Prayers and Devotions

This is a (partial) list of ebooks and texts of, or about prayers. For other legally free ebooks, kindly search the more-frequently updated blog page of the Catholic eBooks Project, especially for posts under the category “devotions“, or access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

A. Texts of Liturgical Prayers

  1. The Book of Divine Worship; Being Elements of the Book of Common Prayer Revised and Adapted according to the Roman Rite for Use by Roman Catholics Coming from the Anglican Tradition, Approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States of America and Confirmed by the Apostolic See (Mt. Pocono, PA: Newman House Press, 2003). With Imprimatur. Available in PDF format (on this page) of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, linked to by Daily Office; and on this page, linked to by the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society. [N.B., Steven Cavanaugh of Anglican Use reported that there will soon be a revised Book of Divine Worship, with the order of the Mass conforming to the new translation of the Roman Missal.]
  2. Byzantine Catholic Hymnal: Traditional Spiritual Songs and Hymns of the Divine Liturgy in English and Slavonic (Pittsburgh, PA: Metropolitan Cantor Institute/ Byzantine Catholic Seminary, 2007). Available in PDF format (on this page) of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.
  3. Guide to a Catholic Church: for non-Catholic visitors; in which the meaning of various objects of devotion is simply explained, and a short exposition given of the main points of Catholic belief, with the prayers of the chief services in Latin and English, by Fox, W. L., O’Gorman, R. A (London : R. & T. Washbourne ; New York : Benziger Bros, 1904). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Regis College Library, University of Toronto).
  4. The Liturgy of the Hours in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is available in Latin and English at the website Universalis. A list and review of apps with the Liturgy of the Hours is available at Catholic Apptitude. AppCrawlr has a list of similar Android apps and iOS apps, of which iBreviary and Laudate are free.
  5. The Traditional Divine Office of the Roman Rite is available in Latin, English, Magyar (Hungarian), Italiano (Italian), Deutsch (German), and Polski (Polish) at Divinum Officium, which was created and designed by the late Laszlo Kiss (+2011), and is administered by The Divinum Officium Project. It may be accessed through PC or through mobile devices. The website also includes a section named Santa Missa, which contains the daily text of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Traditional Divine Office is also made available for mobile devices through the following Android apps by the developer Lux Aeterna:  1962 Divine Office Breviary, 1962 Divine Office Breviary V2, and 1962 Missal and Breviary.

B. Texts of Private Prayers, Devotions, Pious Exercises

  1. Byzantine Catholic Prayer For the Home. Available in PDF, Full Text and DJVU formats at Internet Archive, which describes its contents as “Prayers used by Byzantine Catholics. Includes Common Prayers, Devotional Prayers, Evening and Morning Prayers, The Office of Hours (Matins, Vespers, Compline, Hours, Propers), the Menaion, Akathists, Molebens, and Divine Liturgy. Texts are public domain religious texts used by members.”
  2. Calvary and the Altar; or, Devotions for the Octave of the Blessed Sacrament, the Forty Hours (Quarant’ ore) and the Days of Perpetual Adoration, by Mademoiselle [Léonie] Guillemaut; translated and with a preface by Lady Herbert [Mary Elizabeth Herbert, Baroness] (London, Dublin, Derby: Thomas Richardson and Son; New York: Henry H. Richardson & Co., 1870). Available in pdf, mobi/kindle, epub, and other formats at Internet Archive.
  3. Cantiques à St. Joseph dédiés à la jeunesse canadienne. Suivis de pieux exercices en l’honneur du même saint et des saints anges [Songs to St. Joseph dedicated to Canadian youth. Followed by devotions in honor of that saint and the holy angels] (Montreal: J. Lovell, 1862). With approbation of the bishop of Montreal. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: University of Ottawa, Book contributor: Faculty of Music, University of Toronto).
  4. The Carmelite Manual; Containing a Selection of Beautiful Prayers, and Various Practices of Piety, by the Very Rev. John Spratt (Dublin: James Duffy, 1846). May be read online (on this page) at Google Books.  Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  5. The Christian Father; what he should be, and what he should do, together with a collection of prayers suitable to his condition, by Right Rev. W. Cramer, Bishop of Munster, translated by Rev. L.A. Lambert (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1883). With Imprimatur. Available on Internet Archive and Open Library. [NB, Both of the Internet Archive and Open Library entries mistakenly index the book as Lives of the popes in the early middle ages, by Horace Kinder Mann, Johannes Hollnsteiner, but the document links lead to The Christian Father. I’ll check it every now and then to see if the index is modified.]
  6. The Devotions of St. Anselm of Canterbury. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  7. E.Book of Common Prayers. May be accessed online at Catholic Community Forum, with a framed version here.
  8. The Family Fully Alive: Building the Domestic Church: Prayers, Meditations and Activities to Enrich Your Family Life (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2016). Part of the Building the Domestic Church Series of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council – Catholic Information Service. May viewed online and is available in pdf format at the Catholic Information Service of the Knights of Columbus, which states: “This booklet is a devotional guide, which provides monthly themes, reflections, meditations, Scripture readings and family activities.”
  9. General Catholic Devotions, Compiled by Rev. Bonaventure Hammer, O.F.M. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1909). With Imprimatur. Available on Project Gutenberg.
  10. Mahal na Ejercicio ó Devocion nang Pitong Arao na Domingo, na Pinagcalooban nang Santo Papa nang Indulgencia Plenaria sa Balang Domingo. Sa capurihan nang pitong sáquit at pitong ligaya nang malualhating Patriarca Señor San Josef [Exalted Exercise or Devotion for Seven Sundays, with a Plenary Indulgence from the Holy Father for the (Last?) Sunday. In Praise of the Seven Sorrows and Seven Joy of our Gloriuos Patriarch Saint Joseph], translated into Tagalog by D. Antonio Florentino Puansen (Manila: Santos y Bernal, 1906). With approbation. Available at Project Gutenberg and in more formats at Many Books.net. [N.B. These are prayers in honor of St. Joseph written in old-spelling Tagalog.]
  11. Manual of Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, by a Benedictine of Conception, Missouri (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1897). With Imprimatur and permission of the superior. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  12. Manual of Devotions in Honour of Our Lady of Sorrows, 2nd edition, reprinted and enlarged (London: R. Washburne, F.A. Little, 1868). Available on this page of the Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals   (which states that it the 1861 edition was translated by Fr. Ambrose St. John). Also available in pdf, epub, mobi and other formats at Internet Archive, with another copy at Internet Archive.
  13. Manual of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Saint Alphonsus (New York, N.Y.: Redemption Fathers). With 1926 Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  14. Manual of the Forty Hours’ Adoration for the Catholic Laity (Brooklyn, N.Y.: International Catholic Truth Society). With Ecclesiastical Authority. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive. [N.B., No date, but we surmise it was printed within the lifetime of the International Catholic Truth Society, which according to CatholicSaints.info was 1899–1924, and that it is therefore in the public domain. Advice on the matter would be appreciated.]
  15. Mary, Help of Christians: And the Fourteen Saints Invoked as Holy Helpers: Instructions, Legends, Novenas and Prayers with Thoughts of the Saints for Every Day in the Year, compiled by Bonaventure Hammer (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1909). With Imprimatur. Available in many formats at Manybooks.net.
  16. Mary in Sorrow and Desolation, Help of the Holy Catholic Church: with the Ritual of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Dolours (London: Burns, Oates, and Co., 1868). Cum permissu superiorum. Available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive.
  17. The New Raccolta: Or, Collection of Prayers and Good Works, to which the Sovereign Pontiffs Have Attached Holy Indulgences. Published in 1898 by Order of His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII. From the Third Italian Edition, Authorized and Approved by the Sacred Congregation of Holy Indulgences, To Which is Added an Appendix Containing Prayers for Mass, and Vespers for Sunday (Philadelphia: Peter F. Cunningham & Son, 1903) With Imprimatur and with approbation from the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences and Holy Relics. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  18. Prayers and Meditations on the Life of Christ, by Thomas Haemerken à Kempis [Thomas à Kempis], translated from the text of the edition of Michael Joseph Pohl, Ph.D. by W. Duthoit, DCL (London: K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1908). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in mobi, epub, pdf, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  19. Prayers for the Faithful Departed, in Honour of the Three-and-Thirty Years of Our Lord’s Life, by a Father of the Society of Jesus, reprinted from the first edition, 1641, edited by Edward G.K. Browne (London, 1860). May be read online, and available in mobi, epub, pdf, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  20. The Raccolta or Collection of Indulgenced Prayers & Good Works, translated by Ambrose St John of the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Birmingham (London: Burns & Oates; New York, Chicago, Cincinnati Benziger Bros, 1910). With Imprimatur. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index. May also be read online or downloaded in various formats (PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Daisy, Full Text DjVu) at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  21. Sketch of the Miraculous Image and the Confraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Alphonsus; Also a Practical Method of Making a Novena, compiled from approved sources by Rev. Jos. A. Chapoton, C.Ss.R. (Omaha, Nebraska: Colonial Press). With 1927 Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive. [N.B., This work appears to be in the public domain in the United States. However, since we are unable to determine the date of author’s decease (on which we would appreciate information from knowledgeable readers), we do not know if copyright to the work subsists in jurisdictions that reckon the copyright period based on the lifetime of the author. Please examine your respective laws.]
  22. St. Anselm’s Book of Meditations and Prayers, by Saint Anselm of Canterbury, translated by M.R., with a Preface by the Archbishop of Westminster, Henry Edward Manning (London: Burns and Oates, 1872). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  23. The Stations of the Cross according to the Method of St Alphonsus Liguori (St Mary’s Shrine, Warrington). Produced by St Mary’s Shrine Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Liverpool, served by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP). Available in pdf format (on this page) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Balornock.
  24. Stations of the Cross, composed by Saint Alphonsus Liguori [or St. Alphonsus De Liguori] (Alexandria, VA: Sacred Spaces Liturgical Design Inc., 2011). Produced by the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Gainesville, Virginia, with verses from the hymn “Stabat Mater” and “pictures of the Stations of the Cross taken from Church of the Holy Trinity, Gainesville, Virginia by TimeLine Media”. Available in pdf format on this page at The New Evangelization: Share Your Catholic Faith, by Father Francis J. Peffley and on this page at Holy Angels Catholic Church. The text of a similar version with the verses of the “Stabat Mater” may be read online on this page at the-latinmass.com, and on this page at Catholic Prayers.
  25. Stations of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori – Sacred Art Series” (video). Available at the Youtube channel of Will Bloomfield. It is narrated by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (“Fr. Z”) of www.wdtprs.com, with the verses of the “Stabat Mater” chanted, visually accompanied by the “Stations of the Cross painted by Pietro Rudolfi, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, California”, and with “Crux Fidelis during closing credits by Schola Sanctae Scholasticae, UK; St. Cecilia’s Abbey UK”.
  26. Via Crucis, or, The Holy Way of the Cross: containing a novena for the passion of Our Lord, a devout method for performing the stations of the cross, prayers at mass, &c.; with concise instructions on the scapular, and the novena of St. Francis Xaverius &c. &c. &c. compiled for the congregation of St. Patrick’s Church. (Quebec: Augustin Cote & Co., 1844) With episcopal approbation. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  27. El Via Crucis: Ejercicio del Via Crucis con las Meditaciones de San Alfonso María Ligorio. Disponible en Una Voce Sevilla, Catholic.net, y encuentra.com.
  28. Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament, etc., for Every Day in the Month; Aspirations of Love to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist; Rules for Frequent Communion, with a Defence of the Same; Meditations for Every Day in the Week; and a Novena for All Soul’s Day, by St. Alphonsus M. Liguori, translated by a Catholic clergyman, to which is added A Methods of Devoutly Hearing Mass” by Blessed Leonard a Porto Mauritio (New York: Catholic Publication Society, [1870]). May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library; and available in pdf format at Today’s Catholic World.
  29. The Way of the Cross, by St. Josemaria Escriva. The ebook may be read online using its Table of Contents accessible through this page (containing the synopsis) at Josemaria Escriva (© Studium Foundation, rights reserved). A leaflet version of the text, entitled “Stations of the Cross” and containing brief summaries of the meditations for the stations, is available in pdf format on this page of San Josemaria Escriva, Fundador del Opus Dei. [N.B., Notwithstanding the availability of the summary, we heartily recommend the use of the original longer text for meditation.] The ebook and paperback of the text are available for worth-it prices at this page of Scepter Publishers (linked by this page of Opus Dei); on this page of Young Catholuc Mums; at Amazon; and at Barnes & Noble. The paperback may be purchased on this page of Casa Maria Bookstore; on this page of Sinag-Tala Publishers (for purchasers in the Philippines); and at St Paul’s (for Australian and international customers).
  30. The Way of the Cross: Traditional and Modern Meditations: Traditional Meditations by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Modern Meditations by Father Stefano Penna (New Haven CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2003-2017), which may be read online and is available in pdf format through this page of the Knights of Columbus Supreme CouncilCatholic Information Service.
  31. Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, Good Friday 2005: Meditations and Prayers, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). May be read online at the Catholic News Agency (courtesy of Libreria Editrice Vaticana), Zenit, TotusTuus-Totus2us, and at the Holy See; and available in .docx format on this page at xt3. The audio in English may be listened to at TotusTuus-Totus2us, which also has links to the audio in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.The audio, read out by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, is available in mp3 format on this page of Fr. Z’s Blog, and it is published on this video (embedded in this post) at the bedwere Youtube channel. [The meditations and prayers for each Station are in English, while the responses are in Latin.]

C. Meditations

  1. Le Coeur de Jesus etudie dans les livres saints; ou, Considerations pour le mois du Sacre-Coeur, par Henri Saintrain (Bruxelles: H. Goemaere, 1870). Avec des approbations. Disponible à Internet Archive.
  2. Christ is passing by, by St. Josemaria Escriva. May be read online at Josemaria Escriva (copyright Studium Foundation, rights reserved).
  3. Come Holy Spirit – Help Us To Pray, by Benedict Heron OSB (1997). May be read online at Christendom Awake.
  4. Considerations and Devout Meditations for Every Day During the Holy Season of Lent, with Gospels for the Sundays, etc. [short title, Devout Meditations for the Holy Season of Lent], by an anonymous member of the Society of Jesus. Dublin, London: James Duffy, 1866. May be downloaded in PDF format (digitized by Google) from the index at Saints’ Books, and may be read at Google Books. The blog aeternus and the index at Saints’ Books provide excerpts. Regarding its fidelity, the book has no Imprimatur, but it was written when Jesuit writings were reliably orthodox, it was published by a reputable Catholic press, J. Duffy or James Duffy of Dublin, and it is not listed in the old Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
  5. Contemplations and Meditations on the Passion and Death, and on the Glorious Life of our Lord Jesus Christ, According to the Method of St. Ignatius, 5th edition, translated from the French by a Sister of Mercy, revised by the Rev. William H. Eyre, S.J. (London: Burns & Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Bros, 1901). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  6. A Crown of Tribulation: Being Meditations on the Seven Sorrows of Our Blessed Lady Mary, by Elizabeth Parker (New York : P.J. Kenedy, 1920), With Imprimatur. Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  7. The Devotion of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 32 pages. Available in pdf format at The Fatima Center.
  8. The Divine Office, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  9. The divine office: considered from a devotional point of view, by Abbé Nicolas Bacuez, 1820-1892, ed. by Ethelred Luke Taunton), 1857-1907 (London : Burns and Oates ; New York : Catholic Publication Society, 1885?). With a foreword by Cardinal Manning. Available on Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Trinity College, University of Toronto).
  10. The Eucharistic Christ: Reflections and Considerations on the Blessed Sacrament, by Rev. A. [Albert] Tesnière [1847-19090], translated by Anne R. Bennett Gladstone, with a Preface by Rev. D.J. McMahon, D.D. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1897). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  11. L’Évangile du Coeur de Jésus, par l’Abbe Henry Bolo (Paris: Rene Haton, 1900). Disponible dans Internet Archive et Open Library.
  12. [Explanation of the] Hail Mary, by St. Thomas Aquinas. Available on EWTN Library, as indexed on the St. Thomas Aquinas page of the Russian-language Medieval Philosophy Library.
  13. Explanation of the Lord’s Prayer, by St. Thomas Aquinas. Available on EWTN Library, as indexed on the St. Thomas Aquinas page of the Russian-language Medieval Philosophy Library.
  14. The Fairest Flower of Paradise: Considerations on the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, Enriched with Examples Drawn from the Lives of the Saints, by Very Rev. Alexis M. Lépicier, O.S.M. (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1922). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf format (on this page) at Saints’ Books. May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, text, etc.) at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy).
  15. The Family Fully Alive: Building the Domestic Church: Prayers, Meditations and Activities to Enrich Your Family Life (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2016). Part of the Building the Domestic Church Series of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council – Catholic Information Service. May viewed online and is available in pdf format at the Catholic Information Service of the Knights of Columbus, which states: “This booklet is a devotional guide, which provides monthly themes, reflections, meditations, Scripture readings and family activities.”
  16. The Foot of the Cross, or, The Sorrows of Mary, by Frederick William Faber (London: Thomas Richardson and Son, 1858). Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library. Another edition (Baltimore: Murphy & Co., 1864) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  17. The Gospels for Lent and the Passion of Christ: Readings at Divine Service During the Forty Days of Lent with Short Meditations for the Faithful, by Carl Jacob Eisenring, translated by Charles Cannon (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1911). With Imprimatur. Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Robarts Library of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Toronto).
  18. He is Calling Me: Helps in Visiting the Blessed Sacrament, by Matthew Russell, S.J. [1834-1912] (London: Burns & Oates, 1912). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  19. The History of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Explained and Applied to the Christian Life, by James Groenings, S.J. (St. Louis, Mo.; Freiburg (Baden): B. Herder, 1908). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  20. The Holy Rosary, by St. Josemaria Escriva. May be read at or downloaded from Escrivaworks.org . (copyright Studium Foundation, rights reserved).
  21. The Interior of Jesus and Mary, Volume II, by the Rev. J. [Jean Nicolas] Grou, S.J., translated by a Member of the Ursuline Community (Dublin: James Duffy, 1847). Available in various formats at Internet Archive. [N.B., The Internet Archive index page incorrectly labels the work as Notes of Spiritual Retreats and Instructions, Volume II, by Rev. John Morris. S.J]
  22. Invito Spirituale: A Spiritual Summons to Devout Meditation on the Passion of Jesus, by Fra Battisita da Faenza (1757). Available in PDF format at this page of Capuchin Beginnings. 9 pages.
  23. Jesus Christ, the King of Our Hearts: Elevations on the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, by Very Rev. Alexis M. Lépicier (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, Published 1921). With Imprimatur. Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive, Open Library, and Forgotten Books.
  24. Jesus is Waiting: Appeals and Reproaches from the Prisoner of Love, by  Matthew Russell, S.J. [1834-1912] (London: Burns & Oates; New York: Benziger Brothers, 1911). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  25. Lenten sermons, by Augustine Wirth, O.S.B. (Elizabeth, NJ, 1891). Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  26. A Little Book for Holy Week: Meditations and Readings from Palm Sunday to Easter; With Two Visits to the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar of Repose, by Richard F. Clarke (London: Catholic Truth Society, 1915). Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive.
  27. The Love of Jesus to Penitents, by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning (London: Burns, Oates, and Co., 1872). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  28. Man and His Immortal Soul: A Course of Seven Lenten Sermons, by a Priest of the Diocese of Nottingham (New York: Joseph F. Wagner, 1905). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Internet Archive.
  29. Manual of Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, by a Benedictine of Conception, Missouri (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1897). With Imprimatur and permission of the superior. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  30. Manual of Devotions in Honour of the Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2nd edition, by Father Sebastian of the Blessed Sacrament (London: Denis Lane, 1868). Available in pdf, epub, mobi and other formats at Internet Archive, with another copy at Internet Archive.
  31. Mary in Sorrow and Desolation, Help of the Holy Catholic Church: with the Ritual of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Dolours (London: Burns, Oates, and Co., 1868). Cum permissu superiorum. Available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive.
  32. Meditations for Every Day in the Year; Collected from Different Spiritual Writers, and Suited for the Practice Called “Quarter of an Hour’s Solitude”, edited by Rev. Roger Baxter, S.J., revised by Rev. P. Neale, S.J. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1884). With ecclesiastical approbations. Available in various formats (mobi/kindle, pdf, epub, etc.) at Internet Archive and Open Library. A different imprint is also available at Internet Archive. An earlier edition with older orthography, Meditations for Every Day in the Year; Collected from Different Spiritual Writers, first written in Latin by N.B., translated into English by E.M., in the year 1669, and now revised by Rev. R. Baxter (Georgetown, D.C.: Joseph Milligan, 1823), is available at Internet Archive and at HathiTrust Digital Library.
  33. Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy, new revised edition, from the French of Father Chaignon, S.J., by the Right Rev. L. De Goesbriand, Bishop of Burlington (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1907). With Imprimatur. Volume I may be read online, and is available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats, at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive. Volume II may be read online, and is available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats, at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive.
  34. Moments Before the Tabernacle, by Rev. Matthew Russell, S.J. [1834-1912] (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1893). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  35. Ofrecimiento del Santísimo Rosario, Segun el Uso de la Sagrada Religion de Nuestro Padre Santo Domingo de Guzman, por Don José Ruiz de Sorzano (Madrid: Imprenta de Aguado, 1823). Disponible en Internet Archive, con una secunda copia en Internet Archive, y Google Books.
  36. The Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus & the Seven Last Words, by Saint Alphonsus De Liguori. Selections from his The Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ, translated from the Italian, edited by Rev. Eugene Grimm, C.Ss.R. (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1887), further edited and language modernized by Br. Sean, a choir monk, 2009, from an etext at archive.org. With notes & picture. The selections center on the later stage of the Passion of Christ from His scourging to His crucifixion, with meditations on the seven words. Available at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy).
  37. The Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis: Benziger Brothers, 1886). The Complete Works of Saint Alphonsus De Liguori, Doctor of the Church, translated from the Italian, edited by Rev. Eugene Grimm, C.Ss.R. The Ascetical Works, Volume 5. With approbation (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1886). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index.
  38. Prayers and Meditations on the Life of Christ, by Thomas Haemerken à Kempis [Thomas à Kempis], translated from the text of the edition of Michael Joseph Pohl, Ph.D. by W. Duthoit, DCL (London: K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1908). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in mobi, epub, pdf, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  39. The Reign of Jesus: Being an Abridgment of the Work of the Blessed Jean Eudes, by the Abbé Granger, translated from the 2nd French edition by K.M.L. Harding (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow: R. & T. Washbourne; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benzinger Brothers, 1911). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in mobi, epub, pdf, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  40. Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary: Meditations and Prayer Intentions for Young People. Available in pdf format at the Little Sisters of the Poor.
  41. The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. 20 pages. According to the text, the prayers and meditations were composed by Fr. Scott McCaig, CC, a convert to the Catholic Faith; and the booklet was published in celebration of the Year for Priests from June 2009 to June 2010. Available in pdf format at the Companions of the Cross.
  42. The Seven Words on the Cross, by St. Robert Bellarmine. With Imprimatur. May be read online at Internet Archive [which provides the 7 June 2011 snapshot of Christ’s Faithful People, possibly defunct as of 15 October 2012]
  43. Special Devotion to the Holy Ghost: A Manual for the use of Seminarians, Priests, Religious and the Christian People, by the Very Rev. [Bishop]  Dr. Otto Zardetti, with a letter of introduction by the Very Rev. John Keane, D.D., Bishop of Richmond (Milwaukee: Hoffman Brothers, 1888). With Imprimatur. Available at Google Books and Hathitrust Digital Library. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library. [N.B., The discussion under Part III. The Office of the Holy Ghost, on pages 187 to 357, provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of Catholic Christian teaching on the Person of the God the Holy Spirit and His mission from creation to the eschaton.]
  44. The Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Eliza Allen Starr (Chicago, 1898).May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library.Excerpts may be read online at Little Office: “The Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin. 2.— The Flight Into Egypt”, “The Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin. 3.— The Three Days Loss”, “The Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin. 4.— The Meeting between Our Lord and His Mother on the Way to Calvary”, “The Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin. 5.—The Crucifixion”, “The Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin. 6.—The Deposition”, and “The Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin. 7.—The Entombment”.[N.B., The text has no Imprimatur, but the writer was a reputable convert who was honored by Pope Leo XIII.]
  45. St. Anselm’s Book of Meditations and Prayers, by Saint Anselm of Canterbury, translated by M.R., with a Preface by the Archbishop of Westminster, Henry Edward Manning (London: Burns and Oates, 1872). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  46. The Stations of the Cross according to the Method of St Alphonsus Liguori (St Mary’s Shrine, Warrington). Produced by St Mary’s Shrine Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Liverpool, served by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP). Available in pdf format (on this page) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Balornock.
  47. Stations of the Cross, composed by Saint Alphonsus Liguori [or St. Alphonsus De Liguori] (Alexandria, VA: Sacred Spaces Liturgical Design Inc., 2011). Produced by the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Gainesville, Virginia, with verses from the hymn “Stabat Mater” and “pictures of the Stations of the Cross taken from Church of the Holy Trinity, Gainesville, Virginia by TimeLine Media”. Available in pdf format on this page at The New Evangelization: Share Your Catholic Faith, by Father Francis J. Peffley and on this page at Holy Angels Catholic Church. The text of a similar version with the verses of the “Stabat Mater” may be read online on this page at the-latinmass.com, and on this page at Catholic Prayers.
  48. Stations of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori – Sacred Art Series” (video). Available at the Youtube channel of Will Bloomfield. It is narrated by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (“Fr. Z”) of www.wdtprs.com, with the verses of the “Stabat Mater” chanted, visually accompanied by the “Stations of the Cross painted by Pietro Rudolfi, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, California”, and with “Crux Fidelis during closing credits by Schola Sanctae Scholasticae, UK; St. Cecilia’s Abbey UK”.
  49. A Thought from Dominican Saints for Each Day of the Year, translated by a Sister of Charity (New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis: Benziger Brothers, 1886). Available in pdf, mobi, epub and other formats at Internet Archive; and available at HathiTrust Digital Library. A reprint may be purchased at Amazon UK.
  50. Via Crucis, or, The Holy Way of the Cross: containing a novena for the passion of Our Lord, a devout method for performing the stations of the cross, prayers at mass, &c.; with concise instructions on the scapular, and the novena of St. Francis Xaverius &c. &c. &c. compiled for the congregation of St. Patrick’s Church. (Quebec: Augustin Cote & Co., 1844) With episcopal approbation. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  51. El Via Crucis: Ejercicio del Via Crucis con las Meditaciones de San Alfonso María Ligorio. Disponible en Una Voce Sevilla, Catholic.net, y encuentra.com.
  52. Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament, etc., for Every Day in the Month; Aspirations of Love to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist; Rules for Frequent Communion, with a Defence of the Same; Meditations for Every Day in the Week; and a Novena for All Soul’s Day, by St. Alphonsus M. Liguori, translated by a Catholic clergyman, to which is added A Methods of Devoutly Hearing Mass” by Blessed Leonard a Porto Mauritio (New York: Catholic Publication Society, [1870]). May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library; and available in pdf format at Today’s Catholic World.
  53. The Way of the Cross, by St. Josemaria Escriva. The ebook may be read online using its Table of Contents accessible through this page (containing the synopsis) at Josemaria Escriva (© Studium Foundation, rights reserved). A leaflet version of the text, entitled “Stations of the Cross” and containing brief summaries of the meditations for the stations, is available in pdf format on this page of San Josemaria Escriva, Fundador del Opus Dei. [N.B., Notwithstanding the availability of the summary, we heartily recommend the use of the original longer text for meditation.] The ebook and paperback of the text are available for worth-it prices at this page of Scepter Publishers (linked by this page of Opus Dei); on this page of Young Catholuc Mums; at Amazon; and at Barnes & Noble. The paperback may be purchased on this page of Casa Maria Bookstore; on this page of Sinag-Tala Publishers (for purchasers in the Philippines); and at St Paul’s (for Australian and international customers).
  54. The Way of the Cross: Traditional and Modern Meditations: Traditional Meditations by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Modern Meditations by Father Stefano Penna (New Haven CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2003-2017), which may be read online and is available in pdf format through this page of the Knights of Columbus Supreme CouncilCatholic Information Service.
  55. Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, Good Friday 2005: Meditations and Prayers, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). May be read online at the Catholic News Agency (courtesy of Libreria Editrice Vaticana), Zenit, TotusTuus-Totus2us, and at the Holy See; and available in .docx format on this page at xt3. The audio in English may be listened to at TotusTuus-Totus2us, which also has links to the audio in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.The audio, read out by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, is available in mp3 format on this page of Fr. Z’s Blog, and it is published on this video (embedded in this post) at the bedwere Youtube channel. [The meditations and prayers for each Station are in English, while the responses are in Latin.]

D. Books about Prayer

  1. The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, by Rev. A. [Albert] Tesnière [1847-19090, Anne R. Bennett Gladstone (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1902). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  2. Apostolic Exhortation “Signum Magnum”, by Blessed Pope Paul VI, 13 May 1967. May be read online on this page of the Catholic News Agency, and at the Holy See. A summary is available on this page at the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita, and on this page at the International Marian Research Institute. [N.B., The document is titled “On Devotion to the Most Blessed Mary” at the Catholic News Agency; “on Venerating and Imitating the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and Model of All Virtues” at the International Marian Research Institute; and “On the necessity to venerate and imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary” at GCatholic.]
  3. Carta Apostólica “Inde A Primis” sobre el Fomento del Culto a la Preciosísima Sangre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, del Papa Juan XXIII (30 junio 1960). Disponible en la Santa Sede.
  4. Christi Matri: Encyclical on Prayers for Peace during October, by Blessed Pope Paul VI (September 15, 1966). May be read online at the Holy Seeon this page of Blessed be God; and at IntraText (with the heading ‘Introduction’ added).
  5. The Christian Father; what he should be, and what he should do, together with a collection of prayers suitable to his condition, by Right Rev. W. Cramer, Bishop of Munster, translated by Rev. L.A. Lambert (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1883). With Imprimatur. Available on Internet Archive and Open Library. [NB, Both of the Internet Archive and Open Library entries mistakenly index the book as Lives of the popes in the early middle ages, by Horace Kinder Mann, Johannes Hollnsteiner, but the document links lead to The Christian Father. I’ll check it every now and then to see if the index is modified.]
  6. Devotion to the Most Holy Sacrament, by Pagani, Giovanni Battista, 1806-1860 (London : Art and Book Co.,1892). Available at Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly – University of Toronto).
  7. The Directorium Asceticum; or, Guide to the Spiritual Life, 5thedition, by Giovanni Battista Scaramelli, translated and edited at St. Beuno’s College, North Wales, with a Preface by Cardinal Manning (London: R. & T. Washbourne; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1902). Volume 1 is available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive. Volume 2 is available in various formats at Internet Archive. The 7th edition of Volume 2 (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow: R. & T. Washbourne, 1917) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library [labeled as Volume 1 on the OL index page]. Volume 3 is available in various formats at Internet Archive. Volume 4 is available in various formats at Internet Archive.
  8. La Estrella del Norte de Mexico: Historia de la Milagrosa Imagen de Maria Stma. de Guadalupe, por Francisco Florencia, S.J., con prologo del Dr. D. Agustin de la Rosa (Guadalajara: J. Cabrera, 1895). Con licencia de la autoridad eclesiastica. Disponible en Internet Archive y Open Library.
  9. The Excellence of the Rosary: Conferences for Devotions in Honor of the Blessed Virgin, by Rev. M. J. [Math Josef] Frings (New York: Joseph F. Wagner , 1912). With Imprimatur. May be read online on this page of Story of a Soul. May be read online, and available various formats, at Project Gutenberg (epub, mobi) and Internet Archive (pdf, epub, mobi).
  10. The Externals of the Catholic Church: Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals, and Devotions, by Rev. John Francis Sullivan (New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1917). With Imprimatur. May be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. The 2nd edition, revised to conform to the new code of canon law, may be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Open Library.
  11. The externals of the Catholic church, her government, ceremonies, festivals, sacramentals, and devotions, 2d ed. rev. to conform to the new code of canon law, by Rev. John F. Sullivan (New York: P. J. Kenedy & sons, 1918). With Imprimatur. May be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Open Library.
  12. Guide to a Catholic Church: for non-Catholic visitors; in which the meaning of various objects of devotion is simply explained, and a short exposition given of the main points of Catholic belief, with the prayers of the chief services in Latin and English, by Fox, W. L., O’Gorman, R. A (London : R. & T. Washbourne ; New York : Benziger Bros, 1904). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Regis College Library, University of Toronto).
  13. Historia y Devoción a la Virgen del Carmen, Madre y Reina de Chile, Patrona y Generala Jurada de las Fuerzas Armadas y de Orden, elaborado por Pbro. Claudio Verdugo Cavieres, con la colaboración de Bernardita Ruiz Santa Cruz (Santiago de Chile: Obispado Castrense de Chile, 2008). Disponible en formato PDF en el Obispado Castrense de Chile.
  14. The History of Eucharistic Adoration Development of Doctrine in the Catholic Church, by John A. Hardon, S.J. Available in pdf format (on this page) of the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association; and may be read online (on this page) of the EWTN Libraries.
  15. Illustrated Explanation of the Holy Sacraments: A Complete Exposition of the Sacraments and the Sacramentals of the Church, adapted from the original of Rev. Hermann Rolfus, with a reflection and practice on each sacrament, by Very Rev. Ferreol Girardey (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1898). With Imprimatur. Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  16. La Médaille Miraculeuse: Origine, Histoire, Diffusion, Résultats, par M. [Jean Marie] Aladel (Paris: Pillet et Dumoulin, 1881). Disponible a Internet Archive et Open Library.
  17. Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with the history of the devotion to her, from the French of the Abbe Orsini; to which is added Meditations on the Litany of the Virgin, from the French of the Abbe Edouard Barthe; also Poems on the Litany of Loreto, from the German of the Countess Hahn-Hahn, translated by the Very Rev. F.C. Husenbeth (London, New York: Virtue and Company). May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  18. The Message of Montfort: A Modern Commentary on the Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, by Patrick Fannon, D.D. (Liverpool: The Montfort Press, 1964). With Imprimatur. Available in 2 parts at Christendom-Awake.org: Part 1, and Part 2. [N.B., We have assumed that the text was uploaded on the website with the permissions required by law. If this is not correct, please advise us so that we can remove the link.]
  19. The Miraculous Medal: Its Origin, History, Circulation, Results, by M. Aladel, C.M., translated from the French by P.S. (Philadelphia: H.L. Kilner & Co., 1880). Available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy); and also available at DePaul University Library and, in pdf format, at Hoyle Tutoring. Another imprint (Baltimore: John B. Piet, 1880) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  20. The Miraculous Picture of the Mother of Perpetual Succour. Available in PDF format (on this page) at Catholic Pamphlets.net.
  21. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration [Manual], by the Real Presence Association (Lombard, Illinois: Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association, 2001-2011). Contains various materials on perpetual adoration, which are available as one combined file and as individual files through this page of the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association. The combined pdf file is also available on this page at Pray and Fast for America.
  22. A Planner for Catholic Funerals. 24 pages. Available in pdf format at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (a 5 February 2007 snapshot of the defunct website The Catholic Parishes of Northeast Wyoming).
  23. Prayer: The great means of obtaining Salvation and all the graces which we desire of God, by St Alphonsus de Liguori. May be read online at Catholic Treasury.
  24. Praying for Healing: The Challenge, by Benedict Heron, OSB. With Foreword by the Rt. Revd Maurice Taylor, Bishop of Galloway. May be read online at Christendom Awake. [N.B., the webpage is incorrectly labelled “I Saw Satan Fall: The Ways of Spiritual Warfare”]
  25. Put on the Armor: A Manual for Spiritual Warfare, with Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., hosted by Kris McGregor (produced by Discerning Hearts and TAN Books). Consisting of 16 podcasts (mp3 audio), 3 of which may also be viewed as video. May be accessed (through this page) at Discerning Hearts.
  26. “Redemptorists as Promoters of the Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help”, by Maciej Sadowski, C.SS.R., SHCSR, vol. 64 (2016): pp. 119-136. Available in pdf format (on this page) at Sant’Alfonso e dintorni.
  27. The Sacramentals of the Holy Catholic Church, by Rev. A.A. Lambing (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benzinger Brothers, 1892). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in multiple formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc.) at Internet Archive, Internet Archive (2nd copy), Internet Archive (3rd copy), Internet Archive (4th copy) and Internet Archive (5th copy).
  28. Sacred Signs, by Romano Guardini, translated and with a preface by Grace Branham (St. Louis, Mo.: Pio Decimo Press, 1956). With Imprimatur. A reprint by Fr. Peter Kwasniewski (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015) may be purchased at Amazon.com and Amazon.de. Sections from the book entitled “Evening” and “Kneeling” may be read at the New Liturgical Movement.
  29. Sketch of the Miraculous Image and the Confraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Alphonsus; Also a Practical Method of Making a Novena, compiled from approved sources by Rev. Jos. A. Chapoton, C.Ss.R. (Omaha, Nebraska: Colonial Press). With 1927 Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive. [N.B., This work appears to be in the public domain in the United States. However, since we are unable to determine the date of author’s decease (on which we would appreciate information from knowledgeable readers), we do not know if copyright to the work subsists in jurisdictions that reckon the copyright period based on the lifetime of the author. Please examine your respective laws.]
  30. A Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, by Saint Louis-Marie, Grignion de Montfort, translated by Frederick William Faber (London: Burns and Lambert, 1863). The ebook may be read online, and available in pdf, mobi, epub and other formats, at Internet Archive; and may be read online on this page of e-Catholic 2000. The 2nd edition is available in pdf format on this page of Militiae Immaculatae.The audiobook, read by Michael Portelli and Maria Therese, is available at Internet Archive.
  31. The Visible Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Sacramentals, Festivals and Devotions, a Compendium of “The Externals of the Catholic Church”, 5th ed., rev., by Rev. John F. Sullivan; with 120 illustrations from pen drawings by the author. (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1922). Available at Open Library.
  32. We consecrate ourselves to you forever, o hearts of Jesus and Mary (Booklet). May be read online at Christendom Awake: Part 1 and Part 2.

E. Debates on Prayer

  1. The Biblical Basis for Praying to Mary and for Catholic Teachings on Mary [Tract]. Available in PDF format at Most Holy Family Monastery. [Caution: The website is sedevacantist (believes that the papal office is presently vacant) and rejects the Second Vatican Council. Please avoid reading other texts on the website.]

2 thoughts on “Prayers and Devotions”

  1. 1906 by Dinner bros. The coffin’s Instructions , Dogmatical and Moral, of the Epistles and Gospels of the Sundays, Holy -days and Saints Feasts thoughout the year.
    From original German any value?

    • I believe it is; and it may be a later edition of these works indexed in the Project: “Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays” and “Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, Holydays and Festivals throughout the Ecclesiastical Year; to which are added Instructions on Christian Faith and Morals, Explanations of Different Ceremonies and Practices of the Church, and the lives of many Saints”, both translated from the work of Rev. Leonard Goffine.

      God bless you.

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