right hand, and watered by the sweat of the Apostles,
by the precious blood of countless Martyrs and by the tears of so many sincere penitents,
and made fruitful by the prayers of so many Confessors and innocent Virgins.
O divine Mediator, look upon those zealous souls who raise their hearts to Thee and pray
without ceasing for the maintenance of that most precious gift of Thine the true faith.
We beseech Thee, O God of justice, to hold back the decree of our rejection, and to turn
away Thine eyes from our vices and regard instead the adorable Blood shed upon the Cross,
which purchased our salvation and daily intercedes for us upon our altars. Ah, keep us sage
in the true Catholic and Roman faith. Let sickness afflict us, vexations waste us, misfortunes
overwhelm us! But preserve us in us Thy holy faith; for if we are rich with this precious gift,
we shall gladly endure every sorrow, and nothing shall ever be able to change our happiness.
On the other hand, without this great treasure of faith, our unhappiness would be unspeakable and without limit!
O good Jesus, Author of our faith, preserve it pure within us; keep us safe in the bark of Peter,
faithful and obedient to his successor and Thy Vicar here on earth, that so the unity of holy
Church may be maintained, holiness fostered, the Holy See protected in freedom, and the Church
universal extended to the benefit of souls.
O Jesus, Author of our faith, humble and convert the
enemies of Thy Church; grant true peace and concord to all Christian kings and princes and to
all believers; strengthen and preserve us in Thy holy service, to the end that we may live in
Thee and die in Thee. O Jesus, Author of our faith, let me live for Thee and die for Thee. Amen
St. Clement Hofbauer