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Basic Catholic Prayers

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


The Apostles' 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 is seated at the right hand of the Father.
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 the life everlasting.


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.


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.


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 with out end.


An 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
You have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.


An Act of Hope
O my God, trusting in Your promises and because
You are faithful, powerful and merciful,
I hope, through the merits of Jesus Christ, for the pardon of my sins,
final perseverance and the blessed glory of heaven.
An Act of Love O my God, because
You are infinite goodness and worthy of infinite love,
I love You with my whole heart above all things, and for love of You
I love my neighbor as myself. I forgive all who
have offended me and ask pardon of all whom I have offended.


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, wi
th the help of Thy grace, to confess
my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.
Morning Offering
Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer
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 the Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the
reunion of all Christians, and the intentions of our Holy Father, the Pope.


Prayer in the Morning
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
He has come to His people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of His servant David.
Through His holy prophets he promised of old that he would save
us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember His holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in His sight all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;
for You will go before the Lord to prepare His way,
to give His people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
(Luke 1:68

Prayer in the Evening
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 has 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.


Prayer in the Evening
O eternal God and Ruler of all creation,
You have allowed me to reach this hour.
Forgive the sins
I have committed this day by word, deed or thought. Purify me, O Lord, from every spiritual and physical stain.
Grant that I may rise from this sleep to glorify You by my deeds throughout my
entire lifetime, and that I be victorious over every spiritual and physical enemy. Deliver me, O Lord, from all vain thoughts and from evil desires, for yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.


Prayer at Night
O my God, I thank You for having preserved me today and for having given me so many blessings and graces. I renew my dedication to
You and ask Your pardon for all my sins.
(review the day quietly then pray
The Canticle of Simeon which follows)
Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake;
watch over us as we sleep,
that awake we may keep watch with Christ,
and asleep, rest in His peace (alleluia).
Lord, now let Your servant go in peace;
according to Your word:
for my eyes have seen Your salvation
which You have prepared in the presence of all
peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to Your people Israel.

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.

Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake;
watch over us as we sleep,
that awake we may keep watch with Christ,
and asleep, rest in His peace (alleluia).
The Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His holy name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His most precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these
Thy gifts which we are about to receive from
Thy bounty. Through
Christ our Lord.


Thanksgiving After Meals
We give Thee thanks, almighty God, for all
Thy gifts, who lives and reigns forever and ever.


Prayer Departed
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful,
and enkindling 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 by the light of the Holy Spirit did
instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that in the same Spirit we may be truly wise, and ever rejoice in
His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayer for Vocations
Heavenly Father, bless Your Church with an abundance of
holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.
Give those You have called to the married state and those
You have chosen to live as single persons in the world the
special graces that their lives require.
Form us all in the likeness of
Your Son so that in him, with him and through him we may love
You more deeply and serve
You more faithfully, always and everywhere.
With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to Know One's Vocation
Lord Jesus, up until now You have been quietly preparing me to be
Your disciple.
Now the time of preparation is ending. I seem to hear
You say to me, as once to Peter: “Will
You also go away?
You were saddened then by friends who failed You.
But Peter did not fail. “Lord,” he said, “to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.”
I stand with Peter. Through prayer and counsel, show me, Lord, where it is in
Your vineyard that You want me to serve. Then give me strength to be faithful.
Mary, Mother and Model, help me to respond in generous love to the call
of Your divine Son. Amen.

Prayer for the Family
Lord God, from You every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.
Father, You are Love and Life. Through
Your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit, fountain
of divine charity, grant that every family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love. Amen

Meal time Prayer
In the name of the Father, Son and Holly Spirit we thank you Lord for the food we are about to eat, our health and well-being. We ask for your blessings and we thank you for all our gifts received knowing and unknowing. We ask you to keep us in your vision thought out our day. We ask you to bless our family both present, past and future and for the forgiveness of our sins, we ask this in the name of the lord Jesus Christ.


Father, Son and Holly Spirit.