“Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning.”
I earnestly believe that the most important thing we can do for Lent, especially in light of what is happening in the Church and in the world, is to increase our time in prayer. It is our most powerful weapon, but I think it’s also our most undervalued one as well. So, instead of any more babbling from me, here are 7 quick prayers for Lent days and every day!
1: Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
2: Oh My Jesus (Fatima Prayer)
Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
Save us from the fires of Hell
lead all souls to Heaven,
especially those most in need of thy mercy.
3: Divine Mercy Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless
and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible,
look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us,
that in difficult moments we might not despair,
nor become despondent,
but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will,
which is Love and Mercy itself.
4: The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.
5: Instrument of Peace
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
6: The Magnificat
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
7: Prayer to St. Maximillian Kolbe
Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, your life of love and labor for souls
was sacrificed amid the horrors of a concentration camp
and hastened to its end by an injection of a deadly drug.
Look with compassion upon ___________________
who is now entrapped in addiction to drugs
and whom we now recommend to your powerful intercession.
Having offered your own life to preserve that of a family man,
we turn to you with trust, confident that you will understand and help.
Obtain for us the grace never to withhold our love and understanding,
nor to fail in persevering prayer that the enslaving bonds of addiction
may be broken and that full health and freedom may be restored to him / her whom we love.
We will never cease to be grateful to God who has helped us
and heard your prayer for us.
There you have it. 6 pretty general prayers and 1 very specific. When I was quitting smoking, St. Maximilian seemed determined to be my patron for addiction, and lately, I’ve just felt that I needed to pass him on to someone else.
Be sure to head over to Conversion Diary for more quick takes!