St. Bridget Prayers revisited

Today, I hit the two year mark on the 7 Prayers of St. Bridget. I highly recommend them. They are an opportunity for people to make a commitment to praying these prayers, every day, for 12 years. Most people can’t or just do not commit to prayer. Use these prayers to make a commitment to prayer. Let them be your starting point, from which you go deeper into the life of prayer. They are also a very succinct way to meditate on the passion of our Lord. We don’t take enough time to meditation on our Lord’s passion. If all people meditated on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ for a little time each day, it would change them and change their life. The passion helps us to see that there is something much more important than the many little concerns that we have. We do an awful lot of complaining. Those small things become much small in comparison to our eternal salvation. the 12 prayers of St. Bridget are beautiful. Give them a try!

Originally posted on August 20, 2013

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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Father Jay Finelli is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence in the state of Rhode Island. He is a webmaster, podcaster, and blogger. In his free time, Father is an avid Live Steam enthusiast.

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St. Bridget Prayers revisited — 4 Comments

  1. Question: you said the promises were prohibited in 1954. I read somewhere that they were approved by a prior pope in the past. I can’t remember which one. I had a miraculous awakening to the faith 3+ years ago and God led me to these prayers and especially the promises. I started 3 years ago during lent.

    The revelation I received is this.

    Matthew 16:18-19

    And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

    –Since a pope who was a successor of Peter had approved them, they were bound on earth by his authority. Therefore with faith I could trust that they would also be bound in heaven.

  2. I gave these prayers to my father and his wife. They believed also and started the prayers after me. They were in an adulterous situation since they were both divorced and remarried. I got dad to go to confession and they lived as brother and sister after that. They were in their 80’s so financially separation would be devastating for her. She had never worked so she was dependent on my dads income. Dad’s wife died last year but she was praying them devoutly. She knew a month before her death that she was going. She went to the hospital and then 2 weeks later was released, then immediately fell and went back to the hospital another 2 weeks and died. One of the promises is that you will be notified of your death one month in advance. I believe with all my heart in these prayers AND the promises.

  3. My dad died last October after 30 years of suffering with a massive stroke and paralysis. My mom gave me his prayer book. My dad prayed the 15 prayers of st Bridget 3 different years. One of the promises from Jesus is that he will come with his Blessed Mothet prior to death. My dad spent the last three days of his life in hospice in a hospital. He was sedated with morphine. The morning of his death the hospice nurse told my mom that my dad called out which she said never happens. I KNOW that Jesus came with the Blessed Mothet that morning. My dad died at 6 pm that evening. I had spent the night sleeping in a chair next to my dads bed. Knowing that Jesus and Mary were in the room overehelms me. My dad had such faith. So do I. I have been praying the prayers. God is so so good.

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