Thursday, February 02, 2006

Dies Cruciatus, February 5th and 7th

With great joy is it time to announce the new Dies Cruciatus. This day of prayer and fasting in atonement for sins will become a regular part of the mission of the Missionaries of the Eucharist. Since the 5th of February (the Dies Cruciatus will regularly be held on the 5th of each month) is a Sunday, we are going to offer our prayers that day in celebration of Servant of God John Paul the Great's Theology of the Body, in thanksgiving for the Missionaries of the Eucharist and the ability to spread the theology of the body, as well as in thanksgiving for the gift of life.

On the 7th of Feb, though, we will be taking up our usual day of fasting and prayer. This is all outlined below. Please e-mail us ( if you would like to get monthly e-mails about the Dies Cruciatus.


It was through reading St. Faustina’s Diary, that we noticed that the novices of her order, the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, took part in what was called “The Day of the Crusade.” This was a day where the novice would “offer all her work, payer and sufferings to the Lord Jesus in atonement for sinners” (Diary, footnote 54). This day was spent in prayer and fasting, and the sisters often asked their superiors for extra acts of mortification.

St. Faustina tells us:
"The crusade day, [1] which is the fifth of the month, happened to fall on the First Friday of the month. This was my day for keeping watch before the Lord Jesus. It was my duty to make amends to the Lord for all the offenses and acts of disrespect and to pray that, on this day, no sacrilege be committed.” (Diary, page 88)

Furthermore, St. John Vianney asks us, "Could one fibd a hreater honour than to be allowed to make reparation to Jesus Christ for the outraes which he receives in the Sacrament of his love?"

It is with this in mind that the Servants of the Sorrowful Mother desire to add the Dies Cruciatus, Day of the Crusade, to their prayer campaign. This day would be on the fifth of every month where those registered would volunteer their prayers (pray the Litaniae Diei Cruciatus), fastings (fast according to the Church regulations), and supplications “in atonement for sinners.

St. Paul, in his first letter to St. Timothy states, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men…This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:1, 3-4).

Those who would wish to participate would register online on a link on the Servants website. You would give your name, e-mail, and other contact information would be optional. This way, we could contact you if you are interested in helping the Servants or other projects of the Crusade for the Church, such as the Missionaries of the Eucharist, in the future. Through this information we could also give you resources so that you could spread the Day of the Crusade around your parishes and other parishes close by.

Through the prayer and fasting of the Day of the Crusade, all participants would rejoice in their sufferings, “filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church” (Col. 1:24).

Prayer of St. Faustina on the occasion of her crusade day (Diary, pages 89-90):

“O Mary, Immaculate Virgin,
Pure crystal for my heart,
You are my strength, O sturdy anchor!
You are the weak heart’s shield and protection.

O Mary you are pure, of purity incomparable;
At once both Virgin and Mother,
You are beautiful as the sun, without blemish,
And your soul is beyond all comparison.

Your beauty has delighted the eye of the Thrice-Holy One.
He descended from heaven, leaving His eternal throne,
And took Body and Blood of your heart
And for nine months lay hidden in a Virgin’s Heart.

O Mother, Virgin, purest of all lilies,
Your heart was Jesus’ first tabernacle on earth.
Only because no humility was deeper than yours
Were you raised above the choirs of Angels and above all Saints.

O Mary, my sweet Mother,
I give you my soul, my body and my poor heart.
Be the guardian of my life,
Especially at the hour of death, in the final strife."

Litaniae Diei Cruciatus

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us.
Our Lady, Help of Christians,
Our Lady, Exterminatrix of Heresies,
Our Lady of Guadalupe, protectress of the preborn,
Our Lady of Sorrows, example of suffering,
Our Lady of the Most Holy Eucharist, tabernacle of the Lord,
St. Joseph, protector of Christ,
St. Ignatius, guardian of the Truth,
St. Drogo, patron of the despised and unwanted,
St. Robert Bellarmine, guide for morals in legislators,
Sts. Anthony and Bernard, hammers of heretics,
St. Peter, rock upon whom the Church is built,
St. Paul, Apostle of Truth,
St. John the Baptist, forerunner of the Good News,
Holy Innocents, slaughtered by King Herod,
St. Stephen, the protomartyr,
The Theban Legion, martyred for defending the innocent,
Sts. Agnes, Maria Goretti, and Philomena, patrons of purity,
Sts. Aloysius Gonzaga and Catherine of Sienna, models of chastity,
Sts. Mary Magdalene and Pelagia, converted hearts,
St. Lawrence Justinian, helping us to desire the vision of God,
St. Juliana, example of love for the Most Blessed Sacrament,
St. Thomas Aquinas, defender of the Eucharist,
St. Clare, always with the Eucharist,
St. Francis, lover of poverty,
St. Gemma Galgani, sufferer for precious souls,
St. Helena, lover of the Cross of Christ and the instruments of His passion,
St. Catherine of Genoa, example of sacrificial love,
St. Louis the King, model of fatherhood,
St. Margaret, patron of expectant mothers,
St. Gerard Majella, patron of difficult births,
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, patron of the culture of life,
St. Monica, guide to unceasing prayer,
St. Dominic, propagator of the Most Holy Rosary,
St. Louis Marie de Montfort, champion of Mariology,
Servant of God John Paul the Great, preacher of the theology of the body,
St. Gabriel, God’s messenger,
St. Raphael, God’s love,
St. Michael, Prince of the Heavenly Host,
All our guardian angels, our daily protectors,
All apostles upon whom the Church is built,
All holy martyrs who gladly gave their lives to proclaim the Gospel,
All holy men and women of God, continuously proclaiming the love of Christ,

In reparation for every sin committed against human dignity, Lord, have mercy.
In reparation for the sin of contraception,
In reparation for the sin of abortion,
In reparation for the sin of infanticide,
In reparation for the sin of euthanasia,
In reparation for the sin of adultery,
In reparation for the sin of prostitution,
In reparation for the sin of rape,
In reparation for all sins against chastity,

For all children killed by abortion and contraception, Lord, hear our prayer.
For all women hurt by abortion and contraception,
For all men hurt by abortion and contraception,
For all doctors who perform abortions and distribute contraceptives,
For all men and women who support the culture of death,
For all those who do not understand the Church,
For courage for those in the pro-life movement,
For a greater understanding of the dignity of man,
In thanksgiving for those who work to bring about a culture of life,
In thanksgiving for the clergy who fight to evils of the world,
In thanksgiving for the gift of the saints and angels,

In thanksgiving for the gift of life,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

By Your passion, death, and resurrection, You have set us free, You are the Savior of the world.

Let us pray:

Eternal Father, we offer the Most Precious Blood of Christ from all the Masses said throughout the world today in atonement for our sins. Convert our hearts and the hearts of all sinners. Bring them to an understanding of the importance of life in all its stages, especially that of eternal life. We beg you to bring about a greater understanding of the dignity of man and his role in your plan of salvation. Heal the broken hearts of those who do not understand your full truth, so that they may understand the joy of life and the pain of sin. Help us fly to the Blessed Sacrament to find strength to remain pure and holy in this life so that we may experience your eternal presence, in the Beatific Vision. We offer all this through the intercession of our Lady of the Most Holy Eucharist, that she, as the first tabernacle, may give us the prime example of bringing Christ into the world. Amen.

[1] Footnote 54 of St. Faustina’s Diary: “Every month, each novice spent one day, appointed by the Sister Directress, as the so-called day of the crusade. On that day she was obliged to practice greater recollection and union with the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist, ask the Sister Directress for some additional mortification, and offer all her work, payer and sufferings to the Lord Jesus in atonement for sinners. Some sisters continued this practice even after leaving the novitiate."

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Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.

We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.