Official Catholic Prayers for the Conversion of Russia

The following prayers are excerpted word-for-word from The Raccolta , a manual of indulgences, prayers, and devotions officially authorized by the Holy See. We are using the 1957 Benzinger Brothers edition, which was republished in 2004 by Loreto Publications and Preserving Christian Publications. This edition is a high quality exact photo reproduction of the original, which bore the Imprimatur of Francis Cardinal Spellman.

All the numberings, titles, and notes on indulgences at the end of the prayers, as well as the prayers themselves, are exactly as they appear in this official edition.

These beautiful prayers appear in the section of The Raccolta entitled, “For the Conversion of Non-Catholics.”

630

To obtain the reunion of the Christians of the East

O Lord, who hast united the various nations in the confession of Thy name, we pray Thee for the Christian peoples of the East. Mindful of the high place they held of old in Thy Church, we beg of Thee to inspire them with an ardent desire to regain that place, in order to form, with us, one only fold under the guidance of one and the same Shepherd. Grant that their hearts may be docile to hear the voice of their holy Doctors, who are likewise our Fathers in the faith. Let a spirit of concord and charity, which is a sign of Thy presence among the faithful, hasten the day when our prayers shall be united to theirs, so that every nation and every tongue may acknowledge and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days.

A plenary indulgence once a month, on the usual conditions, for the daily recitation of this prayers (Apostolic Brief, April 15, 1916; S.P. Ap., May 22, 1937) .

631

Invocation for the Conversion of Russia

Saviour of the world, save Russia.

An indulgence of 300 days (S.P. Ap., Nov. 24, 1924)

632

Prayer to Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus for the Conversion of Russia

O loving and compassionate Saint, deign to comfort our Russian brethren, the victims of a long a cruel persecution of the Christian name; obtain for them perseverance in the faith, progress in the love of God and of their neighbor, and in confidence toward the most holy Mother of God; prepare for them holy priests who shall make reparation for the blasphemies and sacrileges committed against the holy Eucharist; grant that angelic purity, especially in the young, and every Christian virtue may once more flourish amongst them, to the end that this noble people, being delivered from all slavery and returning freely to the one fold entrusted by the loving Heart of the Risen Christ to Saint Peter and his successors, may at length taste the joy of glorifying the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit in the fellowship of the holy Catholic Church. Amen.

An indulgence of 300 days.

A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this prayer is said devoutly every day for a month (S.P. Ap., Aug. 19, 1929)


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  • IT IS TRULY A WORLD THAT IS TAKING THE MINDS AND SOULS AWAY FROM GOD…WHILE AWAKENING ONE MORNING…AS I WALKED TO GET OUT OF BED A VISION APPEARED IN MY MIND OF A DUMP LIKE ENVIORNMENT AND A CRUCIFIX LYING FACE DOWN AND AN INNER
    VOICE SAID…THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD IS DOING TO RELIGION…
    YES, THROWING IT ON A DUMP…WE MUST STAND FIRM IN THE FAITH
    YES, AND OUR COMPASSION AND LOVE FOR OTHERS MUST BE EVER THERE…WE MUST HAVE OTHER SOULS OF FAITH PRAY FOR US WHO
    MUST FACE THE EVIL MORE HEAD ON…THE HEAD OF SATAN… IT
    IS THE MIND POLLUTION THAT SPREADS LIES, PERVERSIONS, AND
    BLASPHEMY, THE DISHONOR OF A HOLY GOD, THE DISHONOR OF HIS
    HOLY SON, THE DISHONOR OF HIS HOLY MOTHER, SAINT JOSEPH AND
    ALL THE ANGELS AND SAINTS…THE DISHONOR TO TEACH EVIL AS
    GOOD AND GOOD AS EVIL AS IT WAS SO WRITTEN IN THE HOLY WORD
    OF GOD…OH, DEAREST FATHER, YOUR SON, OUR HOLY KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS DIED TO SAY TRUTH, LOVE, HOPE, YOUR
    GLORIOUS POWER AND MERCY…THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE WHO DO NOT LOVE YOU AND DO NOT WISH TO LOVE YOU…YOU WHO ARE SO
    PURE BEYOND ALL MEASURE AND GOODNESS ITSELF FROM BEGINNING
    TO ALL ETERNITY PLEASE TAKE THE WEAKEST OF US AND MAKE US
    THE STRONGEST FOR YOUR HOLY WORK…SWEEP FORTH THY PRECIOUS
    HOLY SPIRIT UPON US AND MAKE US THE SERVANTS WE SHOULD BE…
    HOSANNA FROM ALL THE ANGELS AND SAINTS TO YOU.

  • Philip3

    Why not have a prayer for the conversion of all Abrahamic religions to Catholicism?