Common Prayers

  • Common Prayers

    Below are some common Catholic prayers

  • Our Father

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be 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. Amen. 

  • Hail Mary

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;  
    blessed are you among women,  
    and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,  
    pray for us sinners now  
    and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

  • Glory Be to the Father

    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. Amen

  • 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 by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead;  he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come 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 the life everlasting.  Amen

  • Nicene Creed

    I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven, (At the words that follow, up to and including “and became man,” all bow) and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

  • Act of Charity

    O my God, I love you above all things with my whole heart and soul because you are all good and worthy of all my love.

    I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.

    I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.

  • Act of Faith

    O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the holy catholic Church teaches, because in revealing them you can neither deceive nor be deceived.

  • Act of Hope

    O my God, relying on Your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

  • Angelus

    V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
    R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

    V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
    R. Be it done unto me according to Your Word.

    Hail Mary, etc...

    V. And the Word was made flesh,
    R. And dwelt among us.

    Hail Mary, etc...

    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 You, O Lord, Your Grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of Christ,
    your Son by the message of an angel, so by His passion and cross we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
    Through the same Christ, our Lord.

    Amen.

  • Come Holy Spirit

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

    O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

  • Divine Mercy Chaplet

    1. Make the Sign of the Cross
    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    2. Optional Opening Prayers
    You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

    (Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

    3. Our Father
    Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be 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, Amen.

    4. Hail Mary
    Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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, Amen.

    5. The Apostle's 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 by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come 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. Amen.

    6. The Eternal Father
    Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

    7. On the Ten Small Beads of Each Decade
    For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    8. Repeat for the remaining decades
    Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads.

    9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
    Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    10. Optional Closing Prayer
    Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

  • Guardian Angel Prayer

    Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, To whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

  • Hail, Holy Queen

    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

     

  • I Devoutly Adore You

    Hidden God, devoutly I adore you,
    Truly present underneath these veils:
    All my heart subdues itself before you,
    Since it all before you faints and fails.

    Not to sight, or taste, or touch be credit,
    Hearing only do we trust secure;
    I believe, for God the Son has said it --
    Word of Truth that ever shall endure.

    On the cross was veiled your Godhead's splendor,
    Here your manhood lies hidden too;
    Unto both alike my faith I render,
    And, as sued the contrite thief, I sue.

    Though I look not on your wounds with Thomas,
    You, my Lord, and you, my God, I call:
    Make me more and more believe your promise,
    Hope in you, and love you over all.

    O memorial of my Savior dying,
    Living Bread, that gives life to man;
    Make my soul, its life from you supplying,
    Taste your sweetness, as on earth it can.

    Deign, O Jesus, Pelican of heaven,
    Me, a sinner, in your Blood to lave,
    To a single drop of which is given
    All the world from all its sin to save.

    Contemplating, Lord, your hidden presence,
    Grant me what I thirst for and implore,
    In the revelation of your essence
    To behold your glory evermore.

  • Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, hear us.
    Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.

    God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
    God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

    Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, save us.
    Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word or God, save us.
    Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us.

    Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in Agony, save us.
    Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.
    Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.
    Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.
    Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, save us.
    Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us.

    Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.
    Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us.
    Blood of Christ, victor over demons, save us.

    Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, save us.
    Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, save us.
    Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, save us.

    Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, save us.
    Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, save us.
    Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, save us.

    Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, save us.
    Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, save us.
    Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, save us.

    Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, save us.
    Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, save us.
    Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, save us.

    Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.

    V. You have redeemed us, O Lord, in your Blood.
    R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

    Almighty and Eternal God, you have appointed your only begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant, we beg of You, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Magnificat

    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, My spirit rejoices in God my Savior; For he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: The Almighty had done great things for me, And holy is his Name.

    He has mercy on those who fear him In every generation.
    He has shown the strength of his arm, He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

    He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, And has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich he has sent away empty.

    He has come to the help of his servant Israel For he has remembered his promise of mercy, The promise he made to our fathers, To Abraham and his children for ever. Amen.

    (Luke 1:46-55)

  • O Salutaris

    O saving Victim, open wide,
    The gates of heaven to man below!
    Our foes press on from every side;
    Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

    To Thy great name be endless praise,
    Immortal Godhead, one in Three;
    Oh, grant us endless length of days,
    In our true native land with Thee. Amen

  • Pange Lingua

    Sing, my tongue, the Saviour's glory,
    Of His flesh the mystery sing;
    Of the blood all price exceeding,
    Shed by our immortal King.
    Destined for the world's redemption,
    From a noble womb to spring.

    Of a pure and spotless virgin,
    Born for us, His love to show,
    He, as man, with man conversing,
    Stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
    Then He closed in wondrous fashion,
    This His life on earth below.

    On the night of that last supper,
    Seated with His chosen band,
    He the paschal victim eating,
    First fulfils the law's command;
    Then as food to all His brethren,
    Gives Himself with His own hand.

    Christ, the Word made flesh by speaking,
    Earthly bread to flesh He turns;
    Wine becomes His blood so precious -
    Unconceived in human terms!
    Hearts sincere perceive this marvel; in earnest,
    Faith its lessons quickly learns.

    Down in adoration falling,
    This great Sacrament we hail,
    Over ancient forms of worship
    Newer rites of grace prevail;
    Faith tells us that Christ is present,
    When our human senses fail.

    To the everlasting Father,
    And the Son who made us free,
    And the Spirit, God proceeding,
    From them each eternally,
    Be salvation, honor, blessing,
    Might and endless majesty.

    --St. Thomas Aquinus

  • Prayer for Vocations

    God, in Baptism you called me by name and made me a member of your people, the Church. Help all your people to know their vocation in life, And to respond by living a life of holiness. For your greater glory and for the service of your people, Raise up dedicated and generous leaders who will serve as sisters, priests, brothers, deacons, and lay ministers. Send your Spirit to guide and strengthen me that I may serve your people following the example of your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name I offer this prayer. Amen.

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