Living as a Catholic Prayer What Is Prayer? For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. (St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.) The Pope Video January 2020 Prayers for Christmas and January The AngelusTraditionally said three times a day: 6am, 12 noon and 6pm. V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 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. V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.Hail Mary. V. And the Word was made flesh.R. And dwelt among us.Hail Mary. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray;Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen. Prayer to the Holy FamilyJesus, Mary and Joseph,in you we contemplatethe splendour of true love;to you we turn with trust.Holy Family of Nazareth,grant that our families toomay be places of communion and prayer,authentic schools of the Gospeland small domestic churches.Holy Family of Nazareth,may families never again experienceviolence, rejection and division;may all who have been hurt or scandalizedfind ready comfort and healing.Holy Family of Nazareth,make us once more mindfulof the sacredness and inviolability of the family,and its beauty in God’s plan.Jesus, Mary and Joseph,graciously hear our prayer.Amen. From Amoris Laetitiae Prayer for ChristmasO sweet Child of Bethlehem,grant that we may share with all our heartsin this profound mystery of Christmas.Put into the hearts of men and women this peacefor which they sometimes seek so desperatelyand which you alone can give to them.Help them to know one another better,and to live as brothers and sisters,children of the same Father.Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness and purity.Awaken in their heartslove and gratitude for your infinite goodness.Join them all together in your love.And give us your heavenly peace. Amen. by Pope St John XXIII Prayer for ChristmasLet Your goodness Lord appear to us, that wemade in your image, conform ourselves to it.In our own strengthwe cannot imitate Your majesty, power, and wondernor is it fitting for us to try.But Your mercy reaches from the heavensthrough the clouds to the earth below.You have come to us as a small child,but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts,the gift of eternal loveCaress us with Your tiny hands,embrace us with Your tiny armsand pierce our hearts with Your soft, sweet cries. By St. Bernard of Clairvaux Nativity PrayerLet the just rejoice, for their justifier is born. Let the sick and infirm rejoice, For their saviour is born. Let the captives rejoice, For their Redeemer is born. Let slaves rejoice, for their Master is born. Let free men rejoice, For their Liberator is born. Let All Christians rejoice, For Jesus Christ is born. Amen. By St Augustine Praying with the Pope in January Click to Pray:Log on to Click to Pray and download the app. (on App Store, iTunes and Google Play) to pray with the Pope, and hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world.