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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Eucharist at the canonization of Frei Galvăo in Săo Paulo, Brazil on 11 May 2007    
(photo credit Fabio Pozzebom/ABr - Agęncia Brasil;)

The Power of Prayer
Prayers for Specific Intentions
  • Father James Martin: The right way to pray is whatever works best for you
    by Ashley McKinless  America
  • A prayer for the atrocities in Manchester
    by Jake Martin, SJ
  • For Manchester and For All of Us: May, 2017
    deliver us from the scourge of violence,
    comfort those who suffer bodily injury and the heartbreaking loss of loved ones,
    change the hearts of those who sow the seeds of violence and destruction,
    enable our resolve this day and every day to live in peace will all we meet,
    renew our hope when we feel helpless before whatever would diminish us,
    lead us to the dawn of new life. Amen
  • A Prayer for our Muslim Brothers and Sisters
    by John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Ph.D.
  • Prayer to End Gun Violence
    Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem,
    Before your passion,
      As you people waved palms in your honor,
      You saw the city and wept over it because you
           Loved it.
      You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer
       In that beloved city
     still you loved it and wept over it.

    Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them,
       Love them and protect them.
       Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer
    Violence and chaos.
    Weep over us and love us.

    Lord Jesus, weep over us and love us.

        (See Lk 19)
    Submitted by Father David O. Brown, OSM
  • Prayer for Migrants
    For all those who see “home” and all it means
    Disappear behind them;
    For all those who cannot see a home
    In the days ahead of them;
    For all those who dwell in
    Daily insecurity;
    For all those who are weary and
    Without a safe place to rest their heads;
    For all families in migration we pray.
    May the image of the Holy Family
    Fleeing oppression stay with us as we enter a New Year,
    And stay with us each night as we are blessed
    With returning to a home.
    May we also be blessed
    With compassion for those

    Still weary, still seeking,
    Still with so far to go.

    by Jane Deren, 2007
  • Prayer for Inclusion
    Creator God, we are your people.
    We look to the future with optimism and with faith in you,
    As we pursue our call to provide justice and fullness of life 
    For all people with mental illness.
    We pray that every man, woman and child
    May develop their potential And meet you
    In themselves and in one another. 
    May we enjoy a totally welcoming community, 
    With you as our center, Joined hand in hand with our sisters and brothers.
    We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
  • Prayer for Peace in Syria
    We have been crying to you for peace in Syria; for an end to killing and despair, an end to hostilities on all sides.
    We cry to you for humanitarian aid to reach those most in need. We beseech you for the rebuilding of ruined homes, businesses and communities.
    We long for the repairing of the breach and the restoration of streets where your children may dwell in harmony.
    We cry out that justice, truth and love may prevail for all the people of Syria. We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • Prayer To End The Use Of The Death Penalty
    Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty.
    We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be respected and protected in all stages and circumstances.
    We pray for victims of violence and their families, that they may experience our love and support and find comfort in your compassion and in the promise of eternal life.
  • Prayer for Inmates and Correction Officers
    Most gracious Father, bless with your special care all jails, penitentiaries and homes of refuge.
    Look with pity on those who are housed there. Guide and protect those who have returned to the world. Grant all of them true contrition for past sins, and strengthen them in their good resolutions.
    Lead them along from grace to grace so that by the help of the Holy Spirit they may persevere in the ways of obedience and humility, and in the struggle against evil thoughts and desires.
    Grant the Holy Spirit to those engaged in teaching and training them, that they might have a right judgment with respect to those entrusted to them. May they labor for love of your with deep humility and singleness of purpose, purity of heart and life, and true zeal for your glory and the salvation of souls.
    Give them faith and love to sustain them in disappointment, love and patience toward those under them, and in your own good time crown their work with an eternal recompense.
  • The Police Officer's Prayer to St. Michael
    You know, Saint Michael, from your own experiences with the devil that the police officer's lot on earth is not always a happy one;
    but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the devil,
    and your angelic self-control give us inspiration.
    And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your heavenly force,
    where we will be as proud to guard the
    throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all the people.
  • Additional Prayers

General Prayers

  • Act of Contrition
    O my God, I am heartfully sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishment, but most of all because I have offended Thee my God, Who is all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
  • The Apostle's Creed
    I believe in God,
    the Father Almighty,
    Creator of Heaven and earth;
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord,
    Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended into Hell.
    The third day He arose again from the dead;
    He ascended into Heaven,
    sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty;
    from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy Catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.
  • Prayer to the Blessed One Carlos Manuel Rodríguez
    Most Holy Trinity:
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
    You enlightened Your humble servant
    the Blessed One, Carlos Manuel,
    to understand and live
    the Mystery of Easter
    source of the Liturgical Life
    which comes alive
    through the service to our neighbors
    especially the humble ones
    and the needy.
    May his commitment
    to the Church
    and to the people’s return
    to the eternal values
    based on the firm spirituality
    centered in the Risen Christ
    enable his prompt canonization.
    We pray for
    You to grant us,
    this favor we ask
    through the intercession
    of Your servant
    according to Your will.
    Oración al Beato Carlos Manuel Rodríguez
    Santísima Trinidad:
    Padre, Hijo, y Espíritu Santo,
    Tú iluminaste a Tu humilde siervo
    el Beato Carlos Manuel,
    a entender y vivir
    el Misterio de la Pascua
    fuente de la Vida Litúrgica
    que se manifiesta
    en el servicio al prójimo,
    especialmente los humildes
    y los necesitados.
    Haz que su compromiso
    con la Iglesia
    y el retorno del pueblo
    a los valores eternos, fundados
    en una sólida espiritualidad
    cristocéntrica y pascual, redunden
    en su pronta canonización.
    Por eso Te suplicamos
    que nos concedas
    este favor que Te pedimos
    mediante la intercesión
    de Tu siervo,
    si es ésa Tu voluntad.
  • Dios te salve, Maria
    Dios te salve, María, llena eres de gracia, el Seńor es contigo.
    Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres, y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús.
    Santa María, Madre de Dios,
    ruega por nosotros, pecadores,
    ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.Amén
  • Gloire au Pére
    Gloire au Pére, au Fils et au Saint-Esprit. Comme Il état au commencement, maintenant et toujours pour les sičcles des sičcles. Amen.
  • Ojcze nasz
    Ojcze nasz, któryś jest w niebie święć się imię Twoje; przyjdź królestwo Twoje; bądź wola Twoja jako w niebie tak i na ziemi; chleba naszego powszedniego daj nam dzisiaj; i odpuść nam nasze winy, jako i my odpuszczamy naszym winowajcom; i nie wódź nas na pokuszenie; ale nas zbaw od złego. Amen.
  • Oh mi Jesús
    Oh mi Jesús, perdónanos nuestros pecados, líbranos del fuego del infierno, lleva todas las almas al cielo, especialmente las mas necesitadas de tu misericordia. Amen.
  • Sei gegrüßt
    Sei gegrüßt, o Königin! Mutter der Barmherzigkeit, unser Leben, unsere Süßigkeit, unsere Hoffnung, sei gegrüßt. Zu dir seufzen wir, trauernd und weinend in diesem Tale der Tränen! O wende, unsere Fürsprecherin, deine mitleidigen Augen uns zu und zeige uns nach diesem Elende Jesum, die gebenedeite Frucht deines Leibes. O gütige, o milde, o süße Jungfrau Maria! V. Bitte für uns, o Königin vom heiligsten Rosenkranze. R. Auf daß wir würdig werden der Verheißungen Christi. Amen.
  • Witaj, Królowo
    Witaj, Królowo, Matko miłosierdzia, życia, słodyczy i nadziejo nasza, witaj! Do Ciebie wołamy wygnańcy, synowie Ewy; do Ciebie wzdychamy jęcząc i płacząc na tym łez padole. Przeto, Orędowniczko nasza, one miłosierne oczy Twoje na nas zwróć, a Jezusa, błogosławiony owoc żywota Twojego, po tym wygnaniu nam okaż. O łaskawa, o litościwa, o słodka Panno Maryjo!"