Prayers for Sunday Worship

[The English-speaking Roman Catholics throughout are in the process of introducing a new translation of the Roman Missal.  Here are both the current translation and the new translation of the same Latin prayer.]

A Catholic Prayer from Today’s Mass from the Roman Missal in Latin

your love for us surpasses all our hopes and desires.
Forgive our failings,
keep us in your peace
and lead us in the way of salvation.
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.

The New Translation of the Same Prayer from the Roman Missal in Latin

Almighty and ever-living God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.

[As you can see the new translation is as literal as possible and is much longer than the current prayer. The current prayer, however beautiful it’s simplicity, clearly omits much.  This is a good example of one of the major reasons for the new translation.  Please take time to  read my article “Same Mass, New Words” by clicking this LINK for MORE reasons for the new translation.

Lest Roman Catholics think only their Church has assigned prayers for each Sunday, here are prayers for this Sunday from some Protestant Churches.  They can be beautifully adapted for personal prayer.   For example, change the word “us” to “me” to personalize the Lutheran Prayer.]

Prayer of the Day in Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Beloved God,
from you come all things that are good.
Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit
to know those things that are right,
and by your merciful guidance,
help us to do them,
through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.

Prayer of the Day from the New Zealand Prayer Book

Merciful God,
in Christ you make all things new;
transform the poverty of our nature
by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer
who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.

NZPB p. 567a

Prayer of the Day in the Church of England

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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