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Sacred Prayers, Blessings, and Devotionals

Updated on August 24, 2017

Prayers, Blessings, and Devotionals

This article is a collection of prayers, blessings, and devotionals from a variety of faiths. Each is specified in terms of purpose and identified by faith when known.

"All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the Ones we have been waiting for."

~ Hopi Elder ~

Enjoy!

May the warm winds of heaven blow gently on this space and bless all who enter here. ~Cherokee

Guardian Angel.
Guardian Angel. | Source

Guardian Angel Prayers

Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God, my guardian dear,

to whom God's love commits me here;

Watch over me throughout the night,

keep me safe within your sight.

Source: Traditional

Angel Blessing at Bedtime

Angels bless and angels keep

Angels guard me while I sleep

Bless my heart and bless my home

Bless my spirit as I roam

Guide and guard me through the night

and wake me with the morning's light.

Amen

Source: Traditional

St. Augustine of Hippo

Painting of St. Augustine of Hippo by Justus van Gent, circa 1474
Painting of St. Augustine of Hippo by Justus van Gent, circa 1474

St. Augustine of Hippo

Saint Augustine (November 13, 354 - August 28, 430), Bishop of Hippo, in Algeria, was a philosopher and theologian. Augustine, a Latin Father and Doctor of the Church, is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. He framed the concepts of original sin and just war. Augustine viewed the Original Sin, not as eating from the Tree of Knowledge, but as sex between Adam and Eve. Among the Orthodox he is called Blessed Augustine, or St. Augustine the Blessed.

Catholic Prayer for Protection

Blessed are thy Saints, O God and King, who have traveled over the tempestuous sea of this mortal life, and have made the harbour of peace and felicity. Watch over us who are still in our dangerous voyage; and remember such as lie exposed to the rough storms of trouble and temptations. Frail is our vessel, and the ocean is wide; but as in thy mercy thou hast set our course, so steer the vessel of our life toward the everlasting shore of peace, and bring us at length to the quiet haven of our heart's desire, where thou, O our God, are blessed, and livest and reignest for ever and ever.

~ St. Augustine

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Amen.

St. Augustine

Prayers of Protection

Prayer for Protection

This prayer was written by James Dillet Freeman for all soldiers during World War II. It is one of two Freeman compositions carried to the moon by Apollo astronauts. In 1969, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took the “Prayer for Protection” along on the first manned moon landing. A microfilm copy of Freeman's poem “I Am There” was left on the moon in 1971 by Apollo XV astronaut James B. Irwin.


The Light of God surrounds me.

The Love of God enfolds me.

The Power of God protects me.

The Presence of God watches over me.

The Mind of God guides me.

The Life of God flows through me.

The Laws of God direct me.

The Power of God abides within me.

The Joy of God uplifts me.

The Strength of God renews me.

The Beauty of God inspires me.

Wherever I am, God is!


Here is a popular shortened version of the Prayer for Protection:


The light of God surrounds us,

The love of God enfolds us,

The power of God protects us

The presence of God watches over us,

Wherever I am, God is...

And all is well.

Protection Prayer

The following prayer is to be said twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.

I ask the Divine and the angels

to remove all the earthbound, demon and other entities,

the dark shields, dark energies, dark devices and dark connections from my body, aura, soul, and cord,

and also from my home, my workplace, my car, my places of recreation,

and everything in them and miles and miles around them.

I ask the Divine and the angels

to locate and bring back my lost soul parts

and cleanse, heal and integrate them with the main body of my soul.

I ask the Divine and the angels

to fill me and shield me with brilliant white liquid Light,

and to plug all the holes and tunnels in me and my surroundings and my car.

I visualize a column of dazzling, shimmering, vibrant, white, liquid Light

coming from above my head

filling my whole body,

cleansing and healing every part, every cell, and every organ of my body.

I visualize this Light

spreading an arm’s length all around me

in every direction

creating a cocoon of white Light all around me.

I visualize this cocoon of Light

being covered with reflective spiritual mirrors,

with the reflective mirror surface facing outwards.

I visualize this reflective cocoon

spreading Light all around.

I visualize my home, workplace, car and places of recreation

being cleansed, filled and shielded by brilliant, white, liquid Light.

I ask the Divine and the angels

to stay on guard around me and my surroundings

as long as my soul exists.

I pray for protection

of my family members, friends, co-workers and all the people I know

and their surroundings.

I ask the Divine and the angels

to cleanse, heal, balance, and open up

all my energy centers when needed

and cover up and protect them when not needed.

I ask the Divine and the angels

to cleanse, heal, open, shield and protect

all my channels of communication with the Light.

Source: http://www.soul-guidance.com/houseofthesun/protect...

Mother Mary

Prayer to Mary to Help Those in Need

Holy Mary,

help those in need,

give strength to the weak,

comfort the sorrowful,

pray for God's people,

assist the clergy,

intercede for all people.

Mary all who seek your help

experience your unfailing protection.

Amen.

St. Clement of Rome

Save the Afflicted by St. Clement of Rome

We beseech thee, Master, to be our helper and protector.

Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly;

raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly;

restore the wanderers of thy people;

feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners;

raise up the sick; comfort the faint-hearted.

~St. Clement of Rome (1st Century)

St. Clement of Rome

Saint Clement I, also known as Pope Clement I, Saint Clement of Rome, or Clemens Romanus, was the fourth Pope and Bishop of Rome and is considered the first Apostolic Father of the early Christian church.

Clement's letter to the Corinthian church (1 Clement) was widely read and is one of the oldest Christian documents still in existence outside the New Testament.

In works of art, Saint Clement can be recognized by having an anchor at his side or tied to his neck. The Mariner's Cross is also referred to as St. Clement's Cross in reference to the way he was martyred.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_of_Rome

St. Clement's Cross

Yemaya, Ocean Mother, Mother of all Orishas

Yemaya, Santeria Goddess, Ocean Mother, Mother of all Orishas

Yemaya, Santeria Goddess, Ocean Mother, Mother of all Orishas
Yemaya, Santeria Goddess, Ocean Mother, Mother of all Orishas

Prayer to Yemaya

Oh Great and beautiful Yemaya, Mother of the Seven Seas, Mother of all orishas. I call on you to bless this water and make it holy so that I may be blessed and made holy. Oh Most Holy Mother, hear my concerns. I ask that you wash away my problems with the essence of the most pure water. Thank you, Most Holy Mother, for taking my concerns and washing them away.

St. Michael the Archangel

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis
St. Francis | Source

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

St. Francis of Assisi Prayer for Comfort

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love,

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith,

Where there is despair, hope,

Where there is darkness, light,

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much

seek to be consoled as to console,

not so much to be understood as to understand,

not so much to be loved, as to love;

for it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

~St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assissi

Saint Francis of Assisi (September 26, 1181 or 1182 – October 3, 1226) was a Roman Catholic friar and the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, more commonly known as the Franciscans.

He is known as the patron saint of animals, birds, the environment and Italy, and it is customary for Catholic churches to hold ceremonies honoring animals around his feast day of October 4.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Francis_of_Assisi

St. Expedite

Source

The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite

The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite
The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite

He could quite possibly be the most effective unofficial saint of urban legend ever to have been discovered. For a variety of reasons, the Roman Catholic Church will not officially recognize St. Expedite; but, at the same time, they won’t discount him either. That’s because he’s just too damned popular. And, according to his devotees, he’s just that damned good. But that’s okay, New Orleans Voudou has no problem embracing St. Expedite as one of her patron saints. And hoodoos, rootworkers, conjure doctors, spiritualists and sorcerers appreciate his worth, as well. No officialities are needed in these camps. Because when a saint works as well—and more importantly, as quickly—as St. Expedite works, he is more than welcome in the wide world of conjure. Indeed, St. Expedite is the go-to saint for fast solutions to problems of all kinds. His quick response makes him extremely popular among those who strive to put an end to procrastination and delays and to those who seek financial success. He is petitioned for prompt solutions to business problems and has recently been coined the Patron Saint of Nerds due to his association with computer programmers and hackers. St. Expedite is also known as one of the lawyers of impossible causes, and as such, is petitioned for court cases and legal issues, as well. Written for the individual interested in the mystical and folk magic aspects of the Minute Saint - St. Expedite - this book delves into areas of his history and patronage never before found in one publication. This book contains more than the usual description, wordplay, prayers and suggested offerings of pound cake and public gratitude. A detailed description of where he is found around the world and how he fits into the various religiomagical landscapes, including contemporary cults of devotion and decapitation, Haitian Vodou expeditions and death conjure, individual and community relationships, and public and secret celebrations and workings are described. His origin stories, legend as a member of the Thundering Legion, and other presuppositions are explored. And, the campaign to denounce and erase any legitimacy associated with St. Expedite by the Catholic Church is presented as a curious quandary, given the multitudes of peoples across the globe who revere him and love him and swear by his legendary ability to fix problems with lightning speed. An examination of references to St. Expedite or St. Espidee as he is referred to, in the Hyatt texts is also provided in this book. Many of the works are provided in contemporary language so it is easy to understand for the reader, while others are kept in their original transcriptions for historical value. Learn how informants petitioned him for court scrapes, banishing, road opening, getting a job and many other purposes. In addition, St. Expedite is discussed within the context of New Orleans Voudou as Baron Samedi, including his relationship to the Skull and Bones Gang and Mardi Gras, not as public celebration, but as the underlying Spirit who kicks off and drives the festival of decadence and debauchery. This book provides details for working with St. Expedite within the context of folk Catholicism, hoodoo and New Orleans Voudou. From setting up an altar, to an obscure nine hour novena similar to the one developed by students in the Ursuline convent in the late 1700s, to many additional, original conjures never before revealed to the public will keep the modern conjurer busy for years to come as the problems of daily life inevitably present themselves again and again. For the first time ever, find all of the information available on St. Expedite, and then some, at your fingertips in this excellent reference book.

 

Prayer to the Seven African Powers

Prayer to the Seven African Powers

Voodoo/Santeria

Oh, Seven African Powers, who are so close to our divine Savior, with great humility I kneel before thee and implore your intercession before the Great Spirit. Hear my petition and grant me peace and prosperity. Please remove all of the obstacles that cause me to stray from the Beauty Way. Oh Olofi, I trust in the words “ask and you shall receive”. Let it be so! Amen.

Prayer Links

Books about Prayers and Meditations

Prayers, Blessings, and Guided Meditations

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

From the author of the bestselling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives.

 
Prayers That Rout Demons: Prayers for Defeating Demons and Overthrowing the Powers of Darkness
Prayers That Rout Demons: Prayers for Defeating Demons and Overthrowing the Powers of Darkness

This book contains powerful warfare prayers and decrees taken from Scripture that will break the powers of darkness and release the blessings and favor of God. This prayer tool includes an introduction to spiritual warfare and biblical principles for praying to overcome demonic influence and oppression.

 

Druids

Druids celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge

Druids celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge
Druids celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge

Druid's Prayer

The Druid's Prayer or "Gorsedd Prayer" is a prayer composed by Iolo Morgannwg which is still a staple in the ritual of both gorseddau and Neo-Druidism. Neo-Druids sometimes substitute the words y Dduwies ("the Goddess") for the original Duw ("God").There are 6 versions of the prayer that I know about,; here are two versions:

The Gorsedd Prayer, from the Book of Trahaiarn the Great Poet

Grant, God, Thy protection;

And in protection, reason;

And in reason, light;

And in light, truth;

And in truth, justice;

And in justice, love;

And in love, the love of God;

And in the love of God, gwynfyd.

God and all goodness.

The Gorsedd Prayer, from another Book

Grant, O God and Goddess, Thy protection;

And in protection, strength;

And in strength, understanding;

And in understanding, knowledge;

And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice;

And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it;

And in that love, the love of all existences;

And in the love of all existences, the love of God and the Goddess.

God and the Goddess and all goodness.

Hare Krishna Mantra

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

Krishna with Radha, 18th C Rajasthani painting

An 18th-century Rajput painting by the artist Nihâl Chand.
An 18th-century Rajput painting by the artist Nihâl Chand.
Hare Krishna (Maha Mantra) in Devanagari  script.
Hare Krishna (Maha Mantra) in Devanagari script. | Source

Hare Krishna Mantra

The Hare Krishna mantra, also referred to reverentially as the Maha Mantra ("Great Mantra"), is a sixteen-word Vaishnava mantra made well known outside of India by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (commonly known as 'the Hare Krishnas').[1] It appears within many traditions of Hinduism and is believed by practitioners to bring about a higher state of consciousness when heard, spoken, meditated upon, or sung out loud.[2] According to Gaudiya Vaishnava theology, this higher consciousness ultimately takes the form of pure love of God (Krishna).

Prayers on YouTube

In This Moment

Prayers for Rain - The Cure

Prayers Become Reality

Hindu Prayers at the Ganges

The first sura in a Qur'anic manuscript

he first Sura Al-Fātiha from a Qur'an manuscript by Hattat Aziz Efendi.
he first Sura Al-Fātiha from a Qur'an manuscript by Hattat Aziz Efendi. | Source

Did you know?

An individually printed volume of Psalms for use in Christian religious rituals is called a Psalter.

St. Florian's psalter, XIV/XV c., Old Polish Translation

A leaf from the "Sankt Florian Psalter."
A leaf from the "Sankt Florian Psalter." | Source

Prayer for Protection from the Wicked

From the Book of Psalms

The Book of Psalms consists of 150 psalms, each of which constitutes a religious song, though one or two are atypically long and may constitute a set of related chants. When the Bible was divided into chapters, each Psalm was assigned its own chapter. The word psalms is derived from the Greek: Psalmoi, originally meaning "songs sung to a harp".

For the Chief Musician; with the Nehiloth. 1 A Psalm of David.

[1] GIVE ear to my words, O Jehovah,

Consider my meditation.

[2] Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God;

For unto thee do I pray.

[3] O Jehovah, in the morning shalt thou hear my voice;

In the morning will I order my prayer unto thee, and will keep watch.

[4] For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness:

Evil 2 shall not sojourn with thee.

[5] The 3 arrogant shall not stand in thy sight:

Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

[6] Thou wilt destroy them that speak lies:

Jehovah abhorreth the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.

[7] But as for me, in the abundance of thy lovingkindness will I come into thy house:

In thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

[8] Lead me, O Jehovah, in thy righteousness because of mine 4 enemies;

Make thy way straight 5 before my face.

[9] For there is no faithfulness 6 in their mouth;

Their inward part is very 7 wickedness;

Their throat is an open sepulchre;

They of 8 latter with their tongue.

[10] Hold them guilty, O God;

Let them fall by 9 their own counsels;

Thrust them out in the multitude of their transgressions;

For they have rebelled against thee.

[11] But 10 let all those that take refuge in thee rejoice,

Let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:

Let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

[12] For thou wilt bless the righteous;

O Jehovah, thou wilt compass him with favor as with a shield.

Photo: Psalm 1 in 1628 printing with tune, metrical version by Thomas Sternhold.

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Jewish Blessing

Birkat HaBayit

Jewish Blessing for the Home

Birkat HaBayit

Birkat HaBayit is a Jewish prayer often inscribed on wall plaques or hamsas and featured at the entrance of Jewish homes. There are a number of versions of the prayer. Here is one version:

Blessing for the Home,

Let no sadness come through this gate,

Let no trouble come to this dwelling,

Let no fear come through this door,

Let no conflict be in this place,

Let this home be filled with the blessing of joy,

and peace.

Baha'i Prayer

The Baha'i ring-stone symbol, a calligraphic rendering of the phrase "Allah'u'abha," means "God is most glorious."
The Baha'i ring-stone symbol, a calligraphic rendering of the phrase "Allah'u'abha," means "God is most glorious." | Source
The Baha'i ring-stone symbol, a calligraphic rendering of the phrase "Allah'u'abha," means "God is most glorious."
The Baha'i ring-stone symbol, a calligraphic rendering of the phrase "Allah'u'abha," means "God is most glorious." | Source

Divine Springtime, A Baha'i Prayer

Glory to Thee, O my God!

Glory to Thee, O my God! The first stirrings of the spring of Thy grace have appeared and clothed Thine earth with verdure. The clouds of the heaven of Thy bounty have rained their rain on this City within whose walls is imprisoned Him Whose desire is the salvation of Thy creatures. Through it the soil of this City hath been decked forth, and its trees clothed with foliage, and its inhabitants gladdened.

The hearts of Thy dear ones, however, will rejoice only at the Divine Springtime of Thy tender mercies, whereby the hearts are quickened, and the souls are renewed, and the trees of human existence bear their fruits.

The plants that have sprung forth, O my Lord, in the hearts of Thy loved ones have withered away. Send down upon them, from the clouds of Thy spirit, that which will cause the tender herbs of Thy knowledge and wisdom to grow within their breasts. Rejoice, then, their hearts with the proclamation of Thy Cause and the exaltation of Thy sovereignty.

Their eyes, O my Lord, are expectantly turned in the direction of Thy bounty, and their faces are set towards the horizon of Thy grace. Suffer them not, through Thy bounty, to be deprived of Thy grace. Potent art Thou, by Thy sovereign might, over all things. No God is there but Thee, the Almighty, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

Bah'u'llh

Prayers and Meditations, CXVII

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. I added it to my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you so much for curating and presenting this stunning collection; it has given me much persona sustenance and i am using the material in a weekly sacred song circle, powerful stuff!peace and blessings, om shanti

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This is an amazing lens! I facebook liked it, and bookmarked it - I am sure that I will return back for inspiration. Thank you!

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      KabbalArt 5 years ago

      A very interesting site. Well done. I write Kabbalistic Amulets with protective prayers from Jewish Kabbalah. You might be interested in visiting my site, given our common passion.

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Great lens on sacred prayers.

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      writercb1 6 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful lens about faith in the Supreme! I love that you respectfully address so many religions. People often like to point out differences and blame each other for things, but really as your lens is an example of, there are similarities in all of these. All of these faiths, I would go so far as to say ALL faiths, desire to obtain love of God, loving relationship with them. I am a Hare Krishna myself and yes, you got it right, we believe that the Hare Krishna mantra, the recital of names of Krishna, is purifying to hear, speak, sing, etc. Thank you very much for including the mantra in your lens.

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      ibelieveinfaeries 6 years ago

      Great blog one of the best i have read very informative you have covered many faiths which is great we should get along no matter of faith as we are all reaching for betterment in our lives .Many blesings

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      Barbara Isbill 7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Interesting lens - Useful. I am including a link from my featured lenses module in http://www.squidoo.com/23rd-psalm. This is my lens "Study of the 23rd Psalm.Thanks for the info in this lens!Wbsisbill, (Pastor Walt & Barbara Isbill)

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      Barbara Isbill 7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Interesting lens - Useful. I am including a link from my featured lenses module in http://www.squidoo.com/23rd-psalm. This is my lens "Study of the 23rd Psalm.Thanks for the info in this lens!Wbsisbill, (Pastor Walt & Barbara Isbill)

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      An interesting collection of prayers. ***** and lensroll to my lens on prayer.

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      Addy Bell 8 years ago

      A nice collection of prayers from so many faiths. I love your Yemaya image.

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      Awesome resource! 5***

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      SerenityPrayerG 9 years ago

      Nice work! Thanks for sharing! :-)