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Catholic Prayer: Actiones Nostras (Lord, May Everything We Do)

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From The Handbook of Indulgences or Enchiridion of Indulgences from 1991. This prayer is for all occasions.

Also use in the Roman Missal, Collect of Thursday after Ash Wednesday; also the Liturgy of Hours, Week I, Monday, Morning Prayer. Various translations below.

Prayer:

Actiones nostras, quaesumus Domine,
aspirando praeveni et adiuvando prosequere:
ut cuncta nostra oratio et operatio a te semper incipiat,
et per te coepta finiatur.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Amen.

Lord (or Father),
may everything we do
begin with your inspiration
and continue with your saving help
Let our work always find its origin in you
And through you reach completion.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
(translation from Handbook of Indulgences and the Liturgy of the Hours, Week 1, Monday, Morning Prayer)

OR:

Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
all our actions by Thy holy inspiration
and accompany them by Thy grace,
so that our every thought, word, and deed
may both begin from Thee
and through Thee reach completion,
through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

OR:

Prompt our actions with your inspiration,
we pray, O Lord,
and further them with your constant help,
that all we do may always begin from you
and by you be brought to completion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
(Translation from the 3rd Roman Missal, Thursday after Ash Wednesday)

OR:

Direct, we beseech you, O Lord,
our actions by your holy inspirations,
and carry them on
by your gracious assistance,
that every prayer and work of ours
may begin always with you,
and through you come to completion.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen. (another translation from Handbook of Indulgences )

OR

Lord,
may everything we do
begin with your inspiration,
continue with your help
and reach perfection under your guidance.
We ask this our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968