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Our Father Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen. Salve Regina Hail holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen. V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. The Grail Prayer Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work. I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do. I give you my tongue to speak your words. I give you my mind that you may think in me. I give you my spirit that you may pray in me. Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me your Father and all mankind. I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me. The Angelus V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary, etc. V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. R. Be it done unto me according to thy word. Hail Mary, etc. V. And the Word was made Flesh. R. And dwelt among us. Hail Mary, etc. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. Daily Offering O Jesus, through the most pure heart of Mary, I offer you the prayers, works, sufferings and joys of this day, in union with your most Sacred Heart, in reparation for our offences, and for all your other intentions in offering yourself a sacrifice for us. Amen. Holy Spirit prayer Come, Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. The Anima Christi Soul of Christ sanctify me Body of Christ save me Blood of Christ inebriate me Water from the side of Christ wash me Passion of Christ strengthen me O good Jesu hear me Within thy wounds hide me Suffer me not to be separated from thee From the malicious enemy defend me In the hour of my death call me And bid me come to thee That with thy saints I may praise thee For ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer for the Sick God of love, ever caring, ever strong, stand by us in our time of need. Watch over N who is sick, look after him/her in every danger, and grant him/her your healing and peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen. Prayer for the Dead Eternal rest grant to him/her/them, O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon him/her/them. May he/she/they rest in peace. Amen. Prayer for Remembrance Day - November 11th They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. We will remember them (A two minute silence follows.) Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord. and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which He is to bless people now. Amen. (St. Teresa of Avila) God be in my head God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at my end, and at my departing. Amen. (from a Mediaeval Primer) Jesus, our guide Be, Lord Jesus, a bright flame before me, a guiding star above me, a smooth path below me, a kindly shepherd behind me: today, tonight, and forever. (St. Columba) The Serenity Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (Reinhold Niebuhr) Serving God
Prayers of saints + religious writers
Prayer for Generosity Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as I should, To give and not to count the cost, To fight and not to heed the wounds, To toil and not to seek for rest, To labour and ask not for reward, Save that of knowing that I do your most holy will. Amen. (St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order) Make me an instrument of your peace Lord, make me an instrument of your 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. O 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. Amen. (St Francis of Assisi) We are Christ’s body Christ has No body now on earth but yours; No hands but yours; No feet but yours; Yours are the eyes through which is to look out Christ's compassion to the world;
To give and not to count the cost Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will. Amen. (St. Ignatius Loyola) Day by day Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given me, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. (St. Richard of Chichester) Handing over to God Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father. (St. Charles de Foucauld)
Seeking Christ Seeking you, the Christ, is discovering that you already loved us and we did not know it. Through the Gospel, you enable us to catch a glimpse of how to love you, right into our innermost solitude. Happy those who surrender themselves to you. Happy those who approach you in trust of heart, source of serene joy. (Brother Roger of Taizé) Knowing, loving and serving you Eternal God, who are the light of the minds that know you, the joy of the hearts that love you, and the strength of the wills that serve you; grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, and so to love you that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom, in Jesus Christ our Lord. (St. Augustine) Prayer for the needy Watch, Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ; rest your weary ones; bless your dying ones; soothe your suffering ones; pity your afflicted ones; shield your joyous ones. And all for your love's sake. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner. Amen. (St. Augustine) Take, Lord Take, Lord, all my liberty. Receive my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. Whatever I have and possess, you have given to me; to you I will restore it wholly, and to your will I utterly surrender it for my direction. Give me the love of you only, with your grace, and I shall be rich enough; nor do I ask anything besides, (St. Ignatius Loyola)
give water for their thirst. When I am sad someone to lift from sorrow. When burden weighs upon me lay upon my shoulders the burden of my fellows. Lord, when I stand greatly in need of tenderness, give someone who yearns for love. May your will be my bread; your grace my strength; your love my resting place. (from “Quaker Prayer Service”) Thanksgiving for the earth God, we thank you for this earth which you have made full of riches. We ask you to help us be good caretakers of your gifts. Show us how to use our science and technology in creative, not destructive ways. Help us to realise our relationships with all of your creation so that the earth will always bring forth life to nourish us in body and in spirit. Through Christ who died for all creation. Amen. (Cafod prayer)
Prayer for Our School Loving Father, Bless our school. Bless our work and our recreation, our studies and our sport, our music and our art. May we grow in the knowledge of you, that we may love what is worth loving know what is worth knowing, value that which is most pleasing to you dislike what is evil in your eyes use true judgement in pursuit of the truth, and come at last to the clear vision of you in your heavenly kingdom where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen. Prayer before Examinations Almighty God and Father, please help us in our examinations. Help us to face them with courage, steady in nerves and keen in mind. Help us to understand the questions that are asked, to remember all that we have studied, and to express our answers accurately. Lord, grant us success, if success is good for us, For you know what is best for each one of us. With loving trust therefore we say, "Whatever the results, blessed be your holy will." We make this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen. Open my eyes and ears Lord Jesus, I ask you to open my eyes as you did with the blind man, (Jn 9) so that I may really see. Tune my ears as you did with the man who was deaf and dumb, (Mk 7:31-37) so that I may really hear what you are saying to me. May the many experiences of my senses remind me to be aware of others and of all that is around me. May all that I experience lead me closer to you.
Thinking of God When the thought of you wakens in us God our heavenly Father, when the thought of you wakes in our hearts, let its awakening not be like a startled bird that flies about in fear. Instead, let it be like a child waking from sleep with a heavenly smile. (Søren Kierkegaard) Friendship Lord, when I am hungry give me someone to feed; when I am thirsty
Amen. Christ in my sleeping Lord, you mark when I walk or lie down; all my ways lie open to you. Ps 1391-3 When I cease activity, calm my mind. When I am by myself, be my companion and friend. When I am weary and heavily laden, may your Spirit renew me. When I lie down, may it be in peace for sleep to heal and refresh me, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Ps 49 Watch my sleeping, guard my waking, be always near. Amen. Those who are sick, afraid, worried Lord Jesus, we ask you to bring your healing touch to those whom we know to be sick, afraid, or worried. Bring them your peace and healing. Amen. For someone who has died Loving Father, to you the dead do not die and, in death, our life is changed - not ended. We believe that all that binds us together in love and friendship does not end with death. Hear our prayers for _____ who has died. As you have made each of us in your image and likeness and have called us by name, hold him/her safely in your love in your kingdom of light, happiness and peace. Amen. In the footsteps of Jesus
• Conclude by suggesting that pupils now go away and try this method of reflection in other areas of their life, or as a way of looking at life in general. Our gifts In this world there are so many people with so many gifts. For all of these, Lord, we thank you. All of us have so much that only we can offer to others but we aren't always aware of this. Help us to see and understand the gifts that you have given to us, that we may enjoy them ourselves and share them with others. Amen. Understanding Jesus Father, be with us as we seek to understand more about who Jesus is. Open our eyes and hearts to the meaning of his life, death and resurrection. As we come to understand more about Jesus, may we learn more about our own place in creation. Amen. Use of power Think about the many people in the world who don't have power; who cannot make the rules, but have to obey. All of us know what it is like to have to do what we are told - even when it is good for us! All of us, too, know what it is like to have power over others - even if it's only a younger child! All of us know that, as we grow older, our power will increase we will make the rules. Heavenly Father, help us, when we are in a position to make the rules - over other people and over other aspects of creation - to measure the way we behave by how much we can give, rather than how much we can take, like Jesus your Son. Amen. Martin Luther King said: 'The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, But we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.' Light of the world
Heavenly Father, We thank you that you love us Whatever path we take or identity we assume. Help us, wherever we can, To follow in the footsteps of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen. Openness to God Heavenly Father, grant us open ears and an open heart, that we may always be able to listen to others and always be able to change and grow in response to what we hear. Amen. A Reflection • Encourage pupils to close their eyes to avoid distraction and to think about one goal or target that they have. It may be a personal one, a sporting one, an academic one, a behavioral one, or... • Ask them to look back over the last seven days and work out whether they have grown nearer to achieving it, or are in the same place, or are further away. • Ask them to make a decision about what they will do as a result of that thought.
Jesus, Light of the World, you carry the light of God to us. Shine in our lives and expose their dark corners to the searching light of God. Shine on the world and expose the darkness of injustice, suffering and lack of love and make us strong to remove the darkness and let in the light that all may live and grow as the Father intended. Amen Say together 'The Lord's Prayer'. At the words “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven,” pause to think about the challenge facing each one of us to make this a reality and not just an empty phrase. The words of St Paul in 1 Corinthians 13: 'I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains - but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burnt - but if I have no love, this does me no good. Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not illmannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up… ' (Good News Bible)
Darkness + light Lord, help us to face the realities of your world, including the dark presence of cruelty, prejudice and war within it. Help us, too, to live in the light of your presence and to make your love real. Amen A better life God, Please help us to find the ways to make our lives and the lives of everyone around us more fulfilling. Help us try to do whatever we can to help you give us a better life. We ask for your advice and your guidance. Thank You God. Amen. Lord, may we feel you with us, today and every day. When we feel you with us, may we know that there is no room for retaliation in our lives. May we understand more about the fear and ignorance that makes person hate person, nation hate nation. May we allow time and space for your words and wisdom to speak to our souls. Lord, may we hear you next to us, today and every day, leading us to reconciliation. And may we give thanks. Amen. Gift of peace God who is called by many names, Who is recognised in every corner of the world, Give us peace wherever we may be At home or far from it, With friends or in our loneliest moments. Give us the peace that comes from feeling you near, The peace that calms our needs and fears, The peace that deepens our joy. Amen. Sensitivity to others Lord, help us to take a step back from our everyday concerns with our own likes and dislikes. Help us to remember that we are not the only people who feel strongly about things, who feel they are right, who like to have things comfortable or as we want them. Help us to remember that other people are in some way part of us, that what happens to them affects us. Help us to be sensitive to the needs of others. Amen. Guidance of the Holy Spirit Jesus' message is still respected two thousand years after he lived because he had integrity. People could trust him. His actions lived up to his words. He did what was needed to help the oppressed. He knew how to deal with both his close followers and those who trusted him. He helped those who were not strong enough to face up to their responsibilities or their true selves. Life does not always turn out as we would like. We don't know what others will ask of us. We don't know when we shall find ourselves in unlikely and uncomfortable situations. Let's pray that Holy Spirit, given by Jesus as a gift, may guide and help us in all our journey through life, wherever it takes us. Amen The person you were created to be No one can see around corners. No one knows what is going to happen in the future. Other people may have views of what we should be like - great
expectations for us. We may have great expectations for ourselves. Because we're human we often get our expectations out of balance, we expect too much - or not enough - of ourselves and those around us. Christians believe that Jesus has great expectations of everyone, that everyone can become the person they were created to be, and that God loves the person we really are. So let us think for a moment about what our expectations could really be, what gifts we have, what will truly help us become ourselves. If we get that right, it should help us to face whatever lies around the corner. A Celtic Blessing (Suitable for farewells) May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall softly upon your fields until we meet again May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
The main sources of these prayers were: http://www.prayingeachday.org/prayerlinks.html http://www.painsley.org.uk/chapel/prayertreasury.htm http://www.cbnosf.org/prayer_services.htm “Glimpses Of God: Prayer for young adults” - Dom. Raphael Appleby o.s.b. (1993, Kevin Mayhew) Short daily themed liturgies can be found at http://www.painsley.org.uk/chapel/daily.htm
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