A delegation from the Archdiocese of New Orleans prays together before visiting their government representatives to lobby for issues important to Catholics in Louisiana and across the nation. Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS

Our Current Prayer

Photo by Phillip Laubner/CRS

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As Catholics, we recognize that prayer is of the utmost importance. In our mission to act with the Church to serve people around the world, we begin with prayer. 



Easter Prayer


Lord and Father of all,

help us rise each day to Easter.

Teach us to practice resurrection,

to seek love and forgiveness and new life

in our relationships,

in our work,

in our play,

in our busy, distracted, lonely world.


Lord and good Father to us all,

remind us as the earth re-blooms

that new life is available to us every day.

Our portion is abundant,

if we will but empty our hands

of the things that would distract us from you,

and open wide to receive your resurrection blessings

so that we may be your blessing to others.




Light a Virtual Votive

"In prayer, God keeps calling us, opening our hearts to charity."

— Pope Francis

Light a candle and say a prayer for your loved ones and our brothers and sisters around the world. Your intentions will be remembered at Mass offered in St. Stephen's Chapel at Catholic Relief Services world headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.