December 8th “Hour of Grace”
The Blessed Mother promised that whatever a person asked her for during this Hour of Grace (even in impossible cases) would be granted to them, if it was in accordance with the Will of the Eternal Father.
The request of Our Heavenly Mother
for the Hour of Grace
- It is to be observed from 12 noon until 1 pm. One full hour of prayer.
- During this hour the person making the Hour of Grace either at home or in a church must put away all distractions. Put the dog outside, shut off your cell phone, do not answer the door, do not be cooking or doing laundry, completely cut yourself off from the noise and distractions of the world for one hour. If you are at work, take your lunch hour at that time and find a quiet place to observe the hour.
- Begin the Hour of Grace by praying three times the 51st Psalm with outstretched arms. It is Psalm 50 in the Douay Rheims Bible. It is Psalm 51 in the Revised Standard Catholic edition. Both of these Biblical translations are attached below for your convenience.
- The rest of the Hour of Grace may be spent in silent communication with God, adoring the Sacred Host, meditating upon the Passion of Jesus, saying the Holy Rosary, praising God in you own way or by using favorite prayers, singing hymns, etc. The Precious Blood devotional prayers work very well for this hour! But whatever you do, do it from the depths of your heart! It is imperative that you follow these directions of Our Lady exactly as she gave them. Modifying them to suit one’s personal desires or public Church functions may void the reception of the grace entirely. Obedience is a great virtue that is lacking in today’s society. The most powerful place to observe this hour is in front of the Blessed Sacrament exposed in Adoration, but you can pray this hour just as well in the silence of your room. The focus is to be alone with God.
Prayer for Cleansing and Pardon
To the leader. A Psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.
5 Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
6 You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you have no delight in sacrifice;
if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
19 then you will delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
(Repeat 3 times with arms outstretched)