Weekly Prayer Archive

Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter,
first among the apostles, to confess Jesus
as Messiah and Son of the living God:
Keep Your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith,
so that in unity and peace we may proclaim
the one truth and follow the one Lord,
our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Lord, just a few moments with You,
a few thoughts shared between us,
the sense of Your friendship can be more healing
and refreshing than a mountain scene,
easing my body, soothing my anxious mind.

There are days though it’s not easy,
Lord, especially in the mornings
if I awake anxious or worried,
or when I haven’t slept well,
if at all and the day lies long before me.

Refresh me, Lord,
with the goodness of Your presence.
Lord, help me though the day.

Amen.

– By a Columban Missionary

 

Dear Jesus, 
You were true to Your Father’s desire for the full life
for all people and the whole of creation.
We falter in following You, letting our own
petty concerns get in the way of giving ourselves
in love and service for others.
In some ways we become like those who greeted You
when You entered Jerusalem and then denied
or even wished You dead in a few days’ time.
Encourage us to use our hearts, minds and hands,
all together, in following Your example of being life giving.

Amen.

- By a Columban Missionary

O God, as this year comes to an end,
we pray for the people of the world:
for the young and old;
for women and men;
for the hungry, the poor
and those who live with plenty;
for the broken and unloved;
for those hurting and those who heal;
for those who live without hope
and those who bring meaning to life;
we ask that Your mercy and loving-kindness
may abound.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, we prepare ourselves
for Your coming among us –
Your first coming at Bethlehem,
Your coming again at the end of time
and more immediately Your coming
to us in our day to day lives.
We meet You in the Bible,
in mass and prayer, in our meeting
with others especially the poor
and all those who have less in life.
Free us from the distractions
that separate us from You.
Open our eyes and ears and hearts.

Amen

— By a Columban Missionary

God, give us the power to be tolerant
of other races, cultures, people and beliefs.  
We find ourselves emerged in a world
that is full of hate and afraid
of what we don’t understand.  
Help us to find the strength
to  value our differences;
to love one another;
and to teach us equality.

— By a Columban Missionary

Heavenly Father, today we give thanks
for the many individuals who sponsor
Columban missionaries around the world.
Your sponsorship makes it possible
for us to pursue God’s work
as we walk in accompaniment
with other members of the global Church.

— By a Columban Missionary

O Lord, We pray today for peace
in Ukraine and around the world.
We pray to keep the people safe
and that no more destruction will come
to people’s homes and lives.  I
During this season of peace,
we pray for resolution to all wars
and an end to the death and  destruction
that accompany them. 

— By a Columban Missionary

Lord God, thank you for gracious mercy.
Help us look to you for grace and forgiveness
and support one another in faith
with the promise of your word.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Gracious God, we confess that
we cannot come to You by our own strength.
Thank You for coming to us through Jesus Christ.
Continue to draw us to Your word
and enlighten us with Your Spirit.
Lead us to trust in Your grace alone.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, Advent begins
on the last Sunday of November.
We prepare ourselves for Your coming
among us – for Your first coming
at Bethlehem – for Your coming again
at the end of time, and more immediately
Your coming to us in our day-to-day lives.
We meet You in the Bible,
in celebrating the Mass and in prayer,
in our meeting with others, especially the poor
and all those who have less in life.
Free us from the distractions
that separate us from You.
Open our eyes and ears and hearts.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, in reflecting on All Saints
and All Souls Feast Days,
I recall St. Thomas More's prayer,
"Pray for me, as I for thee,
that we may merrily meet in heaven."
Such a joyous desire springs from a trust
in Your love and reminds me that we come
to fulfillment together with others. 
Inflame that desire within my heart
and continue to open my spirit to all of Your creation.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Lord, bless us in the yearnings of your hearts:
No matter how subtle,
they are energy urging us forward
in our quest for God and for others.

May the lord bless us in our vision:
No matter the climb, it is a mountain peak
calling us to experience God.

You have blessed me with good things and plenty,
and surrounded my table with friends.
Their love and their laughter enrich me.
Together we sing Your praise.

Your sun and Your moon give me light,
and Your stars show the way through the night.
Your rivers and streams have refreshed me.
I will sing Your praise.