Prayer Resources

As our lives are continually affected by the uncertain times we are living in, please know that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is here to serve you.  We hope that these prayer resources can bring you some comfort and peace. And may we always remember that even in the darkest of storms, Jesus is always present to be right beside us to guide us closer to him each and every day.


Advent Prayer: Week 4 ~ Love

God of Infinite Love,
In this, our fourth and final week of Advent,
We are reminded of the gift of pure love that you sent to us through the manifestation of your Son, Jesus.

Let us abandon everything that is not of God's pure love
and make room for him to dwell in us today and every day.

Make ready our hearts to believe in God's love,
to receive God's love, and to share God's love with anyone we encounter.

Through the darkest of times, may the Lord, Our God, enter.

Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.

Amen


Advent Prayer: Week 3 ~ Joy

This third week of Advent,
We are called to Rejoice always in the Lord.

In a world filled with sickness, conflict, greed, and lust,
We are challenged to remember that You are the only source of liberating joy.

Center our lives in that very joy that is only offered through your Son, Christ Jesus.
As Christmas draws nearer, shine light into the dark places of our lives where we have forgotten your love.

Open wide our hearts to receive your mercy and healing
and allow us to abundantly share that mercy and healing with those around us.

Let us await the Lord with gladness and joy, together.

Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.
Amen


Advent Prayer: Week 2 ~ Peace

God of Peace,
In our second week of Advent, we pray for the peace that can only be known through your Son,
Jesus the Christ. Our Redeemer. Our Messiah.

Give us the strength of your love as we work with each other
to cultivate a world that celebrates unity in love and understanding.

Ready the corners of our spirit so as to make the peace of Christ a reality in our own hearts.
May we continue to turn toward light throughout this entire Advent season so as to fully welcome your Son once again in our lives.

Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.
Amen


Advent Prayer: Week 1 ~ Hope

God of Hope,
In this first week of Advent,
May we open our hearts to the hope that may be found in your only Son, Christ Jesus.

We remember Isaiah and all of the Holy prophets
who first gave us that hope through their own words foretelling our Messiah's birth.

Be with us as we look forward and prepare for the coming of the Lord of light.
Relinquish worry and anxiety in our minds as we desire to grow ever closer to you each and every day.

Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.
Amen


Thanksgiving Prayer

Good and gracious God,
Many gather this Thanksgiving, separated by life-saving distancing,
but thankful to be united in grateful minds and spirit;

As in years past, dear Lord, we are incredibly grateful for all of the blessings
that you have bestowed upon us – our food, our homes, our livelihood, and one another.

In these challenging times, we open our hearts to other appreciations.
We give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well;
May God bless them and give them strength when they are most weary.

We give thanks for the researchers
who are working at breakneck speed to find a cure and vaccine;
May God enlighten them with knowledge and understanding.

We give thanks for our leaders.
May they work together to provide safe and healthy communities.

We give thanks for the many essential workers,
including first responders, police, firefighters and our military personnel
who have sacrificed their lives to keep us safe.

We give thanks for the farmers, grocers, food supply workers, and truck drivers
who have never ceased providing nourishment for our country.

We pray in a special way for those who are ill, may they fully recover.
For those who have experienced loss, for those enduring difficulty,
for the unemployed, and for those struggling in poverty and oppression,
May God strengthen us to overcome challenges together as we all actively
seek to become Christ for one another.  Amen.


Comfort in Scripture

Psalm 62:5-9

In God alone is my soul at rest.
God is the source of my hope.
In God I find shelter, my rock, and my safety.


Deuteronomy 31:8

It is the LORD who goes before you;
he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you.
So do not fear or be dismayed.”


Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.
They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.”


Psalm 46: 2-8

God is our refuge and our strength,
  an ever-present help in distress.
Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken
  and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,
Though its waters rage and foam
  and mountains totter at its surging.

Streams of the river gladden the city of God,
  the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be shaken;
  God will help it at break of day.
Though nations rage and kingdoms totter,
  He utters his voice and the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
  our stronghold is the God of Jacob.


Comfort in Prayer

Golden Leaves

We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves,
shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow.
We sense its passing in rain that dampens,
winds that chill, Harvest's bounty placed on show.
Creator God, who brings forth
both green shoot and hoar frost,
sunrise and sunset,
we bring our thanks
for seeds that have grown,
harvests gathered,
storehouses filled,
mouths fed.
And, as your good earth rests
through winter's cold embrace,
we look forward to its re-awakening
when kissed by Spring's first touch.

- Author Unknown


Autumn Months

O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.

As we welcome the autumn months,
may the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest.

May the brilliant colors of the leaves
remind us of the wonder of your creation.

May the steam of our breath in the cool air
remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life.

May the harvest from the fields remind us of the abundance we have been given and bounty we are to share with others.
May the dying of summer's spirit remind us of your great promise that death is temporary and life is eternal.
We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.

- Author Unknown


A Prayer for Peace during COVID-19

Dear Lord,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) affects our world, we continue to pray.
We invite you into our hearts, Lord — hearts that have so much on them right now.

Amidst our fear, disappointment, confusion, uncertainty, grief, anger, frustration and more...
We invite you in, Lord. 

We know you are bigger.
May we be given a peace and understanding of cancellations and social distancing rules.

May we act with humility to not just preserve our own safety and health, but to look beyond ourselves
and think of how our actions will affect others.

May we be alert to the ways we may help those around us, and give us the grace to step forward
without hesitation to be men and women for and with others, for Your greater glory.

Come to our aid, Lord.

Open our ears to hear your voice in these troubled times, may we listen and be prudent
and may we draw ever closer to you.

Amen.

- By Megan Sheehan, communications coordinator, Campus Ministry Marquette University


Comfort in Song

How Beautiful by Twila Paris

Holy Darkness - Dan Schutte

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - Matt Redman

Blessings - Laura Story


Other resources...

Stations of the Cross

Daily Lectionary Scripture Readings


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