Prayers by St. Ignatius and Others

St. Ignatius and others inspired by Ignatian spirituality have given us a rich prayer tradition. While the Examen is the defining prayer of Ignatian spirituality, the rich tradition of reflection on the human hunger for God has left us with a fine array of prayers that speak of our needs and our gratitude to God.

Classic Prayers

Anima Christi

Prayer for Generosity by St. Ignatius
Our dotMagis bloggers reflect on the individual lines of St. Ignatius’s Prayer for Generosity.

Suscipe (Take, Lord, Receive) by St. Ignatius

   Take, Lord, and Receive
Short video featuring the Contemplatio from the end of the Spiritual Exercises. It simply presents the English text of the prayer along with some images and a gentle piano accompaniment.

Prayer to Know God’s Will by St. Ignatius

Prayer of a First Jesuit by St. Peter Faber, SJ, from his Memoriale

O Deus Ego Amo Te / O God, I Love Thee by St. Francis Xavier, SJ, translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

Wash Me With Your Precious Blood by St. Peter Canisius, SJ

Prayers by Jesuits

Fall in Love attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ

I Choose to Breathe the Breath of Christ by Joseph Tetlow, SJ

In the Hands of God by Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Personal Prayer of Pedro Arrupe

Teach Me To Listen adapted by John Veltri, SJ

Teach Me Your Ways by Pedro Arrupe, SJ

A Teacher’s Prayer for Generosity by Marc Fryer, SJ

A Prayer of Hope by Luis Espinal, SJ

Ignatian-Inspired Prayers

AMDG

Prayer for Choosing a State of Life

Prayer to Find God in All Things

Prayer for Professionals

A Prayer for Spiritual Freedom (Prayer Before a Meeting)

Prayer to St. Ignatius

Prayer to St. Francis Xavier

Litany of the Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus (PDF)
In this litany first used in the concentration camp at Dachau, Jesuit saints and martyrs are petitioned to intercede for their companions in Christ who are suffering today.

Faith History (PDF)
“This prayer-exercise invites you to look back over your life-journey in order to let God enable you to recognise more clearly the ways in which God has been with you at all the different moments.”

Articles About Ignatian Prayers

Suscipe, the Radical Prayer
By Amy Welborn

Marquette University Finding God in All Things Prayer Book (PDF)
Full text of a prayer book developed for Marquette University students. While some of the information is specific to Marquette, the book includes an introduction to prayer and a rich collection of prayers, both in the Ignatian tradition and beyond. It also provides some background on the Society of Jesus and the Jesuit tradition of education.

dotMagis Posts with Prayers by Ignatius and Others
From the archives of the dotMagis blog.