Prayers & Blessings

Morning Prayers

Praise to you, O Lord, for the dawn of a new day. Maythe same Spirit that gives life to all of creation give me new life today. Open my heart in welcome to all that you wish to give me today. Bless the people I will encounter and help me to be an ambassador of your love for them. I pray that I may do your holy will in all things, through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, as you raised your Son from the darknessof death, lift up my spirits and renew in me the energy I will need to carry out the tasks of the day. When I become weary, be with me to give me strength. In struggle or confusion, grant me hope in your guiding hand. When I finish the work that has been given to me, may I joyfully give thanks to you for sustaining me in all things. Amen.

Loving God, I give thanks to you for this new day. Give me the grace to follow through on my commitments and obligations—be they large or small—but especially those I have made to you. Thank you for being at my side and in my heart. Amen.

Evening Prayers

Gracious God, you have given me the gift of life so thatI might have the fullness of joy through Jesus, your Son. As this day draws to a close, I place myself in your hands. May all my worries, concerns and fears dissolve in confidence that your mercy will last forever. Renew in me the hope for a brighter future, faith in your providential care and love for those nearest to me, especially those who need it most. Help me to grow in trust that I have done the best I could and that you will be with me all the days of my life. Amen.

In the stillness of this night, I call to you, dear Lord, to make me aware of my faults and transgressions this day. In your mercy, help me heal any wounds my actions have caused; help me learn from my mistakes and omissions; give me the patience and compassion to attend to the needy, so that I may model your love in this world. Amen..

Lord, I place in your hands the unfinished business of the day, the hopes I had at its beginning and the regrets I have now at its end. Thank you for the times I felt your presence in the satisfaction of accomplishment and the enjoyment of your good Creation, especially the people you have placed in my life. Amen.

Prayer to Our Mother of Sorrows

(Memorial: September 15)

Our Mother of Sorrows,

with strength from above you stood by the cross,

sharing in the sufferings of Jesus,

and with tender care you bore Him in your arms,

mourning and weeping.

We praise you for your faith,

which allowed you to accept the life God

planned for you.

We praise you for your hope, which trusted

that God would do great things in you.

We praise you for your love

in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of His passion.

Holy Mary,

may we follow your example

and stand by all your children

who need comfort and love.

Mother of God,

stand by us in our trials

and care for us in our many needs.

Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

For Inactive Catholics

Lord Jesus, for a variety of reasons, many people who once worshiped as faithful Catholics no longer attend Mass, receive the sacraments or embrace the faith. May your Holy Spirit continue to reach out to them, and may they always find in the Church a community ready to receive them once more, hear their concerns and grow together in faith. Amen.

To Avoid Despair

Lord Jesus, send your Holy Spirit to renew the faith andconfidence of some people that I know and love. Facing crushing circumstances that threaten to send them into despair, they need you to lift their hearts and give them peace. This I ask in your Name, Jesus, the Savior of the World. Amen.

A Prayer of Gratitude

Lord, I praise you not only for the blessings of my life, but for the many ways that you have turned sorrow into joy and weakness into strength. You have promised to be with us always, and your constant presence benefits us in ways that become clear only with time. I pray especially in gratitude for the gift of faith, something I could never have constructed or maintained on my own.

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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