Prayer of St Thérèse of Lisieux
My life is but an instant, a passing hour.
My life is but a day that escapes and flies away.
O my God! You know that to love you on earth
I only have today.
Lord, what does it matter if the future is gloomy?
To pray for tomorrow, oh no, I cannot!
Keep my heart pure, cover me with your shadow
Just for today.
O divine Pilot! whose hand guides me.
I’m soon to see you on the eternal shore.
Guide my little boat over the stormy waves in peace
Just for today.
Prayer of St Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Lord make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
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,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Prayer for Final Perseverance (St Alphonsus Ligouri)
Our dear Redeemer,
relying on your promises,
because you are faithful, all-powerful and merciful,
we hope, through the merits of your Passion,
for the forgiveness of our sins,
perseverance until death in your grace;
and at length we hope, by your mercy,
to see and love you eternally in heaven.
Prayer for Christian Unity by John Henry Newman
O Lord Jesus Christ, when you were about to suffer, you prayed for your disciples to the end of time, that they might all be one, as you are in the Father, and the Father in you.
Look down in pity on the many divisions among those who profess your faith and heal the wounds which the pride of man and the craft of Satan have inflicted on your people.
Break down the walls of separation which divide one party and denomination of Christians from another.
Look with compassion on the souls who have been born in one or another of these various communions and bring them all into that one communion which you set up in the beginning: the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
St Patrick’s Prayer
I arise today, through the power of the Trinity, through
the faith in threeness, through trust in the oneness of the
Maker of the earth, and the Maker of heaven.
Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (1198-1253)
Praise be to Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits which You have given us,
For all the pains and insults which You have borne for us.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
May we see You more clearly, love You more dearly,
And follow You more nearly, Day by day.
Prayer of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)
Teach us Good Lord, To serve You as You deserve,
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labour and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing that we do Your will.
Prayer to Our Lady taught to St. Gertrude
O most chaste Virgin Mary, I beseech thee by that unspotted purity wherewith thou didst prepare for the Son of God a dwelling of delight in thy virginal womb, that by thine intercession I may be cleansed of every stain of sin.
O most humble Virgin Mary, I beseech thee by that most profound humility whereby thou didst merit to be raised high above all the choirs of the angels and the saints, that by thine intercession all my negligence may be expiated.
O most loving Virgin Mary I beseech thee, by that ineffable love which united thee so closely and so inseparably to God, that by thine intercession I may obtain an abundance of all merits.
Evening Prayer of St Augustine
Watch, Lord, with those who wake or weep tonight. Give
the angels and saints charge over those who sleep. O
Lord Jesus Christ, tend Your sick ones, rest Your weary
ones, bless Your dying ones, soothe the suffering ones,
pity all the afflicted ones, shield the joyful ones, and all
for Your love’s sake. Amen.
Prayer of Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Founder of the Missionaries of Charity (1910-1997)
The fruit of Silence is Prayer.
The fruit of Prayer is Faith.
The fruit of Faith is Love.
The fruit of Love is Service.