12.29.2008

Prayer for a Blessing on the New Year


O sacred and adorable Trinity,
hear our prayers on behalf of our holy Father the Pope,
our Bishops, our clergy,
and for all that are in authority over us.
Bless, we beseech You,
during the coming year,
the whole Catholic Church;
convert and unbelievers;
soften the hearts of sinners
so that they may return to Your friendship;
give prosperity to our country and peace
among the nations of the world;
pour down Your blessings upon
our friends, relatives, and acquaintances,
and upon our enemies, if we have any;
assist the poor and the sick;
have pity on the souls of those
whom this year has taken from us;
and do be merciful to those
who during the coming year
will be summoned before Your judgment seat.
May all our actions be preceded
by Your inspirations and carried on by Your assistance,
so that all our works,
having been begun in You,
may likewise be ended through You. Amen.