Prayer throughout the day

Prayer: Daily
Morning offerings [see Morning Prayer]
Think frequently throughout the day of the presence of God
Grace before and after meals [see Meal Prayers]
"The Angelus" 6:00 a.m., Noon, 6:00 p.m. [see Angelus]
Daily Mass [Universalis has the Readings at Mass and Office of Readings]
Confession frequently [see Confession]
Daily meditation in silence, 10-15 minutes on a Bible passage, prayer, or virtue.
--Most Rev. John P. Foley, President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Be Magazine, July-August 2002, p. 13-14.

[see also Creeds and Night Prayer]



O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your 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 intentions of our Holy Father for this month.


(at Apostleship of Prayer)


Give me, good Lord, a full faith and a fervent charity, a love of you, good Lord, incomparable above the love of myself; and that I love nothing to your displeasure but everything in an order to you. Take from me, good Lord, this lukewarm fashion, or rather cold manner of meditation, and this dullness in praying to you. And give me warmth, delight and life in thinking about you.  And give me your grace to long for your holy sacraments and specially to rejoice  in the presence of your blessed body, sweet Saviour Christ, in the holy sacrament of the altar, and duly to thank you for your gracious coming.


My Jesus, I believe that Thou art in the Blessed Sacrament, I love thee above everything, and I long for Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou wert already come, I embrace thee and unite myself entirely to thee, allow me not to be separated from Thee, Jesus, my good, my sweet love.


Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations; to gratefully and joyously deem it an honor to employ and to develop by labor the gifts I have received from God, to work methodically, peacefully, and in moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from it through weariness or difficulty to work; above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness, having unceasingly before my eyes death and the account I have to render of time lost, talents unused, good not done, and vain complacency in success, so baneful to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all to imitate thee, O patriarch St. Joseph! This shall be my motto for life and eternity.


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.


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.


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 neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.


Take O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will.  All that I am and all that I  possess You have given me:  I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will.  Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.


O Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I beseech Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, wash clean in Thy Blood the sinners of the whole world who are to die this day.

Remember most especially the soul I spiritually adopt with the intention of entrusting him or her to Thy Shepherd's care:

I beseech Thee for the grace to move this sinner, who is in danger of going to Hell, to repent. I ask this because of my trust in Thy great mercy.

If it should please Thy Majesty to send me a suffering this day in exchange for the grace I ask for this soul, then, it, too, shall please me very much, and I thank Thee, Most Sweet Jesus, Shepherd and Lover of Souls; I thank Thee for this opportunity to give mercy in thanksgiving for all the mercies Thou hast shown me.

Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying.

PRAYER FOR SERENITY by Reinhold Niebuhr (1932-33)

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of Battle; Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke Him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls.

UNDER THY PROTECTIONS (Sub Tuum Praesiduum, Third Century)

Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God; in our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

ANGELUS (To be said at 6am, noon and 6pm daily, except during the Easter season)

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary,...

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord

R. Let it be done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary,...

V. And the Word was made flesh

R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary,...

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts,
That we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may, by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection
Through the same Christ, Our Lord



Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty through Christ our Lord.


We give Thee thanks, O Almighty God, for these Thy benefits, Who lives and reigns, world without end.



(See Order of Penance, Part III, below.)


O MY GOD,  I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.


Spare, O Lord, spare your people. Do not be angry with us forever. (Parce, Domine, parce populo suo, ne in aeternum irascaris nobis.) [an ancient prayer of the church, from Thomas G. Doran, Bishop of Rockford]


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."

NIGHT PRAYER by Alphonsus Ligouri

Jesus Christ, my God, I adore Thee and I thank Thee for the many favors Thou hast bestowed on me this day. I offer Thee my sleep and all the moments of this night, and I pray Thee to preserve me from sin. Therefore, I place myself at Thy most sacred side, and under the mantle of our Blessed Lady, my Mother.  May the holy Angels assist me and keep me in peace, and may Thy blessing be upon me.


Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.


May God Bless:
The Church and its leaders, may there be more vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life;
The United States of America and its leaders, may there develop a culture of life and hope with an end to abortion and euthanasia; and
My personal prayer intentions. ...
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her Glorious Assumption. Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.


Behold. O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Your sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech You that You would impress upon my heart lively sentiments of Faith, Hope and Charity, true repentance for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment, while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Your five most precious wounds, having before my eyes that which David spoke in prophecy of You, O good Jesus: they have pierced my hands and feet, they have numbered all my bones.


V. Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

R. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.

V. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth

V. Let us pray --- Oh God Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and to ever rejoice in His consolations, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided.  Inspired then with confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me.



In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.

And in Jesus Christ His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate  Was crucified, died and was buried. On the third day, he rose again. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women
And Blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

(then, for each decade,)

The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation, Lk 1:26-28
2. The Visitation, Lk 1:39-45
3. The Birth of Our Lord, Lk 2:1-20
4. The Presentation in the Temple, Lk 2:22-38
5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, Lk 2:41-50
The Sorrowful Mysteries
1. The Agony in the Garden, Mt 26:36-46
2. The Scourging at the Pillar, Mk 15:1-16
3. The Crowning with Thorns, Mt 27:27-31
4. The Carrying of the Cross, Mk 15:20-22
5. The Crucifixion, Lk 23:33-46
The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection, Mt 28:1-10
2. The Ascension of Our Lord, Lk 24:44-53
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit, Jn 14:15-21
4. The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven, "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory." (from Munificentissimus Deus (1950):DS 3903)
5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Rev 12:1, "We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ." (from the Solemn Profession of Faith: Credo of the People of God)

Luminous Mysteries, or Mysteries of Light, from Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Apostolic Letter by Pope John Paul II, October 16, 2002
1. The Baptism in the Jordan
2. The Wedding at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist


Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.


GLORY BE (Gloria)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end.


HAIL, HOLY QUEEN (Salve Regina)

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

That we may be made worthy of the  promises of Christ.


ORDER OF PENANCE (Ordo Penitetntiae 1974, Appendix III, translated by Geoffrey Webb, 'The Ministry of Reconciliation: A Commentary on the order of penance 1974, by J. D. Crichton 1974))

I. The following schemes can be adapted or amplified according to local customs and different needs.

II. As a preparation for the sacrament of penance, everyone should be required to consider the following:
a. Do I approach the sacrament of penance with a sincere desire to change my life? Am I striving for purification and a deeper friendship with God, or do I think of confession as a burden, and as something to be done as rarely as possible?
b. Have I forgotten to mention, or deliberately avoided mentioning any grave sins in former confessions?
c. Have I performed the penance that was required of me? Have I made reparation for any damage I may have done? Have I made a serious effort to live according to the gospel, which is what I undertook by my purpose of amendment?

III. Everyone should examine his conscience in light of the word of God.
A. Jesus said 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart' (Matt. 22:37).
1. Is my heart so turned to God that I love him above all things, to the extent of carrying out his commandments as a son should obey his father? Or do I think more of temporal things? Have I a right intention in what I understand?
2. God has spoken to us through his Son. Have I a strong faith in God? Have I kept firmly to the doctrines of the church? Have I listened to the word of God? Have I attended to Christian instruction and catechism? Have I avoided anything dangerous to my faith? Have I fearlessly professed my faith in God and the church? Have I been willing to show myself a Christian in public as well as private life?
3. Have I said my morning and evening prayers? Is my prayer a real conversation with god in heart and mind, or just an exterior observance? Have I offered up to God my work, my joys and sorrows? Do I turn to him in times of temptation?
4. Have I a true reverence and love for the name of God, or have I offended him through blasphemy or perjury? Have I been irreverent to the Blessed Virgin Mary or the saints?
5. Do I observe Sundays and feast days? Do I attend mass actively, attentively and devoutly? Have I obeyed the church's commandments regarding annual confession and Easter communion?
6. Do I perhaps worship other gods, that is to say things for which I care too much, or put too much trust in? Such things as money, superstition, spiritualism?
B. Jesus said, 'This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you' (John 15:12).
1. Do I really love my fellow men, or do I use them for my own ends? Do I do anything to them that I should not wish to have done to myself? Have I given them grave scandal by any of my words or action?
2. Consider whether you have contributed to the good of your family by being patient and truly loving. Do the children obey their parents? Do they honour them, and help them in their material and spiritual needs? Do the parents look after the Christian education of their children? Do they help them by their authority and good example? Are the husband and wife faithful to each other in their hearts, and in their behaviour with others?
3. Do I share my worldly goods with those who are less well off than myself? Do I, as far as I am able, defend those who are oppressed, and help the needy? Or do I look down on people because they are poor, or weak, or old, or of different race?
4. Am I faithful in my life to the mission I undertook in confirmation? Do I adhere to the apostolate, in works of charity, in the life of my parish? Have I given any help to the needs of the church and the world? Have I prayed for those needs, e.g., for the unity of the church, for peace and justice, for the propagation of the gospel?
5. Have I a care for the prosperity and the good of the community I live in, or do I think only of myself? Do I do my share in promoting charity and concord, justice and decency? Have I fulfilled my duties as a citizen? Have I paid my taxes?
6. Am I honest, industrious and just at work, offering my services out of love for my fellow man? Have I given just remuneration to those who work for me? Have I kept my promises and been faithful to my contracts?
7. Have I shown due respect and obedience to legitimate authority?
8. If I exercise authority or occupy some positions, do I use them for my own good, or for the good of others in a spirit of service?
9. Have I kept to the truth, or have I told lies? Have I been guilty of calumny, detraction, rash judgment? Have I done wrong to anyone by betraying a secret?
10. Have I injured anyone physically? Have I injured anyone's good name or honour, or anything that belongs to my neighbour? Have I caused loss or damage to anyone? Have I procured abortion or persuaded anyone else to procure it? Have I taken anyone to law with hatred in my heart? Have I cut myself off from others through anger, quarrelling, enmity? Have I neglected, through selfishness, to help anyone unjustly accused?
11. Have I stolen? Have I coveted? Have I damaged something belonging to another? Have I made restitution, and repaired any damage I may have done?
12. If I have suffered any injury, have I accepted it peaceably for the love of Christ, and been forgiving? Or have I shown hatred and harboured a desire for revenge?
C. Jesus said, "Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me' (John 14:21).
1. What is the true direction of my life? Am I animated by the hope of eternal life? Have I tried to make progress in the spiritual life through prayer, meditation, reading the word of God, receiving the sacraments and mortifying myself? Have I tried to overcome my vices, passions and evil inclinations, such as envy and gluttony? Have I rebelled against God and despised my fellow men through pride and arrogance? Have I imposed my will on others, and ignored their rights and their freedom?
2. What use have I made of my time, my powers, my gifts, the 'talents' I have received from God? Have I used these things to make myself more perfect in God's sight, or have I been lazy and slothful?
3. Have I patiently put up with sufferings and misfortunes? What have I done in the way of mortification to make up for 'what is lacking in the suffering of Christ'? Have I observed the law of fasting and abstinance?
4. Have I kept guard over my body and senses? Have I been modest and chaste, as befits a temple of the Holy Spirit, called to the glory of the resurrection? The sacrament of marriage is a sign of God's love in the world. Have I committed fornication? Have I been immodest in word or thought, impure desires or actions? Have I given in to my desires? Have I attended any kind of entertainment, or done any reading that was offensive to Christian decency? Have I encouraged others to sin by indecent behaviour? Have I observed the moral law in marriage?
5. Have I acted against my conscience through fear or hypocrisy?
6. Have I tried to live my life in the liberty of a true son of God, following the law of the Spirit, or am I a slave to my passions?

LITANY OF HUMILITY, by Cardinal Merry del Val

O Jesus meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver, me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver, me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I,  Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That in the opinion of the world, others may increase, and I may decrease,  Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,  Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,  Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything,  Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.



We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.


Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is all One, the Glory Equal, the Majesty Co-Eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father Uncreate, the Son Uncreate, and the Holy Ghost Uncreate. The Father Incomprehensible, the Son Incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost Incomprehensible. The Father Eternal, the Son Eternal, and the Holy Ghost Etneral and yet they are not Three Eternals but One Eternal. As also there are not Three Uncreated, nor Three Incomprehensibles, but One Uncreated, and One Uncomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not Three Almighties but One Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not Three Gods, but One God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not Three Lords but One Lord. For, like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion to say, there be Three Gods or Three Lords. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father, and of the Son neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

So there is One Father, not Three Fathers; one Son, not Three Sons; One Holy Ghost, not Three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is afore or after Other, None is greater or less than Another, but the whole Three Persons are Co-eternal together, and Co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity is Trinity, and the Trinity is Unity is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting Salvation, that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man.

God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the substance of His mother, born into the world. Perfect God and Perfect Man, of a reasonable Soul and human Flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His Manhood. Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but One Christ. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into Flesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God. One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by Unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one Man, so God and Man is one Christ. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into Hell, rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire. This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.

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