June 16, 2012

You Are Christ’s Hands ~ Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

Posted in Ancient Prayers, prayers from history tagged , at 8:55 pm by davebayne

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world;
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which He is to bless others now.

March 23, 2012

Day by Day Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers at 3:17 am by davebayne

Day by day, dear Lord, of you three things I pray:
to see you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
follow you more nearly,
day by day.
~ Richard of Chichester (1200’s)

March 16, 2012

Prayer of Saint Benedict

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Benedictine Prayers, Classic Prayers at 2:43 pm by davebayne

O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you;
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

December 31, 2011

Orthodox Morning Prayer from the Elders of Optino

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Orthodox Prayers at 7:32 pm by davebayne

Lord, grant that I may meet the coming day with spiritual tranquility.

Grant that in all things I may rely upon your holy will.

In each hour of the day, reveal your will to me.

Whatever news may reach me this day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul, knowing that all is subject to your holy will.

Direct my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions.

In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is sent down by you.

Grant that I may deal firmly and wisely with every member of my family and all who are in my care, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.

Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.

Direct my will and teach me to pray,
to believe,
to hope,
to be patient,
to forgive
and to love.


November 18, 2011

Ignatian Prayer of Gratitude

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Ignatian Prayers, prayer of thanksgiving, Thanksgiving & Gratitude at 3:30 am by davebayne

“I ask God to give me an intimate knowledge of the many gifts I have received, that filled with gratitude for all, I may in all things love and serve the Divine Majesty.”

~ Spiritual Exercises, “The Contemplation,” #233

October 22, 2011

ANIMA CHRISTI (English & Español)

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Ignatian Prayers, Prayers in Spanish at 12:22 am by davebayne

SOUL of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds, hide me
Separated from Thee let me never be
From the malignant enemy, defend me
At the hour of death, call me
To come to Thee, bid me
That I may praise Thee in the company Of Thy Saints
for all eternity. Amen.


ALMA de Cristo, santifícame
Cuerpo de Cristo, sálvame
Sangre de Cristo, embriágame
Agua del costado de Cristo, lávame
Pasión de Cristo, confórtame
Oh buen Jesús, óyeme
Dentro de tus llagas, escóndeme
No permitas que me separe de Tí
Del maligno enemigo, defiéndeme
En la hora de mi muerte, llámame
Y mándame ir a Tí
Para que con Tus santos Te alabe
Por los siglos de los siglos. 

September 30, 2011

Paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers, Lord's Prayer, Saint Francis tagged , at 1:59 pm by davebayne

most holy, our Creator and Redeemer, our Saviour and our Comforter.

in the angels and the saints, giving them light to know you, since you, Lord, are light; setting them afire to love you, since you, Lord, are love; dwelling in them and giving them fullness of joy, since you, Lord, are the supreme, eternal good, and all good comes from you.

may we grow to know you better and better and so appreciate the extent of your favours, the scope of your promises, the sublimity of your majesty, and the profundity of your judgements.

so that you may reign in us by your grace, and bring us to your kingdom, where we shall see you clearly, love you perfectly and, happy in your company, enjoy you forever.

so that we may love you with all our heart, by always having you in mind; with all our soul, by always longing for you; with all our mind, by determining to seek your glory in everything; and with all our strength, of body and soul, by lovingly serving you alone. May we love our neighbours as ourselves, and encourage them all to love you, by bearing our share in the joys and sorrows of others, while giving offence to no one.

your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may remember and appreciate how much He loved us, and everything He said and did and suffered.

in your immeasurable mercy, by virtue of the passion of your Son, and through the intercession of Mary, and all your saints.

and if we do not forgive perfectly, Lord, make us forgive perfectly, so that, for love of you, we may really forgive our enemies, and fervently pray to you for them, returning no one evil for evil, but trying to serve you in everyone.

be it hidden or obvious, sudden or persistent.

past, present or future.

September 23, 2011

Prayer for a Rich Spiritual Life from Saint Francis

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Prayer for a Rich Spiritual Life

Almighty, eternal, just, and merciful God,
grant to us miserable ones the grace to do for you
what we know you want us to do.
Give us always to desire what pleases you.
Inwardly cleansed, interiorly illumined
and enflamed with the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow in the footprints
of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
and attain to you, Most High, by your grace alone,
who in perfect Trinity and simple Unity
lives and reigns and is glorified as God almighty,
forever and ever. Amen.

Taken From: The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life by Jon M. Sweeny

September 16, 2011

Saint Francis of Assisi ~ Prayer for Doing God’s Will

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Prayer Books, prayers from history, Saint Francis tagged , , , , , at 4:15 am by davebayne

Most High
and glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me
truer faith,
more certain hope,
and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge
of you,
so that I may carry out
your holy and true command
for my life.

Taken From: The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life by Jon M. Sweeny

September 9, 2011

Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace ~ Señor, Hazme un Instrumento de Tu Paz

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Prayer attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
where there is injury, pardon
where there is doubt, faith
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
and where there is sadness, joy

O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
to be loved as to love
for it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life

Oración atribuida a San Francisco de Asis

Señor, hazme un instrumento de Tu paz
Donde haya odio, siembre yo amor
donde haya injuria, perdón
donde haya duda, fe
donde haya tristeza, alegría
donde haya desaliento, esperanza
donde haya sombras, luz

Oh, Divino Maestro
Que no busque ser consolado sino consolar
que no busque ser amado sino amar
que no busque ser comprendido sino comprender
porque dando es como recibimos
perdonando es como Tú nos perdonas
y muriendo en Ti
es como nacemos a la vida eterna

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