My Prayer Routine

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Questions on my prayer life as a stay at home mom are some of the most frequent I receive. I am sharing this to hopefully help other moms who reach out to me wanting ideas for their own prayer life or how to pray with kids.

{I know when I post this there are going to be some eager to let me know how this routine wouldn’t work for them or won’t be realistic for me when I am at X place in my life. That’s okay… this is about what works for me right where God has me right now, so please, take anything that may work for you and leave what doesn’t without leaving unnecessary negative commentary.}

All of these prayers and times of spiritual reading don’t always happen every single day. I’d say I get about to 85% of them on the average day, sometimes all, sometimes less.

I keep all of my various prayer books in a little basket. Having them all together means it can go where I go easier and so I’m more likely to follow through.

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Outline of My Daily Prayers

Waking: I pray a Morning Offering when the alarm goes off.

  • “Oh my God, I offer Thee my every thoughts, words, and deeds of this day, in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for all of 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, I wish to gain all of the indulgences attached to the prayers I shall say, and for the good works I shall perform this day. Amen.”

Morning Prayer: After breakfast I kneel with girls in front of our home altar where we pray the guardian angel prayer, an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be, and then we thank God for bringing us safely through the night and ask Jesus to please help us to do all of our work and play for love of Him and for the salvation of souls. We also each list something we are thankful for.

Mid Morning: – At some point during the morning when the girls are occupied I say the little daily prayer for children as part of being in the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. I also try to read the morning prayers in the Mother Love prayer book or read the Mass and the pages on the saint of the day from The Liturgical Year by Dom Gueranger. If anything tends gets neglected in my daily routine, it is usually the Mid-Morning prayer.

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Afternoon Mental Prayer: Around noon I lay next to Zelie in bed as she falls asleep and have my mental prayer time using the simple one page Mental-Prayer-Guide that Fr. Dennis Gordon FSSP allowed me to share in this post here.

I don’t know of a better way to minimize distractions and to converse so easily with God as using this guide. If prayer is difficult for you and you only take one thing away from this post, let it be the Mental-Prayer-Guide!

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Reading my book next to my little sleeping lovey!

As the guide suggests, I pray using a holy image, a crucifix, or a book of spiritual reading. By far my favorite book of spiritual reading is The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Father Peter Arnoudt.

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This is a profoundly beautiful book of rich conversations between Christ and you, His disciple. It manages to somehow be easy to understand, despite its depth. I never grow tired of it, and no matter what is happening in my life, there is a chapter that speaks directly to my heart. I have a gorgeous leather bound copy that I was given years ago, but this paperback copy on Amazon is the same book. 

Evening Rosary: At 7 pm each night we gather in the living room with the girls right before bedtime and pray the Rosary.

Sometimes if we have a very important intention we will pray the 54 Day Rosary Novena using this booklet found here. It has wonderful meditations for each mystery that you can use whenever you pray the Rosary if you find you are distracted while making crowns for Our Lady!

Before Sleep: Right before I fall asleep I cross myself, pray the guardian angel prayer, and a few prayers to St. Philomena, my chosen patron.

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A complete list of what is in my basket is:

The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Mother Love
The Liturgical Year
The Original Mother’s Manual
The Essential Wisdom of the Saints
The Mental-Prayer-Guide 

I hope by sharing this you have found new resources that may help you in your own prayer life. It is true that as a mother I will not get to spend long long hours in formal prayer. I am called to make my work in raising my children and upkeeping my domestic church a prayer, but my time spent in more “formal” prayer is very valued and of great benefit.

10 thoughts on “My Prayer Routine

  1. Absolutely love this!!! Thank you so much for sharing. This is so very helpful! I have bounced in and out of different routines, but this is the perfect routine for me to work towards. I love the resources and can’t wait to get started! God bless you and your beautiful family!

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  2. Beautiful!! And what a great topic for a post! 🙂 I’ve never seen anyone lay out their prayer routine. We have a pretty similar one, and you’ve given me ideas to make ours better! We have a 2 year old and a 7 month old at this time, so there’s a lot of time for mental prayer when putting them to sleep, which, in total, is for or five times before their daddy gets home. Hahahah. Thank you!! You are Moreno organized than I am hahaha. 🙂

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  3. What a blessed day!!! 🙏 This is the answer to my prayers!!!! 🙏 Thank you for your time in putting this article together. I love the idea of having a support group of moms to share our faith! ❤️ God bless you and your family!

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  4. This is excellent and doable!! I LOVE when people share prayer routines and it’s one of the questions I love to ask at mom groups. I’m currently doing pretty well with the Mass readings in the morning and a decade of the rosary at naptime, but my evening prayer routine needs to be more consistent. We pray with our kids before bed but I need a personal routine. I also want to start praying with our kids (ages 3 and 1.5) in the morning after breakfast like you do.

    What is Philomena doing while you do your mental afternoon prayer during Zelie’s nap? My 3yo doesn’t nap anymore and it’s challenging with zero alone time in the afternoon. I also don’t always wake up before the kids (pregnant and always tired!) but my oldest is learning that mommy says her prayers first before we do breakfast or play together. ❤

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    1. So Philomena still naps anywhere from 1 to 4 days a week. (It just varies, lately more naps, sometimes barely any), but we do have a “quiet time” for 40 minutes regardless. She has to play in her room which has plenty of books and toys. This gives me 20 minutes to pray laying next to Zelie, and 20 minutes to fix and eat my lunch. She very often times will play for a full hour if she doesn’t sleep, so I get a bit more time to work on things. Quiet time is really important and she needs it too! Even if she doesn’t nap she gets wound up and crabby and comes out so refreshed when she has the break!

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  5. I also love your habits of the morning offering right when you wake up. I do mine with the Mass readings but there’s something special about the habit of doing it immediately upon awakening…your first thought of the day. I would love to get into that habit as well as the short praying in bed at night instead of just an evening prayer.

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