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Common Catholic Prayers


Pater Noster


Our Father,

who art in Heaven,

hallowed by Thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done

on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.




Ave Maria


Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with Thee.

Blessed art Thou among women

And Blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.


Holy Mary, Mother of God

Pray for us sinners now

and at the hour of our death.






Glory be to the Father

and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.




Apostles' Creed


I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

Creator of Heaven and Earth

And in Jesus Christ

His only Son, Our Lord

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit

Born of the Virgin Mary

Suffered under Pontius Pilate

Was crucified, died and was buried.

On the third day, he rose again

He ascended into Heaven

and is seated at the right hand

of God, the Father Almighty.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Holy Catholic Church,

the Communion of Saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and life everlasting.



Act of Faith


O my God, I firmly believe all the truths that the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches;

I believe these truths, O Lord, because Thou, the infallible Truth,

hast revealed them to her; in this faith I am resolved to live and die.




Act of Hope


O my God, relying on Thy promises, I hope that, through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ,

Thou wilt grant me pardon of my sins, and the graces necessary to serve Thee in this life

and to obtain eternal happiness in the next.




Act of Love


O my God, I love Thee with my whole heart and above all things, because Thou art infinitely good and perfect;

and I love my neighbour as myself for love of Thee. Grant that I may love Thee more and more in this life,

and in the next for all eternity.




Act of Contrition


O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins, and detest them above all things, because they deserve

They dreadful punishments, because they have crucified my loving Saviour Jesus Christ and, most of all,

because they offend Thine infinite goodness; and I firmly resolve, by the help of Thy grace, never to offend

Thee again, and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin.




Morning consecration to Mary


My Queen, My Mother, I offer myself entirely to Thee. And to show my devotion to Thee, I offer Thee this day,

my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve.

Wherefore, good Mother, as I am thine own, keep me, guard me as Thy property and possession.





Salve Regina


Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy!

Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope!

To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.

To Thee do we send up our sighs,

mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious Advocate

Thine eyes of mercy towards us

and after this, our exile,

show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!




The Angelus


(To be said at 6am, noon and 6pm daily, except during the Easter season)

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.


Hail Mary,...


V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord

R. Let it be done unto me according to thy word.


Hail Mary,...

V. And the Word was made flesh

R. And dwelt among us.


Hail Mary,...


V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ


Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord,

Thy grace into our hearts,

That we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son

was made known by the message of an angel,

may, by His Passion and Cross,

be brought to the glory of His Resurrection

Through the same Christ, Our Lord




The Regina Caeli


(To be said instead of the Angelus during the Easter Season)

Rejoice, O Queen of Heaven, Alleluia!

For He Whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia!

Has risen as He said, Alleluia!

Pray for us to God, Alleluia!

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!

R. For the Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia!


Let us pray: O God, who hast given joy to the whole world

through the Resurrection of They Son, our Lord Jesus Christ;

grant that through the prayers of His Virgin Mother Mary,

we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.

Through the same Christ, our Lord




The Memorare


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired then with confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me.





Guardian Angel prayer


Angel of God, my guardian dear

To whom God's love commits me here

Ever this day (night) be at my side

To light and guard, to rule and guide.




Prayer to child's Guardian Angel


O Angels of God, from heaven so bright,

watching beside my children to lead them aright;

Fold your wings round them, and guard them with love;

Softly sing songs to them of heaven above.





Grace before meals


Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts

which we are about to receive from Thy bounty

through Christ our Lord.




Grace after meals


We give Thee thanks, O Almighty God,

for these Thy benefits

Who lives and reigns, world without end.




May the souls of the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God,

rest in peace.




Prayer for the Pope


Let us pray for our Most Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. May the Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.




Prayer before a crucifix


Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Your sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech You that You would impress upon my heart lively sentiments of Faith, Hope and Charity, true repentance for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment, while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Your five most precious wounds, having before my eyes that which David spoke in prophecy of You, O good Jesus: they have pierced my hands and feet, they have numbered all my bones.



Act of self dedication


Take O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.




A Prayer to the Holy Guardian Angels (Feast, October 2)

Dear Angel at my side, my good and loyal friend, you have been with me since the moment I was born. You are my own personal guardian, given me by God as my guide and protector, and you will stay with me till I die. He who created you and me gave me to you as your particular charge. You assisted in great joy at my baptism, when I became part of the Mystical Body of Christ, and was made a member of the household of God and an heir of heaven. You saw the dangers that beset my path, and, if I sinned, it was in spite of you. You envied me when Christ came to me in Holy Communion. Even though you probably were there among the angels that adored Him the night that He was born, you have not been able to receive Him as I can. O, help me to appreciate these gifts! Help me to realize, as you do, with every fiber of my being, that to serve Christ is to be a King! Help me steadfastly to avoid evil and do good and always guard my soul from sin. Protect me as well from physical evils as I go about my daily work. You will be with me all my life, and at the hour of my death. Help me to face death bravely, patiently, with great love of God, knowing that it is only through death that I can come to Him in heaven! Then, come with me to my Judge, and when the hour of my salvation comes, take me home to my Father, God.




Holy Michael, the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.




To St. Michael, For Protection of the Church and Her Members

O glorious St. Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ, come to the assistance of this Church, against which the powers of hell are unchained, guard with especial care her august Head, and obtain that for him and for us the hour of triumph may speedily arrive. O glorious Archangel St. Michael, watch over us during life, defend us against the assaults of the demon, assist us especially at the hour of death; obtain for us a favorable judgment, and the happiness of beholding God face to face for endless ages.




Thanks to My Guardian Angel

O Angel of God, my blessed protector, to whose care I have been committed by my Creator from the moment of my birth, unite with me in thanking the Almighty for having given me a friend, and instructor, an advocate, and a guardian in thee. Accept, O most charitable guide, my fervent thanksgiving for all thou hast done for me; particularly for the charity with which thou didst undertake to accompany me through life; for the joy with which thou were filled when I was purified in the waters of Baptism; and for thy anxious solicitude in watching over the treasure of my innocence. Thou knowest the numberless graces and favors which my Creator has bestowed on me through thee, and the many dangers, both spiritual and temporal from which thou hast preserved me. Thou knowest how often thou didst deplore my sins, animate me to repentance, and intercede with God for my pardon. Ah! why have I so little merited a continuance of thy zealous efforts for my salvation? Why have I so often stained my soul by sin, and thereby rendered myself unworthy of the presence and protection of an angel, of so pure a spirit as thou art, who never sinned? But as my ingratitude and thoughtlessness have not lessened thy charitable interest for my salvation, so neither shall they diminish my confidence in thy goodness, nor prevent me from abandoning myself to thy care, since God Himself has entrusted thee with the charge of my soul. Penetrated with sorrow for the little progress I have made in virtue, though blessed with such a Master, and sincerely determined to correspond in future with thy exertions for my salvation, I most earnestly entreat thee, O protecting spirit, to continue thy zealous efforts for my eternal interest; to fortify my weakness, to shield me from innumerable dangers of the world and to obtain by thy powerful prayers that my life may rather be shortened, than that I should live to commit a mortal sin. Remember, O most happy spirit, that it was one act of profound humility, and one transport of ardent love for thy Creator, that caused God to establish thee forever in glory; obtain that those virtues may be implanted in my soul, and that I may seriously endeavor to acquire docility, obedience, gentleness and purity of heart. Conduct me safely through this world of sin and misery; watch over me at the awful hour of my death; perform for my soul the last charitable office of thy mission, by strengthening, encouraging, and supporting me in the agonies of dissolution, and then, as the angel Raphael conducted Tobias safely to his father, do thou, my good angel and blessed guide, return with me to Him who sent thee, that we may mutually bless Him, and publish His wonderful works for a happy eternity. Amen.


Prayer to Defeat the Work of Satan

O Divine Eternal Father, in union with your Divine Son and the Holy Spirit, and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg You to destroy the Power of your greatest enemy -- the evil spirits.

Cast them into the deepest recesses of hell and chain them there forever! Take possession of your Kingdom which You have created and which is rightfully yours.

Heavenly Father, give us the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

I repeat this prayer out of pure love for You with every beat of my heart and with every breath I take.



When Using Holy Water

By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.

St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy water must have great value."

Holy water is a means of spiritual wealth -- a sacramental that remits venial sin. The Church strongly urges its use, especially when dangers threaten. The devil hates holy water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.



For the Most Forgotten Soul

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, which He Himself on the night before His Passion gave as meat and drink to His beloved Apostles and bequeathed to His Holy Church to be the perpetual Sacrifice and life-giving nourishment of His faithful people, deliver the souls in purgatory, but most of all, that soul which was most devoted to this Mystery of infinite love, in order that it may praise Thee therefor, together with Thy Divine Son and the Holy Spirit in Thy glory for ever.




For Those Who Suffer


For those who suffer,

and those who cry this night,

give them repose, Lord;

a pause in their burdens.

Let there be minutes

where they experience peace,

not of man

but of angels.

Love them, Lord,

when others cannot.

Hold them, Lord,

when we fail with human arms.

Hear their prayers

and give them the ability to hear You back

in whatever language they best understand.




To Protect Life

Loving God, I thank you for the gift of life you gave and continue to give to me and to all of us.

Merciful God, I ask your pardon and forgiveness for my own failure and the failure of all people to respect and foster all forms of life in our universe.


Gracious God, I pray that with your grace, I and all people will reverence, protect, and promote all life and that we will be especially sensitive to the life of the unborn, the abused, neglected, disabled, and the elderly. I pray, too, that all who make decisions about life in any form will do so with wisdom, love, and courage.


Living God, I praise and glorify you as Father, Source of all life, as Son, Savior of our lives, and as Spirit, Sanctifier of our lives.



Sister Mary Margaret Johanning, S.S.N.D. Nihil Obstat: Joseph F. Martino

Imprimatur: Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop of Philadelphia, June 1994




Prayer to be Said Every Day to Obtain the Graces Necessary for Salvation, by St. Alphonsus


Eternal Father, Thy Son has promised that Thou wilt grant us all the graces which we ask Thee for in His name. In the name, therefore, and by the merits of Jesus Christ, I ask the following graces for myself and for all mankind:

And first, I pray Thee to give me a lively faith in all that the holy Roman Church teaches me. Enlighten me also, that I may know the vanity of the goods of this world, and the immensity of the Infinite Good that Thou art; make me also see the deformity of the sins I have committed, that I may humble myself and detest them as I ought; and, on the other hand, show me how worthy Thou art, by reason of Thy goodness, that I should love Thee with all my heart. Make me know also the love Thou has borne me, that from this day forward I may try to be grateful for so much goodness.

Secondly, give me a firm confidence in Thy mercy of receiving the pardon of my sins, holy perseverance, and, finally, the glory of paradise, through the merits of Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary.

Thirdly, give me a great love toward Thee, which shall detach me from the love of this world and of myself, so that I may love none other but Thee, and that I may neither do nor desire anything else but what is for Thy glory.

Fourthly, I beg of Thee a perfect resignation to Thy will, in accepting with tranquility sorrows, infirmities, contempt, persecutions, aridity of spirit, loss of property, of esteem, of relations, and every other cross which shall come to me from Thy hands. I offer myself entirely to Thee, that thou mayest do with me, and all that belongs to me, what thou pleasest; do Thou only give me light and strength to do Thy will, and, especially at the hour of death, help me to sacrifice my life to Thee with all the affection I am capable of, in union with the sacrifice which Thy Son Jesus Christ made of His life on the cross of Calvary.

Fifthly, I beg of Thee a great sorrow for my sins, which may make me grieve over them as long as I live, and weep for the insults I have offered Thee, the Sovereign Good, who art worthy of infinite love, and who hast loved me so much.

Sixthly, I pray Thee to give me the spirit of true humility and meekness, that I may accept with peace, and even with joy, all the contempt, ingratitude and ill-treatment that I may receive. At the same time I also pray Thee to give me perfect charity, which shall make me wish well to those who have done evil to me, and to do what good I can, at least by praying, for those who have in any way injured me.

Seventhly, I beg of Thee to give me a love for the virtue of holy mortification, by which I may chastise my rebellious senses, and cross my self-love; at the same time I beg Thee to give me holy purity of body, and the grace to resist all bad temptations, by ever having recourse to Thee and Thy most Holy Mother.

Give me the grace faithfully to obey my spiritual father and all my superiors in all things. Give me an upright intention, that in all I desire and do I may seek only Thy glory, and to please Thee alone. Give me a great confidence in the Passion of Jesus Christ, and in the intercession of Mary Immaculate. Give me a great love toward the most Adorable Sacrament of the Altar, and a tender devotion and love to Thy Holy Mother. Give me, I pray Thee, above all, holy perseverance, and the grace always to pray for it, especially in time of temptation and at the hour of death.

Lastly, I recommend to Thee the holy souls in Purgatory, my relations and benefactors; and in an especial manner I recommend to Thee all those who hate me, or who have in any way offended me; I beg of Thee to render them good for the evil they have done, or may wish to do me. I also recommend to Thee all infidels, heretics, and all poor sinners; give them light and strength to deliver themselves from sin. O, most loving God, make Thyself known and loved by all, but especially by those who have been more ungrateful to Thee than others, so that by Thy goodness I may come one day to sing Thy mercies in paradise; for my hope is in the merits of Thy Blood, and in the patronage of Mary. O Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me! So I hope; so may it be!


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