Prayers and Blessings

Grant me, O Lord,

to know what I ought to know,

to love what I ought to love,

to praise what delights you most,

to value what is precious in your sight,

to hate what is offensive to you.


—Thomas a Kempis—


Peace Prayer

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.


Divine Master, grant that I might seek not so much

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love another.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.


—Francis of Assisi—



A Franciscan Blessing

May God bless you with discomfort
at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships
so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people
so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears
to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in the world
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done
to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.




From Patrick’s Breastplate

I bind unto myself today

the strong Name of the Trinity,

by invocation of the same

the Three in One and One in Three.

*  *  *

I bind unto myself today

the virtues of the star lit heaven,

the glorious sun’s life-giving ray,

the whiteness of the moon at even,

the flashing of the lightning free,

the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,

the stable earth, the deep salt sea

around the old eternal rocks.

*  *  *

I bind unto myself today

the power of God to hold and lead,

His eye to watch, His might to stay,

His ear to hearken to my need.

The wisdom of my God to teach,

His hand to guide, His shield to ward;

The word of God to give me speech,

His heavenly host to be my guard.

*  *  *

Against the demon snares of sin,

The vice that gives temptation force,

The natural lusts that war within,

The hostile men who mar my course;

Of few or many, far or nigh,

In every place and in all hours,

Against their fierce hostility

I bind to me these holy powers.

*  *  *

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,

Against false words of heresy,

Against the knowledge that defiles,

Against the heart’s idolatry,

Against the wizard’s evil craft,

Against the death wound and the burning,

The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,

Protect me, Christ, till Your returning.

*  *  *

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

*  *  *

I bind unto myself the Name,

the strong Name of the Trinity,

by invocation of the same,

the Three in One and One in Three.

By Whom all nature hath creation,

Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:

Praise to the Lord of my salvation.

Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


—Patrick of Ireland—


Blessing for a Friend

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.

May the Lord make you an amazing blessing

wherever you go,

whatever you do,

in all that you say.

And may He bring you a double blessing in return,

far more than you could ever ask or imagine.


—from Numbers 6:24-26 and Ephesians 3:20-21—


Prayer for Presence

Loving Father above,

Beloved Son beside,

Holy Spirit within,

reveal to me Your love, Your joy, and Your peace;

reveal to me Your hope and Your power;

let me always feel Your life-giving presence.



Come, my God

Come, my Light, and illumine my darkness.
Come, my Life, and revive me from death.
Come, my Physician, and heal my wounds.
Come, Flame of divine love, and consume my sins,
kindling my heart with the flame of your love.
Come, my King, and enter my heart and reign there,
for you alone are my salvation.


—Dimitri of Rostov—


Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.


Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time;

accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.


Taking as Christ did this sinful world as it is,

not as I would have it.


Trusting that He will make all things right,

if I surrender to His will.


That I may be reasonably happy in this life,

and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.


—Reinhold Niebuhr—


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