Hear, Lord, the prayers we offer from contrite hearts.
Have pity on us as we acknowledge our sins.
Lead us back to the way of holiness.
Protect us now and always from the wounds of sin.
May we ever keep safe in all its fullness
the gift your love once gave us
and your mercy now restores.
Hear, Lord, the prayers we offer from contrite hearts.
Hail Mary, Woman of sorrows
Mother of the living!
Virgin spouse beneath the Cross, the new Eve,
Be our guide along the paths of the world.
Teach us to experience and to spread the love of Christ,
to stand with you before the innumerable crosses
on which your Son is still crucified.
Hail Mary, woman of faith,
First of the disciples!
Virgin Mother of the Church,
help us always to account for the hope that is in us,
with trust in human goodness and the Father’s love.
Teach us to build up the world beginning from within:
in the depths of silence and prayer,
in the joy of fraternal love,
in the unique fruitfulness of the Cross.
Holy Mary, Mother of believers,
pray for us.
Give me grace to purify my memory,
to bridle my tongue,
to restrain my eyes,
and to mortify my senses.
Give me strength, O my God,
to expiate my offences,
to overcome my temptations,
to subdue my passions,
and to acquire the virtues proper for my state.
Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace,
who are Yourself our peace and reconciliation,
who so often said, “Peace to You,” grant us peace.
Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly love.
Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.
Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.
May all peoples of the earth become as brothers and sisters.
May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.
- Pope John XXIII
You, O eternal Trinity,
are a deep sea into which,
the more I enter,
the more I find.
And the more I find,
the more I seek.
O abyss, O eternal Godhead,
O sea profound,
what more could you give me than yourself?
Lord, we are here to be attentive to your Word;
we are here to search for Your Truth.
Speak to us, Lord, Your servants are listening.
Teach us to listen and respond.
Lord, in the noise and bustle of life
it is not easy to find Your Truth.
Help us to be quiet and still.
Make us attentive to You tonight.
For You alone have the words of Eternal Life.
Inspire us to yearn for Your Word.
Forgive our foolish ways and
open our eyes to the greatness of your love.
Bless us with the Truth that sets us free.
God our Father,
only You can give meaning and purpose to life.
Let Your Word, rich as it is,
pierce deeply into our hearts
and change our lives,
so that we may know life at its best,
and learn to live for You and for others.
Through Christ our Lord.
Help me, dear Lord,
to really believe that Christian love is the greatest power in the world.
Let me see that this is not an emotion,
but a central attitude of one's being,
an attitude of service for others in Your Name.
It is the result of your grace,
and prompts us to will only good things for others as images of God.
Grant that I may always strive to attain this attitude
and so live up to the noble vocation to which I am called.
I beseech you,
O Lord Jesus Christ,
that the Blessed Virgin Mary,
whose most holy soul was pierced
in the hour of your Passion
by the sword of sorrow,
may intercede for us
with Your mercy now
and at the hour of our death.
At the rising of Your sun
Lord God, Creator of light,
at the rising of Your sun each morning,
let the greatest of all lights, Your love,
rise, like the sun, within my heart.
O everlasting and loving God,
I consecrate myself wholly to Your today.
Lt all my days offer you ceaseless praise,
my hands move to the rhythm of Your impulses,
my feet be swift in Your service,
my voice sing constantly of You,
my lips proclaim Your message,
my eyes perceive You everywhere,
and my ears be attuned to your inspirations.
May my intellect be filled with Your wisdom,
my will be moved by Your beauty,
my heart be enraptured with Your love,
and my soul be flooded with Your grace.
Grant that every action of mine be done for Your greater glory.
- A Columban Missionary
Sweet Child Mary,
destined to be the Mother of God
and our sovereign and loving Mother,
by the prodigies of grace you lavish upon us,
mercifully listen to my humble requests.
In the needs which press upon me from every side
and especially in my present tribulation,
I place all my trust in you.
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those who’s hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.
Show us, we beg You, O Lord,
in Your clemency,
Your unspeakable mercy,
that You may both cleanse us from all our sins,
and deliver us from the punishments which they have deserved.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns
world without end.
O Holy Child,
by the privileges granted to you alone
and by the merits which you have acquired,
be merciful to me this day.
Show that the source of spiritual favors
and the continuous benefits
which you dispense are inexhaustible,
because your power with the Heart of God is unlimited.
Grant me my petition and I shall eternally praise the goodness of your heart.