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From Blessed be God: A Complete Catholic Prayer Book:
Morning prayers should comprise adoration of the Divine Majesty, thanksgiving for His protection during the night, and consecration of the day to God’s service. Each day, as it comes, may be the last one of our earthly lives. We should, therefore, try to keep it free from sin and fill it with good works, fruitful unto life eternal. To this end we must purpose to please our Heavenly Father and implore His help and blessing for the day.
Turn your thoughts immediately to God, and, making the Sign of the Cross:
IN the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
On rising from your bed:
IN the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ crucified, I arise. May He bless, govern, and preserve me, and bring me to ever-lasting life. Amen.
In kneeling down try to put yourself in the presence of God, realising that He is before you, and that He sees all your thoughts, and is anxious to hear and help you. Then say:
FREE my mind O Lord, from all distracting thoughts, and enable me to pray with attention and devotion, so that I may deserve to be heard by Thee. I offer Thee my prayers in union with that divine intention with which Thou didst Thyself offer praises to God, whilst Thou wast on earth.
Acts of Adoration and Thanksgiving
BLESSED be the holy and undivided Trinity, now and forevermore. Amen.
Unto the King of ages, the immortal, invisible, and only God, be honour and glory forever and ever.
I thank Thee, O my Father, for the innumerable favours and benefits which I have received from Thy loving kindness and mercy, especially for having preserved me this night.
Glory be to the Father Who has created me, glory be to the Son Who has redeemed me, glory be to the Holy Ghost Who has sanctified me.
O JESUS, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Thy Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our Associates and in particular for the intention of the Apostleship of Prayer.
Profession of Faith
Niceno-Constantinopolitan (Nicene) Creed, A.D. 381
Credo (Symbolum Niceenum)
WE BELIEVE in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by Whom all things were made; Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary (kneel or bow), AND WAS MADE MAN; He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; from thence He shall come again, with glory, to judge (both) the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And (we believe) in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spake by the Prophets. (And we believe) In one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; (and) we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
(Partial indulgence, 1968)
I CONFESS to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to Blessed Michael the Archangel, to Blessed John the Baptist, to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore, I beseech Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, Blessed Michael the Archangel, Blessed John the Baptist, the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me.
May the Almighty God have mercy on me, and forgive me my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen.
May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, + absolution, and remission of all my sins. Amen.
Acts of Faith, Hope & Charity
Act of Faith
O MY God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy Divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
Act of Hope
O MY God, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
Act of Charity
O MY God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbour as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
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O HEAVENLY Father, in union with the merits of Jesus and Mary, I offer Thee, for the poor souls in Purgatory, all the works of satisfaction of my entire life, as well as all the satisfactory works that will be offered for me after my death. These works I surrender into the most pure hands of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, that she may apply them to those souls which, according to her wisdom and motherly love, should be first delivered from Purgatory. Graciously accept, O my God, this offering, and may it win for me Thy constant favour. Amen.
Prayers to for Protection
Michael, Michael of the Morning
MICHAEL, Michael of the morning,
Fresh chord of Heaven adorning,
Keep me safe today,
And in time of temptation
Drive the devil away.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc…
Who is like unto God! Who can withstand the sword of St. Michael?
Angel of God
(Prayer to Guardian Angel)
ANGEL of God, my Guardian dear,
To whom His love commits me here,
Ever this day / night be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide.
Gloria Patri …
“Say daily upon arising, 7 Glory Be’s to your guardian angel.”
St. Patrick’s Breastplate
(Long ‘Ancient’ Version)
I BIND unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of Cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the Seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.
I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.
I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.
Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.
Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
Sancte Patrícius, ora pro nobis!
Prayers for the Day Ahead
Grace at Meals
BLESS us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
WE give Thee thanks, O almighty God, for all Thy mercies. Who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.
On Going Out in the Morning
SHOW me, O Lord, Thy ways, and teach me Thy paths. Direct my steps according to Thy word, that no injustice may rule over me. Make perfect my walking in Thy paths, that my footsteps may not be moved.
Jesus and Mary, we pray, be with us on our way.
On Going into Church
O LORD, in the multitude of Thy mercies, I will enter into Thy house, and worship Thee in Thy holy temple, and praise Thy Name.
At Taking Holy Water
LOOK upon Thy servants, O Lord, and upon Thy works, and direct their children. And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us, and direct Thou the works of our hands over us; yea, the work of our hands do Thou direct.
Gloria Parti …
Before Study or Reading
GRANT me grace, O merciful God, to desire ardently all that is pleasing to Thee, to examine it prudently, to acknowledge it truthfully, and to accomplish it perfectly, for the praise and glory of Thy Name. Amen.
Our Lady of good studies, pray for us.
Additional Suggested Prayers
Almighty Father, I place the Precious Blood of Jesus before my lips before I pray, that my prayers may be purified before they ascend to Thy divine Altar. Amen.
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee. Amen.
(Angel of Peace to the Fatima seers, 1916)
Prayers to Our Lord
Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore Thee, I love Thee and with a lively sorrow for my sins, I offer Thee this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure, and wholly obedient to Thy will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in Thee and for Thee. Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Thy blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Within Thy Heart I place my every care. In every need let me come to Thee with humble trust saying, ‘Heart of Jesus help me’. Amen.
Merciful Jesus, I consecrate myself today and always to Thy Most Sacred Heart.
O Sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may ever love Thee more and more.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy Love for me.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, deliver the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love Thee above all things, and I desire to receive Thee into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace Thee as if Thou wert already there and unite myself wholly to Thee. Never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.
Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof:
but speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.
(Dómine, non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum:
Sed tantum dic verbo et sanábitur ánima mea.)
O Sacrament most holy! O Sacrament divine. All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.
Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Amen.
(Given at first Fatima Apparition, May 13, 1917)
Soul of Christ (Anima Christie)
• Divine Praises
• Golden Arrow & Holy Face Prayers
• Honour the drops of our Lord’s Precious Blood spilt for our salvation:
Pater Noster … Ave Maria … Gloria Patri
May the most just, most high, most adorable will of God be in all things done, and praised, and magnified forever.
Christ, I believe in Thee, the ultimate good. Thou only art the King of Kings, I adore and worship only Thee.
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Prayers to Our Lady
Prayers of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
My Queen, My Mother!
My Queen, my Mother! I give myself entirely to thee, and to show my devotion to thee I consecrate to thee this day, my eyes, my ears, mouth, my heart my entire self without reserve. Wherefore, good Mother, as I am thine own, keep me defend me as thy property and possession. Amen.
O (Holy) Mary, by thy Immaculate Conception, purify my body and sanctify my soul.
(St. Alphonsus Liguori, indulgenced by Pope St. Pius X)
… or …
Consecration To The Blessed Virgin (Fatima)
O Most Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, in accordance with thy wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate myself today to thine Immaculate Heart. To thee I entrust all that I have, all that I am, to thy blessed charge and special keeping and into thine Immaculate Heart. For this day, for every day of my life, and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body.
To thee do I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that through thy most holy intercession and thy merits all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to thy will, and that of thy Divine Son.
Reign over me dearest Mother, that I may be thine in prosperity, in adversity, in health and in sickness, in life and in death. Grant that I may have no other spirit but thy spirit, to know Jesus Christ and His Divine and Holy Will; that I may have no other soul but thy soul, to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thy heart, to love God with a pure and burning love like thine.
My beloved Mother, my glorious Queen, I am all thine and all that I have is thine. Amen.
God bless us and the Virgin protect us!
Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
O Mother of Perpetual Succour, grant that I may always invoke thy most powerful name, for thy name is help in life, salvation in death.
Ah, Mary most pure, Mary most sweet, let thy name henceforth be the breath of my life. Tarry not, O Lady, to come to my succour, whenever I call upon thee, for in all the wants which shall befall me, I wilt never cease to call upon thee, and to repeat again and again: Mary, Mary!
What comfort, what sweetness, what confidence, what tenderness, does my soul feel in the mere mention of thy name, in the very thought of thee! I thank the Lord for having given thee, for my good, this name so sweet, so amiable, so powerful.
But merely to pronounce thy name is not enough for me. I wish to do so out of love: I wish that love may remind me to call thee always, Mother of Perpetual Succour. Amen.
Pater Noster … Ave Maria … Gloria Patri
(For the intentions of the Holy Father)
O Jesus, Living in Mary
O Jesus, living in Mary,
Come and live in Thy servants,
In the spirit of Thy holiness,
In the fullness of Thy might,
In the truth of Thy virtues,
In the perfection of Thy ways,
In the communion of Thy mysteries.
Subdue every hostile power
In Thy spirit, for the glory of the Father.
O holy and immaculate virginity, I know not by what praises I may extol thee: for thou hast borne in thy womb, Whom the heavens could not contain.
Prayer to St. Joseph
Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary, be with us this day. Thou protected and cherished the Virgin; loving the Child Jesus as thy son, thou rescued Him from danger of death. Defend the Church, the Household of God, purchased by the Blood of Christ.
Guardian of the Holy Family, be with us in our trials. May thy prayers obtain for us the strength to flee from error and wrestle with the powers of corruption so that in life we may grow in holiness and in death rejoice in the crown of victory. Amen.
(Partial indulgence, 1968)
Help us, St. Joseph, in our earthly strife, ever to lead a pure and blameless life.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give Thee my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe out my soul in peace with Thee!
The Angel’s Prayer (Fatima)
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.
Prayer to Obtain the Graces of all World’s Masses
Eternal Father, we humbly offer Thee our poor presence and that of the whole of humanity, from the beginning to the end of the world at all the Masses that ever have or ever will be prayed. We offer Thee all the pains, sufferings, prayers, sacrifices, joys and relaxations of our lives, in union with those of our dear Lord Jesus here on earth.
May the Most Precious Blood of Christ, all His Blood and wounds and agony save us, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.
Dear St. Philomena, pray for us for that purity of mind and heart which lead to the Perfect Love of God!
Prayer to Redeem Lost Time
O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Thy sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that Thou, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that Thou can do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Thy grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before Thee in “wedding garments.” Amen.
St. Teresa of Avila, pray for me!
And Jabes called upon the God of Israel, saying: If blessing thou wilt bless me, and wilt enlarge my borders, and thy hand be with me, and thou save me from being oppressed by evil. And God granted him the things he prayed for.
(1 Chronicles, 4:10)
Prayer of Surrender (Suscipe Domine)
Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I return it.
All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and Thy grace, for this is sufficient for me. Amen.
(St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Peace Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to
(St. Francis of Assisi)
Psalm 102 (in Praise)
Thanksgiving to God for His mercies.
 FOR DAVID himself.
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all he hath done for thee.  Who forgiveth all thy iniquities: who healeth all thy diseases.  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction: who crowneth thee with mercy and compassion.  Who satisfieth thy desire with good things: thy youth shall be renewed like the eagle’s.
. The Lord doth mercies, and judgment for all that suffer wrong.  He hath made his ways known to Moses: his wills to the children of Israel.  The Lord is compassionate and merciful: longsuffering and plenteous in mercy.  He will not always be angry: nor will he threaten for ever.  He hath not dealt with us according to our sins: nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
. For according to the height of the heaven above the earth: he hath strengthened his mercy towards them that fear him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our iniquities from us.  As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord compassion on them that fear him:  For he knoweth our frame. He remembereth that we are dust:  Man’s days are as grass, as the flower of the field so shall he flourish.
. For the spirit shall pass in him, and he shall not be: and he shall know his place no more.  But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity and unto eternity upon them that fear him: And his justice unto children’s children,  To such as keep his covenant, And are mindful of his commandments to do them.  The Lord hath prepared his throne in heaven: and his kingdom shall rule over all.  Bless the Lord, all ye his angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute his word, hearkening to the voice of his orders.
. Bless the Lord, all ye his hosts: you ministers of his that do his will.  Bless the Lord, all his works: in every place of his dominion, O my soul, bless thou the Lord.
Gloria Patri …
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális, miserére nobis.
(Holy God, Holy Strong, Holy Immortal, have mercy upon us.)
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