A prayer in honor of St. Raymond of Peñafort

On Friday, January 23, the feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Raymond, a Dominican friar in Catalonia during the 13th century, served as personal confessor to Pope St. Gregory IX and is the patron saint of lawyers.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Raymond of Peñafort in Springfield, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence.  Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the Collect of the Mass of the Feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort as a novena prayer on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on January 23:

Deus, qui beatum Raymundum poenitentiæ sacramenti insígnem ministrum elegisti, et per maris undas mirabiliter traduxisti: concede; ut eius intercessione dignos poenitentiæ fructus facere, et ad æternæ salutis portum pervenire valeamus. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

O God, You Who chose blessed Raymond to be a renowned minister of the sacrament of Penance, and miraculously brought him through the waves of the sea, grant that by his intercession we may produce good results from our penitence and reach the heaven of eternal salvation. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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