PRAYER PROCESS


  • 1Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.
  • 2Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-your-self. Talk to God about these                     situations and what you learned from them.
  • 3Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that         event (or person).
  • 4Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding               peace.
  • 5Freedom: Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.
  • 6Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.
  • 7Pray the Our Father.


Apostleship of Prayer
In the Apostleship of Prayer 
millions of people around the world unite together each day
 in an approach to prayer that is both simple and profound. 
It is centered on the Daily Offering. 
By making this Offering slowly each morning 
you turn your attention to God in prayer for a short time, 
in that way making him the centre of the day ahead.

Daily Offering
Father in heaven, 
I ask you to send me your Holy Spirit 
to be with me all during this day. 
With the Spirit's help, may all my intentions, 
everything I do, all I say and think, 
be for greater glory and praise. 
Unite me with your son, Jesus Christ, 
who came to serve and not to be served,
offering his life for all people. 
I pray with Mary and the whole Church 
for the Pope's intentions this month.
or
God, our Father, I offer You my day.
I offer You my prayers, thoughts, words, actions,
and sufferings in union with Your Son Jesus Christ,
Who continues to offer Himself in the Eucharist
for the salvation of the world. May the Holy Spirit,
Who guided Jesus, be my guide and my strength today
so that I may witness to Your love. With Mary,
the mother of our Lord and of the Church,
I pray especially for this month's intentions
as proposed by the Holy Father.
                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                         PRAYER FOR ALL VOCATIONS

God, our Father, 
in baptism You called us by name, 
making us members of 
Your people, the church. 
We praise You for Your goodness; 
we thank You for your gifts. 
We ask You to strengthen us            


Children's Daily Offering Prayer

Holy Father,
I offer you this day
All that I do and think and say
Uniting it with what was done
By Jesus Christ, your only Son.
Amen.



OTHER PRAYERS

Mary Our Mother, 
and our help for the journey,
we trust you to accompany us as we, 
the people of the Diocese of Charlottetown, 
face the reality of our changing world 
and together work to keep our church alive.
We ask God for the gifts of discernment and understanding
 in order to respond to the challenges on our pastoral journey, 
for the gift of generosity and peace to accept change, 
and for the gifts of wisdom and openness 
as we dialogue about our future. 
We ask this so that together 
we may continue the mission of your son, 
Jesus Christ,
who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, 
in building the Kingdom of God. 
Amen!



Surrender
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. 
(St. Ignatius Loyola)

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.

From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee.
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee.
Forever and ever. Amen. (St. Ignatius Loyola)


Teach us, Good Lord

Teach us, Good Lord
To serve you as you deserve.
To give and not count the cost.
To fight and not heed the wounds.
To toil and not to seek for rest.
To labor and not to ask for any reward
Except that of knowing that we do Your Will.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
(St. Ignatius Loyola)


Dedication of the Day

Father, I dedicate this new day to you;
as I go about my work.
I ask you to bless those with whom I come in contact.
Lord, I pray for all men and women
who work to earn their living;
give them satisfaction in what they do.

Spirit of God, 
comfort the unemployed and their families;
 they are your children and my brothers and sisters.
I ask you to help them find work soon.


Christian meditation 

calls the person to enter within, to move to the realm of silence and solitude, the level of the heart, to let go of thinking and imagining or controlling and to cultivate simple presence to the Divine Presence. One is lovingly attentive to the Divine Indwelling.

In Christian meditation, the mantra -- which is usually the Ma-ra-na-tha (Come, Lord Jesus) -- is spoken throughout the prayer as an effort, not only to be totally attentive, but to be empty and silent and alone before God. The mantra is the instrument that creates the emptiness; it hollows out the soul. Meditation takes seriously the teaching of the masters that creating silence and emptiness is the best invitation to the spirit.


St. Francis of Assisi

Sermon to the Birds - c - 1220

My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God.



Reflections on The Cross of San Damiano                By Patrick McNamara, OFM,Cap.  

I look to the cross, 

I gaze upon its figure wait, 

I listen, I hope. 

Will you speak, 

will you move, will I be moved. 

Will you once again touch the heart 

of one who seeks. 

Of one who questions, of one who seems so lost. 

Will you embrace the soul, 

as you did that of Francis. 

Will you take it to Yourself. 

Will you give it peace, give it comfort, give it love.

This soul waits, listens, prays for such grace. 

This soul seeks the Love from the Lover. 

It wavers. It stumbles. 

It falls.

Your gaze looks down, embraces all. 

Takes all, Loves All. 

Your Grace heals, accepts. 

Again you respond, Again you Love.

 Again you speak to a searching and troubled heart.

 I turn. 

I continue the journey. 

I continue in Hope. 

I too have heard you Speak. 



Payers for the family

Catholic Prayers and Practices

Sign of the Cross

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

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, 
hallowed 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.



Glory Be (Doxology)

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. Amen.


The Hail Mary

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. 
Amen


Apostles’ Creed (from the Roman Missal)

  I believe in God, the Father almighty,Creator of heaven and earth,                                        and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,                                                                                                      (At the words that follow, up to and including the Virgin Mary, all bow.)                                                       who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,                                                                                                             born of the Virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,                                                                                   was crucified, died and was buried;he descended into hell;                                                                             on the third day he rose again from the dead he ascended into heaven,                                                       and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;                                                                          from there he will come 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.        Amen.


Morning Prayer                                                                           Dear God,as I begin this day,                                                                                                                      keep me in your love and care.                                                                                                                  Help me to live as your child today.                                                                                                            Bless me, my family, and my friends in all we do.                                                                                    Keep us all close to you.                 Amen.

Grace Before Meals

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


Grace After Meals

 We give thee thanks                                                                                                  for all thy benefits, almighty God,                                                                                who lives and reigns forever.        Amen.

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Evening Prayer

Dear God, I thank you for today.                                                                                  Keep me safe throughout the night.                                                                              Thank you for all the good I did today.                                                                          I am sorry for what I have chosen to do wrong.                                                              Bless my family and friends.       Amen.


A Vocation Prayer

 God, I know you will call me for special work in my life.                                                            Help me follow Jesus each day and be ready to answer your call. Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.                                                                   And kindle in them the fire of your love.                                                                        Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.                                                            And you will renew the face of the earth. Amen.


The Beatitudes                                                                          “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.                                      Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.                                                                                Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.                                                                                         Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be satisfied.                                    Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.                                                                                   Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God                                                                                      Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.                                                               Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:3–10


The Ten Commandments

 1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.

 2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

 3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

 4Honor your father and your mother.

 5. You shall not kill.

 6. You shall not commit adultery.

 7. You shall not steal.

 8. You shall not lie.

 9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods

THE GREAT COMMANDMENT

" You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind... You shall love your neighbor as yourself" 

 MATTHEW 22: 37, 39

THE NEW COMMANDMENT

{Jesus said:} " I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

JOHN 13: 34-35

Precepts of the Church

 1. Participate in Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, and rest from unnecessary work.

 2. Confess sins at least once a year.

 3. Receive Holy Communion as often as possible and at least during the Easter season.

 4. Observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.

 5. Provide for the material needs of the Church, according to one’s abilities.