World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

O loving and gracious God, Father of all, you bless your people in every time and season and provide for their needs through your providential care. Your Church is continually in need of priests, sisters and brothers to offer themselves in the service of the gospel by lives of dedicated love. Open the hearts of your sons and daughters to listen to your call in their lives. Give them the gift of understanding to discern your invitation to serve you and your Church. Give them the gift of courage to follow your call. May they have the spirit of young Samuel who found fulfillment in his life when he said to you, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Saint John Bosco

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Through the example and intercession of Saint John Bosco, inspire many to devote their lives to the ­formation and guidance of the young according to your Word of life, who lives and reigns with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

Image from: Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco

Render Praise

O God, the giver of all good gifts, our desire to praise you is itself a blessing you have bestowed upon us. We can offer you nothing that you do not already have except our love, which we render to you in worship and in service to all whom you redeem in Jesus Christ. Grant us glad gratitude in him, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Monday, January 30, 2023.

Photo by Kyle Smith on Unsplash

Ambassadors of Peace

Father almighty, you bring peace to those who trust in you. Make us your ambassadors of peace in this world of strife, that all peoples may come to know the joy and harmony found in loving you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Sunday, January 29, 2023.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

O God of light and truth, you sent Saint Thomas Aquinas to learn wisdom through prayer and study. Through his intercession and example, illumine all your Church with the knowledge of you that comes through love made humble in the presence of your mystery. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Saturday, January 28, 2023.

Image from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

Home

O God, you desire life for your people. Protect us from all that would lead us away from you; guide us safely to the home you have prepared for us, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Friday, January 27, 2023.

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Saints Timothy and Titus

Almighty God, you called Timothy and Titus to be evangelists and teachers, and made them strong to endure hardship: Strengthen us to stand fast in adversity, and to live godly and righteous lives in this present time, that with sure confidence we may look for our blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer taken from Lesser Feasts and Fasts

Saint Francis de Sales

O God of justice and of mercy, you guided Saint Francis de Sales in promoting the full life of the Church in times of uncertainty and controversy. Through his intercession, continue to renew the Church today to seek the peace of your kingdom for all people, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Tuesday, January 24, 2023