Everyday Prayers

THE REWARD OF TRUTH

God’s Truth cannot be hidden
God does not hide the truth from us
He gave You to us, Lord, to explain
the importance of knowing what is right
and what is wrong

Lord, You teach us the right way to live
according to the will of God
Bad behaviour does not deserve reward
The truth is in God’s hands
and the truth is our reward
Amen

GUARD

Lord, guard us from complacency
We have to work hard in order to survive
If we let our guard down bad things will happen
and we will have no control over them

We need to grow strong in our faith
Be aware of the dangers of temptation
In this way we will not end up regretting our bad decisions
Or wasting the precious gift of life
Amen

TRUST

Lord, You have entrusted me
with Your Word
In return, You ask me
to carry out Your will

Trust is a great honour
for which I am very grateful
Trust obliges me to act in the right way
not to serve myself
but to serve others

Then, the world sees, Lord,
You have trust in me
Amen

SAINT MARY MAGDALENE

There is a love so strong that it keeps us together
regardless of the circumstances
I pray to hold on to a love like this with all my heart
and with every ounce of my being

The gentleness of love wipes away our tears
and clears our vision
I can see things as they truly are
through the eyes of love

I see everything I need to see
and I recognise the truth of the Resurrection

Saint Mary Magdalene, we ask you to pray for us
Amen

ALWAYS

God is always with us,
in good times and in bad
God feeds us the food of life
We never become hungry

God always wants the best for us
God never wants us to fail
but to succeed in carrying out His will

Lord, I am always with You
I pray I am never parted from You
Always be at my side
Amen

STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND

Stretch out Your hand, Lord, over land and sea
and calm the tumult, rage and anger
that destroys the peace of Your Kingdom

Stretch out Your hand, Lord, over the heads of Your people
Bless us, and give us the gift of peace

Stretch out Your hand, Lord, over the earth
and show us how to live our lives together,
in perfect harmony
Amen

STAND FIRM

Acts of loving kindness lead to You, Lord
You prepare a path for us
It is the way of love
If we follow the goodness of truth
we will be with You for all time

Let us stand firm and keep to the right way
Lord, do not let us fall to the temptation of doubt or fear
The sign that You are near is the acts
we perform in love and goodness

Our God is great, powerful and almighty
When we pray we keep still
and stand firm holding on to God’s word
God saves us and shows us the way to Him
Through Jesus, His Beloved Son
Amen

GENTLENESS

We learn from Your gentleness, Lord,
that it is best not to retaliate
Retaliation only brings about more retaliation
and it never ends

Retaliation never brings reconciliation
It only makes things worse
If we want to be reconciled
and at peace with God and one another
we must first learn to be gentle, patient and kind
regardless of what happens to us
Amen

MERCY

Your mercy is infinite, Lord
As boundless as the love You have for us
A love that reaches into our hearts and minds
and teaches us how to show mercy to others

We ask for mercy to be shown to us
for the day will come when we will die
That day we pray God is merciful to us
Our Lady of Mount Carmel – pray for us
Amen

COME TO ME

Come to Me, says Our Lord
Come to Me, and I will give you rest
I come to You, Lord,
and lay my burden down at Your feet

I come to You, Lord,
and place all my fears and anxieties
into Your hands
All of a sudden, life changes for the better

Life is a gift from God,
given eternally for the good of all the world
Amen

TO BE ONE

There is One God
One Truth and One Love
We are One with God before the beginning of time
We are One with God till the end of time

We belong to God
and we belong to one another
through the holiness, truth
and beauty of Jesus, Your Beloved Son

Lord, how I long to see Your face
To be One with You, forever and ever
Amen

GOD FORGIVES

God forgives when we are truly sorry
for what we have done
God gives us the courage needed to ask for forgiveness

God shows us how to forgive
through Jesus His Beloved Son

Heal us, Lord, in mind, soul and body
in ways which bring us close to God Our Father in Heaven
God of mercy and compassion,
forgive us
Amen

NO DIVISIONS

Lord, let there be no divisions between us
Unite us in the best way possible
Help us to communicate with one another
through love and understanding

By the help of Your grace, Lord,
we will be able to work together
to achieve God’s purpose

When times are hard,
show us the way to find peace
through love, truth and beauty
Amen

IN GOD’S HANDS

All our troubles disappear
when we place them in God’s hands
Lord, Your gentle and loving hands
bring healing through compassion

Your hands wipe away our tears of suffering
Your hands show us the way to seek peace
Through Your loving care, Lord,
we have courage and strength
and we are not afraid to do anything
in Your name, Lord Jesus
Amen

IN GOD’S HEART

Hidden within the heart
is the secret to eternal life and happiness
Deep within the heart,
love is supremely confident

Let us open our hearts
and not be afraid to take risks
in order to love and serve one another
There is no limit to God’s love

God’s heart embraces everyone and everything
Do not be afraid to open your hearts
and let God in
Amen

GOD WORKS

The Lord God Our Father works in so many different ways
God works in us
God works through us
All we have to do is say “Yes”

We welcome God into our lives and our homes
That way, God works throughout the world
Bringing healing, joy and relief from suffering, emotional and physical
Let us join together to work for God
Amen

SEE TRULY

In God’s Kingdom, the weakest are the strongest
The downtrodden are uplifted
The invisible become visible
Only God sees the world the way it really is

Let us learn to look at one another
through the eyes of wisdom, truth and love
That way, we will see people the way they truly are
and not as we would like them to be
Amen

TEST

Lord, do I have the strength to carry on?
Will I stand the test of time?
The night passes, as it always does
and will do, till the end of time

God listens when I speak to You, Lord
and ask for Your help
No one asks to be tested
in case we fail to come up to the mark

God is the reason why we live and breathe
and love unconditionally
Love is not a test
Amen

DREAM

With You, Lord, anything is possible
The sick are healed
and dreams come true
All prayers are answered through You

Life and death, heaven and earth are connected
in a way that brings peace and solace
Touch us, Lord Jesus, with Your gentle healing hands
Take away our fears and our pain

Lead us, through the power of love,
upwards to You,
Lord God Our Father in Heaven
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

ONE LOOK

One look is all it takes
to recognise the face of a loved one
Love is an accurate measure
of a person’s worth

We feel worthy of love
when we are loved unconditionally
Lord, You are love itself
There is no purer love than Yours

A love that shows mercy, forgiveness
and compassion
Lord, You are the face of perfect love
Amen

GOD SAVES

God saves us from death and destruction
through the power of His love
You are God’s love, Lord Jesus
One glance from You and we are saved

You see our hearts laid open
You know our faith
Our faith saves us every moment of every day
regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in
God even saves us from the brink of ruin
Amen

CRY FOR HELP

Lord, when we cry, You hear us
You see our tears of sorrow
You feel our distress
We ask for Your help through Divine Providence

The Lord Our God provides for our needs
All we have to do is ask
We pray for everyone who needs help but cannot ask for it
Let our ears be attentive to the sound of their bitter pleading

May we be moved by compassion for our fellow human beings
That they find a way out of their dark place of isolation
We are here to help one another
O Lord, hear our cry for help
Amen

THE COURAGE OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Lord, we ask You to make us brave
To have the courage to go out into the world with love in our hearts
And justice as our aim

We pray for the intercession of Your saints
Take away our fears and doubts and replace them with love
Love is incorruptible
Love is everlasting
Love takes us by the hand and leads us to paradise

The world needs good men and women
who act with integrity and work, ceaselessly, for peace
We need the prayers and help of Your angels and saints
Lord, make us strong and fearless

We thank God for all His goodness to us
We aim to be Your messengers of peace
And build Your Kingdom on earth
Together
Amen

GOD’S HELP

When we pray to God, we do not pray just for ourselves
But for everyone who needs Your help, Lord
It is through love and compassion
that we truly help one another

Even over great distances – prayer helps
Even the impossible is achievable
with God’s help
We pray, every day, for all who need God’s help
Amen

DUTY OF CARE

The presence of God is everywhere
Nothing is hidden from us
All we have to do is draw near to God through Jesus
Our faith in God’s almighty power cures all ills

Love of God and love of truth keeps us on the right path
That path leads us straight into the Kingdom of God
Let us take the time to think about what God does for us
every day of our lives

Lord, we pray for Your strength and protection
We ask to be healed in mind, spirit and body
so that we carry out our responsibilities
Dutifully and carefully
Amen

IT IS TIME

Blessed be the covenant God made with His people
Through all time God is with us
We pray to stay close to God through Jesus Our Lord
The time will come when all will be revealed
And we understand the nature of our relationship with God

Let us make time for prayer
Time to search for God
Time for healing
And a time for peace

Through Jesus we learn about peace
and how to live a peaceful life
At no time does God turn away from us
or abandon us to our fate

In our time God made His covenant with His people
through Jesus Our Lord
Blessed be Jesus, true God and true Man
Amen

BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
“His name is John”
John lived his life for a good purpose
God chose John before he was born
To prepare the way for Our Lord and for us

Lord, we pray to have a purposeful life like John
Watch over us and guide our steps
As we follow Your way of living
Let us prepare ourselves by renewing our baptismal vows

We belong to the family of God
My name is the sign that I am a part of God’s plan
I thank my parents for bringing me into the world
I pray that my life fulfils God’s purpose
May our parents be rewarded by God for their goodness to us
Amen

STRONG

We pray to have a strong core of faith
So that, from deep within,
we are guided by Your will, Lord
Our actions become instinctively good
and the fruits of our labour are always beneficial

Everything good comes from God’s love for us
Best of all, we have You, Lord
Help us, guide us, drive away our fears and doubts
And make our faith strong
Amen

SEARCH

When I make a decision, Lord, help me to find the right one
To take all things into consideration
To search for the solution that is just, right and fair
To discuss matters over with one another

Help me to ensure I have found the right way to live
according to God’s will
Let all decisions be made in the true light of God’s love
That way, we cannot go wrong
Amen

TO SEE CLEARLY

Lord, we see the world through our senses
Our vision is not always clear, neither is it accurate
At times we see only what we want to see
We understand what we see and hear,
and we look no further

My soul looks out through my senses
My soul is guided by God’s vision
through His Holy Spirit
I pray to see the world through the window of my soul
Help me to see my own failings
and put right that which is wrong

Let me be judged by the actions I take
and the words I speak
which come from God’s clear vision for us
through Jesus Our Lord
Amen

LIFE

Life is a reward in itself
Each day is a gift from God
To do with as God wills us to
and not to waste on things that do not matter

What matters is that God loves us so much we receive His grace
to help us achieve great things in the sight of God
So, let us embrace each moment
with love, affection and gratefulness
Lord, You are the source and the summit of life
Amen

SEE

The world is as we see it
We see it in darkness
And we see it in the light of God’s love
There is no hiding from God in the darkness

Let us choose the light
and not be afraid to see the world through the eyes of our hearts
Love focuses our attention on the important things in life
And we act according to the will of God
Amen

THANKS

By the grace of God we have received
the gifts of His Holy Spirit
We are very fortunate indeed

We pray through Jesus to God Our Father
and thank God for His love,
mercy, compassion and forgiveness

The greatest gift we receive is the Holy Eucharist
through which we are connected to God
For all my life, Lord, I am eternally grateful to You
Amen

BLESS US

Bless us, Lord, in the morning
as we face up to the day ahead
Bless our efforts to do the right thing
Make everything good and worthy of Your blessing

Bless us, Lord, in the evening
as we reflect over the day’s work
Prepare us for a good night’s sleep
so when we wake up in the morning we are refreshed
and ready to do God’s work again
Amen

GENEROSITY

Love is the basis for unconditional generosity
Without love, we are afraid to give anything away
But, when we give, that is when, we gain
The reward is in the giving

Your love, Lord, is boundless in its generosity
We have only to ask and we will receive
Let us pray to be as generous as we can be
and not hold anything back from anyone
Amen

HELPING ONE ANOTHER

We pray for the grace of God
to help us through every single day
Life itself is a blessing from God

Happiness comes from the hand of God
Turns away everything that is harmful
Gives us insight into another world

A world where people help one another
when help is needed
We pray for everyone who needs God’s help
today and everyday
Amen

FROM NOW ON

From now on, I will try harder to know, love and serve God
Lord, help me to stop and think
how I spend my time
and how to make best use of the resources I have

Lord, You give us life and You take it away
We have power over nothing of great importance
So, from now on, let us pray every day
for God’s blessing upon us

Immaculate Heart of Mary – pray for us
Amen

SACRED HEART OF JESUS

O Sacred Heart of Jesus
Fountain of true love
Have mercy on us
and bless us every day of our lives

We place our trust in You
because You love us with all Your heart
Forgive us our sins
and bring us back to the place where You are

There, within Your heart
we are all safe and secure
today and always
Amen

SHINING EXAMPLE

We pray, Lord, our lives are shining examples
of God’s Holy Spirit
working with us
and through us

It is because of You, Lord Jesus,
we learn how to forgive
and show mercy and compassion

The world is not a perfect place
and we are far from perfect
But we are trying to live good lives
To bring God’s Kingdom into the world today
Amen

SHINE

The Holy Spirit enriches our lives
with the glory and splendour of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The light of God shines with brilliant intensity
to show us how to live according to the will of God

Our lives are temporary
We have a short time to shine
Therefore, with the time we have left
let us pray to know God in all His splendour, power and glory
through Jesus Christ Our Lord
Amen

PROMISE

God’s promise to be with us is Jesus Our Lord
Lord, shine the light of Your face upon us
Make us strong and courageous in our faith

Everything we ask for in prayer
is promised to be answered “Yes”
We pray to say “Yes” too
when we are asked to help others

The Spirit ensures that we are given the power
to live up to, and beyond, our potential
Amen

GRACE AND PEACE

O Lord, what can we hope for in this life?
In our world there is great suffering
Suffering which could be avoided
if people cared more about each other

Blessed are those who do care
May God’s grace fall upon them, in abundance
We thank God for their kindness

Blessed are those who suffer
May God’s peace enter into their hearts,
console them and take away their pain
We pray for God’s grace and peace
every day
Amen

THE HEALING BLESSING

Lord, I can never thank You enough
for all the good things You have done for me
and for all the gifts
You have given to me

I was not always aware of
how powerful Your healing blessing is
God works by doing good with my life
and bringing goodness into the world
But we do not always see it

Goodness comes from God in great abundance
God does not hold back and neither should we
Let us give thanks to You, Lord, not just by praising You,
but by doing good and giving all we have in gratitude
and service to God Our Father
I am healed by Your blessing
Amen

MANY BLESSINGS

Blessed be God,
Lord, You have opened my eyes to see You
in the lives of the weak, the vulnerable, the neglected
and those the world has rejected
because they do not fit in

Blessed be God,
Lord, You have opened my mind to the beauty all around me
and taught me how to live, peacefully
under Your watchful gaze

Blessed be God,
Lord, You have opened my heart to the love of God
through Your own Beloved Son, Jesus

Lord Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man,
bless us as we strive to live a life of openness and truth
Bless me with Your Spirit
I thank You for Your many blessings

Each day brings an abundance of blessings
Amen

GRACE AND PEACE

Lord, when things go wrong, we turn to You
and ask You to make things right again
But, when all is well and going our way,
we do not always stop and thank You as we should

I pray, bless my good and peaceful life
I ask for Your grace to continue to keep me strong
and faithful to Your commandments
You ask us to love God and to love one another

May Your grace enable me to open my mind
to understand the great power of love
to change things for the better
Through Your grace I open my heart
to love, peace and goodness
Amen

GRACE AND TRUTH

It is dangerous to hear only what we want to hear
or see what we want to see,
rather than look for the truth
The truth is the heart of everything we search for

If we open our eyes to see we will see the truth
because the truth belongs to God
and the truth makes sense of life
and death

If we open our ears we will hear true words being spoken
through the grace of God
We need to clear our minds from false assumptions
and move away from misconceptions

I have only myself to blame
if I have ignored the truth
at the heart of every matter
Amen

THE REWARD OF LOVE

Who can know the mind of God?
Those who say they do, are not telling the truth
Truth speaks for itself
It does not need interpretation
according to the ways of this world

Lord, I know You through my heart
and I know, too, that the truth will set me free
Freedom is a the gift that rewards those who follow the truth
and serve God with love

It is love of the truth that leads to a peaceful life
I am peace with the world
because I have You, Lord, in my heart
Lead me and guide me
and never let me stray away from You
Amen

THE VISITATION

The helping nature of Mary causes her to go visit Elizabeth,
her pregnant cousin, while she was pregnant
with the Son of God made Man

We all need help from one another
Sometimes we give help
and other times, we receive help

The moment our heart tells us someone we know needs help
we go, without hesitation,
no matter how far
or how arduous the journey

Mary’s help comes automatically
because of her goodness
Lord, direct my every move
towards the needs of others
Amen

PURE WISDOM

Lord, I pray to learn how to think and act
in a straightforward way so that it becomes obvious
that I am telling the truth
and acting according to the will of God

Pure wisdom comes from God
through the gift of the Holy Spirit
God knows we all have to learn how to be wise
and act wisely

When wisdom is near,
everything fits together
and makes sense of the mysteries of life
Prayer gives me the gift of a peaceful time

I can think over my actions, my plans and dreams
and discover how best to respond
to the challenges of everyday life
Amen

LIGHT OF LIFE

I only have one life
in which to make my mark on the world
Lord, do not let me be a passing shadow
that disappears without trace in the light of day

I need Your help to be
the person I was meant to be
Do not let me follow the ways of this world
when they lead me away from You

It is Your light that makes me visible
because it shines in me
That way the world can see that You are in me
and I do Your work

The kind of work which is productive in Your sight
It does not matter to me how the world sees me
What matters is that I do right by You,
always
Amen

JOY OF CREATION

The world is so beautiful
because it was created by the hands of God,
with love, by love and through love
Jesus, I am created too by God
to be the best I can be

Help me to overcome my difficulty
and gain courage and self belief
My heart is filled with joy and admiration
for the vision of God is everywhere to be seen

Open the eyes of my faith, Lord,
and direct my sight towards beauty and truth
We need each other to live to our full potential
We complement one another’s skills and talents
and by working together we, too, can contribute
to our beautiful and joyful world
Amen

TO SERVE

To serve You, Lord, is an honour
and a privilege
I pray for Your help and for knowledge
and understanding how to best serve You

Every day is different and I have to change and adapt
in order to deal with the challenges of life
I pray to think about the needs and feelings of others
before I act or speak

Lord, You are merciful and forgiving
Look at me, Lord, as Your humble servant
and as someone who is capable of following Your will

We all need help from time to time to try new things
and find new ways of coping with life
and our challenging times
Amen

PROMISE

God’s promise to be with us is Jesus Our Lord
Lord, shine the light of Your face upon us
Make us strong and courageous in our faith

Everything we ask for in prayer
is promised to be answered “Yes”
We pray to say “Yes” too
when we are asked to help others

The Spirit ensures that we are given the power
to live up to, and beyond, our potential
Amen

PRAY FOR US

Our Lady, Mother of the Church – pray for us
Pray for us so we are strong enough
to endure pain and suffering
We pray together and ask for mercy and compassion

Prayer is our consolation
Together we unite our prayers
and become One with God
through Jesus, Mary’s Beloved Son

Joy and happiness are the gifts we receive
through God Our Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen

HOPE

My hope is in You, Lord
I know You are always near
and close to each and every one of us

My trust is in You, Lord
I know You are One with the Father
and One with us

My love is for You, Lord
Your Holy Spirit gives us strength and courage
I can deal with anything
because You are with me
and Your love makes me strong
Amen

LOVE

You do not need to ask me, Lord, if I love You
You know I love You with all my heart

You do not need to ask me to follow You
I hear You
and I listen to You
to find out what You will me to do

You do not need to ask me to serve You, Lord
My life is in Your hands

I do not need You to tell me You love me
I know You love me, Lord
Amen

PERSEVERE

Lord, give me the courage to carry on
regardless of how difficult life is
There will always be hard times and circumstances
over which we have no control

When in trouble, I hand over all my problems to You, Lord,
and take refuge in Your love
Help me to persevere
To never give up praying hard
for all who are in trouble or in pain
Amen

TRUTH

Every day is a gift from God
Each new day an adventure and a challenge to our faith
Filled with joy we are renewed in strength
And, more than capable of standing up for the truth

The truth is God’s gift
We live every day in the truth and love of God
In this way, and by the grace of God,
we are well equipped to deal with all of life’s challenges
Amen

KNOWING

I know, Lord, You care about each and every one of us
Your love extends beyond death
Knowing You and loving You
is the way to eternal life
with God Our Father in Heaven

Serving You by following Your teaching
is the means by which I fulfil my life’s purpose
Send down Your grace and give us all the strength and will
to carry on despite all the adversities of this world
Amen

NEVER ALONE

Lord, You were never alone
Everyone turned against You
but You were never abandoned or left alone
God is always with us

Day and night, in storms and in stillness,
in health and in sickness
God’s Holy Spirit comes to us
and brings us peace

We are at peace
because we know God’s Holy Spirit lives in our hearts
The Word of God is planted deep within our souls
and never leaves us
Amen

DELIGHT AND JOY

All of a sudden everything makes sense
The clouds disappear
and Your message, Lord, becomes clear

Lord, Your love is the source of my wisdom
through the lighting up of my heart and mind
In Your name I ask to keep You clearly within my sight
and close to me at all times

In my heart and mind I take delight in knowing
how joyfully God Our Father receives
the return of His Beloved Son
Amen

THE VISIT

Lord, bless those who visit the sick, lonely and housebound
Bless their words of kindness and encouragement
Bless their works of support

Give hope to all who feel alone, lost and abandoned
Bless all our hearts
and fill them with perfect joy and happiness
We rejoice at the prospect of the one who visits us
in the name of the Lord

Saint Matthias – pray for us
Amen

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

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

Our Lady of Fatima – pray for us

CLOSE

Lord, You have been with Your people from the beginning of time
Everything we are stems from You
By the help of Your grace
we have become people of faith – children of God

Keep us close to You, always,
through the gift of Your Holy Spirit
As close as we are to You, so close do we come
to the source of love, beauty and eternal truth
Amen

JOY AND PAIN

There is a joy to be felt when knowing the truth
Even if it hurts for a while to begin with
Lord, help us to learn how to accept pain
and suffering of loss

Knowing You are still with us sharing our joy and pain
is good reason to give great thanks to God Our Father in Heaven
The Holy Spirit brings new life
through the living breath of Your Resurrection
Amen

LISTEN

Lord, help me to listen to You
with an open heart
Open the hearts of many
to receive the truth and beauty of the Word of God

Holy Spirit, we are waiting for You, always
Our hearts are open to Your love
and filled with the joy and expectation of Your coming
Lord, I am listening to You with all my heart
Amen

TO BELONG

Lord, we belong to God
We do not belong to the world
We listen to the Word of God
to learn how to do God’s will

Ours is the choice
Yours is the joyful news that Jesus overcame death
The love of God is stronger than anything in the world
We pray the choices we make are driven by love
and through the Spiri
t of Jesus
Amen

TO LOVE

There is only one thing God asks us to do
That is – to love one another
Through You, Lord Jesus, we learn what it is
to love unconditionally

It should be easy and simple to follow Your one command
But we find it hard sometimes
We need Your help, Lord
And we need help from one another

Let us encourage one another
by showing how much we love You, Lord
Amen

IN HIS LOVE

God Our Father loves us very much
We pray to remain in His love
Jesus Lord, we know You love us
We pray to remain in Your love

We are complete
Love unites us through all generations
We pray in love of God
For God’s love keeps us on the right track
We find our way back to You, Lord
Amen

WITH YOU

My desire is to stay with You, Lord
To be connected with You
To know Your will
And to try to carry it out, joyfully
Do what You will with me, Lord

We pray with one another to make our prayers stronger
May our connection make our faith strong
So that, working with one another
we will build Your Kingdom here on earth
Amen

PERSEVERE

We need God’s help to stay focussed on our goal
Patience brings inner peace
Perseverance in prayer
brings peace and forgiveness

We need each other to help us
achieve the goal of everlasting peace

Lord, You are the message of peace
Do not let us give up when times are hard
We need to surround ourselves with the love of God
and each other
Amen

TRUE WORD

I know the truth when I hear it
I know it through my heart
God is the Truth
Jesus is the Way to the Truth

When we open our hearts to the truth
the Holy Spirit speaks for us
and through us
We can rely on the Word of God

God is consistently good
Now and throughout all the ages
Amen

NEVER GIVE UP

The Word of God is written in our hearts
and gives us eternal life
The truth of God’s Word works within us
to produce good actions

So, when we encounter hostility, we ask for God’s help
to move us forward
We ask to be led out of defeat
and into victory
It is the joy of eternal life that tells us
to never give up

Saint Joseph, the Worker, pray for us
Amen

THE WAY

From the beginning of time
history repeats itself
It is in our nature to question and doubt
what we know to be true

God’s message sent to us through His Son, Jesus,
does not change with time
The truth stands firm across all the ages

God loves us so much He helps us to find
the way to His Kingdom
by the light of His love and truth
Amen

PURPOSE

What a gift it is to know our own purpose!
Deep down in our hearts is the place where we find out
exactly what that purpose is
God helps us to discover our purpose
because we act on God’s behalf

The purpose is more important than the person
My purpose is clear
It is to know, to love and to serve God
and to love each other as God loves us

Saint Catherine of Siena - pray for us
Amen

SUPPORT

It helps to be supported by someone who believes in us
Together we achieve far more than
if we continue to struggle alone
We pray to be supportive of one another

Prayer is our support through life
Lord, You understand our needs very well
Everything we need, we receive
Lord, You are my support and I am very grateful
Amen

SEE

See through the eyes of love
See how easy it is to love God
God loves us so much
We can see His glorious works
when we look through the eyes of our souls

Faith is a gift from God Our Father given freely
to those who hear and listen to the word of God
See how beautifully God works through us
Amen

SAFE

I am familiar with the sound of the voice I hear all the time
I have become accustomed to the sound of Your voice, Lord
You speak and I listen through the gift of prayer
All our voices join together to make one holy sound

A sound that rises towards heaven in one almighty plea
Lord, keep us all safe and secure
within the sound of Your voice
Amen

LIFE

My life is not my own
My life belongs to You, Lord
And through You, all lives are connected
When one of us is hurting, we all hurt

We mourn the loss of life together as one body in Christ
We celebrate life together, as one, in the life of Christ
My life’s purpose is to follow You, Lord
Where else could I go?
Except to You, Lord
Amen

BLIND FAITH

All our lives, we can be completely wrong and never know it
It is obstinacy that keeps us going along the path to nowhere
Stubbornness of will makes us blind to the truth
Our eyes are closed to the possibilities ahead of us

If only we would look up
and see the face of God
through the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
Then our faith would not be blind

Saint George, Patron Saint of England – pray for us
Amen

LEARN

God’s Spirit draws us close together
so that we might learn from one another
Learn and understand the true nature of God
Learn something new each day which makes us happy

True knowledge of God brings eternal happiness
Lord, we pray to learn how to overcome
all the challenges and difficulties in our lives
Unite us in the body of Jesus Christ Our Lord
Amen

CONSTANT JOY

There are good days
And there are bad days
Good things happen to bad people
And bad things happen to good people
We need to focus our attention on the joy of living a good life

Remembering the joy will lift up our spirits
When we follow Jesus, we live
through the glory and joy of His Resurrection
You, Lord, are the source of our constant joy
Amen

ETERNAL LIFE

Lord, Son of God and Son of Man
You sit at God’s right hand
You are the sign sent by God to show us how to live again
You are the Resurrection
and the way to eternal life

We pray through You, Lord, to ask God Our Father
to strengthen us
and give us the courage of Your conviction
We are not afraid any more
Amen

GOD GIVES

God does not destroy
God builds
God does not let us go hungry
God feeds us

God does not ask us to do anything we cannot do
God directs and guides us
God gives us courage and strength

God is peace
God gives us the gift of eternal life
Through Jesus His Beloved Son
Amen

NO FEARS

Let nothing stand in the way of our love for You, Lord
No wind, no rain, no fury
Everything fearful is contained in the palm of Your hand
All fear goes away

We are free to act with courage, compassion and common sense
The benefits of prayerful collaboration are immense
Much greater than we can possibly imagine them to be
Amen

SO MANY

There are so many good things that come from God
They are impossible to count
So many sick people are healed in mind, body and spirit

So many of us are given hope
That God will keep us safe from harm
We are the many who have survived, generation after generation
and have keep our faith alive
So many of us are nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ
We all give thanks to God in the name of Jesus
Amen

CLOSE TO GOD

As I journey through life
I walk hand in hand with Jesus, Our Lord
Lord, You bring me close to God Our Father,
through Your Holy Spirit

I am not afraid to hear the truth or to speak the truth
I pray to act with courage, dignity and honour
Walking with the truth in my hand is going to save me
in the challenging times ahead
Amen

A NEW LIFE

The light of truth shines on a new life
Life begins anew when the truth is born
and held up to the light
It takes hard work to live a life in truth and peace

We pray to work hard in this life
in order to gain the rewards of eternal life
Amen

JOINED TOGETHER

God’s Spirit unites my body and soul
through the love I have in my heart
Heaven and earth are joined together
through the power of God’s Holy Spirit

I am united with my brothers and sisters all over the world
through the life, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus
God joins us together with His Son and Holy Spirit
Amen

STRENGTH IN PRAYER

The Spirit of God is as free as the wind
Breathing life into us through the gifts of love and peace
The winds of life are free to go wherever they are needed
To make our faith grow
To strengthen the weak
and to heal the sick

Prayer is a gift which stands the test of time
Once a prayer is made
it never goes away
Amen

EASTER SATURDAY
GOD LISTENS

Speak to me, Lord, I am listening
As I listen I become stronger in my faith
Strength of faith allows me to speak up
About the truth of the Word of God

Even if no one is listening – God listens
When no one believe me – God listens while I pray
God answers all my prayers

God listens patiently
until I find the answer for myself
That is why I know God is listening to me
Always
Amen

EASTER FRIDAY
WATCH OVER US

The gift of life is so precious
It should never be taken from us by force
No one has the right to take a life
Life comes from God
And life goes back to God

Jesus Lord, watch over us
Help us to live up to our potential
Do not let us harm anyone by our words or our actions
Amen

EASTER THURSDAY
THESE DAYS

These are the days when we rejoice and are glad
Jesus, Our Lord, lived among us, died and lives again
Jesus is with us, all of these days
and every day until the end of time

Jesus’ name is real
The story of Jesus’ life is true
We have no reason to doubt or disbelieve the Word of God
Jesus truly rose from the dead to bring us back to life

These days we are the witnesses to that fact
Amen

EASTER WEDNESDAY

WALK WITH JESUS

Every day is a new start
A chance to live a better life
And that is why, in the name of Jesus,
I pray for the slate to be wiped clean

For my eyes to be opened to the truth of God
and my heart to burn with great love for You, Lord,
and my brothers and sisters
Jesus unites us all through love

Lord, I would like to share Your great passion for life
and never to be afraid of death
Amen

EASTER TUESDAY
ONE WITH JESUS

In the name of Jesus we find the truth we search for
We have nowhere else to look
other than deep within our own hearts

Jesus was, is and always will be One with the Father and Spirit
And since we are baptised
through water and the Holy Spirit
we become One with Jesus and each other

We rejoice always in the certain knowledge
that Jesus is Our Risen Lord
King for ever and ever
Alleluia
Amen

EASTER MONDAY

THE WAY TO LIFE

The way to eternal life is through the gateway of love
opened for us by You, Our Risen Lord
The way we live our lives is
to follow Your loving example, Lord

The way we are to die is peaceful
because we know You rose from the dead, Lord
We have no fear for what is to come
Lord, show us the way to Your Kingdom
Amen

HOLY SATURDAY

Lord, throughout Your Passion – You were never alone
Throughout the whole of Your life You were loved – and You were never alone
As You lived among us You changed the lives of many
And gave us new hope in our time of distress

We are never alone because God is with us
We are born with God and we die with God
We are never alone

Life comes out of death
Good always overcomes evil
The Lord Our God is always with us
We thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your great glory, passion
and Resurrection
Amen

GOOD FRIDAY
King – crowned with thorns
Nailed to a cross of wood
Raised high above the earth
So everyone could understand in their own tongue
That God the Son has been lifted up from the ground
and become One with the God the Father in Heaven
and One with us, at the same time and for all time to come

Lord Jesus, King of earth, sea and sky
Have mercy on me when it is time for me to die
and please remember me when You come into Your Kingdom
Amen

HOLY THURSDAY
PASS OVER

In time, everything will pass
All that is good and all that is bad
When my time comes I will pass from life to death
and a new life will begin

Only love passes between heaven and earth
Let us love and serve one another the way God asks us to
Through the loving example of Jesus Our Lord
Amen

LISTEN THEN SPEAK

God listens to every prayer we make
God does not ignore our pleas for help
Neither does He turn away His face
He hears every single sigh of weariness

God listens – then speaks through Jesus Our Lord
Lord, You who are the Word of God, You are the One
who truly listens to us with all Your attention
We pray to listen with our hearts
to the Words of Your heart, Lord Jesus
Amen

SIGHT AND SOUND

Lord, I pray to see, with Your eyes, the wonders of Your Kingdom
Lord, You see into my heart
You know my most secret and hidden intentions
When You speak, Lord, I listen through my heart
I pray to hear the sound of Your gentle voice
Giving me courage
Causing my enlightenment

I see God’s holy light through the precious gift of spiritual sight
May the sound of Your voice guide us all to paradise
Amen

PRAY FOR THE POOR

I run to You, Lord, when I am in danger
I know You will help me
When I am weak – You give me strength
I know You protect us from harm
and shield us from pain and suffering

I come to You, Lord, to pray for the poor
They are always with us
The poor will not be poor for long
But those who make them poor, will be poor for ever
Let us pray for an end to poverty
Amen

TOGETHER

Jesus Lord, You gather us all together into one unified family
A holy family built on love, trust and faithfulness
Together we are strong
We can withstand trauma, suffering – even death

We need to be together with You, Lord
Surround us with Your loving strength
so we are never left on our own
Protect us and guard us from danger and harm
Amen

JUST BELIEVE

What does it cost us to believe Jesus is God and Man
at the same time?
What do we lose when we believe in God made Man?
Why is it so hard just to believe in God?

Jesus Lord, our faith cost You everything You had
Lord, Your acts of goodness, mercy and healing demonstrate clearly
You were sent to help us
Lord, I believe in You
Amen

THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD

When the angel Gabriel came to Mary
She was ready to listen
When the angel told her she was to become the Mother of God
She was ready to say Yes
This is a great day for us

Lord, help us to realise how great was her trust
God chose her because she was capable of so much
Love had entered her spirit
and stayed with her forever
We thank God for the day Mary agreed
to be the handmaid of the Lord Our God
Amen

FAITH SAVES

There is no doubt that God loves us
He sent His Beloved Son to save us
In return we pray to God with faith
to communicate our love and thanks to God
through Jesus Our Lord

When we are in trouble, Lord, come and save us
Send an angel to be with us throughout our lives
Do not allow us to fail when our faith is tested
Amen

LIFT UP

Our faith in You, Lord, raises our spirits
when times are hard
Our trust in You, Lord, gives us hope and optimism
that things will change for the better

Above all, our love for You, Lord, lifts us up
from the trials and challenges of this life
and takes us up to be close to You, forever

We raise our eyes upwards
as we make our daily prayer
Amen

LIGHT

It is through the light of Your love, Lord that we gain knowledge
and understand who You are, where You came from
and where You are now

While the light shines in our hearts we are never alone,
nor in the darkness
We are free to think, feel and speak
under the influence of Your guiding light
Lord, You are the LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Amen

TRUTH

The truth is never forgotten
It is written by the hand of God
Lord Jesus, You are the Word of God
You come from the Father and Spirit

The truth of the Word of God cannot be twisted out of shape
Words can be used, out of context,
to frame the innocent and judge them unfairly

The passage of time proves the truth of God’s words
The Word of God remains the same, forever
Amen

SAINT JOSEPH

Lord, we ask Saint Joseph to pray for us
We pray for a happy and peaceful death like his
Saint Joseph, in quietness and humility, you took responsibility
for Mary and Jesus

You did everything you could to help them
We ask for your prayers
so we may carry our responsibilities and obligations
with a happy and cheerful heart
Saint Joseph – pray for us
Amen

WITNESS

I am Your witness, Lord
I believe in You
You live in my heart

Lord, You are the living testimony
of God’s constant love for us
We ask You to plead our case before God Our Father
and forgive us our sins

The way to truly know God
is through acts of loving kindness
done in the name of God Our Father in Heaven
Amen

YOU KNOW ME

Lord, You are the only One who really knows me
You know what I do
You know what I think
You know what I fear
You know what makes me happy

Lord, You know life
You know death
You are the Resurrection

By the help of God’s saving grace I learn to know You
You are God made Man
You live among us, with us and through us
You are our only judge
You know us

Saint Patrick – pray for us
Amen

HEALING WATER

When the waters of life are disturbed by illness
it is easy for us to become distressed
and abandon hope of being healed

But, throughout life, there are many changes
some great and some small
We must adapt ourselves to every single one

Lord, You know all about disturbance
We must not fear what is to come
Lord, You are the living water that heals us
Amen

FAITH HEALS

Lord, I cannot fail with You beside me
When we pray together we strengthen one another
in ways which are beyond our imagination

No one knows, except You Lord, exactly what I need

Keep praying
and never give up trying
God will do the rest
Amen

LOVE AND PRAYER

I pray to ask God to have mercy on me
To forgive my errors, mistakes and wrongdoing
To guide my soul into the light and
out of the darkness

Sin separates us from love
Love keeps us away from sin
Love is a genuine and constant prayer to God Our Father in Heaven
Through Jesus Our Lord, His most Beloved Son
Amen

ALL MY HEART

I love You, Lord, with all my heart
All the strength I have
Comes from You
If I have any wisdom in my thinking then
That wisdom comes from You

Knowing that You love me, Lord
is the greatest gift of understanding that I can have
To love You, Lord, is to love everyone around me, far and near
My heart is Your heart
I love You, Lord, with all my heart
Amen

UNDIVIDED WAY

Lord, point me in the right direction
So I may never stray from the right path
The right way is not easy to see sometimes
We need clarity of vision
We need to focus on the goal
We need to be strong in purpose

Lord, help me to seek the truth in all things
Let my heart dictate my actions through love, peace and patience
Lord, You speak to us in the way You heal the sick
We can learn from Your goodness how to behave with one another

We pray together to make our faith stronger
Draw us ever closer to You, Lord, every day
Unite us in love to be one undivided people of God
Amen

RIGHT

The laws of God are right for us
because they come through the heart
The rule of God is just and fair,
merciful and compassionate
We follow God’s rule because it is right for us to do so

Fill my life, Lord, with wisdom and understanding
Help me to live according to Your will
It is the only way to live
Amen

FORGIVE

The Lord Our God forgives when I ask for forgiveness
and am truly sorry for what I have done
The Lord Our God hears my prayers with love and attention
because my remorse comes from my heart

The Lord Our God answers my pleas for help
So should I – do the same
I forgive, I pray and I plead for forgiveness
Through Jesus Our Lord
Amen

FAITH HEALS

Lord, we pray to be healed
We believe in You
Your power is infinite
We have absolute faith in You

We can heal ourselves by opening our minds to the possibility
That God will help us become well again
By the waters of baptism we are made as clean as it is possible to be
Let us open our hearts to the loving mercy of God
And place our trust in God

Jesus Our Lord, You heal everyone who comes to You in faith
To ask for healing
Forgive our lack of faith when we have turned away from You
Draw us close to You, Lord
Heal us and make us well again
Amen

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