Veterans Day Prayer

On this Veterans Day, in remembrance, I pray
for men and women who have been called to serve:
Seeking peace where there is violence, protecting lives
where there is peril, and upholding freedom
where there is fear.
On this day, I pray in faith for all who have lost life
or loved ones in war,
and for those who have been hurt and seen things
unimaginable before.
May their sacrifices have continued meaning,
Love help them to endure, and their desire for peace
Be saluted with unforgotten gratitude. Amen.

Prayer for Travelers

On our journey of faith, Lord,
You are with us wherever we go.
Please keep travelers safe
As highways and byways lead them
To the embrace of loved ones waiting.
When they depart again for home,
Godspeed along the way.
May the happiness of time together
Stay within their hearts.
Lord, may every mile here on Earth
Bring us closer to You.

Prayer to the Transfigured Lord

Lord Jesus,
Transfigured before disciples in awe,
May the glimpse you let them see
Inspire and help me to follow You
Into eternal glory.

When tasks before me are less
than dazzling,
May grace and humility,
Be blessings enabling what I do
To serve and give You glory.

In the heavenly place You have prepared,
May I live eternally,
Lowly servant reaching the height
Of fullness in Your glory. Amen.

Marian Prayer

Blessed Virgin Mary,
With summer sun to remind me
That you shine in heavenly splendor,
May faith in Your beloved Son
Sustain me and glory to Him render.

Mary, Mother of God,
In the heat of summer days,
Please keep me in your maternal care,
And help me follow your example
Of humility in deed and prayer.

Holy Mary,
With the long hours of summer light
And time to pause in gratitude,
May I seek also opportunities to reflect
Hope of eternal life with you. Amen.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present,
In the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

~Saint Alphonsus Liguori

For Faith at All Times

Lord Jesus,
In each new day,
Let me be open to faith renewed.

If I awaken refreshed,
May I remember that You have given me rest.
If there is pain,
May Your light come over me to reduce its shadow.

Throughout the day,
Let me be open to faith renewed.

Should a visitor come,
May the welcome I extend come from You.
When I am lonely,
May Your compassion fill the emptiness.

At this day’s end,
Let me be open to faith renewed.

If the answer to a prayer has come,
May I give bounteous thanks.
If I come before You in supplication,
May You find me also attentive to Your response.

At all times,
Let me be open to faith renewed.

Amen.

Prayer Before Mass

Heavenly Father,
Your word is creative
Sustaining all that You have made.
In the words of Holy Scripture,
You speak life-giving words to us.

Lord Jesus,
You gathered the disciples at table,
Giving us sacred bread and wine.
Through the Holy Eucharist,
You nourish Your body, the Church.

Holy Spirit,
You came to dwell within us,
Providing oneness though we are many.
In the gifts given to each,
You complete what we begin in faith.

Amen.

Prayer In Time of Illness and Struggle

Lord,
You have suffered so much for my sake.
When your example is difficult to follow,
Strengthen me in faith.
When the pain of body, mind or spirit
Leave me feeling abandoned and alone,
Hold me in Your loving embrace.

Lord,
In every moment, there is purpose.
In every prayer, there is hope.
In You, there is life everlasting.

Amen.

Prayer in Time of Grief

Loving God,

Saying good-bye fills me with sorrow,
For love remains in my heart,
When I long to share tomorrow
But from my beloved am apart.

Days seem better with my loved one here,
And so I envision how
With soul to the Risen Lord drawn near,
Heaven’s more heavenly now.

The lord went before us to prepare
A place for all who believe;
In faith, may we, ever in Your care,
Rejoice in love eternally.

Amen.

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