Prayer to Saint John Berchmans

Saint John Berchmans, my most loving patron, seraph of charity, I rejoice with you at the ardent fire of chairty, which kept your pure and innocent heart always at peace and united to God; I humbly pray thee, obtain for me such ardor of divine love that it may remove from my heart every inordinate earthly affection, destroy my evil tendencies, and cause me in all my actions ot be prompted by the purest intention: All for the greater glory of God!

-His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, by a rescript of the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences, 17 May 1890, granted to the faithful who, on the five Sundays immediately preceeding the feast of Saint John Berchmans, having received the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist, shall perform some pious exercise in honor of the saint, and shall visit a church or public oratory and pray there fore the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff, an indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines on the first four Sundays and a plenary indulgence on the fifth Sunday.


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