Prayer At The Start Of A Vacation

A Look at Key Catholic Prayers

Prayer At The Start Of A Vacation

Catholics say many of the same prayers other religions do, with some variations. The key Catholic prayers are either part of the Mass, during which many prayers are sung, or part of praying the rosary.

Traditionally, Catholic prayers fall into four types:

  • Adoration: Praising God
  • Contrition: Asking for God’s forgiveness
  • Petition: Asking God for a favor
  • Thanksgiving: Showing God gratitude

Catholics begin and end every prayer and sacrament with the sign of the cross. It’s one of the trademarks of Catholicism.

Prayers in the Mass

The Church believes that the Mass is the highest and supreme form of prayer, so it has all four types of prayer:

  • The Gloria is a prayer of adoration. It’s sung when the Mass is held on Sunday or a holy day of obligation and recalls the singing angels who sang at Christ’s birth:Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
  • The Confiteor and Penitential Rite are prayers of contrition. The Confiteor,which is Latin for I confess, goes this:I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.
  • The Prayer of the Faithful, also known as the General Intercessions, is a prayer of petition. Here, the congregation asks for care for the Church’s people, leaders, and the larger community, is a prayer of petition.
  • A prayer of thanksgiving comes after Holy Communion. Gratitude is shown for all the graces given at Mass.

The Mass may also include a profession of faith, or creed. The text of these creeds succinctly summarize all that Catholicism regards as divinely revealed truth:

  • The Apostles’ Creed: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
  • The Nicene Creed: I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the rosary

Praying the rosary means repeating three prayers several times, although you start by saying the Apostles’ Creed just once. You repeat the following prayers in each decade of the rosary:

  • The Our Father: 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 bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
  • The Our Father is also prayed during Mass.
  • The Hail Mary: 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.
  • The Glory Be: Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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18 Morning Prayers to Use Daily & Start Each Day with God

Prayer At The Start Of A Vacation

A morning prayer is a wonderful way to focus your time and attention on seeking God's plan for the day ahead. Whether you need encouragement, peace, strength, or rest, God can meet you in a very real and present way when you come before Him with a humble heart. Seek God's presence each morning before your energy and attention are pulled by all the tasks you have ahead.

1. A Morning Prayer for God's Presence 

Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You. Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings. Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words, and actions.

And keep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires, MY thoughts on how things should be. Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity… rather than a personal inconvenience. And finally, help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13, 'Great is your love toward me.' You already see the ways I will fall short and mess up.

But right now, I consciously tuck Your whisper of absolute love for me into the deepest part of my heart. I recognize Your love for me is not my performance. You love me warts and all. That's amazing. But what's most amazing is that the Savior of the world would desire a few minutes with me this morning.

Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it is to sit with You this. Amen.
– Lysa Terkeurst, Encouragement for Today, Proverbs 31 Ministries

2. A Daily Prayer of Thanksgiving

Dear God, Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.

Forgive us for when we don't thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day.

We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus' Name, Amen. – Debbie McDaniel, The Power of Gratitude

3.  A Morning Prayer to Follow God Today

Dear Lord, I don't know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today.

Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You.

Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning. That truly amazes me, Lord. Thank You for meeting with me today.

Would You wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love? I can't wait to meet with You again. In Jesus' Name, Amen. – Wendy Blight, Encouragement for Today, Proverbs 31 Ministries

4. A Morning Prayer for Strength

Lord, I am weary and don’t know when this “race” will end in my life. I feel I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this trial. Help me to stop trying to outrun my pain but rather run with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials in my life.

I know that nothing in this world can separate me from your steadfast love. Please give me a measure of your love today; give me the strength to endure this trial.

Thank you for your love for me that never ends! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom! – Adrian Rogers,  Love Worth Finding

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

5. A Morning Prayer for Courage

Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don't go my way. And give me the courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.
– Dr. Ray Pritchard

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

6. A Daily Prayer of Rejoice

Father, thank you for intervening in my life and allowing me to have a personal relationship with you. Thank you for your love for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. Help us use those blessings to bless others. May I live a life of true joy as I see you at work around me today! In Jesus' name. Amen. – Ron Moore

7. A Prayer for Guidance from the Holy Spirit

Lord, I pray you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin.

Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

– Kenny Luck, Every Man Ministry Devotional

8. A Prayer for God's Grace Daily

Lord, thank you for your abundant, abounding grace. Thank you that we don't have to earn a drop of the mighty river of grace that flows freely for us today.

Thank you for the unexpected, unmerited favor you've showered on my life. Help me put myself in the path of your love and grace.

Help me not neglect the disciplines I need to meet with you regularly and to drink from the water of life. Thank you for your rich love. Amen. – David Mathis

9. A Prayer to Love the Life You Have

God, help me love the life I live right now. Show me the good things I often overlook and help me be content with what I have.

Forgive me when I compare myself to others, forgive me for longing for things outside of you and your kingdom. Thank you for loving me right where I am, right as I am. Help me keep my eyes on you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Nicki Koziarz, Encouragement for Today, Proverbs 31 Ministries

10. A Prayer for a Heavy Heart

Father, my heart is heavy. I feel I have to carry the burden alone. Words overwhelmed, distraught, exhausted seem to describe where I am. I am not sure how to let you carry my heavy load, so please show me how. Take it from me. Let me rest and be refreshed so that my heart won't be so heavy in the morning. In Jesus' name. Amen. – Ron Moore

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

11.A Morning Prayer for God's Guidance

Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen. – Traci Miles, Encouragement for Today, Proverbs 31 Ministries 

“If any of your lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

12. A Simple Morning Prayer

God, please enlighten my mind with truth, inflame my heart with love, inspire my will with courage, enrich my life with service. Pardon what I have been, sanctify what I am, and order what I shall be. Amen – Author Unknown

13. The Prayer of Jabez

“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, 'Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.'” 1 Chronicles 4:10

14.  The Difference Today

I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn't have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task;
'Why doesn't God help me?' I wondered.

He answered, 'You didn't ask.

I wanted to see joy and beauty
But the day toiled on gray and bleak
I wondered why God didn't show me
He said, 'But you didn't seek',
I tried to come into God's presence;
I used all my keys in the lock.

God gently and lovingly chided,
'My child, you didn't knock.'
I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.
– Author Unknown, The Difference

15. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead

Father, thank you for all the ways you’ve blessed me, specifically with this job that pays my bills and puts food on my table. Thank you that ALL work has significance because work is good.

Help me bring you glory today, through my actions, my words, through the good work I do to bring order to my little corner of the world. Help me view my work as a blessing and not a curse.

Give me grace and strength for the hardest aspects of my job. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen. – Renee Davis

16. A Morning Prayer for a Full Life

Dear Lord, thank you for your many blessings. Thank you for the lives we have been graciously given, and help us to use our limited time for good. Help us to pursue our lives to their fullest. Remind us that living for you is the only path to true fulfillment. – Greg Laurie, Harvest

17. A Morning Prayer for Cares and Concerns

Dear Father in Heaven, so much in my life is broken. I have so many concerns and cares, and they weigh me down.

While I desire to cast my cares upon You, I find I usually pick them back up again, and they only add more anxiety and stress.

Please help me learn to cast my cares on You as I learn what it means to rest and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Chrystal Evans Hurst, Encouragement for Today, Proverbs 31 Ministries

18. A Prayer for Hope Today

Lord, help me to hear you saying, “I am your hope” over all the other voices. Lord, your word says, you are the hope for hopeless so I'm running to you with both hands stretched out and grabbing on to you.

Fill me up with hope and give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline (Hebrews 6:19-20).

God, you know those things in my heart that I barely dare to hope for, today I give them to you, I trust them to you, and ask that you because I know that you can do more than I could ever guess, imagine or request in wildest dreams (Eph 3:20). God, you are my hope and I trust you. Amen. – Wendy can Eyck

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8 Prayers to Pray Each Day of Holy Week

Prayer At The Start Of A Vacation

  • Rachel Marie Stone
  • 2016Mar 18

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but this year I’ve been thinking of Holy Week less in terms of the passion of Jesus Christ and more in terms of “spring break.”

It’s not that I’ve got any spectacular vacation plans. It’s just that my children and I will be off from school (I’m a teacher), the days will grow longer and warmer, and the bulbs I planted in the garden last year will poke their green leaves the earth and blossom to the sun.

So I’m approaching Holy Week feeling unprepared, and not just because I have no idea what I’m going to make for Easter dinner. I’ve spent more Sundays in Lent at home sick – or home with sick children – than I’ve been in church. I’m soul-weary after months of winter and darkness and stress.

But perhaps this isn’t such a bad way to enter Holy Week – tired and unprepared, hungry for a new beginning, eager for the light to shine in the darkness. Even if, me, you feel you haven’t quite lived into the penitential season of Lent, it’s not too late to begin walking toward resurrection morning.

Here are eight prayers to take you – and me – through Holy Week. There’s one for each day, beginning with Palm Sunday, and each of them is one of traditional Scripture readings given to that day in church lectionaries.

Palm Sunday Prayer

Matthew 21:1-11; Psa 118:1-2; Psa 118:19-29

Lord God,I give you thanks, for you are good, and your mercy is endless.Here I stand, at the start of this holy week,This week in which your church remembers Jesus’ passion and death,And I am distracted by many things.Turn my eyes now to the One who comes in your nameThe one who opens the gates of righteousnessThe one who answers when we call.

I bless you, Lord, for shining your light upon me,And for sending your son to us, in human frailty.To walk the road we walk.Open my eyes that I may see him coming,And may praise him with a pure heart.And may walk in the way of his suffering,And share also in his resurrection.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.


Monday – Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 21:10-17; John 12:1-8

Lord God,Six days before his death, your son sat with Lazarus,Whom he had raised from the dead,And ate dinner with his friends.Once again, your gospel tells us, Martha served,And Mary knelt at Jesus’ feetTo anoint them with costly perfume.The disciple who was about to betray himSaid that it was a waste.

He didn’t care about the poor, really –He just wanted to fill his own pocketsAnd make Mary feel ashamed.Lord God,Often we cannot discern what is best:When to pour out costly perfume for your sake,Even if the world thinks it a waste.When to be busy serving,Or when to rest at your Son’s feet and learn.Give us ears to hear you and eyes to see.

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ.


Tuesday – Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 26:36-46; Hebrews 5:7-9

Lord God,The message of the cross is difficult to take.How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength?Yet your word says that Jesus, being God,Took on human fleshAnd suffered the worst kind of death.How can this be?This message is indeed difficult to take.

But your foolishness is wiser than our wisdom.Your weakness is greater than our strength.Help us to know that none of us can boast before you.It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast.In his name, we ask you to help our unbelief.That we may love you, and walk in the way Jesus taught us.

In his name,


Wednesday – Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 26:27-56; 1 Corinthians 1:18

Lord God,We tremble to thinkThat it was one of Jesus’ own friends who betrayed him.One who sat by him, who broke bread with him.

Give us strength, we pray,To walk faithfully with Jesus,Even when the road we walk is rockyEven when the message of the cross seems foolishnessAnd even when we feel betrayed.You, Lord, are always faithful.We stumble, we become lost,But you are steady and sure.

Give us the grace to endure our troubles,And reveal to us the glory of your kingdom,Through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.


John 13:1-17; John 13:34-35

Lord God,You sent your Son into the world,And before his hour had come,He washed his disciples’ feet.You had given all things into his hands.He had come from you, and was going to you,And what did he do?He knelt down on the floor,And washed his friends’ feet.He was their teacher and their Lord,Yet he washed their feet.

Lord God, help us learn from his example;Help us to do as he has done for us.The world will know we are his disciplesIf we love one another.Strengthen our hands and our wills for loveAnd for service.Keep before our eyes the image of your Son,Who, being God, became a Servant for our sake.

All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,One God, now and forever.


Friday (Good Friday) – Holy Week Prayer

John 18:1-40, John 19:1-42; Isaiah 52:13-15; Isaiah 53:1-12; Hebrews 10:16-25; Psa 22

Lord God,Jesus cried out to you on the cross,“Why have you forsaken me?”You seemed so far from his cryAnd from his distress.Those who stood at the foot of the crossWondered where you were,As they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed.

Where were you then?Lord God,We, too, ask where you are,When there is trouble and suffering and death,And we cry out to you for help.Be near to us, and save usSo that we may praise you for your deliverance.

Lord God,We wait, on Friday, for the resurrection of SundayAnd sometimes our lives seem a succession of FridaysAnd we cannot see what is “Good.”Teach us to call your nameAs Jesus did.Make us to trust in you little children.In Jesus’ name,


Saturday (Holy Saturday) – Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 17:1-6; Lamentations 3:1-9, Lamentations 3:19-24

Lord God,On the Sabbath,Jesus rested.He was in the grave.He had finished his work.To most people’s eyes,It looked as if it were all over.He was dead and buried.

But only as a seed dies when it is planted in the earth,Not to decay, but to spring to new life.

Teach us to take refuge in you when we are afraidTeach us that death is not our endTeach us to hope always in youAnd in the resurrection, the making of all thingsNew.Through Jesus Christ our Lord,


Sunday – (Easter/Resurrection Sunday) – Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 28; Revelation 5:11-14; Psa 118:1-2; Psa 118:14-24

Lord God,You loved this world so much,That you gave your one and only Son,That we might be called your children too.Lord, help us to live in the gladness and graceOf Easter Sunday, everyday.

Let us have hearts of thankfulnessFor your sacrifice.Let us have eyes that look uponYour grace and rejoice in our salvation.Help us to walk in that mighty graceAnd tell your good news to the world.

All for your glory do we pray, Lord,


This article is part of our larger Prayers resource meant to inspire and encourage your prayer life when you face uncertain times. Visit our most popular prayers if you are wondering how to pray or what to pray. Remember, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God knows your heart even if you can't find the words to pray.

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Rachel Marie Stone is a regular columnist for The Englewood Review of Books and has contributed to Christianity Today, InTouch, OnFaith, Books and Culture, The Christian Century, and Sojourners, among other publications.

Her first book, Eat With Joy: Redeeming God's Gift of Food, won the CT Book Award for Christian Living. She is also the author of The Unexpected Way, a book about the Gospels for children. Rachel lives near Philadelphia with her husband and two sons.

You can find her blogging on food, family, faith, and justice at Patheos and follow her on at @Rachel_M_Stone.

This article is part of our larger Holy Week and Easter resource library centered around the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We hope these articles help you understand the meaning and story behind important Christian holidays and dates and encourage you as you take time to reflect on all that God has done for us through his son Jesus Christ!

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What is Palm Sunday?
What is Ash Wednesday?
What is Maundy Thursday?
What is Passover?
What is Good Friday?
What is Easter
Holy Week and Easter Prayers
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