Prayers

A Simple Form of Daily Prayer in the Morning

In the following schema, any element may be replaced by a longer or shorter element with the same content.  Psalms (such as 51, 62, 66, , 93, 130, etc.)  or other prayers, such as the Creed, the Acts of Faith/Hope/ Love,  or prayers to the Trinity or in honor of the saints may be added according to the personal choice of the user.

Plural phrases may be changed to the first person singular when these prayers are prayed alone.

I. Sign of the Cross
II. Invocation of the Holy Spirit
III. Act of Contrition
IV.Kyrie and Lord’s Prayer
V. Morning Offering
VI. Invocation of the Saints [or Litany of the Saints]
VII. Concluding Prayer
VIII. Doxology
IX. Closing verse for the day.
X. Closing verse for the dead.



+ In the name of the Father
and the Son
and the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.

INVOCATION OF THE SPIRIT

V. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
R. And kindle in them the fire of your love.

ACT OF CONTRITION

Then the following or another Act of Contrition is said

I confess to almighty God,
(and to you, my brothers and sisters,)
that I have sinned through my own fault
(They strike their breast.)
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done,
and in what I have failed to do;
and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin,
all the angels and saints,
(and you, my brothers and sisters,)
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

KYRIE AND LORD’S PRAYER

  Lord have mercy  /   Kyrie eleison
Christ have mercy /Christe eleison
  Lord have mercy /    Kyrie eleison

Our Father…..

MORNING OFFERING

One of the following may be chosen

A

O Jesus, I come before you at the beginning of this day.
I gaze at your face,
I look upon your side pierced by the lance.
Your wounded heart speaks to me
of God's love poured out for us.
Take, Lord, and receive my heart:
the words of faith that I speak,
the works of justice I would do,
my joys and sufferings.
When I come to the Eucharistic altar,
gather my offerings to your own
for the life of the world.
At the end of the day,
place me with Mary, your mother,
with St. N. and all the saints
by your side, forever surrounded by your love. Amen.

B

Eternal Father,
I offer You everything I do this day:
my work, my prayers, my apostolic efforts;
my time with family and friends;
my hours of relaxation;
my difficulties, problems and distress,
which I shall try to bear with patience.
Join these, my gifts,
to the unique offering
which Jesus Christ, your Son,
renews today in the Eucharist.
Grant, I pray, that,
vivified by the Holy Spirit,
my life this day
may be of service to you and your children
and help consecrate the world to you.  Amen.

C

God, our Father,
 I offer you my day,
my prayers, thoughts and words,
my actions, joys, and sufferings
in union with the Christ your Son,
for the salvation of the world. 
May the Holy Spirit, who guided Jesus,
be my guide and my strength today
so that I may witness to your love. 
With Mary, the mother of our Lord and the Church,
with St. N and all your saints
I pray for my family and friends,
for the sick and the suffering,
those at home and those who are travelling
(mention other particular intentions)
and all the clergy and religious
especially our Holy Father Francis
and bishop N.
both of whose intentions
I commend to your goodness.

D

Heavenly Father,
I offer you this day
all that I do and think and say
uniting it in the power of the Holy Spirit
with what was done
by Jesus Christ, your only Son.
Amen.

INVOCATION TO THE SAINTS

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord mercy

Holy Mary, Mother of God
R. Pray for us

Holy angels of God
R. Pray for us

St. John the Baptist
R. Pray for us

St. Joseph
R. Pray for us

Ss. Peter and Paul
R. Pray for us

(Other saints may be added)

CLOSING PRAYER

Let us pray

Lord our God, King of heaven and earth,
we humbly pray
 that you would guide, sanctify, and govern,
our hearts and bodies,
in the way of your law
and the following of your commandments:
that through thy most mighty protection, Saviour of the world,
we may be kept safe in both body and soul
both now and forever. 
R. Amen.

Or:

Lord,
may everything we do
begin with your inspiration
and continue with your help
so that all our prayers and works
may begin in you
and by you be happily ended
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

DOXOLOGY

To the King of ages,
incorruptible, invisible,
the only God,
be honor and glory
forever and ever.
R. Amen.

CLOSING VERSES

May the divine assistance + remain always with us.
R. Amen.

And may the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God
rest in peace.
R. Amen.

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