Lord Jesus, as you gave us your life you said,
“Do this is memory of me.”
May all your disciples fulfill your command of love.
Raise up in our diocese
humble men to the Priesthood,
faithful people to the Consecrated Life,
and holy men and women to Married Life.
May all hear your call to holiness and have the courage
to respond with generous heart. –Amen.
Commissioned by Bishop Paul Etienne January 1, 2015
We bless your name, O Lord,
for sending your own incarnate Son, to become part of a family,
so that, as he lived its life,
he would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you, Lord,
to protect and watch over this family,
so that in the strength of your grace
its members may enjoy prosperity,
possess the priceless gift of your peace,
and, as the Church alive in the home,
bear witness in this world to your gloy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.
We give thanks for (Each individual should add what they are thankful for here)
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year.
This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail;
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing,
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.
To the everlasting Father,
And the Son who reigns on high,
With the Holy Spirit proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty. Amen.
V. You have given them bread from heaven,
R. Having all delight within it.
Let us pray.
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament
left us a memorial of your Passion:
grant, we implore you,
that we may so venerate
the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood,
as always to be conscious of the fruit of your Redemption.
You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Lectio divina is a form of prayer, not a Scripture study. It is an ancient practice of "divine reading" which has been part of our faith tradition for centuries. There are different ways to do lectio divina. This is just one example which is family-friendly.
1. Gather in a sacred space in your home. That might be the kitchen table, or the family room. Make sure it is a quiet space with no distractions. It would be great to have a prayer focus (the family Bible, a prayer cloth and candle).
2. Pass the Bible around the family, inviting each member to reverence the Word in some way (e.g., kissing it, holding it up, marking the sign of the Cross on it).
3. [Read] Have the oldest family member read the selected Scripture passage aloud, slowly and reverently.
4. Take a few moments for quiet reflection on the Word.
5. Invite people to share a word or phrase from the text which particulaly struck them. Tell them not to comment on the passage, but simply share the text.
6. [Reflect] Invite the youngest family member who can read to proclaim the passage aloud again. Tell family members to listen for how the Word touches their lives today.
7. Invite everyone to quietly reflect on what the text teaches. What is God saying to each person as an individual and to all of the members as a family? What is God asking us to do?
8. Invite members to share their thoughts if they are comfortable.
9. [Pray] Proclaim the passage again. This time pray with God's Word. Invite family members to ponder what they need to pray: ask God for something, or praise God or thank God for something, or perhaps ask God's forgiveness.
10. Encourage family members to pray their prayer aloud if they feel comfortable doing so. Invite them to look at each member of the family and pray for them to live God's Word.
11. [Contemplate] One more time, proclaim the passage. Then sit in silence for a few moments.
12. End by offering each other a sign of Christ's peace.
V/. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
R:/And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
V/. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R/. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary . . .
V/. And the Word was made Flesh
R/. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .
V/. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
R/. that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
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 rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and 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 life everlasting.
O God, the Lord of all,
your Son commanded us to love our enemies and to pray for them.
Lead us from prejudice to truth;
Deliver us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge;
and enable us to stand before you,
reconciled through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ever caring and gentle,
we commit to your love these little ones,
quickened to life for so short a time.
Enfold them in your love.
We pray for all responsible for the death of these children.
Give them the gift of true repentance,
and comfort them with a full portion of your mercy.
Transform our selfishness and sin
and make us turn to your love.
Help us to embrace the Gospel of life
to repudiate sin, selfishness, and death,
and to live only as your children.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death. Amen.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day
for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,
for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians,
and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month.
Amen. (Written in 1844 by Fr. François-Xavier Gautrelet; found in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers)
Download a .pdf (courtesy USCCB) which details how to pray the Rosary, a description of the Mysteries, and a complete list of the prayers used.