After a man’s work day has concluded, he makes the transition from his work day back into his time to be with his family and to rest. As his day draws towards a close, it is a blessing to review how he fared in the spiritual combat, seek the forgiveness from God, and thanks for God’s blessings for another day.

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 Raccolta (noted as: Rac) and other powerful prayers from various traditional prayer books. 

1) Begin 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.

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.

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 – Exude nos (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.

The Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55 – Partial Indulgence MOI 17.2.1) 

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden.

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.

And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm, He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away.

He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity for ever. Amen.

4) Repent, apologize and ask God for forgiveness 

Examination of Conscience (Partial Indulgence MOI 9.1)

Prayer before Examine

O my Lord Jesus Christ, Judge of the living and the dead, before Whom I must appear one day to give an exact account of my whole life; enlighten me, I beg You, and give me a humble and contrite heart, that I may see how I have offended Your infinite Majesty, and judge myself now with such a just severity, that then You may judge me with mercy and clemency.

Examination using The 7 Questions

The upward ascent in holiness towards Heaven includes both stumbles into sin and good and holy acts. A man should examine his conscience each day to identify his spiritual failures (sins) and his spiritual successes (wins). By looking at sins and wins, a man can identify, hate, confess and take action to correct his sins, and thank God for helping a man make holy acts and be motivated in the spiritual ascent towards Heaven.

Here are 7 Questions to consider in your examination. You may find it helpful to keep a daily workbook of your spiritual progress; make a note of any mortal sins to include the next time you confess in the Sacrament of Penance. 

Identify your sins – Having relied upon God in prayer to guide you, consider your sins against God and others and your personal sins:

1) How did I sin against God by what I did or failed to do?

2) How did I sin against others by what I did or failed to do?

3) How did I sin by my personal thoughts, emotions, and acts?

Identify your wins Consider how God has given you the grace to make some holy acts today:

4) How did I love and honor God?

5) How did I demonstrate love to others?

6) How did I battle against sin/vice and grow in virtue?

7) Did I keep my morning resolution? If not, why not?

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. 

O my God. I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell; but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your Grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and amend my life. Amen. 

5) Learn from God and seek Holiness

Spend time in silence with God (Partial Indulgence MOI 15)

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).

Sit quietly in the Presence of God and experience His peace, joy and happiness and seek His guidance in your life.

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, tonight 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 the conversion of all souls

Almighty and everlasting God, Whose will it is that all men should be saved and that none should perish, look upon the souls that are deceived by the guile of Satan, in order that the hearts of them that have gone astray may put aside all the perverseness of heresy, and being truly repentant, many return to the unity of Thy truth, through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Rac 624).

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 – Maria, Mater gratiae (Partial Indulgence MOI 17.2.3)

Mary, Mother of grace and Mother of mercy, shield me from the enemy and receive me at the hour of my death. 

Pray for the intercession of St. Joseph The Memorare to St. Joseph

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never has it been known that anyone who asked for your help and sought your intercession was left unaided. Full of confidence in your power, I hasten to you, and beg your protection. Listen, O foster-father of the Redeemer, to my humble prayer, and in your goodness hear and answer me. Amen.

Pray for the intercession of the Saints and the Angels 

Prayer to One’s Patron Saint

O Heavenly Patron (N.), in whose name I glory, pray ever to God for me: strengthen me in my faith; establish me in virtue; guard me in the conflict; that I may vanquish the evil foe and attain glory everlasting. Amen. (Rac 581).

St. Michael

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.