Prayer to St. Boniface the Merciful

O all-holy Boniface, merciful servant of the Merciful Lord! Hear those who seek refuge in you, who are possessed with a pernicious addiction to drinking wine, and just as in your earthly life you have never refused to help those who ask you, so now deliver these poor people (names). Once, O God-wise father, the hail smote your vineyard, but you gave thanks to God and ordered the few remaining grapes to be put in the winepress and the beggars to be called. Then, taking new wine, you poured it drop by drop into all the vessels that were in the bishopric, and God, who fulfills the prayer of the merciful, performed a glorious miracle: the wine was multiplied in the winepress, and the poor filled their vessels. O Saint of God! Just as through your prayer wine has been multiplied for the needs of the church and for the benefit of the poor, so you, blessed one, now reduce it where it causes harm, deliver those who indulge in it from the shameful passion of drinking wine (names), heal them from a serious illness, free them from the temptation of demons, strengthen them, the weak, give them Give strength and strength to the infirm to bear this temptation well, return them to a healthy, sober life, direct them to the path of work, and invest them with the desire for sobriety and spiritual vigor. Help them, Saint Boniface of God, when the thirst for wine begins to burn their larynx, destroy their pernicious desire, refresh their mouths with heavenly coolness, enlighten their eyes, set their feet on the rock of faith and hope, so that, abandoning their spiritual addiction, which entails excommunication from the Heavenly Kingdom, they will be established in piety, be worthy of God. After an unashamed and peaceful death, and in the eternal light of the infinite Kingdom of Glory, we glorified our Lord Jesus Christ with His Beginningless Father and with the Most Holy and Life-giving Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

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