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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.

 

PRAYER OF THANKS TO GOD FOR KEEPING US SAFE

Almighty Father,
You are lavish in bestowing all Your gifts,
and we give You thanks for the favours
You have given to us.
In Your goodness You have favoured us
and kept us safe in the past.
We ask that You continue to protect us and to shelter us
in the shadow of Your wings.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

THE CANTICLE OF THE CREATURES

Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honour and all blessing.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no one is worthy to mention Your Name.

Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour;
and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven You formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which You
give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night;
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth
who sustains and governs us,
and who produces varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure peace,
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living person can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those who death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.
Amen.

 

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE

To thee, my merciful God, do I offer my praise and thanks, who hast deigned to bring me to a knowledge of thyself, and didst admit me by the cleansing waters of holy baptism into the ranks of thy adopted sons.
To thee do I offer my praise and my thanks, who, in the inexhaustible patience of thy mercy, hast waited from the earliest years of my youth unto this very hour, that I, who have swerved from thy paths by my many vices, may amend my life.
I praise thee and glorify thee for that thou hast oftentimes shielded me from calamity and misery by the right hand of thy power, and hast saved me from eternal punishment and from the pains of this mortal body.
I praise and glorify thee because thou hast often helped me in much tribulation, in frequent dangers of death, and in deserved trouble.
I praise and glorify thee because thou hast deigned to bestow on me health of body, peace of life, with the love, affection and charity of thy faithful servants, and because whatsoever there be in me is the gift of thy loving kindness.
O Holy of Holies, who sanctifiest all things, I bless thee, I glorify thee, I adore thee, I thank thee.
May all thy creatures bless thee, O my Lord.
May all thy angels and all thy saints bless thee.
Thus will I bless thee all the days of my life.
May every fibre of my being adore thee, glorify thee, bless thee.
Thou art my salvation, my life, my light; may my eyes, which thou hast made and fashioned to contemplate the splendour of thy beauty, ever bless thee.
Thou art my joy and my delight: may my ears, which thou hast made and fashioned to hear thy joyful voice, ever bless thee.
Thou art my sweetness and my refreshing: may my nostrils, which thou hast made and fashioned to live and rejoice in the odour of thy ointments, ever bless thee.
Thou art my glory, the object of my new song and of my rejoicing: may this tongue, which thou hast made and fashioned to proclaim thy marvels, ever bless and magnify thee.
Thou art the source of my knowledge, the object of my contemplation, the foundation of my prudence: may my heart, which thou hast made and given me that I might understand thy unfathomable mercies, ever adore thee, ever bless thee.
Thou art my life and my happiness: may my soul, which thou hast created according to thy own likeness, and hast infused into my body in order that it might merit thy grace, and the inestimable blessing of glory in thy kingdom: even thou I am sinful, may my soul ever bless thee.
O Lord my God, my Beloved, I thirst for thee, I hunger for thee, I desire thee, I long for thee; with all the powers of my body and with all the yearnings of my soul I strive after thee. As a mother will sit weeping at the tomb of her only son, so I, not as much as I desire but as much as I can, sit weeping, as I think of thy Passion, as I think of thy buffetings, as I think of thy stripes, as I think of thy Cross and of thy wounds, how thou didst die for me, and of how and where thou wast buried. With Mary I sit weeping at the tomb – the tomb that is my mind – where faith has buried thee, where hope seeks to find thee and charity to anoint thee. O most beloved, most beautiful, most sweet Jesus, who will give me that I may find thee, and be able to kiss and wash with my tears the place of thy wounds and the marks of thy nails. O ye daughters of Jerusalem, tell my Beloved that I languish with love!let Him come to me, show Himself to me, call me by my name, and so help to allay my sorrow; for my grief will remain as long as He is absent from me. Wherefore, O God, all powerful, all loving, all merciful, I beseech thee ever to be present with me and with all those who believe in thee and labour for thy holy love; grant that we may persevere in doing good.
Give, O Lord, King eternal, to virgins chastity, to those dedicated to God continence, to the married sanctity of life, to the penitent pardon, to widows and orphans support, to the poor protection, to pilgrims a safe return, to those in sorrow consolation, to the departed souls rest, that rest which is eternal: to those that are leading a good life give help ever to persevere in uprightness; to those that are good, grace to become better; to those that do ill, and to the negligent, strength to amend quickly.
O Lord Jesus Christ, I know myself to be a sinner, more than others and before all; but most merciful and almighty God, who hast pity on all sinners, suffer me not to be a stranger to thy mercies. Rather do thou, O Lord, King of Kings, who settest the way of life and appointest the means of correction, give unto me the spirit of my calling. Create in me a mind that seeks thee, that desires thee, that loves thee above all else, who art everywhere, Three Persons in One God. Make me fear thee, and to do thy will.
Earnestly therefore I beg thee, Lord God Almighty, who art blessed and glorious through all ages, that thou wilt deign to grant thy mercy unto all those who are commemorated in my prayers and to those who have commended themselves to me, as to those to whom I am bound by any duty of charity or claim of affection. Aid those who are my neighbours or relations, whether living or dead, that they may not perish forever. Grant therefore to all Christians who are living, thy help, and to the dead, pardon and everlasting rest.
Also, and this I most earnestly beg of thee, O Lord, who art the beginning and the end, that when my day shall come thou wilt show thyself a just judge against the malice of my accuser the devil, that thou wilt be my constant defender against the snares of the old enemy of man, and that thou wilt bring me into the company of the angels and saints, in thy holy paradise, to enjoy thy happiness for all eternity, for thou art God, blessed for ever.
Amen.

 
 
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