Prayer takes many forms: singing, silence, speaking, suffering, etc. Prayer is a personal and intimate experience, but also a unifying communal experience. We practice the prayers below as many voices sharing their hearts with the Lord, while joining our voices together in harmonized words.
Prayer for Reverence for Life (Term 1)
Almighty God, giver of all that is good,
we thank You for the precious gift of human life:
- For life in the womb, coming from your creative power,
- For the life of children, making us glad with their freshness and promise,
- For the life of young people, hoping for a better world,
- For the life of people who are disabled, teaching us that every life has value,
- For the life of the elderly, witnessing to the ageless values of patience and wisdom.
Like Blessed Mary, may we always say "YES" to Your gift.
May we defend it and promote it
from conception to its natural end.
And bring us at last, O Father,
to the fullness of eternal life
in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Prayer for Vocations
O God, You have chosen the apostles
to make disciples of all nations.
By baptism and confirmation
You have called all of us to build up Your holy Church.
We earnestly implore You
to choose from among us
many priests, brothers and sisters,
who will love You with their whole hearts
and will gladly spend their entire lives
to make You known and loved by all.
Oh my God, I offer you this day
and all I think and do and say
uniting it with what was done
on earth by Jesus Christ, your Son.
Act of Contrition
Oh my God,
I am very sorry for all my sins
because they displease you,
who are all good
and deserving of all my love.
With your help, I will sin no more.
The Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
He suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and His kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy,
catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.
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.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our 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.
Doxology (Glory Be)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.