*Note: This book review was written elsewhere by the same author and republished here. It was not written on the date that this webpage was published.
This book is not a book of specific prayers by a specific author, but rather a compilation of prayers put together by what seems to be a secular source. It shouldn't come as a shock that this group compiled a few prayers from the largest cult in the world, as heresy sells. The larger the cult, the better the sales. While there is some stuff that would be, if prayed to the real Jesus, otherwise good, a little poison kills a whole lake. Just a small amount of heresy will lead to a false god and a false gospel. It doesn't help that this book is full of icons of God the Father, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, Mary, Angels, Dead Saints, etc., which are all violations of the Second Commandment, which forbids the worship of images.
The first chapter is about the basic, common prayers. It contains The Apostle's Creed, which is a plus. However, that is one of the only upsides of the book. Another prayer in this section is "Prayer To Your Guardian Angel" which is, as you would expect, a prayer to one's guardian angel. Other than the fact that there is no Biblical evidence suggesting that each believer has his or her own angel, it is entirely unbiblical to suggest that we should worship or pray to angels. Quite to the contrary, every angel that received worship refused the worship. Not only is there a prayer to one's guardian angel, but there is also a prayer that is supposed to be prayed to Michael the Archangel. There is also the infamous "Hail Mary" provided within this book. While supposedly such clear Mariolatry is based off of the tradition of the Church Historic, this supposed prayer more closely resembles something that would've been written by the ancient Collyridian sect.
The next chapter is prayers to Jesus. While it is slightly better in the sense that the prayers are strictly prayed to Jesus, the content of these prayers seems to indicate a different Jesus. The chapter opens up with "An Act of Contrition", which is indicative of Works Righteousness. It states, "I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life." The true response to genuine contrition is repentance and faith, not doing works in order to receive salvation. The next prayer teaches Transubstantiation, which is the belief that during communion the bread literally becomes Jesus's flesh and the wine literally becomes His blood, stating, "I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament." During another prayer, "The Holy Face", they dive back into Mariolatry by calling Mary "Our Lady". Another prayer is prayed towards the "Divine Child Jesus", as if Jesus were still a young child. One particularly bad prayer, "Prayer While Visiting The Most Blessed Sacrament", yet again praises Mary by calling her "holy" and "blessed", and says, "I believe that you are present in the Sacrament of the Altar." (Which further promotes transubstantiation). It also speaks of the Roman Catholic myth of Purgatory, in which souls work off their salvation.
After that, we get a section full of prayers to Mary. It comes as no surprise that such Mary Worship as has been already seen will be found in this chapter. The first prayer, "Children's Prayer to Mary", asks Mary to "Bring all the little children to Jesus our King." This effectively places Mary in the role of the Holy Spirit. The next prayer, "Consecration to Mary", calls Mary "Queen of Heaven" and speaks of her "Immaculate Heart". As noble a woman as Mary may have been, there is no question that she was a sinner and therefore not immaculate. "St. Don Bosco's Prayer to Mary" asks Mary to "Grant... your perpetual help in all my necessities, in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations." It continues to ask her to, "Help the weak, cure the sick, [and] convert sinners." It refers to her as an intercessor and says we will, "eternally thank [Mary] in heaven." This version of Mary that is portrayed, in my opinion, is no virtually indistinguishable from God. If she has the power to do all of that, and will receive worship in heaven, then she has been made into an idol. An entire prayer is dedicated tot he Immaculate Conception of Mary, which states that Mary was born sinless. Another one, "A Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe", asks her to be an intercessor for the Catholic Church and the Pope.
In the next chapter, they describe prayers to or by Saints. A lot of this contains a saint worship given to Joseph, Paul of Tarsus, Augustine of Hippo, Cecilia of Rome, Francis of Assisi, Mary Magdalene, . The second prayer, "Devotion to St. Joseph", further confuses the line between saint and God. In fact, it even says, "Supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holily, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven." Joseph is not the means by which we are saved. It is by the aid of Christ alone that we do those things. A strange part of "Prayer for the Year of St. Paul" says, "Help us to become apostles", which indicates a confused view of what an apostle is. "Prayer to Saint Mary Magdalene" asks Mary Magdelene to intercede for us, while "Thanksgiving After Mass Prayer", written by Ignatius of Loyola, says, "You have fed me with the Previous Body & Blood of Your Son."
The final chapter is simply entitled "Other Prayers". Here, it dedicates a page to describe the Roman Catholic practice of the Rosary, teaching that the so-called "Blessed Mother" (Mary) even used the Rosary itself. The Rosary contains prayers to both Mary and the Saints, and is therefore an idolatrous practice that should be rejected. "Prayer for the intercession of Pope John Paul II" presumes that Pope John Paul II can intercede, and said that holiness is "the path to reach eternal communion with [God]." In truth, Jesus is the only path by which we may get to Heaven. Another prayer to Michael the Archangel is found in this section as well.
Overall, this book is full of praise to those who praise is not to be given to. With a belief system as corrupt as the Roman Catholic belief system, pointing out all of the error within this book would take a review almost as long as the book. Despite the similarities to Biblical Christianity, the false religion of Roman Catholicism has a false Jesus, a false god, and a false gospel.
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Brandon C. Hines
Brandon is a young writer, theologian, and polemicist. He adheres to the 1689 London Baptist Confession and believes in Calvinism, Covenant Theology, Credobaptism, Presuppositional Apologetics, and the Essentials of the Christian Faith.