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Traditional and Contemporary Prayers

Traditional and Contemporary Prayers [edit]


Our Father who art in Heaven
Hallow be 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. Amen. 


Hail Mary full of grace
the Lord is with you
Blessed art thou amongst women
Blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God
Pray for us sinners now and
at the hour of our death. Amen. 


Almighty Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, You have blessed the work of Marcerllin Champagnat and the Marist Brothers. Bless the teachers, parents, pupils and old Collegians of Macerllin College, and preserve them from all harm. Inspire us and our families to do Your Holy Will, and grant that we may serve our fellow man and our country with charity and zeal. And we make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Father, thank you for a night of rest and for the gift of this new day. We thank you for being with us to give meaning to what we do. We thank for loving us and for giving us the courage to share your love with those we meet today. Amen.


Many times it's easy to say thanks, Lord. Perhaps I should just sit back and rattle off my gratitude. You're used to this approach; I've done it many times before. But let me try to thank you in my own way. (Pause for a quiet prayer)


Lord, we are sorry for the things we do without really thinking, and for our stupid mistakes. We know we aren't perfect, but may there be Christian love among us.


help us not to worry about tomorrow or what next week will bring for there are more things in life than such worrying. Amen.


God, our Father, 
in this world of trouble and war, peace is needed.
In the hearts of the wicked and cruel, love is needed. but here in our hearts, help is wanted. Through your goodness, give us help so that we can live life to the fullest. Amen.


Heavenly Father, help all young people to know their vocation in life and assist them to prepare for it. For your greater glory and for the service of your people call many to be priests or religious. Give those whom you call grace to persevere faithfully. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


O God, my Father, thank you for the world in which I live. Thank you for all the beautiful things in it; For all the interesting things in it; For all the useful things in it. Thank you for the life which you have given me. Amen.


Let me act as a channel through which you can reach others. Give your strength to those who do your work.


Father, thank you for giving me a special way to love and to grow by being part of my family. Sometimes I don't like to admit that I need them, but I know deep down they are a gift from you to me. Forgive us for the days when we grate on each other. Fill those hard empty times.


Saint Marcellin Champagnat whose great aim it was to lead boys to Jesus through Mary, help us to have a great love of Mary in this life so that we may live for ever in the next with Jesus Christ, her Son, Our Lord. Amen.
Saint Marcellin, you were always most kind to boys and founded a special band of men, the Marist Brothers to help us become followers of Christ. Help us to live as helpful sons of our mother Mary and become more like our brother Jesus, who was a boy like us and ever ready to help his Mother Mary. Amen.


O God, thank you for making me as I am. Thank you for health and strength; For eyes to see; For ears to hear; For hands to work; For feet to walk and run; For a mind to think; For a memory to remember; For a heart to love. Thank you for Parents who are kind to me; Friends who are true to me; Teachers who are patient with me. Thank you for this wonderful life. Help me to try to deserve all your gifts a little more. This I ask for Jesus's sake. Amen.


God my Father, often I do things to help others and make them happy. At other times I can hurt by wanting only my own way and not caring for others. Help me to understand that being Christian means to act like your Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his entire life for the good of his people. Help me to be more generous, not to complain the "it isn't fair", and help others at home at school. In this way I can work with your Son in spreading the kingdom he came to set up. Amen.


Father, you have been good to give me some good friends. Thank you for their help and kindness. We have happy times together. May I always be true and fair to them. There are other boys who might not have friends and so must feel left out and alone. With your strength I can be kind to these as well and help them to share friends and be happier. I believe this is what Christ would do to help the unhappy. May I act like him. Amen.

17. HELP

Help me, O God, not to waste my time and energy on useless things. Help me Not to envy others their gifts, But to make the best of the gift I have; Never to wish that I was someone else or somewhere else, But to do the best I can as I am, and where I am, Never to be jealous of anyone else, But to be glad when others do well. Not to worry about things, But to take them as they come; Never to be lost in dreams and schemes and plans Without doing anything to make them come true. Help me to use my strength and my time wisely, bravely and unselfishly, so that I will make the best of life for myself and for others; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.


O God, your words tells me that, whatever my hands find to do, I must do it with all my might. Help me today to concentrate my whole attention on whatever I am doing, and keep my thoughts from wandering and my mind from staying. When I am studying, help me to study with my whole mind. When I am playing, help me to play with my whole heart. Help me to do one thing at a time and do it well. This I ask for Jesus's sake. Amen.


Parents are one of the things each and everyone of us know we need, even though at times we feel we could do without them, especially when we don't get what we want. However, deep down inside, we know they are doing the best thing for us, so please, Lord, take care of them.


Jesus, when you were young and growing up you experienced the same things we do - good times and hard times, conflicts and agreements, sadness and happiness. You had hassles with your parents, friends and relatives. We sometimes forget that you were just like us. Help us to remember this and learn from you.


Lord, How am I supposed to know how I act? My parents tell me one thing, teachers say something else. My friends have a different idea, and on T.V. people act another way. How can I know what is right for me? Lord, you promised to show us the way to live, Help me listen to your spirit and to sort out all the ideas and to make the best and right decision.


Jesus, you were once a student as I am. You had to study and work things out. Open my mind to the beauty around me, and help me discover my vocation in life.


Lord, I'm really worried about my friend. He's really messing things up in his life at the moment and I'm afraid he's going to be in big trouble. I don't know how to help him. I can't tell on him but I don't want him to keep on doing what he's doing. Show me what I can do, and, Lord, please help bring him to his senses.


O Lord, bless the important people in my life. Bless my parents: take care of them so they can care for me. Bless my brothers and sisters: help us live together in happy and helpful ways. Bless my grandparents and others relatives: thank you for making me part of a big family. Bless my friends: help us to be good friends to each other. Bless my priest and teachers: through them teach me what I need to know. Bless all those in my community who make my life safe, healthy and enjoyable.


Our Father in Heaven, hallowed by your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us no into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Excerpts from the English translation of A Book of Prayer (c)1982, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.


Almighty God,
you have given us this day:
strengthen us with your power
and keep us from falling to sin,
so that whatever we say or think or do
may be in your service and for the sake of your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

---- This prayer is one of the collects from the office of Prime,
which from the sixth century onwards was said just after dawn.


Reward those who have been good to us
for the sake of your name, O Lord,
and give them eternal life. Amen.


may everything we do
begin with your inspiration
and continue with your help,
so that all our prayers and works may begin in you
and by you be happily ended.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

---Formerly the collect for Ember Saturday in Lent,
this prayer is now used on the Thursday after Ash Wednesday.


Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

---This is the traditional Introit from the Mass for the Dead,
the Requiem Aeternam.


Holy Mary,
help those in need,
give strength to the weak,
comfort the sorrowful,
pray for God's people,
assists the clergy,
intercede for religious.
May all who seek your help
experience your unfailing protection. Amen.

---Formerly the Magnificat antiphon from the Common of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, Evening Prayer.


My God, I believe in you,
I trust in you,
I love you above all things,
with all my heart and mind and strength.
I love you because you are supremely good and worth loving;
and because I loved you,
I am sorry with all my heart for offending you.
Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.


Let us pray for N., our pope.
May the Lord protect him
and grant him length of days. Amen.
May the Lord be his shield
and deliver him from all harm. Amen.
May the Lord give him happiness and peace
all the days of his life. Amen.

---This versicle and its response were formerly sung
at the end of the litany of the saints.


My God,
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sins.
Our saviour Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us,
In his name, my God, have mercy.

---This prayer is taken from the revised
Rite of Penance, 1974


Almighty and eternal God,
you gather the scattered sheep
and watch over those you have gathered.
Look kindly on all who follow Jesus, your Son.
You have marked them with the seal of one baptism,
now make them on in the bond of love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

---This prayer is an adaptation of the opening prayer from the
votive Mass for Christian Unity.


Remember, most loving Virgin Mary,
never was it heard
that anyone who turn to you for help
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
though burdened by my sins,
I run to your protection
for you are my mother.
Mother of the Word of God,
do not despise my words of pleading
but be merciful and hear my prayer. Amen.

---A sixteenth century abridgement of a fifteenth century prayer
beginning Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dufcissima Virgo Maria.
The idea that it was written by St. Bernard
seems to have come from its popularization by
Pede Claude Bernad (1588 - 1641)


Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb,
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

--- One of four Marian antiphons sung at the
end of Night Prayer according to the season.
Possibly by Hermann the Lame,
a monk of Reichenau (1013 - 1054),
or by Adhemar, bishop of Le Puy (d.1098).
It was used as a processional at Cluny by about 1135.


Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For Christ, your Son and Son of God,
has risen as he said, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray.
God of life,
you have given joy the world
by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

---A twelfth century Evening Prayer antiphon
for the Easter Season.
Since the thirteenth century,
it has been used as the seasonal antiphon
in hounor of the Blessed Virgin after Night Prayer.
From 1743 it has replaced the Angelus in the Easter Season.


The angel spoke God's message to Mary,
and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail, Mary.
"I am the lowly servant of the Lord:
let it be done to me according to your word."
Hail, Mary.
And the Word became flesh
and lived among us.
Hail, Mary.
Pray for us, holy Mother of God.
that we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
Lord, fill our hearts with your grace:
once, through the message of an angel
you revealed to us the incarnation of your Son;
now, through his suffering and death
lead us to the glory of his resurrection.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

---The custom of saying the "Hail, Mary" three times when the
bell rang in the evening goes back to the thirteenth century,
and there are bells of that period inscribed
with the angelic salutation.
The prayer was formerly the post communication for Masses
of our Lady in Advent and is now the opening prayer
for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.


We give you thanks
for all your gifts,
almighty God,
living and reigning
now and forever,

---This prayer is a traditional form of grace after meals.


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle them in the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

---The first versicle and response adapted from the alleluia verse
before the gospel of Pentecost; the second vesicle and response
from the third antiphon for the Office of Readings on Pentecost; the
prayer from the votive Mass of the Holy Spirit in The Roman Missal.


Teach me O Lord to aim high
and not to be content with mediocrity;
to set my sights on noble goals;
to have a brave heart, a clear vision;
to prize the things that are worthwhile;
to always have courage to choose the right,
to despise what is petty, to shun all selfishness,
to have a heart that is strong and brave,
pure and happy, docile yet courageous,
so that under your guidance and with your grace
I may at all times and in all things have as my motto:
Virtute ad Altissima

---This prayer was written by Br Michael Naughtin fms