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Common Prayers of the Catholic Faith

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. 

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hated, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and 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. 

Prayer to St Michael

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through this world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. 

Angel of God

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.

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.

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.  

Haily, 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 vale of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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 Contrition


O My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

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The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, 

the Father almighty, 

maker of heaven and earth, 

of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, 

the Only Begotten Son of God, 

born of the Father before all ages, 

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made, consubstantial

with the Father; 

through him all things were made. 

For us men and for our salvation, 

he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of

the Virgin Mary,

and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under

Pontius Pilate,

he suffered death and was buried,

and rose again on the third day

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,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is

adored and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets. 

I believe in one, holy, catholic, and

apostolic Church.

I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness

of sins

and I look forward to the resurrection

of the dead

and life from the world to come. Amen. 

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. Amen.

Penitential Act

I confess to almighty God

and to you my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. 

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