Catholic Prayers for various situations.

 

A PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH, THE POPE, THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES, ETC.

 

We pray You, O almighty and eternal God, Who through Jesus Christ has revealed Your glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Your mercy, that Your Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue, with unchanging faith, in the confession of Your name.

We pray You, Who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life our chief bishop, N, the vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the government of His Church; our own bishop [or archbishop], N. [if he is not consecrated, our bishop-elect]; all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise among us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Your people into the ways of salvation.

We pray You, O God of might, wisdom, and justice, through Whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Your Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Your people, over whom he presides, by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion, by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy, and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Your divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge, and may perpetuate to us the blessings of equal liberty.

We pray for his Excellency the Governor of this State, for the members of the Assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Your powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise to Your unbounded mercy all our brethren and fellow-citizens throughout the country, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Your most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray You, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Your servants departed, who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relations, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of[our parish], and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to the Church, witnessed their zeal for divine worship, and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech You, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

 

IN ANY NECESSITY.

O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, give ear to the fervent prayers of Your Church, that what we ask in faith we may fully obtain according to your will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

IN ANY TRIBULATION.

O Almighty God, despise not Your people who cry unto You in their affliction, but for the glory of Your name turn away [this trial] and help us in our tribulation. Through, etc.

 

IN TIME OF FAMINE OR PESTILENCE.

Grant, we beseech You, O Lord, an answer to our hearty supplications; and, Your wrath being appeased [by the cross of Christ], turn away from us this famine [or pestilence], that the hearts of men may know that these scourges... cease by Your mercy. Through, etc.

[Note: This is a pre-modern and old testament way (Hos 11:9) of viewing trouble as resulting from our sin. Unless the trouble is a direct consequence of our mistakes, such as jail results from crime, it is often a mystery why misfortune occurs. It becomes an opportunity to call on God for help and to place our trust in Him. cf. CCC 208.]

 

FOR FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

O God, Who rejects none that come unto You, but in pity are appeased even with the greatest sinners who repent, mercifully regard our prayers in our humiliation, and lighten our hearts, that we may be able to fulfill Your commandments. Through, etc.

 

FOR THE UNCHURCHED AND MISTAKEN.

 

O almighty and everlasting God, Who has compassion on all, and would not that any should perish, favorably look down upon all those who are seduced by the deceit of Satan, that, all impiety being removed, the hearts of such as err may repent, and return to the unity of Your truth. Through, etc.

 

FOR OUR FRIENDS.

O God, Who, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, has poured into the hearts of Your faithful the gifts of charity, grant to Your servants, for whom we implore Your mercy, health both of body and soul, that they may love You with all their strength, and cheerfully perform those things which are pleasing unto You. Through, etc.

 

FOR THE SICK.

 

V. Heal Your servants, O Lord, who are sick, and who put their trust in You.

R. Send them help, O Lord, and comfort them from Your holy place.

O almighty and everlasting God, the eternal salvation of them that believe in You, hear us in behalf of Your servants who are sick, for whom we humbly crave the help of Your mercy, that, their health being restored to them, they may give thanks to You in Your Church. Through, etc.

 See the Catechism on illness and ministry to the sick.

 

FOR THE DEAD.

 

O almighty and eternal God, Who has dominion over the living and the dead, and art merciful to all, whom You knew beforehand shall be Yours by faith and good works, we humbly beseech You that they for whom we have determined to offer up our prayers, whether this present world still detain them in the flesh, or the world to come have already received them out of their bodies, may, by the clemency of Your goodness (all Your saints interceding for them), obtain pardon and full remission of their sins. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who, with You and the Holy Ghost, lives and reignes, one God world without end. Amen.

 

Prayer of a husband.

 

O God, Who has ordained and sanctified the holy estate of matrimony for replenishing the earth, for mutual consolation, and as a type of the union of Christ and His Church, give me grace both thankfully to accept its blessings, and carefully to fulfill its duties. I beseech You continually to bless our union, and to enable us to live together in peace and love, in the faithful discharge of all our duties to You and to one another. Deliver us from every evil temper, from every heedless action, which may in any way weaken or embitter the sacredness of that tie by which You has bound us together, and which can never be severed. Make me faithful and affectionate, studious to please, and ready to deny my own will and inclination in all things. Let not the trials and crosses of this life induce me to murmur, nor any earthly blessings cause me to forget You, the Author and Giver of all; but by patience and meekness, by prayer and thankfulness, may all things be sanctified unto me, and fit me for eternal union with You, through Jesus Christ, etc. Amen.

 

A PRAYER FOR PARENTS, FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

 

O Father of mankind, Who has given unto me these my children, and committed them to my charge, to bring them up for You, and to prepare them for everlasting life, assist me with Your heavenly grace, that I may be able to fulfill this most sacred duty and stewardship. Teach me both what to give, and what to withhold; when to reprove, and when to forbear; make me to be gentle, yet firm; considerate and watchful; and deliver me equally from the weakness of indulgence, and excess of severity; and grant that, both by word and example, I may be careful to lead them in the ways of wisdom and true piety; so that at last I may, with them, be admitted to the unspeakable joys of our true home in heaven, in the unity of the blessed angels and saints, where You, O Father, with Jesus, Your only-begotten Son, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, lives and reigns one God, forever and ever.

O heavenly Father, I commend my children unto You. Be You their God and Father, and mercifully supply whatever is wanting in me through frailty or negligence. Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world, to resist the so enticements of evil, whether from within or without; and deliver them from the secret snares of the enemy. Pour Your grace into their hearts, and confirm and multiply in them the gifts of Your Holy Spirit, that they may daily grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Our Lord Jesus Christ; and so, faithfully serving You here, may come to rejoice before You hereafter. Through the merits of the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with You and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns. Amen. 


Goffine's Devout Instructions, Benziger Bros. NY, pp. 614-618. Copyright 1896. Imprimatur, +Michael Augustine, Archbishop of New York, April 29, 1896.

The text is as quoted except parts in brackets and some editing of archaic words.

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