“Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.” – Thomas Aquinas
The Daily Act of Oblation
Ant. He ordained twelve, that they should be with him.
V. Lo, I am with you always.
R. Even to the end of the world.
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, the great High Priest, you gave yourself for us an offering and sacrifice to God, and you have called us to be partakers in that same priesthood; accept, we beseech you, our entire liberty, our memory, our understanding and all that we are and have; and grant that we, being made conformable to your death, may also be partakers in the glory of your resurrection; for you live and reign with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, throughout all ages. Amen.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of Heavenly Host – by the Power of God – cast into hell, satan and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Of our Patron, St. Augustine of Canterbury
O Lord our God, by your Son, Jesus Christ, you called your apostles and sent them forth to preach the Gospel to the nations: we bless your holy Name for your servant Augustine, whose patronage we claim; and we pray that we and all whom you call and send may do your will, and bide your time, and see your glory: through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
For the Perseverance of All the Companions
O Lord, you have chosen us to be of the number of your companions, and have poured into our hearts the desire to follow you wherever you may lead us: grant us your grace and such fervent love towards you that we all may be faithful to the calling you have given us, persevering in your service in this life, and finally, having passed through the grave and gate of death where you have gone before, may share in your resurrection and be with you forever in your kingdom, where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
For the Increase of the Companions
Lord Jesus Christ, you call your ordained servants to follow the example of your perfect life; we pray you to open our ears to your voice, and our eyes to the vision of your priestly perfection; and grant to our Congregation a constant increase of numbers, for the setting forth of the beauty of your life, and for the advancement of the glory of your kingdom; for you live and reign, now and forever, Amen.
For the Companions, Associates and Benefactors Departed this Life
Lord, Jesus Christ, you have promised to those who are faithful to you in this life, that hereafter you will receive them into an eternal habitation; fulfill your promise, we beseech you, to the souls of our faithful departed (especially N.); that where you are, they may also be, and may behold the glory you share with your Father through all eternity. Amen.
For the Gift of Chastity
O Lord, you manifested your love for us by creating us, by redeeming us, and by sanctifying us; and by sanctifying us; and you have called us to follow you in chaste lives; enkindle in out hearts such love for you, that we may faithfully live for you alone; and grant us the gift of true chastity in body and soul, that with your love we may need or desire nothing more; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
For the Spirit of Obedience
O God, by your grace you have called us to salvation through the cross of your Son, Jesus Christ, and to be faithful stewards of his mysteries: give us grace to obey his voice when he calls us to follow him; and grant that our wills and actions may be perfectly brought under his obedience, that we may always be ready to fulfill your holy will in all things, enduring the cross and despising the shame for the joy that is set before us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Gift of Conversion
O God, by your prophets and in your Son you have call countless souls in every generation to seek the way of holiness; gently show us day by day the path we are to follow in the footsteps of your Son, that our lives may ever be more and more closely conformed to his life, and that by holy living we may be faithful witnesses of your glory and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Spirit of Self-denial
O Lord, you became poor that we might be enriched with the gifts of your grace, and laid down your life that we might live: pour upon us the spirit of self-denial, that we may embrace the path of your all-giving love; help us to set aside the things of this world and to live joyfully, humbly and simply; and grant that counting the riches of this world but loss, and forsaking all
thought of our own glory, we may steadfastly live for your glory alone; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
For Religious Orders
O Lord, you became poor for our sake, that we might be made rich through your poverty; guide and sanctify, we pray, those whom you call to follow you under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience (especially____________); that by their prayer and service they may enrich your Church, and by their life and worship may glorify your Name; for you reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
For the Unity of the Church
Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed
for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one:
grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedi-
ence to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the
world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son, Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of
the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
For our Episcopal Visitor, and for the Bishops in Whose
Dioceses the Companions and Associates Serve
O God, the Pastor and Ruler of your faithful people: look down
in mercy on your servants N., our Episcopal Visitor, N., the
Bishop of this Diocese, and all other bishops under whom we
serve; evermore guide, defend, strengthen, sanctify, and save them, and grant them your grace to teach and defend the apostolic faith, that they with the flocks committed to them, may attain to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Ministries of the Companions and Associates
Almighty and everlasting God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for all those whom our members are sent to serve. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant them all things necessary for their common life, bring them all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Faithful Pastors
O God, we entreat you ever to provide faithful pastors in your holy Church, who gladly counting all things, but loss for Christ, may steadfastly seek your glory and not their own advantage, and both by word and good example may serve before you to the glory of your Name and the edification of your Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.