Favorite Prayers

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)

After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Another version of this prayer uses the term ‘trespasses’ in place of ‘debts’.

12 And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

This is still used in many parts of England as the standard Lord’s Prayer in Church of England, Anglican, and Catholic churches. This version originally appeared in the Revised Standard Version – Second Catholic Edition, published in 1966.