In a letter to the Christians of Thessolonica, St Paul encouraged them to "Pray always." (1 Thes. 5,17). This page offers some daily prayers. May God bless you and yours as you pray.
- Common prayers for all times and occassions
- Morning prayers
- Evening prayers
- Prayers & blessings for throughout the day
- Childrens prayers
- The Divine Office – the full daily prayer of the Church
The Sign of the Cross:
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Lords Prayer
(The ‘Our Father’ is the prayer that Jesus gave his disciples when they asked ‘teach us how to pray’)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done of 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.
The ‘Glory be’ or Doxology
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
The Apostles Creed
(one of our earliest prayers, a summary of our faith and confession of our beliefs. The word Creed comes from ‘Credo’ – Latin for ‘I believe’)
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; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will 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. Amen.
The Hail Mary
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
St Patricks breastplate
Christ be with me, Christ before me
Christ behind me, Christ in me
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ on my right, Christ on my left
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit
Christ where I arise.
Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Morning prayer wakes us up to the day, to all it will bring and to God who will be with us all day. St Basil, a wise 4th century saint from Asia Minor, said:"We pray in the morning to give the first stirrings of our minds to God. Before anything else, let the thought of God gladden you."
An Irish morning prayer:
I rise up with God, may God rise up with me, may Gods arms be round me, waking, sleeping and working. Amen.
A traditional morning prayer
Father in heaven, I give you today, all that I think and do and say.
And I unite it with all that was done, by Jesus Christ, your dear Son. Amen.
On line prayer:
- Consider giving five minutes to morning prayer at your computer before you start work
- Here are the daily scripture readings of the church
- Heres daily morning & evening prayer for each day of the week
Evening time is a great time to pray. After a busy day, its an opportunity to be with God as we take stock of all that has happened and how we are now. It is a good time for gratitude and for asking Gods blessing on situations and people. Many Christians find journalling a helpful way to pray in the evening – writing down personal prayers, concerns and gratitude to God.
From St. Augustine:
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who wake or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend those who are sick, Lord Christ; give rest to those who are weary; bless those who are dying; soothe those who are suffering, pity those who are afflicted; shield those who are joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.
An Evening Prayer (from The Lords Prayer )
When I see the moon in the night sky
I speak my evening prayer:
Praise be to the Being of Life,
For His kindness and His goodness.
An Irish blessing prayer
May the Sacred Three
Save, shield,& surround,
The hearth,the house, & the household,
This eve, this night, and every night,
Each single night.
Merciful God, in whom is no darkness at all, we come before You at the end of this day. We thank You that You have given us strength for our daily work, and have guided us safely through this day. Bless what was good in our labour and conduct.
Since You ordained that we should labour during the day and rest at night, we pray You to give us peaceful and undisturbed rest so that we may be able to take up our daily task again. Command Your angels to guard us and cause Your face to shine upon us. We cast all our anxieties on You, for You take care of us.
We confess that we did not spend this day without sinning against You.In Your mercy please cover our sins as You cover the earth in the darkness of the night. Grant comfort and rest to all who are ill, bowed down with grief, or afflicted with spiritual distress.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not abandon us, the works of Your hands.All this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Based on a prayer from Canadian & American reformed churches
Traditional Night blessing
Bless those minding cattle, And those minding sheep,
And those fishing the sea, While the rest of us sleep.
Prayer before a meeting
Lord, before I go into this meeting, I still myself before you. For you are filled with beauty and light, and care deeply about me. Help me to listen, before speaking. Help me to fully understand these people, before making my case. Help me to value and appreciate the ones I am about to meet, before thinking of my own concerns and anxieties. May your light enfold me. May your spirit guide me. May your grace abound in me. This is my prayer. Amen.
Prayer before work
It may be that you are in a job that you orginally felt "called" to do, but for whatever reason, you have lost motivation. Here you might want to try praying these words before you start your day:-
Lord, I offer you my work. I give you the dissappointment I feel. I surrender by dissillusionment. I confess my weakness. Reconnect me with You, I want to live again, to be fully alive. Stir in me a new song. May I sing for joy. Envision my mind, Equip my hands, Anoint my feet, Empower my voice, For your service and your work. This day and everyday. Amen (a modern prayer for work)
Bless our home
Bless this house, o Lord, we pray. Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout, Keeping all want and trouble out.
Bless the roof and chimney tall, Let thy peace lie over all.
Bless the doors that they may prove ever open to joy and love.
Bless the windows shining bright, letting in God's heavenly light.
Bless the hearth a-blazing there, with smoke ascending like a prayer.
Bless the people here within, Keep them pure and free from sin.
Bless us all, that one day, we may be fit, O lord, to dwell with Thee
When I feel under pressure or unsure
Lord God, sometimes my concerns and fears overwhelm the day and I find it hard to stop worrying and to enjoy the present moment. I feel neither here nor there and my head is full with worry.
Help me Jesus to breathe deeply of the fresh air that surrounds me now, so that I may remember that your love surrounds me as closely as oxygen, as consistently as my own heartbeat.
Remind me of all who love me, who need me and who support me even when I feel alone.
Give me restful sleep this night, bless all I am concerned about, carry me when I am not strong enough to carry myself.
Prayer for a Busy Day
In the midst of this most busy day, I want to offer to you, most patient Spirit of God, the poverty of my time. I always feel so rushed and pressured, and it sometimes seems as if I think that only the hours of this one day are limited. Yet I forget that the hours of a lifetime are limited too.
So please slow me down, you patient God, and help me to be aware that every moment is precious, and that the sum total of my moments on this earth are limited and so to treasure them each and every one.
-- from the sermon " In Praise of Poverty" by The Rev. Margaret B. Gunness
The best way for a child to learn to pray, is for them to pray regularly with the significant adults in their lives. A morning prayer said at the front door, with a sprinkling of holy water from the holy water font. Grace before meals said at a daily family meal. Evening prayer prayed as we tuck our child in to bed. A simple way to encourage imaginative prayer with your child, is to thank God for the events of the day together or to pray ‘God bless Mammy, God bless Daddy, God bless ....’ ... so that all the people and events of life are drawn into Gods blessing.
Here are some childrens prayers you might like to teach your child. Don’t forget that the common daily prayers mentioned at the start are theirs to learn too!
O Angel of God
O Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day/night be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
A childs morning prayer:
O my God, you love me, you’re with me night and day.
I want to love you always in all I do and say.
I’ll try to please you, Father. Bless me through the day. Amen.
A childs evening prayer
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep:
May God guard me through the night and wake me with the morning light.
Blessing For A New Baby
Sleep, my babe, lie still and slumber, all through the night
Guardian angels God will lend thee, all through the night
Soft and drowsy hours are creeping, hill and vale in slumber sleeping
Mother dear her watch is keeping, all through the night
God is here, you'll not be lonely, all through the night
'Tis not I who guards thee only, all through the night
Night's dark shades will soon be over, still my watchful care shall hover
God with me His watch is keeping, all through the night
A Child's Grace before Meals
God is great and God is Good, and we thank God for our food;
By God's hand we must be fed, Give us Lord, our daily bread. Amen.
Children's Mealtime Blessing
Thank you for the world so sweet, Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing, Thank you God for everything.
The Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office is the official set of daily prayers that all priests, religious and many lay people pray every day. Together with the Mass, it makes up the official public prayer life of the Church.
This prayer offers prayers for all times of the day and night, (all hours), so that we might pray as our ancestors have prayed: "in the morning I offer you my prayer"; "At midnight I will rise and thank you" ; "Evening, morning and at noon I will cry and lament"; "Seven times a day I praise you". This prayer consists mainly of psalms supplemented by hymns and readings.
If you’d like to find out more, or to join Catholics from all over the world as we pray, you may find this site helpful