Prayers



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

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. 

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. 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit 
Come, Holy Spirit,  
fill the hearts of your faithful.  
Enkindle 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.  Amen. 

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 most 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 St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.  
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints. 

Morning Offering 
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, the reparation for sins and 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. 

Prayer to Our 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. 

Hail Holy Queen 
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,   
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 valley of tears.  
Turn then, most gracious advocate,  
your eyes of mercy toward us,  
and after this exile,  
show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.  
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen. 

Memorare 
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,  
that never was it known  
that anyone who fled to your protection,  
implored your help,  
or sought your intercession,  
was left unaided. 
Inspired by this confidence I fly unto you,  
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  
To you do I come,  
before you I stand,  
sinful and sorrowful.  
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,  
despise not my petitions,  
but in your mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen. 

The Angelus 
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. 
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.  
Hail Mary… 

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. 
R. Be it done unto me according to your word.  
Hail Mary . . .  

V.  And the Word was made Flesh.  
R.  And dwelt among us.  
 Hail Mary . . .  

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 we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, your 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. Amen.  

The 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 to his children forever. 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 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 you have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.  In this faith I intend to live and die. Amen. 

Act of Hope 
O Lord God, I hope by your grace for the pardon of all my sins and after life here to gain eternal happiness because you have promised it who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, and merciful.  In this hope I intend to live and die. Amen. 

Act of Love 
O Lord God, I love you above all things and I love my neighbor for your sake because you are the highest, infinite and perfect good, worthy of all my love. In this love I intend to live and die. Amen. 


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. 
Amen. 

Grace Before Meals 
Bless us, O Lord,  
and these your gifts,  
which we are about to receive,  
from your bounty,  
through Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

Grace After Meals 
We give you thanks, for all your benefits, almighty God, who lives and reigns forever.  
And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 


Prayer for Vocations 
Gracious and loving God, help the men and women of our archdiocese to hear your call to serve. Our needs are great and our people thirst for your presence. Open the hearts of many and raise up faithful servants of the Gospel, dedicated holy priests, deacons, sisters, and brothers, who will give of themselves for your people and their needs. Bless those who are serving now with courage and perseverance. Grant that many will be inspired by their example and faith. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The Ten Commandments 
 1.  I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me. 
 2.  You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. 
 3.  Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. 
 4.  Honor your father and your mother. 
 5.  You shall not kill. 
 6.  You shall not commit adultery. 
 7.  You shall not steal. 
 8.  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 
 9.  You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. 
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods. 

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) 
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
2. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 
3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  
4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 
5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.   
6. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. 
7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.  
8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Corporal Works of Mercy 
1. Feed the hungry.  
2. Give drink to the thirsty.  
3. Clothe the naked.  
4. Shelter the homeless.  
5. Visit the sick.  
6. Visit the imprisoned. 
7. Bury the dead. 

Spiritual Works of Mercy 
1. Counsel the doubtful.  
2. Instruct the ignorant.  
3. Admonish sinners.  
4. Comfort the afflicted.  
5. Forgive offenses.  
6. Bear wrongs patiently.  
7. Pray for the living and the dead. 

Catholic Social Teaching  
Catholic social teaching calls us to live like Jesus and work for justice and peace.   
Principles of Catholic Social Teaching 
1.  Life and Dignity of the Human Person 
2.  Call to Family, Community and Participation 
3.  Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person 
4.  Option for the Poor and Vulnerable 
5.  Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers 
6.  Solidarity of the Human Family 
7.  Care for God’s Creation 

The Stations of the Cross 
1.    Jesus is condemned to death. 
2.    Jesus takes up his cross. 
3.    Jesus falls the first time. 
4.    Jesus meets his mother. 
5.    Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the cross. 
6.    Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. 
7.    Jesus falls the second time. 
8.    Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem. 
9.    Jesus falls the third time. 
10.  Jesus is stripped of his garments. 
11.  Jesus is nailed to the cross. 
12.  Jesus dies on the cross. 
13.  Jesus is taken down from the cross. 
14.  Jesus is laid in the tomb. 

The Rosary 
How to Pray the Rosary 
1.  Make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostles' Creed. 
2.  Pray the Our Father.  
3.  Pray three Hail Marys.  
4.  Pray the Glory be to the Father.  
5.  Proclaim the First Mystery; then pray the Our Father.  
6.  Pray ten Hail Marys, while meditating on the Mystery.  
7.  Pray the Glory be to the Father. 
8.  Pray the Second Mystery; then pray the Our Father. Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth 
      and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.  
9.  Pray the Hail, Holy Queen.     

The Mysteries of the Rosary 
The Joyful Mysteries (Monday, Saturday) 
1.  The Annunciation 
2.  The Visitation 
3.  The Nativity 
4.  The Presentation in the Temple 
5.  The Finding in the Temple 

The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday) 
1.  The Baptism of Jesus 
2.  The Wedding Feast at Cana 
3.  The Proclamation of the Kingdom, with the Call to Conversion 
4.  The Transfiguration 
5.  The Institution of the Eucharist 

The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday, Friday) 
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 

The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday, Sunday) 
1.  The Resurrection 
2.  The Ascension 
3.  The Descent of the Holy Spirit 
4.  The Assumption 
5.  The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven 
In the name of the Father,  
and of the Son,  
and of the Holy Spirit,  
Amen. 

 

Prayer for Hurricane Season

O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude. You are still the Master of the land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control: the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade the land and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season we turn to you, O Loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach heavenly Jerusalem where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen

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