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Daily Prayer Archive

May 10, 2017

We thank You, O heavenly Father, 
for the guidance given to our Founding Fathers 
in recognizing that "all men" of all nations
"are endowed by their Creator with unalienable right," 
and in realizing at the very birth of our nation 
that the chief purpose of government 
is to safeguard these Divine rights for even the least of us. 
Enable us, O God, 
to do all in our power to share with "all men" our heritage, 
Your precious blessings of true freedom.

We pray especially for those misguided souls 
who are spreading a hatred of You 
and of Your children throughout all nations. 
May we be enlightened and strengthened by the Holy Spirit 
never to "be overcome by evil, 
but overcome evil by good" (Romans 12:21); 
that we may comprehend fully the sublime lesson of Your Incarnate Son: 
"Love your enemies, 
do good to them that hate you 
and pray for them that persecute you" (Matthew 5:).

May 9, 2017

O Virgin, fair as the moon,
delight of the angels and saints in heaven,
grant that we may become like you
and that our souls may receive a ray of your beauty,
which does not decline with the years
but shines forth into eternity.
O Mary, sun of heaven,
restore life where there is death
and enlighten spirits where there is darkness.
Turn your countenance to your children
and radiate on us your light and your fervor.
O Mary, powerful as an army,
grant victory to our ranks.
We are very weak
and our enemy rages with uttermost conceit.
But under your banner
we are confident of overcoming him. 
Save us, O Mary,
fair as the moon,
bright as the sun,
awe inspiring as an army set in battle array
and sustained not by hatred
but by the ardor of love.

Amen.

May 8, 2017

O Blessed Lady of the Fields, 
who loved the land of your native Galilee, 
who watched the tiller of the earth and the shepherd of the flock 
go out and return from Nazareth, 
who lived with and loved the rural folk of the village, 
look down graciously upon the fields and pastures of this,
your adopted land. 
Make our homes sanctuaries of Christ as was your home. 
Make our fields fertile and abundant in the harvest. 
Help us to understand more fully the dignity of our toil 
and the merit it acquires when offered through you to your Divine Son, 
Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, 
lives and reigns for ever and ever. 

Amen.

May 7, 2017

Remember, O most pure spouse 
of the Virgin Mary,
my beloved Patron, 
that never it has been heard
that anyone invoked your patronage 
and sought your aid
without being comforted.
Inspired by this confidence I come to you
and fervently commend myself to you.
Despise not my petition, 
O dearest foster father of our Redeemer,
but accept it graciously.

Amen.

May 6, 2017

O Most Holy Virgin Mother, 
we listen with grief to the complaints 
of your Immaculate Heart 
surrounded with the thorns placed therein 
at every moment by the blasphemies 
and ingratitude of ungrateful humanity. 
We are moved by the ardent desire of loving you as Our Mother 
and of promoting a true devotion to your Immaculate Heart.

May 5, 2017

Holy Mary, my patron,
I ask you to pray for me to Jesus your son.
Through your constant prayers,
may God continue to guide my paths
and help me to follow Jesus in love.

Holy Mary,
pray for me
and for all the people of God.

Amen.

May 3, 2017

Inspire us, O God, with a love of all men, 
and especially for those who suffer and are persecuted; 
teach us to go in Your name, 
as Christ-bearers, to bring love where there is hate, 
light of Christian principles where there is darkness of error; 
help us for Your honor and Glory to renew the face of the earth. 
Enable us never to flinch where truth and justice are assailed. 
May we serve You by prayer and good works 
by bringing into every phase of private and public life 
the only truth that can make me free, 
the only love that embraces all mankind,
the only peace that will last through the eternal ages.

Be so kind as to heed our fervent prayer, 
almighty God, that we, 
Your sons and daughters, 
despite our many weaknesses and failures, 
may be found worthy instruments of Your peace and messengers of Your love, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

May 2, 2017

O Mary, Mother of God
As You are above all creatures 
in Heaven and Earth, 
more glorious than the Cherubim, 
more noble than any here below, 
Christ has given You to His people, 
firm bulwark and Protectress, 
to shield and save sinners who fly unto You.
Therefore O Lady, 
all embracing refuge, 
we solemnly recall Your sweet protection, 
and beg Christ forever for His mercy. 

Amen

May 1, 2017

O God, on this day, 
dedicated through long centuries to the honoring of Mary, 
Mother of Your Divine Son, 
look down upon us Your children gathered here, 
and upon the millions of others 
who are also assembling in unnumbered other places throughout America, 
to pray for the people of Russia 
and for all those in countries under the influence of Communism. 
We pray that all these, 
our brothers and sisters in Christ, 
now dominated by the opponents of the Savior, 
may soon enjoy the full freedom 
to exercise those human rights and personal liberties 
that come from You and You alone.

April 30, 2017

O God, Who has given us a royal priesthood, we beseech You, 
that as Blessed Joseph was found worthy
to touch with his hands, 
and to bear in his arms, 
Your only-begotten Son, 
born of the Virgin Mary, 
so may we be made fit, 
by cleanness of heart and blamelessness of life, 
to minister at Your holy altar; may we, this day, 
with reverent devotion partake of the Sacred Body and Blood 
of Your Only-begotten Son, 
and may we in the world to come 
be accounted worthy of receiving an everlasting reward. 
Through the same Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

April 29, 2017

O most blessed Virgin Mary, 
mother most loving and most merciful, 
I, a miserable and unworthy sinner come before you, 
with the heartfelt prayer, 
that of your loving kindness 
you would grant graciously to be near me 
and all who throughout the whole Church 
are to receive the body and blood of your Son this day, 
even as you were near your most dear Son 
as He hung bleeding on the cross, 
that, aided by your gracious help, 
we may worthily offer up a pure and acceptable sacrifice 
in the sight of the holy and undivided Trinity.

Amen.

April 28, 2017

Mindful then, O Lord, 
of Your worshipful Passion, 
I approach Your Altar, 
sinner though I am, 
to join in the offering to You 
that Sacrifice which You have instituted
to be offered in remembrance of You for our well-being. 
Receive it, I ask You, 
O God most High, 
for Your holy Church, 
and for the people who You have purchased with Your own Blood. 
Let not, through my unworthiness, 
waste the price of their salvation,
whose saving Victim and Redemption You granted. 

April 27, 2017

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. 
Do not be angry with us forever, 
and do not shut Your tender mercies in displeasure. 
For it is not for our just works 
that we present our prayers before Your face, 
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 ask Your mercy, O Lord, 
that You will 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, 
do You inspire our prayers, 
that they may be such as You delight to hear and answer.

Amen

April 26, 2017

Remember, O Good Saint Anne,
whose name means grace and mercy,
that never was it know
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,
and sought your intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,
I come before you,
sinful and sorrowful.
Holy mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
and loving grandmother of the Saviour,
do not reject my appeal,
but hear me and answer my prayer.

Amen.

April 25, 2017

Merciful God, 
we thank you for food and drink 
transformed into energy and life 
and for sorrow changed into joy.
Through your Holy Spirit 
shine into our hearts 
so that what is hopeless within us 
may be startled with promise 
and what is dead within us 
may be resurrected through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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