The 15 Saint Bridget Prayers Revealed by Our Lord to Saint Bridget of Sweden in the Church of Saint Paul at Rome

These prayers published under sanction of the Decree of November 18, 1966, published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 58, Number 16, December 29, 1966.

Saint Birgitta of Sweden (1303 - 1373)

A Woman Who Changed the World

A saint for our time

BRIDE OF CHRIST

"Birgitta, I am speaking not only to you but to all Christians.  You will be My bride...and it shall be through you that I will speak to the world.  My spirit will dwell in you until your death."

PRAYERS ARE APPROVED

Pope Urban VI (1378 - 1389) encouraged the multiplication of written copies of the Revelations of Saint Bridget, for there were no printing presses at that time.  The magnificent prayers were copied from a book printed in Toulouse in 1740, and published by Father Adrien Parvilliers of the Society of Jesus, Missionary Apostolic of the Holy Land.  He had approbation, permission and recommendation to spread the devotion.

The books containing these prayers have been approved by a great number of prelates, among them His Eminence Cardinal F.J. Giraud of Cambria in 1845, and Archbishop Florian of Toulouse in 1863.  Blessed Pope Pius IX on May 31, 1862, blessed The Revelations of Saint Bridget.  The great Congress of Malines recommended the prayers on August 22, 1863.  Pope Benedict XV (1914 - 1922) expressed himself as follows on the Revelations of Saint Bridget:

The approbation of such revelations implies nothing more than, after mature examination, it is permissible to publish them for the unit of the faithful.  Though they don't merit the same credence as the truths of religion, one can; however, believe them out of human faith, conforming to the rules of prudence by which they are probable, and supported by sufficient motives that one might believe in them piously."

(Les Petits Bollandistes, tome XII)

SAINT BRIDGET OF SWEDEN

On the 14th of June, 1303, the moment Bridget was born, Benedict, the curate of Rasbo, prayed for the happy deliverance of Ingeborde.  Suddenly he found himself enveloped by a luminous cloud out of which Our Lady appeared and said, "A child has been born at Birger; her voice will be heard by the entire world."

Imprimatur: April 24, 1903, Sagii

Saint Brigitte or Saint Bridget, daughter of Birgir, royal blood prince of Sweden, was born of highly pious parents.  Having lost her virtuous mother soon after birth, little Bridget was brought up by one of her highly virtuous aunts.  She could not speak before the age of three, but as soon as she spoke, she began praising God.  In early childhood serious discourses pleased her, and grace powerfully filled her heart so that only pious readings attracted her.

At the age of ten she was particularly touched by a sermon she heard on the Passion of Our Lord.  The following night she believed that she saw Our Lord nailed to the cross and all covered with blood and wounds.  At the same time she heard a voice saying, "Look upon Me, My daughter."  "O Dear Lord," asked Saint Bridget, "who has treated You so cruelly?"  Our Lord replied, "Those who despise Me and are insensible to My Love for them."  That mysterious dream left so deep an impression on her that, from then on, she continually meditated on the sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which drove her to tears.

At the age of 15, through obedience, she was married to Prince Ulf, a very pious young man, and they had eight children.  One of her daughters became Saint Catherine of Sweden.

Saint Bridget's example more than her instructions sanctified her large family.  Her revelations and other celestial favors made her all the more fervent and humble.  She died in Rome in 1373 after having returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  She practiced mental prayer and meditated often on the life and sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  She founded the Brigittines.

For a long time Saint Bridget wanted to know the number of blows Our Lord received during His Passion.  He one day appeared to her and said, "I received 5480 blows on My Body.  If you wish to honor them in some way, say 15 Our Fathers and 15 Hail Marys with the following prayers (which He taught her) for a whole year.  When the year is up, you will have honored each one of My Wounds."

Visitors to the Church of Saint Paul at Rome can see the crucifix, above the Tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, sculptured by Pierre Cavallini, before which Saint Bridget knelt when she received these fifteen prayers from Our Lord.  The Following inscription was placed in the church to commemorate the event, "Pendentis Penderite Dei verba accepit aure accipit et verbum corde Brigitta Deum.  Anno Jubilei MCCCL."  (Translation:  "Brigit not only receives the words of God hanging in the air, but takes the work of God into her heart.  Jubilee Year 1350.")

Promises

1.  I will deliver 15 souls of his lineage from Purgatory.

2.  15 souls of his lineage will be confirmed and preserved in grace.

3.  15 sinners of his lineage will be converted.

4.  Whoever recites these prayers will attain the first degree of perfection.

5.  15 days before his death I will give him My Precious Body in order that he may escape eternal starvation; I will give him My Precious Blood to drink lest he thirst eternally.

6.  15 days before his death he will feel a deep contrition for all his sins and will have a perfect knowledge of them.

7.  I will place before him the sign of My Victorious Cross for his help and defense against the attacks of his enemies.

8.  Before his death I shall come with My dearest Beloved Mother.

9.  I shall graciously receive his soul and will lead it into eternal joys.

10.  And having led it there I shall give him a special draught from the fountain of My Deity, something I will not for those who have not recited My prayers.

11. Let it be known that whoever may have been living in a state of mortal sin for 30 years, but who will recite devoutly, or have the intention to recite these prayers, the Lord will forgive him all his sins.

12.  I shall protect him from strong temptations.

13.  I shall preserve and guard his five senses.

14.  I shall preserve him from a sudden death.

15.  His soul will be delivered from eternal death.

16.  He will obtain all he asks for from God and the Blessed Virgin.

17.  If he has lived all his life doing his own will and he is to die the next day, his life will be prolonged.

18.  Every time one recites these prayers he gains 100 days indulgence.

19.  He is assured of being joined to the supreme Choir of Angels.

20.  Whoever teaches these prayers to another will have continuous joy and merit which will endure eternally.

21.  There where these prayers are being said or will be said in the future God is present with His grace.

In the future, God is present with His grace.  The 21 Saint Brigit Promises, while traditionally associated with the Saint Brigit Prayers, are not covered by an imprimatur. In January of 1954 the Holy Office issued a warning that the supernatural origin of these promises has not been proven.

The Church has always recommended meditations on the Passion of Our Lord.  The Blessed Virgin Mary said to Saint Brigit, "The consideration of the Passion of my Son ought to be frequently in man's thoughts."  Saint Bonaventure said, "Let him who desires to attain union with God keep the eyes of his soul ever fixed on Him who hangs dying on the Cross.  It's from those wounds of the Savior that man draws power to suffer not merely with patience but with joy."

1st Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus Christ!  Eternal Sweetness to those who love Thee, joy surpassing all joy and all desire, salvation and hope of all sinners, Who hast proved that Thou hast no greater desire than to be among men, even assuming human nature at the fullness of time for the love of men, recall all the sufferings Thou has endured from the instant of Thy conception and especially during Thy Passion, as it was decreed and ordained from all eternity in the Divine plan.

Remember, O Lord, that during the Last Supper with Thy disciples, having washed their feet, Thou gavest them Thy Most Precious Body and Blood, and while at the same time Thou didst sweetly console them, Thou didst foretell them Thy coming Passion.

Remember the sadness and bitterness which Thou didst experience in Thy soul as Thou Thyself bore witness saying, "My Soul is sorrowful even unto death."

Remember all the fear, anguish and pain that Thou didst suffer in Thy delicate Body before the torment of the crucifixion, when, after having prayed three times, bathed in sweat of blood, Thou wast betrayed by Judas, Thy disciple, arrested by the people of a nation Thou hadst chosen and elevated, accused by false witnesses, unjustly judged by three judges during the flower of Thy youth and during the solemn Paschal season.

Remember that Thou wast despoiled of Thy garments and clothed in those of derision; that Thy face and eyes were veiled, that Thou wast buffeted, crowned with thorns, a reed placed in Thy hands, that Thou was cursed with blows and overwhelmed with affronts and outrages.

In memory of all these pains and sufferings which Thou didst endure before Thy Passion on the cross, grant me before my death true contrition, a sincere and entire confession, worthy satisfaction and the remission of all my sins.  Amen.

2nd Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  True liberty of angels, Paradise of delights!  Remember the horror and sadness which Thou didst endure when Thy enemies, like furious lions, surrounded Thee, and by thousands of insults, spits, blows, lacerations and other unheard-of-cruelties, tormented Thee at will.  In consideration of these torments and insulting words, I beseech Thee, O my Saviour, to deliver me from all my enemies, visible and invisible, and to bring me, under Thy protection, to the perfection of eternal salvation.  Amen.

3rd Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Creator of Heaven and Earth Whom nothing can encompass or limit, Thou Who dost enfold and hold all under Thy loving power, remember the very bitter pain Thou didst suffer when the Jews nailed Thy sacred hands and feet to the cross by blow after blow with big blunt nails, and not finding Thee in a pitiable enough state to satisfy their rage, they enlarged Thy Wounds, and added pain to pain, and with indescribable cruelty stretched Thy Body on the cross, pulled You from all sides, thus dislocating Your limbs.

I beg of Thee, oh Jesus, by the memory of this most loving suffering of the Cross, to grant me the grace to fear Thee and to love Thee.  Amen.

4th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Heavenly Physician, raised aloft on the cross to heal our wounds with Yours, remember the bruises which Thou didst suffer and the weakness of all Thy members which were distended to such a degree that never was there pain like unto Thine.  From the crown of Thy head to the soles of Thy feet there was not one spot on Thy body that was not in torment, and yet, forgetting all Thy sufferings, Thou didst not cease to pray to Thy Heavenly Father for Thy enemies, saying, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

Through this great mercy, and in memory of this suffering, grant that the remembrance of Thy most bitter Passion may affect in us a perfect contrition and the remission of all our sins.  Amen.

5th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Mirror of eternal splendor, remember the sadness which Thou experienced, when contemplating in the light of Thy Divinity the predestination of those who would be saved by the merits of Thy Sacred Passion, Thou didst see at the same time, the great multitude of reprobates who would be damned for their sins, and Thou didst complain bitterly of those hopeless lost and unfortunate sinners.

Through this abyss of compassion and pity, and especially through the goodness which Thou displayed to the good thief when Thou saidst to him, "This day, thou shalt be with Me in Paradise."  I beg of Thee, oh Sweet Jesus, that at the hour of my death, Thou wilt show me mercy.  Amen.

6th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Beloved and most desirable King, remember the grief Thou didst suffer, when naked and like a common criminal, Thou was fastened and raised on the cross, when all Thy relatives and friends abandoned Thee, except Thy Beloved Mother, who remained close to Thee during Thy agony and whom Thou didst entrust to Thy faithful disciple when Thou saidst to Mary, "Woman, behold thy Son!" and Saint John, "Son, behold Thy Mother!"

I beg of Thee oh my Savior, by the sword of sorrow which pierced the soul of Thy holy Mother, to have compassion on me in all my afflictions and tribulations, both corporal and spiritual, and to assist me in all my trials, and especially at the hour of my death.  Amen.

7th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Inexhaustible Fountain of compassion, Who by a profound gesture of love, said from the cross, "I thirst!" suffered from the thirst for the salvation of the human race.  I beg of Thee O my Savior, to inflame in our hearts the desire to tend toward perfection in all our acts; and to extinguish in us the concupiscence (lust; desires; wants) of the flesh and the ardor of worldly desires.  Amen.

8th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Sweetness of hearts, Delight of the Spirit, by the bitterness of the vinegar and gall which Thou didst taste on the cross for love of us, grant us the grace to receive worthily Thy precious Body and Blood during our life and at the hour of our death, that they may serve as a remedy and consolation for our souls.  Amen.

9th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Royal virtue, Joy of the Mind, recall the pain Thou didst endure when, plunged in an ocean of bitterness at the approach of death, insulted, outraged by the Jews, Thou didst cry out in a loud voice that Thou was abandoned by Thy Father, saying, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"

Through this anguish, I beg of Thee, O my Savior, not to abandon me in the terrors and pains of my death.  Amen.

10th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Who art the beginning and end of all things, Life and Virtue, remember that for our sakes Thou was plunged in an abyss of suffering from the soles of Thy feet to the crown of Thy head.  In consideration of the enormity of Thy wounds, teach me to keep, through pure love, Thy Commandments, whose way is wide and easy for those who love Thee.  Amen.

11th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Deep abyss of mercy, I beg of Thee, in memory of Thy wounds which penetrated to the very marrow of Thy bones and to the depth of Thy being, to draw me, a miserable sinner, overwhelmed by my offenses, away from sin and to hide me from Thy face justly irritated against me, hide me in Thy wounds, until Thy anger and just indignation shall have passed away.  Amen.

12th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Mirror of Truth, Symbol of Unity, Link of Charity, remember the multitude of wounds with which Thou was covered from head to foot, torn and reddened by the spilling of Thy adorable blood.  Oh Great and Universal Pain which Thou didst suffer in Thy virginal Flesh for love of us!  Sweetest Jesus!  What is there that Thou couldst have done for us which Thou hast not done!  May the fruit of Thy sufferings be renewed in my soul by the faithful remembrance of Thy passion, and may Thy love increase in my heart each day, until I see Thee in eternity, Thou Who art the treasury of every real good and every joy, which I beg Thee to grant me, O Sweetest Jesus, In Heaven.  Amen.

13th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Strong Lion, Immortal and Invincible King, remember the pain which Thou didst endure when all Thy strength, both moral and physical, was entirely exhausted, Thou didst bow Thy Head, saying, "It is consummated!"  

Through this anguish and grief, I beg of Thee Lord Jesus, to have mercy on me at the hour of my death when my mind will be greatly troubled and my soul will be in anguish.  Amen.

14th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  Only Son of the Father, Splendor and Figure of His Substance, remember the simple and humble recommendation Thou didst make of Thy Soul to Thy Eternal Father saying, "Father, into Thy Hands I commend My Spirit!" and with Thy Body all torn, and Thy Heart broken, and the bowels of Thy mercy open to redeem us, Thou didst expire.  By this precious death, I beg of Thee O King of Saints, comfort me and help me to resist the devil, the flesh and the world so that being dead to the world I may live for Thee alone.  I beg of Thee at the hour of my death to receive me, a pilgrim and an exile returning to Thee.  Amen.

15th Prayer

Our Father - Hail Mary

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 our death.  Amen.

Oh Jesus!  True and Fruitful Vine!  Remember the abundant outpouring of blood which Thou didst so generously shed from Thy Sacred Body as juice from grapes in a wine press.

From thy side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, blood and water issued forth until there was not left in Thy body a single drop, and finally, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top of the cross Thy delicate Flesh was destroyed the very substance of Thy Body withered, and the Marrow of Thy Bones dried up.

Through this bitter passion and through the outpouring of Thy precious blood, I beg of Thee, oh Sweet Jesus, to receive my soul when I am in my death agony.  Amen.

Conclusion

Oh Sweet Jesus!  Pierce my heart so that my tears of penitence and love will be my bread day and night; may I be converted entirely to Thee, may my heart be Thy perpetual habitation, may my conversation be pleasing to Thee and may the end of my life be so praiseworthy that I may merit Heaven and there with Thy saints, praise Thee forever.  Amen.

MY DAILY OFFERING

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.  I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians.  I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month

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