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|On wakening it
is lovely to have the first thoughts of the new day focussed on God. The
very first prayer of the day should be that given to us by the Son - The
Lord's Prayer or The Our Father. Saint Louis de Montfort tells us in his
book - The Secrets of The Rosary:
"The Our Father contains
all the duties we owe to God, the acts of all the virtues and the petitions
for all our spiritual and corporal needs. Tertullian says that the Our
Father is a summary of the New Testament. Thomas a Kempis says that it
surpasses all the desires of all the saints; that it is a condensation
of all the beautiful sayings of all the psalms and canticles; that in it
we ask God for everything that we need, that by it we praise him in the
very best way; that by it we lift up our souls from earth to heaven and
unite them closely to God."
"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
And Forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who
trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom,
the Power and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen"
A simple prayer of 'Thanks
Be To God' when we wake up starts the day with His name on our lips. Dedicating
the day ahead to the Lord will result in a calm and peace in all we do
and a fruitful day's work, yes even when things seem to go wrong. Rather
than curse the mishap, say 'Thanks Be To God' or 'Praise You Lord'. Here
are a few nice little morning prayers to set the tone for the day:
"God of my life, I welcome this
new day. It is Your gift to me, a new creation, a promise of resurection."
"Dear Lord, I thank You for
the Grace of being alive this morning; I thank You for the sleep that has
refreshed me; I thank You for the chance to make a new beginning."
Angels are spoken of frequently
in the Bible and we should be aware of their existence. Jesus was supported
by the angels during his trials in the desert before He set out on His
work. We each have a guardian angel and a lovely little prayer for both
morning and night is one to ask our guardian angel to watch over us.
"Dear Lord, I give you may hands
to do Your work; I give You my feet to go Your way; I give You my eyes
to see as You see; I give You my tongue to speak Your words; I give You
my mind that You may think in me; I give You my spirit that You may pray
in me. Above all, I give You my heart that You may love in me - love the
Father and love all humankind. I give You my whole self, Lord, that You
may grow in me, so that it is You who lives, works and prays in me. Amen."
A lovely way of giving the day
over to the Lord is in simple conversation with Him, chatting as if to
a member of the family or a good friend.:
"Oh Angel of God, my guardian
dear. To whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side,
to light, to guard, to rule and guide me. Amen"
By getting into the habit of
chatting with God like a child chats away to a parent, we will bring God's
presence within us to the surface and enjoy His company. May Jesus and
Mary Bless you in all you do today!
"Good morning Lord, it's great
to be with You again today. I'm glad You are going to be with me today.
Help me in all I do and say today, bring a smile to my lips for all I meet
today, place on my tongue kind and gentle words for all I speak with today.
And when the day's over bring me home safely."