Everyday Prayers

GO BACK

Lead me, Lord, back to a time of peace and happiness
To remember the wonder of life
and every one who loves me

Through You, Lord, I can return to a good place
where I am safe
and happy again

The love of a parent is meant to be unconditional
God Our Father is perfect love
He waits for me to realise I have gone wrong
and to come back to my senses
Go back to God with all my heart
Amen

LISTEN

Lord, when we listen to one another
we truly learn to know their will
We cannot ride roughshod over their will
as if we know what it best for them
It is only by listening carefully that we learn the truth

At times, we have no control over what is done to us
We have to go along with things for the sake of peace
Lord, help me to listen, at all times, to the Word of God
Amen

THE BRIDGE OF LOVE

Good things happen to bad people
Bad things happen to good people
Lord, help me to understand
how little control I have over my life

All things come together, and make sense
through the power of love
Prayer which comes from the heart
is the language of love

Lord, I place my trust in You
You, Lord, are the bridge over life and death
Amen

TO SERVE

My life is in Your hands, Lord
I place all my trust in You

You became the greatest servant of all
You served God Your Father, throughout Your holy life
Even to the point of death

Your life, Lord, You placed into Your Father’s hands
Help me to serve You with my life
Throughout my life
Right up to, and beyond, my point of death
Amen

NOT FOR SHOW

I cannot, in all conscience, say one thing and do another
Lord, Your words are there to teach me the truth about life
I have to see and acknowledge
that bad things happen to good people

There is no point in pretending to You, Lord,
that I am doing good when I know in my heart,
I am not being true to You or to myself

When I do and say the same thing
then my life makes sense
The Spirit unites body to soul
and enables me to think and act for myself

Father in Heaven, may I be judged by You,
according to how I have carried out Your will
For real and not for show
Amen

COMPASSION

Lord Jesus, You are the epitome of mercy and compassion
Raise my eyes upwards
towards the sound of Your voice
A voice of tenderness, gentle and forgiving

When I am with You, I am in a safe place
I need search no further
I have found my reward in Your words
of truth, beauty and wisdom

I pray to be as compassionate and merciful
as it is possible for me to be
Saint David – pray for us
Amen

FROM MY HEART

God hears every prayer that comes to Him
through Jesus Our Lord
Lord Jesus, make my heart as perfect as it can possibly be
My prayer comes through the love I have in my heart

We are born to a life of perfect love
because we belong to God
I pray for love to conquer all the evil in the world
I pray to love completely with all my heart
Amen

COMPROMISE

Lord, I pray for a peaceful life
I need to strive for peace
Work hard to achieve a lasting peace
through compromise

Let us take the time to examine our conscience
To take action to repair our damaged relationships

Lord, I offer You my life
From today onwards
Make me into a better person
I pray to work hard for peace
Amen

PRAY HARDER

Pray, and never give up praying
Ask and you will receive
Every prayer that comes from the depths of our hearts
is heard by God Our Father in Heaven

Pray, and keep praying
As long as you live you will receive the help you ask for

Try harder, every day, to communicate with God through prayer
Lord Jesus, help me to pray harder
Amen

THE GREATEST SIGN

Every generation is judged by its actions and omissions
In order to be successful
we need to pay attention
to the signs of our times

The world is constantly changing
and we have to adapt
or our generation will cause destruction,
now and for all generations to come

The greatest sign of God’s love for us is Jesus, His Beloved Son
We must listen to Him
He is the greatest sign
He is the Word of God, Jesus Our Lord
Amen

SUCCESS

Lord, You know what I need before I ask
I need to ask
I need to say the words
For You to save me from my distress

Every word that comes from, and through, my heart
is a prayer of success
I fail if I do not ask
I succeed by the help of God
Our Father in Heaven

Lord, You hear every word I breathe
Help me to be Your faithful servant
Amen

BLESS

Bless me, Lord, and make my life holy
Bless every thought, word and action that comes from me
Bless them all and make them holy

Open my heart to pray for all who are in great need
Open my hands to greet and to welcome every stranger I come across
Open my life to the blessings I receive from God through Jesus Our Lord

I pray to serve God and everyone who needs God’s help
To serve with justice and loving kindness every day of my life
Amen

BE WELL

Every soul under heaven is worth saving
God does not give up on anyone
We pray for the saving of souls from eternal ruin
There is always time to turn back and follow Jesus, Our Lord

Lord, You hold out Your hand to help us up when we fall down
There is a better and healthier way to live
No one is as perfect as they think they are
Only God is perfect and can help us become well again
Amen

JOY IN MY HEART

I know You hear me, Lord,
when I cry out to for help
You are always so close to me
I pray to be close to You

You show me how to do good
and how to avoid evil
I know I am walking alongside You
because I feel great joy in my heart

I have hope that all will be well with the world
I have faith that good always overcomes evil,
in the end
Amen

CLOSENESS

The closer I am to Jesus,
the less likely I am to become lost
It is by following Jesus closely
that I am led towards the goodness of God

In God I place all my trust
because God is everything to me
There is nothing I value more than my relationship with God
To that end, I have to work hard
to stay close to Jesus, Our Lord
Amen

ASH WEDNESDAY

Lord, take me by the hand
Raise me up from my fallen state
Draw me straight into Your loving arms
and back to the place where I belong

I pray for forgiveness
I pray for mercy
I pray for compassion and, most importantly,
I pray for reconciliation

Let us all walk, hand in hand, alongside Our Lord Jesus
because we need each other to make us strong
Amen

DO RIGHT

Lord, You perceive the goodness in us and all around us
Your eyes see the true glory and power of God
Your ears hear the cries of the ones who need Your help the most
Your hands bless the bread of life
and give it to us, unreservedly

Lord, open our eyes to see You
Our ears to hear You
Our hands to serve You
and our hearts to love You

I perceive the love and truth of the Word of God
when I open my mind to understand the great mystery of life
God created us in His own image
but we became imperfect

Let us start again from the beginning
to do right by God
Our Father in Heaven
Amen

DO GOOD

Not everything we make is good or productive
It depends on whether our intentions are good or bad
No one wants to be remembered for doing evil things
Whatever we produce we want it to be good

Goodness speaks for itself
We cannot hide our true feelings from God
Guilt finds a way of eating into our souls
and destroys the love we have in our hearts

Lord, You are God’s sign to us
You direct us, through our hearts, to a good place
A place where courage and truth exist side by side
A place where nothing is hidden from view
Lord, we do good when we are close to You
Amen

FOOD FOR LIFE

We need food and water in order to stay alive
We thank God we can eat and drink
and our bodies can thrive
Lord, You are the source of all the spiritual nourishment we need
in order to survive

We cannot judge the value of our own lives
but we hope we are worthy of this great gift of life
The food of life is given to us by God
through the body and blood of Jesus Our Lord

We give thanks to God every day for this great source of grace
The Lord is compassionate to all who are in need
He will never turn us away
Neither will God deny us the food of life
Amen

HEAR AND SPEAK

Lord, we all lose sight of the truth when things are either too good
or very bad
We make the wrong choices
and we try to learn from our mistakes

Let us not give up trying to do difficult things
that challenge us
If we do not try we will never find success
If we do not fail then we will never learn

Open our ears, Lord, to hear the truth
Open our mouths to speak words of wisdom,
spoken at the right time
and to the people who need to hear the truth
Forgive us, Lord, and give us the strength to carry on
Amen

HEAL US

Our Lady of Lourdes – pray for us
Saint Bernadette – pray for us

Wherever You are, Lord, there I find my spiritual place
Wherever You go, Lord, I follow You
and I find healing space
Bless us, Lord, as we search for peace, love, truth and happiness

Gather us all together in one spiritual place
We find that place deep within our hearts
We recognise that spiritual place when we get there
because it is peaceful, truthful, beautiful
and makes us feel loved and happy

With our hearts united, we ask God to heal all the sick
through the intercession of Jesus Our Lord
and Mary the Mother of God
Amen

THE BREATH OF LIFE

The breath of life is good
because it comes from God
God made us to be like Him
in goodness, truth and beauty

When we take in the breath of life it is clean
But when we breathe out
we must be sure our intentions for life are good and clean too
The gift of life is so precious
we must take care of how we are deep within our hearts

If our intentions are good
and come from a deep place in our hearts,
motivated by love, then our actions will be good
Every breath of life is to be treasured for the divine gift it is
Amen

A DUTY TO CARE

Everything that comes from God
is beautiful and good
In the beginning everything made sense
and there was an order to life

I have a responsibility to care for all of God’s creation
I need to learn how to take care of myself
and be as well as I can be
I owe this to God in return
for all God has done for me

Let us always keep in mind that we have a duty to care for life
in all its forms
Help me, Lord, to do everything I can, within the range of my ability,
to keep Your logic and order in my mind
and follow Your laws and commandments
They are the only ones that make sense
Amen

THE HEALER

How amazing are Your works, Lord
You have made earth and heaven so beautiful
It is clear You want only the best for us
Everything You do, Lord, is designed to make us happy

When things go wrong and we become ill
we turn to You
and ask You to make us well
All broken things can be mended
by the hands of the Master Builder, Our Creator

When we pray we remember to thank God for all of creation
We look towards the light and seek the help of God, the Healer
We pray for the healing of the sick
Lord, give healing power to the hands of all who care for the sick
Amen

GOOD LEADER

We all need a time of peace when we can rest and recover
from the stresses and responsibilities of life
Lord, we come to You in search of a peaceful life
Help us to be good to ourselves in order to do good for others

We look to You for strength and leadership
You are our true leader
With You we know we are safe
Your responsibility for us starts at the beginning of life
and lasts right up to the end

Your link with us is so strong
we need not be afraid of separation
You keep Your eye on us
and we keep You always in our sight
Amen

PEACEFUL RESISTANCE

Lord, no one can take my faith away from me
No one knows me completely the way You do
Only You know what is deep within my heart
With You at the core of my being
I can resist all onslaughts against me

I can resist, peacefully, the way You showed us how to be strong inside
and rely on God Our Father
Terrible things are done to innocent people
for the sake of power and greed

Let us pray for peace, forgiveness and resistance
We must be stronger than ever in times of trouble and turmoil
Thanks be to God Our Father
for You, Lord, are with us and always will be
Amen

TEACH US

Lord, You teach us
how to work, and live, alongside each other
You show us how to be at peace wherever we go
You tell us how to avoid the pain of rejection
by being peaceful ourselves

Lord, Your way is always new to us
because we forget how You were
and what You taught us

Let us start again on the road to help one another
by being present in the good times
and in the times of trouble

Lord, give us the strength to continue to learn
how best to meet the needs of the sick, lonely and broken
We pray for their healing through You, Jesus Our Lord,
Our Great Teacher
Amen

A PEACEFUL LIFE

Peace heals
When we are peaceful we give our bodies time for healing
Lord, do not let my life be overwhelmed
by stress, fear and anxiety

Love heals
When we feel loved then we give ourselves
the peaceful life we need
We need love and peace in our lives to give us the strength
to overcome weakness and illness

Lord, You know what it feels like to be rejected
Help me to remove myself from everything that cause me
the pain of rejection
I accept the way my life is unfolding
and I pray for peace and love in my life, always
Amen

THE LIGHT OF PEACE

The Light of God purifies us and makes us into a worthy offering
We offer ourselves to God Our Father through Jesus His Son,
the Light of the world
Our eyes see the glory of the Lord and we find peace
May God’s Spirit enlighten the eyes of our minds

We pray to become people who light up the world around us
with our loving kindness to one another
The Lord Our God offers us light and peace
so we might live according to God’s will

We pray to be made worthy to stand in the presence of God
and serve Him through the power of love and peace
Amen

AMAZING POWER TO HEAL

Your power to heal us, Lord, is truly amazing
You make us strong when we are weak
You free us from the chains of self destruction
You make us feel we can do anything
if we try hard and do not give up

We have the strength
to overcome everything bad that takes place
We are neither powerful nor perfect
but we do know where to go, and when to ask, for help

Lord, heal us in mind and body,
especially those who are unable or too weak
to ask for Your amazing healing help
Amen

FAITH

Who knows where we are going
Who knows where we came from
We are a wandering people, here on earth for only a short time
We need to make the best of it
Have faith in a better life to come

Enjoy every day regardless of what is happening around us
to make us sad and frightened
There is no need to be anxious
Have faith, God is always with us

We are blessed with the presence of Jesus Our Lord
Lord, You are at the helm
You steer us away from trouble
Our faith in You directs our lives in a good way
We are passing through this life
on our way to the heavenly kingdom
Amen

TRUST

God never gives up on us
Even when we refuse to believe in the truth of God,
God believes in us
and loves us all the more

God’s patience never runs out
He waits for us to realise we do not know everything
He waits for us to recognise Jesus
and how important it is to trust in Him always

Lord, help us to persevere in faith
and never lose sight of Your power and glory
All things happen for a reason
Let us trust in God’s Plan
as it unfolds its truth to us through Jesus Our Lord
Amen

NOT HIDDEN

Lord, You are my hope and my light
You are always present in my life
You encourage me and You support me
with Your loving kindness

You are not hidden away in a secret place
We are the ones who hide, who keep guilty secrets, who stay silent
and withhold love from one another
Lord, help me to respond openly with love to the needs of others
We all need to be asked how we are
This shows we care for each other

Lord, You speak to me all the time
If I open my ears I can hear You
If I open my eyes I can see You
If I open my heart, nothing will be hidden from view
Amen

FORGIVEN

We can be forgiven for not having the patience to listen
We can be forgiven for being too busy to spend time with God
We can be forgiven for being overcome by the cares of the world

When we are completely forgiven for everything we have done wrong,
then we will understand the importance of forgiveness
The mercy we show one another is the mercy that is given to us

Love is the fountain of mercy from which forgiveness flows
As love grows in our hearts and minds
we become less and less in need of forgiveness
We grow under the light of God’s love to be creatures of natural beauty
and perfection
Amen

GIVE AND TAKE

Our lives are a series of give and take
We give and we take
We take and we give
It is a balance of loss and gain
We can only hope to come out on top in the end

Some things are sacrificed which we know we will not miss
Others are sacrificed without our permission or knowledge
but from which we still gain benefit
God offered His only Son in sacrifice for us

It is up to us whether we take what we are given, thank God
and use it to benefit everybody
It is our decision to give freely of ourselves
and demand nothing in return
Amen

SAINT PAUL’S CONVERSION
You, Lord, are the light that shows me the way of truth and beauty
Without Your loving guidance I am lost
Help me to see where I am going
And how to get there

By the help of Your saving grace
There can be no turning back to the old ways
Send me Your Spirit, as I travel towards the light of Christ
Take me by the hand and lead me to paradise
Amen

INNERMOST SELF

People guess, but they do not know, what a person is thinking
We guard our innermost selves
and protect our privacy for a reason
We are not “out of our minds”
We are shielding our selves from harm

Meanwhile, we make assumptions about each other, instead of
looking for the truth
The truth is at the very core of our selves
The truth is holy and worthy of respect

The truth is universal
and we should not be afraid to speak out
when people need help
We serve God and one another
through the truth of God, Jesus Our Lord
Amen

YOUR WORDS

Lord, Your words are written in my heart
Love commands my actions
but I cannot serve You on my own
We all need the help and support of each other
to make this world into a better place

Let us find ways to communicate
through the love that is in our hearts
That way we cannot go wrong
We will not be betrayed by our own thoughts
to go in the wrong direction

May the spirit of love guide our actions
and strengthen our will to work hard for You
and for one another
Lord, Your words are written on my heart
Amen

SELF BELIEF

Confidence comes from a strong spirit
A belief in oneself which comes from God
Lord, You are the foundation of love,
and You gave Yourself
to save those who asked for Your healing help

My self belief comes from You
You reassure me that I have a purpose to fulfil
Your presence among us is testimony
to the constant love God has for all of His creation

If God loves us all so much then so should we love ourselves too
Nothing can separate me from God, that is my belief
My closeness to God comes from You, Lord Jesus
Amen

INDESTRUCTIBLE

Lord, You see how fragile I am
and how close I come to the edge of brokenness
I stretch out my hand and You help me
You draw me away from danger and closer to You

I am not afraid to ask for Your help
for You are indestructible
People can plot against goodness to bring about its destruction
But, You have shown us by Your love that, good destroys evil
and not the other way round

I pray for the healing of all who have given up hope
May they stretch out their hands
and be brought closer to God
through Jesus Our Lord
Amen

PERSEVERE

Lord, we persevere through to the end
because we have hope
We have hope because we never lose sight of You
You teach us how to think for ourselves
and act with compassion and love

Love is the basis of our faith
and unites us all with God to each other
That is why we must not give up
even if we feel the world is against us

God is all that matters in this world
In Jesus we have the model of perseverance
and the hope of eternal life
and happiness to come
Amen

THE CALL OF THE WORD

Each one of us is called by God
to do what we do best
Every one of us is different
and we all have our own special calling

It is important to listen to God through Jesus
so we can learn how to be useful to one another
today, in these changing times
We need support from one another
in order to adapt to our current situation

We are called by God to look for new ways to deal with new problems
God will help us
God calls us
And God will always help us
Amen

COMPASSION

Open my heart, Lord, so I can see with my own eyes
how compassionate You are
Through my eyes I see what I want to see
Through my heart I feel what I need to feel

We all need help to see the suffering of others,
while we are so focussed on ourselves
and meeting our own needs

God will not call us to account until we have finished living
Then it will be too late to change
Our hearts and our eyes need to open up to see and feel
how people suffer through sickness, neglect and abuse

Give me a compassionate heart like Yours, Lord
And eyes that see people the way You do
Amen

STRONG IN FAITH

When we finally arrive at our place of rest,
that is when we are healed
To be peaceful and resting is to be healed
Life is a balance of work and rest,
noise and peace, faith and doubt

Lord, help me to manage my changing situation
in such a way that I find the correct balance I need
to live a healthy life, physically and spiritually

To have a strong faith is the first and most important step
on the road to healing
That is why I pray, Lord, for a strong faith
and a balanced, healthy life
Amen

ONLY TODAY

Today is the day I am healed
It is important I stay strong in my faith
Lord, You give me all the encouragement I need
to carry on believing in Your power
to heal all who are sick and suffering

I pray, today, for the people who are sick,
but no one goes near them
because of fear of catching the disease
I pray, today, for the untouchables, for the isolated, for the lonely

Lord, You know what this feels like and how much it hurts
Only You know how to heal in such a way
that joy and thanksgiving spread out into the world
Lord, You are with us, not only for today, but for every day
Amen

MOVING ON

It is fear that enslaves us
Fear immobilises us
Unable to move, through sickness or fear, we stay where we are,
afraid to change our direction

Lord, do not let us be transfixed on fear of failure
It is fear that prevents us from moving forward
Lord, I pray to be made well
I pray for healing for all who are sick in mind and body

Only God can free us from the slavery of sin
because Jesus is God made Man
He has the power to free us and to heal us
Lord, help me to move on without fear
Amen

ANEW

Lord, show me something new today
A new way of looking at the world
A fresh understanding of Your teachings

Nothing stays the same
Everything is changing
Lord, You have the voice of authority
and I should listen to You

I can start anew every day
and do something different
My mental health and well being depend on
how I react to the world around me

My life, present and future, is in Your hands, Lord
Help me to take responsibility for my actions
and learn from my mistakes
I want to start anew with the help of Your grace
Amen

A NEW START

Life is a series of beginnings and endings
Let us make today the start of something new
We build on the past and move forwards
There will be better days
and there will be worse days

We must keep trying
and never give up looking forwards and upwards
There is a new light dawning
which brings a new beginning

Lord, You are the constant light of my life
You light up the good days with truth and beauty
You light up the bad days with hope, love and faith

Help me to start again today,
refreshed and ready to follow You
wherever You lead me
Amen

A SHARED SPIRIT

God is love and His love is shared among us
God shares His Spirit with us
So that we share His love with others through the Spirit of God
We share everything that matters to God

God gives us strength and courage which we share with others
through prayer and the Holy Spirit
Let us not share our fear in case we frighten one another needlessly
and create even more anxiety
We look to You, Lord, to protect us from harm and danger

A shared spirit is a shared love
Open our minds to accept the goodness
and generosity of God’s everlasting love
A shared spirit is a shared trust in all things good
Amen

GENEROUS LOVE

Actions speak louder than words
Acts of compassion speak of love
in ways we can understand and accept

When we are needy, Lord, You care for our needs
Lord, feed all who are hungry and have no food
Let us share what we have
so no one has too much in order for the rest to have so little

Love is the great equaliser
God’s love is given to all of us, equally
First, we have to accept God’s gift of love
and then, we have to be generous with our love too

Nothing fills the heart with joy more than knowing we are loved,
not for what we do, but for who we are
God’s love is very generous
Amen

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH

Lord, You are the light of love and the Spirit of Truth
I know You are the Son of God
because You heal all our ills,
physical, mental, emotional and spiritual

We pray for a time of healing and peace
and an end to this time of sickness, death and dying
We pray to be guided by Your truth, Lord

When we recognise what is true
then we become filled with God’s Spirit
We tell the truth
We cannot conceal the truth
because we know the truth will set us free

May Your love strengthen my faith
and keep me forever in Your truth
Amen

THE EPIPHANY

It is the light of Your love, Lord, that draws us to You
Let us not be afraid to step out into the light
and be seen to be open, trusting and courageous
Your light sets us free from the terrors of darkness
and the tyranny of sin

You take away our weakness
You heal our brokenness
You cover up our disappointments with the cloak of Your love

Let us turn away from those things which are harmful to us
Let us support one another with the light of our love
and show God how much we have learnt about the human spirit

It is an amazing revelation that good comes out of bad things
And the light of love and truth overcome the darkness of evil
Amen

COME AND SEE

Come and see all that is good
Come and see how beautiful the world is
Come and see the true face of love
and be happy

Lord Jesus, You are the gift of light and love
By looking at You we see the possibility of a heavenly life
A life of love
and a life of continuing peace

We all have an active part to play
in God’s plan
God asks us to love one another
and act as though we really do love each other

And when we fail, as sometimes we do,
let us try again to know, love and understand why God sent Jesus
to be with us every step of the way
Let me come to see You, Lord, today and every day
Amen

LOOK AND SEE

There are times, Lord, when we look at the world
and see only the bad things going on
We need to look to You, Lord,
to see all that is good in our lives
You teach us to see the good in everything
and good always overcomes evil

Let us not become depressed, sad or disappointed with life
Instead, let us look for the good in everyone
and find the goodness that exists all around us

Lord, we are imperfect beings
but we aim to learn from our mistakes
Lord, give us the help and courage we need
to look and see You in everyone we meet,
every day from now on
Amen

GOOD INTENTIONS

Thank You, Lord, for the precious gifts of life and love
Let us begin each day with a good intention
Bless my intentions, Lord, and make them good
Anoint me with Your Holy Hand
Help me to prepare a way for You in this world
Stand me up, straight and true

Shine the light of Your love over us all
In the days of darkness we need Your light to show us the way
Make our faith so strong
that we withstand the trials that confront us every day
Give us fortitude and take our brokenness away

Through You, Lord, I know who I am,
where I am going
and what I have to do
Amen

MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

Lord, we have nothing to fear from the future
The future belongs to God
We belong to God

As we begin a new year, we ask for Mary’s help
Mary, Mother of God, we thank you for praying with us
when we feel alone and abandoned
Thank you for being with us
when we are frightened of what is to come

Together with Mary we pray to God
We ask Mary to be with us every step of the way
May every new day bring us closer to God

Surrounded by God’s love, and regardless of how we feel,
let us stride out into a new year
with joy, vigour and a new enthusiasm for life
Amen

GRACE AND TRUTH

As the year draws to an end
we remember to count our blessings
The blessings of God’s gifts of grace and truth
Without these gifts we would not be who we are
We are the children of God

Jesus, You live in the heart of Your Father,
take us into Your heart
and fill us with the will to go on
Your love for us is permanently strong

Nothing changes when we look backwards
Lord, help us to look forward with hope and optimism
And never stop praying for Your help and strength

Every day is a blessing and a gift of love from God
We thank You, Lord, for all our blessings
during this past, difficult and unusual year
Amen

TIME IS ENDLESS

There is the time for silence
There is the time for peace
Now is the time for wisdom
For our knowledge of God to increase

The world has nothing new to show us
that we have not seen before
Let us not be tempted away from the One who loves us
In God we find true peace and happiness
Let us find our way to Jesus, the child we come to adore

This is the time to love and help one another
There is always time for prayer
Praying is communicating with God
through which we learn how to be wise

Lord, increase our knowledge and understanding
Starting at the beginning of life and
all the way through to the end
Amen

BLESSINGS

Bless us, O Lord, as we try to live according to Your will
Bless our happiness and bless our sadness
Bless our joys and bless our disappointments
Bless us as we strive for perfection

Bless our eyes so we can see the light of love
that is in the world today
Bless our knowledge and understanding
of the Word of God
Bless our lives, every day,
in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen

INNOCENCE

Innocence exists in the light as well as in the dark
The beauty and innocence of childhood can be destroyed
by dark intentions and cruel selfishness
We are all guilty of something but we are also innocent too

Let us pray and ask God to help us recognise the innocence
that should be protected and treasured at all times
Let us not destroy that which cannot be replaced

All life is precious, young and old,
weak and vulnerable, innocent and guilty
Let us find it in our hearts to forgive ourselves
and vow to never repeat those actions
which have hurt people, young and old
Amen

GRACE AND POWER

Even in the midst of celebration
there are times when we are tested
We have to adapt to changing circumstances
and make a judgement about what to believe
and what not to believe

Lord, it is during these difficult and trying times
that we need the grace and power of Your Holy Spirit
Let the world see that we are united in prayer
We are strong
We are not afraid of what is to come

We give thanks, glory and praise to God through Jesus Our Lord
Father, guide Your children here on earth
Open the gates of heaven
and show us the true beauty of Your Heavenly Nature
Amen

CHRISTMAS DAY

Love is the gift of Christmas Day
Today, we acknowledge the greatness of God’s gift to us
God became a human being and lived among us
Jesus was born a homeless and helpless baby, poor but rich in love

God trusts us with the gift of His Beloved Son
God knows, through Jesus, how hard it is for us right now
But it is through love that we become strong and courageous

God lights up our lives so we see the peace of God’s Kingdom on earth
Lord, we sing with all our hearts a song of love and joy
to thank God for sending to us His Beloved Son
We remember this great gift of love today
Amen

O EMMANUEL

O Emmanuel, come to us
Your love, Lord, is our greatest gift
Give us Your blessing this day
Bless the sick and the dying with the mark of hope
and the promise of eternal life
God is with us in life and in death

We can never be parted from You unless we choose to
You have never turned Your back on Your people
Your everlasting love gives us the hope and strength we need
to love and care for one another

Joy fills my heart as I wait for the birth of Our Saviour Jesus
Come Emmanuel come
God is with us
He always was
He is
And He always will be
Amen

O KING OF THE NATIONS

O King of the Nations, come unite all Your people on earth
and bring us into Your Holy Kingdom
Unite our families with the gentle ties of love
We are glad to be alive and we rejoice
because God is with us

When we pray together as one, in unity, our prayer becomes stronger
and heard throughout the community of the world
We stand together, united in one thanksgiving song of praise and gratitude
Glory be to Jesus, the King of heaven and earth

Come Lord, come with Your message of peace
Bring Your Kingdom when You come
Come and save us
The King of glory comes to be with us
Amen

O SUN OF JUSTICE

O Sun of Justice, we have gained access to God
through You, Jesus Our Lord
God sees everything that is going on around us
God responds to our pleas for help
with justice and fairness

The moment we find ourselves lost and alone, feeling abandoned,
then the Sun gives us Divine Sunshine
which shines before our eyes
and shows us what we should do

Mary responds with great love for Elizabeth
and gave her the joy of her presence
so they could be together, for a while,
to help one another
through the difficult and unknown times ahead

We need Mary’s help to intervene
and intercede for us to God asking for the light of God’s love
to enter in to our lives and stay with us forever
Amen

O RISING SUN

O Rising Sun, O Morning Star,
come and enlighten those who live in darkness
and in the shadow of death
May Your Divine Sunshine light up our lives
and show us the way to Your Heavenly Kingdom

O Beloved Lord Jesus, Yours is a love that knows no bounds
A love that lasts forever
bringing joy, peace and hope
Yours is a new radiant love, enriching our lives
and making us feel beloved

O Loving Lord, bless us with Your holy presence
My heart leaps for joy because of You
Your love is everlasting
Make my love strong and generous too
In my heart of hearts I sing a song of love for You
Amen

O KEY OF DAVID

Jesus, You are that Key of Love
which opens up our hearts to love
May Your love come in
and give us the only sign we will ever need
God is with us – the hope and joy of our lives

The Key to everlasting peace and happiness is within our reach
Soon the door will be opened
and we will leave the darkness behind
and enter into the true light of God

Jesus, You are the true key to our understanding the will of God
Turn us around to face the truth
Anything is possible with God’s help
Let us invite Jesus to open our hearts to love
Amen

O ROOT OF JESSE

Bless us, O Lord, as we wait for Your coming
Our souls are rooted in the truth and beauty of God’s love for us
We are connected to God and to one another
through this root of love

Our lives have a holy purpose
That purpose is to do God’s will
Let us not be afraid any more
Our prayers are heard and God answers in ways
which are good for us and for the good of all

Jesus is the Holy Sign sent from God to lead us to the conclusion
that God is always with us
Jesus is deeply rooted in love, faith and fact

Come, O Root of Jesse, come
Come, Emmanuel, come and make Your presence known to everyone
My life now has a holy and blessed purpose
Amen

O RULER

O Divine Ruler over the Kingdom of virtue, wisdom and truth
Come to us
Rule over us and bring order out of our chaos
so we may find peace
Let honesty and integrity guide our decision making

Lord, send Your angel to tell us what we must do
in order to do right by You
Do not allow us to be afraid
to carry out Your will

Come, Emmanuel, come
God is with us, we cry
Lead us, O Powerful Ruler, into Your Kingdom
The Kingdom of Peace
Where justice reigns supreme

Lord, bring us back to where we belong
Take us home with You
My life, my future, is in Your hands
Amen

O WISDOM

Back in the beginning of time, Wisdom reigned supreme
The Spirit of God rules with justice
God sends to us Our Saviour, Jesus, the Prince of Peace

O Wisdom, enlighten our minds
O Wisdom, make Your home in our hearts
O Wisdom, make sense of everything going on around us today
Give me the strength and confidence to speak of the joy I have in my heart

Joy spreads out into the world through us
Spirit of Wisdom, come into our lives today
and teach us the truth of who we are, where we came from
and what will happen to us
Let us look forward to a blessed, holy and better future
Amen

HAPPY FAITH

Lord Jesus, Son of the Living God,
You exceed all our expectations
You save us through miracles of healing, love and compassion
If we lose faith in You it is because
we have made the wrong assumptions about You

How many times do we misjudge those whose intentions and actions
are soundly according to God’s will?
But God’s love is, and always will be,
greater than ours

Jesus is the living proof of God’s love for all creation
Everything God created is beautiful, including us
We remain true to God by never losing faith
All around us we see evidence of God’s goodness
We know Jesus comes to save us,
that is good news that makes us happy
Amen

CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD

A baby will come into the world bringing new life and new hope
Lord, come to the broken hearted
Come to those whose lives are difficult and painful
We ask for God’s help in the name of the baby Jesus

When God asks do we listen to Him and obey?
Or do we pretend to listen and then turn away?

Lord, I try to live a good life but when I fail please forgive me
Lord, we need You to come to us whatever the circumstances
Save us from ourselves
when we do not know what we are doing

God answers by giving us all the second chances we need
to come to our senses
We must take heart
and live every day to the full
Amen

GOD ANSWERS

When I call for help, God answers
God saves me through the name of Jesus
There is no greater power than God
How fortunate we are to know God saves us through Jesus

May God’s Spirit give us the insight
to recognise the authority of the Word of God
God answers our prayers
God asks us to do His will

I have to prepare a way for Jesus to come into our world
With the true authority that starts and ends with God

Lord, if anyone questions Your authority I will answer from my heart
that which I know to be true
Jesus is the heart of love
His love tells me what I should do
Saint John of the Cross – pray for us
Amen

SEE AND BE HAPPY

How many times have I looked and not seen the face of God?
How many times have I listened and not heard the Word of God?
Lord, open my eyes and turn my face towards You
Then I will know what it is that You want me to do

The face of God is made visible through Jesus Our Lord
He comes to shine the light of love over the world
Lord, open my eyes to see the beauty all around me
Open my ears to hear God’s truth

True happiness is found in God’s love for us
God is true to His Word – one day we shall see the face of God
and be very happy
Amen

THE WISDOM OF GOD

It would be good for me if I listened to You, Lord
You teach me the way I should live
You lead me in the right direction
Towards the light of God’s love
Lord, it would be good if I listened to You

Do not let me be drawn into accepting that which is patently wrong
Show me how to make sense of the paradoxes of life today
Help me to recognise the truth and ignore the lies
Time will tell whether the Wisdom of God was right all along

I pray for the wisdom to be true to myself
The truth and wisdom of God last forever
Lord, strengthen the core of my being
through faith and love as I place my hope in Your Wisdom
Amen

THE HAND OF GOD

Lord, help me
“I will help you,” says the Lord
“I will hold you by the hand
and make you feel safe and well enough
to stand tall and strong for all the world to see
that you are loving, compassionate and faithful to Me”

Jesus Lord, Your mission is peace
You bring peace to a violent and troubled world
that does not always listen to You

You are sent to rescue us through the power of God
My destiny is written down in heaven
by the powerful hand of God
Lord, help me to wait patiently for You
and bless this prayer I make to You
Amen

COME TO ME

Lord, my head is bowed down
My shoulders are heavy under the weight
of my obligations and responsibility
Instead of slowing down, the pace is picking up
I am driven forward by a busy world of noise
and there is always more work to be done

Lord, help me to slow down and wait patiently
for You to come
In You I find gentleness and peaceful rest
I pray for a gentle, humble heart like Yours,
filled with love and mercy
I pray for peace and tranquillity

Lord, help me to carry my burden of responsibility
You promise to never leave me to struggle on my own
You come in all Your power and glory
to save each and every one of us
I come to You, Lord, for You to make me strong
Amen

THE IMMACULATE CREATION

Mary, Mother of God – pray for us
God became Man and lived among us
because of your courage and goodness
We ask you to help us to welcome Our Lord into our lives

May the Spirit of God, creator of truth and beauty
enter our hearts and minds
Help us become wise, loving and to faithfully follow
the example of Our Blessed Mother Mary
on this feast day celebration of her Immaculate Conception
Amen

THE SACRED WAY

Lord, we look for an oasis of peace in these times of uncertainty
Peace is the sacred Way to God
The Sacred Way is the path that brings us closer to God
every day through Jesus

Justice and peace walk hand in hand with mercy and love
Jesus Our Lord, You are the Sacred Way
My fears and anxieties disappear slowly, day by day
Your miracles of love light up my way

I am not afraid to ask for Your help
Forgive me my sins
Only You have the power to forgive
Heal us, inspire us and give us a new purpose in life

Lord, help me to live the Sacred Way
I walk with my head held high, praising and thanking God,
happier and more cheerful in every way
Your love shows us the way to the place of peace
Amen

GOD HEALS

Life is so unpredictable
Almost overnight things can change dramatically
The healthy become ill
People die unexpectedly
Our lives are shattered and we lose our way

We become dejected and exhausted by the trials of life
We need Your healing help, Lord
Come into our lives and take control

God sees how much we suffer
and sends us the greatest healer of all time, Jesus, His Beloved Son
Thank You Lord for being here for us

The time will come when things will change for the better
True happiness is around the corner
If only we could see it
When Jesus comes we will be living in the best of times
Amen

FAITH IN GOD

It is Your love, Lord, that wakes me up in the morning
Your love encourages me to face the world
and all my difficulties
Lord, restore the purity of my soul

Renew and strengthen my faith, hope and love
There are times I cannot see what is right in front of my face
You are always so close to me
Open my eyes and I will see Your face

Faith in God deserves favour
God rewards those who have faith
We pray to understand
that the Word of God was made flesh
and is living among us

The day will come when we glorify and thank God for all His gifts
especially the gifts of sight and sound
My excitement cannot be contained
I have to share my joy with all the world
Amen

TRUST IN GOD

Lord, do not let the bad times ruin our faith
Without Your help we crumble and lose our ground
It is when we are weak and vulnerable
that we turn to You – Our Rock of Strength

I need the gift of wisdom to underpin my faith
and make it strong
In You we place our trust
On You we can depend
You speak, Lord, and I listen
I become strong again

Lord, make my faith the foundation of my life
on which I build my future
May I live every day trusting only
in Your power to save me

I have to work hard to learn the true meaning of the Word of God
becoming flesh and living among us
And when I die I pray to stand at Your gate
and You ask me to come in
Amen

HOPE IN GOD

Lord, we come to You in hopeful prayer
Wherever You are is the closest we can come to God
Whether that place is on top of the highest holiest mountain
or down deep in our hearts in the depths of despair
If we keep on looking we will find You there

Lord, heal us and forgive us
Our hunger for life drives us forwards, upwards and towards You
It is Your loving kindness that consoles us
You take away our pain and make us whole again
In You we find joy, peace, healing and happiness

God hears all the cries of the sick and the hungry
especially those who suffer in silence
May the miraculous power of God bring hope
into our lives this Advent
Amen

GOD IS AMONG US

We are happy when we are filled with the Holy Spirit
We see and hear the Word of God as if God is standing in front of us
and speaking to each one of us,
individually and together

Every day I make my prayer Lord,
and You give me peace and tranquillity
I pray for hope
May I never be overwhelmed by anxiety

I pray for justice
May the truth of the Word of God be revealed to us
in ways we understand
Let us bring an end to enmity through peaceful means
and may friendship flourish and flow out of adversity
Amen

AMAZING FAITH

Lord, I am not worthy that You should come to me
I pray for the power and grace of Your Word
to set me free

Lord God, King of Peace,
You raise my hopes higher than I could possibly imagine
I am capable of climbing up to the top of the highest mountain
where I can be closest to You

Lord, You are the heights of holiness
Just by raising my eyes upwards I find faith, hope and love
That is everything I need to sustain me on my journey through life

When I reach the end may Your eyes light up with amazement
at the strength and depth of my faith and love for You
for all time and forever

Saint Andrew – pray for us
Amen

FACE TO FACE

Lord, we pray for the strength to survive everything
that is happening to us
We need Your help to stand up
and look forwards with hopeful optimism

A time will come when everything will change
We will live no longer in darkness
but in the light of Your constant love
By the help of Your grace we pray to see You face to face

When we do see You we will see true beauty
and truth that is crystal clear
Lord, You call us to come close to You
and we call You to come close to us

We thank You for Your everlasting presence among us
With You close to us, we have nothing to fear
Amen

SIGNS AND WORDS

Guide us with Your Holy Spirit, Lord, to understand
and accept the wisdom of Your words
Your words are as relevant now
as they were thousands of years ago

Let every word be a new dawning
of understanding
that makes us strong
and adaptable to our changing times

When we die everything becomes new again and beautiful
With the innate innocence of a child
I will see the spirit of truth and beauty all around me
Renewed with courage, we go on as God intends

The Word of God is with us, until the end of time
Let us read the signs that lead us to God Our Father in Heaven
through Jesus Our Lord
Amen

EVERYTHING

We cannot have everything at the same time in this world
We either have one or the other
Peace or war
Life or death
Light or dark

Lord, You are love and peace, beauty and truth,
justice and fairness all at the same time
Take us into Your world
We belong to You
We need the peace of Your loving presence

We are people of light and hope
The Son of God comes in glory and power to save us
from a world of darkness, loss, war and death
We pray for peace, tranquillity, justice and happiness
in this life and the next

God gives us everything we need
through His Beloved Son, Jesus Our Lord
Amen

ENDURANCE

Lord, You are called “Lamb of God” because of Your gentleness
and obedience to God Our Father
Every hardship You endured for us,
was rewarded

We live in hope that our patience and endurance
will be rewarded too
You know our names and You speak to each of us in turn,
gently and quietly

You strengthen our faith, our resolve and our resilience
by the power of Your Holy Name
Through You, Lord, we are able to speak words of truth
and act with justice
We thank God for Your constant love and presence
in all our days of suffering and pain
Amen

HARVEST

Nothing on this earth lasts forever
In time everything will disappear
All that was built will crumble and fall down
Only love lasts forever

Jesus is the one true sign of God’s everlasting love for all of us
Out of love is built the framework of our future - mercy and compassion
There is no need for us to judge one another
because all sins are forgiven by God
and God alone is the supreme judge over right and wrong

Through the eyes of love God sees all we have sown, reaped and harvested
The harvest will be rich or the harvest will be poor
depending on how much love is in our hearts
Amen

GIVE GENEROUSLY

It is important to give with generosity to God
God knows us
and knows how much love we have in our hearts
God knows when we give generously
and when we hold back for selfish reasons

God is generous with all His gifts
God knows each one of us by our name
and counts us into the paradise of His glorious presence

Life is a generous outpouring of love
We pray to come together in love to work for the good of all
Let us not hold back our talents
but bravely lay them out in the open, and put them to work
In our hearts we sing glory and praise to Jesus Christ, Our Universal King
Amen

THE PRESENTATION OF THE BVM

On this day we celebrate the Presentation of Our Lady,
the Blessed Virgin Mary
We, too, make a gift of ourselves to God Our Father in Heaven
We give thanks and praise to God for the gift of life
and for the continuing presence of Our Blessed Mother Mary in our lives

We believe in the Resurrection
and look forward with hope to eternal life
when our souls return to our Maker
We will be reunited in the love we have shared throughout our lives

May our love shine out as a presence of hope in the world
to light up the path to the heavenly kingdom
Amen

JOY OF MY HEART

Lord Jesus, joy of my heart
I hang on to Your every word
I do not just listen passively
I hang on for dear life

You make my heart into a house of prayer
Within my place of refuge I am safe
My life becomes sweeter and easier
My disappointments lessen
And my sorrows disappear

Lord Jesus, life was not easy for You
But the Word of God is strong
Strong enough to overcome all adversity
With You, Lord, in my heart, I am always joyful
and filled with hopeful optimism
Amen

PEACE

Peace is a gift from God
Given to us through Jesus Our Lord
It is an inner peace
which we embrace with all our hearts

We pray for peace all around us
Do not let the lack of peace disappoint us or make us cry
There are many factors which are out of our control
We have to trust in God’s goodness
and never give up praying for peace

Lord Jesus, You are the message of peace
Through You we are able to see a future which is hopeful and good
May God’s Spirit enlighten our minds
with the wisdom of knowing and understanding the Word of God
– the gift of peace
Amen

TRY

Lord God, Creator of the Universe, we acknowledge Your greatness
Your power is immense
We have no idea what You are capable of
We can see what You have done, and we are in awe

We thank You for creating us in Your image and likeness
In return for Your goodness to us,
we have a responsibility to be creative too
and work as hard as we can

Help us to achieve everything You want us to
It is up to us to try
and not give up trying to build Your Kingdom on earth
Each one of us, regardless of our situation, has a holy purpose to fulfil
Lord, help us to keep trying and guide us to do Your will
Amen

TURNING POINT

At times we walk through life in a straight line
Looking neither to the left or the right
Looking forward to a perfect life
that is never within our reach
Never looking back to see the damage we have done
or the hurt we have caused to others

Now is the time to reflect on past mistakes and misdemeanours
before it is too late to turn around
Now is the time to let God into our lives

Jesus, You stand patiently waiting for us to hear You
and let You into our hearts and minds
Now is the time to be joyful
because we have turned our lives around
Amen

MERCY

We all need to be loved
Once we know what it feels like to be loved, unconditionally,
then we know how important and necessary it is that we love one another
with the same depth of feeling

We all need to be heard
Once we know what it feels like to be listened to,
then we can learn to listen attentively and actively
to one another

We all need to be healed
Once we know what it feels like to be whole again,
then we can reach out to one another with the same mercy and compassion
that God shows us

Lord, You are merciful to all who call out to You
for help and healing
Turn Your face towards us
and shine the light of Your love on us
Amen

JUSTICE

We pray for peace
Lord, You always hear our prayers
Your answer is always given
even if we do not hear it

Lord, we pray for truth in justice
God is the ultimate judge
and knows what is just, right and fair
Lord, help us to turn to You, continuously, in hopeful prayer

Lord, we pray for all who are treated unjustly
Let the light of truth shine down on the oppressed, the weak and the vulnerable
Lord, help us to see the needs of those around us
Especially those who are persecuted and in pain
Lord, You who hear all prayers
We ask You to hear the prayers of the sick and the dying
Amen

LOVE AND TRUTH

Death takes away everything we have
that belongs to this world
When we die we leave everything behind
We can take nothing with us

Lord Jesus, You have prepared us for the loss that is to come
You have taught us how to live in love and truth
It is by hanging on to every word that comes from You
that we are rescued from a life of hopelessness and defeat

With God there is victory over death through Jesus Our Lord
Let us pray to be spiritually healthy
Let us love one another in the way God asks us to
Our bodies disappear but our love lives on forever
Amen

LIGHT

Lord, it is Your love that lights up the sky
No darkness in the day, only brightness
and hope for the future
Your love is so powerful it can remove the darkness in our hearts
and replace it with the light of love

Lord, we pray for better times to come
We pray to recognise the beauty and truth of Your Kingdom all around us
Do not let us dwell on past mistakes
but concentrate on making a sincere effort to understand the plight of others and help them in any way we can

The day will dawn when there will be no more darkness of the soul
Only everlasting light will shine
giving out the heavenly glow
of eternal peace and happiness
Amen

REMEMBER

Lord, we do not forget to thank those who gave up everything
for the sake of love of freedom and peace
We remember all those who are afflicted
by the scourges of war, famine and injustice
We pray for healing

We thank God and praise Him
in our thoughts, deeds and words
We remind ourselves that out of pain and suffering
comes light and release

Lord Jesus, we stand in front of You today at the foot of Your Cross
and determine to do everything in our power
to prevent further destruction and loss

The day will come when we will all stand together,
shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand and heart within heart
Then we will understand, very well,
why it is important to remember to say THANKS
Amen

DUTY TO DO GOOD

The choices we make, every day, reflect our values
and our current state of mind
Lord, we need Your help to discern the good choices from the bad ones
and do what is right in God’s sight

We have You, Lord, as our example
If we choose to follow You we are making the right choices
As we proceed it will become second nature to us
to do good, always

Your hand will guide me, Lord
I am here to serve You and my fellow human beings
with prayer and with good deeds
Lord, help all those who are doing their duty
May they be confident in the work they do as they do good to others
May God bless all who take care of the sick and the dying
Amen

THE HOLY SANCTUARY

Lord, let there always be a place for me
in your blessed and sacred sanctuary
May Your angel guide me to a place
of reverence and prayer
Where all we have to do is ask for help
and You will take us into your everlasting care

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the living temple to which we flow
Like a river bringing our joys and our woes
Our anxieties and our fears flowing into a vale of tears

Let our words of wonder and praise come to You
in this place where we give praise and thanks
for all Your goodness
For ever
Amen

LOVE AND TRUST

My trust in You, Lord, takes away my fears and anxieties
Why should I be afraid when I have nothing to lose?
You are everything I need
You are with me all the time

The most valuable thing I can possess is love
Love and trust work together hand in hand, hand on heart
I have nothing to fear
I have You in my heart, Lord
Amen

RESOURCEFUL

Lord, with the help of Your grace
I am capable of doing great things
I need to think my way out of my problems
and be more resourceful

I need the help and support of people who are in a position to advise me
how to deal with my current difficulties
We all need help from one another
Lord, You are always there for me
Help me to value the graces You have given me
and not to waste them ever
Amen

NEW FOUND LIFE

Through You, Lord Jesus, I have come to know that what I was
does not matter as much as what I am now
Because of Your love and kindness, Lord, I am happy
Happy to know You and to love You

No one is rejected by You, Lord,
You search for lost souls and You never give up on any one
When we turn away from the darkness within
then we face a beautiful and new future
filled with the light of peace and love
Amen

HOLY PURPOSE

I was put on this earth to know, love and serve You, Lord
Each of us has a purpose to fulfil
May it be a holy purpose
so our lives are filled with light, joy and peace

In order to know You, Lord, I have to be close to You
By being close to You I learn to love You
more deeply every day
This is how I know what my purpose is in life
and how to fulfil it
Amen

INVITE

Lord Jesus, You know very well what it is like to live like us
But we refuse to know You
We turn our backs on You in our arrogance
and think we know better

And yet, You continue to communicate the will of God to us
in so many different ways
All we have to do is listen to Your Word
and humbly accept Your generous invitation to be with You,
to be like You and to live like You want us to
Amen

ALL SOULS

Our loved ones, who have died, are always with us
because their souls are with You, Lord God Our Father in Heaven

God is always with us
and helps us to endure pain and suffering
God is always waiting patiently for us to draw close to Him

Today is devoted to all the souls of our dearly departed
May they rest in the peace and love of Jesus Christ Our Lord
forever and ever
Amen

UPWARDS

It is possible to be happy in the most difficult of circumstances
Happiness comes from within
Lord, I have joy in my heart
because You are always with me

You have the power to raise the spirits
of those whose eyes are downcast
Take us by the hand and lift us up so we can look upwards
and see the true beauty which is hidden from view
The happiness that comes from looking at You
Amen

WATCH CLOSELY

We need to watch You closely, Lord, and learn from the things You do
and why You do them
Then we can form our own conclusions about what is God’s will
and what is, most definitely, not the will of God

God is compassion and love
and fills our hearts with the joy of knowing what love is
Let us learn how to live good lives by paying attention to the Word of God
and acting accordingly
Amen

COURAGE

Lord, You show us how not to be afraid
and march forward to do God’s will
no matter what assails us

We need Your strength and courage to keep us on track
We need Your truth to guide us
You are the means by which we survive all hardships,
mental, physical, emotional and spiritual
Jesus Lord, You are the Word of God and Your love sustains us
Amen

EQUALITY IS STRENGTH

Thanks be to God that we are all equal in the sight of God
God created us in His own image
All of creation belongs to God not to us
No one has the right of entry into God’s Kingdom

Only truth, virtue and purity of heart allow us access to God’s home
We are the building blocks of God’s Temple
and we have to be strong to survive
When we help one another then we all become strong

Saints Simon and Jude – pray for us
Amen

DEEP FAITH

This world would be a better place
if we listened to the Word of God
Our faith would deepen
Our actions would speak volumes about the love of God
for all of creation

In this way we would learn how to build God’s Kingdom on earth
A Kingdom of faith, love and hope
drawing in everyone who searches for the truth
and to whom the mysteries of the Kingdom are revealed
Amen

OPEN MINDS

Lord, when we make You the centre of our lives every day is a holy day
We are guided by the light of Your love to see the needs of others
To do our best to help them
and not hinder their recovery

Do not let us stand in the way of truth and freedom
but open our hearts and minds to love and wisdom
Then we will know and do the right thing
according to the will of God
Amen

TRUTH AND LOVE

God of patience and true love
Your loving kindness is immense
even though we do not always deserve it
But the truth of Your love sustains us
and makes our faith grow stronger

Bad things happen to us but they do not defeat us
or make us into bad people
We have hope that things will turn around
Our lives will get better
We have patience and faith in God
Amen

PEACE WITHIN

Peace comes from within
First we have to be at peace
with all that is going on around us
Lord, help me to accept
I do not have the right to judge others

But I do have the right to judge myself
and understand my own actions and shortcomings
Lord, give me the patience to learn painstakingly from my mistakes
Then I will find true peace and happiness
Amen

LOVE UNITES

Glory be to God for ever and ever
Lord, we thank You for all Your blessings
Most of all we thank You for Your Great Love

A Love that heals and forgives
A Love that knows no bounds
A Love that unites all
who are torn apart by divisions

A Love that cleanses us
and restores our faith in our fellow human beings
St Jan Pawel II – pray for us
Amen

POWERFUL GRACE

Thanks be to God for revealing the mystery of Jesus Christ to us
in a way that we understand
Powerful grace sustains our faith
and enables us to grow in wisdom

Without the support of grace we are inert
and unworthy to be entrusted with Your loving gifts
of mercy and kindness
Lord, by the power of Your grace we are saved from self harm
and self destruction
Amen

PEACE

It is in the Spirit of God
that we search for peace
Peace for ourselves and peace for each other
It is through the Spirit that we find peace

Holding on to the peace we have found
brings eternal happiness
Lord, help us as we strive for peace
Keep us alert and watchful
so we avoid the traps set for us
by those who do not follow the path of peaceful coexistence
Amen

ABUNDANT GRACE

It is through You, Lord, that we are able to live a good life
Your forgiveness is endless
and Your mercy is generous

You give us enough grace to, not only, sustain us in our faith,
but also, to make our faith grown stronger and develop into God’s work of art
We are God’s creation
We are beautiful in God’s eyes

Lord, help me by sending me Your grace in abundance
so I become worthy of this great treasure of faith
in Jesus Our Lord
Amen

SAVE

God has it in His power to save us
His power was placed into Your hands, Lord,
through the Holy Spirit
You not only have the power to save us
but You do save us

You save us from ourselves
and our destructive nature
You give us the power to, not only, save ourselves,
but also, to save others who need our help
I believe God has the power to save us
Amen

TRUTHFUL

If we are sealed to You, Lord, by the Holy Spirit,
we cannot tell lies
We are truthful
because we have no need to cover anything up

Our lives are open for all to see
We should not be afraid to speak the truth
You, Lord, give us the courage to be strong in faith
We are under Your protective gaze, Lord, today and always
Amen

WISDOM

Lord, open the door of Wisdom
so we may enter into
a world of truth and knowledge

Do not let us shy away from the bad things
that have happened in the past
We are here to learn from the past
and ensure these horrors are not repeated

Give us the strength to persevere in following Your Holy Way, Lord,
the Way of Perfection
Saint Teresa of Avila – pray for us
Amen

LIGHT

Sometimes the truth is so blindingly obvious we cannot see it
There are also times when we recognise the truth
but choose to ignore it
because it does not suit our selfish needs

The light of Your Spirit, Lord, opens our eyes
and keep them open to see the truth around us
and helps us to act with justice and love towards one another
Amen

CLEAN

We can only be free
if we are true to ourselves
and to God

Lord, You see how we live
You know what is deeply embedded in our hearts
It is impossible to hide the truth from God

God created us to be free to choose how we live
Let us pray to live a life of purity inside and outside our bodies
Purify me, Lord, and I shall be clean
Amen

SIGNS

Praise be to God
and a multitude of thanks for sending us His Beloved Son
to show us the way to Heaven

Lord Jesus, You are held high for all the world to see
Our eyes are fixed on You
We listen to the truth that comes from the mouth of God
Our faith brings freedom and peace – the signs that God is always with us
Amen

FAITH

Faith is a great gift from God received with grateful thanks
Through faith we become close to God
The Word of God is the means by which we learn who God is
and what God wants us to do

The stronger our faith is, the deeper our love becomes
until we understand the holy purpose of life
We pray to deepen our faith in Christ Jesus Our Lord,
God for ever and ever
Amen

GUARD

Lord, it is through faith and grace that we are close to You,
the source of all goodness and strength
Without You, I am lost and vulnerable
I need the protection of Your love around me

We have to guard against attacks on our faith
They are caused by an absence of love
Love overcomes evil
Lord, be with me, heal my ills
and prepare me for all the struggles that lie ahead of me
Amen

ASK

I believe in You, Lord Jesus Christ
I believe that all I have to do to get help is to ask
You will always help me

You know what I need before I ask for it
but You wait patiently for me to come to You
and ask for help

I searched and I found
I knocked and You opened the door to my heart
I asked for Your help and You gave it to me
Thank You, Lord
Amen

PRAY THE ROSARY

Lord, teach us to pray
Through the powerful intercession of Your Holy Mother,
bring us close to God
We learn how to pray by following Your way, Lord

By drawing close to You we grow closer to one another
All our prayers become one
United in love and peace
Forgiving one another
Asking to be forgiven

Our Lady of the Rosary – pray for us

Amen

LISTEN

We all have to find a balance in life
Lord, help us to think about what we take for granted
Take the time to prioritise what we do
and when we do it

Let us do what is important first,
that way we will organise our time
and spend it wisely
Listening to the Word of God is vital to our spiritual, emotional
and mental well being
Prayer is a priority
Amen

TRUTH

Lord, Your Word is truth
Love lives in truth
Truth lives in love

All deep mysteries are explained by listening to the truth
through our hearts
Love dictates the words that encourage us to take pity
and show compassion to our neighbours in need

Every word of truth comes from the mouth of God
through Jesus Our Lord
Amen

FILLED WITH JOY

When everything is said and done
and all our trials have passed
we look back over our lives
and give a sigh of prayerful thanks and relief

Filled with the joy of God’s Holy Spirit
we are grateful for everything we have received from God,
the joy and the pain – the good and the bad
We are shaped by God’s hands
to become people who are always grateful to be able to give thanks
and joyful praise to God
Amen

VALUE

It is true, Lord, we do not value what we have got
until we have lost it
So, let us not look back in sadness, with regret,
but look forward eagerly to a new life
filled with the joy that comes from learning from our own mistakes

Life is valuable in itself
from its beginning right up to the very end
Lord, help us to make the most out of every moment of our lives
Amen

EYES OF LOVE

Jesus Lord, You are the face of God,
hidden from the world for so long
Yet Your eyes have seen our world
and have penetrated the hidden parts of our being

When we look through Your eyes of love,
we see love in everything around us
Let us keep to the simple way – the way of light, love and peace
and we will see the face of God and live

Saint Therese of Lisieux – pray for us
Amen

CONSTANT PRAYER

We must keep going no matter what happens
We cannot give up trying
We must keeping praying to God
Ask constantly for God’s help
And it will be forthcoming

We must keep God in mind
and never forget how blessed we are
Lord, I pray for the strength and courage to follow You,
without question and without doubt or fear,
wherever You may lead me
Amen

LIFE

Life is a precious gift given to us out of love
But life is not always easy
It is when times are hard that we need God the most

But our instincts tell us to turn away from God
and to seek revenge and retribution for ourselves
God does not turn away from us

God waits patiently for the anger to subside
The path of life ends in death
Until then, we are precious gifts in the hands of God
Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael – pray for us
Amen

BE CONSISTENT

The truth is the same
no matter what happens
The Word of God is the truth and is great and more powerful
than anything we can come up with

May God’s grace help us to be consistent in the way we speak and act
by following the truth
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Lord, You suffered pain and You felt great joy too, and so do we
We give thanks to God
for everything is consistent that come from God
Amen

WISDOM OF AGE

There is no running away from growing old
Time itself does not bring the wisdom of age
Let us learn how to be wise
through the help and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit

Lord, teach me to face up to the truth and reality
of death and dying without fear
You have gone before us
and have opened the gates of heaven to those who follow You
May my life be a life of truth, courage, faith, hope and love
Amen

STEP BACK

We have to step back
in order to read the signs of our times
If we are too close we cannot really see what is going on
or why these bad things happen

Good things happen too
We learn to accept both, good and bad,
in order to go on coping with life around us

Thank God there is a noble and divine plan
That plan is Jesus Christ Our Lord, God and Man
Amen

WISDOM OF HEART

A heart filled with love
is a heart of wisdom
No one can take away from me
that which is embedded deeply in my heart

Nothing can destroy that which is built on love
Love bridges this physical life with the spiritual life
both now and after death
We can cross that bridge any time without warning
Lord, let love be the beginning, middle and end of my life

Our Lady of Walsingham – pray for us
Amen

MISSION

Lord, I listen to You
because You do not ask me to do anything
You have not done Yourself
You are a God who leads by example

Your mission is to help and heal us
Our purpose is the same – to help and heal one another in any way we can
Stay with me, Lord, and I will stay with You
Nothing and no one can separate us from the love of God
Amen

TRUTH

There is truth in God
God is truth and God is love
By believing in God we become the family of God

The Word of God is true and deserves to be followed
through love in the heart
Truth draws us to one another
and we learn to trust and love with an open heart

Lord, I belong to You
I am Your family
Help me to follow You faithfully
Amen

SAINT MATTHEW

Lord Jesus, You see the good in everyone
It is impossible to hide anything from You, good or bad
And there is both good and bad in all of us

Thanks be to God for the merciful love that You extend to us
regardless of who we are or what we have done in the past
There is great joy in being forgiven
and accepted into Your presence, Lord
Saint Matthew, apostle and evangelist – pray for us
Amen

PERSEVERE

There are times, Lord, when life is very difficult
We are assailed from all sides; pushed and pulled in every direction
except the right one

But we believe in eternal life
We believe in One God
We believe in Jesus and in His Resurrection from the dead

That is how we build our faith on solid and productive ground
We must persevere, against all the odds, to be true and faithful to God
in every way
Amen

TRUTH

The truth is the resurrection of the dead
This truth sustains us and gives us hope
We all hope for a better life when times are hard
We look forward to better days

The truth saves us from the despair of nothingness
The Kingdom of God is happiness for all eternity
Lord, I am happy to know the truth that is You
You are the Good News of the Resurrection
Amen

FORGIVE

It is through God’s grace that we have the capacity to forgive
Forgive ourselves and forgive others
Great love brings forgiveness

Let us accept the gift of grace from God
and learn how to forgive generously
When we are forgiven we will know what it is to be loved greatly by Jesus Our Lord
May God forgive my sins
Amen

LOVE

Once we open our hearts to love we begin to live a perfect life
Love is the way to perfection
You, Lord, are perfect love
My heart is open to love

I live to love in the most perfect way
To love the way God loves us – openly and unconditionally
All selfishness disappears
My self is no longer the centre of the universe
You, Lord, are the love of my life
Amen

OUR LADY OF SORROWS

“Do not cry”,
says the voice filled with mercy and compassion
How many times did you cry, Mother of Sorrows?

Every time you cried you heard Your Son, Jesus Our Lord,
telling you not to cry
He knew your pain and your suffering
because you were both so close to one another

Mother of God and mother of us all,
when we cry out in pain and sorrow, you hear us
and you say in your gentle and loving voice,
“Do not cry”
Amen

THE TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS

We exalt You, Lord,
by raising our eyes towards Your Cross of life
Death is defeated
and eternal life is glorified

There is no need for fear of death or suffering
Lord, You raise our spirits by filling our hearts with love
We love You because You are a constant saving presence in our world
Heal us, Lord, by the triumphant power of Your Cross
Amen

SENSE

If we truly want to make sense out of the confusion and chaos around us
we have to start thinking for ourselves
and listening to the Word of God, Jesus Our Lord

Lord, give us the courage and strength to stand up for what is right
and speak against that which is patently wrong
Common sense is rare
It is time build on the solid rock of faith and love
and pray for the wisdom of God’s Holy Spirit
Amen

FREE

Lord, we dearly prize our freedom
We are free to think for ourselves
and act according to Your will
Help me to make the right choices for me
and for the good of others

What is freedom if it is not used properly?
It should be for the benefit of all people
and not just ourselves
Lord, give us the gift of wisdom
so that we know exactly how to use Your gift of freedom
Amen

KNOW

Lord, You know me, through and through
You know what I am capable of
You know exactly what I can do
I pray to know Your will

Just to think about what You want me to do
is enough to raise my hope and expectation that I am doing good
I strive to do Your will
with an open heart to all who ask for help and compassion
Amen

YOUR FIXED GAZE

Joy and happiness come from of a sincere heart
filled with the love of God through Jesus Our Lord
God’s Spirit fills us with strength and courage
so we can overcome a world where stress is dominant

Let us fix our eyes on the higher things
that do not belong to this world
Let us gaze fixedly on the eyes of the Son of God
whose presence is always with us
Amen

BIRTHDAY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Thank God we have the Blessed Virgin Mary as our spiritual mother
Mary is the Mother of Jesus
and she is also the Mother of the Church

Through her birth, and by the power of God’s Holy Spirit,
she gave life to Jesus Our Lord,
Every day of my life I consecrate to Mary
so that through her intercession
I may be born again each joyful and glorious new morning of my life
Amen

HEALING LOVE

Lord, I stretch out my hands to ask for Your healing help
Heal all of us who are sick and weak
Strengthen our faith and give us all the help we need
We all need a peaceful life of sincerity and truth

It is only through Your merciful heart, Lord,
that we are able to love God
and one another in the way God asks us to
Amen

DO RIGHT

Lord, it is hard for us to know what to do without the guiding hand
of wisdom and understanding
We need to make sure we are doing right by God
before we start telling others what to do

People see and judge without knowing the truth
Let us be careful how we act and speak
to make sure we do the right thing
God, who sees everything, knows we are capable of following
in the footsteps of Our Lord
Amen

ADAPT

Lord, help me to enjoy my life to the full
I am happy because You light up my life
and You show me how to be strong but adaptable at the same time
We need to adapt to the major changes in our lives

If we do not change our ways
we will waste our lives in brokenness
and devoid of hope
Lord, Your strength and Your presence give me all the strength I need
to live in happiness and goodwill
Amen

SERVE

Lord, help me to see and to understand
that Your way is the best one to follow
Lord, bring out of me all that is good, productive
and beneficial to those around me

Let the world see how good it is to serve God in the best way possible
God’s patience and love is endless
God waits till we are ready to respond to His call
Lord, let me serve You all the days of my life
Amen

TRUTH

Does it matter who tells us the truth, Lord?
As long as it is the truth
The truth is all that matters in this life

The truth is to be found in the acts of loving kindness, in prayer
and in the healing of mind, body and spirit
The Spirit teaches the truth
The truth is the Word of God
Armed with the truth we soldier on
Amen

TO KNOW

There is no point in thinking we know one another
We hardly know ourselves
We must accept one another without judgement
because we do not know what each one of us is thinking
or what we are capable of doing

We pray to know ourselves through the Spirit of God
and the loving mercy of Jesus Our Lord
Lord, You know all there is to know about me
I know who You are
You are the Holy One of God
Amen

SAD

How sad it is, Lord, to be rejected by Your own people
How many times have we turned down Your invitation to be with You
How hurtful and disappointing it must be to witness such hatred and anger in our world

And yet, despite all of this pain, You carry on regardless
You desire to fulfil the destiny Your Father set out for You
and the whole human race
I pray to do Your will, Lord
I need Your help to overcome my sadness too
Amen

SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

Lord, we have a chance to make a difference
by the manner in which we live and die
Sometimes it is prudent to give in and keep silent
Other times it is important to be strong
and do the right thing
To be strong in faith and not to give up no matter what

Saint John the Baptist – pray for us
Help us to be both wise and brave at the same time
Amen

PLAN

If we want to be happy we have to work at it
We have to be prepared to give up the things of this world
for the sake of the happiness of the world to come
We have a responsibility to plan for a better future

We have an obligation to care for each other
and to make the best use of all our resources
Being with You, Lord, is the source and summit of all the happiness
in this world and the next
Amen

STEADY

Sometimes, Lord, we have to keep our heads down
and carry on going at a steady pace
There will be difficult times always,
and we need to be prepared for them

We pray for the grace we need to be steadfast in our faith
and work diligently for the sake of Your Kingdom
Help us to weather the storm and, in time, we will emerge stronger
and more determined to live in the peace and service of Christ Our Lord
Amen

WORK

The will of God is at work everywhere
I pray God’s will works through me
There is purpose in all that we do, think and say
Let us be careful how we use the gifts God has given us

It is hard work to serve God and one another
but we must not give up
God will give us all the strength we need when we need it the most
We are all part of God’s Plan
Amen

CLEAN

Lord, help me to carry out Your will in good faith
and act justly, showing mercy at all times
When our hearts are filled with love
there is no room for any malice; no need for deceit

Happiness comes from within
You, Lord, are the source of love and true happiness
Make me clean again, Lord,
and help me to stay close to You in heart, mind, body and spirit
Amen

SEE

What a gift it is to be able to see the truth!
Thank You, Lord, for giving us the gift of inner sight
We can see You every day
We recognise You in the faces of the weak and suffering

We pray for God to be seen in this world in truth
and in the light of love and hope
Open our eyes, Lord, to see the true beauty of Your presence among us
Saint Bartholomew – pray for us
Amen

GLORY

We glorify God by the things we do
and how we behave towards one another
Lord, You raise the lowly on high
In Your world no one is left behind
except those who choose to go their own way

No one is more important than God Our Father, Our Teacher and Our Master
My soul was created to glorify my God
I pray my life glorifies my Lord
Amen

HOPE

Lord, hope is what keeps us going
Hope in You, Lord, will never let us down
You have power over life and death
Without You, we are lost
Lost in life and lost in death for all eternity

God sent us His Word to give us everlasting hope
Even in the greatest darkness there is always hope
And love is the basis of hope
Amen

THE CROSSROADS

Lord, we all have choices to make
Some decisions are hard and have a lasting effect on our lives
I pray I do not regret any of my most important choices
If I follow Your will, Lord, I cannot go wrong

Let us hope our poor decisions can be reversed
We all stand at the crossroads of life and contemplate which way to go
I choose Your way, Lord
Amen

GENEROUS

Lord God, it is You who keeps us under Your watchful gaze
You look upon us with compassion and mercy,
with a heart filled to the brim with loving kindness
No one is as generous as You

You love us all equally
and You promise to give us eternal life and happiness
It is never too late to come back to God
and ask for God’s help and forgiveness
Amen

A POVERTY OF RICHES

It is foolish to make wealth the focus of our lives
Especially when the goal is achieved by creating poverty
No human being is so powerful that they can crush every one of us
But we are all capable of damaging the earth and causing harm to others

It is true that when we die we take nothing with us
Only love gives us the point of entry into the Kingdom of Heaven
Amen

A GOOD DEED

One sure thing we can depend on is that God is always good
A life that follows the will of God is a life of goodness
I pray all my deeds are good ones
and throughout my life I do no harm

Lord, it makes me sad to do wrong
and I ask You to work through my sadness and regret
to make me into a better person
A person that does good
Amen

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Beloved Mother of God
Humble and strong at the same time
Immaculate and Holy
You are the means by which God fulfilled His promise to redeem us

You are filled with God’s grace and you reach out to every single one of us
Thankyou for the graces we receive through your intercession
God rewarded you, eternally, and took you back into His loving arms
We pray to be rewarded in the same way,
through the love and mercy of Jesus Christ Our Lord
Amen

SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

Lord, guide us through these difficult times
Keep our eyes focussed on You
Help us, Immaculate Mary,
in the same way you guided Saint Maximilian

He focussed his entire life to serve God
through the love he had for Mary
Immaculate Mary, let us soldier on in your blessed name,
bravely marching to the sound of the Word of God,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord
Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe – pray for us
Amen

SORRY

Lord, Son of God and Son of Man, You see the world as it really is
and not the way we see it
We have not looked closely at our own actions
in the light of love, mercy and forgiveness

If we say, “sorry” from the heart, then we ask to be forgiven
Forgiveness comes from those who know how to say sorry and mean it
Lord, Your ways are holy and they lead us to the divine
Let us learn how to be sorry and how to say “sorry”
Amen

LISTEN

Lord, help me to listen, carefully, to You
It is through the art of listening
that we allow the Holy Spirit to bring us wisdom

We must listen, carefully, to one another
in order to straighten out any misunderstanding between us
The Word of God came down from heaven
and lived among us

By crossing the barrier between heaven and earth
Jesus speaks words of wisdom to us, constantly
All we have to do is listen carefully
Amen

GREATNESS

People strive for greatness
not knowing how to achieve it, fairly and justly
In Your Kingdom, Lord, greatness is achieved
by those who are judged most lowly in this life

Your angels protect the little ones
and those who are weak and vulnerable
Greatness comes naturally to those who belong entirely to God
Those who do not seek to be great in this life
are those who live in the heart of God
Saint Clare – pray for us
Amen

DIVINE AND HUMAN

Faith and experience tell me how good it is to follow Your will, Lord
All Your instructions are sound
and grounded in common sense
Except for the divine, spiritual and supernatural
They do not follow the rules of science

Lord, Son of God and Son of Man,
divine and human at the same time,
You are above all earthly things
To You be highest glory and praise for ever
Amen

FAITH

With patience, very slowly, step by step,
we move a little closer to God
Faith in God’s great benevolence carries us forward
With each passing day, we become stronger in our faith
through the power of God’s grace

Faith removes obstacles in our way
Faith clears our minds of doubts
Faith helps us to see God on top of His Holy Mountain
A mountain every one of us could climb if we set out to do so
in faith
Amen

REWARD

Today, let us stand in the presence of the Lord
and look up towards the source of light, love and hope
Lord, You know how we struggle
That is why You help us

We turn to You because You never give up on us
Your love carries us towards God
and the reward of eternal life and peace
The reward that awaits those who love God
Amen

SON OF LIGHT AND LOVE

The light of God’s love changes everything
It starts deep within our hearts
and slowly rises to the surface
like the rising of the sun

Every day is a new sunrise
and a chance for us to see the love of God
in all its glory and magnificence
It changes darkness into light

May the light of God’s love enter our hearts
and stay there forever
Amen

HELP ME

Lord, whenever I turn to You and say, “Help me”, You look at me
to see if I have faith
I do have faith, Lord God of all the earth,
I believe that You can do anything and everything can be healed
and made better again

I pray to be close to God
in union with God by the power of God’s Holy Spirit
We ask to be healed through the love and compassion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Amen

IN A NEW LIGHT

Lord, help me when I go wrong
Make me see through the eyes of love,
and, in a new light, I will see a world of joy and opportunity

Everything I do depends on how I see myself
No one can assume they are always right
Because we all go wrong at times

Lord, help me to be critical of my own thoughts and actions
and stop me from doing wrong
Saint John Vianney – pray for us
Amen

BE STRONG

Courage is based on strength of faith
Let us pray to God from the depths of our hearts
and ask Jesus to strengthen us
and give us the courage we need
to survive these difficult, testing and turbulent times

I fix my gaze on You, Lord,
and I know You will take care of all my needs
One glimpse of You is worth more than a thousand dreams
Amen

INNOCENCE

Lord, it is to You alone, that I come
to tell of the pain and suffering I have felt
and seen in my life

Many innocents are hurt, maimed and killed
for being in the wrong place at the wrong time
Many courageous people are persecuted and killed
for speaking the truth
We pray for their protection
and their reward of eternal life, peace and happiness
Amen

FAITH HEALS

Lord, You have opened the door of faith
and invited us to come into the glory of Your presence
Faith has the power to heal
and renew our strength

Faith does not live in a place
Faith does not exist in a vacuum
Love sustains our relationship with You, Lord, through the power of prayer
Our faith becomes stronger as we, confidently, pray for Your help, Lord
Amen

START AGAIN

Lord, life is complex
Things are changing all around us
Our circumstances are hard to deal with
The choices we make are difficult and not always right

But we can start all over again
We place ourselves in Your Hands, Lord,
and pray to go back to the beginning
when things were simple and straightforward
By the help of Your grace every day is a new beginning for us
Amen

JOY OF MY HEART

Lord, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God
You are the life, light and love of my life
The joy of my heart

Saint Martha, pray for us
Help us to serve the Lord Our God faithfully
Your love and faith give us the strength to continue to work hard for the Lord
in the hope that we will find eternal life
Lord of life, raise us up out of the darkness
and into the precious light of Your love
Amen

HOPE AND TRUST

Lord, help us to endure the hard times
We cannot make sense of what is happening around us
Lord, You are in the best position to see how best to help us
Our hope is in the power and glory of Your Holy Name

Lord Jesus, Your trust in Our Father is our guide
and our hope for a better future to come
We pray for a peaceful life for everyone
Amen

LISTEN

Lord, You always have a way of explaining things that enables me to understand
and learn how to behave according to Your will
All You ask of me is that I listen carefully to You

Your words are worth attention because they are true
as well as being beautiful and useful
Life becomes simple and straightforward
once we learn to listen to the Word of God
Amen

SAINT JAMES THE APOSTLE

We pray, Lord, to receive grace
and we pray to give thanks
The grace we receive enables us to be responsible for others
and accountable for our actions

We pray for the strength of faith and courage to act
According to Your purpose and Your Holy Will
Saint James – we ask you to pray for us

It is through Your divine help
that we are able to manage our lives in the best way possible
Thank You, Lord God Our Father, for the grace of receiving You
in the gift of the Holy Eucharist

You strengthen us and give us hope
That whatever befalls us it is our will to serve You
We pray for the intercession of Saint James
Bring us closer to You, Lord
So that we might receive, in abundance, Your holy gifts of grace
Amen

IN YOUR HEART

Deep within my heart, Lord,
I know who You are
Make me ready to receive Your Word
into my mind, heart and soul

It is from within Your heart
that we receive the gift of love
Through love we gain wisdom and understanding
Our hearts become filled with the joy of knowing You

Place my heart within Your heart, Lord,
today and always
Amen

WATCH AND LOOK

Lord, You are the fountain of living water
The source of life and love
From You I learn how to perceive the truth with understanding
Fill my mind with knowledge of You, Lord
For You are all that I need

I listen attentively in order to hear the sound of Your voice
I watch and I look carefully
in order to see the true beauty, glory and power
of Your wonderful face, Lord
Amen

SAINT MARY MAGDALEN

Jesus Lord, have mercy on me
for I am a sinner
Your love rescues me as I turn to You
for help and forgiveness

Lord, when You say my name I know who You are
and I know that You know me very well
Lord, help me to be the person You want me to be
I pray for You to trust me

I pray to trust in Your love, mercy and forgiveness
Saint Mary Magdalen – pray for us
Amen

LOVE UNCONDTIONAL

God Our Father, Jesus Your Beloved Son and God’s Holy Spirit are my family
I belong to God’s family
I am loved by God
because I belong to God

In my life I experience rejection and disappointment
but not from God
God never rejects anyone
nor can God ever disappoint me

We can reject God but God still loves us regardless
because God’s love is unconditional
Amen

WITH MY GOD

I stand before You, Lord,
Your holy presence is with me, always
The power of God’s love and grace is immense,
beyond the scope of our imagination

Just to be with You, Lord, is joyful beyond measure
What can I give You in return to show You how grateful I am?

I will do as You ask
I will love tenderly, act justly
and walk humbly with My God
Amen

THIS IS OUR GOD

Helper of the helpless
Protector of the weak
Healer of the sick
This is Jesus, Our Lord,
This is Our God

God of mercy and compassion
Bringer of justice
Giver of hope
We are unbroken,
protected by the truth of God

Deep within my heart and soul I hear and know
the sound of the voice of God’s Beloved Son
Amen

THE GIFT OF LIFE

My life is in Your hands, Lord
For as long as You need me – I will live
Every moment I live, I breathe a prayer of gratitude
for the life I have been given

I trust in Your will, Lord
I am the work of Your hands
Feelings of joy and sadness come and go
but life remains the one precious commodity we have
Praise be to God for the gift of life
Amen

JOY OUT OF SORROW

Lord, we are constantly under Your protection
Nothing can take us away from You
I am under Your watchful gaze
You see me when I fall
You see me struggle under the burden of my load
You see my tears of lamentation

As You watch, Your eyes lift me up
I look up towards Your face with the kind of joy
that only comes out of the darkness of sorrow
The light of Your love comes into my heart and soul
Our Lady of Mount Carmel – pray for us
Amen

UNDERSTANDING

Throughout the ages wisdom and knowledge combine
to provide understanding
Just as water and the sun make things grow strong and tall
God is at work in all His power and beauty

The truth is always there to be seen and learnt from by doing good
We learn by doing, Lord,
Help us to understand how things work
so that we may join together with You
to create the best of all possible worlds
Amen

STAND BY YOU

I stand by You, Lord, because You stand by me
My heart is full of trust for You
Love is the bringer of trust
and trust encourages love

Let our hearts be filled with love and trust in You, Lord Our God
Keep us close to You, looking up towards the top of Your holy mountain
Stand by me, Lord, as I stand by You
Amen

DO GOOD

There is one true way to serve God
That is to do good
God sees the good things we do
We stand upright in the sight of God

Some times are harder than others
That is when we need Your help the most, Lord
I pray to do good
I pray to focus my eyes on the needs of others
and do good through the love of Jesus Our Lord
Amen

HOLY PRESENCE

In Your presence, Lord, light beams all around us
In Your presence we can see clearly what is right
and what is wrong
When we are in Your presence, Lord, we are strong
and courageous

We pray to be in Your presence, constantly,
regardless of where we are
or where we are going to be

The light of Your love, Lord, surrounds us
Show me, Lord, the beauty and glory of Your holy and eternal Presence
Amen

HAPPINESS

Joy and happiness come and go
As do, sadness and sorrow
Everything comes to pass
according to the truth of God’s Word

Lord, faith and courage are what we need
to keep us going in the right way
Lord, You are our strength
and through You we will find happiness

Happiness here on earth
Joy and happiness for all time
and forever
Amen

LOVE AND PEACE

Let there be peace in our lives
Peace in our hearts
Peace in our thoughts
Peace in our actions
Let there be a lasting peace

Love is the driving force of peace
Through Your love, Lord, I pray for peace all over the world
May peace spread over the land
like warm rays of divine sunshine
Our peace comes from the loving heart of God
Amen

GO OUT

Lord, help me with Your constant strength
Give me courage and give me compassion so that, when I go out into the world,
people will see that You are very much alive in me

Every time I venture out I take Your strength and Your love with me
By the help of Your grace I am able to take care of myself
the way You take care of everyone who needs Your help
Amen

A GOOD PERSON

Even a good person has enemies
Lord, You came under suspicion
in the eyes of those who had no love in their hearts for You
You became their enemy, not because of what You did, but for who You were

Lord, help me to speak only of good things
Do not let me be led astray by those whose intentions are not good
Send Your goodness into our world through the actions of good people
People who love and trust You with all their hearts
Amen

COMPASSIONATE LOVE

God is compassion and love
When I am sick or unwell I look to You, Lord Jesus,
and ask to be made well again

God is compassion and love
When I am lost and alone I look for You, Lord,
and You lead me out of the wilderness
and into a place of peace and tranquillity

God is compassion and love
When I am dying I ask You, Lord, to look down on me
and take me by the hand
Hold me until the time comes for me to die

You are compassionate love
and I place all my trust in You
Amen

START AGAIN

Lord, do not let me make mistakes over and over again
Help me to think my way through my problems
and try to find new solutions
Every day is a brand new opportunity to start again

I pray to do no harm to myself
or to anyone else, far or near
Lord, take care of us all,
especially those who cannot take care of themselves
Amen

MY LORD AND MY GOD

I look upon the beauty of Your face, Lord, through the eyes of my soul
You are My Lord and My God
Beautiful and truthful at all times
The source of help and the foundation of faith

Today, we ask Saint Thomas to pray for us
Lord, take away all our doubts and fears
and make our faith strong
Amen

THROUGH FAITH

Lord, it is through faith in You, that I know what to do
I do not harbour doubts in the depths of my heart
In faith I stand before You,
and pray for all who are sick and unable to take care of themselves

By the power of Your grace, Lord,
You perform miracles of healing every day
You choose people to act with skill and compassion
and You place us all in Your hands
in order to heal us and protect us from harm
Amen

STEP BACK

Help us, Lord, to always do what is right, just and fair
We face many problems throughout our lives
and it, sometimes, clouds our judgement
We lose sight of the right way

It is time to take a deep breath
and step back in order to get a better view
Clear our vision, Lord,
by the power of Your saving grace
Amen

GOD’S PLAN

O Lord God, You have made known Your Plan for us
from the very beginning
It is our responsibility to communicate with You

It is our prayers we make to You
asking for Your help in dealing with all the troubles and difficulties
we face from day to day

Lord, You want what is best for us
All we have to do is agree with You
and have faith in Your Word
Amen

THANKS

How can I thank You, Lord, for all Your goodness to me?
There is no earthly way I can repay You for all Your wondrous gifts
One single, clear thought of thanks to You, Lord,
is the bare minimum I can give You

One good thought about You is worth a billion words, spoken and written
Lord, be in my thoughts today, all day, every day
and forever
Amen

HEALING HELP

Lord, we pray for a strong and unbreakable belief in You
and Your power to heal us
Heal the sick, Lord
Strengthen the weak
Protect the vulnerable

Life me up and hold me so I stand straight and strong before You
Then, take me by my hand and lead me to serve others
Lord, help all who need our help the most, today and always
Amen

FREE TO GO

Stretch out Your hand, Lord Jesus,
and bring healing to the sick
By the touch of Your hand we are set free
It is this freedom that is so important to us

Free to think for ourselves,
free to act according to the Word of God
and free to go wherever we are called to go

Lord, we thank You for our freedom
and we cherish You, always
Amen

BE STRONG

Lord, help me to build a strong foundation of love in my heart
So that, even in times of great sorrow and loss, I will survive
I shall be strong in my faith
because I believe in You and Your everlasting love

Lord, I have no control over so many things in my life
but I am able to pray and ask for God’s strength
I am certain God will pull me through
and I will be strong again
Amen

BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

I have a name given to me by God
through water and the Holy Spirit
Lord, help me to live up to the name I have given
with Your blessing of hope

We ask Saint John the Baptist to prepare the way for us
in the same way he prepared the way for Our Lord Jesus
Lord, step into my life
Walk with me and lead me out of my wilderness
and into the Kingdom of glory where You reign in peace for ever
Amen

TRY

Lord, today may be hard but tomorrow may be better
Our hope is in God, always
Our feelings come and go
but God’s love remains the same

Let us try and make every day count
Each one of us has a part to play
and we need each other to succeed
Let us not give up trying
Every day we take a step forward to be closer to the heart of God
Amen

POINT OF VIEW

Sometimes, Lord, we get stuck in our own point of view
Always thinking we are right
and everyone else is wrong
Looking for a way back to a normality that existed
only in our own imagination

Let us move forward by opening our lives to new opportunities
and to see the world as it really is
Lord, help us to open our eyes to see the things we are doing wrong
and stop repeating our mistakes over and over again
Amen

DO NOT WORRY

Lord, I need Your help to get through another day
Help me not to worry over things that do not matter
What matters is the existence of love
Love removes our cares, anxieties and everyday worries

They disappear in the passage of time
and neither time nor nature is under our control
Lord, help me with everything I need,
today and always
Amen

Immaculate Heart of Mary - pray for us

SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Love comes out of love
God’s love for us is shown through Jesus Christ, His Beloved Son
The heart of God gave us the love of Jesus
So, let us love one another in exactly the same way

Love comes from love
We show our love in our gentleness and kindness to others
The gift of love shines out through the Heart of Jesus
Sacred Heart of Jesus – have mercy on us
Amen

PRAY IN LOVE

Lord, I pray in love to God Our Father in Heaven
I awake to the sound of my own breath in the air
I pray to work all day in love
and for the sake of love

I think words of prayer even before I am aware
of Your constant presence, Lord God Our Father in Heaven
Lord, I pray falling asleep in love
Even while I sleep I pray my prayer of love
to God Our Father in Heaven
Amen

THE SIGHT OF GOD

Keep me, Lord, under Your watchful eye
Keep me always in Your sight
and nothing bad will happen to me

I do not ask to be seen by human eyes
I am judged by what I do
and not by what I am seen to do

I pray to keep the needs of others plainly in my sight
and never to turn a blind eye to a cry for help
Amen

THE NATURE OF GOD

Lord, we are created by You
to live in a world created by Your hands
From out of Your hands, flow the sun, rain and wind
They either flow with us or against us

Sometimes we have to go against nature and do things God’s way
The way of mercy, love and forgiveness
Let us pray for all those who hurt us
and for an end to anger, revenge and retaliation
Amen

PEACE AND JUSTICE

Bless those who suffer, Lord,
give them Your peaceful blessing
Try as we may,
we cannot make suffering go away

Lord, bless those who are treated unjustly
for the sake of greed and gain
Turn the hearts of the perpetrators of darkness
into hearts of love and instruments of light

Life is difficult enough without us turning on one another
We pray for Your blessing of peace
May love transcend suffering
and bring about peace everlasting
Amen

OUR WORD

Lord, there are times when we all say things we do not mean
But once the words come out it is impossible to put them back
Lord, You always said what You meant
and You meant what You said

You are the truth, the Word of God,
and the example You set us leads us to learn how to be true to our word
Lord, help me to be true to You and to the Word of God
Amen

Saint Anthony of Padua - pray for us

WHISPER OF TRUTH

Lord, it is true that we know when we are doing wrong
We cover it up and continue our wrong-doing
because are afraid to own up and lose face

It is only truth that will lead us
out of the mess we have created for ourselves
We have no one else to blame

Wisdom whispers the truth
Lord, help us to listen and do right by the truth that is in our hearts
The truth is the Word of God, sent to guide us in the right direction
Amen

BETTER TO LISTEN

It is through listening that we learn
and not through talking
Let us speak when we have something to say
not just to hear the sound of our own voice

It is by listening that we learn how to act justly and fairly
towards one another
Let all the voices be heard especially the quiet and weak ones
It is as important to listen to the whispering ones
as it is to hear the ones who are shouting
Amen

OUR PURPOSE

Lord Our God, You have been with us
from the beginning of time
You are with us now
and we pray You will be with us until the end of time
Your purpose is divine and Your plan is holy

We are Your people
We are part of Your plan
and our purpose is to love You by knowing You
through Jesus Christ Your Son
Our purpose is to serve You in any way we can
Amen

UNAFRAID

Lord, I am not afraid because I see You
in the light of God’s love
You lead me in the right direction

Help me to walk without stumbling
in a straight line towards You
That way, others who are afraid, will see that we are unharmed
They will stand up straight and follow You too

Fear disarms us and makes us lie down and give up
Your light, Lord, destroys our fears, forever
Amen

BLESSED HAPPINESS

Everything good comes from God
Every single one of us is touched by His Holy Hand
and blessed by His Holy Spirit

Every word that comes from the mouth of Jesus
sets out a plan for our happy existence
Let us not be passive in the practise of our faith
But enter, wholeheartedly, into the spirit of Christ’s teaching

It is in You, Lord, we find peace
and eternal happiness
Amen

GIVE ALL

God is generous with His love and graces
God does not hold back His loving kindness
Let us do likewise
Give all our love in prayer and thanksgiving

We have only a limited time to make a mark in this life
and leave behind something of worth and value
If we give all to God, God will give all to us too
When we give all - we receive all we need in return
Amen

BE TRUE TO THE WORD

The truth is the way to God
The Word of God teaches us the truth
Open our hearts, Lord,
to the truth of God’s word

The truth is passed down from generation to generation
and stands the test of time
Nothing can distort the truth of God
but words can tempt us away from the way God has set out for us
Lord Jesus, You are the Word of God – the one and only eternal truth
Amen

IF ONLY

If we have the Spirit of wisdom in us,
we will understand what we have to do to serve You, Lord
If we love God with all our hearts, minds and souls,
we will know who God is through Jesus Our Lord

If we listen to the Word of God,
we will have the truth written inside our hearts and minds
and living within our souls

Lord, give us Your strength
so we can do all these things for the sake of Your name
and Your Kingdom
Amen

THE TRUTH IS REVEALED

I have not lost my confidence in You, Lord
My faith has saved me innumerable times
and will save me again and again

Through the power of God’s grace we are guided by the Holy Spirit
to listen to the Word of God
The truth is revealed to us in ways we can understand
if we put our trust in God, through Jesus Our Lord
Amen

BE CAREFUL

All our lives we have to be careful, Lord,
to guard against hypocrisy and the distortion of the truth
Help us to place our gift of faith firmly on the solid ground
of love and trust in You

You are the wisdom of all our generations,
past, present and to come
We have to be more aware of the temptations that surround us
and be self aware enough to know how much we need to take care of our faith
Amen

LOVE IN KINDNESS

Holy Spirit, through the love of Jesus,
give me the gift of patience
Help me to understand Your will
and how to exercise self control

Kindness to others is learnt through love
I pray to carry out acts of loving kindness in Your name
Then, the world will see
the great significance of the constant love God has for us
At all times

Holy Mary, Mother of the Church - pray for us
Amen

THE WORD OF TRUTH

Help me to stay in Your presence, Lord,
for as long as I possibly can
There are many temptations, internal and external
I need all the help I can get to stay true to You

Lord, Your presence is deep in my heart
I pray Your Holy Spirit helps each and every one of us to stay true to You
You are the Word of God who lives among us
forever and ever
Amen

FOLLOW YOU

There are times, Lord, when we choose our own way
We can see where the path leads us
and we are happy to go along
Other times, we have to go where we do not want to go

Choices are made around us and for us, but not with us
Lord, I choose to follow You the way my heart tells me to
I love You, Lord,
and it is my choice to follow in Your steps – come what may
Amen

STRONG AND UNITED

Lord, we all need each other to make us strong
There is strength in unity and weakness in isolation
We are vulnerable if left alone to our own devices

Together with You, Lord,
and by the help of God’s grace, we have courage
We stand with our heads held high

Deeply I believe that You are the Son of God and Son of Man
Joined to You, Lord, we find our way to an eternal life
of love and peace
Amen

BE ON GUARD

Lord, do not allow us to be complacent
If we let down our guard
we will fall and be lost
Do not let us be overcome by sadness or fear of failure

Let us pray for the strength that is need for us to help those who are weaker
and more vulnerable than us
Always be on our guard against the temptation to complain
or give up trying
Let us pray to God for help
Saint Augustine – pray for us
Amen

I AM ALIVE

Jesus, My Lord and My God,
I see You in the Blessed Sacrament
of the Holy Eucharist

I give thanks and praise to God because You are telling the whole world
that You are alive
I believe You are alive
and through You, we have knowledge of God Our Father
By the help of God’s Holy Spirit we find our way into eternal life
We are alive in You, Lord, forever
Amen

BE BRAVE

Lord, we are apart from the ones we love
We have been separated
by things not under our control
Blown by the wind and scattered all over the world

We, each of us, has a place to be
A place we call home
A place of safety and retreat
A place where God is with us
through the love of Jesus and His Holy Spirit

We are brave
and we are never left alone
Amen

A NEW HELP

Lord, we live in hope that better times will come along
Every day is a challenge
but each new breath we take is all we need to go on
The Spirit of God is the breath of new life

We pray, in Your name, and the name of the Father,
for the courage to face each new day with fresh hope
We ask for God’s strength to endure all hardship
We offer You our lives
and the love we have in our hearts for You, Lord Jesus
Amen

I AM WITH YOU

You are with me, Lord,
in the good times and the bad
You comfort me in my sadness
You fill the void of my loss

With joy You came into our world
And with joy You return to Our Father in Heaven
There is no mystery to Your life, death and resurrection
Everything happens for a reason

We all go back to where we came from
Be with me, Lord, day and night,
in darkness and light
until the end of time
Amen

ASCENSION DAY

Lord, You fulfilled Your mission on this earth,
beyond life into death
You leave us with the message of eternal life,
peace and happiness

By the power of the Holy Spirit
we step out into the world with courage
Our strength comes from knowing and believing
in Your Resurrection, Lord

Father, give us a faith so strong that we endure all hardship
on account of Your name,
the name of Jesus Our Lord
Alleluja, Amen

YOURS

Yours is the world, Lord,
and everything in it
We are Yours,
we belong to You

You understand our situation
You know us from deep within our being
Intercede for us at God’s right hand

Even death cannot stop us from being with You
We are Yours in life and in death
Spirit of God, Yours is the earth, heavens, sea, air
and everything in them
Amen

FOR YOUR OWN GOOD

Lord, everything You do is for our own good
Even when we fail to see it
All Your words and deeds stem from a heart
filled with love for all Your people

We pray to You, for our own good
and for the good of others
We all need Your help and loving kindness
We are in good hands because God takes care of us
by sending us His Holy Spirit
By these acts of goodness we will know we belong to God
Amen

STAY WITH ME

The Spirit of life stays with me,
even after the point of death
The Spirit of truth stays in the world,
whether people choose to listen or not

The Spirit sustains me with the hope
that better times will come
Lord, You are with me, all the time,
day and night, light and dark are all the same
Because with You there is perpetual light, permanent truth
and constant joy
Alleluja, Amen

GOD’S CHOICE

Sometimes our choices do not work out right
because of poor judgement or lack of knowledge
God’s choices are always good, just and fair
All knowledge is to be found in the heart of God
through Jesus, His Beloved Son

Lord, let my choices be guided by God’s Holy Spirit
Then I will belong to God
and serve Him with love and good judgement
I am not afraid to follow my heart
wherever it takes me
Amen

GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE

There is only one thing God asks us to do
That is, to love one another as God loves us
There can be no greater gift
than the gift of unconditional love

To love is to be free
Free from doubts and fear
Free from pain and suffering
Love turns mourning into joy

Love of God and God’s love for us
is the source of great happiness
Thank You, Lord, for Your great gift of love
Alleluja, Amen

ONE AND THE SAME

Lord, there are no differences between us
Except those of our own making
We are one and the same, united through love
to become one heart that belongs to God

No one is deemed better than anyone else
But only those who love God with all their hearts
become close to Him

Lord, You know what is in my heart
My heart is filled with the joy of loving You always
You are One and the same forever
Alleluja, Amen

BY MEANS OF THE WORD

Our words, when written or spoken, are easy to throw away
No one listens when there is nothing to say
What could be more important than the Word of God?
The Spirit in the words You have spoken, Lord, lasts forever

The Word of God can never be thrown away or discarded
unless we choose to do so
It is our choice to listen or not
God’s truth comes to us by means of the word
and remains with us forever
That is why we pray to God, constantly, through Jesus Our Lord
Amen

FRESH HEARTS

Lord God, You do not force anyone to do anything
God works through our hearts
Jesus obeyed His Father and submitted to His fate
out of love for Him and for us

His Resurrection gives us all the confirmation we need
that God rules with love, mercy and compassion
God supports and encourages us to go on
despite all the difficulties we face
Lord, put fresh hearts into us
and renew our strength, faith, endurance and perseverance
Amen

GOOD THINGS

Thank You, Lord, for all the good things You give to us
Every day is a blessing from God
and a chance to do the right thing

Love is the means by which we become close to You
And, through love, we get to know You and each other
To love You is to say thank You, Lord

The world and everything in it is in Your hands
My hands are raised in thanks and praise
to God Our Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Alleluja, Amen

ONWARDS

The truth lasts forever
If the truth is within us,
we have gained eternal life
The Word of God is truth itself

Let us not listen to lies and half-truths
They cause harm but do not last forever
Lord, we ask You to lead us onwards and forwards
towards the everlasting light of life through truth
We pray for all who need God’s help the most,
today and always
Amen

THE TRUTH

Where do I find the truth
in the confusion and uncertainty that surrounds me, Lord?
I search for the truth
and I find You – You are the Truth

You are the bridge between life and death,
and the Way to Heaven from earth
In the hope of finding my true way
I have a purposeful life

And when I do find You
and discover my true place is with You,
then I will truly understand that
You are the Way, the Truth and the Life
Alleluja, Amen

THE DIVINE PLAN

There is an order to our lives
A plan which we do not understand
God stands ahead of us
and leads us in His Own Way

But we can choose which way to go
I pray to listen to the Word of God
Jesus lives within my heart
He orders the world with love and kindness

God’s Plan makes sense to those who look back
with the wisdom of hindsight
Lord, through Your intervention we look forwards
and trust in God’s Divine Plan
Amen

BE BRAVE

Lord, help me to confront my fears
To look at them in the light of Your presence
Under the light of Your love,
my fears disappear – one by one

God asks a great deal of each and every one of us
We are encouraged to act bravely
in order to live a life of truth and faith
God sent His Beloved Son to give us great words of support
Let us not be afraid to act on them
Lord, help me to be brave
Amen

GIVE GRACE

By the gift of God’s grace we are made into good people
Goodness thrives in people of grace
Let us pray for the gift of grace to be given to us
so we might carry out the will of God Our Father

Father and Son are One through the Holy Spirit
Lord, strengthen us to carry on working for the good of all
and never give up trying
because Your grace sustains us
and creates people of goodness
Amen

FOR ALL

Lord Jesus, You died for all of us,
so we might live in freedom and peace
Lord Jesus, You came back to life from death,
to show us how to live for all of us

We share a universal faith with everyone
who believes in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
We are baptised through the power of the Holy Spirit
This new life in Christ is for all of us

We live a life of freedom and peace
through the life, death and Resurrection
of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Alleluja, Amen

LIFE AND DEATH

The body dies but the spirit lives on
God’s Holy Spirit consoles us over our loss
Jesus Our Lord, Son of God and Son of Man,
give us the gift of truth
and enable us to understand why someone has to die

Lord, Your Word is everlasting truth
and gives us life through Your Spirit
The time comes for us all to die
Our lives are in Your Hands

As You gave Your life so I give mine in return
Alleluja, Amen

WORK HARD

Lord, it is time for me to turn my life around
To start again in a different direction
To see things from a different perspective
To work hard for You in ways I have never considered before

To be patient when times are hard
To persevere through difficult challenges
To overcome obstacles which prevent me from being close to You
Let every day be a day of honest work in the name of Our Risen Lord
Alleluja, Amen

TEACHER

We all need a teacher
Someone who can help us understand life and death
To help us make sense of the world around us

Lord, You were sent to teach us about God Our Father
It is through the Word of God made flesh
that we learn from the greatest teacher of all time
Let us open our hearts to hear the Word of God, joyfully
God speaks to us through Jesus, Our Risen Lord
Alleluja, Amen

SPECIAL GIFT

Lord, You chose certain people to serve You
in a specially gifted way
May we be worthy custodians
of all the gifts You have given us

Help us to work hard on developing our skills and talents
and offer them up to You in the name of Jesus, Your Beloved Son

Faith is a great and wonderful gift
Faith sustains us through all the difficulties we face
Faith lights up the way to the Kingdom of God
through the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus
Alleluja, Amen

EVERLIVING LORD

God gives us the gift of life
and continues to sustain us through Jesus His Son
Thank You, God Our Father, for the truth
and beauty of Your Holy Word

The Word lives on through our hearts
Let our minds accept the truth of Our Living God
Lord, Your Holy Presence is within us through Your Holy Spirit
God’s Spirit opens our eyes to see the everliving splendour of God the Father
and His gloriously risen Son, Our Lord Jesus
Alleluja, Amen

FULL OF GRACE

Lord, by the help of Your grace
I am able to live a life of faith
My faith in You keeps me close to You
Through the power of Your Holy Spirit
I become stronger and stronger with each passing day

Graces fall in abundance from the holy hands of perfection
Lord God, shower Your graces upon all of us who need Your help
Happy are those who are filled with God’s grace
Alleluja, Amen

HUMBLE SERVANT

Lord Jesus, You chose the right people
to do Your work on earth
They are the humble ones - the people who serve
and help one another

They are the ones who call You by Your Holy Name
And in the name of Jesus they have the ability to heal the sick, comfort the dying
and walk in the steps of the Risen Lord
Saint Mark, the evangelist – pray for us today and always
Amen

ALL IS POSSIBLE

Nothing is impossible for God
God can do anything
All we have to do is ask
Trust in God and pray for help

Pray for all who cannot help themselves
Pray for patience to endure uncertainty and darkness
Pray to give hope to those who are searching
for a purpose to the lives

Lord, we search for You
and when we see You face to face
You give us everything we need
even the seemingly impossible

Glory, praise and thanks be to Jesus, Our Risen Lord
Alleluja, Amen

THROUGH HIM

Jesus, You are risen from the dead
Thanks to You, we have the gift of eternal life
It is through You we ask God to heal the sick
and comfort the dying

You know what it is to suffer and die
but You also know what it is to live truly for God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit join in One to save us through Him
He who rose from the dead and lives on
Alleluja!
Saint George – pray for us
Amen

FREE US

Lord, send Your angels
to bring light into the darkness
The dark covers us with anxieties
Let us shake off the fears that imprison us
to prevent us from progressing

With the help of God’s grace
we stand firmly on the solid ground
of faith in Jesus, Our Risen Lord
Do not let us be afraid of the dark
Free us, Lord, by the light of Your love and grace
Alleluja, Amen

HEART AND MIND

Heart and soul, body and mind
give glory and praise to God
We have seen the hidden face of God
in the Son of Man

Lord, Your courage and wisdom
encourage us to carry on
When times are hard
we know You are with us, constantly

Lift our heads up towards the sun
God’s Divine Light shines on everyone
Let us thank God with songs of joy and praise
all day long
Alleluja, Amen

A NEW DAY

Lord, stretch out Your hand
and heal us
Your Spirit fills the earth, giving life, hope and happiness
Thanks be to God for each day is a gift of new life

We have a chance to live and breathe
and do good work
We support one another through prayer
so as to not let ourselves be crushed by fear, loss and despair
Let us use our time to create new ways of giving praise and glory to God
Alleluja, Amen

CHOSEN TO BELIEVE

God does not force anyone to believe in Him
I believe in God with my own free will
I see miracle after miracle
and I need no further proof of the existence of God

God loves us so much that He gave us His own Beloved Son
to intercede for us at God’s right hand
Be merciful, Lord, when the time comes for me to be judged
Amen

ACTS OF KINDNESS

We see the hand of God at work in the many acts of kindness
taking place all around us
That is how we know where God is
and who He is

We see and we recognise Jesus Our Lord,
the Son of God, is alive and not dead any more
God lives through us and in our acts of kindness to one another
We share the life God gives us through acts of loving kindness
Amen

THE NAME OF JESUS

In the name of Jesus we are healed
and forgiven for all the times we have rejected Him
and His Holy Name

Through Jesus many people are brought closer to God
All the history of past generations reveals the truth of God’s Plan
God has chosen us to be witnesses to the Resurrection

Lord Jesus, You are God’s Son
and all power is vested in You
All will be revealed through You
in a way that we can truly understand
Amen

LOOK AND SEE

Lord, look at us, we have not given up
Our eyes are not downcast
Step by step, we walk towards You
to be close enough to see Your face

Lord, I look at You
and I see all the good You have done
Lord, help me to look and see
the good in everyone

Lord, I see and I hear You saying to me, “I am alive”
I recognise You at the breaking and the blessing of the bread of life
My heart burns with love for You
Alleluja, Amen

HEART AND MIND

Lord, let me hear Your voice saying my name
Calling me
Drawing me towards You
and asking me to do Your work

Holy Spirit, enable me to recognise the voice of the Risen Lord,
speaking to me in my heart and in my mind
I know that You are alive, Lord
I believe in the power of Your Resurrection

Lord, turn all hearts and minds,
eyes and ears to You
and keep us close, always
Amen

EASTER Monday
REJOICE

Do not be afraid, says Our Lord Jesus
Trust in Me and believe in the Word of God
The truth is always with God
Those who search for the truth will find it

Deep in my heart I rejoice
and give glory and praise to God
Now Jesus is risen from the dead
we know that there is nothing to fear anymore

Christ is risen, Alleluia
Amen

HOLY SATURDAY

Through darkness we look for the light
The light of God’s Son shines on even after death
Jesus, we know You are the Son of God made Man
in order to show us the way to live in the light of God’s love

Peace reigns after the suffering passes
Lord, through Your Passion and death on the Cross You have redeemed us
May God have mercy on all our souls
and bring us to eternal life
Amen

GOOD FRIDAY

On this sad day, darkness comes over the earth
Confused and lost, we look upwards hoping for help
Lord, we only survive
by the help of Your grace

Lord Jesus, into Your Father’s hands You commend Your spirit
We place into Our Father’s hands all of our distress
as we long for the truth to triumph once more
Darkness passes, grief comes to an end and pain ceases
Remember, God is with us always
Amen

HOLY THURSDAY

Lord, Bless and strengthen the people
who are serving the needs of the sick and dying
Wash away all fear and distress
with the waters of God’s Holy Spirit

Give us all the courage we need
to overcome suffering and pain
You give us hope, Lord,
as we remember Your passing from this life into the next

Everyone comes from God
And, at the end of life,
we return to God Our Father in Heaven
Amen

LISTEN

God Our Father listens to our prayers
We do not listen to the answers God gives to us
The truth is within our hearts
We have to dig deep in order to discover the answers

Relationships are complex
When we do not communicate with one another
wrong assumptions are made
and the truth is lost

Lord, help me to work hard at communicating with You
so my relationship with You grows stronger and deeper
every day of my life
Amen

LIGHT OF LIFE

In the darkness I search for You, Lord
You are my light
Because of You I can see my way
through the obstacles of life

Good and bad things happen all the time
Your people, Lord, are unpredictable
Lord, only Your eyes see the pattern of our behaviour
and can make sense of it

The bigger picture is clear to You but not to us
We glorify God forever for sending Jesus
to be our guiding light
always
Amen

GENTLE AND QUIET

Lord Jesus, You are gentle and kind
in a quiet but powerful way
Your goodness is known
through Your acts of selfless kindness

Your light gives us the hope to carry on
in challenging times of change
We can repay Your kindness
by being gentle and quiet like You

We pray to respect one another
and value every single life
for as long as we live
Amen

STILLNESS AND PEACE

When the time is right
we will gather together in prayer once again
Lord, You make all things right
because You are truthfully the Son of God made Man

There is a time for reflection, peace and stillness
In this time we ponder over our lives
and all that we have done so far
For the time will come when we will be together for ever,
eternally at peace
Amen

GOOD WORKS

God Our Father hears every prayer
and cry for help
Lord, help us to do good work
on Your behalf

Goodness is an achievable goal
because it is within our capability to do good works
Let us not be downhearted when things do not go according to plan
With care and patience, all wrongs can be put right
We go back to the beginning remembering our baptism
and start again with hope and optimism
Amen

GOD’S PROMISE

God promises to be with us today and forever
Every moment of every day we are in God’s presence
His love gives us the strength to go on
regardless of how sad or lost we feel

There is nothing more reassuring than knowing
we are loved by God
Lord, You are sent to bring life and love
from God Our Father directly to us, now and always
Amen

POWER TO SAVE

Lord Jesus, You place Yourself in Your Father’s hands
I place myself in Your hands
God has the power to save us
I am free to choose what to believe

I believe Jesus is the Son of God
He has the power to set me free
Free me, Lord, from all oppression and hardship
Shield me from harm
I am safe within Your hands
Amen

LOOK UPWARDS

Lord, we look up to You
to be saved
We ask You to heal the sick
May God help us through these difficult times

Lord, You look down on us from heaven
You see all the suffering
You hear every cry for help
Raise our spirits, our hopes and lift our heads upwards

Lord, You were lifted up out of death
by the power of God Our Father
As we make our prayers we look up
and we see the glory of Your living face
Amen

TRUE JUSTICE

Lord, protect the vulnerable,
those who cannot protect themselves and are treated unjustly
And those who can no longer take care of themselves
Help the decision-makers to act justly and fairly on their behalf

Shield them from harm and danger
Do not let people take advantage of them
to meet their own selfish needs

Lord, we pray to You
You see all injustice
We ask for forgiveness when we have strayed from the truth
Amen

WHAT MATTERS

Lord Jesus, may Your name be always remembered
now and for all generations to come
Lord, You convince us that it does not matter where you come from
What matters is what we do with our lives from now on

Lord, there is no doubt who You are
You are the Christ, the Son of the living God
Through You we are judged according to our actions
May my actions lead me to You
Amen

TESTING TIMES

Lord Jesus, You withstood the test of time
because the truth is that You came from God Our Father in Heaven,
and not from a place we know
We do not know a great deal and yet we act as though we do

We see things only from our own point of view
Our vision is limited by lack of faith
Lord, open my eyes to see how courageous and strong You are

In the eyes of God, we do not fail the test of time
when faith enables us to see the face of God
through Jesus Our Lord
Amen

IN FAITH

Lord, You are the hidden face of God
Through You, we can see the truthful image of God Our Father
and Holy Spirit
In words of wisdom You teach us how to recognise You

In faith, we see Your beloved face
In faith, we hear Your truthful and beautiful words
In faith, we grow to know You, day by day
Lord, You are the hidden face of God
Amen

THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD

The will of God is holy
The Word of God profound
Spirit of God speak and I will listen
I ponder in my heart the truth

God is with us, always
When I say “Yes” to God and “here I am”
I say “I come to do Your will”
I need the grace of God in order to succeed

Mary Immaculate, you were chosen to be
the closest anyone can be to Jesus Our Lord
God trusted you
I, too, entrust everything to you,
today and always
Amen

COURAGE

Lord, You give me strength and courage
in times of trouble and distress
You see the ones who are suffering the most
and Your compassion goes out to them and us

Lord, comfort the dying, heal the sick
and give them hope
You are an eternally good and loving presence in our lives
It is Your courage which inspires us to carry on
Amen

NEW AND OLD

Lord, You are the reason behind our hope
We look forward to a new future
different from the past
We will put the past behind us
and erase the painful times from our memories

Lord, You are the cause of our joy
We rejoice and thank You for the life we have been given
We ask You to heal the sick and comfort the dying
Let no one die alone or in pain
Amen