Catholic Prayers

An Act of Contrition | Angelus | Anima Christi | Apostles Creed | Chaplet of Divine Mercy | Come Holy Spirit | Discernment Prayer | Election Prayer to Mary | Glory Be | Guardian Angel Prayer | Hail Mary | Lord's Prayer (Our Father) | Memorare | Morning Offering | Prayer for Conversion of Sinners | Prayer for Employment | Prayer For Redeemer Radio | Prayer for Vocations | Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel | Rosary (How to Pray) | Rosary Mysteries | St Francis Peace Prayer | St Therese's Prayer | Prayer for Mercy on the Souls in Purgatory

An 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. Amen.

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Angelus

Leader: The Angel spoke God’s message to Mary Response: and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

All: Hail Mary, full of Grace…

Leader: I am the lowly servant of the Lord Response: let it be done unto me according to your word.

All: Hail Mary, full of Grace…

Leader: And the Word became flesh Response: and lived among us.

All: Hail Mary, full of Grace… Leader: Pray for us Holy Mother of God Response: that we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Leader: Let us pray: Lord, fill our hearts with your grace: once through the message of an angel you revealed to us the incarnation of your Son; now, through his suffering and death, lead us to the glory of his resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Leader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: Response: as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.

All: Amen. (Three times)

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Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me Body of Christ, save me Blood of Christ, inebriate me Water from Christ's side, wash me Passion of Christ, strengthen me O good Jesus, hear me Within Thy wounds hide me Suffer me not to be separated from Thee From the malicious enemy defend me In the hour of my death call me And bid me come unto Thee That I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels Forever and ever Amen

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Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

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The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed on the rosary beads.

Begin with the sign of the Cross: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The first large bead is 1-Our Father, followed by 1-Hail Mary and the Apostle's Creed:

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, 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.

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 to the Dead; on the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; 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.

On the Our Father beads, say the following:

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.

On the 10 Hail Mary beads say the following:

For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Repeat these prayers for the next decades. Conclude with saying THREE TIMES:

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Make the sign of the Cross:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Come Holy Spirit

Come, 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, ho by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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A Prayer For Discernment

All highest, glorious God, cast your light into the darkness of my heart. Give me right faith, firm hope, perfect charity and profound humility with wisdom and perception, O Lord, so that I may do what is truly Your holy will. Amen.

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Election Prayer to Mary

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection. Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life. Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God’s law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life. Amen.

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Glory Be

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.

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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, Rule and guide. Amen.

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Hail Mary

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.

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Lord's Prayer (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.

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Memorare

Remember, O 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 by this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of Virgins and my Mother to thee I come, before thee I kneel, sinful and sorrowful O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

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Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.

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Prayer for Conversion of Sinners

Saint Faustina was told by Jesus:

“I desire that you know more profoundly the love that burns in my heart for souls and you will understand this when you meditate upon My Passion. Call upon My Mercy on behalf of sinners; desire their salvation. When you say this prayer with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion.

This is the prayer: “Oh Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” Amen.

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Prayer for Employment

God, our Father, I turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as I look for suitable employment. I need your wisdom to guide my footsteps along the right path, and to lead me to find the proper things to say and do in this quest. I wish to use the gifts and talents you have given me, but I need the opportunity to do so with gainful employment. Do not abandon me, dear Father, in this search, but rather grant me this favor I seek so that I may return to you with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen

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Prayer For Redeemer Radio

Lord God, by our Baptism you have called us to proclaim your Word, to bear Christ to one another and to the world. You have blessed us with the gift of Redeemer Radio. We are grateful. We trust that you will use this ministry of the airwaves to proclaim your Word and our Catholic faith to all of our brothers and sisters. Consecrating our efforts to the love and prayers of the Mother of our Redeemer, we pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis: O God, who in your providential design willed that your church be built upon blessed Peter, whom you set over the other Apostles, look with favor, we pray, on Francis, our Pope and grant that he, whom you have make Peter's successor, may be for your people a visible source and foundation of unity in faith and communion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, Forever and ever. Amen.

-by Fr. Jim Shafer

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Prayer for Vocations

O Holy Spirit, Spirit of wisdom and divine love, impart Your knowledge, understanding, and counsel to youth that they may know the vocation wherein they can best serve God. Give them courage and strength to follow God's holy will. Guide their uncertain steps, strengthen their resolutions, shield their chastity, fashion their minds, conquer their hearts, and lead them to the vineyards where they will labor in God's holy service. Amen.

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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 hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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How to Pray the Rosary

Start by making the sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Recite 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 to the Dead; on the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; 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.

Then say 1-Our Father on the single bead, 3-Hail Mary's on the next three beads for the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity, then 1-Glory Be:

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, 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. Amen.

Next, announce the Mystery you will be meditating on and pray 1-Our Father on the large beads followed by 10-Hail Mary's on the small beads and 1-Glory Be before the next large bead to complete the decade of the rosary. After each decade the Fatima Prayer may also be said:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy Mercy.

Repeat the above starting with the Our Father on the next large bead until all 5 Mysteries have been prayed. After praying the five mysteries (5 decades) or 15 or 20, the following prayer is customarily said:

Hail Holy Queen (or Salve Regina may be sung)

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, 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 toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

(Leader) Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

(all) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

(Leader) Let us pray,

(all) O God, Whose only begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Optional, prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father:

For the intentions of the Holy Father.

Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Finish with the sign of the Cross.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries (traditionally prayed on Mondays and Saturdays, and Sundays of Advent)

The Annunciation - The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to conceive God's own son. The Visitation - Mary travels to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who is now in her 6th month The Birth of Jesus - Jesus is born! The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple - Mary & Joseph present the baby Jesus in the Temple, according to Jewish law, and receive the prophecies of Simeon and Anna. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple - After searching for three days, Mary & Joseph find Jesus teaching in the Temple.

Luminous Mysteries (traditionally prayed on Thursdays) The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River - Jesus is baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist The Wedding at Cana - Jesus performs His first miracle, the changing of the water into wine, at the wedding feast Proclamation of the Kingdom - Jesus begins His teaching life with the Sermon on the Mount The Transfiguration of Jesus - Jesus is transfigured and His clothes became dazzling white Institution of the Eucharist - Jesus gives us the Eucharist at the Last Supper and the Ordination of the Priesthood

Sorrowful Mysteries (traditionally prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Sundays in Lent)

The Agony in the Garden - Jesus begins His road to the Crucifixion praying in the Garden of Gethsameni, praying as drops of blood fall like sweat The Scourging at the Pillar - Jesus is scourged at the pillar The Crowning with Thorns - Jesus receives His crown of thorns The Carrying of the Cross - Jesus carries His cross to Calvary The Crucifixion - Jesus is nailed to the cross and crucified for our sins

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Glorious Mysteries (traditionally prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays, and during the Easter Season)

The Resurrection - Jesus is raised from the tomb The Ascension - Jesus ascends into heaven, promising to send the Holy Spirit The Descent of the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit descends on the Apostles in tongues of fire at Pentecost The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mary is assumed into heaven, body and soul The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth

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St Francis Peace Prayer

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace, that where there is hatred, I may bring love; that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness; that where there is discord, I may bring harmony; that where there is error, I may bring truth; that where there is doubt, I may bring faith; that where there is despair, I may bring hope; that where there are shadows, I may bring light; that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may not so much to seek rather to comfort than to be comforted; to understand, than to be understood; to love, than to be loved. For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. Amen.

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St Therese's Prayer

May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, Dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. Saint Therese is known as the Saint of the Little Ways, meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love. She is represented by roses. May everyone who receives this message be blessed.
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Prayer for Mercy on the Souls in Purgatory

My Jesus, by the sorrows Thou didst suffer in Thine agony in the Garder, in Thy scourging and crowning with thorns, in the way to Calvary, in Thy crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, and especially on those that are most forsaken; do Thou deliver them from the dire torments they endure; call them and admit them to Thy most sweet embrace in paradise. 

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon them.  And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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