Prayers

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.
Tennyson

The power of prayer is really tremendous. To be sure of an answer, there is no need to recite from a book a formula composed for the occasion. If there were, I should have to be pitied.

For me, prayer is an upward leap of the heart, an untroubled glance towards heaven, a cry of gratitude and love which I utter from the depths of sorrow as well as from the heights of joy.
St Thérèse of Lisieux – The Story of a Soul

The power of prayer doesn’t depend on the virtue of the one who prays, but on the unchanging love of the One who hears.
The Word for Today

I find everything in prayer,
which is for me fragrance and food,
a home, a shield, a tonic.

I recall the seasons of my prayer:
the moments I cry out in despair,
the days of glad thanksgiving,
the times of stillness,
presence,
adoration.

And I recite a prayer or song or poem
that I have come to love,
that I wish to have beside me all through life
and shall want my lips to say when I am dying.
Anthony de Mello – Wellsprings

Prayer is openness to the love of God. Prayer implies exposing oneself to radically new thinking. Prayer is expressed more in abiding dispositions than in ritual recitations or exercises. Only if this is understood can we possibly and positively live out the inspired directive that “we should pray without ceasing”.
David Weakliam, O Carm

Prayer is the movement of the Holy Spirit in the human heart through which God reaches out and embraces human beings. It is a duet of love in which the action of the Spirit inspires and sustains us in the darkness of faith.
The Glenstal Book of Prayer


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Taizé Prayer

The Taizé Community
In August 1940, a young man named Roger left his native Switzerland and came alone to settle in the tiny village of Taizé in eastern France. His sole purpose was to live a life of prayer.

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The Hail Mary

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

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Prayer to St. Thérèse de Lisieux

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face teach us to follow your way of confidence and trust. Help us to realise that a Father’s love watches over us each day of our lives. Obtain for us the light to see, in sorrow as in joy, in trials as in peace, the loving hand of our Father. Give us your own faith and trust, so that we may walk in darkness, as in the light, holding fast

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Prayer to St. Francis Xavier

O most kind and loving St Francis filled with the love of God, our Father, you spread His Word among the peoples of the East. In union with you , I offer to God my humble tribute of thanksgiving and praise. When I ponder the favours with which God blessed you during life and your glory after death, my hope is renewed. And I implore of you to obtain for me the all important grace of living and dying in

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An Chré

Creidim in aon Dia amháin,
an tAthair uilechumhachtach,
a rinne neamh agus talamh
agus an uile ní sofheicthe agus dofheicthe.
Agus in aon Tiarna amháin,
Í osa Críost, Aonmhac Dé,