Useful Prayers

Prayers for use at Home

 

Acts of Devotion

An Act of Faith

My God, I believe in you and all that your Church teaches, because your word in true.

Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

 

An Act of Hope

My God, I hope in you for grace and for glory, because of your promises, your mercy and your power.

Lord, in you have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

An Act of Love

My God, I love you because you alone are holy and worthy of love; help me to love you with all my heart and my neighbour as myself.

Lord Jesus, I adore you; make me love you more and more.

 

An Act of Contrition

My God, I am very sorry for all the sins by which I have grieved you, and I resolve to try by your grace never to sin again.

 

An Act of Self-Dedication

My God, I give myself to you, in union with the offering of Jesus Christ on the Holy Cross.

Saviour of the world, by your Cross and Precious Blood you have redeemed us; save us and help us we humbly beseech you, O Lord.

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

If any person desires to receive the Sacrament and is faithful and penitent, but is otherwise unable to do so, that person is assured that all the benefits of Holy Communion are received.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, refresh 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 all your Saints I may praise you
for ever and ever. Amen.

OR

O Lord Jesus Christ,
since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I humbly pray
that you will come spiritually to my soul.

Come Lord Jesus,
come and cleanse me,
heal me,
strengthen me,
and unite me to you,
now and for evermore. Amen

 

Prayers for Daily use

 

O God, you know us to be set

in the midst of so many and great dangers,

that by reason of the frailty of our nature

we cannot always stand upright:

grant to us such strength and protection

as may support us in all dangers

and carry us through all temptations;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress:

sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all those who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us

from your love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care

those who are ill or in pain,

knowing that whenever danger threatens

your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe;

comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A Prayer before going to sleep

 

God our Father, by whose mercy

the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light:

we place in your hands our unfinished tasks,

our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,

knowing that only what you bless will prosper;

to your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love,

knowing that you alone are our sure defender;

through Jesus Christ lour Lord. Amen.

Prayers for all involved in the present Crisis

God of love, giver of life and health,
we pray for all who in their various callings
serve the needs of men and women
in sickness of body or mind.
Equip them as you fellow workers
in the ministry of healing,
and strengthen them to share in the task
of making life whole;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God of all grace, we ask your blessing
on the work of doctors, nurses
and those who tend and care for the sick,
especially in the hospitals and nursing homes of our nation.
Strengthen them for their tasks,
and give them the joy of knowing that they are instruments
in fulfilling your own purpose of healing,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
in the days of your flesh
the sick were brought to you for healing:
hear us as we now bring to you in our prayers
those who are ill, in body or in mind;
may your presence be with them
to relieve suffering and distress
and to restore them to fullness of life,
for your love’s sake. Amen.

We thank you, our Father,
that our loved ones, who have gone from our sight, are in your keeping;
help us to leave them there in perfect trust,
because you love them and us with infinite love.
Grant that we may learn to know you better,
so that we may meet them again in your presence,
through faith in him who loved us and gave himself for us,
Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Prayers for Doctors and Nurses
and all who work in the National Health Service

God of love, giver of life and health,
we pray for all who in their various callings
serve the needs of men and women
in sickness of body or mind.
Equip them as your fellow workers
in the ministry of healing,
and strengthen them to share in the task
of making life whole;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God of all grace, we ask your blessing
on the work of doctors, nurses
and those who tend and care for the sick,
especially in the hospitals and nursing homes of our nation.
Strengthen them for their tasks,
and give them the joy of knowing that they are instruments
in fulfilling your own purpose of healing,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Morning Prayers

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life,
to serve you is perfect freedom:
defend us your servants
from all assaults of our enemies,
that we may trust in your defence
and not fear the power of any adversaries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty and ever-living Father,
we thank you for bringing us safely
to the beginning of this new day:
defend us by your mighty power
that we may be kept free from all sin
and safe from every danger;
and enable us in everything
to do only what is right in your eyes;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Daily use

O God,
you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright:
grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Prayer before going to bed

O lord,
who hast pity on all our weakness,
put away from us worry and anxious fear,
that, having ended the labours of the day as in thy sight,
and committing our tasks, ourselves and all we love
into thy keeping,
we may, now that night cometh,
receive as from thee thy priceless gift of sleep;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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