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The Rural Life Prayerbook is 400-plus pages of prayers and devotions. We provide some of these prayers on our website, but you can see the full transcript by clicking here. [However, this will be one long scroll of the original text, no images or pagination.]

We invite you to purchase a hardcopy of the Rural Life Prayerbook from our online Store. This is a handy and convenient way to express your gratitude and devotions throughout the liturgical and natural seasons. You can also order by calling our Des Moines office at 515-270-2634, extension 10.

PART I: Prayers for the Country Family and Ordinary of the Mass

We Choose the Country

Prayer in Honor of St. Isidore

A Countryman Gives Thanks


Prayers after Mass


PART II:  Occasional Prayers for Various Times, Feasts, and Seasons of the Year

A Note about the Prayers

New Year's Prayer for Church and State

A Holy Name Prayer

A Prayer for the Whole Family

Dedication of the Rural Family to the Divine Majesty

A Prayer for Church Unity

A Prayer for Candlemas Day

To Jesus my Friend

A Prayer for the Wood-Lot

A Prayer to Simon of Cyrene

A Prayer to St. Thomas Aquinas for Catholic Schools

The Breastplate of St. Patrick

A Prayer to St. Joseph

A Prayer to St. Isidore, Patron of Country People

A Prayer for Lent

A Prayer at Easter

A Prayer in Planting Time

A Prayer to Christ, King of the Universe

Prayer for May First

A Prayer for Choosing a State of Life

A Prayer to Mary for Charity

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Consecration of the Family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

A Prayer for the Wheat

A Novena Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

A Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

A Prayer for Gardens and Orchards

Prayers for Rain

Canticle of the Three Young Men in the Fiery Furnace

Prayer of St. Ignatius for Generosity

A Prayer to St. John Vianney, the Parish Priest of Ars, for the Pastor and the Parish

A Prayer on the Feast of Mary's Assumption

A Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

A Prayer for the Corn

A Prayer in Time of Debt

St. Francis of Assisi's Prayer for Peace

A Prayer to the North American Martyrs

A Prayer in Autumn for Country Living

A Prayer to the Holy Guardian Angels

Canticle of the Sun, St. Francis of Assisi

A Prayer to St. Luke for the Family Doctor

A Prayer to Christ the King

A Prayer to all the Saints

A Prayer in a Country Cemetery

A Prayer for Protection against Fires

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for God's Blessings

A Prayer in Advent

A Prayer in Winter

A Prayer at Christmas Time for Country Living

Hymn of Thanksgiving (Te Deum)



PART III: Blessings from the Roman Ritual

A Note on the Blessings 

Blessings of the Country Home and the People in It

Blessing of the People with Holy Water, to be given on Sundays

Blessing of a Baby

Blessing of a Child to Obtain for It the Mercy of God

Blessing for Sick Children

Blessing of a Woman before the Birth of a Child

Blessing of a Woman after Childbirth

Blessing of a Sick Adult

Blessing of Land or House

Another Blessing of a Home

Blessing of a Bedroom

Blessing of an Image of Our Lord Jesus Christ, or of the Blessed Virgin

Mary, or of a Saint

Blessing of Candles

Blessing of Candles on the Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr Blessing of Fire

Blessing of Water

Blessings of Food and Drink

Blessing of Bread

Another Blessing of Bread

Blessing for Bread and Cakes

Blessing of a Lamb

Blessing of Lard or Bacon

Blessing of Cheese or Butter

Blessing of Eggs

Blessing of the Barn and the Stored Harvest

Blessing of Grapes

Blessing of Fresh Fruit

Blessing of Any Food

Blessing of Wine on the feast of St. John,

Apostle and Evangelist

Blessing of Wine for the Sick

Blessing for Any Medicine

Blessings of Farm Animals and Their Needs

Blessing for All Domestic Animals

Blessing for Horses or Other Animals

Blessing for Animals Afflicted with a Serious Disease

Second Blessing for Animals with a Serious Disease

Blessing of Poultry

Blessing of Bees

Blessing of Salt or Feed for Animals

Blessings of Fields and Crops

Blessing of Crosses to be Set in Fields, Vineyards, etc., which is performed on the Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross, or on the next


Blessing of Sprouting Seed

Blessing of Seeds, Flowers, and Crops on the Feast of the Birth of the

Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessing of All Kinds of Fruit Trees and Vines

Blessing to Ward Off Destructive Insects and Other Small Animals

Blessings of Buildings, Vehicles, Etc.

Blessing of a Mill

Blessing of a Spring or Well

Blessing of a Bridge

Blessing Against Floods

Blessing of a Stable

Blessing of an Automobile, a Wagon, or Tractor

Blessing of the Cornerstone of a New Building

Blessing of a School

Blessing of a Library

Blessing for Any Object



PART IV: Prayers and Devotions

Prayers Every Catholic Should Know by Heart

The Lord's Prayer

The Hail Mary

The Apostles' Creed

An Act of Faith

An Act of Hope

An Act of Love

An Act of Contrition

Morning Offering

A Prayer to the Holy Family

Evening Prayer of a Rural Family

Examination of Conscience

Holy Communion

Soul of Christ

Prayer before a Crucifix

Offering of Self

Litany of the Sacred Heart

A Short Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

The Promises of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary

Litany of the Holy Name

Litany of the Blessed Virgin

The Angelus

Regina Coeli

A Farmer's Prayer to Mary

The Rosary of Our Blessed Lady

Litany of St. Joseph

Novena to St. Joseph

Prayer for the Church Unity Octave

Prayer for Elected Officials

An Act of Resignation

Hymns and Prayers for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

The Way of the Cross



PART V: Liturgical Devotions for Country Living

Novena in Honor of St. Isidore

Litany of St. Isidore

Hymn for the Novena to St. Isidore

Devotions for the Feast of St. Isidore

Mass of St. Isidore

Mass of St. Joseph the Worker

Mass of St. Mark

Ceremonies for the Observance of the Rogation Days

Mass of the Rogation Days

Mass of the Sacred Heart

Harvest Prayers and Blessings for the Feast of the Assumption in honor of Our Lady of the Fields

Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Prayers and Blessings for the Family and Parish Observance of Thanksgiving; Mass of Thanksgiving; Prayer for Church and State; Canticle of the Three Youths; Blessing of the Harvest Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Company of St. Isidore



PART VI: Selected Psalms

Psalm 103

Psalm 117

Psalm 127

Psalm 146

Psalm 148


A Meditation






Meditation on Farming by Msgr. Luigi Ligutti

Prayers for the Country Family