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Prayers

Here are a compilation of prayers that give us strength and grace to persevere in prayer and fasting, as well as to share the importance of the practice.

Fasting Prayer

We recommend praying this prayer on the morning of Fast Days. It focuses our attention on why we want to fast and it reminds us that we’ll be in solidarity with the poor. There’s also a point in which we add our personal intentions and by doing so we are even more strengthened to fast.

Fasting prayer download.

Father, today I resolve to fast. I choose to fast because your prophets fasted,
because your Son, Jesus Christ, fasted, as did His apostles and disciples.

I decide to fast because your servant, Mother Mary, also fasted.
I fast today as a disciple of your Son and I ask for the intercession of the saints and my guardian angel.

Father, I present this day of fasting to you for the ability to discover your Word more
and discover what is essential and non-essential in this life.
I present this fast to you for Peace —for peace in my heart, peace with my family,
peace with my neighbors, peace in my town/city, state and my country.

I fast for peace in the world, for all troubled spots in the world.
I remember those who are hungry and impoverished.

I fast today for (your intentions).

Through this fast cleanse me of all bad habits and calm down my passions and
let your virtues increase in me. Let the depth of my soul open to your grace through this fast,
so that it may totally affect and cleanse me.

Father, please help me fast with my heart. Mary, you were free in your heart and
bound to nothing except the Father’s will.
Please obtain by prayer the grace of a joyful fast for me today.

Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be! Amen.

* Adapted from “Fast with the Heart” fasting prayer by Father Slavko Barbaric.

 Break the Fast Prayer

Jesus, I conclude this fast day in your heart. I ask that you take my efforts and
multiply them for the glory of your kingdom.

Fill me with a spirit of gratitude and charity. I rejoice to draw closer to you in this fast
and I recognize how much I need you. Lord, I am so weak, but you make me strong.
Give me the grace to continue fasting from what is evil.

I ask you to be with me now as I break the fast. Protect me from the spirit of gluttony and
enlighten me to choose a food that will be healthy for my body.

May I always remember that my body is a temple for the Holy Spirit.
Lord, help me to eat slowly and intentionally. May I love you and honor you just as much when
I’m eating as when I’m fasting. Thank you for this food and nourishment for my body.

May my heart joyfully await for the next time I receive you
in the Eucharist when you feed my soul. Amen.

Magnificat Prayer

When we pray this prayer, we are praying with the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Magnificat is first prayed during the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. Mother Mary is the teacher of prayer and so we learn from her and ask her to pray with us and for us.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.  

(Lk 1:46-55)

 

Preparation for Mass Prayer

Holy Mass is the ultimate prayer, so it is important for us to prepare by spending time in prayer. As we examine our consciences, we acknowledge that we are sinners before the Lord and ask Him for mercy and forgiveness. This prayer helps us to prepare for encountering Jesus, Our Savior and to receive Him in the Holy Eucharist. 

Lord, Jesus Christ, I approach your banquet table in fear and trembling, for I am a sinner, and dare not rely on my own worth but only on your goodness and mercy. I am defiled by many sins in body and soul, and by my unguarded thoughts and words.

Gracious God of majesty and awe, I seek your protection, I look for your healing, poor troubled sinner that I am, I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy. I cannot bear your judgment, but I trust in your salvation. Lord, I show my wounds to you and uncover my shame before you. I know my sins are many and great, and they fill me with fear, but I hope in your mercies, for they cannot be numbered.

Lord Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and man, crucified for mankind, look upon me with mercy and hear my prayer, for I trust in you. Have mercy on me, full of sorrow and sin, for the depth of your compassion never ends. Praise to you, saving sacrifice, offered on the wood of the cross for me and for all mankind. Praise to the noble and precious blood, flowing from the wounds of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world.

Remember, Lord, your creature, whom you have redeemed with your blood. I repent my sins, and I long to put right what I have done. Merciful Father, take away all my offenses and sins; purify me in body and soul, and make me worthy to taste the holy of holies.

May your body and blood, which I intend to receive, although I am unworthy, be for me the remission of my sins, the washing away of my guilt, the end of my evil thoughts, and the rebirth of my better instincts. May it incite me to do the works pleasing to you and profitable to my health in body and soul, and be a firm defense against the wiles of my enemies.
Amen.

By St. Ambrose

 

Prayer of Abandonment

In the Prayer of Abandonment, we fully place our trust in God’s hands and to His Holy Will. “To let go, and to let God!” A beautiful prayer to be said daily!

Father,
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

By Blessed Charles de Foucauld

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