Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
A collection of beautiful prayers for special intentions
Prayer to St. Jude
the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved
throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us.
Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us.
To The Blessed Virgin
most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God. Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my
necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me here that you are my
mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly
beseech you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity (mention
request). There are none that can withstand your power, O Mary conceived
without sin, pray for us who have recoursed thee (3 times). My cause is in
Lady Dressed In Blue
Lady dressed in blue-teach me how to pray! God was just your little boy,
tell me what to say!
you lift Him up, sometimes, gently on your knee? Did you sing to Him the
way Mother does to me? Did you hold His hand at night? Did you ever
try telling stories of the world? O! And did He cry?
you really think He cares if I tell Him things-little things that happen?
And do the Angel's wings make a noise? And can He hear me if I speak low?
Does He understand me now? Tell me, for you know?
Lady dressed in blue, teach me how to pray! God was just your little boy,
and you know the way.
To St. Anthony
be God in His angels and in His Saints.
St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His
creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers.
Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those
in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to
obtain for me (mention
request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle
even so, you are the saint of miracles. O gentle and loving St. Anthony,
whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the
ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, Who loved to be folded in your arms and
the gratitude of my heart will be yours.
To St. Michael
Michael the Archangel, defend us in our hour of conflict; Be our safeguard
against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God restrain Him, we
humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of
God, cast Satan into Hell, and with him all the other evil spirits, who
wander through the world, for the ruin of souls. Amen.
to St. Raphael the Archangel
Archangel, St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are
illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those
who journey by land, or sea, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of
sinners. I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of
this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you
are the "medicine of God" I humbly pray you to heal the many
infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask
of you the favor (mention
request) and the great grace of purity to prepare me to
be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Of St. Francis Of Assisi
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; And where there is
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, and it is
in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Prayer Of St. Ignatius Loyola
teach me to be generous; teach me to serve You as You deserve: to give and
not to count the cost, to fight and not heed the wounds, to toil and not
to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward save that of knowing
I am doing Your will.
Prayer Of St. Patrick
be with me, Christ within me, 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.
Andrew Novena Prayer to Obtain Favors
and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the
most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In
that hour, vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother.
is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a
day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will
obtain what is asked.)
Prayer To The
Spirit, fill my heart with Your holy gifts.
my weakness be penetrated with Your strength this very day that I may
fulfill all the duties of my state conscientiously, that I may do what is
right and just.
my charity be such as to offend no one, and hurt no one's feelings; so
generous as to pardon sincerely any wrong done to me.
me, O Holy Spirit, in all my trials of life, enlighten me in my ignorance,
advise me in my doubts, strengthen me in my weakness, help me in all my
needs, protect me in temptation and console me in afflictions.
hear me, O Holy Spirit, and pour Your light into my heart, my soul, and my
me to live a holy life and to grow in goodness and grace. Amen.
To The Holy Trinity
be to the Father, Who by His almighty power and love created me, making me
in the image and likeness of God.
be to the Son, Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell, and
opened for me the gates of heaven.
be to the Holy Spirit, Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism,
and continues to sanctify me by the graces I receive daily from His
be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity, now and forever.
To St. Martha
you, Saint Martha, for favors granted."
following prayer is to be said for nine consecutive Tuesdays.
Martha, I resort to your protection and faith. Comfort me in all my
difficulties and, through the great favor you enjoy in the house of my
Savior, intercede for me, and my family. (Say three Hail Mary’s.)
beseech thee to have infinite pity in regard to the favor I ask of thee,
Saint Martha, (mention request) and that I may be able to overcome
To St. Jude
glorious Apostle, St. Jude Thaddeus, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I
salute thee through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through this heart I
praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon thee. Humbly
prostrate before thee, I implore thee through this heart to look down upon
me with compassion. Oh, despise not my poor prayer. Let not my trust be
confounded. To thee God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the
most desperate cases. Oh, come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of
God. All my life I will be grateful to thee and will be thy faithful
client until I can thee in Heaven. Amen.
to Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Holy Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whose great love of Christ led you to
serve the poorest of the poor, and whose missionary zeal inspired you to
embrace the peoples of the world, I come to you in humble supplication.
Obtain for me the grace to see Christ in all human beings, embracing them
in the spirit of generosity and ministering to them in the name of Jesus.
Obtain for me also, the favor of: (mention
Oh Heavenly Father, I beseech thee to obtain for Mother Teresa the official declaration of sainthood through canonization. I ask this in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.
Prayer For Our Parish
God, You have made us the church of Your dear Son. Make our parish a
family of one heart and mind in love toward You. Grant that our common
life and work may be an example to all about us. Guide our pastor and his
assistants in their work.
the intercessions of (name of the parish patron) our patron; and keep us
secure in Your love. Amen.
Savior, Jesus Christ, through Your life of poverty, Your intense
sufferings, the labors of Your public life and bloody death, You earned
the salvation of souls. The same path is trodden now by our missionaries
who work for the salvation of souls. Fill them with courage, a devoted
spirit of sacrifice and an unshakable confidence in Your promise to be
with them to the end of time. Give success to their labors, answer their
prayers and bless their burdens so that Your kingdom may extend to the
ends of the earth. Amen.
Prayer for Priests
Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your Sacred
Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily
purpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let your holy love
surround them from the world's contagion. Bless their labors with abundant
fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and
consolation here and their everlasting crown hereafter. Mary, Queen of the
Clergy, pray for us; obtain for us numerous and holy priests.
for Troubled Priests
Father, creator of all things, we reverence Your continued grace and
presence in the priesthood of You only begotten Son, now shared by Him
with men. In the weakness which You know, some of those called to
participate in the priesthood of the eternal high priest have fallen from
the heights to which they were summoned. Do not, we beg You, cast them
forever from Your sight. Be mindful, rather, of their hearts as they were
touched by Your grace in the beginnings of their priesthood. Restore to
them by a flood of Your grace that generosity which they knew in life's
Almighty and eternal God, look lovingly upon Mary as she stood beneath the
cross of her Son. For the love of this sorrowing mother and her Son have
pity on Your other sons, the Brothers consecrated to Jesus. In youth's
glad hour they turned from every earthly possession, every passing joy and
every vain ambition, that they might dedicate themselves by the sacred
bonds of poverty, chastity, and obedience in holiness of life.
Jesus, I confidently plead with You for all Your Brothers, for they are
faithful, ardent religious. Be present in the classroom with the Brothers
who labor for the youth You love so well; bend over the hospital cot with
the Brothers who nurse bodies to win souls; be present in the kitchen and
in the laundry and in the workshop with these Brothers who form the strong
right arm of the great religious bodies that are the glory of Your church;
be present in the mission field with Your Brothers, who have You alone as
their motive and their solace. Amen.
Almighty and eternal God, look upon the mother of Your Son and for love of
her, and through her, have pity on Your consecrated Sisters. They are
bound to You by their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Yet in
spite of their good will and generosity, they are human, weak and frail.
Take, therefore, their womanhood; purify it, ennoble it, transform it by
Your grace, give them Your courage to rise above all pettiness. Give them
Your tenderness to melt all selfish coldness; pierce them with Your
honesty so that they may know themselves and come to know You. Give them O
God, fidelity and sincerity. Keep them always in Your holy presence. Stir
up in them the grace of their holy vocation.
Jesus, I pray to You for Your courageous, faithful and fervent Sisters.
But above all I commend to You the Sisters dearest to me, the Sisters who
taught me in school, the Sisters who encouraged and guided me, who
comforted me in sickness, the Sisters whose beautiful example has edified
and inspired me, all the Sisters to whom I am indebted in any other way,
(mention name here). O Jesus, keep them all close to
Your heart. And bless them abundantly for time and for eternity. Amen.
Lord God, even now resignedly and willingly, I accept at your hands will
all its anxieties, pains and sufferings whatever kind of death it may
please you to be mine. Amen.
to St. Michael the Archangel
the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in “our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places” (Eph., 6,12). Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to His likeness and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of “the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan”, bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit ...“that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Apoc. 20, 2-3).
the Name of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, strengthened by the
intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed
Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and all the
Saints. (and powerful in the holy authority of our ministry)*, we
confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and deceits of the
arises; His enemies are scattered and those who hate Him flee before Him.
As smoke is driven away, so are they driven; as wax melts before the fire,
so the wicked perish at the presence of God.
P. Behold the Cross of the
Lord, flee bands of enemies.
crosses + below indicate a blessing to be given if a priest recites the
Exorcism; if a lay person recites it, they indicate the Sign of the Cross
to be made silently by that person).
drive you from us, whoever you may be, unclean spirits, all satanic
powers, all infernal invaders, all wicked legions, assemblies and sects.
In the Name and by the power of Our Lord Jesus Christ, + may you be
snatched away and driven from the Church of God and from the souls made to
the image and likeness of God and redeemed by the Precious Blood of the
cunning serpent, you shall no more dare to deceive the human race,
persecute the Church, torment God's elect and sift them as wheat.+
The Most High God commands you,+
He with whom, in your great insolence, you still claim to be equal. “God
who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”
(I Tim. 2,4). God the Father commands you. +
God the Son commands you.+
God the Holy Ghost commands you.+
Christ, God's Word made flesh, commands you;+
He who to save our race outdone through your envy, “humbled Himself,
becoming obedient even unto death” (Phil.2,8); He who has built His
Church on the firm rock and declared that the gates of hell shall not
prevail against Her, because He will dwell with Her “all days even to
the end of the world” (Matt. 28,20).
sacred Sign of the Cross commands you,+
as does also the power of the mysteries of the Christian Faith.+
The glorious Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, commands you;+
she who by her humility and from the first moment of her Immaculate
Conception crushed your proud head. The faith of the holy Apostles Peter
and Paul, and of the other Apostles commands you.+
The blood of the Martyrs and the pious intercession of all the Saints
Thus, cursed dragon, and you, diabolical legions, we adjure
you by the living God,+
by the true God,+ by the holy God,+
by the God “who so loved the world that He gave up His only Son, that
every soul believing in Him might not perish but have life everlasting”
(St.John 3, 16); stop deceiving human creatures and pouring out to them
the poison of eternal damnation; stop harming the Church and hindering her
liberty. Be gone Satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of man's
salvation. Give place to Christ in Whom you have found none of your works;
give place to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church acquired by
Christ at the price of His Blood. Stoop beneath the all-powerful Hand of
God; tremble and flee when we invoke the Holy Name of Jesus, this Name
which causes hell to tremble, this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and
Dominations of heaven are humbly submissive, this Name which the Cherubim
and Seraphim praise unceasingly repeating: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord,
the God of Hosts.
O Lord, hear my prayer.
Let us pray.
God of heaven, God of earth, God of Angels, God of
Archangels, God of Patriarchs, God of Prophets, God of Apostles, God of
Martyrs, God of Confessors, God of Virgins, God who has power to give life
after death and rest after work: because there is no other God than Thee
and there can be no other, for Thou art the Creator of all things, visible
and invisible, of Whose reign there shall be no end, we humbly prostrate
ourselves before Thy glorious Majesty and we beseech Thee to deliver us by
Thy power from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits, from their snares,
their lies and their furious wickedness. Deign, O Lord, to grant us Thy
powerful protection and to keep us safe and sound. We beseech Thee through
Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
P. From the snares of the
P. That Thy Church may
serve Thee in peace and liberty:
P. That Thou may crush
down all enemies of Thy Church:
(Sprinkle Holy water in the places you may be).
To Defeat The Works Of Satan
Father, grant us the reigning right of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of
the Immaculate Heart of Mary. With every beat of my heart and with every
breath, I repeat this prayer, for pure Love to you. Amen.
(by Sister Denise Wilkinson, SP)
life, with all of its ups and downs, I gently place into your hands,
Provident God. My loved ones, those here and those living in the fullness
of your life, I gently place into your hands, Provident God.
daily work and all who come into my life through it. I gently place into
your hands, Provident God.
Church and all of the people of God, I gently place into your hands,
planet and our universe, revelations of your love, I gently place into
your hands, Provident God.
your hands, may we learn to be expressions of your Providence, today and
of Providence, lead us, lead us in your wisdom; Into fruitfulness, lead
us, lead us together, lead us to freedom in your Spirit.
of Jesus Christ, lead us, lead us in your wisdom; Into your new creation
lead us together, lead us to freedom in your Spirit.
who called our Foundress, lead us, lead us in your wisdom; Into love and
care, to the poor and abandoned lead us, lead us together, lead us to
freedom in your Spirit.
who calls us in the darkness, lead us, lead us in your wisdom; Into
listening, lead us, lead us together, lead us to freedom in your Spirit.
God who promises newness, lead us, lead us in your wisdom; To the places of new growth lead us together, lead us to freedom in your Spirit.
our breath and our wellspring, lead us, lead us in your wisdom; Give us
living water, lead us together, lead us to freedom in your Spirit.
of humankind, lead us, lead us in your wisdom; Into harmony, lead us, lead
us together, lead us to freedom in your Spirit.
who dwells within us, lead us, lead us in your wisdom; Fire us for the
journey, lead us together, lead us to freedom in your Spirit.
of Providence, lead us, lead us in your wisdom; Be our light and our
vision, lead us together, lead us to freedom in your Spirit. Amen.
to the Providence of God
La Colombiere, SJ)
and tender Providence of my God, into your hands I commend my spirit; to
you I abandon my hopes and fears, my desires and repugnancies, my temporal
and eternal prospects.
you I commit the wants of my perishable body; to you I commit the more
precious interests of my immortal soul for whose lot I have nothing to
fear as long as I do not leave your care.
my faults are many, my misery great, my spiritual poverty extreme, my hope
in you surpasses all. It is superior to my weakness, greater than my
difficulties, stronger than death.
Though temptations should assail me, I will hope in you; though I break my resolutions, I will look to you confidently for grace to keep them at last.
Though you should ask me to die, even then I will trust in you, for you are my father, my God, the support of my salvation.
my kind, compassionate and indulgent parent, and I am your devoted child,
Prayer of One about to be Married
O gracious Father, who dost bless us by Thy bounty, pardon us by Thy mercy, support and guide us by Thy grace, and govern us by Thy providence: I give Thee humble and hearty thanks for all the mercies which I have received at Thy hands in time past.
And now, since Thou hast called me to the holy estate of marriage, be pleased to be with me in my entering into it and passing through it, that it may not be a state of temptation or sorrow to me by occasion of my sins or infirmities, but of holiness and comfort, of love and dutifulness, as Thou has intended it to be to all that love and fear Thy holy name. Amen.