Catholic Prayers & Devotions
The Sign of the Cross
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Father (Lord’s Prayer)
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 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.
Grace 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 After Meals
We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, Almighty God, who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because of Thy just punishments, 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 sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
Prayer to My Guardian Angel
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.
Prayer to St. Michael
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection 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 evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. 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 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.
Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To you do we send up our sighs; mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn, most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus! O Clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
Pray: Sign of the Cross & Apostles Creed on the crucifix
Pray: Our Father on the single/large beads
Pray: Hail Mary on the 3 small beads & each decade (10)
Pray: Glory Be after each set of small beads
Pray: Hail Holy Queen after the final decade
Mysteries (mediation for each decade):
a.) Joyful Mysteries
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Birth of Jesus
- The Presentation
- Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple
b.) Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Agony in the Garden
- The Scourging at the Pillar
- Crowning with Thorns
- Carrying of the Cross
- The Crucifixion
c.) Glorious Mysteries
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- Descent of the Holy Spirit
- The Assumption
- The Coronation
d.) Luminous Mysteries (The Mysteries of Light)
- The Baptism of our Lord.
- The Wedding Feast at Cana
- The Proclamation, of the Kingdom
- The Transfiguration of Jesus
- The Institution of the Eucharist
The Prayer of Fatima (optional after Glory Be)
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. Amen
The Mary Prayer (optional after the Fatima prayer)
Mary, Mother of mercy, Mother of grace, shield me from the enemy and receive me at the hour of my death. Amen
Concluding Prayers for the Rosary
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 meditating on these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the Divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
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, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Holy Spirit Prayer
- Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle 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 by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys and suffering of this day: for all the intentions of Your most Sacred Heart, in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for all my sins, in thanksgiving for all Your favors for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular, for the intention of our Holy Father. Amen.
The Morning Offering (short version)
O my God, I offer You every thought and word and act of today. Please bless me my God, and make me good today. Amen.
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, 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.
Act of Hope
O my God, relying on Your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
Act of Charity
O my God! I love Thee, with my whole heart and soul, and above all things, because Thou art infinitely good and perfect, and most worthy of all my love; and for Thy sake, I love my neighbor as myself. I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
Mercifully grant, O my God! that having loved Thee on earth, I may love and enjoy Thee forever in heaven. Amen.
Acts of Divine Will
In all things may the most holy, the most just, and the most lovable will of God be done, praised, and exalted above all forever. Your will be done, O Lord, your will be done. Amen
The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord now and always. Amen.
O Lord my God, I now, at this moment, readily and willingly accept at Your hands whatever kind of death it may please You to send me, with all its pains, penalties and sorrows. Amen.
Daily Consecration to Mary
My Queen and my Mother, I give myself entirely to you; and to show my devotion to you, I consecrate to you this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Wherefore, good Mother, as I am your own, keep me, guard me, as your property and possession. Amen.
"O Jesus I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me. I love You, O my God. I cannot receive You in Holy Communion. Come nevertheless and visit me with Your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own. Amen."
Lord, I am not worthy that thou should’st enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O good Jesus hear me; within Your wounds hide me; separated from You, let me never be; from the evil one protect me; at the hour of my death, call me; and close to You bid me; that with Your saints and angels I may be praising You forever and ever. Amen.
Placeat (prayer to the Blessed Trinity after Mass)
May the tribute of my humble ministry be pleasing to You, Holy Trinity. Grant that the sacrifice which I –unworthy as I am-have offered in the presence of your majesty, may be acceptable to You. Through Your mercy may it bring forgiveness to me and to all for whom I have offered it: through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer Before the Crucifix
Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus while before Your face I humbly kneel and, with burning soul, pray and beseech You to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity; true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment. While I contemplate, with great love and tender pity, Your five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David, Your prophet, said to You, my Jesus:
"They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones." Amen.
Miraculous Medal Prayer
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee, and for those who do not have recourse to thee, especially the enemies of the Church and those recommended to thee. Amen.
Prayer for Vocations (Elijah Prayer)
Loving Father, though Your Son You gave us the gift of the priesthood, so that the Good News of the Gospel would continue to spread throughout the world and to strengthen us through the power of the sacraments. We thank You for our dedicated priests who have given their lives to serve Your Church. Keep them strong in Your service and sustain them in the many demands they face each day. Open the ears and hearts of those You are calling to the priesthood, and to the consecrated life, that they may hear and respond to Your call. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer to Saint Joseph
O blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector of thy chaste spouse, the virgin Mother of God, I choose thee this day to be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor thee all the days of my life. Therefore, I humbly beseech thee to receive me as thy client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death. Amen
Prayer to Patron Saint
O Heavenly Patron, in whose name I glory, pray ever to God for me: strengthen me in my faith; establish me in virtue; guard me in the conflict; that I may vanquish the foe malign and attain to glory everlasting. Amen
Suscipe (Dedication to Jesus by St. Ignatius)
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.
St. Patrick Breastplate
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation. Amen
St. Francis Peace Prayer
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, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Order of Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office Prayers)
1. Invitatory versicle (before first prayer of the day, Ps. 50: 17):
Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise.
2. Followed by daily Antiphon & Psalm 67, 95 or 100 and concluded with the Doxology:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
1. Opening versicle before all other hours (Psalm 69: 2):
God come to my assistance, Lord make haste to help me.
3. Opening Hymn
4. Psalmody: recitation of psalms/canticles, followed by doxology, with antiphons before and after
5. Scripture and Responsory, followed by the Gospel Canticle
7. Lord’s Prayer
8. Concluding prayer (composed by the Church)
9. Blessing: May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen
(After night prayer: May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death. Amen)
Morning: Benedictus (Canticle of Zachariah, Luke 1:68-79)
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. Glory to…
Evening: Magnificat (Canticle of Mary, Luke 1:46-55 )
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 forever. Glory to…
Night: Compline (Canticle of Simon, Luke 2:29-32 )
Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. Glory to…
The Divine Mercy Chaplet
Pray: Sign of the Cross on the crucifix
Pray: The Opening prayer (on the first bead)
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You! (3x)
Pray: The three beads: Our Father, Hail Mary and Apostles Creed
Pray: On large/single beads
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.
Pray: On small beads
For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Conclude (after last decade)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (3x)
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Jesus, I trust in you. (3x)
The Fatima Prayers
Most Holy Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit I adore You profoundly and offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the earth, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.
Pardon Prayer (Repeat three times)
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You. Amen.
O My Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary, etc...
Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to Your Word. Hail Mary, etc...
And the Word was made flesh, (make the sign of the cross) And dwelt among us. Hail Mary, etc...
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. 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. Amen.