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.


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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.

        • That is for the “15 Prayers of St. Bridget.” Nothing is said of the “7 Prayers.”

          One must always remember. Non of this is magic. We must have a solid and faithful Sacramental life. In that, God’s generosity can never be outdone.

          • Father, since Jesus gave Peter the power to loose and bind. Would it not follow that if any VALID POPE succeeding Peter approved the messages and prayers that by their approval they would bind them on earth, therefore bind them in heaven?

            I received a private revelation regarding this and I truly believe in the authority of the magisterium and the true successors of Peter. I don’t think a priest has this authority but The Pope Clement & Innocent would definitely have this authority.

          • When it comes to private devotions and private revelation, the local bishop can approve or reject them. This is not in the competence of a priest. However, even if a private revelation or devotion are approved, that does not bind anyone to accept it. That is what private means. We all have our own likes and dis-likes. It is the same with private devotions. This applies to most private devotions. However, the rosary seems to be the exception. Canon law strongly encourages both priests and laity to pray it daily.

    • Who cares if the promises are authentic? Do we do things because we want some sort of payment? These are beautiful prayers for the entire world which is in such need in this decadent era. Have we no faith that we will be rewarded a thousand fold for our smallest gesture of love for the Lord? Do them for love of Him!

        • I understand that I shouldn’t do things for a repayment. However, the promises related to family conversion and release from purgatory is my motivation. I’m tormented by the thought of losing family to the devil and the suffering of family. My motivation isn’t for myself.

          • Our Lord offered Himself because He loves us so much. Do you think He would not
            answer the prayers of a sincere and loving heart? It is impossible! Place your family in the wound of His Sacred Side. He will not let them be lost!

      • I’ve been praying them for 3.5 years. Both the 15 prayers and the 7 prayers along with my rosary I have not missed even one day. However when I found them I was praying to Jesus to save my kids. I was terrified for their souls at the time. He led me to these miraculously. It was a very strange and devine intervention that brought me to them. That is why I have so much faith in the promises. I truly believe that He answered my prayers with these promises. I know in my heart that Jesus was guiding me and giving me peace. I recommend them to everyone. I trust in the promises too.

  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.

    • I know there are questions about the promises with the 15 prayers from St. Bridget. I prayed them for a year and but had missed occasionally. Did not think about the part where you are supposed to make them up during the year. Kept praying them but wondered if Jesus was going grant my prayer. One day he answered me by appearing and revealing to me a blow to the back of his head. Since that was what St. Bridget prayed for, he answered my prayers. He also answered the needs I had been concerned about. As you read the various devotions, don’t they always seem amazing? Still, God always seems to promise salvation and that those who cooperate with his grace by saying the prayers will have their prayers positively answered – as long as what you ask does not oppose God’s will. Even there, we have to expect a little rain, pain and suffering. We have an opportunty of salvation in a place of penance. God Bless!

  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.

  10. Well, as far as the promises go… I don’t really care if they are ‘real’ or not. It is not for me to decide whether or not I will suffer purgatory, how I will die etc. – that is the Lord’s decision. It is not that I am lacking in faith but I would rather come before the Lord without expectations or conditions….humble myself before the Lord and be elated if he pardons me. Then – if I do pray these prayers and suffer no purgatory, know my time of death, etc I will be extremely honoured and eternally grateful. It is my greatest hope that my prayers will be acceptable and pleasing to the Father and I know my reward will come in whatever fashion He decides. If I do suffer, in this life or the next – I’m sure it will be for my healing and benefit (or for some other divine cause) and not as a form of punishment from God.

    As far as the 12 years go – I started praying these prayers in February of 2006. I don’t count the years anymore because it has become a part of my daily prayer routine. I don’t plan on stopping after 12 years. I will stop will I am no longer able to pray…….

    Let’s say for the sake of argument that my prayers are worthy and the promises ‘arrive’. Perhaps in his great mercy God will release 6 souls if I pray for 24 years…… Perhaps if I then offer my “Get out of Jail – aka purgatory FREE card” in exchange for the release of another soul God will release 7 of my choosing….. That’s a potential of 7 people that I love that would not have to suffer….. possibly more if I live longer!! What more could a girl ask?

    Ok – so let’s say that there’s more to it…. That the promises don’t come. That I was not attentive enough or God had another plan or whatever the case may be…. What if I spend all these years praying and I die a sudden death and am sent to purgatory – then what….? I still believe that my prayers help the poor souls in purgatory and so – I carry on. I sometimes try to think of these prayers as a form of charity…. as a good deed that I perform for other people. And if at some time in the future I find myself in a similar situation, when I am completely helpless and unable to repay in any fashion – I pray to God that someone else will pay me the same courtesy….. Amen

  11. Thank you all for all your comments! You are wonderful, inspirational people and I just know God will bless you all through Mary, “now at at the hour of our death” Amen

  12. Hey, all of you, this is truly awesome, you truly love Jesus Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, and Holy Mother Catholic Church, and this brings joy, hope to my heart. you truly seem to be out of this world, for you are already living in God’s Kingdom. if you can, get a copy of The Pieta, a little prayer book which contain many other powerful prayers, including the prayer to St Michael and the nine chorus of angels, which also bring promises, but even if those promises were not true, we must beleive in the aid that our guardian angels give to us. Our God, has truly blessed us with all the spirituals blessings and gifts in His Beloved Son and Our Lord Jesus, and in that note, I leave you with my tought, that We who believe and Love God, we are truly rich and can take this to bank, and those who do no believe, are also rich, but live in the worst state of poverty, because they do not know they are wealthy and they do not how to go to bank. So, lets us all keep in praying for sinners anywere, sinners in the universal church, sinners in our own families and even for ourselves, for we too, while were are in this body and on this earth, we have the need of Our Lord Jesus. Lets offer all to Jesus, to love him more and more for He alone is Worthy.
    All you posts have truly inspired me.
    Blessings to all.
    Rose

  13. One question the 15 prayers are prayed all in one day or 1 day at a time and start all over?
    I just found this prayer and I want to start praying. I want to pray it the right way. I always fear I’m praying wrong like not reciting the 15 prayers correctly, the Rosary or chaplets, etc.,
    Thank you

    • These are the “7 Prayers”, the “15 Prayers” are also from St. Bridged. Both are prayed every day for the specified amount of time. The 15 prayers are prayed every day for one year. The 7 prayers are prayed every day for 12 years.

      Also, if you miss a day due to some unforeseen circumstances, just make it up on another day.

      • Has the Catholic Church no information on the 7 prayers. I pray them every day because I have three close family members who I need to help with them and I receive great solace and comfort in their being true. “Sacro COllegio de propaganda Fidel”as well as POpe CLement XII. Stated this devotion good and recommended them &Pope INnocent X confirmed the revelation as being from the Lord. Any more info out there?

  14. Just finished 1 year saying the 15 daily prayers. What beautiful prayers they are, they bring great comfort to your daily life! I have just downloaded the 7 prayers for the 12 yrs. I have just been so inspired by these posts by you very committed people above! We really need to witness to our belief in the Lord. We can give encouragement to others and that is what we are called to do in the scriptures!! God bless to all.

  15. I completed the 15 prayers of St. Bridget for 1 year in 1992, and I have no doubt that the promises are real. It is true of all things of Our Lord, …. we do one thing for Him and He in return repays us 100 fold with the 21 promises. I have written a book called “Here I Am” Encounters with a Triune God explaining how these prayers have given me the Almighty’s protection in times of distress and broadened my relationship with Our Lord. I also had the opportunity to discuss this devotion with Blessed John Paul II when he was Pope and I gathered that he likewise believed that the 21 promises were valid and that the devotion should be spread. Congratulations to all of you endeavouring to complete this devotion, and those who have already have and continue in prayer for there is a blessing to those who promote this devotion.
    If you are interested in other good devotions, may I recommend the 3 year devotional prayers honoring the drops of blood shed by the Lord in his passion. I found both of these devotions in the Pieta Prayer Booklet that my father gave me and I have completed the 3 year devotion 6 fold over my life. There are promises attached to it as well and I have said them for the redemption of my family members who have lapsed from the faith.
    My spirit is stirred that so many others have taken to St. Bridget’s devotional prayers. God Bless!

  16. I turned 65yrs yesterday,and started the twelve year prayers. Reading all your lovely comments has given me confidence and it was like receiving a spiritual birthday present . Thank you.d

  17. I just found this blog while researching possible source citations for Pope Clement XII and the Propaganda Fide’s approval of the promises attached to the 12 year prayers. While I have not yet found a proper citation, my personal experience convinces me that the promises are authentic. I am 2 months away from completing the 12 years, and I have never missed a day, except for twice when I was out with a high fever. From the start, I asked my guardian angel to never let me forget to say these prayers at night. This was no small request, since by nature I am extremely absent-minded. I simply could not have done it on my own! As my purpose in starting these prayers was to obtain the promises attached to them, I trust that my guardian angel would not have helped me persevere all these years unless they were valid.

    • I began the 12 year prayers on 8/11/06 and carry a copy in my purse so I always have one with me. The promises are so wonderful I can’t imagine not praying them. I would encourage everyone young and old to begin them. If the person dies before the twelve years are over Our Lord will accept them as having been prayed in their entirety! Please check these prayers out for the Lord’s promises about your eternity.

  18. I started the 7 prayers in 2010. They were in the book ‘Get Us Out of Here’ by Maria Simma a woman who spoke to and prayed for the Souls in Purgatory. I found the 15 prayers in a booklet left in church, which I took, copied, and returned for someone else to use. I will finish in July, 2015. I started each set because of the promises, for my children and all the way down to my great-great grandchildren (4 generations saved). My children need help even having been raised Catholic and not missing Mass, prayer before meals,night prayers, all their sacraments. None practice now – the youngest has to go to Mas until he is 18, then I’m afraid he will quit too. These prayers are my hope for their salvation (and in my lifetime I ask God :) ). My mom didn’t want to start them because of learning when she would die, that doesn’t frighten me, especially since the posting of the woman who knew and visited all her friends and loved ones and the gentleman who had a sudden death and came back to live longer. I thank God for giving me these prayers.

  19. I have stopped and started these prayers a number of times. I am trying to concentrate on the actual meditations. The promises are wonderful but is it wrong to be motivated by them? Thank you for the idea of asking my guardian angel to remind me and pray them with me.

  20. I have begun praying them on 25 may 2003 on Padre Pio birhday and will finish them tomorrow 24 may 2015. I cannot say enough about how many benefits I have experienced in these 12 years span !! I now see clearly that had I not prayed them I should not have been able to see so many things so clearly and in truth, but in the light of the faked reality and should have made very wrong decisions with myself. I have been provided with so many spiritual and material benefits that 12 years ago i did not even dare dreaming of it! Apart from a very good career and very good finances , my father and I have won the battle with cancer , and so many other things!
    All I can say is completely trust the power of these prayers that lies within Jesus character Which is the embodyment of honesty and goodness and Who always keeps His promises- including these prayers !
    Keep on saying them and after 12 years span you will perceice as you have finished them in no time.
    Bogdan

  21. I prayed that my adult son in another country would get confirmed. He did. Recently. I prayed for another family member who was dying. He got better. I prayed for my daughter. Her husband wants to convert and their baby was baptized RC. My siblings (left the country long ago for other shores) with zero interest in me, now after decades have contacted me. (I think Our Lady has helped out here as well). I prayed for an old sick lady who was dying. All I had time for was the last 2 decades of the Joyful Mysteries. When I came back to see her, she was dead. I was very sad that she’d only got 2 decades of the Rosary from me. Some time later I stared to think about her and the Presentation and the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, and then I thought I have to have faith and believe in the power of just these prayers on their own. So when I went to Mass I looked at Jesus when the Communion and the Chalice were raised, and I asked to Child Jesus to help the dead lady. As for Saint Bridget, I bless her holy name in Heaven and I ask Jesus to bless her mission that we are all now involved in by saying and doing her prayers, and also remembering Jesus in this way. As for all of you above, not only will you get into Heaven but you have much work to do here and there. Get on and believe. Have faith in your prayers to our God, the God who is Jesus.

  22. Happy Birthday Saint Bridget – Eternal Father I offer you through Marys unblemished hands and the Sacred Heart of Jesus the Precious Blood of your Divine Son for the honour of Saint Bridget for the Holy Souls and the needs of the Holy Church. I praise Our Lord for the great graces he has bestowed on Saint Bridget – for these wonderful prayers – I think I ought to thank Our Lady – if I ma correct didn’t she dictate the seven years prayers ?

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