The Daily Offering is a prayer in which we consecrate the day to God and ask for his help to live it as a day of the Lord. In it, we offer to God everything that will happen during the course of the day, our prayers, works, joys and suffering. Therefore, it is best prayed first thing in the morning, before the day has begun, before we have been distracted by task, emails, social media or news. This way, our day is focused and purpose driven.
St. John Paul II once said that praying the Morning Offering is “of fundamental importance in the life of each and every one of the faithful. It is a daily reminder to make our entire day, our whole life ‘a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.’”
There are many versions of the prayer and we can feel free to make our own, even if it is short. St. Philip Neri, at the very moment when he awoke in the morning, said to God: “Lord, keep Thy hands over Philip this day; for if not, Philip will betray Thee.” What a realist! The longer prayer below was popularized by the 19th French Apostleship of Prayer. This version has found it’s way into many prayer books and morning routines for many Catholics.
No matter what version we use, or whether we make up our own, the important thing is that we do it. The Daily Offering is a means by which to build every new day on the rock of living faith in Christ. I encourage you to make this prayer a part of your daily spiritual game plan.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and suffering of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sins, the reunion of all Christians; I offer them for the intentions of our Bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month. Amen.