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These are prayers to say soon after waking; do not confuse them with Morning Prayers, which preferably should come from the Liturgy of the Hours.

After rising from sleep, before any other prayers, collect yourself before God, make the sign of the Cross, and say:

IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Banish infernal darkness and evil from this house, O Lord, and protect me from the darkness and evil in the world around me.
    O God, I am so alone; without You I am lost in a sinful world and inclined to sin myself.
    O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of my prayers, the prayers of Your most pure Mother, and the prayers of all the saints, have mercy on me. Amen.

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.
    O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who are everywhere present and fill all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: come and dwell in me and cleanse me of the lies, hate, and impurity—my own and of others—that have stained my heart; help me to close all of my unconscious openings to evil and save my soul, O Good One.
    Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on me.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on me, a sinner. O Lord, guide me in purging from my heart the desire to commit sin. O Master, forgive my iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal my infirmities for Your name’s sake. [Specify]
    Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father . . .

O Guardian Angel, be with me and protect me this day, and keep me safe in my love for God and in His love for me. Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary . . .

Full text (with some additons)
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Adapted by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D. from traditional Catholic and Orthodox prayers.
Adaptations Copyright © 1997-2024 Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D. All rights reserved.


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