Prayers and BLessings
to Use in your Ministries
New color coding: Yellow for any time of the year; Green for those you might use most in the Spring/Summer; Salmon for Fall/Winter; Lilac for Advent and Lent;
Blessing of Graduates
Before you were even formed,
God knew you.
While in your Mother's womb,
God named you.
At your birth, God's breath
filled you with life.
Today we celebrate what you have become
at this moment in time. And so we pray,
God of our beginnings,
We thank you for the gifts
of these graduates;
their excitement, their awesome wonder
their open speech and encouraging words.
Their contributions have blessed
and challenged us,
and we have become a richer
and more diverse community
because of them.
As they step forward into
the world that awaits,
comfort their fears with the full knowledge
of your divine presence.
Strengthen their resolve to
walk in the footsteps of Jesus
as modern-day disciples in a world
that needs their spirit.
Guide their feet as they move through life,
protecting the, from the pitfalls of darkness
while they help to lead future generations
into the warmth and promise of your light.
We ask this blessing upon each of them,
In the name of the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit.
(Journey Along the Road of Hope:
2001 Youth Ministry Resource Manual, (c) 2001 NFCYM)
A Blessing of Graduates
Lord, look kindly on your graduates.
Having finished their courses of study,
they stand on the threshold,
ready to begin new chapters in their lives.
We send them forth as messengers
and peace, marked with the
sign of the cross.
Guide their steps with your mighty arm
and with the power of your grace
strengthen them in spirit.
Make their words the echo of Christ’s voice,
so that those who hear them may be drawn
to obey the Gospel.
Fill the hearts of your graduates
with the Holy Spirit,
so that they may lead many to you,
the Father of all,
to sing your praises in your holy Church.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
A Prayer for All Going to Prom
Lord God, thank you for this opportunity to get dressed up
and have fun with friends as we eat, dance, and laugh at Prom.
Please keep us safe this evening,
and give us strength to avoid temptations for any and all
activities that would harm our relationship with you.
May we be good role models in how we act, in what we say,
in what we do and in how we dance.
But also rejoice with us as we have fun.
We pray this in your holy name, Amen. (ccase)
A Prayer for Those
Not Going to Prom
Lord God, even though I will not be going
to the dance tonight,
I ask that you watch over and protect
those who are.
May they be safe and able to stay faithful to you.
I also ask that you watch over me and
all those who are
not going to prom either by personal choice,
parent's choice, or not being invited -
no matter what the reason,
please grant us a fun evening as well.
No matter what I decide to do tonight,
help me to look back with fond memories.
Thank you for all my blessings Lord.
In your holy name, I pray. Amen. (ccase)
The World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 Official Prayer
God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.
May your grace and love help our families
in every part of the world be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.
May the example of the Holy Family, with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer
and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!
BLESSING OF A MARRIED COUPLE
May God, who loves us all, give you his choicest blessings, and fill your life with joy. May He guide you in His ways, and lead you to His glory. May Almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, give His blessing to you for ever and ever. Amen.
BLESSING AT A
Heavenly Father, bless us as we come together in Your Name. Send the Spirit of Jesus into our hearts to guide us in our discussions for the good of all. Father, we ask this grace through Christ our Lord. Amen.
BLESSING OF THOSE
WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE
Lord Jesus, You welcomed young people and blessed them, and reminded us that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are the children of God.
Bless + these men and women who work with young people in our community. Guide them in their projects, fill them with patience and love, and help them to inspire all with who they work. Let your Spirit of wisdom and understanding be with them and give them joy and peace in their hearts. Lord Jesus, we praise you, for you are our Lord for ever and ever.
PRAYER FOR A SAFE SUMMER
Father, help us to have a good fun-filled summer.
Keep our families and friends safe while enjoying swimming, picnics, games, and family fun.
Thank you for creating beautiful long sunny days and warm starry nights, which remind us that you are always watching over us.
Thank you for a season of love, joy, and togetherness. Amen.
From “A Prayer for All Seasons–Prayers by Young Adolescents,” Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Youth and Young Adults