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Daily Prayer Archive

Saturday 2nd May - Saint Athanasius (Bishop and Doctor)



Almighty ever-living God,
who raised up the Bishop Saint Athanasius
as an outstanding champion of your Son’s divinity,
mercifully grant, that, rejoicing in his teaching and his protection,
we may never cease to grow in knowledge and love of you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Friday 1st May - The Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve.

Colossians 3:23:24



God, give us work so that we may share our talents with others and know the dignity and satisfaction that you give us through our efforts. Give us patience while you open doors and wisdom to see your will. Keep our families in your care, and provide for all our needs. Never let stress diminish our love for each other nor our work as part of your healing ministry.

In your name we pray.


Thursday 30th April - St Pius V (Pope)

you chose Saint Pius V as pope of your Church
to protect the faith and give you more fitting worship.
By his prayers,
help us celebrate your holy mysteries
with a living faith and an effective love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

Wednesday 29th April -  The Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena 

Tuesday 28th April - St Peter Chanel (Priest and Martyr)

St Peter,

Pray with us that our faith will never fail, despite all challenges.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.



Monday 27th April in the 3rd Week of Easter

Prayer is like exercise, the more you do it, the more you want to do it, but it becomes harder if you begin to neglect it and eventually you might give it up altogether. Like oil for our lamps, God gives the Holy spirit to those who ask him.



Sunday 26th April in the 3rd Week of Easter

The Gospel is from St. Luke 24:13-35 - The Road to Emmaus

Lord Jesus Christ,
Stay with us, too, we pray,
in every part of our journey,
no matter how full of doubt or fear we may be today.
Through your Holy Spirit,
we pray that you will open our eyes, too
Help us see you as our risen Lord
in all your beauty,
and in all your loving power.
John Witvliet





Saturday 25th April - The Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

 He said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people."

Mark 16:15-20


O Glorious St Mark,
through the grace of God
our Father, you became
a great Evangelist, preaching
the Good News of Christ.


May you help us to know Him
well, so that we may
faithfully live our lives
as followers of Christ.


Friday 24th April - St Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Pray that we will have the strength to live life as Jesus asked, despite our challenges.

Thursday 23rd April - St George's Day

Saint George,

With courage, you stood up to those in power, to tell them that what they were doing was wrong. Pray that we, too, may have courage to stand up for what is right, with God’s help.

You were not ashamed of your faith.

Pray that we, too, may be proud of our faith, and show the love of Jesus in all that we do.

St George, pray for us.


Wednesday 22nd April in the Second Week of Eastertide

Tuesday 21st April - St Anselm of Canterbury (Bishop & Doctor)

A Prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury

 O my God, teach my heart where and how to seek You,
where and how to find You.
You are my God and You are my all and I have never seen You.
You have made me and remade me,
You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess,
Still I do not know You.
I have not yet done that for which I was made.
Teach me to seek You.
I cannot seek You unless You teach me
or find You unless You show Yourself to me.
Let me seek You in my desire,
let me desire You in my seeking.
Let me find You by loving You,
let me love You when I find You.


Monday 20th April in the 2nd Week of Eastertide

The liturgy is the Lord's approach to us. In it he becomes our travelling companion, sets our dull hearts aflame, and opens our sealed eyes. He still walks with us, still finds us worried and downhearted, and still has the power to make us see.

Pope Benedict XVI


Divine Mercy Sunday - 19th April

Eternal Father,

We offer You the Blood, Body, Soul and the Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for our sins and the atonement of the whole world. For the sake of His sorrowful passion have mercy on us.


Saturday 18th April within in the Octave of Easter

Mark 16:9-15

Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News

Friday 17th March - within the Octave of Easter

John 21:1-14

Jesus stepped forward, took the bread and gave it them, and the same with the fish.



This Gospel reading reveals Jesus  bringing his disciples, especially Peter, more completely under his lordship. The disciples do not know what to do, so they do that which is necessary, and in taking this initiative they put themselves in a place where Christ meets them. Here is the simple truth, attested to by the saints, that when we are uncertain what to do we should simply do our duty and God will guide.



Thursday 16th April - within the Octave of Easter

Jesus Appears to His Disciples - Luke 21:36-48

 While the two were telling them this, suddenly the Lord himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you."

They were terrified, thinking that they were seeing a ghost.  But he said to them, “Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds?  Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is I myself. Feel me, and you will know, for a ghost doesn't have flesh and bones, as you can see I have.”

He said this and showed them his hands and his feet. They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder; so he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”  They gave him a piece of cooked fish,  which he took and ate in their presence.  Then he said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true."

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,  and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later,  and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things."


Wednesday 15th April - within the Octave of Easter



They recognised him in the breaking of  the bread.

Luke 24:13-35


Tuesday 14th April - Easter Tuesday



Creator God,

thank you for Easter.

At this time of year

we think about new life,

 we see it in the fields

with the tiny newborn lambs,

we see it in the trees 

with the sprouting of tiny new buds,

we see it in the earth 

with the daffodils springing out of their beds.

We see new life everywhere

and remember an empty tomb,

frightened, startled disciples,

confused, bewildered soldiers

all struggling to understand

the new life that had begun in Jesus


Tony Bower

Monday 13th April - Easter Monday

So they left the tomb in a hurry, afraid and yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Peace be with you.” They came up to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.  “Do not be afraid,” Jesus said to them. “Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:8-10

Sunday 12th April - Easter Sunday

Saturday 11th April - Holy Saturday

God of life and death



God of all the worlds that we are



God of dazzling darkness



Ruth Burgess


The Stillness of Holy Saturday Can Be Our Road to Transformation

Friday 10th April Easter Triduum - Good Friday

'For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.'

John 3:16



Take a promise to love, forgive and live your life full of peace on this Good Friday.

Thursday 9th April Easter Triduum - Maundy Thursday

On the night before he died, Jesus had a last supper with his friends,

and showed them how to remember him forever,

what his mission was all about and what they were suppose to do.


He got a basin of water and got down on his knees,

to wash their feet one at a time, this was just not done.

There were servants in those days to wash the dusty feet of guests.


Peter spoke up, unhappy about this, but Jesus told him,

this was the way; serve each other in humility, serve the poor.

This is what he meant when he gave us his body.


Lord, help us to grow in the ministry of service,

to understand the purpose of life is not to gain power,

possessions and prestige, but simply to serve.


Raymond Friel


Wednesday 8th April

 “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.

Matthew 26:15

Tuesday 7th April in Holy Week


Lord God,
The message of the cross is difficult to take.
How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength?

Yet your word says that Jesus, being God,
Took on human flesh
And suffered the worst kind of death.
How can this be?

This message is indeed difficult to take.
But your foolishness is wiser than our wisdom.
Your weakness is greater than our strength.
Help us to know that none of us can boast before you.

It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast.
In his name, we ask you to help our unbelief.
That we may love you, and walk in the way Jesus taught us.
In his name,


Monday 6th April in Holy Week

Dear Lord,

As we start this week please help us to find your joy in the mundane.

May we live with an attitude of gratitude,

take nothing for granted and live life to the fullest.

Help us to focus on you and not the turmoil around us.

Thank you in advance for your strength, energy and grace.

In Jesus' name we pray.



Sunday 5th April - Palm Sunday

Saturday 4th April in the Fifth week of Lent - St Isidore of Seville

“If a person wants to be always in God’s company, they must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.”

Saint Isidore of Seville


Graciously hear the prayers, O Lord,
which we make in commemoration of Saint Isidore,
that your Church may be aided by his intercession,
just as she has been instructed by his heavenly teaching.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.



Friday 3rd April in the Fifth Week of Lent

Calm My Fears 
Eternal Father, you know my past, present and future, nothing is unknown to you.

When I worry about what is ahead of me, please calm my fears with the knowledge that you go before me.

I will never be alone because you will always be with me.

You have promised that you will not fail me or forsake me and you are faithful to keep all your promises.

Take away my fear and replace it with faith in your unending love.

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.




Thursday 2nd April in the Fifth Week of Lent - Feast Day of St Francis of Paola

Born 1416, at Paola in Calabria, Francis lived as a hermit. He attracted many followers by his piety and holiness. He founded a congregation of hermits, which became the Order of Minims. He died at Tours in France in 1507.


Father of the lowly,
you raised Saint Francis of Paola
to the glory of your saints.
By his example and prayers
may we come to the rewards
you have promised to the humble.
Through Christ our Lord, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.







Wednesday 1st April in the Fifth Week of Lent


Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.


They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise you can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet the sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi people are singing to each other Across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone May hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number Through the neighbourhood so that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome

And shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary.

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way.

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality.

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that.

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic.

The birds are singing again.

The sky is clearing.

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul and though you may not be able To touch across the empty square, Sing.

Fr Richard Hendrick, OFM 13 March 2020

Tuesday 31st March in the Fifth Week of Lent

Monday 25th March in the Fifth Week of Lent

Footprints in the Sand



One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

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Sunday 29th March - The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Gospel - I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:1-45)




Lord Jesus, through your word, renew in me today the life of grace which I received in Baptism. May your word bring life into every part of me that is buried in darkness, and by you word may the gift of faith be revived in me.

Saturday 28th March in the Fourth Week of Lent

We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love. Embracing Christ’s cross, “means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time.” Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.

Pope Francis






Friday 27th March in the Four Week of Lent

O Lord, grant us faith, the faith that removes the mask from the world and manifests God in all things; the faith that enables everything to be seen in another light; that show us Christ where our eyes see only a poor person; that show us the Saviour where we feel only pain.      


Blessed Charles De Foucauld




Thursday 26th March in the Fourth Week of Lent

Pope Francis: ‘The Best Prayer is That of Gratitude, That of Praise’



Thursday 26th March of the Fourth Week in Lent

And The People Stayed Home

And the people stayed home.

And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.

And listened more deeply.

Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows.

And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.


Kitty O'Meara

The Annunciation of the Lord 25th March