Catholic Prayers


Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.

–St. John Chrysostom


Sign of the Cross

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. 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. 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.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3 times)

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 Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


 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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day He arose 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 Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Japanese style holy card of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Hail Holy Queen

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, morning and weeping in this veil of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Austrian image of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it know that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help and sought they intercession was left unaided. Inspired by 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.

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Memorare of St. Joseph

Remember, O most pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my holy protector, St. Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to thy protection or implored thy aid, without obtaining relief. Confiding, therefore, in thy goodness, I come to thee and humbly supplicate thee. Despise not my petitions, O foster-father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen.

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 Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that Thou are one God in three Divine Persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy 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 Thou hast revealed them, Who can neither deceive nor be deceived.


Act of Hope

O my God, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, My Lord and Redeemer.

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 Act of Love (Charity)

O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured.


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 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.



I confess to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary ever Virgin, to Blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul and to all the saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed. Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore, I beseech blessed Mary ever virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul and all the Saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me.

May the Almighty God have have on mercy on me, and forgive me my sin, and bring me to everlasting life.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of all my sins. Amen.

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Prayer to God for Peace on Earth

O Jesus, Divine Saviour, be merciful, be merciful to us and to the whole world. Amen.

Powerful God, Holy God, Immortal God, have compassion upon us and upon the whole world. Amen.

Grace and mercy, my Jesus, during the present danger. Shield us with Thy Precious Blood. Amen

Eternal Father, show us mercy in the name of the Precious Blood of Thy only Son; show us mercy, we implore Thee. Amen.

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Prayer of Defense

Defend us, O Lord, we beseech thee, from all dangers both of body and soul: and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all thy Saints, grant us thy saving health and peace; that being defended from all adversities and all false doctrines, thy Church may serve thee in freedom and quietness. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord. Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
R. Amen.

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 Prayer to ones Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here. Ever this day/night be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

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St. Michael the Archangel Prayer

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the 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 the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Christ the Teacher:Mary and Child

Prayer for Purity

Jesus, help me to love as You do. Make me pure of body, pure of mind, and pure of heart that I might see God and enjoy His plan for me. Make me clean, and heal me from wounds of sin. Strengthen me each day to live the love to which You call me. By myself, I am weak and my heart is not pure, but in You I can be strong and holy.

Mary, I want to be pure like you are.
St. Joseph, I want to have your courage and to guard the purity of others and myself. Please help me in my walk with Jesus, so I can glorify God in my body, and join you all in heaven one day.

(Hail Mary)

St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
St. Maria Goretti, pray for us. Amen.

Depiction of the Holy Spirit dove (ceiling fresco in St. Charles's Church, Vienna, 1700's)

Prayer to the Holy Ghost I

Come, Holy Ghost:

Replace the tension within us with a holy relaxation.
Replace the turbulence within us with a sacred calm.
Replace the anxiety within us with a quiet confidence.
Replace the fear within us with a strong faith.
Replace the bitterness within us with the sweetness of grace;
Replace the darkness within us with a gentle light;
Replace the coldness within us with a loving warmth;
Replace the night within us with Your light;
Replace the winter within us with Thy spring.

Straighten our crookedness;
Fill our emptiness.
Dull the edge of our pride;
Sharpen the edge of our humility.
Light the fires of our love;
Quench the flames of our lust.
Let us see ourselves as God sees us,
That we may see Thee as Thou has promised,
And be fortunate, according to Thy word:
“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.”

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Prayer to the Holy Ghost II

O Holy Ghost, Soul of my soul, I adore Thee, I love Thee, I praise Thee, I Thank Thee.

Enlighten, guide, strengthen, console me. Inspire me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to be submissive in everything that Thou permittest to happen to me; only show me Thy holy will and fill me with Thy grace and Thy love to refuse Thee nothing no matter hard it may be. I abandon myself entirely to Thee. Strengthen my will to carry out all my resolutions and give me the grace of perseverance.

Teach me how to pray. Grant me the grace to pray with unlimited confidence of being heard, according to God’s holy will.

Give me true humility of heart.

Increase and strengthen my faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Make me an ardent adorer and lover of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Strengthen my love and confidence in our Blessed Mother.

Holy Ghost, I offer Thee the loving Heart of Jesus to repair for all my offenses and negligences.

I consecrate myself unreservedly to Thee. I Place all my trust in Thee. Help me to make Thee better known and loved throughout the world. Give me an intense zeal for souls, to console Jesus.

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A Prayer for Priest

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Thy Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Thy Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Thy Holy Love surround them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and their everlasting crown hereafter.

Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us: obtain for us numerous and holy priests. Amen.


Prayer before a Crucifix

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul I pray and beseech Thee 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 with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious wounds, having before my eyes the words which David the prophet put on Thy lips concerning Thee, O good Jesus: “They have pierced My hands and My feet, They have numbered all my bones”.


Anima Christi

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 Thy wounds, hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malicious enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me,
And bid me come unto Thee.
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee.
For ever and ever. Amen.

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Soul of Mary

Soul of Mary, sanctify me.
Heart of Mary, inflame me.
Hands of Mary, support me.
Feet of Mary, direct me.
Immaculate eyes of Mary, look upon me.
Lips of Mary, speak for me.
Sorrows of Mary, strengthen me.
O Mary, hear me.
In the wound of the Heart of Jesus, hide me.
Let me never be separated from thee.
From my enemy defend me.
At the hour of my death call me,
And bid me to come to thine Immaculate Heart;
That thus I may come to the Heart of Jesus,
And there with the saints praise thee
For all eternity. Amen.

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A Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that Thou art truly present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire to possess Thee within my soul. Yet, since I am unable to receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace Thee as being already there and unite myself wholly to Thee, never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.


The Angelus


The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

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.



Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary . . .


And the Word was made Flesh:
And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary . . .

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 Thee, O Lord,
Thy grace into our hearts; that we,
to whom the incarnation  of Christ, Thy Son,
was made known by the message of an angel,
may by His Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of His Resurrection,
through the same Christ Our Lord.


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Regina Caeli

(To be said instead of the Angelus during the Easter Season)

Queen of Heaven

V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray.

O God, who gave joy to the world
through the resurrection of Thy Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant we beseech Thee,
that through the intercession of
the Virgin Mary, His Mother,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.

Through the same Christ our Lord.



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.


Grace After Meals

We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, Who livest and reignest forever. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


The manner in which a lay person is to baptize in case of necessity:

Pour ordinary water on the forehead of the person to be baptized, and say while pouring it: “I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”