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Common Catholic Prayers

Come Holy Spirit

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. 

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 enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, 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.

Glory Be

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.

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.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are 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.

The Rosary

  • Begin by holding the crucifix, saying "In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (making the sign of the Cross while doing that), then say the Apostles Creed. 

  • On the single bead just above the cross, pray the "Our Father." This and all prayers of the rosary are meditative prayers. 

  • The next cluster has 3 beads. The "Hail Mary" prayer is said on these three beads. You pray the 3 Hail Marys while meditating on the three divine virtues of faith, hope, and love/charity. 

  • On the chain or cord after the three beads, say the "Glory be..." 

  • On the next bead, which is a single bead, you announce the first divine mystery of contemplation.  For example, if it were a Monday, you would say the first Joyful Mystery is "The Annunciation", at this point you pray the "Our Father" prayer. 

  • Now this will bring you to the first decade, or set of 10 beads of the Rosary.  You will then pray 10 Hail Marys while contemplating the first mystery, example: The Annunciation. 

  • After the 10th Hail Mary you will have completed the first of 5 decades which make up a Chaplet of the Rosary. You now come to another single bead, at this point, you pray the... Glory be to the Father... then (on the same bead) pray the O My Jesus... then (on the same bead) announce the next or second mystery. For example: if its Monday and your praying the Joyful Mysteries, the second Joyful Mystery is The Visitation.   At this point you pray the Our Father.... 

  • You will now come to the second decade or group of 10 beads, you will now pray the 10 Hail Marys while contemplating the appropriate mystery. 

  • You continue to pray the rosary the same way throughout. If your intention is to pray a Chaplet (a single set of mysteries) at the end of the fifth mystery you will come back to the joiner, this is where the decades all join with the lower part of the rosary which contains the cross.  When you come to the joiner, you decide whether or not you wish to say another Chaplet or end.  If you decide to say another Chaplet you simply announce the next mystery and continue. If you wish to end, you simply say the Glory Be To The Father, the O My Jesus, The Our Father and end the rosary with the Hail Holy Queen and the sign of the Cross........ 

The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation in the Temple
  5. The Finding in the Temple

The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion and Death

The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption
  5. The Coronation of Mary

The Luminous Mysteries

  1. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana
  3. Jesus' Proclamation of the Coming
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist as a Sacrament

Regina Coeli

Queen of heaven, rejoice. Alleluia. 
For He whom thou was worthy to bear, Alleluia. 
Hath risen as He said, Alleluia. 
Pray for us to God, Alleluia. 

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.

R. Because Our Lord is truly risen, Alleluia. 

Let us pray 
O God, who by the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world,
grant we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. 

Through the same Christ Our Lord. 

The Memorare

O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that any one 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 thy Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy clemency hear and answer me.

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.


Nicene Creed

Profession of Faith (1)

I believe in one God, 
the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of all that is, seen and unseen. 

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father, (2)

God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial (3)
of one Being with the Father. 

Through him all things were made. 

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate (4)
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man. 

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried. (5)

On the third day he rose again
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, (6)
who proceeds from the Father and the Son. 

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. 

He has spoken through the Prophets. 

I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. 

I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 

I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Creed Commentary

  1. The word creed comes from the Latin "credo", which means "I believe". Therefore, the Creed unites us with the entire Catholic world. It is the Church's words summarizing the principle truths of the faith Jesus revealed.
  2. "Begotten" here has the meaning of "born". God the Son is born out of the essence of God the Father. Since God is eternal, the Son, being begotten of God, is also eternal.
  3. "Consubstantial" means Jesus is true God just like God the Father is. They are one substance.
  4. "Incarnate" beans that Jesus became human. Jesus is fully human and fully divine.
  5. His death was not an accident of history nor of forces beyond His control. It was the ransom that would free mankind from the slavery of sin. Jesus, who is both true God and true man, is alone able to offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our redemption.
  6. The first profession of faith occurs at baptism. Since baptism is conferred "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," the truths of faith expressed in the Creed are divided into the three persons of the Holy Trinity. Every Sunday at Mass, as we proclaim the words of the Creed, we renew our baptismal faith.

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 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, 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.

The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to men of good will. We praise You. We bless You. We adore you. We glorify You. We give You thanks for Your great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father: you Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. You Who take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. You Who sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are holy. You alone are the Lord. You alone, O Jesus Christ, are most high. Together with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Gloria Commentary

The Gloria echoes the angelic hymn of praise that was sung on the night Jesus was born (Luke 2:14).

The people praise God for his goodness and worship the three persons of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit.