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Daily Prayer Archive

June 23, 2020

It is difficult to make sense of what is happening
in our world suffering from the virus. 
We might be tempted to feel abandoned. 
But give us the confidence, Lord,
that out of all this can come a deeper knowing
of your love and care for us. 
Yes, we are vulnerable but may that vulnerability
open us to a deeper sense of your presence in our lives.

Amen.

– By a Columban Missionary

June 22, 2020

Dear Scholar and Martyr,
it was not the King of England
but you who were the true Defender of the Faith.
Like Christ unjustly condemned,
neither promises nor threats
could make you accept a civil ruler
as head of the Christian Church.
Perfect in your honesty and love of truth,
grant that lawyers and judges may imitate you
and achieve true justice for all people.

Amen.

June 21, 2020

Lord, please bless our fathers,
these men who mean so much to us,
who are greatly responsible
for who we are and who we are becoming.
Bless them for having the courage
to do what's necessary to keep us out of trouble,
for making us do the right thing,
for helping us build our character,
even when it makes us angry;
and bless them for pushing us to do our best,
even when they just want to love us.
Bless our fathers for being our protectors,
for leading us through stormy times to safety,
for making us believe that everything will be all right
and for making it so.
Bless our fathers for quietly making a living
to provide for those they love most,
for giving us food, clothing, shelter
and the other material things that really matter,
for unselfishly investing time and money in us
that they could have spent on themselves.
Bless our father, Lord,
for saving some energy for fun,
for leading us on adventures
to explore the outer reaches of ourselves,
for making us laugh,
for being our playmates and our friends.
Bless them for being our secure foundation, our rock,
for holding on tight to us … until it's time to let us go.
Lord, bless these men we look up to,
our role models, our heroes, our fathers.
In Jesus' name we pray.

Amen.

June 20, 2020

O Most Blessed Mother,
heart of love, heart of mercy,
ever listening, caring, consoling,
hear my prayer.
As your child, I implore your intercession
with Jesus your Son.
Receive with understanding and compassion
the petitions I place before you today.

I am comforted in knowing
your heart is ever open
to those who ask for your prayer.
I trust to your gentle care and intercession,
those whom I love and who are sick
or lonely or hurting.
Help all of us, Holy Mother,
to bear our burdens in this life
until we may share eternal life
and peace with God forever.

Amen.

June 19, 2020

O God, who mercifully bestowed upon us
infinite treasures of love in the Heart of Your Son,
which was wounded for our sins;
grant, we beseech You,
that we who pay Him the devout homage of our piety,
may in like manner show You
our due of worthy satisfaction.

Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

June 18, 2020

O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.
Holy Mary, pray for us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

June 17, 2020

Lord, during this time of anxiety and distress
our patience can run thin. 
Yet deep within us we know
that we can place our trust in you. 
You provide us with the strength we need. 
You do not burden us with any force
that we cannot overcome. 
Sustain us Lord with your overwhelming kindness.

Amen.

– By a Columban Missionary

June 16, 2020

Loving mother of the Redeemer,
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
Yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting,
have pity on us poor sinners.

June 15, 2020

Lord, I need new energy for life,
to meet all its challenges again.

I need Your help, Your strength,
to overcome all the tiredness I feel.

When I see others in full flight,
see them glide through life
with effortless ease and elation,
I sometimes wonder why.

I get so tired, and everything’s an effort,
but only say the word, Lord, and I shall be healed.

Lord, awaken my spirit with Your healing touch
so I can turn to Your with joy.

Amen.

-- By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

June 14, 2020

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Your wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from You.
From the malicious enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me and bid me
come to You that with Your saints
I may praise You forever and ever.

Amen.

June 13, 2020

Mary, our Queen,
Holy Mother of God,
we beg you to hear our prayer.
Make our hearts overflow with Divine grace
and resplendent with heavenly wisdom.
Render them strong with your might
and rich in virtue.
Pour down upon us the gift of mercy
so that we may obtain the pardon of our sins.
Help us to live in such a way
as to merit the glory and bliss of heaven.
May this be granted us by your Son Jesus
Who has exalted you above the angels,
has crowned you as Queen,
and has seated you with Him
forever on His radiant throne.

Amen.

June 12, 2020

All praise to You, Lord Jesus,
Lover of children:
Bless our family,
And help us to lead our children to You.

Give us light and strength,
And courage when our task is difficult.
Let Your Spirit fill us with love and peace,
So that we may help our children to love You.

All glory and praise are Yours, Lord Jesus,
For ever and ever.

Amen.

June 11, 2020

God our Father, you filled Saint Barnabas
with faith and the Holy Spirit
and sent him to convert the nations.
Help us to proclaim the gospel by word and deed.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

June 10, 2020

Absolve, we beseech You, O Lord,
the souls of those who have died
during the current pandemic,
from every bond of sin,
that being raised in the glory of the resurrection,
they may be refreshed among the Saints in heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

June 9, 2020

Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings,
You have power over life and death.
You know even things that are uncertain and obscure,
and our very thoughts and feelings are not hidden from You.
Cleanse me from my secret faults,
and I have done wrong and You saw it.
You know how weak I am,
both in soul and in body.
Give me strength, O Lord,
in my frailty and sustain me in my sufferings.
Grant me a prudent judgement, dear Lord,
and let me always be mindful of Your blessings.
Let me retain until the end Your grace
that has protected me till now.

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