It is good to keep your prayer life fresh by trying a new type of prayer from time to time. While I like just sitting and listening or doing something a little less structured like Lectio Divina, sometimes there are times when a traditional prayer brings me comfort and inspiration.
But I don’t always do what I like to call the “traditional three” – the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be. Our Catholic tradition is rich with a number of beautiful prayers. Here are some of my favorites:
The Prayer for Generosity: In recent years, this prayer about service from St. Ignatius of Loyala has really spoken to me. “Lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve, 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 labor and not to seek reward, except that of knowing that I do your will. Amen.”
The gospel canticle antiphon from night prayer: Lately, if I say nothing else before I go to bed, I say this: ” Protect us, 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.” This is so comforting to me. What a beautiful way to end my day!
The Peace Prayer: This prayer, attributed to St. Francis of Assisi (but maybe not), is a beautiful expression of allowing myself to be God’s instrument. I have been given gift to be used in the service of the Kingdom of God.
The Breastplate of St. Patrick: This is a wonderful prayer for when I feel “under siege” by the world, because it reminds me that God is always with me, always protecting me, always keeping me safe.
Or find more prayers on my prayer pages.