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Prayer in Times of Pestilence

We invite our Members and Friends to visit this page frequently for updated news regarding the reopening of churches and resumption of the schedule of Latin Masses at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven.

In the meantime, we encourage all to offer the following Prayer in Times of Pestilence with a beautiful antiphon attributed to the Sisters of the Monastery of Santa Clara in Coimbra, Portugal, during the Black Death. One among many renditions of this chant available online here.

  Stélla caéli extirpávit 

Quae lactávit Dóminum 

Mórtis péstem quam plantávit

Prímus párens hóminum.

Ipsa stélla nunc dignétur

Sídera compéscere,

Quórum bélla plébem caédunt

Dírae mórtis úlcere.

O gloriósa stélla máris

A péste succúre nóbis:

Audi nos, nam te fílius

Níhil négans honórat.

Sálva nos, Jésu!

Pro quíbus vírgo máter te órat.

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi

Oremus.

Deus misericórdiae, Deus pietátis, Deus indulgéntiae, qui misértus es super afflictiónem pópuli tui, et dixísti Angelo percuténti pópulum tuum: Cóntine manum tuam ob amórem illíus Stellae gloriósae, cuius úbera pretiósa contra venénum nostrórum delictórum quam dúlciter suxísti; praesta auxílium grátiae tuae, ut intercedénte Beata Vírgine María Matre tua et Sancto Ráphael tuo Archángelo, ab omni peste et improvísa morte secúre liberémur, et a totíus perditiónis incúrsu misericórditer salvémur. Per Te, Iesu Christe Rex glóriae, qui vivis et regnas in saécula saeculórum. Amen.

The Star of Heaven 

That nourished the Lord 

Drove away the plague of death 

Which the first parents of man 

Brought into the world. 

May this bright Star now vouchsafe to Extinguish that foul constellation whose battles Have slain the people with the wound of death.

O most pious Star of the Sea,

Preserve us from pestilence; 

Hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honours Thee 

By denying Thee nothing. 

Save us, O Jesus, 

For whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee.

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God of mercy, God of forbearance, God of forgiveness, who was moved to compassion for the affliction of Thy people, and who said to the Angel devastating Thy people: AStay thy hand,@ for the love of that glorious Star, at whose dearest breast Thou graciously fed against the poison of our sins; grant the help of Thy grace, that as Thy Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Raphael, Thine Archangel, we be safely freed from every disease and from an unprovided death, and that we may be mercifully saved from the assault of utter ruin. Through Thee, Christ Jesus, King of Glory, who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.