On the medal pray
O Glorious Saint Matthew, in your Gospel you portray Jesus as the longed-for Messiah who fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Covenant and as the new Lawgiver who founded a Church of the New Covenant. Obtain for us the grace to see Jesus living in his Church and to follow His teachings in our lives on Earth so that we may live forever with him in Heaven.
On the first set of three beads, pray the Our Father (on each 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.
On the second set of three beads, pray the Hail Mary (on each bead)
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.
On the third set of three beads, pray the Glory Be (on each bead)
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.
On the crucifix pray
We are reminded by the call of Saint Matthew that when we put on Christ, and follow Him, our old ways are made new, our sins are forgiven and we are reborn into the light of His salvation. If Christ could call a tax collector to be His Disciple, we are filled with the hope that our salvation, however improbable it may seem based upon our wicked lives, is not only possible, but inevitable when we put our faith in the Lord. Lift our gaze to Heaven and center our lives in His love.
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