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Saints at Prayer

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Pray to God exactly as the greatest saints did.


A large element of the saints’ holiness: they knew how to pray. The words they directed to God, and the directions on praying that they gave to souls, lift us away from petty concerns and call to mind the great truths of our salvation.

But until now, you would have had to have a library full of their writings (and ample time to comb through them all) in order to have access to their prayers.

Now: a single volume containing the best of this prayer and counsel

Saints at Prayer brings you the most beautiful and powerful prayers ever uttered by holy souls, including:



  • St. Polycarp: Prayer from the Pyre of His Martyrdom
  • St. Athanasius: The Athanasian Creed
  • St. Basil the Great: Postcommunion Prayer
  • St. Augustine: De Profundis, Miserere Mei, Deus, Dominus Illuminatio and Deus, Deus Meus
  • St. John Chrysostom: Prayer of a Priest before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
  • St. Gregory Nazianzus: Prayer for the Church
  • St. Ambrose: Prayer for the Purification of the Church; Prayer for Sanctification
  • St. Jerome: Prayer for Divine Aid
  • St. Patrick: Apostle to Ireland’s Prayer for the Faithful
  • St. Bridgid: For Abundance in Works Pleasing to God
  • St. Benedict: To Almighty God
  • St. Anselm: For a Life in God’s Service, For Knowledge of God, For the Conversion of Sinners and more from St. Anselm
  • St. Bernard: Memorare and Prayer for Divine Aid
  • St. Francis of Assisi: Praise of God, an Act of Love, and other gems
  • St. Clare of Assisi: Prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ
  • St. Anthony of Padua: Invocation of the Immaculate Virgin to Achieve Purity
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: Prayers for Before and After Holy Communion; For Things of the Soul’s Good; Against Darkness of Mind; Tantum Ergo Sacramentum
  • St. Bonaventure: To the Lord Jesus Christ; To Our Lady of Dolors; For Purification; and a short treatise on Penitence
  • St. Catherine of Siena: Constant Prayer to the Precious Blood
  • St. Thomas More: Twelve Prayers on the Passion, plus an illuminating selection from his largely-neglected Dialogue of Comfort
  • St. Teresa of Avila: Prayer in a Time of Desolations; Concerning Sufferings; In Consideration of Vain Things; more
  • St. John of the Cross: For Recollection and For the Divine Union, along with the section on prayer from the great mystic’s Spiritual Maxims
  • St. Ignatius Loyola: Suscipe, Domine; For Compliance to God’s Will; For Indifference to the World; an Act of Contrition, and a Thanksgiving
  • St. Francis de Sales: Act of Commiseration, Act of Contrition, For Circumcision of Heart, To the Holy Ghost, Act of Dedication, A Resolution, To the Sacred Heart, and a selection on prayer from his Treatise on the Love of God
  • St. Margaret Mary: Act of Humility, Act on Consecration, Dedication to the Heart of Jesus, In Time of Temptation, and Salutation to the Sacred Heart
  • St. Alphonsus Liguori: Prayers in Honor of the Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary, plus some of his writings on prayer
  • St. John Vianney: Litany of St. Philomena
  • St. Bernadette: Three Prayers to the Lord Jesus Christ, Prayer During Suffering, Six Prayers to the Blessed Virgin
  • St. Thérèse of Lisieux: To the Holy Face of Jesus Christ, Two Prayers for Children, Morning Prayer, more

    A brief, informative biographical note begins each saint’s section, highlighting each one’s wholehearted dedication to God (often in the face of martyrdom) and indomitable love for Christ and His Mother. The prayers themselves are rendered by Catholic poet Raymond E. F. Larsson in English that’s poetic, evocative, memorable—and reverent.

    These are the prayers that sanctified the saints who composed them and first offered them to God. Through them, you can make your own the holy courage of St. Polycarp…the Christian nobility of St. Bonaventure…the humility and passionate devotion of St. Augustine…the simplicity and praise of St. Francis of Assisi… the divine eloquence of St. John Chrysostom…the selfless devotion and trust of St. Bernadette and St. Thérèse…and many, many more. In all, this book contains the prayers of over fifty saints spanning the whole of the Church’s great history.

    "It is most beneficial to the soul to see how the saints conversed with God…. This book, a collection of prayers of various saints and extracts from their writings on prayer, brings one to the heart of such saints as Polycarp, Clement of Alexandria, Augustine and saints of later centuries, ending with the Little Flower. Meditation is prayer, and this collection would serve that purpose admirably."—Ave Maria, August 1, 1942

    "…The volume exercises a strong attraction. The author has an undoubted poetic talent, and his arrangement of many of the prayers according to sense lines is very effective. Some of the prayers of earlier centuries especially have a strength and moving simplicity that reveal profound spiritual depths."—Orate Fratres, 1942

    "This volume bears Archbishop Spellman’s Imprimatur, and is a true book of devotion, one that we may use with a sense of freedom for we are secure when we pray with the saints."—Commonweal, February 20, 1942



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