Sometimes it seems like everyone is talking about creating the perfect "morning routine" these days. Many include prayer in that perfect morning routine, but often it can feel a bit daunting to start a full-fledged habit.
When it comes to morning prayer, we recommend picking one prayer and sticking with it for a week. A popular practice when it comes to forming new habits is to "stack" what you're working on with something you already do every day. Try doing morning prayers with your morning cup of coffee, brushing your teeth, or even while getting dressed for the day. You may even find that you pray more consistently if you pray before you wake up in the morning.
Try a few different places, times, and prayers and see what works best for you. what brings you peace What helps you invite God into your day so you can have Him with you all the time?
Don't be afraid to offer him everything in your morning prayers - both the big and small moments of the day ahead. AsSt. Teresa of Avilacalled,"One compliments God by asking great things of him."
We've rounded up some of our favorite Catholic morning prayers to get you started. Remember your prayer can be as simple as"Come Holy Spirit"or"Jesus, I trust in you."No matter how we call on him or when we call on him, God is always with us and listening.
Table of contents
- Prayers to start your day
- Short morning prayers
- Powerful morning prayers of the saints
- Other Resources
Prayers to start your day
This beautiful morning sacrifice was offered by Fr. François-Xavier Gautrelet in 1844. It helps us to give our hearts and minds to Him andTrustthat Jesus cares for us.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sorrows of this day for all the concerns of your Sacred Heart in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the indemnity of sins, the reunification of all Christians and especially for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.
Prayer of rest
Originally written as a prayer for those struggling with addiction, the Serenity Prayer is a powerful morning prayer to lean on God and find comfort in knowing you are not alone.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know one from the other.
The soul of Christ
This prayer was a favorite prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola; he took it up at the beginning of his well-known book,Spiritual Exercises.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ intoxicate me.
Water from Christ's side, wash me.
Passion of the Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
In your wounds hide me.
Allow me not to be separated from you.
Defend me from the evil enemy.
Call me in the hour of my death
and ask me to come to you
That I can praise you with your saints
Forever and ever. Amen.
A traditional Chaldean morning prayer
This morning prayer comes from the Chaldean liturgy of the Eastern Catholic Church. The words of this traditional prayer remind us to put our trust in the Lord at the beginning of the day; We start the day by praising Him and asking Him to plant love in our hearts.
When the morning dawns we praise you Lord for you have saved all your creation. Grant in mercy a day of peace; give forgiveness for our sins.
May you never cut off hope, nor close the door in our faces. Do not hold back your concern for us, for you alone know our weakness.
Sow love, peace and harmony; sustain our priests and calm our kings; Heal all our sick and protect the strong; forgive the sins of all mankind.
Short morning prayers
- come holy spirit
- Jesus, I trust in you.
- “O Lord, sea of love and goodness, let me not fear too much the storms and winds of my daily life, and let me know that there are ebbs and flows, but the sea is the sea. Amen." – Henri Nouwen (Read the full prayerHere.)
- "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on my sinners." (The Jesus Prayer)
- "Holy Spirit, open my heart to the Word of God, open my heart to goodness, open my heart to the beauty of God every day." - Pope Francis
- Turn to any of the Psalms - they are rich in beautiful morning meditations!
To speak openly to God in the morning about what's on your mind, consider reaching out to the popular onesACTS prayer method: Worship, repentance, gratitude and supplication. You can make your prayer time as long or as short as you like!
Powerful morning prayers of the saints
If we're fighting, we can always turn to themSaintas a prayer guide. Pray with some of the following beautiful prayers for the morning from the saints.
Holy Spirit Prayer of St. Augustine
Breathe into me Holy Spirit
that my thoughts are all holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit,
that my work also be holy.
Draw on my heart, Holy Spirit,
that I only love the sacred.
Strengthen me Holy Spirit
that I can defend everything sacred.
protect me, Holy Spirit,
that I may always be holy.
Pray more:prayers to the Holy Spirit
Morning sacrifice to St. Therese of Lisieux
O my God, I offer You all my deeds of this day for the purposes and for the glory of
Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I wish to sanctify every beat of my heart, every thought of mine, my simplest works, uniting them with his infinite merits; and I want to make amends for my sins by throwing them into the furnace of his merciful love.
O my God, I ask you for me and for those dear to me, to have the grace to fulfill your Holy Will perfectly, to accept for love of you the joys and sorrows of this mortal life, so that one day we may be united may together in heaven for all eternity.
Also pray:Saint Therese of Lisieux
Come into my heart prayer from St. Catherine of Siena
Holy Spirit come into my heart;
Draw it to you by your power, O my God,
And grant me charity with childlike fear.
Save me, O beautiful love, from every evil thought;
Warm me, ignite me with your dear love,
And every pain will seem light to me.
My father, my sweet Lord, help me in all my deeds.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace by Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hate, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring forgiveness.
Where there is discord, let me bring unification.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
Oh Master, don't make me search so much
to be comforted like to comfort,
to be understood than to understand
to be loved like love
because in giving one receives,
in self-forgetfulness one finds
in forgiveness one is forgiven,
in dying one is raised to eternal life.
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Hallow offers a wide variety of minute prayers and other short meditations to start your day with God.
“I can't remember exactly if I've ever seen the Lord Jesus like this before.I can't help but literally look forward to my next prayer with Him!While before prayer seemed like a terrible chore, it has now become something I rejoice in! It's the excitement of seeing someone you really love and miss so much again."
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