DAILY AWARENESS EXAMEN
I give thanks for the graces, benefits and good things of my day
I ask the Holy Spirit for help to discern my day with openness
I review my day, hour by hour, to see how God is working in my life
I respond to what I felt or learnt in review of my day
I resolve with hope and grace to amend my life tomorrow.
Prayer taken from Light Spiritual Exercises by Father Michael Hansen SJ
The Deer’s Cry
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven
Light of sun
Radiance of moon
Splendour of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind
Depth of the sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me
God’s eye to look before me
God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s way to lie before me
God’s shield to protect me
From all who shall wish me ill
Afar and anear
Alone and in a multitude
Against every cruel merciless power
That may oppose my body and soul.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me.
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.
I arise today.
St. Patrick’s Breastplate anon. 8th Century: Translated fro old Irish by Kuno Meyer.
(Many beautiful musical versions online.)