This is the Liturgy of the Hours for December 31. Your local date is .
Sunday in the 5th week of Ordinary Time
St. Agatha was an early Christian martyr from Catania, Sicily. She pledged her virginity to Christ and after refusing to compromise was killed. By the 5th century, she was highly venerated for her purity and goodness. St. Agatha is included in the Canon of the Roman Mass and is the patron saint of breast ailments. 
Written by Sarah Ciotti
 F.L. Cross and E.A. Livingstone, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (London: Oxford University Press, 1974), 23.
 Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.
 Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Agatha.”
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lrodrigu1 on February 5th, 2023 at 12:33
Please pray for my oldest and dearest friend, Gloria. She is in need of much prayer, spiritual and physical.
spoonerC on February 5th, 2023 at 10:35
For souls of many, dear Lord, that Your Name may be glorified across the world. For my children -- those aborted and those alive -- that they would seek the Lord with all their hearts. For young people, that they will find solace in worshipping the Lord and leaving behind the world and its allures.
Rhonda George on February 5th, 2023 at 9:43
We Pray for All Priest, God guide them and give them strength-Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Mary on February 5th, 2023 at 9:07
Prayers for return to active practice of the faith for all my family members who are away from the Church. Prayers For health for all family and myself. Prayers for a neighbor with a diagnosis of cancer.
edenj on February 5th, 2023 at 8:46
I am very sorry Dear God that on reviewing my prayer life, I discover that I have not praised you and thanked you enough. Andrew Wommack says, “Praise isn’t like the caboose that just follows what happens, but it’s more like the engine of a train that makes things happen.” Remind me always, Jesus.
maureen on February 5th, 2023 at 8:35
Prayers for Alexis, a high school senior with incurable cancer, going home under hospice care.
Bernadette Tan-Lutz on February 5th, 2023 at 5:23
O, Mother Mary please intercede for us in all our needs in this valley of tears! St.Agatha, Virgin & Martyr pray for us! Amen
Melodie Wallen on February 5th, 2023 at 3:47
Please pray that I will find work and become self-sufficient. Please pray healing for the Wallen family. Please pray for me as I am discerning a call to the Secular Carmelites. Lord hear our prayer.
Maria Nabhan on February 5th, 2023 at 1:22
Please pray for my dad, Raymond. We are learning now that his only functioning organ is his liver & are still in diagnostic stage. He is very ill and is likely dying, but if it is God's will, I pray that the doctors find his clear path back to good health. Please pray for healing, peace, salvation.
Danny Smith on February 5th, 2023 at 1:04
Please pray for my friend Gloria. She is in hospital emergency right now in great head pain, more serious than any headache she's ever experienced.
David Keene on February 4th, 2023 at 21:21
For my cousin Ray who went to meet the Lord. May the Lord Jesus have mercy on his soul.
edenj on February 4th, 2023 at 21:13
Let us join our Blessed Mother, all the Angels, all the Saints, in begging God to release the poor souls in purgatory, specially those our loved ones & friends, priests and religious, those who have no one to pray for them, & those who have stayed there the longest. Jesus, have mercy on them please
Fannie on February 4th, 2023 at 19:52
In thanksgiving for a wonderful Women's Morning of Spirituality in the Diocese of Memphis, for the excellent witness speakers, Bishop Emeritus J.Terry Steib and the concelebrating diocesan priests (esp. Fr.Francis Chiawa),and deacons who took time from their busy schedules to be present for us.Pax!
Scott Joyner on February 4th, 2023 at 18:45
I like this, from the evening's second psalm, "I tell him all my distress while my spirit faints within me. But you, O Lord, know my path."
mrtiptop on February 4th, 2023 at 10:34
O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee.
ARABELLA DERIGE on February 4th, 2023 at 10:09
I offer my prayers works, joys and sufferings for the souls of my departed family members particularly my daughter, Deodita , my parents , Severn and Estrella and the return of my children, Lucila, Claudine and Sean to the Catholic faith.
Roland642 on February 4th, 2023 at 2:09
For my dear wife, Marketa, Lord grant a healing restful night and renewed strength in the new day,
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Please pray for Brad that he'll be healed spiritually and be able to find a job where he can become self-sustaining.
Dena Hunt on February 3rd, 2023 at 22:41
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Please, if you would, pray for my arduous job search, along with my parallel search for improved housing. Thank you, and God bless you.
Louis Cuccia on February 3rd, 2023 at 21:27
Walk with me Jesus for your road is rocky and I am weak, my knees are bloody and my hands are raw from my many falls. In Jesus name I pray.
Rhonda George on February 3rd, 2023 at 20:46
Praying for Jon and All who are murdered that they (RIP)-Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Rhonda George on February 3rd, 2023 at 20:38
We Pray for the Conversion of Sinners-Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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