Catholics have many practices and prayers to follow—the Morning Offering is but one.
What Is the Morning Offering?
The Morning Offering is the first thing one does in the morning after waking up. It is a brief prayer that begins the day recognizing the presence of God and offering God the entirety of the day, whether it be a good or bad day.
Besides dedicating the entire day to God, the Morning Offering also thanks Him for all He has done, promises to make reparation for their sins, and offers up the sufferings of the day for the relief of the Holy Souls in Purgatory (especially through indulgences).
Morning Offering Prayer
There are many variations of the Morning Offering. The following is a traditional form that all Catholics try to make. Many memorize this prayer, or some form of it, and say it immediately upon waking.
I offer Thee all my prayers, works, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the holy sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Thy favors, in reparation for my offenses, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the wants of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.
I have the intention to gain all the indulgences attached to the prayers I shall say, and to the good works I shall perform this day. I resolve to gain all of the indulgences I can in favor of the souls in purgatory.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and in the hour of our death. Amen.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
Glory Be to the father…