Saints Andrew Kim Taegon and Paul Chong Hasang, and their Companions, Martyrs

O God of all glory, the genuineness of the martyrs’ faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, serves the praise, glory, and honor of Jesus Christ. Through their intercession, grant to all your Church the fortitude of faith, the joy of love, and the determination born of hope through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer from Magnificat magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Monday, September 20, 2021.

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Mother of the Author of Life

O God, by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary, you have given to the human race the reward of eternal life. Grant, we beseech you, that through the intercession of the mother of the Author of Life, the Church may become the mother of many children who will take their place before your throne to sing your praises for all eternity, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen

Prayer from Magnificat magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Saint Hildegard of Bingen

“Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honor. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground, and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God.” ~Saint Hildegard

Let us pray.

God of all times and seasons: Give us grace that we, after the example of your servant Hildegard, may both know and make known the joy and jubilation of being part of your creation, and show forth your glory in the world; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Saints Cornelius and Cyprian

O Lord our God, you are God alone, and there is no other. Rule our hearts and our minds, through the intercession of the martyrs Cornelius and Cyprian, who served no other Lord but you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer from Magnificat magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Thursday, September 16, 2021

Our Lady of Sorrows

God our Father, the Blessed Virgin Mary took part in her Son’s redemptive suffering for love of you and for the sake of the world. Through her intercession, may all your Church’s suffering bear saving fruit in Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer from Magnificat magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 Prayer taken from The Daily Office—Mission Saint Clare, Morning Prayer, September 14, 2021

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Saint John Chrysostom

O God, you speak the Word of life through the eloquence of the faithful servants whom you call to proclaim the Good News of salvation. By the example and intercession of Saint John Chrysostom, raise up courageous and convincing preachers in our day to stir faith to life, to heal the brokenhearted, and to offer new life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer from Magnificat magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Monday, September 13, 2021.

Love, Compassion and Healing

*O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all. Amen

*Prayer delivered by Pope Benedict XVI on April 20, 2008, during his visit to the site of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. 

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