February 8: Saint Josephine Bakhita

O God, who led Saint Josephine Bakhita from abject slavery to the dignity of being your daughter and a bride of Christ, grant, we pray, that by her example we may show constant love for the Lord Jesus crucified, remaining steadfast in charity and prompt to show compassion. 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

Saint Paul Miki and Companions

O God, the strength of all the saints, you called Paul Miki and his companions to take the way of the cross to enter into life; grant us, like them, to keep till death the faith which we proclaim. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

*Prayer taken from Morning Prayer, February 6, 2021, Magnificat Magazine, U.S. edition

**The 1596 martyrdom of Japanese Jesuits Paul Miki, Jacob Kisai and John Goto, along with P. Petrus Battista is depicted in this engraving by A. van Diepenbeeck. (Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images [email protected]/Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only license CC BY 4.0)

Saint Agatha

May the Virgin Martyr Saint Agatha implore your compassion for us, O Lord, we pray, for she found favor with you by the courage of her martyrdom and the merit of her chastity. 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

Christ, the Water of Life

Ever-living God, you have given us the water of life to drink through Christ: vine, rock, Word. Make us so thirst for him that we will turn aside from all lesser thirsts, through him who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen*

*Prayer taken from Magnificat Magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Feb 4, 2021

**Photo by Nijwam Swargiary on Unsplash

Saint Ansgar

O God, who willed to send Saint Ansgar to enlighten many peoples, grant us, through his intercession, that we may always walk in the light of your truth. 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

The Presentation of the Lord

Almighty, ever-living God, on this day your Only-Begotten Son was presented in the Temple, in flesh and blood like ours. Purify us in mind and heart that we may meet you in your glory. 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

Saint Brigid of Kildare

O God, whose servant Brigid, kindled with the flame of your love, became a shining light in your Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before You as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Love One Another

Lord our God, make us love you above all things, and to care for our neighbor with a love that is worthy of you. 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

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Singing God’s Praises Forever

O God, worthy of all praise, the Mother of your Word sings for all eternity the hymn of your praise that she began on earth. By her example and intercession, lead all the Church so to live in this world that we may praise you forever with her in the next. 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

* Prayer taken from Magnificat Magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, January 30, 2021

God, Guide Us Safely 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 Magazine, U.S. edition, Morning Prayer, January 29, 2021

**Photo by Mariah Hewines on Unsplash