A Catholic Morning Offering to God
the very first thing we should do as Catholics
is to make what is called our Morning Offering: the total
offering of ourselves — to God.
Morning Offering is a prayer of your own making, a prayer
in which you offer to God — well, everything
... everything that you are, everything that you possess, all that
you experience and all that you will suffer this day.
words that you choose are your own. If you are at a loss at the beginning,
there are many wonderful prayers that you can find by the Saints or
that are recommended to you by Holy Mother the Church.
following prayer is offered as an example only and may be helpful to
you in understanding what is involved in your Morning Offering as a
Catholic, but your words will be different, because your life
is different: what you suffer, what you need, those in your life whom
you love, your own difficulties and aspirations — these you will
hold up to God at the beginning your day:
Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, Amen.
(“In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Father, Lord Jesus Christ, O, Holy Ghost, I love Thee,
my Lord and my God — above all and before all — and
all whom I love, I love in Thee!
myself to Thee:, my God, all that I am, all that I have, and all that
to me as it pleases Thee. Take from me as it pleases Thee.
Thee, Lord my God, fulfill within me perfectly Thy most holy will.
of me what You will. Do with me what You will.
my God, I hold up to Thee all those I love, my friends, and my enemies.
Keep them, I beg Thee, for Thyself in Heaven forever. Protect them from
the evil one and every evil!
mercy on me, a sinner.
In a special way I hold up to Thee [name the people most dear to you,]
and those for whom you have promised your prayers, and all those poor
souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them and who most need
up to Thee all those who died last night and those who will die today.
Have mercy on them; in their last moments give them the grace to be
converted to Thee, forgive them their sins, and bring them to everlasting
life in Thy presence..
I offer all to Thee in union with Thy Son Jesus Christ in the Most Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, and through the Immaculate
Heart of Mary.”
In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.
JMD for the
Boston Catholic Journal
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Totally Faithful to the Sacred
Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum
Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have but little power, and
yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name.”
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