St. Bridget’s 7 Prayers – 12 years

Many people have heard of 15 prayers of St. Bridget that focus on the passion of Our Lord. The prayers are said every day for one year. There are a list of 21 promises for those who say the prayers every day for one year. I have done the prayers two times, once while I was in the seminary and again as a priest. Recently, I have read that in 1954, The Congregation of the Holy Office prohibited the publication of the promises since the promises have no merit to them. However, the prayers are a very beautiful meditation on the passion of Our Lord and any meditation on Our Lord’s passion can only do good. A short time ago, I also discovered another set of prayers of St. Bridget called the 7 prayers. The prayers are to be said every day for 12 years. At the end of the 12 years, one would have honored each of the 5,480 blows and wounds of Our Lord’s body.

The seven prayers also have promises. I have read that the prayers and promises were approved by Popes Clement XII and Innocent X, but I can’t verify that. Again, even if the promises are not valid, the prayers in themselves are very beautiful and if prayed with devotion and love can only enhance a persons love for Our Lord.

I was moved to start the prayers during Adoration almost two years ago, but avoided that inspiration, so I began them on the Feast of St. Laurence, deacon and martyr this year (August 10).

I have made a little booklet that can be placed in your favorite prayer book, Bible or breviery. You can download it here.

The promises:

1. The soul who prays them will suffer no Purgatory.

2. The soul who prays them will be accepted among the Martyrs as though he had spilled his blood for his faith.

3. The soul who prays them can choose three others whom Jesus will then keep in a state of grace sufficient to become holy.

4. No one in the four successive generations of the soul who prays them will be lost.

5. The soul who prays them will be made conscious of his death one month in advance.


St. Bridget’s 7 Prayers – 12 years — 21 Comments

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  2. I’d really like to know if the promises have approbation! They are pretty amazing promises if they are true! Please keep us posted if you do come across proof that the promises are “real” or not.

  3. Tears welled-up in my eyes as I read this. These promises are so beautiful and loving that surely . . . OK, hopefully . . . they are genuine.

    I began the St. Bridget prayers last year and got through 5 months of daily prayer before my mother-in-law became acutely ill and then died. In my grief I could only pray the rosary and all my other prayers were placed on hold. I think I’m going to consider praying them again. The beauty of these prayers is just too lovely to leave un-prayed.

    “Un-prayed” – why, I’ve invented a new word!

    Thank you, Fr. Jay! God bless.

  4. This is a good prayer that I could start as a dedication. I can also share this to some friends who wish to have more prayer time. Apart from the prayer of St. Bridget, it encourages meditation and an alone time with God.

  5. What a magnificent and merciful prayer! Where can I purchase or make an offering for a printed copy of these promises and prayers. Our Catholic bookstores have no knowledge of these prayers and it is impossible to download them.

  6. You can purchase a beautiful printed copy of the 12 year prayers from the Dupage Marian Center, 317 W. Ogden, Westmont, IL…630-968-4684.

    • I never head of St. Bridget’s prayer until a few months ago. It’s strange that this prayer has not been more widely spread. Even clerks working in Catholic book stores admit that they are unfamiliar with this prayer and never heard of it!

  7. I prayed the 15 St. Bridget prayers for 5 years — I loved the prayers and promises. 3 1/2 years ago I dropped dead of a cardiac arrest. I was brought back to life with CPR and a defibulator on the scene. In the hospital the doctor used the exact phase “you died a sudden death” very similar to promise “14. I shall preserve him from a sudden death.” Shortly after the whole incident a friend showed me the 7 prayers to be prayed over 12 years. I have done 3+ years toward the 12 years — I am a believer in the prayers and promises! By the way, I remembered the promise 2 weeks after I had been released from the hospital while I was saying my rosary. I get goose bumps everytime I think of it.

  8. Wow Barry. That is a wonderful testimony about your “sudden death”! Thank God for these prayers and promises, and that you were preserved from a sudden death!
    I did the 15 prayers last year, now I am almost finished with the first year of the 12-year prayers.

  9. My mom said these prayers. She died last summer. She had 8 days from diagnosis (of severe aggressive leukemia) till the day she died. I asked if she knew she was going to die. She said she knew for about 2 months. In that time she visited everyone she wanted to visit and made plans for her burial and will. She was definitely made aware she was going to die.

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