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Prayers & Blessings

Morning Prayers

Gracious Creator, the rising of the sun holds the promise of new beginnings. Help me surrender the cares of yesterday and increase my awareness of your goodness, mercy and compassion throughout this day. Inspire me to be welcoming to all whom I meet, especially those I find challenging. Amen.

Lord, as I return to you throughout this day, let me remember what St. Teresa of Avila said: that all things are passing except you; that with you, I will want for nothing; that the act of prayer is not about thinking, but about loving. Let my prayer time with you be the intimate sharing between friends she describes. Amen.

Lord, thank you for the gift of another day of life. May I move through this day with an open heart and spirit, deeply attentive to the countless ways in which you will be present to me today. Amen.

Evening Prayers

Gentle Shepherd, some nights I feel lost. The stress of the day has passed, but in the quiet, I still cannot find peace. Guide me in your ways, I pray, reminding me to be not afraid, helping me to discover anew that I may rest in you. I pray that all who are lost will seek you out and find your unconditional love. Amen.

Gracious God, may we find peace this night as the fears that bind us are transformed into trust. As we prepare to let go of this day, we hand over to you the fruits of our labors, entrusting our unfinished work to you. We place ourselves in the care of your protective angels. Into your hands we offer our lives. Amen.

God of Creation, in this fall season, as temporary things come to the end of their cycles, I know that whatever in my life is coming to an end, it is all part of this dance of creation. Please help me remember that new life and lengthening days are ahead. And may I use this season to prepare the soil. Amen.

Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker
(Feast Day: May 1)

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my motto in life and in death. Amen.

—St. Pius X

Prayers to Our Lady

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Litany of Mary

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
God our Father ln Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Most honored of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother of chaste love, pray for us.
Mother and virgin, pray for us.
Sinless Mother, pray for us.
Dearest of Mothers, pray for us.
Model of motherhood, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Savior, pray for us.

Virgin most wise, pray for us.
Virgin rightly praised, pray for us.
Virgin rightly renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin gentle in mercy, pray for us.
Faithful Virgin, pray for us.

Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Throne of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.

Shrine of the Spirit, pray for us.
Glory of Israel, pray for us.
Vessel of selfless devotion, pray for us.
Mystical Rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comfort of the troubled, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.

Queen of angels, pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs and prophets, pray for us.
Queen of apostles and martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of confessors and virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed in to heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the rosary, pray for us.
Queen of families, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us.

Blessed be the name of the Virgin Mary now and forever.

Prayers for Mothers

God of Love, we pray in thanksgiving for the tremendous blessing of mothers. We celebrate their dedication and the love that they have for their family. May mothers who have lost a child, those who are estranged from their children and those children who never knew their mother know the love of our Blessed Mother even more intimately. Amen.

Creator God, you give and nurture life through human parents. Thank you for all mothers and for those who share a mothering spirit. Give them strength and grace as they comfort, guide and encourage. Grant them peace of mind and heart. Grant them trust in you, I pray, as they serve those in their care. Amen.

Prayers for Pentecost

Holy Spirit, you are both flame and wind, the very life and language of God. With each breath I take, remind me that you move and live in me, a real and constant sign of the divine in my life. Be the air in my lungs that gets me out of bed each day, ready to do the will of the Father and the work of the Son. Amen.

Loving God, as Jesus once breathed the peace of the Holy Spirit to frightened followers in a locked room, so today I pray for a new Pentecost. Soothe the hearts of those who live in fear. Comfort those held captive by past failings. Inspire those seeking guidance. Heal those whose wounds have gone untended. Send us your Holy Spirit anew in our time and place. Amen.

Prayer for Those Lacking Faith

Heavenly Father, I am often saddened that so many do not know you. They long for you, but, lacking faith, fail to recognize why they feel unfulfilled. Comfort them in their unmet yearning, I pray. Help them to hear your call and one day lead faith-filled lives. Amen.

Prayer for Gratitude

My God, I ask you for the gift of a grateful heart. When I am angry and upset, inclined to self-pity, remind me that each breath is your gift and promise. In any moment of joy or peace that comes my way, let me kiss your outstretched hand that lavishes me with these gifts. As I name the things for which I am grateful, I come to know you better. Thank you, my dear Lord. Amen.

In Memoriam

In fervent prayer, O Loving God, I ask that you bestow your abundant mercy upon the brave men and women of the armed forces who gave their lives in service to their country. I remember them and give thanks for their sacrifice. Grant them eternal rest in you, O Lord. Amen.

Living Faith provides brief daily Catholic devotions based on one of the Mass readings of the day. Published new each quarter, these reflections are written by women and men from a variety of backgrounds - lay people as well as clergy and religious. Learn more.

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