c) Some Prayers


the power of prayer (Try it with these prayers)

The 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.

The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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.

The Glory Be
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the:
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can; and
Wisdom to know the difference.

The Serenity Prayer (longer version):
God, grant me the:
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can; and
Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.

— this version appears in the booklet “Acceptance: the way to serenity and peace of mind” by Vincent P. Collins

A 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.

In Our Hearts
“May Our Lord be in our hearts, and our hearts in his.”
—Saint Vincent de Paul I:213 (http://vinformation.famvin.org/vincentian-quotes/#jp-carousel-18989)

Two Tips From St Teresa of Avila
“Just remain in his presence
with the intellect quiet.”

— St Teresa of Avila (as quoted on page 56 of “A Little Book of Teresa of Avila”, the Columba Press, Blackrock, County Dublin, 2003, compiled by Don Mullan)

“If you are able, you should occupy yourself in looking at Christ who is looking at you, and you should speak, and petition, and humble yourself, and delight in the Lord’s presence, and remember that you are unworthy of being there.”

— St Teresa of Avila (as quoted on page 55 of “A Little Book of Teresa of Avila”, the Columba Press, Blackrock, County Dublin, 2003, compiled by Don Mullan)

A Light-Hearted Prayer For The Day
Dear God, so far today I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, and I haven’t lost my temper. I haven’t been grumpy, nasty or selfish, and I’m really glad of that! But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot of help. Thank you! Amen.

— A light-hearted prayer on the Reflections page of the monthly Reality magazine, October 2013, Irish Redemptorists

Pope Francis’ Five Finger Prayer Guide:
1. The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “sweet obligation.”

2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.

3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance.

4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even that it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.

5. And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.

— As documented on http://www.catholicvote.org/a-simple-prayer-method-from-a-simple-pontiff/ (and sourced from there the 3rd November, 2013)

Pope Franciss Five Finger Prayer Guide in Italiano

The Pope’s Intentions
To see this month’s Intentions click on… http://acnireland.org/index.php/resources/pope-s-monthly-intentions (apparently updated on this linked site every month)

Prayer for Wisdom
“May the Apostle John grant us this grace to know what is happening in our hearts, and to have the wisdom to discern what is of God and what is not of God.”

— Pope Francis, Jan 7 2014, in one of his morning Mass sermons while talking about humility

Excerpt from the Novena Prayer in honour of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal…
Bearer of Life, Mother of our Saviour,
give birth in our hearts to Jesus your Son,
who forgives our sins and brings healing to our lives….

Teach us by prayer and self-control,
the meaning of truth and the beauty of love,
that with minds that are healed and hearts that are pure,
we may come in the end to where you are
the Queen of Angels and of Saints. Amen.

“A Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi”
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;
and 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;
and it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

You Can…
“Dear Lord,
you can, I can’t,
please do, thank you.”

— “a very simple prayer offered by the alcoholic”, as given by Bishop Brendan Comiskey in an interview with ‘The Irish Catholic’, 8th November (2011 or 2012)

Asking For the 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.
Any you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray,
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that in the same Spirit we may be truly wise
and ever rejoice in his consolation, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Act of Sorrow
O my God,
I thank you for loving me,
I am sorry for all
my sins,
For not loving others
And not loving you.
Help me to live like Jesus,
And not sin again.

Act of Faith
“My Lord and My God” — the apostle Thomas (John 20:28)

Act of Faith
O my God,
I believe in you
And in all that your holy Church teaches
Because you have said it and your word is true.
You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
You are my Lord and my God.
Lord, I believe; increase my faith.

— From the prayers in the Alive-O series of books for primary school children

An Act of Great Faith, in Song: “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet”

If you don’t already know this song, sung with such frailty yet strength by an unknown homeless man in London in 1971, do yourself a favour and listen to it. Singing it is a powerful prayer. On youtube you will find various versions of it, including a powerful shorter one with a contribution by Tom Waits and his gravel-like voice. The man was living rough near Waterloo station. Here are the words:

Jesus’ blood never failed me yet, never failed me yet, blood never failed me yet. There’s one thing I know, for he loves me so.

“Jesus, I Believe in You…”
Jesus, I believe in you, deepen my faith.
Jesus I trust in you, strengthen my trust.
Jesus, I love you, help me to love you more and more.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in thee.

Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, as we sit together.
Bless the food we eat today.
Bless the hands that made the food.
Bless us, O Lord. Amen.

Grace After Meals
Thank you God, for the food we have eaten.
Thank you God, for all our friends.
Thank you God, for everything.
Thank you God. Amen.

A Morning Prayer for Children That Is Used in Irish Catholic Primary Schools
Father in heaven, you love me,
you’re with me night and day.
I want to love you always,
in all I do and say.
I’ll try to please you, Father,
bless me through the day.

The ‘Heartbeat’ Prayer
I kiss the wounds in your sacred head,
with sorrow deep and true,
may every thought of mine this day
be an act of love for you.

I kiss the wounds in your sacred hands,
with sorrow deep and true,
may every touch of my hands this day
be an act of love for you.

I kiss the wounds in your sacred feet,
with sorrow deep and true,
may every step I take this day
be an act of love for you.

I kiss the wounds in your sacred side,
with sorrow deep and true,
may every beat of my heart this day
be an act of love for you.

— A prayer by Fr Ignatius Spencer, aka George Spencer, as given by a Passionist priest to Tony Castle while Tony was in a seminary; Tony included it in his article ‘Sharing Good Practice’ in the magazine ‘Spirituality’, published by Dominican Publications, Ireland, Volume 21 March–April 2015; Tony writes how a Father Willie Doyle, the Irish Jesuit Army chaplain of World War I, wrote: “I have a little system for counting my prayers; to represent it by figures, I’m up to 100,000 aspirations a day, with the result that Jesus has entered my life as he has never done before” and Tony speculates that “as, on average, the human heart beats about 100,000 times a day perhaps, using Fr Ignatius’ prayer, he was offering every heart beat as a prayer.”)

“Christ’s Prayer”
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,
and so no need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

— composed by Charles de Faucauld, the prayer of the ‘Jesus Caritas Fraternity of Priests’, (“a movement inspired by the life and writings of Blessed Charles de Faucauld, the French hermit”), as given by Tony Castle in his article ‘Sharing Good Practice’ in the magazine ‘Spirituality’, published by Dominican Publications, Ireland, Volume 21 March–April 2015. (Tony writes how “after using it for 45 years” he now sees “as Christ’s prayer. It would fit perfectly into the Garden of Gethsemane scene”)

A Prayer for the Child in the Womb
Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life.
Reawaken in us respect for every human life.
Help us to see in each child the marvellous
work of our Creator.
Open our hearts to welcome every child as a
unique and wonderful gift… (more…)

— (I’m unsure who wrote/crafted this prayer. It was/is in fairly common circulation in Ireland since late 2012 and a “dedicated Choose Life Month of Prayer”)

A Daily Prayer
(for adults or children; can be used as a morning prayer, a daytime prayer, an evening prayer, a class prayer)
(Maybe just choose parts of it to use; create your own Daily Prayer)

My friend Jesus,
(or “Our friend Jesus” or “Good morning, Jesus” or “Hi, Jesus”—or begin your own way)

It’s great to be alive.

Help me remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look to the future with confidence.

To start each day, help me remember to pray. To end each day, help me remember to say, “thanks.”

Today, help me replace my bad habits with good ones.
Today, help me put you at the centre of my life.
Today, help me choose you and your compassion as the Way: Guide me, as…
I welcome you into my body, mind, and spirit.

To take care of my body, help me get and stay fit and healthy.
To take care of my mind, help me aim for what is good and learn how to learn.
To take care of my spirit, help me learn about you more and listen to you more.

To take care of the Earth, help me reduce, re-use, recycle.
To take of other animals on Earth, help me cherish and respect their spirits.
To take care of other people on Earth, help me see with your eyes, listen with your ears, speak with your words, laugh with your laugh, and love with your heart.

When others need me, help me do what is right and not get in the way of your work.
When others hurt me, help me respond with love and forgive them.
When I need others, help me ask for help.
When I hurt others, forgive me.

To fight the temptations of the Devil, help me put your will before my will.
In all I do, help me give and receive Love.

A Night-Time Prayer for Children That Is Used in Irish Catholic Primary Schools
God our Father, I come to say, thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night, and in the morning send your light.

A useful “Prayers for Children” nicely-formatted one-page sheet is at http://www.beaumontparish.ie/index.php/bulletins/documents/doc_view/75-prayers-for-children



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