is the lifting of the mind and heart to
God. Without prayers, we risk losing the life of grace in
our souls. Through prayer we enter into the presence of
God. Prayers allow us to
adore God, by acknowledging his almighty power; it allows us to bring our thanks,
joy, petitions, our
sorrow for sin before our Lord and God.
It is quite apparent for
Catholic set prayers to be prayed in the company
of others. Christ himself encouraged us to pray together:
"For wherever two or more are gathered together in my name,
there I am in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:20).
While this list is
certainly not an exhaustive one, it will illustrate the
different kinds of Catholic prayers that help to form the
treasury of prayers in the Church.
- Stations of the Cross
- The Rosary
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
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.
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.
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 Godís love commits me
here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule
and guide. Amen.
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
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
Soul of Christ, make me holy. Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, fill me with love. Water from Christís 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. Amen.
Prayers to the 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 Christís 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 death. Amen.
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.