Prayers for new beginnings

Peace Within

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

– St. Therèse of Lisieux and St. Theresa of Avila

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Drenched in Holiness: Prayer for a New Year

Dear God,
On this day I ask You to grant this request?
May I know who I am and what I am,
Every moment of every day.
May I be a catalyst for light and love,
And bring inspiration to those whose eyes I meet.
May I have the strength to stand tall in the face of conflict,
And the courage to speak my voice, even when I’m scared.
May I have the humility to follow my heart,
And the passion to live my soul’s desires.
May I seek to know the highest truth
And dismiss the gravitational pull of my lower self.
May I embrace and love the totality of myself?
My darkness as well as my light.
May I be brave enough to hear my heart?
To let it soften so that I may gracefully
Choose faith over fear.
Today is my day to surrender anything that stands
Between the sacredness of my humanity and my divinity.
May I be drenched in my Holiness
And engulfed by Your love.
May all else melt away.
And so it is.

– Debbie Ford>> Prayer Card

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At the Beginning of the Day

O God,
I find myself at the beginning of another day.
I do not know what it will bring.
Please help me to be ready for whatever it may be.

If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.

If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.
If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.
If I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.

I pray just for today, for these twenty-four hours,

for the ability to cooperate with others according to the way Jesus taught us to live.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
May these words that he taught us become more than words.

Please free my thinking and feelings and the thinking and feelings of others,

from all forms of self-will, self-centeredness, dishonesty, and deception.
Along with my brothers and sisters,
I need this freedom to make my choices today according to your desires.
Send your Spirit to inspire me in time of doubt and indecision so that, together, we can walk along your path.


– J. Veltri, S.J.

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Morning Prayer prayers for new beginnings

Gracious God,
Thank you for the gift of today.
Refresh me. Invite me to discover your presence
In each person that I meet
And every event that I encounter.
Teach me when to speak and when to listen
When to ponder and when to share.
In moments of challenge and decision
Attune my heart to the whisperings of your Wisdom.
As I undertake ordinary and unnoticed tasks,
Gift me with simple joy.
When my day goes well, may I rejoice.
When it grows difficult, surprise me with
New possibilities.
When life is overwhelming, call me to
Sabbath moments
To restore your Peace and Harmony.
May my living today reveal your Goodness.


– Pat Bergen, C.S.J.

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For Times of Transition

God of Love,
You are with us in every transition and change.
As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety,
we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.
We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.
We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.
We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.
Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.
We ask this in your Holy Name.


– Joseph P. Shadle

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The Prayer of Oscar Romero

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
It is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
Which is another way of saying that
The Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that should be said.
No prayer fully expressed our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
Knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produced effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
And there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
A step along the way,
An opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
But that is the difference
Between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
Ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future that is not our own.


– Archbishop Oscar Romero

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We Awaken in Christ’s Bodyprayers for new beginnings

We awaken in Christ’s body
As Christ awakens our bodies,
And my poor hand is Christ, He enters
My foot, and is infinitely me.
I move my hand, and wonderfully
My hand becomes Christ, becomes all of Him
(for God is indivisibly
Whole, seamless in His Godhood).
I move my foot, and at once
He appears like a flash of lightning.
Do my words seem blasphemous? Then
Open your heart to Him
And let yourself receive the one
Who is opening to you so deeply.
For if we genuinely love Him,
We wake up inside Christ’s body
Where all our body, all over,
every most hidden part of it,
is realized in joy as Him,
and He makes us, utterly, real,
and everything that is hurt, everything
that seemed to us dark, harsh, shameful,
maimed, ugly, irreparably
damaged, is in Him transformed
and recognized as whole, as lovely,
and radiant in His light
he awakens as the Beloved in every last part of our body.

– Symeon the New Theologian

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The Spirit of God is Always with Us at This Time, in This Place

We awaken in our time to a Universe which is holy,
to creation which is not an event in the past, but a living event of the present.
We enter a new mode of human presence where we are not merely observers,
but where each of us is a participant in this moment of evolution.

Like all other creatures, we carry with us Wisdom and Values, the dynamics of the Universe.

But unlike other creatures, we must choose whether and how we will live in harmony
within this sacred web of creation.
May we be open to the Source of All Being, Our God within and among us!

We have the capacity to wonder,

and to celebrate this great mystery of existence within such a magnificent Universe!
In us the Universe enters into a great celebration of itself.
We are part of the Dance, the Great Work, the Great liturgy which is the Universe unfolding.

Glory to You, O God, Source of All Being!

This great Liturgy finds expression at this moment in us,
gathered here in a posture of prayerful openness, with listening hearts, loving spirits and a holy wonder.
May the sacred web that unites us with each other, our God and all creation,
ignite communities of light and hope throughout the Earth.
May we be open to the Source of All Being, Our God within and among us!

Together We Pray:

O Gracious, gentle Spirit of Love,
Your energy permeates the Universe,
Igniting Earth with
Your Goodness, Truth and Beauty.
Open our minds and hearts
To a deeper awareness
Of our interconnectedness with You,
Each other and all creation.
May we experience
Your unique presence
Within the sacred web of creation.

– Author Unknown

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Morning Prayer of Gratitude

Let our prayer this morning be one of gratitude. Gratitude did not make it into the list of four “cardinal virtues,” but it is sometimes rightly recognized as a foundational virtue.

Let us each in turn name something worthy of our gratitude, concluding with “and so let us say.”

The group may respond, “For this we are grateful.”

– Joe Wessling

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A Prayer of Hope

There are Christians
Who have hysterical reactions
As if the world had slipped out of God’s hands.
They are violent
As if they were risking everything.

But we believe in history.
The world is not a roll of the dice
On its way toward chaos.
A new world has begun to happen
Since Christ has risen?

Jesus Christ,
We rejoice in your definitive triumph
With our bodies still in the breach,
Our souls in tension;
We cry our first “Hurrah!”
Till eternity unfolds itself.

Your sorrow now has passed.
Your enemies have failed.
You are the definitive smile for humankind.

What matter the wait now for us?
We accept the struggle and the death,
Because you, our love, will not die!

We march behind you on the road to the future.
You are with us. You are our immortality?

Take away the sadness from our faces;
We are not in a game of chance?
You have the last word!

Beyond the crushing of our bones,
Now has begun the eternal “Alleluia!”
From the thousands of openings
In our wounded bodies and souls,
There now arises a triumphal song!

So teach us to give voice
To your new life throughout the world,
Because you dry the tears of the oppressed forever?
And death will disappear

– Luis Espinal, S.J.

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prayers for new beginnings


criptures: Job 4:12-17, Jeremiah 29:11, Amos 9:11-12, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Joel 2: 25-27, Isaiah 43:18-19, Revelation 21:4 and Isaiah 40:31.

1. Thank You Father that your thoughts of me are thoughts of peace and not of evil that will give me hope and a great future, in Jesus’ name. 

2. Thank You Father for a second chance and a new dawn. I pray that your will and not my will be done from now and always, in Jesus’ name. 

3.  Dear Lord, create in me a new heart and put your right spirit in me. Remove my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh, in Jesus’ name. 

4.  Thank You Father for a new beginning of restoration, transformation, confirmation and divine establishment, in Jesus’ name. 

5.  By the grace of God, old things have passed away and the new has come because I am a new creature in Christ Jesus.  

6.  Father, I thank You for  the new things You will do in my life that eyes have not seen, nor ears heard nor any mind can conceive, in Jesus’ name.  

7.  I will fear not because the Lord has redeemed me and called me by my name. 

8.  My help will come from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He will not suffer my foot to be moved because He is my helper, keeper and the shade on my right hand. 

9.  The Lord will be with me always. When I pass through rivers, they shall not overwhelm me, when I walk through fire I shall not be burned because the Lord is my Savior.  

10.  The steadfast love of the Lord will never cease in my life; His mercies will never come to an end; they will always be new every morning of my life, in Jesus’ name. 

11.  I declare by faith, there is a way for me where there seems to be no way. The impossible is possible for me from henceforth, in Jesus’ name. 

12.  As I wait on the Lord, He will renew my strength; I shall mount up with wings as eagles. I shall run and not be weary. I shall walk and not faint. 

13.  As I ask of the Lord, I will receive. As I seek, I will find and when I knock on any door, it shall be opened to me according to the will of God for my life, in Jesus’ name. 

14.  The crooked paths in my life have become straight and rivers are flowing in the deserts of my life, in Jesus’ name. 

15.  Everything the locusts and canker worms have eaten and destroyed in my life shall be restored a hundred fold, in Jesus’ name. 

16.  I decree by faith that my latter years shall be greater than my former years, in Jesus’ name. 

17.  From now on, I will always go forward and never backward because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

18.  The Lord is my portion and I hope in Him; I will not be consumed because of His mercies and compassion on me. 

19.  The glory of the Lord will be seen on me at all times, in Jesus’ name. 

20.  I will hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord my God to do all He wants me to do, in Jesus’ name. 

21.  As long as I obey the commands of the Lord, I shall be the head and not the tail. I shall be above only and not beneath, in Jesus’ name. 

22.  This is my set time of favor. I will arise and shine for my light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon me, in Jesus’ name. 

23.  The grass wither, the flower fades, but the word of my God will stand in the affairs of my life forever more, in Jesus’ name. 

24.  I will no longer be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, I will let my requests be made known to God, in Jesus’ name. 

25.  I will dwell in the secret place of the most high and abide under his almighty shadow.

Jan 20, 2016May Olusola

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prayers for new beginnings

What new beginning are you experiencing? A new job? A move to a new city? A new year? God is with us in our transitions. New beginnings are the best time to reflect on where we’ve come from and move into the future with a joyful hope.

This meditation may be helpful for life transitions or milestones, or even at the beginning of a new year. If you feel ready to push the reset button and start afresh, sit and pray with this meditation.

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New beginnings do not just happen at the beginning of a new year. They can occur with a romantic breakup, a move to a new city, a new job, a new child, or another life event. What new beginning am I experiencing now? How am I feeling at this point? … I sit for a while with that feeling.

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

The stories in scripture show time and time again that God offers people a new beginning, another chance for great things. God frees the oppressed, Jesus heals and restores, and the Holy Spirit imbues new life.


When we’re in a new situation, at the beginning of a new year, or in a new state of mind it’s natural to make resolutions. But in those resolutions are we staying true to ourselves or trying to be someone different? When Jesus offers someone a new beginning, he’s simply calling them to be themselves, their best selves. Can I claim my selfhood, my own identity, loved and given by God?


Sometimes new beginnings are chances to take a look at the things we’re holding onto. Saint Ignatius speaks of so-called “disordered attachments”, things we’re attached to that are not helpful to growing closer to God and our True Self. We need to get rid of those things. Are there any things that I can get rid of at this point in my life, things unhelpful to my journey? What do I need to let go of?

At this new beginning, what are my hopes?


Friendships can be very important to new beginnings. They may help us in our transition or they may help encourage us to awaken dreams. Who are my friends who can help me in my journey forward?

It’s also important to consider our friendship with God who meets us wherever we are. When we look back on a past year or past relationship or past situation, we may nostalgically long to return to that place. But the graces of those times and the memories of the past can come with us. And God, most importantly, is never left behind. God moves with us from the present moment into the future, into new and hopeful beginnings.

The verse from Isaiah says that God is going to do something “brand-new”. What brand new thing is God doing for me now?

Let us start our new beginning with a prayer attributed to St Teresa of Avila and St Thérèse of Lisieux:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

Music by Kevin MacLeod

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