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PRAYING WITH THE SAINTS Our Father To the Divine Mercy To the Holy Spirit Prayer for Help from the Holy Spirit To Mary, for Help St Michael the Archangel The Angelus To the Douai Martyrs Grail Prayer Psalm 139 St Richard of Chichester St Ignatius in Anxiety St Benedict St Francis of Assisi St Catherine of Siena St Teresa of Avila St Bede the Venerable St Thomas Aquinas St Gregory the Great St Patrick’s Breastplate John Henry Newman St Augustine St Therese of Lisieux Celtic Blessing For the Pope St George of England Prayer for the Sick Prayer for Peace Hindu Prayer Sikh Morning Prayer Muslim Prayer Buddhist Prayer The Beatitudes Jewish Prayer
• V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 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 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. The Angelus Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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.
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. x 3 Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen. The Divine Mercy
Come, Holy Spirit Fill the hearts of your faithful And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit, O Lord, and they shall be created. And You will renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O god, Who taught the hearts of the faithful By the light of the holy spirit, Grant that, by the gift of the same spirit, We may always be truly wise, And ever rejoice in his consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Come, Holy Spirit
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen The Memorare
St Augustine O thou, who art The light of the minds that know thee The life of the souls that love thee, And the strength of the wills that serve thee; Help us so to know thee That we may truly love thee; So to love thee That we may fully serve thee, Whom to serve is perfect freedom.
SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Angel of God My guardian dear To Whom His love Commits me here Prayer to my Guardian Angel Ever this day Be at my side To light and guard To rule and guide. Amen
Prayer on the Feast of the Douai Martyrs, 29 th October Kindle in us, Lord, the spirit in which the blessed martyrs of Douai laboured, so that filled with this spirit, we may love what they loved and do as they taught. Amen.
The Beatitudes • Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. • Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted. • Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for what is right: for they will be satisfied. • Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy • Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. • Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God. • Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of what is right: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Lord, You search me and you know me You know when I sit and when I rise You perceive my thoughts from afar None of my ways are hidden from you. Psalm 139 Before ever a word is on my tongue, You know it O Lord, through and through. For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. All of my days are written in Your book. before one of them came to be. I thank you, Lord, for the wonder of myself And the wonder of all Your creation. Amen.
Praise be to Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, For all the benefits which you have given us, For all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother May we see you more clearly Love you more dearly And follow you more nearly Day by day. Amen. Prayer of St Richard of Chichester
Teach us, good Lord To To give and not to count the cost fight and not to heed the wounds toil and not to seek for rest labour and to ask for no reward Save that of knowing That we do your will. Amen. Prayer of St Ignatius
St Ignatius’ Prayer in Anxiety O Christ Jesus When all is darkness And we feel our weakness and helplessness, Give us the sense of Your Presence, Your Love and Your Strength. Help us to have perfect trust In Your protecting love And strengthening power, So that nothing may frighten or worry us, For, living close to You, We shall see Your Hand, Your Purpose, Your Will through all things. By St. Ignatius of Loyola
St Benedict O Most Gracious and holy Father, Give us wisdom to perceive you Intelligence to understand you Diligence to seek you Patience to wait for you Eyes to behold you A heart to meditate upon you And a life to proclaim you. Through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.
Blessed John Henry Newman’s prayer for vocation God has created me to do him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of the truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling. Therefore I will trust him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. I ask not to see, I ask not to know, I ask simply to be used.
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 Prayer of St Francis 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 to eternal life. Amen
Holy Spirit, come into my heart; draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God. Preserve me, O ineffable Love, from every evil thought; warm me, inflame me, with Thy dear love, and every pain will seem light to me. My Father, my sweet Lord, help me in all my actions. Amen. St Catherine of Siena
St Teresa of Avila Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.
I implore you, good Jesus, That as in your mercy You have given me to drink with delight The words of your knowledge, So of your loving kindness You will also grant me one day To come to you, The fountain of all wisdom, And to stand for ever before your face. Amen. St Bede the Venerable (673 – 735), Monk, Doctor of the Church, Father of English History St Bede the Venerable
O most Holy Creator, Who, out of the treasures of Your wisdom have most wisely ordered the Universe, Pour upon the darkness of my mind a ray of your brightness and clear me of the twofold darkness of sin and ignorance, in which I was born. St Aquinas’ Prayer before Study Give me a quick understanding, ability to remember accuracy in explaining, ease in learning. Direct my progress and perfect the completion of my task: You who are true God and true man, who live and reign world without end Amen.
Dear Father, by Your wondrous loving-kindness toward us, You gave up Your Son. Dear Jesus, in loving-kindness You poured forth your blood and cleared away the darkness of sin by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection. You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave as a Conqueror. You reconciled heaven and earth. St Gregory the Great Your Resurrection has washed away our sins, Restored our innocence and brought us joy. How immeasurable is the tenderness of Your Love! Amen.
St Therese of Lisieux O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity. Amen.
Lord Jesus, The Grail Prayer I give you my hands to do your work. Above all, I give you my heart I give you my feet that you may love in me your Father to go your way. and all people. I give you my whole self I give you my eyes that you may grow in me, to see as you do. I give you my tongue so that it is you, Lord Jesus, to speak your words. who live and work and pray in me. I give you my mind that you may think in me. Amen. I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
Celtic Prayer 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 my departing.
We repent, O God most merciful, for all our sins; for every thought that was false or unjust or unclean; for every word spoken that ought not to have been spoken; and for every deed done that ought not to have been done; for every word and deed that has given others pain; and for every wish that pain should befall others. Hindu prayer of Repentance In your unbounded mercy, we ask you to forgive us, o God, for all these sins committed by us, and to forgive us for our constant failures to think and speak and act according to your will. Meher Baba - 1951
Buddhist Prayer May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May all beings have no suffering nor the causes of suffering. May all beings dwell in supreme bliss free from all sorrow and suffering. And may all being rest in great peace free from all selfishness, addiction, indifference and hatred. And may all beings wake up to recognize their true self-nature.
In the Name of Allah, the All-merciful, the Allcompassionate My God, there is no force and no strength except in Thy power. So I ask Thee by Thy far-reaching wisdom and Thy penetrating will: Be for me a helper against enemies, a coverer of shameful things and faults, a protector against afflictions, a preserver against acts of disobedience! By Thy clemency and mercy, O Most Merciful of the merciful.
Cry out with joy to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before him singing for joy Know that he, the LORD is God. He made us, we belong to him]; we are his people, the sheep of his flock. Go within his gates giving thanks Enter his courts with songs of praise; give thanks to him and bless his name. Indeed how good is the Lord Eternal his merciful love, He is faithful from age to age. Psalm 100: Jewish Prayer of Praise
Sikh Morning He is the supreme truth. He, The Creator, Prayer Is without fear and without hate. There is One God. He, The Omnipresent, Pervades the universe. He is not born, Nor does He die to be born again, By His grace shalt thou worship Him.
Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd, the Pope, a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing faithfully those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. Prayer for the Pope
Prayer of St George Almighty God, who gave to your servant George boldness to Confess the Name of our Saviour Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the sick members of our community and for all who are in need. Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your healing presence. Show your mercy as you close wounds, cure illness, make broken bodies whole and free downcast spirits. May these special people find lasting health and deliverance, and so join us in thanking you for all your gifts. We ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who believed. Amen Prayer for the Sick
O God, send forth your Holy Spirit into my heart that I may understand, into my mind that I may remember, and into my soul that I may meditate. Inspire me to speak with piety, holiness, tenderness and mercy. Teach, guide and direct my thoughts and senses from beginning to end. May your grace ever help and correct me, and may I be strengthened now with wisdom from on high, for the sake of your infinite mercy. Amen. Prayer for Help to the Holy Spirit
Prayer for Peace O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, " regard not my sins but look on the faith of Your Church, and give us that peace and unity which is according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.