Common Prayers


The Sign of the Cross

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

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.

The 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. 

Hail Holy Queen

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 vale 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 merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! 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.

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

Prayer to the 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.

O God, who 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.  

The 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,
 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.

The 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 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 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 life everlasting.

Angel of God

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.

Eternal Rest

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
 May they rest in peace.  Amen.

Act of Love

O Lord God, I love you above all things 
and I love my neighbor for your sake 
because you are the highest, infinite and perfect
good, worthy of all my love. 
In this love I intend to live and die. 

The Act of Contrition (Traditional Form)

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 I love Thee, my God, Who art 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.

This Simplified Form of the Act of Contrition was popular in the second half of the 20th century:

The Act of Contrition (Simplified Form)

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

This Modern Form of the Act of Contrition is commonly used today:

The Act of Contrition (Modern Form)

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

The Act of Contrition (Short Form)

O my God, I am sorry for my sins because I have offended you. I know I should love you above all things. Help me to do penance, to do better, and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen.

Morning Prayer

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I will begin this day. I thank you, Lord, for having preserved me during the night. I will do my best to make all I do today pleasing to You and in accordance with Your will. My dear mother Mary, watch over me this day. My Guardian Angel, take care of me. St. Joseph and all you saints of God, pray for me...

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

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. 

St. Augustine's Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

A Student's Prayer

Loving Father, I stand before You in the midst of confusion and complexities of life. My future sometimes seems distant and unknown. Give me, O Lord, the vision to see the path You set before me. Grant me the courage to follow Your way, that through the giftsand talents You have given me, I may bring Your life and Your love to others. I ask this through Jesus, Your Son and my Brother. 

Grace Before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts, which we are about to receive from your bounty. Through Christ our Lord. 

The Angelus

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, etc...

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.