Prayers

Opening Ode

Sing ye his praises loud and long,
And let the unenlightened know,
In ev’ry echo of your song,
The great deeds done, tho’ long ago.
By Columbus of the valiant soul,
Who first old Neptune has controlled,
Despite of envy, intrigue, gold,
In the dim past of long ago.

With vessels three o’er stormy sea,
He thrilled the world of long ago.
While wisdom linked with destiny,
In justice scales its weight did throw.
We are his heirs; we wear his name;
We boast his deeds; we spread his fame;
Our Order is the shining flame,
That lights the gloom of long ago.

Closing Ode

Now our evening’s work is done,
Then let us ev’ry one,
Join in a song.
Long may our Order stand
Foremost in this free land,
Ready with heart and hand
to right each wrong.

We have a mission great,
true to our Church and State,
Onward we move.
We dry the mourner’s tear,
The tired heart we cheer,
Faith in our works appear,
Upheld by love.

 

A Prayer for the Deceased

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. — Harriet Beecher Stowe

By Thy resurrection from the dead, O Christ, death no longer hath dominion over those who die in holiness. So, we beseech Thee, give rest to Thy servants in Thy sanctuary and in Abraham’s bosom. Grant it to those, who from Adam until now have adored Thee with purity, to our fathers and brothers, to our kinsmen and friends, to all men who have lived by faith and passed on their road to Thee, by a thousand ways, and in all conditions, and make them worthy of the heavenly kingdom.

Knights Prayer

Our Lady, Queen of the Knights,
bless all the activities of our Order. Keep us true to our pledge,
to extend the kingship of thy divine son on Earth. Through thine intercession, win for us the grace, ever to exemplify in our public and private lives, the virtues that should characterize those especially dedicated to the service of the heavenly court.
Make us always aware, that as your Knights, we are constantly observed, our faith judged,
and our Order Appreciated.
Accept O Mary, this renewed pledge of fealty and devotion,
of thy servants, the Knights of Columbus. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Father McGivney Prayer

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is
the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen