Morning Prayer

I adore Thee, O my God, and I love Thee with all my heart. I give Thee thanks that Thou hast created me, made me a Christian, and preserved me this night. I offer Thee the actions of this day; grant that all of them may be according to Thy holy Will, and for Thy greater glory. Save me from sin and from all evil. Let Thy grace be always with me.
Amen.

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.

He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,

as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:

to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,

to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant

and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,

that we could serve him without fear
 freed from the hands of our enemies 

in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,

to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.

Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us

to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
 to lead our feet in the path of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,
  is now, and ever shall be,  world without end.

Amen.

My little children, your hearts, are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer, we receive a foretaste of Heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.

- Saint John Vianney

St Francis de Sales on Morning Prayer

Besides your systematic meditation and your other vocal prayers, there are five shorter kinds of prayer, and foremost among these is your morning prayer, as a general preparation for all the day's work. It should be made in this way:

Thank God, and adore Him for His Grace which has kept you safely through the night, and if in anything you have offended against Him, ask forgiveness.

Call to mind that the day now beginning is given you in order that you may work for Eternity, and make a stedfast resolution to use this day for that end.

Consider beforehand what occupations, duties, and occasions are likely this day to enable you to serve God; what temptations to offend Him, either by vanity, anger, etc., may arise; and make a fervent resolution to use all means of serving Him and confirming your own piety; as also to avoid and resist whatever might hinder your salvation and God's Glory. Nor is it enough to make such a resolution,--you must also prepare to carry it into effect. Thus, if you foresee having to meet someone who is hot-tempered and irritable, you must not merely resolve to guard your own temper, but you must consider by what gentle words to conciliate him. If you know you will see some sick person, consider how best to minister comfort to him, and so on.

Humble yourself before God, confessing that of yourself you could carry out nothing that you have planned, either in avoiding evil or seeking good. Then, so to say, take your heart in your hands, and offer it and all your good intentions to God's Gracious Majesty, entreating Him to accept them, and strengthen you in His Service, which you may do in some such words as these: "Lord, I lay before Thee my weak heart, which Thou dost fill with good desires. Thou knowest that I am unable to bring the same to good effect, unless Thou dost bless and prosper them, and therefore, O Loving Father, I entreat of Thee to help me by the Merits and Passion of Thy Dear Son, to Whose Honour I would devote this day and my whole life."

All these acts should be made briefly and heartily, before you leave your room if possible, so that all the coming work of the day may be prospered with God's blessing; but anyhow, I entreat you never to omit them.

St Francis de Sales
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