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Ordinary Time Prayers

Prayers and Collects for the Season of Ordinary Time

What is Ordinary Time?

Ordinary Time is the Church seasons outside of the other major seasons. It falls immediately after the Christmas season, and again after the Easter Season. These Ordinary Time prayers are varied in their themes. More Info: All About Ordinary Time

Prayer to Grow With the Church Year

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Lord Jesus
I know that all human relations take time
if they are to grow and deepen.
This is also true of my relations
with You, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
which must grow over the course of my life.
However, this growth is not automatic;
time alone means nothing
unless I add earnest efforts to it.

You have inspired Your Church to set aside special times
when this growth can develop more intensely -
the special seasons of the Church Year.
If I fail to move toward You during these times,
I waste precious opportunities
and endanger my spiritual life.
Help me to take them seriously
and make a real attempt to use them well,
so that I may grow into the person
You want me to be.
New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book

Divine Office Psalm Prayer

Lord,
You are the fullness of life, of holiness, and of joy.
Fill our days and nights with the love of your wisdom,
that we may bear fruit in the beauty of holiness,
like a tree watered by running streams.
Psalm Cycle, Sunday Week One

Introductory Prayer to Grow in Christ

Heavenly Father
You are the One from Whom
every family derives its origin.
Grant that, in keeping with Your glorious riches
we may be strengthened with power
through the Spirit
for the development of our inner selves.
Help us to develop our natural potentialities
to the full
while at the same time growing in Your likeness
to Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen
New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book

Canticle to Christ the Divine Servant

Though he was in the form of God,
He did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant,
Being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form he humbled himself
And became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
And bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
In heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
To the glory of God the Father. Amen
Philippians 2:6-11, RSV

Prayer to Discern God's Call

Heavenly Father
Your call never comes to us in a vacuum;
It comes to us in the circumstances
of our ordinary lives.
Therefore our response cannot be given
only in the privacy of our own minds;
it must overflow into our daily lives.
You call us through our family,
through our community of Church,
and through the world.

Help me to see that when I say no
to the legitimate requests of my family,
my community, or my world,
I say no to You.
You have ordained that
whatever advances the true progress
of self
of the Church
and of the world,
is my way of saying yes to your call.
May I take advantage of the daily opportunities
that You place at my disposal
to answer your call affirmatively.
New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book

Opening Prayer for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

God of wisdom and love,
source of all good,
send your Spirit to teach us your truth
and guide our actions
in your way of peace.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen

Opening Prayer for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Father,
You call your children
to walk in the light of Christ.
Free us from the darkness
and keep us in the radiance of your truth.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen

Opening Prayer for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Almighty and ever-living God,
Your Spirit made us your children,
confident to call you Father.
Increase your Spirit within us
and bring us to our promised inheritance.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen

Monday Week I Prayer

Father,
may everything we do
begin with your inspiration
and continue with your saving help.
Let our work always find its origin in you
and through you reach completion.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen
The Liturgy of the Hours

Saturday Week IV Prayer

All-powerful and ever-living God
splendor of true light, and never-ending day
let the radiance of your coming
banish from our minds
the darkness of sin.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen
The Liturgy of the Hours

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