The Borden Breviary: Prayers

The Borden Hours

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the glory, and the power, forever and ever. Amen.

Saint Mark’s Prayer

Almighty God, who by the hand of Your holy evangelist Saint Mark have given to us the word of Jesus Christ our Lord, we offer thanks and petition for his intercession in our toils and affairs. Please [petition], through our same Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hour I (Prayer for Forgiveness)

Dear Lord, Please forgive me my transgressions and allow me a path to proceed upon without regret. Amen.

Hour II (Prayer for Manifestation)

Dear Lord, Please make Your presence known in my life more often. Amen.

Hour III (Prayer for Ancestors)

Dear Lord, Please give me the strength of my ancestors and command them to watch over me. Amen.

Hour IV (Prayer for Healing)

Dear Lord, Please grant me the strength to comprehend and mend my afflictions. Amen.

Hour V (Prayer for Dignity)

Dear Lord, Please teach me to love myself and myself in relation to others. Amen.

Hour VI (Prayer for Legacy)

Dear Lord, Please fill me with the power to leave a legacy and to live artistically. Amen.

Hour VII (Prayer for the Broken-Hearted)

Dear Lord, Please allow me to know great love within this lifetime and sooner rather than later. Amen.

Hour VIII (Blessing of the Loved)

Dear Lord, Please bless all of those whom I love and all of those whom love me. Amen.

Hour IX (Prayer for Safe Arrival)

Dear Lord, Please deliver me to my destination without incident and without delay. Amen.

Hour X (Prayer for the Protection of Property)

Dear Lord, Please protect my belongings from loss, damage, theft, destruction, and rearrangement. Amen.

Ancestral Prayers

Prayer for All Ancestors

I trust in all of my ancestors because I trust in the Lord, who keeps their souls. In the stillness of the night I pray for their intercession and I offer my wonder and love without condition. Bless all of those ancestors known and unknown who have begotten me. Amen.

Prayer for Henry Borden

O Lord, please bless Your servant, Henry Borden, progenitor of my family. Grant me his strength and innovation and his intercession in my trials and affairs. Give to me his ability to lay a foundation on which will rest my love and my devotion, just as he erected the structure of this family. Amen.

Prayer for Richard Borden

Richard Borden, intrepid patriarch of my family, bless me with your bravery as my life leads me to new kingdoms, just as it did yours. Counsel me on the uncertain and deliver me from atrophy. You are my inspiration and my motivation through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for Perry Borden

Wondrous Jesus Christ almighty, make me to know the fortitude and plenty of Your servant, my ancestor, Perry Borden. By his righteous blood transfer to me the gifts that I need [gifts]. With my eyes to heaven and my heart in my hand, I offer You both my continued devotion to the mysteries of family and fame. Amen.

Prayer for John Borden

My God, I cry out to You. Please bless and deliver the tortured soul of my father, John Borden. Grant me the armour of Christ so that I may defend my family’s honour and avenge his murder. Keep him sated on the Holy Host and teach his soul to love so that it may be loved. Tell him I remain his son. Amen.

Heroic Prayers

Prayer for All Heroes

Thank-You, God, for blessing me with those souls I recognize as my heroes. In Your servants, Marilyn Manson, Madonna, Sylvia Plath, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Bettie Page, Mary Pickford, Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron, Marie Antoinette, Marquis de Sade, Voltaire, and George Fox, I entrust my tutelage and care. Help me to honour them. Amen.

Prayer for Halifax

My Lord, please protect and encourage the city of Halifax with Your love and concern. Amen.

Prayer for Canada

Holy Spirit, grant to Your nation of Canada Your strength and Your dominion. Bless her with perpetual life. Amen.

Prayer for History

God, praise be to You for giving to man the appreciation of his past. I pray for progress and devotion in the field of history. Amen.

Prayer for Knowledge

Divine Word, like a sweet rumour You travel on swift wings. The fruit of Your journeys is knowledge, and I wish to sup at its font. Empower me to know. Amen.

Familiar Prayers

Prayer for Protection

Get behind me, Satan! With the power of Christ I rebuke you! Lord above, protect me and those I love from evil. Cause us not to stray and shield us with Your armour. Amen.

Prayer for Family

O Father, grant your everlasting peace and benefaction to my mother, my brother, and my stepfather, that in all their days they may know Your love and protection. Permit us to keep one another and defend our line through Your glory. Amen.

Prayer for Friends

By Your might, O Lord, grant my friendships the longevity of a mighty nation, everlasting in days and founded upon a just constitution. Cause my friends to love me with the strength I have for them. Give me the devotion to honour them through Your grace. Amen.


Fatherhood Lamented

1 Heavenly Father, why have You abandoned me? 2 You have burdened me with the legacy of Your darkness; 3 Your neglect has been an eternity to me, 4 And You have taken away the comfort which You have given to all sons; 5 But You have delivered my ancestors from peril and I trust that You shall deliver me. 6 O Lord, look now upon me; O My Strength, hasten to part these shadows; 7 Deliver me from the emptiness of not having a father, 8 And sate me on Your love, let it be my guide. 9 I have lain with the fathers of many, seeking my own, and I repent; 10 Forgive me for the vacancy and misleading of my spirit. 11 You have kept fruitful the fear and faith of my line, now keep it strong. 12 Cursed be he who makes the children fatherless. 13 You hear the crying of Your wounded sons, and You uplift the afflicted. 14 I will keep alive the name of my Father and praise Him daily. 15 Glory be to the Lord who in Heaven rests on high and loves all his sons dearly.

Saintly Prayers

Saint Dymphna’s Prayer

Lord and Saviour, comfort us through Your servant Saint Dymphna; ease our weary minds and broken spirits in her care and grant to us [petition], by Your grace. Amen.

Saint Rita of Cascia’s Prayer

Hear us, O Father, and by the gentle intercession of Saint Rita of Cascia, help us to meet our impossible cause, [petition], so that we may be saved through Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Penitential Prayers

Examination of Conscience

My God, with due grace do clear my conscience and allow my memory to recall all of my sins so that I may make a good Confession. Amen.

Act of Contrition

Dear God, I am consummately sorry for having gone against you and I fear your retribution as much as I love your grace and I vow to amend my life and to avoid sin. Please forgive me. Amen.