Weekly Prayers

Week of Sunday, April 29, 2018

O Lord, the helper of the helpless,
the hope of those who are past hope,
the savior of the tempest-tossed,
the harbor of the voyagers,
the physician of the sick.
You know each soul and our prayer,
each home and its need.
Become to each one of us
what we most dearly desire,
receiving us all into your kingdom,
making us children of the light.
Pour on us your peace and love,
O Lord our God.

~ Orthodox Liturgy of St. Basil


Week of Sunday, April 22, 2018

Holy Mary,
help those who are miserable,
strengthen those who are discouraged,
comfort those who are sorrowful,
pray for your people,
plead for the clergy,
intercede for all women consecrated to God.
May all who venerate you
experience your assistance and protection.
Be ready to aid us when we pray,
and bring back to us the answers to our prayers.
Make it your continual concern
to pray for the people of God,
for you were blessed by God
and were made worthy to bear
the Redeemer of the world,
who lives and reigns forever.

~ St. Augustine of Hippo


Week of Sunday, April 14, 2018

Lord, Jesus Christ, let me seek you by desiring you, and let me desire you by seeking you. Let me find you by loving you, and love you by finding you.

I confess, Lord, with thanksgiving, that I am made in your image, so that I can remember you, think of you, and love you. But that image is so worn and blotted out by faults, and darkened by the smoke of sin, that it cannot do that for which it was made, unless you renew and refashion it.

Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height, for my understanding is in no way equal to that, but I do desire to understand a little of your truth which my heart already believes and loves.

I do not seek to understand so that I can believe, but believe so that I may understand; and what is more, I believe that unless I do believe, I shall not understand.

~ St. Anselm of Canterbury


Week of Sunday, April 8, 2018

Jesus, who bade all who carry heavy burdens to come to you,
refresh us with your presence and your power.
Quiet our understandings and give ease to our hearts
by bringing us close to things infinite and eternal.
Open to us the mind of God that in his light we may see light.
And crown your choice of us to be your servants
by making us springs of strength and joy to all whom we serve.

~ Evelyn Underhill


Week of Sunday, March 25, 2018, Palm Sunday

Praise to you, saving sacrifice,
offered on the wood of the cross for me and for all humankind.
Praise to the noble and precious blood,
flowing from the wounds
of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ
and washing away the sins of the whole world.
Remember, Lord, your creature,
whom you have redeemed with your blood;
I repent my sins,
and I long to put right what I have done.
Merciful Father, take away all my offenses and sins;
purify me in body and soul,
and make me worthy to taste the holy of holies.

~ St. Ambrose


Week of Sunday, March 11, 2018

God of love,
whose compassion never fails,
we bring you
the griefs and perils of people and nations,
the pains of the sick and injured,
the sighing of prisoners and captives,
the sorrows of the bereaved,
the necessities of the homeless,
the helplessness of the weak,
the despair of the weary,
the failing powers of the aged.
Comfort and relieve them, O merciful Lord,
according to their several needs
and your great mercy. Amen.

~ St. Anselm of Canterbury


Week of Sunday, March 4, 2018

O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
for your unfaithful and tepid priests;
for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields;
for your tempted priests;
for your lonely and desolate priests;
for your young priests;
for your dying priests;
for the souls of your priests in purgatory.

But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me:
the priest who baptized me;
the priests who absolved me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially …).

O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

~ St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Weekly Prayer – February 25, 2018

Look on us, Jesus, and let all the darkness of our souls disappear before the beams of your brightness. Fill us with your holy love, and open to us the treasures of your wisdom. You know all our desire, so bring to perfection what you have started, and what the Holy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer. We seek your face, turn your face to us and show us your glory. Then our longing will be satisfied and our peace will be perfect. Amen.

~ St. Augustine of Hippo


Weekly Prayer – February 11, 2018

O Jesus, only Son of God, only Son of Mary,
I offer you the most loving heart
of your divine mother
which is more precious
and pleasing to you than all hearts.
O Mary, mother of Jesus,
I offer you the most adorable heart
of your well-beloved Son,
who is the life and love and joy of your heart.
Blessed be the most loving heart
and holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the most glorious Virgin Mary, his Mother,
in eternity and forever. Amen.

~ St. John Eudes



Weekly Prayer – January 28, 2018

Jesus, flood our souls with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through us and be so in us
that everyone we come in contact with
may feel your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us
but only Jesus!
Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine;
so to share as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from you,
none of it will be ours.
It will be you shining on others through us. Amen.

~ Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman



Weekly Prayer – January 7, 2018

O God,
by your heavenly star,
you guided those who were wise
to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
May your blessing come to rest us.
Make us wise with your wisdom,
energized by your love,
and ready to proclaim your Son as our savior.
May your Word made flesh
make his home among us. Amen.

– Anonymous