Catholic Prayers and Practices

A Vocation Prayer
God, I know you will call me
for special work in my life.
Help me follow Jesus each day
and be ready to answer your call.


Act of Contrition
My God,
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
Suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.


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. Amen.


Act of Hope
O my God, relying on your infinite goodness
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. Amen.


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


Apostle’s 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. Amen.


Blessing of a Pet
Lord God,
you have made all living things
and you are even more wonderful
than the things you have made.
We thank you for giving us our pets
who are our friends
and who give us so much joy in life.

Bless this pet.
May it give us joy and remind us of your power.
May we realize that
as our pets trust us to take care of them,
so we should trust you to take care of us,
and in taking care of them
we share in your love for all your creatures.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.


Evening Prayer
Dear God,
I thank you for today.
Keep me safe throughout the night.
Thank you for all the good I did today.
I am sorry for what I have chosen to do wrong.
Bless my family and friends. Amen.


Glory Prayer
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.


Grace After Meals
We give thanks for all your gifts,
almighty God,
living and reigning now and for ever.
Amen.


Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord,
and these your gifts
which we are about to receive
from your good ness.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus;
O clement, O loving, O sweet VirginMary.


Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you!
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


How to Pray the Rosary (pdf)


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.


Magnificat
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.
Based on Luke 1:46-55
from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers


Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from god, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, one in being
with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in fulfillment of 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.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon
where the 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,
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.


Prayer to the 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 will renew the face of the earth.


Precepts of the Church
The Church has given us a list of laws to guide us in growing in our love for God and our neighbors. They are called the Precepts of the Church. These precepts are both reasonable and minimal. They present us with the practical building blocks of prayer, penance, fasting, and generosity. On their foundation we can build a life of living our faith.
• Participate in Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and rest from unnecessary work.
• Confess your sins at least once a year.
• Receive Holy Communion at least during the Easter season.
• Observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.
• Provide for the material needs of the Church according to one’s ability.


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


Stations of the Cross (pdf)


Ten Commandments
Sacred Scripture tells us that God saw all that was happening to his people, so he called Moses up to the mountain. There he gave Moses the Ten Commandments to guide his people in living the Covenant.

1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.
God calls us to worship him alone. He calls us to believe in him, hope in him, and love him above all else. We are not to let things such as money and popularity become more important than God.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
We use God’s name in vain when we take an oath and call upon God as witness to the truth of what we are saying when it is a lie. When we do, we commit perjury. We also use God’s name in vain when we curse or swear or use names ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ in anger or in any other inappropriate way.

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Taking part in the Mass on the Lord’s Day is a serious responsibility for Catholics. The Lord’s Day is a time set aside to worship God the Creator. We need to rest from unnecessary work.

4. Honor your father and your mother.
We honor our parents and other adults who care for us when we obey them. The family is the first and most important group in society. The heat of our family is the love, honor and respect that binds parents and children.

5. You shall not kill.
Every human life is sacred. We have a serious responsibility to take care of our own life and health and to protect the lives and health of others. Violence toward others or ourselves is against how God wants us to treat one another.

6. You shall not commit adultery.
We are to respect our own sexuality and the sexuality of others. We are to express our friendship and love for others in appropriate ways.

7. You shall not steal.
We are to be generous to others as God is to us. We are to be good stewards of God’s creation. When we cheat, steal or misuse creation, we are not living as children of God. We must not take this without permission or damage things that belong to others.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
We are to respect the reputation, or good name, of others. We are not to lie. We are not to join with others and gossip or spread false rumors about people.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
We are to respect our own sexuality and the sexuality of others. We are to express our friendship and love for others in appropriate ways.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
We are to value the good things that we and other people have that are gifts from God. Just as our gifts have been generously given to us by God, we are to share them generously and freely with others—especially people in need.

Traditional Catechetical Formula,
Catechism of the Catholic Church


The Angelus
Leader: The angel spoke God’s message to Mary,
Response: and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
All: Hail Mary…

Leader: “I am the lowly servant of the Lord:
Response: let it be done to me according to your word.”
All: Hail Mary…

Leader: And the Word became flesh
Response: and lived among us.
All: Hail Mary…

Leader: Pray for us, holy Mother of God,
Response: that we may become worthy of the promise of Christ.

Leader: Let us pray. Lord, fill our hearts with your grace: once, through the message of an angel you revealed to us the incarnation of your Son; now, through his suffering and death, lead us to the glory of his resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.


The Beatitudes
Jesus’ teachings on true happiness are found in the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are part of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. The Beatitudes are sayings and teachings of Jesus that describe true happiness. In each of the Beatitudes, Jesus describes one thing people do that leads to the happiness God wants us to have. It is the happiness of people who give their heart to God.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The poor in spirit have faith in God and trust his love for them.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Those who mourn are sad because people suffer. They do what they can to help.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
The meek are kind and treat others with respect.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for
righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
People who hunger and thirst for righteousness treat others fairly and word for justice.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
The merciful forgive others just as God forgives them.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
The clean of heart keep God first in their lives.
Blessed are the peacemakers
for they will be called children of God.
Peacemakers solve problems without hurting anyone.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for
the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
People who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness do what God wants, even when others laugh at them or threaten to harm them.
Blessed are you when they insult you and
persecute you and utter every kind of
evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
Matthew 5:3-12 True happiness comes from living as Jesus taught. Jesus told us that this will not always be easy. But it will bring us happiness. It will bring us happiness that will last forever in heaven.


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 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 name.


The Great Commandment
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind….
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:37, 39


Works of Mercy
The church gives us the Works of Mercy to guide us in living a life of holiness. The Works of Mercy are acts of loving kindness by which we come to the help of others in their bodily and spiritual needs

Corporal Works of Mercy

• Feed people who are hungry.
• Give drink to people who are thirsty.
• Clothe people who need clothes.
• Visit prisoners.
• Shelter the homeless.
• Visit people who are sick.
• Bury people who have died.


Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Corporal Works of Mercy are actions that help People in their bodily needs.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions that help people in their Spiritual needs.
• Help people who sin.
• Teach people who are ignorant.
• Give advice to people who have doubts.
• Comfort people who suffer.
• Be patient with other people.
• Forgive people who hurt you.
• Pray for people who are alive and for those who have died.


 

 

 

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