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Category Archives: Prayers to Say “Thank You” for Graces Received

THANK YOU, LORD, FOR RESCUING US FROM THE GODLESS CHAOS

By Saint Anselm:

“Lord, it was so with me, and this is what you have done for me. I was in darkness, knowing nothing of myself, in a slippery place, for I was weak and prone to fall into sin, I was descending into the chaos of hell, for in my first parents I had fallen from righteousness into wickedness, which is the way to hell, and from blessedness to temporal misery for ever. The weight of original sin dragged me downwards, and the unbearable burden of the judgment of God pressed upon me; my demon enemies thrust vehemently against me to make me do other damnable sins.

When I was destitute of all help, you illuminated me, and showed me what I was, for when I was still unable to see this, you taught others the truth on my behalf and you showed it to me before I asked it. The load that dragged at me, the burden that weighed me down, the enemies that opposed me – you cast them all back when you removed the sin in which I was conceived and born and its condemnation. You forbade evil spirits to attack my soul. You made me a Christian, called by your own name, by which I confessed you, and you acknowledged me to be among your redeemed.

You have set me upright and raised me to the knowledge and love of yourself. You have made me sure of the salvation of my soul, for you have given your life for it, and you have promised me your glory if I follow you. And when I was not following you, but was still committing many sins which you had forbidden, you waited for me to follow you till you could give me what you promised.”

 

THANK THE LORD ALWAYS FOR GIVING US THE SACRAMENT OF HIS FLESH AND BLOOD

“In order to kindle a great love of God in yourself by entering deeply into the heavenly sacrament of the blood and flesh of Christ, turn your thought to the contemplation of the love which God has shown you personally in this sacrament.

For this great and almighty God was not content with creating you in his likeness and image, and when you sinned and offended him and so fell from your high rank, he was not satisfied with sending his Only-begotten Son to live thirty-three years on earth to deliver you, and, by terrible torment and painful death on the cross, to redeem and snatch you out of the hands of the devil, to whom you became enslaved through sin, and again to restore you to your former rank; no, he also deigned to establish the sacrament of his flesh and blood as food for you, so that the whole power of his incarnated dispensation might imbue your nature most essentially.

Make this last token of God’s strong love for you the object of your constant contemplation and deep pondering, so that, seeing its manifold fullness and richness, you should thereby feed and inflame your heart with undivided love and longing for God.”

- Fr Lorenzo Scupoli, 16th century

 

MY GOD, I THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING ME THROUGH THE NIGHT

SHORT MORNING PRAYER

My God, I thank You for protecting me through the night.
I praise You and give You thanks for all the blessings You have bestowed on me.
In union with Jesus, I consecrate to You all my thoughts, words, actions, joys, and sufferings of this day.
Mary, my Mother, bless me this day and protect me from dangers. My Guardian Angel and all my patrons, pray for me. Amen.

 

MAY JESUS CHRIST BE PRAISED!

“Praise Jesus Christ – all day round, 24/7, every day!”

When morning gilds the skies,
my heart awakening cries,
may Jesus Christ be praised:
alike at work and prayer
to Jesus I repair:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

To God, the word on high,
the hosts of angels cry:
may Jesus be praised!
Let mortals, too, upraise
their voice in hymns of praise:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

Let earth’s wide circle round
in joyful notes resound:
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Let air, and sea, and sky,
from depth to height, reply:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

Does sadness fill my mind?
A solace here I find,
may Jesus Christ be praised:
or fades my earthly bliss?
My comfort still is this,
may Jesus Christ be praised.

The night becomes a day,
when from the heart we say,
may Jesus Christ be praised:
the powers of darkness fear,
when this sweet chant they hear,
may Jesus Christ be praised.

Be this, while life is mine,
my canticle divine,
may Jesus Christ be praised:
be this the eternal song
through ages all along,
may Jesus Christ be praised.

(From: Celebration Hymnal for Everyone)

 

PRAYER OF THANKS TO GOD IN TROUBLE, WORRY, GRIEF, PAIN AND SICKNESS

Heavenly Father,

I give You thanks because my affliction can not be greater than Your help, my sin greater than the power of Jesus, my Saviour. There is no reason to be discouraged. I have God to help and save me.

I give You thanks because in my affliction I am not forgotten. Your paternal eyes are on me. You count my tears, and Your loving heart is ready to help me.

I give You thanks; if there is one thing You cannot do, it is to disappoint Your child. I am in Your hands and You lift me out of the deep because You love me and will never abandon me.

Heavenly Father, I am Yours, through Jesus Christ, now and forever.
Amen.

 

THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE MORNING

1. Thank you for giving me the morning.
Thank you for ev’ry day that’s new.
Thank you that I can know my worries can be cast on you.

2. Thank you for all my friends and brothers.
Thank you for all the men that live.
Thank you for even greatest enemies I can forgive.

3. Thank you, I have my occupation.
Thank you for ev’ry pleasure small.
Thank you for music, light and gladness.
Thank you for them all.

4. Thank you for many little sorrows.
Thank you for ev’ry kindly word.
Thank you for ev’rywhere your guidance reaches ev’ry land.

5. Thank you, I see your Word has meaning.
Thank you, I know your Spirit here.
Thank you because you love all people,
those both far and near.

6. Thank you, O Lord, you spoke unto us.
Thank you that for our words you care.
Thank you, O Lord, you came among us,
bread and wine to share.

7. Thank you, O Lord, your love is boundless.
Thank you that I am full of you.
Thank you, you made me feel so glad
and thankful as I do.

 

PRAYER OF THANKS FOR GOD’S LOVE

Eternal Father,
we thank You for Your great love.
You give the world the best of Yourself,
the mirror of Your perfect transparency,
the splendour of Your very being -
Your Son Jesus.
We thank You for giving Him to us
not as a judge but as a Saviour;
not as a tyrant but as a friend,
not as a commander but as a relative,
not as a superior but as a brother.
Help us to open our hearts
to His light
without fear of being overwhelmed
but exultant with the joy that comes from the light
upon all who accept it with gladness.
Amen.

 
 
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