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Prayer is communion with God. Prayer can be public or personal, spoken or silent. The psalms are prayers we sing; they have been a part of the Church’s communal prayer since the earliest days of the Church. Prayer is communication with a God who loves us and desires to be in relationship with us.

Jesus teaches us about the importance of prayer. The Gospels record seventeen times that Jesus took time apart to pray. In the Scriptures, Jesus prays often, morning and night. He prays during critical events in his life and he prays before ministering to people in need. Jesus is a model of prayer for us.

Prayer is essential to living a full, Catholic life. The central communal form of prayer for the Church is the Mass. Some of the Church’s most traditional and foundational prayers are as follows:

Grace at Meals

Before: Bless us, O Lord! and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

After: We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, who livest and reignest world without end. Amen. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

The Apostles' 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;
on 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 there he will 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.

Glory to the Father

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.

Our Father (The 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.
The Our Father in many languages of the world. 

Jesus Prayer 

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.

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.

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.

Saint Joseph Prayer

O glorious Saint Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary, ever virgin, and the head of the Holy Family. You have been chosen as the heavenly patron and protector of the Church. Therefore, it is with great confidence that I implore your powerful assistance for the whole Church on earth.

Dear Saint Joseph, accept the offering of myself, which I now make to you. I dedicate myself to your service, that you may ever be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and fervent love for the spiritual life. May all my actions, after your example, be directed to the greater glory of God, in union with the hearts of Jesus and Mary and your own paternal heart. Pray for me that, I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death.  

 --Taken from "A Year of Daily Offerings" by Father James Kubicki, S.J.

Fatima Decade Prayer

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.

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 Virgin Mary.

Prayer of St. Clare

Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of divine substance!
And transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation.
Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart,
and give me, Lord:  a correct faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity, sense and knowledge,
so that I may carry out your holy and true desires.  Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, 
defend us in 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 hosts, 
by the power of God, 
thrust into hell Satan, 
and all the evil spirits, 
who prowl about the world 
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

The Holy Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary
Rosary Center, Confraternity of the Holy Rosary  from the Order of Saint Dominic. They have been promoting the Rosary for over 500 years and have lots of materials on how to pray the rosary and to foster true devotion to Mary.

Flipbook with prayers

from the USCCB shorter United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Over 600 pages.  Prayers begin at 564

Prayer After Communion

ANIMA CHRISTI/Soul of Christ

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. Separated from Thee let me never be. From the malignant enemy, defend me. At the hour of death, call me. And close to Thee bid me. That with Thy saints I may be Praising Thee, forever and ever. Amen.

Stations of the Cross

Pray the Stations with Photos of all of the stations inside our church

More Catholic Prayers Online

EWTN Library of Prayers

Eternal Word Television Network website library includes many prayers for your benefit.
Check it out here.

Prayers Resource - from Vatican News
Beautiful sacred art accompanies a variety of Catholic prayers. See here.
Las mismas oraciones en español. Haga clic

Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Catholic value the dignity of the person from the moment of conception onward. We believe in the power of prayer for the living. We also believe in the great mercy of God. For souls who end their earthly life still in need of purification from their sins, God in his mercy has provided purgatory to cleanse them and allow them to make satisfaction for sin. Tradition has described purgatory as a "cleansing fire" (1 Corinthians 3:15; 1 Peter 1:7)  Thus, we believe in praying for the dead. Our prayers and sacrifices offered for the holy souls helps them in their final preparations for entering heaven. We are a "communion of saints," a community of brothers and sisters who never stop praying for others who need us. If they no longer need our prayers or sacrificial offerings, our prayers for the holy souls in purgatory are applied to those who most need them.  Read more in The Catechism of the Catholic Church, section numbers 1030-1032, and 1472-1477.
Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Divine Mercy Devotional Prayers

The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. are the official promoters of the authentic Divine Mercy devotions since 1941. Go to their website: 
Go to our Divine Mercy Devotions


Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (aka, Litany of Loreto)

Pope Francis added three new invocations to the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as the Litany of Loreto. The new invocations are “Mother of mercy”, “Mother of hope”, and “Solace of Migrants”, inserted after “Mother of the Church”, “Mother of divine grace,” and “Refuge of Sinners” respectively.

Different translations of the Litany of Loreto are available and may be used by the faithful. A copy of a version provided by the USCCB is attached to this email. The English Litany enclosed is drawn from the current edition of the Manual of Indulgences (USCCB Communications, 2006) with the new invocations added. The concluding prayer is taken from the Roman Missal: Third Edition. The Spanish litany is from the Vatican website.

Downloads: a plain one page version and an illustrated two page version – in both English and Spanish - for your use and distribution to the faithful.
 Litany of Loreto -color.pdf

 Litany of Loreto -bw.pdf

 Letania de la Santisima Virgen Maria -color.pdf

 Letania de la Santisima Virgen nb.pdf

Contemporary Ways to Pray

There are many contemporary ways to pray. Talking with God each day, no matter the form or words used, nourishes our relationship and helps it to grow as long as we remember not only to speak but also to listen with our hearts. God will speak heart to heart with us in Sacred Scripture, the Sacred Liturgy, spiritual readings, nature and in the silences that we provide for God.

  1. Silent prayer or meditation helps us center our thoughts on God’s goodness and offers renewal in a noisy, hectic world.
  2. Lectio Divina is a way of praying with the sacred Scriptures. Find a Scripture passage that speaks to you. Read it out loud and then reflect upon it silently for several minutes. Read it again. Notice any words or phrases that stick with you. Ask God what you are to learn from this passage. Listen.
    A beginners guide to Lectio Divina
  3. Keep a prayer journal with all of your wants, needs, thoughts and reflections related to your prayer life.

Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar

For informaton about praying holy hours in common or in private before the Holy Eucharist, click here.

Liturgy of the Hours
/ Breviary / Divine Office

The Divine Office, or Breviary is the prayer of the Church through the hours of the day. It consists in five "hours" or times of prayer: early morning, morning, day, evening and night. It is a means of turning our lives to God throughout the day. Holy Mother Church asks bishops, priests and deacons to pray the Hours and men and women in religious orders also pray the hours. The Laity are also strongly encouraged to participate in the praying of the Hours even if they cannot complete the five times due to their family responsibilities.

Hour of the Day |Latin Name | English Name
During the Night | Matins | Readings
Sunrise |Lauds  | Morning Prayer
First Hour of the Day |Prime | (suppressed)
Third Hour of the Day |Terce | Mid-morning Prayer
Sixth Hour of the Day | Sext  | Midday Prayer
Ninth Hour of the Day | None | Mid-afternoon Prayer
As evening approaches | Vespers |Evening Prayer
Nightfall | Compline | Night Prayer

Material provided by Rev. Felix Just, S.J.

Liturgy of the Hours Hymns 
Go to our Breviary Hymns page here.

EWTN Global Catholic TV resource
 Overview of the Liturgy of the Hours from EWTN

The Examen

This form of prayer comes from the Ignatian spirituality and involves an examen of reflection and prayer at two times of the day, normally morning and night.  It is not the same as what is called the "examination of conscience" but it has some similarity.  It is a deeper entrance into our relationship with Christ.

You might want to check out Reimagining the Ignatian Examen to find out about a mbile app, book and website about how to integrate the benefits of the Ignatian Examen in your daily life.

For more information about other Jesuit resources see material provided by Rev. Felix Just, S.J., at

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