Family or Group Prayer
Leader: May the grace or our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
All: And with your Spirit.
All: You have given us grace at this time to offer You a common prayer together and have promised that when two or three are gathered together in Your name‚ that You will grant their requests; fulfill‚ Lord‚ the prayers of Your servants‚ which are for our welfare‚ grant us the knowledge of Your truth in this world and life everlasting in the world to come. Amen.
(At this point you May add your own private prayers and intercessions‚ using your own words or some of the prayers found on this Web Page. When you have finished‚ conclude with this prayer.)
Through the prayers of our holy Fathers‚ Lord Jesus Christ our God‚ have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
Parent’s Prayer for Their Children‚ Relatives & Friends
O God‚ our heavenly Father‚ who loves mankind and are a most merciful and compassionate God‚ have mercy upon Your servants (Name those whom you wish to remember) for whom I humbly pray to You to care for and protect. O God‚ be their guide and guardian in all their endeavors‚ lead them in the path of Your truth‚ and draw them nearer to You‚ so that they May lead a godly and righteous life in Your love as they do Your will in all things. Give them Your grace‚ and mercy so that they May be patient‚ hard working‚ tireless‚ devout and charitable. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy‚ and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptation and corruption‚ and direct them in the way of Salvation‚ through the goodness of Your Son‚ our Savior Jesus Christ‚ and the prayers of His Holy Mother and the blessed saints. Amen.
Prayer of a Single Parent
Lord Jesus Christ my God‚ who carried Your own Holy Cross to Golgotha‚ grant me the strength‚ patience and wisdom to bear the burdens of parenthood. Fulfill in me anything I May be lacking and grant that through our prayers and those of Your Holy Mother‚ our family May grow closer to You and a Life in Christ. Amen
Prayer for Your Parents
Lord and Savior‚ You have taught us to honor our fathers and mothers‚ and to show love and obedience toward them. From the depth of my heart I fervently pray to You‚ Jesus‚ my God: hear my prayer. Bless my parents who have raised me up with the help of Your grace. Protect them from evil‚ harm and sickness. Grant them faith‚ health and joy. Bless all their works that they May give You honor and glory all the days of their lives. Amen
Heavenly Father‚ bless my parents and all those who love and care for me. Help me in all ways to be respectful and obedient to them according to Your will. Send down upon me Your grace to perform all my duties carefully and faithfully‚ to avoid unacceptable company and influence and to resist all temptation that May come my way. Help me Lord to live a serious‚ good and godly life‚ praising You constantly and glorifying Your holy Name. Amen.
Praying with Toddlers
Teach them early to venerate icons and to Cross themselves. Explain simple concepts of God and Jesus. Pray with them by helping enumerate their blessings-
Jesus loves my _______ . Thank you God‚ for _______ .
Prayer of a Married Person
Lord Jesus Christ‚ by Your presence You blessed the wedding in Cana and showed us that You are the true priest of mystical and pure marriage. We thank You for the day on which by Your heavenly blessing You joined us in the sacrament of marriage. Lord‚ continue to bless and enrich our marriage in love companionship‚ mutual support‚ oneness of heart and progress in faith and life. Protect our Holy wedlock from sin‚ evil and danger. Nurture between us the spirit of understanding‚ the spirit of forgiveness and the spirit of peace‚ that no resentment‚ quarrel or other problem May cause us to stumble and fall. Grant us to see our own faults and not to judge each other. Keep our bond of love always new. Gladden our lives with the joys of marriage‚ that with one heart we May praise and glorify You. Amen.
Prayer of a Single Person
Jesus my Lord‚ Who became man and graced us with the beauty of Your life and with the example of faith‚ purity and love; help me‚ I pray‚ to love You with all my mind‚ heart and soul‚ and to live according to Your teachings. Strengthen me when temptations strike‚ that I May remain pure in thought and steadfast in virtue‚ doing only things that are pleasing to You. Guide me to live Your will and not my own as I look to the future. Grant me faith‚ courage and love‚ that I May serve You in holiness all the days of my life‚ through the prayers of the Theotokos and of all the Saints. Amen.
Prayer of a Widow or Widower
Lord Jesus Christ‚ Who through your mercy‚ resurrected the only son of the widow in Nain; I pray to You in need and all alone‚ putting my hope in God and asking for help. O You who fulfill our every need and complete everything we lack‚ grant me faith‚ courage‚ love and understanding of Your Will. Remember Your Servant (name of spouse) in Your kingdom‚ always now and forever. Amen
Excerpt from http://www.transchurch.org/sguide/prayerbook.asp