Prayer

Prayer is the turning of our awareness to the presence of God within our lives: it is the movement of heart and mind to this presence. Praying is talking to God. We can talk to God in many ways.

Why pray?

Relationships thrive on good communication. To grow in love and friendship we need to communicate, not just openly but often!  When we pray, we express our desire to grow closer to God. Through prayer we can praise, thank, ask, cry, argue and express many emotions. We can speak, listen, sing, chant, dance, smile, embrace or just sit with our God.

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,

Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed by they 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 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.

Penetential 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 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.

Amen.

Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

School Prayer

This is our school;
let happiness dwell here.
Let the rooms be full of contentment,
let love be here,
love of one another, love of being alive,
and love of God.
Let us remember,
that just as many hands build a house,
so all of us together,
make one happy school.

Amen.

A Morning Intention

Lord, I give you today my prayers,
thoughts, works, and actions,
that they may be for your glory,
and for the good of the world.

Blessing Before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts,
which we are about to receive from your goodness.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Blessing After Meals

We give you thanks for all your gifts, almighty God,
living and reigning now and for ever.

Amen.

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 the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you,
because you are so good, and with your help I will not sin again.

An Act of Faith

An Act of Faith
O my God, I believe in you and all that your Church teaches,
because you have said it, and your word is true.

An Act of Hope

O my God, I hope in you for grace and for glory,
because of your promises, your mercy, and your power.

An Act of Love

O my God, because you are so good,
I love you with all my heart,
and for your sake I love my neighbour as myself.

The Apostle's 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 the 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 the life everlasting.

Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of your love.

A Prayer for those who have Died

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Amen.

An Ancient Prayer for the Church

Lord, remember your Church,
deliver her from all evil,
and make her perfect in your love.
Gather her in holiness,
and from the four winds into your kingdom,
for the power and the glory are yours for ever.

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 us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

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 to 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 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 Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his Angels and in his Saints.

Prayer to the 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.