Acts that the Christian Should Perform Every Day.

 

On Rising, after having made the Sign of the Cross.

My God! I adore You, I love You with my whole heart.

I thank You for all Your benefits, especially for having preserved me during the past night.

I. offer You all my actions and sufferings of this day, in union with the actions of Jesus and Mary; and I make the intention of gaining all the indulgences that I can gain.

I purpose, O Lord! to avoid offending You this day, especially.

 

It is good to make a resolution, particularly about the fault into which we fall the most often.

 

I beg You, for the love of Jesus, to grant me the grace of perseverance.

I resolve to conform myself to Your holy will, and particularly in those things that are contrary to my inclination, saying always, O Lord I Your will be done. My Jesus, keep Your hand over me this day I Most Holy Virgin Mary, take me beneath your mantle. And do You, O Eternal Father, help me for the love of Jesus and Mary! O my angel guardian and my holy patron saints, assist me.

 

[Say] Our Father, Hail Mary, Creed; three Hail Mary: in honor of the purity of Mary. [To see the text of these prayers click here. See also About Basic Catholic Prayers.]

 

At the Beginning of Work or Study.

O Lord! I offer You this work.

 

Before Meals.

 

O my God ! bless this food and me, that I may commit no fault about it, and may all be for Your glory.

 

After Meals.

I thank You, Lord, for having done good to one who was Your enemy.

 

When the Clock strikes.

My Jesus, I love You; never permit me to offend You again, and let me never be separated from You.

 

In adverse circumstances.

 

O Lord since You have so willed it, I will it also.

 

In Time of Temptation.

Frequent invocation of the holy names of Jesus and Mary.

When conscious or doubtful of having sinned, say at once:

 

O my God! I repent of having offended You. O Infinite goodness ! I will do so no more.

 

And if you should sin grievously, go to confession as soon as possible. Before going to rest in the evening thank God for all the favors you have received then make an examination of conscience. Afterwards make the Christian acts in the following manner:

Act of Faith.

O my God, who art infallible truth, because You have revealed it to Your Church, I believe all that she proposes to my belief I believe that You art my God,

the Creator of all things; that You do reward the just with an eternal paradise, and do punish the wicked in hell for all eternity. I believe that You art one in essence, and three in persons, namely, Father, Son, And Holy Ghost. I believe in the Incarnation and death of Jesus Christ. I believe, in fine, all that the Holy Church believes. I thank You for having made me a Christian; and I protest that I will live and die in this holy faith.

 

Act of Hope.

O my God, confiding in Your promises, because You art powerful, faithful, and merciful, I hope through the merits of Jesus Christ to obtain pardon of my sins, final perseverance, and the glory of paradise.

 

Act of Love and Contrition.

O my God, because You art infinite good ness, worthy of infinite love, I love You with all my heart above all things; and for the love of You I love my neighbor also. I repent with all my heart, and am sorry above all things for all my sins, because by them I have offended Your infinite goodness. I resolve, by the help of Your grace, which I beseech You to grant me now and always, rather to die than ever to offend You again. I purpose, also, to receive the holy Sacraments during my life, and at the hour of my death.

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Other Acts.

I adore You, my God, I humble myself in the abyss of my nothingness to the will of Your infinite majesty.

I firmly believe all that You have deigned to make known to me by means of Your holy Church; and I am ready to give my life a thousand times for this faith.

I place all my hope in You. Whatever good I may have, either in this life or in the next, I hope for from You, through the merits of Jesus Christ.

I love You, Infinite Goodness, with all the affection of my heart and of my soul, because You do merit all my love. I unite my imperfect love to that which all the saints, most holy Mary, and Jesus Christ bear to You. Because You art the supreme good, I am sorry and repent of all my sins, detesting them as much as possible above every other evil. I resolve for the future rather to die than to consent to anything that may give You the slightest displeasure.

I offer You now and forever my body, my soul, and all my senses and faculties. Do with me, Lord, and with all that belongs to me, what You please. Give me Your love and final perseverance, and grant that in all temptations I may always have recourse to You.

I resolve to employ myself entirely in those things which are pleasing to You, being ready to suffer any pain and labor in order to please You.

I desire that all should serve and love You. I recommend to You all the souls in purgatory, as also all sinners; enlighten and strengthen these unhappy [people], that they may know and love You. I rejoice exceedingly that Your happiness is infinite, and will never have an end.

I thank You for all the benefits that You have bestowed upon mankind, but especially upon me, who has been more ungrateful than others.

My beloved Jesus, I take refuge within Your sacred wounds: do You there defend me from all temptations, till You shall grant me to see You and love You eternally in paradise.

 

Prayer of St. Bonaventure to Jesus Christ, to obtain His Holy Love.

 

Most sweet Jesus, pierce the interior of my soul with the sweet wound of Your love, that my soul may ever languish and be dissolved with Your love and with the desire of possessing You, and long to quit this life, that it may come to be perfectly united to You in a blessed eternity. Grant that my soul may ever thirst after You, speak only to You, find You, and do all for Your glory. Giant that my heart may be ever fixed on You who art my only hope, my riches, my peace, my refuge, my confidence, my treasure, and my inheritance.

 

A Short Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified, to obtain a Happy Death.

 

My Lord Jesus Christ, through that bitterness which You did suffer on the cross, when Your blessed soul was separated from Your sacred body, have pity on my sinful soul, when it shall depart from my miserable body, and shall enter into eternity.

 

Prayer to the Ever Blessed Virgin, to obtain the Love of Jesus and a Happy Death.

 

O Mary! you who so much desire to see Jesus loved, if you love me this is the favor which I now ask of you, to obtain for me a great love for Jesus Christ. You obtain from your Son whatever you please:

pray, then, for me, and console me. Obtain for me a great love for you, who of all creatures art the most loving and beloved of God. And through that grief which you did suffer on Calvary, when you did behold Jesus expire on the cross, obtain for me a happy death, that by loving Jesus and you, my Mother, I may come to love you forever in heaven.


St. Alphonsus de Liguori, The Incarnation Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ, Rev Eugene Grimm Trans., Redemptorist Fathers, Brooklyn, Publishers (1927) p. 440-444. Imprimatur +Patrick Cardinal Hayes, 1927.

This material is presented for religious and educational purposes only. It appears as it is in the text of The Incarnation Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ except to replace archaic words, and any words in brackets. The red color is used to denote instructions rather than the prayers recommended by Alphonsus.


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