There are times when we feel weary, sad, confused or afraid. And then there are times when we burst with joy and thankfulness.
Below are a selection of prayers, hymns and readings to help you talk to God in good times and bad. Use the links below to get to the relevant sections.
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.
Teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve You as You deserve;
To give and not count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek reward, except that of knowing that I do Your will.
May God grant you always
A sunbeam to warm you
A moonbeam to charm you
A sheltering angel
So nothing can harm you
Laughter to cheer you
Faithful friends near you
And whenever you pray
Heaven to hear you.
God, my Father – let your love be my key
to this new day.
Let me live each moment in your name.
Jesus, my Saviour – I pray that those
who have yet to hear your message of
salvation, will hear it today.
Holy Spirit – fan the flame of faith in
my heart. And show me how to share
the warmth with others around me.
Lord, as I close the lock on today . . .
If I have disappointed you
I ask your forgiveness.
If I have pleased you,
I thank you for showing me the way.
In these hours of darkness,
I ask you to watch over me,
and hold safe my key
to tomorrow’s new day.
A hymn of comfort to remind us that God is always near
Day is done, but love unfailing
Dwells ever here;
Shadows fall, but hope, prevailing,
Calms every fear.
Loving Father, none forsaking,
Take our hearts, of Love’s own making,
Watch our sleeping, guard our waking,
Be always near.
Dark descends, but Light unending
Shines through our night;
You are with us, ever lending
New strength to sight;
One in love, your truth confessing,
One in hope of heaven’s blessings,
May we see, in love’s possessing,
Love’s endless light!
Eyes will close, but you, unsleeping,
Watch by our side;
Death may come: in Love’s safe keeping
Still we abide.
God of love, all evil quelling,
Sin forgiving, fear dispelling,
Stay with us, our hearts indwelling,
God of our life,
There are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
When the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening;
When our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely,
and our souls have lost their courage.
Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise;
Tune our hearts to brave music;
Give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age;
And so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage
the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life,
to Your honour and glory.
Daily Prayer for the World
Bless the world that you have created,
and those of us who live in it.
Help us change hatred to love,
and war to peace, in your name.
In those places where people don’t know you,
let your light now shine on them.
To anyone who is sick and suffering, in body or spirit,
including (name), please give comfort and healing.
Where fear of any kind rules, including (name),
let your hope and reassurance replace it.
To those who feel abandoned, alone, and forgotten,
including (name), give a sign of your protective presence.
Where death is close (including name)
grant a glimpse of eternal life hereafter.
And to those who work for your Kingdom,
including (the Zulu Missions), give strength and perseverance.
In my prayer, I also ask the support of
Our Holy Mother, Mary, and all the Saints.
Prayer for Courage
Lord, give us all the courage we need to go the way you shepherd us,
That when you call we may go unfrightened.
If you bid us come to you across the waters,
That we may not be frightened as we go.
And if you bid us climb the hill,
May we not notice that it is a hill, mindful only of the happiness of your company.
You made us for yourself, that we should travel with you a
And see you at last in your unveiled beauty in the abiding city,
Where you are light and happiness and endless home.
For the sick
Almighty Father, look down
on your children who are
suffering illness and pain.
Give them the strength and patience
to carry this cross.
Grant them comfort and relief
at the hands of those who bring love
and care to them in your name.
And if it is your will,
let them be whole and healthy again.
Prayer to Mary for caregivers
Blessed Mary, as mother to Jesus, you lived
the special calling of being His caregiver.
There were times when you didn’t understand, but
you gave understanding.
There were times when you were weary
but you never failed to keep giving.
There were times when sorrow pierced you,
but the other’s pain was more important to you.
You never ceased to give love, care and comfort
even when it seemed that you had no more to give.
Please bless all caregivers in our world with
the special grace they need to carry out their work –
in Jesus’ name.
For Those Contemplating Suicide
Most loving and forgiving God,
hear our prayers for all
who seek to end their life
by their own hand.
The despair is too great,
the loneliness is unbearable,
the inability to share thoughts and feelings overwhelming,
the seeming lack of options a dead end.
Bless them with the strength of love
to meet each day with new courage;
friendships to bring moments of joy
in their days of anguish;
and hope for the future.
Prayer for the Dying
Dear Heavenly Father,
With heavy hearts we come to You;
A life is leaving us and sorrow is waiting to take us down.
Thank you for the comfort we find in Your presence.
Send us Your peace Lord; don’t let us waiver and doubt.
Take the hand of our dear sister/brother and make Yourself known.
As we wait and watch, we know Lord that none of us will escape this journey through death.
Teach us how to embrace it with faith.
Give us strength to hold up those who are stepping closer to seeing You face to face.
Take away the fear in the heart of our loved one who will soon see You.
Let them find peace in Your grace,
Comfort in Your love,
And strength in Your mighty power over death.
Comfort us as our grief seems to overpower us.
Prayer for the Unborn Child
Thou hast given us the gift of freedom to love
And to follow in Thy ways and commands.
Some parents choose to abuse this freedom
By destroying the gift of life which Thou hast given to their offspring.
Please forgive those who destroy human life
By aborting their unborn babies.
Give these unborn children the opportunity to enjoy Thee
For all eternity, if it according to Thy ordinance.
Assist me in being one in solidarity with Thy little ones
By taking to heart the words of Thy Son,
“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of Mine,
you did for Me.” (Mt. 25:40)
Therefore, allow me today, Father, to adopt spiritually an unborn child
And to offer my prayers, works, joys and sufferings for that little one,
So that child will be able to be born and live for
Thy greater honour and glory.
We pray this in Jesus’ name, in union with the Holy Spirit
One God forever and ever.
Prayer for a child’s baptism
Dearest Father in Heaven,
Bless this child and bless this day
Of new beginnings.
Smile upon this child
And surround this child, Lord,
With the soft mantle of your love.
Teach this child to follow in your footsteps,
And to live life in the ways of
Love, faith, hope and charity.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
you are the Holy Family.
Please bless and protect my family.
Keep them safe in body and spirit, and faithful to you.
Prayer for the home
Lord, my home is your home.
Please bless my dwelling
and let it always be a safe haven
for those who come to its door.
Prayer for families
God, Our Father, come into my home,
and take away all my worries and illnesses.
Please watch over me, and my family,
healing each one of us when it is needed.
Please also give your love, healing and guidance
to other families . . . .
poor families on the missions in Africa . . .
struggling and broken families in my own
country . . . and around the world.
Father, imprint the Holy Family on their hearts
to be their role model, and thereby
heal the sad state of ‘family’ which is
so much under threat in these days.
Prayer at mealtimes
You’ve blessed the earth with abundance
that mankind may have food.
And we humbly thank you for the meal
that is before us now.
But we know that there are many of your
children who go hungry daily.
Help us, always, to remember them and
to share with to them, in your name.
Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend and taught that they who mourn shall be comforted,
Grant us the comfort of your presence in our loss.
Send Your Holy Spirit to direct us lest we make hasty or foolish decisions.
Send Your Spirit to give us courage lest through fear we recoil from living.
Send Your Spirit to bring us your peace lest bitterness, false guilt, or regret take root in our hearts.
The Lord has given.
The Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Keep your priests, dearest Lord –
Keep them safe as they journey
in your footsteps, and the footsteps
of the Apostles.
Keep them protected from the
dangers and challenges of the world.
Keep them true when faced
Keep them comforted in hours
of loneliness, discouragement, and pain.
Keep them dedicated to your
work on earth.
And keep their place at your right hand,
when their task is done.
Keep, and bless all your priests,
wherever they might be,
and especially (Name any particular priest/s).
Prayer for Mission Priests
Lord, Jesus, you sent your disciples
into the world to teach all nations.
Many have followed in their footsteps
taking your teachings to foreign lands.
I pray that you will specially bless all
your mission priests in their work today.
In their often lonely lives,
be present for them.
As they travel through challenging or
dangerous territory, protect them.
As they learn new languages, give
them the help of the Holy Spirit
Keep their faith strong, and let their
example shine, to light the way for
others to know and love you.
Please hear my prayer now – for all
mission priests around the world,
and especially for those in Africa.
Prayer to be Merciful to Others: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (Diary, 163):
O Most Holy Trinity!
As many times as I breathe, as many times as my heart beats, as many times as my blood pulsates through my body, so many thousand times do I want to glorify Your mercy.
I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection, O Lord. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbour.
Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbours’ souls and come to their rescue.
Help me, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbours’ needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings.
Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbour, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.
Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbours and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks.
Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbour, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My true rest is in the service of my neighbour.
Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbour. I will refuse my heart to no one. I will be sincere even with those who, I know, will abuse my kindness. And I will lock myself up in the most merciful Heart of Jesus. I will bear my own suffering in silence. May Your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me.
You Yourself command me to exercise the three degrees of mercy. The first: the act of mercy, of whatever kind. The second: the word of mercy — if I cannot carry out a work of mercy, I will assist by my words. The third: prayer — if I cannot show mercy by deeds or words, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically.
O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself, for You can do all things.
Saint of the week
Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him.
Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage. Luke and Matthew disagree some about the details of Joseph’s genealogy but they both mark his descent from David, the greatest king of Israel (Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38). Indeed the angel who first tells Joseph about Jesus greets him as “son of David,” a royal title used also for Jesus.
We know Joseph was a compassionate, caring man. When he discovered Mary was pregnant after they had been betrothed, he knew the child was not his but was as yet unaware that she was carrying the Son of God. He knew women accused of adultery could be stoned to death, so he resolved to send her away quietly to not expose her to shame or cruelty. However, when an angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him, 20 “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins,” he did as the angel told him and took Mary as his wife. (Matthew 1:19-25).
We know Joseph loved Jesus. His one concern was for the safety of this child entrusted to him. Not only did he leave his home to protect Jesus, but upon his return settled in the obscure town of Nazareth out of fear for his life. We also know that Joseph treated Jesus as his own son for over and over the people of Nazareth say of Jesus, “Is this not the son of Joseph?” (Luke 4:22)
We know Joseph respected God. He followed God’s commands in handling the situation with Mary and going to Jerusalem to have Jesus circumcised and Mary purified after Jesus’ birth. We are told that he took his family to Jerusalem every year for Passover, something that could not have been easy for a working man.
There is much we still wish we could know about Joseph — exactly where and when he was born, how he spent his days, exactly when and how he died. But Scripture has left us with the most important knowledge: who he was — “a righteous man” (Matthew 1:18).
His feast day is 19 March.
St Joseph is Patron of the Universal Church, unborn children, fathers, workers, travelers, immigrants, and a happy death.
[Source: Catholic Online]
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