Thursday, November 25, 2010

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, pray for us

Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Raphael.

On St. Catherine's Day, it is customary for unmarried women to pray for husbands. The French say that before a girl reaches 25, she prays: "Lord, give me a well-situated husband. Let him be gentle, rich, generous, and pleasant!" After 25, she prays: "Lord, one who's bearable, or who can at least pass as bearable in the world!" And when she's pushing 30: "Send whatever you want, Lord; I'll take it!". An English version goes,

St Catherine, St Catherine, O lend me thine aid
And grant that I never may die an old maid.


Glorious Saint Catherine, virgin and martyr,
help me to imitate your love of purity.
Give me strength and courage
in fighting off the temptations of the world and evil desires.

Help me to love God with my whole heart
and serve Him faithfully.

O Saint Catherine,
through your glorious martyrdom for the love of Christ,
help me to be loyal to my faith and my God
as long as I live.

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