Prayer to St. Pius V
O Supreme Pontiff of Jesus Christ, Most Holy Father Pius, glorious Head of the Church on earth, Father of Kings and Princes, and most faithful son of the Mother of God, look down in clemency upon me, who humbly supplicates thee and begs thy paternal intercession. Thou wast, whilst on earth, the pillar of iron and wall of brass, spoken of by the Prophet (Jerem. i. 18). Thine unflinching firmness preserved the flock entrusted to thee from the violence and snares of its many enemies. Far from desponding at the sight of the dangers, thy courage redoubled, just as men raise the embankments higher, when they see the torrent swell. By thee was the spread of Heresy checked; by thee was the Mohammedan invasion repelled, and the haughty Crescent humbled. God honoured thee, by choosing thee as the avenger of His glory, and the deliverer of the Christian people: receive our thanks, and the homage of our humble praise! By thee were repaired the injuries done to the Church during a period of unusual trial. The true reform, the reform that is wrought by authority, was vigorously applied by thy strong and holy hand. To thee is due the restoration of the Divine Service, by the publication of the Books of Holy Liturgy. And all these glorious deeds were done in the six short years of thy laborious Pontificate!
Hear, now, the prayers addressed to thee by the Church Militant, whose destinies were once in thy hands. When dying, thou didst beseech our Risen Jesus to grant Her protection against the dangers which were then threatening Her: oh! see the state to which licentious error has now reduced almost the whole Christian world! Mother Church has nothing left to Her, wherewith to make head against her countless enemies, save the promises of her Divine Founder; all visible support is withdrawn from her; she has been deprived of everything except the merit of suffering and the power of prayer. And Christendom, once the home of orthodoxy and faith, is now invaded by every abominable belief and opinion, and the enemies of God reign supreme over the faithful. By the power of thy intercession, may all the enemies of the Holy Catholic Church be crushed under foot for the glory of Almighty God.
Unite, O holy Pontiff, thy prayers to Hers, and show how unchanged is thy love of the Flock of Christ. Protect, in Rome, the Chair of thy Successor, attacked as it now is by open and astute hypocrisy and heresy. Regard also, Holy Pontiff, how manifold are the clergy who engage in vile acts of sodomy, and are not punished rightly for their crimes! Thou didst not suffer such things, but justly punished those who defamed their Order by such demonic acts. Oh! bring purification to the Sacred Order and make the sons of the Church worthy priests and fathers of the holy People of God.
Princes and Peoples seem to have conspired against God and His Christ: disconcert the schemes of sacrilegious ambition, and the plots of impiety which would fain give the lie to the word of God. Avert, by thine intercession, the scourges which are threatening Europe - most particularly the Mohammedan scourge that surely is sent upon us as a punishment for our infidelity to the true Catholic Religion - that has become ungrateful to the Church, and indifferent to the attempts made against Her to whom they owe all they have. Pray that the blind may see, and the wicked be confounded. Pray that the True Faith may enlighten those numberless souls that call error truth, and darkness light.
In the midst of this dark and menacing night, thine eyes, O holy Pontiff, discern them that are the faithful sheep of Christ: bless them, aid them, increase their number. Engraft them to the venerable Tree which dieth not, that so they may not be drifted by the storm. Give them docility to the Faith and traditions of Holy Church; it is their only stay amidst the tide of error, which is now threatening to deluge the whole world. Preserve to the Church the holy Order, in which thou wast trained for the high mission destined for thee; keep up within Her that race of men, powerful in work and word, zealous for the Faith and sanctification of souls, of which we read in Her Annals, and which has yielded Saints such as thyself. And lastly, O Pius, remember that thou wast once the Father of the Faithful: oh! continue to be so, by thy powerful intercession, till the number of the elect be filled up! Amen