Prayers for Our Times




Mary, friend and mother to all,

through your Son, God has found a way

to unite himself to every human being,

called to be one people,

sisters and brothers to each other.


We ask for your help in calling on your Son,

seeking forgiveness for the times when

we have failed to love and respect one another.


We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son

the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism

and to build a just society.


We ask for your help in following your Son,

so that prejudice and animosity

will no longer infect our minds or hearts

but will be replaced with a love

that respects the dignity of each person.


Mother of the Church,

the Spirit of your Son Jesus

warms our hearts:

pray for us.




© United States Conference of Catholic Bishops



Recite this prayer when you view the Mass on television or online and when you are not able to receive Communion in person. 


My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. 

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart. 

I embrace You as if You were already there

and unite myself wholly to You. 

Never permit me to be separated from You.