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Urging Prayers of Peace by Blessed Pope Pius IX

Urging Prayers of Peace
On Promotion Of False Doctrines
Pope Pius IX (Italian: Pio IX; 13 May 1792 – 7 February 1878), Painting by American portrait painter George Peter Alexander Healy.

“When We contemplate the whole Catholic world with the care and affection of Our apostolic love, We can hardly put into words how deeply saddened We are at seeing Christian and civil society disturbed and thoroughly confused, oppressed and torn apart by all kinds of disasters. Moreover you know very well how the Christian people are afflicted and harassed by ferocious wars, internal discords, plagues, earthquakes, and other serious troubles. In addition, it is lamentable that among so many injuries and evils perpetrated by the sons of darkness, who are more artful than the sons of light, they try energetically to wage a bitter war against the Catholic Church and its doctrines. In this they use diabolic deceits, arts, and labors. They attempt to overthrow the authority of the Church’s legitimate power and to corrupt the minds and souls of everyone. They want to spread everywhere the deadly virus of indifferentism and unbelief; to mix together all human and divine rights; to promote dissension, discord, and movements of impious rebellion; and to commit vicious deeds and cruel crimes. They leave nothing untried so that if it were possible, Our religion would be uprooted and human society itself might be destroyed.” — Apostolicae Nostrae Caritatis, 1854.

Prayer for Peace

DA pacem, DOMINE, in diebus nostris: quia non
est alius qui pugnet pro nobis nisi tu, DEUS noster.
Give peace, O LORD, in our days; for there is none
other that fighteth for us, but only Thou, our GOD.

[℣.] Fiat pax in virtute tua
[℟.] Et abundantia in turribus tuis.

[℣.] Let there be peace in thy strength, O LORD.
[℟.] And plenty in thy strong places.
Oremus. Let us pray.
DEUS, a quo sancta desideria, recta consilia, et
justa sunt opera: da servis tuis illam, quam
mundus dare non potest, pacem: ut et corda nostra
mandatis tuis dedita, et hostium sublata formidine,
tempora sint tua protectione tranquilla. Per
O GOD, from whom proceed all holy desires, all
right counsels and just works; grant unto us thy
servants that peace which the world cannot give,
that our hearts may be devoted to thy service, and
that, being delivered from the fear of our enemies,
we may pass our time in peace under thy
protection. Through CHRIST our LORD. Amen.
Amen. Amen.

Source: The Raccolta. 100 Days, T.Q. (See Instructions) ii. Plenary once a month. I, II, III, IV. 18 Pius IX. May 18, 1848

This indulgence will be granted to all the faithful of your dioceses who accomplish the following acts within a three month span to be determined by each one of you and computed from the day which you decide upon. They must have humbly confessed their sins with sincere regret for them, and after being purified with sacramental absolution, they must have reverently received the sacrament of the Eucharist. They must also visit three churches designated by you or one of the churches three times and must say prayers there for the exaltation and prosperity of Holy Mother Church and the Apostolic See, for the elimination of heresies, for the peace and harmony of the Christian princes, and for the tranquillity and unity of the whole Christian people. Moreover they should fast once within the same period and give some alms to the poor. This indulgence can also be applied to the souls in purgatory. Since We desire even cloistered nuns and other people permanently in cloister to participate in this indulgence, as well as people in prisons, invalids, and other people prevented by any handicap from carrying out some of the aforementioned works, We grant the confessors the ability to exchange one work of piety for another or to defer it to another time. In addition, the confessors will have the power to give communion to children who have not yet had their first communion. Therefore, We authorize you on this occasion and during this three month period to bestow on the confessors of your dioceses all those same powers which We gave in the other jubilee announced through Our encyclical letter of November 21, 1851.

Related: Praying the Rosary for Peace.

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