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Monday, July 10, 2017

Prayer Hacks

Switching things up a bit and sharing some prayer tips and my daily routine of prayer 😊🙏

Margo's typical prayer routine:
*I sleep with my phone on "airplane mode" so I'm not distracted by any notifications upon waking up nor tempted to check Facebook, Twitter, etc.*
  • 3 "Morning prayers" 
    • Morning Offering - O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Thy Sacred Heart: for the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for all the intentions of our bishops and all apostles of prayer and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month. Amen
    • Prayer to the Holy Spirit - O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore Thee. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do...give me Thy orders. I promise to submit myself to all that Thou desire of me and to accept all Thou permit to happen to me. Let me only know Thy will. Amen
    • Direction of Intention - My God, I give Thee this day. I offer Thee now, all of the good that I shall do and I promise to accept for love of Thee, all the difficulty that I shall meet. Help me to conduct myself during this day in a manner pleasing to Thee. Amen. (attributed to St. Francis de Sales)
  • Prayer for Priests - Divine Savior, Jesus Christ, who has entrusted the work of Thy redemption to priests as Thy representatives, I offer Thee through the hands of Thy most Holy Mother Mary, this present day, whole and entire, with all its prayers, works, and sacrifices, its joys and sorrows, for Thy bishops, priests, deacons, and those preparing for the priesthood, I pray especially for __________; protect him Lord and make him holy. Give us truly holy priests, inflamed with the fire of Thy divine love, who seek nothing but Thy greater glory and the salvation of souls. And Thou, Mary, good Mother of priests, protect all priests, bishops, deacons, and seminarians from dangers to their holy vocation, and with the loving hand of a mother, lead back to the Good Shepherd those unfortunate priests, who, unfaithful to their exalted vocation, have gone astray. Amen. (credit to www.adoptapriest.org)
  • Magnificat Missal Morning Prayer (shortened version of Liturgy of the Hours)
  • Daily readings from Magnificat followed by an applicable reflection included in the Missal
  • My usual go-to prayer for when I see intentions on Facebook & Twitter is the Memorare
  • I try to pray the Angelus at noon & 6 PM
  • Anytime after 4:00 PM - I pray the Magnificat's Evening Prayer (again a shortened version of the Liturgy of the Hours)  
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet during the 3:00 hour on Friday's
  • Pray various prayers while showering (weird? I figure if I'm cleaning my hair/body, might as well also use the time to clean my soul...)
  • Night prayers:
    • Prayer for Daily Neglects - Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings, and its merits. First, to expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life. Glory be to the Father....Second to purify the good I have done poorly this day and during all my life. Glory be to the Father......Third, to supply for the good I ought to have done and that I have neglected this day and all my life. Glory be to the Father...
    • Healing Prayer at Bedtime - Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, go back into my memory as I sleep. Every hurt that has ever been done to me --heal that hurt. Every hurt that I have ever caused to another person -- heal that hurt. All the relationships that have been damaged in my whole life that I'm not aware of -- heal those relationships. But, Lord, if there is anything I need to do -- if I need to go to a person because (s)he is still suffering from my hand, bring to my awareness that person. I choose to forgive, and I ask to be forgiven. Remove whatever bitterness may be in my heart, Lord, and fill the empty spaces with Thy love. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
    • Prayer at the End of the Day - Jesus Christ, my God, I adore Thee and I thank Thee for all the graces Thou have given me this day. I offer Thee my sleep and all the moments of this night, and I implore Thee to keep me safe from sin. To this end, I place myself in Thy sacred side and under the mantle of our Lady, my Mother. Let Thy holy angels surround me and keep me in peace, and let Thy blessing be upon me. Amen (attributed to St. Alphonsus de Liguori)  
    • Evening Prayer to Our Lady - Mary, my dear Mother, I thank Thee for the special protection Thou have provided to me throughout this day. Obtain for me the grace of being always faithful to my commitments. Let purity and sacrifice be my daily bread, humility and obedience my comfort, the tabernacle my relaxation, and Thou, dear Mother, the school where I learn to practice every virtue. I cannot praise Christ while I sleep, so offer Him my heartbeats as fervent acts of love. Keep me free from any act or thought that could dishonor His regard for me, and give me Thy tender motherly blessing. Amen
    • Prayer on Going to Bed - Visit this house, we beg Thee, Lord, and banish from it the deadly power of the evil one. May Thy holy angels dwell here to keep us in peace, and may Thy blessing be always upon us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
    • Goodnight, Jesus - Goodnight, my Beloved; I rejoice at being one day closer to eternity. And if Thou let me wake up tomorrow/in the morning, Jesus, I shall begin a new hymn to Thy praise. (attributed to St. Faustina) 
    • Protect us O Lord as we stay awake, watch over us as we sleep, that awake we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep rest in His peace. Amen
What are some of your prayer hacks/tips?

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