Fundamental Catholic Prayers
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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.
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. Amen.
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.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and
lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.
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; the third
day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and is seated
at the right hand of the Father; from thence he shall 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.
The six fundamental prayers listed above are also part of the Catholic
rosary, a devotion dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of God.
(CCC 971) The rosary consists of fifteen decades. Each decade focuses
upon a particular mystery in the life of Christ and his Blessed Mother.
It is customary to say five decades at a time, while meditating upon
one set of mysteries.
I. The Annunciation
II. The Visitation
III. The Birth of our Lord
IV. The Presentation of our Lord
V. The Finding of our Lord in the Temple
I. The Agony in the Garden
II. The Scourging at the Pillar
III. The Crowning with Thorns
IV. The Carrying of the Cross
V. The Crucifixion and Death of our Lord
I. The Resurrection
II. The Ascension
III. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
IV. The Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven
V. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our light, 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 vale 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. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother
of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that
anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy
intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we turn
to thee, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother. To thee we come, before thee
we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not
despise our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us. Amen.
The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. R. And she conceived of the
Holy Spirit. (Hail Mary . . .) Behold the handmaid of the Lord. R. Be
it done unto me according to thy word. (Hail Mary . . .) And the Word
was made flesh. R. And dwelt among us. (Hail Mary
. . .) 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. Amen.
Prayer Before Meals
Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive,
from thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to Our Guardian Angel
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom Gods love commits me
here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers,
works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the holy sacrifice
of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions
of your sacred heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the
reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops
and of all the apostles of prayer, and in particular for those recommended
by our Holy Father this month.
O my God, at the end of this day I thank you most heartily for all
the graces I have received from you. I am sorry that I have not made
a better use of them. I am sorry for all the sins I have committed against
you. Forgive me, O my God, and graciously protect me this night. Blessed
Virgin Mary, my dear heavenly mother, take me under your protection.
St. Joseph, my dear guardian angel, and all you saints of God, pray
for me. Sweet Jesus, have pity on all poor sinners, and save them from
hell. Have mercy on the suffering souls in purgatory.
Generally, this evening prayer is followed by an act of contrition,
which is usually said in conjunction with an examination of conscience.
A daily examination of conscience consists of a brief recounting of
our actions during the day. What sins did we commit? Where did we fail?
In what areas of our lives can we strive to make virtuous progress?
Having determined our failures and sins, we make an act of contrition.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee and I detest
all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell,
but most of all because they offend thee, my God, who are all good and
deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace,
to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.
Prayer after Mass
Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for
even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not
because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, You have
fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Youir Son, our Lord
I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me
condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation. May it
be a helmet of faith and a shiled of good will.
May it purify me from
evil ways and put an end to my evil passions.
May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience,
and growth in the power to do good.
May it be my strong defense against
all my enemies, visible and visible, and the perfect calming of all
me evil impulses, bodily and spiritual.
unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me
safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.
pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you,
with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total
fulfillment, everlasting joy, galdness without end, and perfect
happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord,
St. Thomas Aquinas
Soul of Christ, make me holy. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ,
fill me with love. Water from Christs side, wash me. Passion of
Christ, strengthen me. Good Jesus, hear me. Within your wounds, hide
me. Never let me be parted from you. From the evil enemy, protect me.
At the hour of my death, call me, and tell me to come to you that with
your saints I may praise you through all eternity. Amen.
Prayers to the Holy Spirit
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Breathe into me Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy. Move
in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart,
Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy
Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy.
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle
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.
Let us pray
O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the
Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always
truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation, through Christ our Lord.
Prayers to Angels and Saints
Prayer to Saint Joseph
O glorious Saint Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the foster father
of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary, ever virgin, and the head of
the Holy Family. You have been chosen by Christs vicar as the
heavenly patron and protector of the Church founded by Christ.
Protect the Holy Father, our sovereign pontiff, and all bishops and
priests united with him. Be the protector of all who labor for souls
amid the trials and tribulations of this life, and grant that all peoples
of the world may follow Christ and the Church he founded.
Dear St. Joseph, accept the offering I make to you. Be my father, protector,
and guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me purity of heart and
a love for the spiritual life. After your example, let all my actions
be directed to the greater glory of God, in union with the Sacred Heart
of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and your own paternal heart.
Finally, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense against
the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly
pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about
the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.