Daily Prayer Archive

January 5, 2021

O Jesus, who on earth commanded and practiced a hidden life,
grant that in these our days of pride
and outward display the example of your servant John Neumann
may lead us to follow Your humble ways.
Grant, O Lord, that like your holy bishop
we may do all our works with the pure intention of pleasing You,
and let not our deeds be done to win the favor of others
but to give glory to our Father in heaven.
We thank you that our fellow citizen and devoted missionary bishop
is recognized among the saints of Your Church in Heaven,
and we beseech You, O Lord, to glorify him on earth
by granting the favors we ask through his intercession.


January 4, 2021

Lord Jesus,
Who was born for us in a stable,
lived for us a life of pain and sorrow,
and died for us upon a cross;
say for us in the hour of death,
"Father, forgive,"
and to Your Mother,
"Behold your child."
Say to us,
"This day you shall be with Me in paradise."
Dear Savior, leave us not, forsake us not.
We thirst for You, Fountain of Living Water.
Our days pass quickly along,
soon all will be consummated for us.
To Your hands we commend our spirits,
now and forever.


January 3, 2021

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew You,
before you were born I dedicated You…”
We can say the same is true for us.
The Lord has chosen each one of us
for a special purpose.
At times we feel at a loss.
We think the Lord is absent.
Does the Lord really care?
Then we remember that the Lord has delivered us
and preserves us for that special calling.
Even when things are not going well
I wait for you, Lord.
I am confident that your kindness
will follow me wherever I go and that with You
I can accomplish what You dedicated me for.

— By a Columban Missionary

January 2, 2021

St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal
for the Catholic faith, love of liturgy,
and compassion and mercy toward those in need.
Please help and guide us
so that we may share in these virtues
and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts
of our families and all we encounter.
We especially ask for blessings on our parish family,
our priests and our deacons.

I also ask that you graciously intercede for me before God
so that I might be granted the special assistance
and graces that I seek
Help me to live as a faithful child of God
and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.

St. Gregory the Great, pray for us.

January 1, 2021

O God, who through the fruitful virginity
of Blessed Mary bestowed on the human race
the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray,
that we may experience the intercession of her,
through whom we were found worthy to receive
the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

December 31, 2020

Dear God, thank You for making
all things new.
Thank You for all that You've allowed
into our lives this past year,
the good along with the hard things.
The coronavirus, the isolation and the unrest
of 2020 have reminded us how much
we need You and rely on Your presence
filling us every single day.
We pray for Your Spirit to lead us
each step of this New Year.

December 30, 2020

Dear Jesus,
You came to show the real meaning of life.
You came to bring forgiveness and healing to a broken world.
By your giving of yourself even to the point of death,
you save us and bring the promise of new life.
May your touch and example embolden us
in facing the challenge of the coronavirus.


— By Columban Fr. John Comiskey

December 29, 2020

Father, you confirm the true faith
with the crown of martyrdom.
May the prayers of St Thomas Becket 
give us the courage to proclaim our faith
by the witness of our lives.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.


December 28, 2020

There is a certain rhythm in our life cycle
of birth, growth, aging and death.

With the pandemic, this passing of stages
in life has been abruptly changed for so
many people.

Lord, help us at this time when our brothers
and sisters are in pain and dealing
with sickness and loss due to the 
corona virus

Let us know in a deeper gift, that You are
with us; now even in this time of uncertainty
and illness.

We place this prayer in the loving hands
of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.


— By a Columban Missionary

December 27, 2020

O Jesus, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father,
we most fervently implore You,
through Mary Your ever-blessed Mother
and St. Joseph Your foster father,
take our children under Your special charge
and enclose them in the love of Your Sacred Heart.
They are the children of Your Father in Heaven,
created after His own image;
they are Your possession,
for You have purchased them with Your Precious Blood;
they are temples of the Holy Ghost,
who sanctified them in Baptism
and implanted in their hearts the virtues of faith, hope and charity.

O most loving Jesus,
rule and guide them,
that they may live according to the holy Catholic Faith,
that they may not waver in their confidence in You
and that they may ever remain faithful to Your love.

December 26, 2020

O glorious St. Stephen, first Martyr for the Faith,
filled with compassion for those who invoke you,
with love for those who suffer,
heavily laden with the weight of my troubles.
I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you
to take my present needs under your special protection.
Recommend it to our Lord Jesus.
Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.
Above all, obtain for me the grace
to one day meet God face to face,
and with you and Mary and all the angels and saints
praise Him through all eternity.
O most powerful Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr,
do not let me lose my soul,
but obtain for me the grace of winning my way to heaven,
forever and ever.


December 25, 2020

Dear Jesus,
At Christmas you come to us as the gift of God’s very self.
You embrace us with your love that never fades, diminishes, or weakens.
Help us all to reflect your love in acts of understanding and compassion
especially for the poor and all who have less in life.
This time of pandemic is deeply challenging.
Encourage, heal and support us.


— By Columban Fr. John Comiskey

December 24, 2020

O God, who made this most holy night
to shine forth with the brightness of the true Light,
grant we beseech You, that we who have known
the mystery of Your light on earth,
may attain the enjoyment of His happiness in heaven.
Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever.

December 23, 2020

These days there can be a feeling
of impending doom, O Lord.

Help us to trust that you will not
abandon us, while suffering flows
around the world.

Lord, let us trust in your goodness
to strengthen us in this time of pandemic
that we may know, love
and serve you with greater zeal
each and every day.

We make this prayer, in the Name
of Jesus Christ Our Lord.


— By a Columban Missionary

December 22, 2020

Lord, Your presence makes my life whole.
Take away my pride so that I have the courage
to change the attitudes, habits and behaviors
that prevent me from being more like you.


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