Prayer to Saint Cyprian and Cornelius
united now in glory as you once were by friendship and in martyrdom
preserve within us the fruit of your example and doctrine.
Your life teaches us to despise honors and fortune for Christ's sake,
and to give to the Church all our devotedness,
of which the world is unworthy.
May this be understood by those countless descendants of noble races,
who are led astray by a misguided society.
May they learn from you gloriously to confound the impious conspiracy
that seeks to exterminate them in shameful oblivion and enforced idleness.
If their fathers deserved well of mankind,
they themselves may now enter upon a higher career of usefulness,
where decadence is unknown,
and the fruit once produced is everlasting.
Remind the lowly as well as the great in the city of God,
that peace and war alike have flowers to crown the soldier of Christ:
the white wreath of good works is offered to those,
who cannot aspire to the rosy diadem of martyrdom.
Watch, O Cyprian,
over thy church of Carthage,
now at length renewing her youth.
And do thou, O Cornelius,
restore to Rome her glorious past.
Put down the foreigner from her throne;
for the mistress of the world must obey no ruler but the Vicar of the King of kings.
May her speedy deliverance be the signal to her people for a complete renovation,
which cannot now be far distant, unless the end of the world be approaching.