40 Days for Life – Prayer Guide

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(Please note: This guide was based on a two hour time slot from 5-7PM, where the Angelus is said halfway through at 6PM. Please use this time as a guide should you choose to sign up for a two hour time slot.)

+God, come to my assistance
        Lord, make haste to help me
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
        As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
       Who made Heaven and Earth

Leader: Mary, Blessed Mother and Patroness of the Unborn, hear our pleading on behalf of the children murdered through abortion, for the conversion of their mothers and fathers, and for their doctors. We place into your maternal hands our government, especially those in political office who are Catholic but deny the dictates of our conscience. May our prayer today be used in reparation for the damage they have caused, as well as in reparation for our own lack of action in defending our unborn brothers and sisters.

Blessed Mother, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, ask the Holy Spirit to come upon our time tonight as we pray

Come Holy Spirit . . . (Spend some time in silent prayer to invoke the Holy Spirit )

Leader: Holy Spirit, we do not know how to pray. Teach us how to pray.

Blessed Mother, take our prayers which we pray and present them before your Divine Son. Beg of Him to hear us as we pray, and answer according to His Will. May our sacrifice tonight be united with all the Masses being said around the world, and may it be used for the salvation of souls and an ending to Abortion and Euthanasia.

Mary, you have revealed that the most effective prayer next to the Mass is the Rosary. As we begin to meditate upon the Joyful Mysteries, the Incatnational Mysteries, please unite us deeper with the Heart of Your Son and may these efficacious prayers be used to convert the heart of all involved in the holocaust of abortion.

PRAY THE ROSARY (Carmelite rosary is prayed. It has six mysteries rather than five)

The Immaculate Conception – Intention: For the souls of the unborn
The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary– Intention: For the mothers
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth–  Intention: For the fathers
The Nativity of Our Lord–  Intention: For the doctors
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple–  Intention: For all who encourage abortions
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple–  Intention: For an end to abortion

1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross

2. Say the Apostle’s Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

3. Say 1 Our Father (On the following bead, ascending up from the Crucifix), 3 Hail Marys (for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity – said on the three beads found after the large bead) and then 1 Glory Be (on the following singular bead):

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy 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 thee; Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of 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.

4. Each decade begins with the declaration of the mystery, followed by an Our Father, followed by 10 Hail Marys. Concluding the decade there follows a Glory Be, and then is said The Fatima Prayer:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy Mercy.

5. Repeat the process above until you have followed the beads back to the start of the Rosary proper or the Rosary’s centerpiece. Once this is completed pray The Hail Holy Queen.

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Verse: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
Response: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

6. Concluding Rosary Prayer

Verse: Let us pray,
Response: O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

End with the Sign of the Cross

Amen +


St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


Leader: We pray for the fathers affected by abortion. Those who have been wounded by their partners who have decided to abort against their will. We pray for the fathers who have encouraged an end to their unborn child’s life. We pray for the fathers who won’t even know they have had a child until they enter eternity. We entrust all of these men to Jesus through the intercession of St. Joseph.


Our Lady, Mother of the unborn victims of violence, and mother to these mothers who have abortions, we pray for your powerful intercession. Please come and intervene in the decision making of these mothers contemplating abortion. Be with those who are coerced into abortion. Be with those who are backed into a corner and feel there is no other option. Come quickly and convict the hearts of these mothers. Be for them their home and comfort. Introduce them to the love of your Son, Jesus. Heal the wounds inflicted by their sins. Console them in their shame and lead them to the fountain of mercy found in the Sacraments of the Church. We declare victory in the name of Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and over influence of the enemy in the lives of those mothers. We pray, Our Lady of Victory, be victorious in the lives of these women as we pray your Litany.


Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven. Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world. Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit. Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God. Have mercy on us.

(The response for all of the following is: Pray for us.)

Our Lady of Victory,
Victorious daughter of the Father,
Victorious Mother of the Son,
Victorious Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
Victorious servant of the Holy Trinity,
Victorious in your Immaculate Conception,
Victorious in crushing the serpent’s head,
Victorious over all the children of Adam,
Victorious over all enemies,
Victorious in your response to the Angel Gabriel,
Victorious in your wedding to St. Joseph,
Victorious in the birth of Christ,
Victorious in the flight to Egypt,
Victorious in your exile,
Victorious in your home at Nazareth,
Victorious in finding Christ at the temple,
Victorious in the mission of your Son,
Victorious in His passion and death,
Victorious in His Resurrection and Ascension,
Victorious in the Coming of the Holy Spirit,
Victorious in your sorrows and joys,
Victorious in your glorious Assumption,
Victorious in the angels who remained faithful,
Victorious in the happiness of the saints,
Victorious in the message of the prophets,
Victorious in the testimony of the patriarchs,
Victorious in the zeal of the apostles,
Victorious in the witness of the evangelists,
Victorious in the wisdom of the doctors,
Victorious in the deeds of the confessors,
Victorious in the triumph of all holy women,
Victorious in the faithfulness of the martyrs,
Victorious in your powerful intercession,
Victorious under your many titles,
Victorious at the moment of death.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Have mercy, O Lord.

Pray for us, blessed Lady of Victory.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray:
Leader: O Victorious Lady! Thou who has ever such powerful influence with Thy Divine Son, in conquering the hardest of hearts, intercede for those for whom we pray, that their hearts being softened by the rays of Divine Grace, they may return to the unity of the true Faith, through Christ, our Lord.  Amen

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to the, and for all those who do not have recourse to thee, especially the enemies of the Church and those recommended to thee. Amen.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary, conceived in the womb of the inviolate Virgin, we thank you for the gift of life. We praise and thank you for our parents who gave us this precious gift. We ask for your blessing to come upon each of them. We thank you that you knit us together in the womb and called us before we were conceived.

We come before You today, through the powerful intercession of your mother, to beg of you to end abortion. Convict the hardened hearts of humanity who have turned against the weak and defenseless in the name of convenience.

Jesus, You are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Hidden under the sacramental veil, the beauty and majesty is contained yet we cannot see it. The same is true for the unborn child. Just as in the Eucharist, this tiny child is ignored and experiences incredible torments.

Be with these souls, Lord Jesus, who need you in that moment. Bring every single one into eternal happiness by the merits of your passion, death, and resurrection.

THE ANIMA CHRISTI – Replace “me” with “them”

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever

THE CHAPLET OF  DIVINE MERCY (Please say at 3PM if applicable)
1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross

2. Say the Opening Prayer:
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

3. Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.

4. On the Our Father Beads, say the following:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

5. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
(Repeat step 4 and 5 for all five decades).

6. Conclude with (three times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

7. Say the Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

PRAY ANGELUS ONLY AT 12AM, 6AM, 12PM or 6PM (Should your time slot coincide with one of these hours)

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. Hail Mary . . .

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, we come before you and beg your Divine Mercy for the abortionists. We beg you for the grace of conversion for those these men and women involved in the procuring of these deaths. We pray that those involved in the natural sciences would begin to recognize the child in the womb. Drive the Devil out of the medical profession by the power of the Blessed Sacrament and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. By the power of the Holy Spirit, come and break the chains that hold these doctors bound. We pray not only for the doctors, but also the nurses, receptionists, and CEOs. We pray for the businesses  that create these tools of mass destruction. We pray for the contractors and every single person involved in supporting the culture of death.

Lord Jesus, we beg you for mercy. We beg you also that you would ignite a fire in the hearts of lukewarm Catholics, both clergy and laity.

May our Bishops and Priests proclaim the Gospel of Life without compromise or fear. May their faithful witness in service to life be for the lay people an incredible encouragement and may there be many who will rise up because of these faithful shepherds.

Lord, pour out immense graces in this time of trial through the hands of the Immaculate, upon our priests and clergy. May they be strengthened by the Precious Blood to carry out this fundamental task of defense of life.

Come Lord Jesus, by the powerful intercession of the Immaculata.


O Almighty, Eternal God, look upon the Face of Your Son and for love of Him, who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Your priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which
is in them by the imposition of the bishop’s hands. Keep them close to You, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests; for Your unfaithful and tepid priests; for Your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Your tempted priests; for the lonely and desolate priests; for Your young priests; for Your dying priests; for the souls of Your priests in purgatory.

But above all, I commend to you N. and all the priests dearest to me, the priest who baptized me, the priests who have absolved me from my sins, the priests at whose Masses I have assisted and who have offered me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion, the priests who have taught and instructed me or helped and encouraged me, and the priests to whom I am
indebted in any other way.

O Jesus, keep them all close to Your Heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.



Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
St. Michael, pray for us.
St. Gabriel, pray for us.
St. Raphael, pray for us.
All you Holy Angels and Archangels, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
All you Holy Patriarchs and Prophets, pray for us.
St. Peter, pray for us.
St. Paul, pray for us.
St. Andrew, pray for us.
St. James, pray for us.
St. John, pray for us.
St. Thomas, pray for us.
St. James, pray for us.
St. Philip, pray for us.
St. Bartholomew, pray for us.
St. Matthew, pray for us.
St. Simon, pray for us.
St. Jude, pray for us.
St. Matthias, pray for us.
St. Barnabas, pray for us.
St. Luke, pray for us.
St. Mark, pray for us.
All you holy Apostles and Evangelists, pray for us.
All you holy Disciples of the Lord, pray for us.
All you holy Innocents, pray for us.
St. Stephen, pray for us.
St. Lawrence, pray for us.
St. Vincent, pray for us.
Sts. Fabian and Sebastian, pray for us.
Sts. John and Paul, pray for us.
Sts. Cosmos and Damian, pray for us.
All you holy Martyrs, pray for us.
St. Sylvester, pray for us.
St. Gregory, pray for us.
St. Ambrose, pray for us.
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Jerome, pray for us.
St. Martin, pray for us.
St. Nicholas, pray for us.
All you holy Bishops and Confessors, pray for us.
All you holy Doctors, pray for us.
St. Anthony, pray for us.
St. Benedict, pray for us.
St. Bernard, pray for us.
St. Dominic, pray for us.
St. Francis, pray for us.
All you holy Priests and Levites, pray for us.
All you holy Monks and Hermits, pray for us.
St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us.
St. Agatha, pray for us.
St. Lucy, pray for us.
St. Agnes, pray for us.
St. Cecilia, pray for us.
St. Anastasia, pray for us.
St. Catherine, pray for us.
St. Clare, pray for us.

(Optional – Team Orthodoxy Paton Saints)
St. Therese Of Lisieux, pray for us.
St. John Bosco, pray for us.
St. Peter Julian Eymard, pray for us.
St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, pray for us.
Bl. Imelda, pray for us.
St. Gianna Molla, pray for us.
Bl. Pope John Paul II, pray for us.
St. Joan of Arc, pray for us.

All you holy Virgins and Widows, pray for us.
All you holy Saints of God, pray for us.

Lord, be merciful, Lord, save your people.
From all evil, Lord, save your people.
From all sin, Lord, save your people.
From your wrath, Lord, save your people.
From a sudden and unprovided death, Lord, save your people.
From the snares of the devil, Lord, save your people.
From anger, hatred, and all ill-will, Lord, save your people.
From the spirit of uncleanness, Lord, save your people.
From lightning and tempest, Lord, save your people.
From the scourge of earthquake, Lord, save your people.
From plague, famine, and war, Lord, save your people.
From everlasting death,  Lord, save your people.
By the mystery of your holy Incarnation,
By your Coming, Lord, save your people.
By your Birth, Lord, save your people.
By your Baptism and holy fasting, Lord, save your people.
By your Cross and Passion, Lord, save your people.
By your Death and Burial, Lord, save your people.
By your holy Resurrection, Lord, save your people.
By your wonderful Ascension, Lord, save your people.
By the coming of the Holy Spirit, Lord, save your people.
On the day of judgment, Lord, save your people.

Be merciful to us sinners, Lord, hear our prayer.

That you will spare us, Lord, hear our prayer.
That you will pardon us, Lord, hear our prayer.
That it may please you to bring us to true penance, Lord, hear our prayer.
Guide and protect your holy Church, Lord, hear our prayer.
Preserve in holy religion the Pope, and all those in holy Orders, Lord, hear our prayer.
Humble the enemies of holy Church, Lord, hear our prayer.
Give peace and unity to the whole Christian people,  Lord, hear our prayer.
Bring back to the unity of the Church all those who are straying, and bring all unbelievers to the light of the Gospel, Lord, hear our prayer.
Strengthen and preserve us in your holy service, Lord, hear our prayer.
Raise our minds to desire the things of heaven, Lord, hear our prayer.
Reward all our benefactors with eternal blessings, Lord, hear our prayer.
Deliver our souls from eternal damnation, and the souls of our brethren, relatives, and benefactors, Lord, hear our prayer.
Give and preserve the fruits of the earth, Lord, hear our prayer.
Grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, Lord, hear our prayer.
That it may please You to hear and heed us, Jesus, Son of the Living God, Lord, hear our prayer.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer. Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.


Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for the gift of human life. Being born in your image and likeness and redeemed by Your Son’s death, You have given us unequalled dignity, and made us Your children. May we be empowered by the power of Christ, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, to proclaim the Gospel of Life, and build the civilization of love.
United with the Blessed Virgin, may we pray without ceasing for an end to the atrocity of abortion, and live lives of faithful service to the unborn. We ask this in the name of Jesus through Mary.


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