Prayers for Every Day
 


Prayers

Simple Prayers

Prayer Before Meals

Morning Prayers

Evening Prayers

Prayer to your Guardian Angel

Act of Faith

Act of Hope

Act of Charity

For the Holy Family

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Morning Offering

Learning Christ

Lord Guard and Guide the Men Who Fly

Prayer Before Eucharist

Prayer After Eucharist

Prayer After Mass

Prayer for Faith

Nicene Creed - What we Believe as Catholics

Prayer Before Reconciliation

The Act of Contrition

Prayer After Reconciliation

The Rosary

Stations of the Cross

An Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Prayer to St. Jude

Prayer for Our Airmen

Prayer for Peace

Other Prayers


Prayer RequestsSimple Prayers (CCC 2637-2639)

Jesus, I love you.

Thank You, God.

God, how great You are.


Prayer Before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these thy Gifts which we are about to receive, from thy bounty through Christ our Lord.  Amen


Morning Prayers

God, our Father, I offer you today all that I think and do and say. I offer it with what was done on earth by Jesus Christ, Your Son.  Amen. (CCC 2698)


Lord, make me ready to do your will.  Give me strength and courage, love and patience to accept the day's trials as well as its blessings.  May I never dismiss the gentle promptings of your Spirit.  If I do, call me by name until my heart returns to you.  I pray for those for need you most, especially those I encounter today.  Amen


Father, take my eyes and ears,

and open my senses to receive you Word.

Lord Jesus, take my hands,

and fill them with work to be done in your name.

Holy Spirit, take my heart,

and grant me the joy of your people.

Divine Trinity, unite my mind and body,

my soul and spirit, my heart and will.  Amen

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Evening Prayers

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray to the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray to the Lord my soul to take. Amen.


Light of the World, Star Ever-Shining, at the end of the day you say to me, "Do not be afraid."  But the powerful are threatening and the poor are in tears.  Rescue us, Savior, for we rest only in you.  Do not leave us in our own weak hands, but comfort us and hide us in the shadow of your wings.  Repair any damage we caused today in action or in idleness, and grant us the peace an joy that comes with the dawn of hope.  Amen

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Prayer to your Guardian Angel

O Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here; ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.  Amen

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Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy Divine Son became Man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

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Act of Hope

O my God, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and Life Everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

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Act of Charity

O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

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For the Holy Family

Faithful God, we pray for all families who have been forced form their homes by war, or flood, or the need to find food.  Grant them courage as they travel, safety as they see refuge, and hope for a secure future.  And may we, who have been given so much, learn to be generous and welcoming to those who, fearful and needy, seek shelter among us.  Amen.

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Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my Prayers, works, joys and suffering of this day - for all the intentions of the Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my associates and for the general intentions recommended this month by our Holy Father, the Pope.  Amen

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Learning Christ

Teach me, my lord to be sweet and gentle in all the events of life, in disappointment, in the thoughtlessness of those I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied.  Let me put myself aside, to think of the happiness of others, to hide my little pains and heartaches, so that I may be the only one to suffer from them.  Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path.  Let me so use it that it may mellow me, not harden nor embitter me; that I may make me patient, not irritable.  That it may make me broad in my forgiveness, not narrow, haughty and overbearing.  May no one be less good for having come within my influence.  No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow traveler in our journey toward Eternal Life.  As I go my rounds from one distraction to another, let me whisper from time to time, a word of love to Thee.  May me live be lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity.  Amen

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Lord Guard and Guide the Men Who Fly

Lord guard and guide the men who fly,

Through the great spaces of the sky;

Be with them traversing the air,

In darkening storms or sunshine fair.

 

You who support with tender might,

The balanced birds in all their flight,

Lord of the tempered winds, be near,

That having you, they know no fear.

 

Control their minds with instinct fit

Whenever adventuring they quit

The firm security of land;

Grand steadfast eye and skillful hand.

 

Aloft in solitudes of space,

Uphold them with your saving grace.

O God, protect the men who fly

Through lonely ways beneath the sky.

Amen

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Prayer Before Eucharist

O my God, I firmly believe that you are truly present in the Holy Eucharist.  I confess that I am a poor sinner and am not worthy to receive you.  But you just say a word and my soul shall be healed, and then I can receive you into my soul.  I am sorry for all my sins, because they have offended you and I resolve never to commit them again.  Lord, have mercy and forgive me.  Lord, I desire to receive you with my whole heart; come into my poor soul and make my heart your abode.  Amen  (CCC 1385)

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Prayer After Eucharist

Lord Jesus, I believe that I have received your body and blood.  I adore you. I praise you.  I thank you.  I love you.  Thank you for giving yourself to me. Now I give myself to you – every part of my body that I may always love you and live for you. Amen  (CCC 2637, 1360)

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Prayer after Mass

Soul of Christ, make me holy. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, fill me with love. Water from Christ's side, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. Good Jesus, hear me. Within your wounds, hide me. Never let me be parted from you. From the evil enemy, protect me. At the hour of my death, call me, and tell me to come to you that with your saints I may praise you through all eternity. Amen

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Nicene Creed - What we Believe as Catholics

Our beliefs as Catholics are summed up in the Nicene Creed, which the Church adopted at the council of Nicea in 325 AD.
 

We believe in one God,
     the Father, the Almighty,
     Maker of heaven and earth,
     of all things seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
     the only son of God,
     eternally begotten of the Father,
     God from God, Light from Light,
     true God from true God,
     begotten, not made, One in Being with the Father
     Through him all things were made.
     For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven:
     by the power of the holy spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary,
     and became man.

For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
     He suffered, died, and was buried.
     On the third day, He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
     He ascended into heaven & is seated at the right hand of the Father.
     He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
     and His kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life,
     who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
     With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified.
     He has spoken through the prophets.
     We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
     We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
     We look for the resurrection of the dead,
     and the life of the world to come.

     Amen.

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Prayer Before Reconciliation

Come Holy Spirit, give me Your light to see my sins, and give me Your help to be sorry for them.  Show me why I sinned.  Help me never again to sin on purpose.

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Act of Contrition

The Act of Contrition is usually associated with the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), but Catholics should also pray it every day as part of their normal prayer life.  In it, we acknowledge our sins, ask God for forgiveness, and express our desire to repent.

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things.  I  firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin (CCC 1451)

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O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You.  I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell.  But most of all because they offend You, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and avoid the near occasions of sin.  Amen

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O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven, and the pains of Hell; but most of all because I love Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

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Oh My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins, because of Thy just punishments, but most of all, because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.

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My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy.

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Prayer After Reconciliation

My Jesus, I thank You for washing away my sins in Your Precious Blood.  Help me to accept my cross each day and not to hurt You or others. I love You with my whole heart and soul.

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Prayer for Faith

It doesn't make sense, Lord, this world you created.  All that surrounds me just fills me with confusion.  I know you have an answer, but I just don't see it.  You came to grant salvation and fullness of life to all, so please, show me the way.  I ask this in Jesus' name.  Amen

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An Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mary and JesusO Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart.

We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life: all that we have, all that we love, all that we are.

To thee we give our bodies, our hearts, and our souls. to thee do we give our homes, our families, and our country.

We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to thee, and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction.

And that this act of consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting, we renew this day at thy feet the promises of our baptism and of our first holy communion.

We pledge ourselves to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our holy faith, and to live as befits Catholics who are fully submissive to all the directions of the pope and the bishops in communion with him.

We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments of God and of His Church, and in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day.

We likewise pledge ourselves to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an integral part of our lives, insofar as we shall be able to do so.

Finally, we promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to the service of thy blessed cult, in order to hasten and assure, through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, in our own hearts and in those of all men, in our country, and in all the world, as in heaven, so on earth. Amen.

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Prayer to St. Jude

O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special help in time of need.  To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly request assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition.  In return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked.

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Prayer for Our Airmen

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.  Protect them as they protect us.  Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.

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Prayer for Peace 

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
Where there is injury, pardon; 
Where there is doubt, faith; 
Where there is despair, hope; 
Where there is darkness, light; 
Where there is sadness, joy. 

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

St. Francis of Assisi

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Links to Other Catholic Prayer Websites

 
St. Patrick's Church at Moody Air Force Base