Here are some common Prayers said by Catholics.

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS

The Sign of the Cross is an ancient, prayerful action, made with the right hand moving from forehead to breast and from left to right shoulder, while reciting the following words, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

The right hand is then joined to the left hand.

It is a Catholic custom to begin and end all prayers with the Sign of the Cross.

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 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.

GLORY BE TO THE FATHER

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.

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.

MARY MACKILLOP PRAYER

Holy God, source of all goodness
you show us in Mary MacKillop, a woman of faith
who lived by the power of the cross.
Teach us to embrace what she pioneered:
new ways of living the gospel that respect and defend
the human dignity of all in our land.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
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;
in forgiving that we are forgiven;
and in dying that we are born to eternal life.

PRAYER FOR THE SICK

O Almighty, everlasting God, 
eternal salvation of those who believe, 
hear our prayers on behalf of your ailing servants 
for whom we implore the aid of your mercy, 
that with health restored to them, 
they may offer thanksgiving to you.

HAIL HOLY QUEEN

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy.
Hail, 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 towards us,
and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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;
the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sits 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.

Acknowledgements
Labyrinth photo by Ashley Batz on Unsplash

 
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