Luck chain letter. "Ancient Prayer" type. "Purify us from all sins by your precious blood ..."
"At Jerusalem, at holy mass ..." US,
Oh Lord, Jesus Christ! We implore
you, Eternal God! have mercy on us and all mankind. Purify us from all sins
by your precious blood and take us to be with you eternally, amen. Oh! Eternal
Holiness! have mercy on all men; pardon us from all trials through your precious
He who will write this prayer for nine days and distribute
it to nine persons, commencing on the day received, sending only one each
day, will have great joy after nine days. At Jerusalem, at holy mass, a
voice was heard to say: He who says this prayer will be delivered from all
calamity. This prayer has been sent from the Bishop of Cornens recommending
it to be sent to nine persons; he who will not say this prayer, will be
afflicted with a great misfortune. One person, who paid no attention to it
after receiving it, met with a great accident.
Published: The Biloxi Daily Herald, February 12, 1906.
Endless Chain Prayer Has Been Circulated Here.
Catholic Circles Perturbed Without Cause.
Father Alphonse Denounces Affair from Pulpit.
Scheme Thought by Some to be Work of Black Hand.
"Catholic circles of the city are wrought up to a high pitch by the wide
circulation of a mysterious anonymous letter bearing a prayer, which it is
claimed is being circulated in an endless chain all over the United States.
Dispatches from New York say that a similar document is being circulated there,
and that high authorities in the church are making an effort to locate the
author. Father Alphonse, of the Church the Nativity, was seen by a Herald
man this morning and furnished the following copy of the prayer that has been
circulated in Biloxi:" [text]
"... To The Herald man he said: 'The whole spirit of the affair is anti-Catholic,
and although it claims to be authorized by a bishop, yet intelligent Catholics
should know that it is untrue. It is unheard of, and it is preposterous to
believe that such a thing would be proposed by the church.''
" ...Two sets of these prayers have been spread broadcast throughout the
United States, one in Italian, the other in English. The one in Italian bears
the advertisement of an Italian patent medicine company, to which the composition
thereof is believed to be due. The prayer concludes with dire threats to him
who refuses to abide by it, adding, 'A copy thereof was given to a woman who
paid no attention to it, and in punishment her son was assassinated on the
third day.' ... Many people regard the whole matter as a fake, and an advance
card of some advertising scheme, while others are inclined to the belief
that it is an organized method to extort money from a devout, unsuspecting
Provided by Bill Ellis. Entered by DWV, Sept. 11, 2014.
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