A Simple Form for Devotions

Below you will find a simple form for devotions based on the Catechism for use with Higher Things Daily Reflections.


As soon as you get out of bed in the morning or before bed, you should bless yourself with the sign of the Holy Cross and say:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Pray the Psalm for the week

The Holy Gospel is then read.

Read the Devotion for the Week

Pray the Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,* the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Then, kneeling or standing, say the creed and pray the Lord's Prayer. If you wish, you may then pray this little prayer as well:

In the Morning
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

In the Evening
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

After that, with joy go about your work and perhaps say the Ten Commandments or sing a hymn. At night, go to sleep immediately with joy.