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Carmelite Prayer

Prayers by and to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face - better known as Thérèse of Lisieux or 'The Little Flower' - was a Carmelite nun who died in France in 1897. She is one of the best-loved saints of modern times, whose profound wisdom was recognised in 1997 when she was declared a Doctor of the Church.


Photograph of St. Thérèse in Lisieux Carmel.



Daily Offering to God

(Number 10 in the collected prayers of St. Thérèse)


My God, I offer you all that I do today

for the intentions and the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I want to sanctify every beat of my heart,

my thoughts and my simplest works

by uniting them to his infinite merits.

I want to repair for my faults

by casting them into the furnace of his merciful love.


O my God!

I ask you for myself and for those dear to me

the grace to fulfil perfectly your holy will

and to accept for love of you

the joys and sorrows of this passing life,

so that one day we may be reunited in Heaven for all eternity.

Amen.



Prayer in honour of St. Thérèse

O Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus,

seeing what confidence I have in God,

kindly present my intentions before the merciful Lord,

whom you behold face to face.

Intercede for me with the Blessed Virgin Mary,

who came to smile on you when you were suffering.

Looking on those who pray to you,

and on all those undergoing distress and trials,

I unite myself to them as my brothers and sisters.

Show yourself to be our sister, and pour on us a shower of roses.

Ask the Lord to grant the graces we desire, if it be his will,

and make us stronger in faith, hope and love on the road to life.

Help us to follow your "Little Way of Spiritual Childhood",

trusting in the mercy and love of God like a little child,

as you learned from Jesus himself.

Give us a thirst for Holy Scipture,

a hunger for the Sacraments of the Church,

and passionate self-giving love for our neighbours,

that like you we may be love in the heart of the Church.

May we be assisted at the moment of death

so that we pass from this world into the peace of God our Father,

and know the eternal joy of the children of God.

Amen.


Statue of Saint Thérèse at Faversham.