After waking up, before jumping into the work which makes up the main part of his day, it is very helpful for a man to set aside time for some deliberate prayer in which he draws closer to God in prayer to seek God’s blessing, guidance, and intercession in the day ahead. If a Catholic man schedule allows, he can also be blessed to pray his Morning Prayer in communion with others in the great prayer of the Sacrament of the Eucharist in the Mass.
This prayer routine includes prayers which are specially indulged by the Church in The Manual of Indulgences (noted as: MOI), prayers which have been specifically indulged in the past in the Racollata (noted as: Rac) and other powerful prayers from various traditional prayer books.
1) Begin the conversation with God
Begin by pausing. Remind yourself that you are in the Presence of God. Enter into conversation with God with the mindset of a humble and obedience son who is seeking to honor Your Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, and all the Saints and Angels. Pray slowly and deliberately, with great reverence for God, meaning every single word you say. Do not rush; it is much better to pray a few prayers with deep love and conviction than to speed through many prayers with your mind elsewhere. Pray today as if it is your last day.
Sign of the Cross (Partial Indulgence MOI 28.2)
In the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Intention to receive Indulgences
Note: It is necessary to have “at least a general intention” to gain an indulgence (MOI N17); use the following example prayer or a prayer of your own choosing to confirm your desire to receive Indulgences today.
I desire to gain all the Indulgences which the Church may grant for the prayers and good works I shall offer to God today [and I submit to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to determine how any Indulgence I am granted will be used, either for the remission of sin for me or for souls in Purgatory]. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Savior of Man. Amen.
2) Confirm obedience to God
The Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil [the Evil One]. Amen.
The Hail Mary
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
The Nicene Creed (Partial Indulgence MOI 28.2.3)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from Heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, He suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Act of Faith (Partial Indulgence MOI 28.2.4)
O my God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; I believe that Your Divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths that the holy Catholic Church teaches, because You have revealed them, Who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen.
Act of Hope (Partial Indulgence MOI 28.2.4)
O my God, relying on Your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon for my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
Act of Charity – (Partial Indulgence MOI 28.2.4).
O my God, I love You above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because You are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You. I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.
3) Thank God for His blessings
Reflect upon your blessings and thank God
Almighty Father, Jesus Christ, Savior of Man and the Holy Spirit, today I am blessed by You and grateful for __________________________.
Prayer of thanks to God (Partial Indulgence MOI 26.2)
We give You thanks, Almighty God, for all Your blessings: Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Benedictus/Canticle of Zechariah (Lk 1:69-79)
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people in the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Amen.
Devotion for the Day of the Week
To help every Catholic man remember and continually consecrate his life to God, the Church urges each man to pray in a special way for important parts of the Catholic faith each day of the week; you can pray the suggested prayer for today or pray in your own words. If time allows, consider praying one of the suggested alternative prayers; consider praying each of the alternative Litanies at least once a month.
Sunday: The Holy Trinity
O Holy Trinity, I adore You Who are dwelling by Your grace within my soul. Amen. (Rac 12a).
Alternative: Litany of the Holy Trinity.
Monday: The Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit, sweet Guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever abide in You. Amen. (Rac 278).
Alternative: Litany to the Holy Spirit
Tuesday: The Holy Angels
Bless the Lord, all you His Angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute His Word. Bless the Lord, all you His Hosts: you ministers of His, who do His Will. Amen. (Rac 441).
Alternative: Litany to the Holy Angels.
Wednesday: St. Joseph
O Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Lord Jesus Christ and true spouse of Mary the Virgin, pray for us. Amen. (Rac 459).
Alternative: Litany of St. Joseph (Partial Indulgence MOI 22.3) or Litany to the Holy Family .
Thursday: The Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist
The Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto everlasting life. Amen. (Rac 157).
Alternative: Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus (Partial Indulgence MOI 22.3) or The Litany of the Holy Eucharist.
Friday: The Passion of our Lord
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You; because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world. Amen. (Rac 191).
Alternative: Litany to the Passion.
Saturday: The Blessed Virgin Mary
O Mary, bless this house where thy name is always blessed. Praise forever to Mary Immaculate, the ever-Virgin Mother, blessed among women, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Queen of Paradise. Amen. (Rac 298).
Alternative: Litany of Loretto (Partial Indulgence MOI 22.3).
Special Devotion for each Month
To help every Catholic man remember and continually consecrate his life to God, the Church urges each man to pray in a special way for important parts of the Catholic faith each month; today, you can pray the short suggested prayer for the current month or pray in your own words. Consider praying each of the alternative Litanies at least once a week during the designated month (for example, Pray The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus every Sunday during January, etc.).
January – The Holy Name and Childhood of Jesus
Blessed be the most Holy Name of Jesus without end! Amen. (Rac 119).
Alternative: Litany to the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Partial Indulgence MOI 22.3.
February – The Holy Family
Jesus, Mary and Joseph most kind, bless us now and in death’s agony. Amen. (Rac 273).
Alternative: Litany of the Holy Family .
March – St. Joseph
Grant us, dear Joseph, to run life’s pathway in innocent fashion: May we forever be safe under your blessed patronage. Amen. (Rac 458).
Alternative: Litany of St. Joseph (Partial Indulgence MOI 22.3 ).
April – The Holy Eucharist
O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine! All praise and all thanks give be every moment Thine! Amen. (Rac 136).
Alternative: Litany of the Holy Eucharist.
May – Our Lady the Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, by the Lord God most high, above all women upon the earth. Amen. (Rac 311).
Alternative: Litany of Loretto (Partial Indulgence MOI 22.3).
June – The Sacred Heart of Jesus
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved in every place. Amen. (Rac 223).
Alternative: Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Partial Indulgence MOI 22.3.
July – The Most Precious Blood of Jesus
Eternal Father, I offer You the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in atonement for my sins, and in supplication for the holy souls in purgatory and for the needs of Your holy Church. Amen. (Rac 219).
Alternative: Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus (Partial Indulgence MOI 22.3).
August – The Immaculate Heart of Mary
O Heart most pure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, obtain for me from Jesus a pure and humble heart. Amen. (Rac 387).
September – Our Lady of Sorrows
Mary most sorrowful, Mother of Christians, pray for us. Amen. (Rac 376).
October – The Most Holy Rosary (and Holy Angels)
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us. Amen. (Rac 394).
Alternative: Litany of the Holy Angels.
November – The Poor Souls in Purgatory
Eternal rest grant unto them, O lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. (MOI 29.2.2).
Alternative: Litany for the Faithful Departed or Litany of the Saints (Partial Indulgence MOI 22.3).
December – The Immaculate Conception
Blessed be the holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Amen. (Rac 356).
4) Repent, apologize and ask God for forgiveness
Examination of Conscience (Partial Indulgence MOI 9.1)
Briefly consider your sins which immediately come to mind and reflect for a few moments on these two questions: 1) In what ways have I sinned against God?, and 2) In what ways have I sinned against others?
God, I have sinned in these ways: ____________________________________________.
I Confess/Confiteor – Act of Contrition (Partial Indulgence MOI 9.2)
Have sorrow for the sins because you fear the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but mostly because by choosing to sin, you separate yourself from God.
I confess to almighty God that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, to pray for me to the Lord our God. Amen.
5) Learn from God and seek Holiness
Read and meditate on Sacred Scripture (Partial Indulgence MOI 30.1)
Read and mediate upon the daily Gospel for today’s Mass (Part 1) and today’s Daily Devotion (Part 2).
Alternative: Select other Scripture passages to meditate upon.
Spend time in silence with God (Partial Indulgence MOI 15)
Pray the following prayer and then sit quietly in the Presence of God and experience His peace, joy and happiness and seek His guidance in your life.
Omnipotence of the Father, help my frailty and save me from the depths of misery. Wisdom of the Son, direct all my thoughts, words and deeds. Love of the Holy Spirit, be Thou the source of all the operations of my mind, that they may be conformed to God’s good pleasure. Amen. (Rac 53).
Grow in Virtue through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Each day, every Catholic man should seek to battle against sin and vice and make holy acts that build the good and holy habits of virtue. Either pray for the Virtue and Gift of the Holy Spirit of the day as noted below, or pray for that Virtue and Gift which you most need in today’s battle to grow in holiness. For a short guide, see: “Overview: Virtues, Vices and Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit” p ___.
Sunday: To battle against Hatred, grow in Charity through the Gift of Wisdom
Blessed Trinity, help me battle against any Hatred of You or my neighbor by granting me the Gift of Wisdom so I may grow in Charity. Amen.
Alternative: Litany of Charity.
Monday: To battle against Intemperance, grow in Temperance through the Gift of the Fear of the Lord
Blessed Trinity, help me battle against the many forms of Intemperance, including pride, wrath, gluttony, drunkenness, lust, sloth and sinful curiosity, by granting me the Gift of the Fear of the Lord so I may grow in Temperance. Amen.
Alternatives: Litany of Temperance, Litany of Humility, Litany of Meekness, Litany of Diligence, Litany of Chastity.
Tuesday: To battle against Injustice, grow in Justice through the Gift of Piety
Blessed Trinity, help me battle against the many forms of Injustice, including false worship or failure to worship, disobedience, rudeness, ingratitude, cruelty, dishonesty, indifference, greed, and envy, by granting me the Gift of Piety so I may grow in Justice. Amen.
Alternative: Litany of Justice, Litany of Generosity, Litany of Kindness.
Wednesday: To battle against Doubt, grow in Hope through the Gift of Knowledge
Blessed Trinity, help me battle against the despair and presumption of Doubt by granting me the Gift of Knowledge so I may grow in Hope. Amen.
Alternative: Litany of Hope.
Thursday: To battle against a lack of Fortitude, grow in Fortitude through the Gift of Fortitude
Blessed Trinity, help me to battle against false ambition, self-glory, miserliness, prodigality, cowardliness, rashness, effeminacy, stubbornness and impatience, by granting me the Gift of Fortitude so I may grow in Fortitude. Amen.
Alternative: Litany of Fortitude.
Friday: To battle against Imprudence, grow in Prudence through the Gift of Counsel
Blessed Trinity, help me battle against hastiness, negligence, close-mindedness, ignorance, irrationality, short-sightedness, lack of followthrough and indecisiveness, by granting me the Gift of Counsel so I may grow in Prudence. Amen.
Alternative: Litany of Prudence.
Saturday: To battle against Unbelief, grow in Faith through the Gift of Understanding
Blessed Trinity, help me to battle against all doubt of You, including any heresy or blasphemy, by granting me the Gift of Understanding so I may grow in Faith. Amen.
Alternative: Litany of Faith.
Resolution for the Day
Remember O Christian Soul
Remember, O Christian soul, that you have this day and every day of your life: God to glorify, Jesus to imitate, the Angels and Saints to invoke, a soul to save, a body to mortify, sins to repent of, virtues to acquire, Hell to avoid, Heaven to gain, Eternity to prepare for, time to profit by, neighbors to edify, the world to despise, devils to combat, passions to subdue, death perhaps to suffer, Judgment to undergo. Amen.
To make real progress in the spiritual ascent of holiness, a man should make at least one solid resolution which he commits to act upon each day; over time, these small daily steps accumulate to real and noticeable gains in holiness and happiness as holiness becomes a habit. Examples of types of resolutions include:
- Make an act of devotion to God: Set special time for prayer, pray the Rosary, study Scripture or some other holy writing, spend time in Adoration, go to Confession, go to daily Mass, make a special act of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary or St. Joseph, etc.
- Abstain from licit pleasure (Partial Indulgence – General Grant 3): In imitation of Christ’s suffering and for penance for sins, fast, abstain from meat, sweets, alcohol or some pleasurable food, abstain from media/entertainment, do not shop or purchase anything, choose to talk less, take on some unpleasant physical exercise, etc.
- Act to grow in virtue: study and meditate upon a vice which is tormenting you and the virtue you need to build, pray a Litany of Virtue, note in a journal why you wish to grow in a virtue and how you plan to do it, resolve to take one small virtuous act (see Litany of Virtue for ideas).
- Perform an act of love towards another: Be kind to those who are not kind to you, quietly sacrifice to help someone, reach out to the suffering or lonely, speak to others about Jesus Christ, or any Work of Mercy (p ___).
Blessed Trinity, today I resolve and commit to take this one holy act: ___________________________________________________.
6) Ask for help from God, the Saints and Angels
Make your personal petitions to God
Pray to God for His help to avoid sin/vice and to grow in holiness and petition God for help in dealing with suffering in accordance with His Will.
Blessed Trinity, today I humbly ask that You help me _____________________________________________________________________.
Looking beyond yourself, pray for all those who are suffering and need God’s help from your prayer list and for all those around the world who need God’s grace.
Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I humbly ask that You help_________________________________________________.
Pray for benefactors (Partial Indulgence MOI 24)
Pause and consider all those who have been a blessing to you over the years, including grandparents, parents, spouse, other family members, bosses, mentors and others.
May it please You, O Lord, to reward with eternal life all those who do good to us for Your Name’s sake. Amen.
Pray for the Pope (Partial Indulgence MOI 25.1)
Let us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff N. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not to the will of his enemies. Amen.
Pray for the Church
Graciously hear the prayer of Your Church, we beg You, O Lord; that her enemies and all heresies may be brought to nothing, and that she may serve You in perfect security and freedom. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Rac 718).
Pray for the Clergy
O God, Who appointed Your only-begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Your Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He has chosen to be His ministers and the stewards of His mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfillment of the ministry which they have received. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (Rac 660).
Pray for conversion and salvation of all souls
Most loving Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast redeemed the world by the shedding of Thy most Precious Blood, turn Thine eyes in mercy upon our poor humanity, which still lies, for the most part, sunk in the darkness of error and in the shadow of death, and grant that the light of Thy truth may shine gloriously upon all mankind.
Multiply, O Lord, the apostles of Thy Gospel, give them new fervor, and bless with Thy grace their zeal and their labors and make them fruitful; that by means of them all unbelievers may know Thee and be converted to Thee, their Creator and their Redeemer.
Call back to Thy fold all who have gone astray, and restore to the bosom of Thy one, true Church, all who are in rebellion against her. Hasten, dear Savior, the happy day when Thy Kingdom shall truly come upon earth; draw all men to Thy loving Heart, so that all may be partakers of the unspeakable blessing of Thy redemption in the everlasting happiness of Heaven. Amen. (Rac 617).
Pray for Christian Unity (Partial Indulgence MOI 11.2)
Almighty and merciful God, who wished to gather the scattered nations into one people through your Son, grant that those who glory in the name of Christians may put aside division and become one in truth and charity, and that all men may be illumined by the true faith and brought together into the fraternal communion of one Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pray for the Poor Suffering in Purgatory (Partial Indulgence MOI 29.2.2)
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Ask the Father for help (Partial Indulgence MOI 26.2)
Hear us, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God; and graciously send Your holy angel from Heaven to watch over, to cherish, to protect, to abide with, and to defend all who dwell in this house. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Ask the Son for help (Partial Indulgence MOI 26.2)
Visit, we beg You, O Lord, this dwelling, and drive from it all snares of the Enemy: let Your holy Angels dwell herein, to keep us in peace; and let Your blessing be always upon us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Ask the Holy Spirit for help (Partial Indulgence MOI 26.2)
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
Pray for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Memorare, O piissima Virgo Maria (Partial Indulgence MOI 17.2.3)
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Pray for the intercession of St. Joseph
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted His only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Pray for the intercession of the Saints and the Angels
St. Peter and St. Paul (Partial Indulgence MOI 20)
Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, intercede for us. Guard your people, who rely on the patronage of Your apostles Peter and Paul, O Lord, and keep them under Your continual protection. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. 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 power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl about the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Guardian Angel (Partial Indulgence MOI 18)
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
7) End the conversation with God
Sign of the Cross (Partial Indulgence MOI 28.2)
In the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.