Famous Prayers

Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ,

For all the benefits you have won for me.

For all the pains and insults you have borne for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,

May I know you more clearly,

Love you more dearly

And follow you more nearly,

Day by day.

Richard of Chichester 1197-1253

I bind unto myself this day

The strong name of the Trinity;

I humbly praise the aweful name

The Three in One, the One in Three.

Of whom all nature hath creation;

Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:

Praise to the God of my salvation,

Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

I bind this day to me forever

By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation,

His baptism in the Jordan river

His death on cross for my salvation

His bursting from the spiced tomb

His riding up the heavenly way

His coming on the day of doom

I bind unto myself this day.

St Patrick c. 385-461

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love,

Where there is injury, pardon,

Where there is doubt, faith,

Where there is despair hope,

Where there is darkness, light,

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that we may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console,

Not so much to be understood as to understand,

Not so much to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

It is in dying we are born to eternal life.

Attributed to St Francis of Assisi  c. 1181-1226

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.

To thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein.

To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry,

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of thy glory.

The glorious company of the Apostles praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise thee.

The noble army of Martyrs praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee;

The Father of an infinite majesty;

Thine honourable, true and only Son;

Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

Te Deum laudamus [part I] 5th century

Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,

thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God,

in the glory of the Father.

We believe that thou shalt come to be our Judge.

We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,

whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with thy Saints

in glory everlasting.

Te Deum laudamus [part II] 5th century

O Lord, save thy people and bless thine heritage.

Govern them and lift them up for ever.

Day by day we magnify thee;

And we worship thy Name ever world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us

as our trust is in thee.

O Lord, in thee have I trusted,

let me never be confounded.

Te Deum laudamus [part III] 5th century

O gracious and holy Father,

Give us wisdom to perceive you,

Intellect to understand you,

Diligence to seek you,

Patience to wait for you,

Eyes to behold you,

A heart to meditate on you

And a life to proclaim you,

Through the power of the Spirit

Of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Benedict 480-543

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all who love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Breastplate of St Patrick c.385-461

Teach us, good Lord,

To serve Thee as Thou deservest:

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds,

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labour and not to ask for any reward

Save that of knowing that we do thy will,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ignatius of Loyola 1491-1556

Open thou mine eyes and I shall see

Incline my heart and I shall desire

Order my steps and I shall walk

In the way of thy commandments.

O Lord God, be thou to me a God

And beside thee let there be none else

No other, nought else with thee.

Vouchsafe to me to worship thee and serve thee

According to thy commandments

In truth of spirit

In reverence of body

In blessing of lips

In private and in public.

Lancelot Andrewes 1555-1626

I rise today with the power of God to guide me,

The might of God to uphold me,

The wisdom of God to teach me,

The eye of God to watch over me,

The ear of God to hear me,

The word of God to give me speech,

The hand of God to protect me,

The path of God to lie before me,

The shield of God to shelter me,

The host of God to defend me,

Against the snares of the devil

And the temptations of the world

Against every man who meditates injury to me

Whether far or near.

Breastplate of St Patrick c.385-461

Let nothing disturb thee

Nothing affright thee

All things are passing

God never changeth!

Patient endurance attaineth to all things;

Who God possesseth

In nothing is wanting;

Alone God sufficeth.

Teresa of Avila 1515-1582