The Examen

At the end of the day…

This prayer of review is a short reflection back over the day, recalling events and taking note of your feelings. The purpose is to become more aware of the ways in which God has been present to you, the times when the Holy Spirit was drawing you towards life.

Introduction to the Examen

If you are unfamiliar with the Examen, you might like to try our audio introduction to the prayer:


Oracion Preparatoria by Juan Carlos Merchan SJ from Vamos Caminando by Jesuits of the Province of Colombia. Copyright © Colombia Province of the Society of Jesus. Used with permission. See

The Examen

We’ve produced a number of new Examen prayers which will be changed around every few months.

We’ve just released a new Examen prayer, this can be used any day of the week, but is particularly useful for the end of the working week.

Our other Examen prayers are available on our SoundCloud account.

An Examen for Children

We’ve been working with a number of our contributors to produce a series of Examens especially designed for children and young adults. We’re really pleased to be able to release our Examen for children:


Christe lux mundi from Christe Lux Mundi sung by the Community of Taizé. Taizé © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. Used with permission.

Examen for Young Adults

Our Examen for young adults is designed for teenagers, either for use at home, or as a resource for chaplains in schools and colleges:


Quietime Prayer: Prayer for Healing by Eric Nordhoff, from Quietime Prayer © 2010 TwoNords Music. Used with Permission.