Prayers Before Work or Meetings

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 Christ our Lord.

 

DOMINE, DEUS OMNIPOTENS

 

Almighty Father,

you have brought us to the light of a new day:

keep us safe the whole day through

from every sinful inclination.

May our thoughts, words and actions,

Aim at doing what is pleasing in your sight.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

EXAUDI NOS

 

Hear us, Lord, holy Father,

almighty and eternal God;

and graciously send your holy angel from heaven

 to watch over, to cherish, to protect, to abide with,

and to defend all who dwell in this house.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

VISITA, QUAESUMUS, DOMINE

 

Lord,

we beg you to visit this house

and banish from it

all the deadly power of the enemy.

may your holy angels dwell here

to keep us in peace,

and may your blessing be upon us always.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

ADSUMUS

 

We have come, O Lord, Holy Spirit,

we have come before you,

hampered by our many and grievous sins,

but for a special purpose

gathered together in your name.

 

Come to us and be with us

and enter our hearts.

 

 Teach us what we are to do

and where we ought to tend,

show us what we must accomplish,

 in order that, with your help,

we may be able to please you in all things.

 

May you alone

be the author and the finisher of our judgments,

who alone with God the Father and his Son

possess a glorious name.

 

Do not allow us to disturb the order of justice,

you who love equity above all things.

Let not ignorance draw us into devious paths.

Let not partiality sway our minds

or respect of riches or persons pervert our judgment.

 

But unite us to you effectually

by the gift of your grace alone,

that we may be one in you

and never forsake the truth;

 

As we are gathered together in your name,

so may we in all things

hold fast to justice tempered by mercy,

so that in this life

our judgment may in no way be at variance with you

 and in the life to come

we may attain to everlasting rewards for deeds well done. Amen.

 

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