O God, who by the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare
a worthy dwelling place for Your Son,
we ask You that, as by the
foreseen death of Your Son,
You did preserve Her from all stain,
so too You would permit us,
purified through Her intercession,
to come to You.
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, world without end.

Amen.

For You have mercy upon all, O Lord,
and hate nothing that You have made.
Remember how frail our nature is,
and that You are our Father and our God.
Don’t be angry with us forever,
and stop Your tender mercies in displeasure.
For it is not for our just works
that we present our prayers before You,
but for the multitude of Your tender mercies.
Take away from us, O Lord, our iniquities,
and mercifully kindle in us the fire of Your Holy Spirit.
Take away from us the heart of stone,
and give us a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore You,
a heart to delight in, to follow, and to enjoy You.
And we entreat Your mercy, O Lord,
that You would look down graciously upon Your family,
as it pays its vows to Your most holy name;
and that the desire of none may be in vain,
and the petitions of none unfulfilled,
inspire our prayers, that they may be
to Your delight to hear and answer.

Amen.

Lord, You have created me
for goodness, love, compassion and peace.
Help me to make good use of the gifts
You have given me to make a difference
where I am at this moment of my life.

You put up with my moods, Lord,
when it all gets too much,
and others don’t seem to understand,
when I’m lifeless as sand, not at peace,
not at rest, lacking in zest, without any go,
because something’s not right,
though what I don’t quite know.

Then somewhere in my heart,
gently you remind me
I’m precious to You,
that You are my friend.

A few moments with You makes all the difference.
Your friendship keeps me going.

Amen.

— Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

Dear Lord,
This time of pandemic is indeed long.
And the statistics are grim.
Days of social distancing have turned to weeks. 
And weeks of near isolation, have become
claustrophobic months.
Like the athletes running the Boston marathon
who named a part of their route ‘heartbreak hill,’
I am struggling and I observe some around me
who are also showing signs of impatience and fatigue.
Discouraged, some are saying ‘enough’ and giving up.
Help me to keep putting one foot in front of the other
and to be a source of encouragement to those around me.
In small acts of kindness, I can make You present.
Give me the inspiration and the strength 
to care enough about others’ safety to do my part 
and protect them from the virus so that as many
as possible can safely complete the course.

Amen.

— Columban Fr. John Burger, U.S. Regional Director

Lord God,
by the preaching of St. Francis Xavier
you brought many nations to Yourself.
Give his zeal for the faith to all who believe in You,
that Your Church may rejoice in continued growth
throughout the world.
May this prayer fill us with the same love
that inspired Francis Xavier to work
for the salvation of all.
Help us to live our Christian calling
and to inherit the promise of eternal life.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Amen.

Lord, I have become distracted
by the things of this world.
Guide my steps and lead me
safely back home to you.
Help me to respond to the needs of others
so that I may continue to serve Your will.

Lord help me to forgive as I have been forgiven.
Sometimes I glide over the words
of Your prayer the Our Father.
“Forgive us our trespasses as we I forgive
those who trespass against us”.
But often I don’t forgive.
I harbor grudges.
I want revenge.
Maybe I even think I can never forgive
such an insult or injustice.
Lord you died that I might be forgiven.
Help me to offer that forgiveness to others.
And, surprise, it brings a peace
that I thought not possible.

Amen.

- By a Columban Missionary

O glorious St. Andrew,
you were the first to recognize
and follow the Lamb of God.
With your friend, St. John,
you remained with Jesus from that first day,
for your entire life,
and now throughout eternity.
As you led your brother, St. Peter, to Christ
and many others after him,
draw us also to Him.
Teach us to lead others to Christ
solely out of love for Him
and dedication in His service.
Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross
and to carry our daily crosses without complaint
so that they may carry us to Jesus.

Amen.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
In which the Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold.
In that hour, I beseech You, O my God,
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother.

Amen.

O God, mercy and forgiveness
are Yours by nature and by right.
Receive our humble petitions.
Though we are bound tightly by the chain of our sins,
set us free by the power of Your great mercy.

Amen

O Blessed Columban, who, in your zeal for the extension
of Christ’s Kingdom and the salvation of souls,
spent your life in suffering and exile,
assist and protect, the missionaries of our day,
who have devoted their lives to preaching the Gospel
throughout the world.

Obtain for them that prudence and fortitude
by which you overcame the dangers
which beset your path,
and that firm faith and ardent charity
which enabled you to endure gladly
the privations of this life for the love of Christ.

Assist and protect us, also, dear St Columban,
so to live for God’s glory that when our pilgrimage
through life is over, we may enjoy with you the
eternal rest of heaven through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Lord God, today I am grateful
for the gifts that you bestow.

They are different from a year ago
when mobility, activity, social life
were full and energizing.

These days, my gratitude is for the basics.
That there is food, and shelter and neighbors
and friends.

Life is slower during this pandemic but
there is plenty to appreciate among
the blessings shown each day.

May we be increasing aware of God's
goodness and blessings
even in times of change and scarcity.

Let us make this prayer in Light
and Peace of Jesus Christ

Amen.
 

— By a Columban Missionary

O God, who distinguished Your holy virgin
and martyr Catherine
by the gift of great wisdom and virtue,
and a victorious combat
with the enemies of the Faith,
grant us, we beg You,
through her intercession,
constancy in the Faith and the wisdom
of the saints, that we may devote all the powers
of our mind and heart to Your service.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

St. Andrew, you provided a wonderful example
to your flock of a life lived totally for God.
Pray that we may dedicate our lives
to evangelizing the Good News of God’s Love for us.
St. Andrew, you did not let fear deter you
from your work in God’s service.
Pray that we may not let people’s opinions
affect our actions or hinder us from carrying out God’s will.
St. Andrew, you shed your blood for the sake of the lamb;
pray for us who still labor in the valley of tears,
that we may be strong until the end.

Amen.