Please go through this suggested set of prayers to frame your day. All of these and many more are contained in the Handbook of Prayers, edited by James Socias. This outline follows the traditional points of the day for daily Catholic prayer: morning, before meals, the beginning of work, noon, and night. Again, you should adapt this to fit your own circumstances.
Catholic Morning Prayer
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, in thanksgiving for your favors, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer Before a Day’s Work
Direct, we beg you, O Lord, our actions by your holy inspirations, and grant that we may carry them out with your gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may begin always with you, and through you be happily ended. Amen.
Prayer to Keep the Presence of God
Lord, God Almighty, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Defend us today by your mighty power, so that we may not fall into any sin, and that all our words may so proceed and all our thoughts and actions be so directed as to be always just in your sight. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Noon: The Angelus
The Angelus is a traditional daily Catholic prayer that’s often said at 12 noon. This prayer is a beautiful meditation on the Incarnation, and on Mary’s role in it. This is often said as a group prayer, with the leader speaking the V parts and the group responding with the R lines. If you’re saying it alone, just read both parts together.
The Angelus prayer
V — The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R — And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary… (Say The Hail Mary here)
V — Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R — Be it done unto me according to thy word.
V — And the Word was made Flesh.
R — And dwelt among us.
V — Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R — That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY: Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Night: The daily examination
Daily Examination of Conscience
1. Place yourself in the presence of God, and ask for his help in examining your day.
2. Examine your day (the three “words”):
– “Thank you”: Thank the Lord for the blessings of the day.
– “I’m sorry”: Acknowledge your faults specifically and directly.
– “Please help me more”: Ask the Lord for help for tomorrow. Make specific resolutions.
3. Make an act of contrition (see below).
4. End with a Our Father and a Hail Mary.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.
We hope these daily Catholic prayers given above will be of great help to those among you who are not sure when to pray and what to pray on a daily basis. Amen.