Prayers and Devotions


pointed prayers

The Jesus Prayer 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner. 

Prayer Before a Meal

O Christ our God, bless the food, drink, and fellowship of your servant(s), for you are holy, always, now and forever. Amen.

Upon Rising

I laid down and slept; I awoke again, for the Lord sustained me. (Ps. 3:5)

Before Sleeping

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Ps. 4:8) 
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. (Lk 23:46)

Before Traveling

The Lord preserve my going out and my coming in, from this time forth forevermore. (Ps. 121:8)

In Doubt

O Lord I believe; help my unbelief. (Mk 9:24)

In Pain

Father, if it is possible let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done. (Mt 26:39)


to intercessors

Prayer to a Patron Saint

Pray unto God for me, O Holy Saint [Name], well-pleasing to God: for I turn unto you, who are the speedy helper and intercessor for my soul.

Prayer to a Guardian Angel

O Angel of Christ, holy guardian and protector of my soul and body, forgive me everything wherein I have offended you every day of my life, and protect me from all influence and temptation of the evil one. May I nevermore anger God by any sin. Pray for me to the Lord, that He may make me worthy of the grace of the All-holy Trinity, and of the Most Blessed Mother of God, and of all the Saints. Amen.


Other Prayers

O GOD, who has prepared for those who love you such good things as pass man's understanding: Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

DIRECT US, O God, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and aid us with your continual help: that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and at last by your mercy attain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who does govern all things in heaven and on earth: mercifully hear the prayers and supplications of your people, and grant unto the Church all things that are needful for her spiritual and temporal welfare. Strengthen and confirm the faithful; visit and relieve the sick; turn and soften the wicked; rouse the careless; raise the fallen; restore the penitent; remove all hindrances to the advancement of your Truth, and bring all to be of one heart and one soul within the fold of your Holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever One God, world without end. Amen.