The Field Guide: Praying a Morning Offering

The first moments of the day can help to direct its entire course. Begin each day with God so that we can live in his presence. This easiest way to do this is by making a morning offering.

The first moments of the day can help to direct its entire course. Begin each day with God so that we can live in his presence. This easiest way to do this is by making a morning offering.

Here are some examples of prayers that we can use to make a morning offering. These prayers help us to make an intention to do everything for God each day, asking for him to help us and bless us in all that we do.

A Morning Resolve For Today

I will try this day to live a simple, sincere and serene life, repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in giving, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God. In particular I will try to be faithful in those habits of prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating, and sleep which I believe the Holy Spirit has shown me to be right. And as I cannot in my own strength do this, nor even with a hope of success attempt it, I look to thee, O Lord God my Father, in Jesus my Savior, and ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Bishop John H. Vincent)

Traditional Morning Offering

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.

(Fr. François-Xavier Gautrelet, 1844).

Prime Hymn (from the Liturgy of the Hours)

Now that the daylight fills the sky, we lift our hearts to God on high, that he, in all we do or say, would keep us free from harm today:

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife; from anger’s din would hide our life; from all ill sights would turn our eyes; would close our ears from vanities:

Would keep our inmost conscience pure; our souls from folly would secure; would bid us check the pride of sense with due and holy abstinence.

So we, when this new day is gone, and night in turn is drawing on, with conscience by the world unstained shall praise his name for vict’ry gained.

All praise to God the Father be; all praise, eternal Son, to thee; all glory, as is ever meet, to God, the holy Paraclete.

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