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Prayers for every day

We all get caught up in distractions of everyday life. But while we all know that life is great it is also difficult. Plans and dreams fail despite our best efforts. Jesus reminds us He won’t take away the difficulties but will help us overcome them. He had to carry his cross also. Experience shows that the cross will visit all of us. Worries like unemployment, financial problems, sudden sickness, the stress of waiting for medical results, the future of children, exam pressures, marriage and family misunderstandings, loneliness, emigration, the death of a loved one all enter our lives at some stage.  At that moment we may feel we are the only ones in such a plight and can feel overwhelmed.


Here are some prayers that we hope will give you some comfort during a particular difficult time in your life. These prayers are available as separate prayer leaflets. If you would like a particular one, please contact us and we will send you the prayer.   E-mail:

Dear Lord, we ask you to look kindly on all those who have supported our Society and its members over the years. We commend to you especially those who are sick, bereaved, depressed or worried at this time and those who have asked our prayers for particular intentions. Amen.

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General Prayers, Prayers for Healing, Prayers for Strength,

In Time of Mourning, Prayers at Exam Time, For Cancer Patients, Prayer for Everyday

General Prayers (Folded leaflet)

Traditional Irish Prayer


In the morning,

I arise with God,

may God rise with me.

God’s hand enfolding me

as I sit, as I lie down

and as I arise.


…irím suas le Dia

go n-éirir Dia liom.

Lámh Dé i mo thimpeall,

ag suí is ag luí

’s ag éiri dom.

Family Prayer


Stay with us Lord,

when our family is united,

when joy and laughter

make life easy.


Stay with us Lord,

when there is trouble at home,

when discord and anger

upset our peace.


Stay with us Lord,

when there is sickness

at home,

when we need your

courage and support.


Stay with us Lord,

when the journey of life is over, and take us to our heavenly home,

to stay with you Lord,

in peace forever.


Prayer for Healing


Heart of Compassion,

Source of Life…

Grant to the frail in body

the assurance of your strength; to all who are ill this day, a healing balm.

To those who wrestle with despair, grant peace.

May those with failing minds be met with kindness.

May broken bodies gently mend, may the broken-hearted find your consolation.

May those caught in the throes of pain be soothed

and may all who dwell upon

the threshold of eternity

be lifted to the fullness of your light.


(Prayer for World Day of Prayer for the Sick, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes)


The Holy Family, St Patrick's Church, Kilmaine, Co Mayo.

(Photo: T. Redmond SPS)

Prayers for Healing (Single leaflet)

Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes

O Mother of Mercy,

comforter of the afflicted,

you know my suffering

and my needs.

Look upon me with

loving kindness.

By appearing at the

Grotto of Lourdes,

you made it a sacred place,

a sanctuary of healing.

I come, therefore,

with faith in the

Lord’s healing power.

O Mary, please grant

my request for healing.

Most of all,

help me to know and

embrace God’s will for me.


Prayer before surgery


Lord Jesus, be with me in my helplessness and need as I prepare for surgery. Bless the surgeon and medical personnel who will minister your healing for me.

Prayer during recovery


Lord, give me

the patience I need

on my journey

towards recovery.

May I be at peace

with your

healing power

working within me.

Healing Prayer


Lord, I now

realise what a

gift good health

really is.

Continue your

healing power in me,

so that I can

use my gifts

to serve others.


Prayers for Strength (Folded leaflet)

May His Love enfold you.

May His Strength uphold you.

May His Light shine upon you.

And may His Peace surround you.

Prayer to St. Anthony


Dear Saint Anthony,

You are the patron

of the poor and

helper of those who have

lost articles.

Help me find what

I have lost.

May I give God

honour and glory.

Grant your aid to

all those who seek

what they have lost,

especially those who

seek to regain God’s grace.


Sacred Heart, in Don Bosco's Church of the Sacred Heart, Rome. (Photo: L. Lew OP)

Prayer for Strength


Lord, every day I need you,

but especially this day.

I need some extra strength

to face whatever is to come.


This day,

more than any other day,

I need to feel you near me,

to fortify my courage

and to overcome my fear.


By myself I cannot meet

the challenge of the hour.

I need you to sustain me

in all that life may bring.

And so, dear Lord,

hold my trembling hand.

Be with me, Lord this day,

so that I may know

your guiding hand

at work

in everything,

and know

your guiding


with me always.


In Time of Mourning (Single leaflet)

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Trust in God and trust in Me. 

John 14:1

Praised be God,

the Father of mercies,

and the God of all consolation.

He comforts us in all our afflictions

and enables us to comfort

those in times of trouble.

Lord Jesus, listen to our prayers.

Look with love on your people

who mourn and pray

for their loved one.


Thank you, Father, for all the blessings

You give us in this life.

Help us to comfort each other until we all meet in Christ to be one with you

and our loved ones,

where there will be no more sorrow,

no more weeping, no more pain,

but only peace and joy

for ever and ever.


Prayers at Exam Time (Single leaflet)

Prayer Before Study


Lord, give me peace

of mind as I study.

Help me focus on my books and notes,

and keep me from all distractions.

Guide me to make the best use

of this time that is available to me.

Help me to understand what I am studying,

and to remember it when the time comes.


Thank you for the ability to be able to study

and for the many gifts

and talents you have given me.

Help me always to use them in

such a way that they honour you

and do justice to myself.


Prayer Before An Exam


Dear Lord,

As I take this exam,

bring back to my mind everything

I have studied and be gracious with

what I may have overlooked.

Help me to remain focussed and calm,

confident in the facts and in my ability,

and firm in the knowledge that

no matter what happens today

you are there with me always.


Help me, not only with this test,

but with the many tests of life

that are sure to come my way.


For Cancer Patients (Folded leaflet)

Prayer to Saint Peregrine,

Patron of those suffering from cancer


Saint Peregrine, Patron of those suffering from cancer, I confidently turn to you for help in my present sickness. I beg your kind intercession.

Ask God to relieve me of this sickness,

if it be his Holy Will.

Plead with the Blessed Virgin Mary,

the Mother of Sorrows,

whom you loved so tenderly,

that she may help me with her

powerful prayers

and loving consolation.

Obtain for me courage and strength.

St. Peregrine, be my friend and patron.

I offer my pains to God

with all the love of my heart,

for his glory and the salvation of souls,

especially my own.


Prayer to St. Peregrine for the Intentions of Others


Saint Peregrine,

you have been called “The Mighty”,

because of the numerous miracles which

you have obtained from God

or those who have had recourse to you.

For so many years you bore in your

own flesh this cancerous disease.

You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction.

Ask of God and Our Lady,

the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.

(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying.)

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession,

we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity,

a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.

Prayer for Strength


Lord, you know me inside and out.

You know about my pain and distress,

You understand the fears of my heart.

At the cross you endured unabating agony.

You have gone before me into the darkness

And emerged in power and glory.


At this time I lean on You

I draw my strength from Your endless love

And live in Your limitless grace

Trusting in You.


The Memorare


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that

anyone who fled to your protection,

implored your help or sought your intercession,

was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,

I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.

To you I come, before you I stand,

sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word incarnate,

despise not my petitions,

but, in your mercy,

hear and answer me.


Prayer for Everyday (Single leaflet)

This Prayer comes from Brazil, for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015.


God of life,

who cares for all creation,

and calls us to justice and peace,

may our security not come from arms, but from respect.

May our force not be of violence, but of love.

May our wealth not be in money, but in sharing.

May our path not be of ambition, but of justice.

May our victory not be from vengeance, but in forgiveness.

May our unity not be in the quest for power,

but in vulnerable witness to do your will.

Open and confident, may we defend the

dignity of all creation, sharing, today and forever,

the bread of solidarity, justice and peace.


This we ask in the name of Jesus,

your holy Son, our brother, who,

as victim of our violence,

even from the height of the cross,

gave forgiveness to us all.


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