“The ancient monks were so sure of this truth that they did not bother
to sing the Psalms in their mother tongue. It was enough for them to
know that they were in a way “organs” of the Holy Spirit. They were
convinced that their faith would enable the verses of the Psalms to
release a special “energy” of the Holy Spirit. The same conviction was
expressed in their typical use of the Psalms known as “ejaculatory
prayer” – from the Latin word “iaculum”, that is “a dart” – to
indicate concise phrases from the Psalms which they could “let fly”
almost like flaming arrows, for example, against temptations. John
Cassian, a writer who lived between the fourth and fifth centuries,
recalls that monks discovered the extraordinary efficacy of the short
incipit of Psalm 69: “God, come to my assistance; Lord, make haste to
help me,” which from that time on became as it were the gate of entry
to the Liturgy of the Hours (cf. Conlationes, 10, 10: CPL 512, 298ff.).”
Excerpt from General Audience of John Paul II Wednesday 4 April 2001 titled The Spirit prays through us in the Pslams.
I say these all day long throughout the day and as I try to sleep. During meetings, on the subway, walking on the street…below are a few favorites. What are yours?
God, come to my assistance; Lord, make haste to help me
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, assist me now and in my last agony
May the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised and adored in all places
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, reign!
Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us now and at the our of our death Amen
Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee
Heal me oh Lord and I shall be healed. Save me and I shall be saved.