An Act of Spiritual Communion My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Un acto de comunión espiritual Creo, Jesús mío, que estás real y verdaderamente en el cielo y en el Santísimo Sacramento del Altar. Os amo sobre todas las cosas y deseo vivamente recibirte dentro de mi alma, pero no pudiendo hacerlo ahora sacramentalmente, venid al menos espiritualmente a mi corazón. Y como si ya os hubiese recibido, os abrazo y me uno del todo a Ti. Señor, no permitas que jamás me aparte de Ti. Amén
The Sign of the CrossAll traditional prayers normally begin and end with this short dedication to the Holy Trinity. It is accompanied by hand movements. Always use the RIGHT hand. In the name of the Father (point to forehead), the Son (point to the lower breast bone), and the Holy Spirit (touch the left shoulder on Holy, the right shoulder on Spirit). Amen
La Senal De La Cruz En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. Amén.
Our Father This is a universal Christian prayer identified in the Gospels as the prayer Jesus taught us. Though Protestant Churches continue end the prayer with “For Thine is the Kingdom…”, the Catholic Church does not (except for during Mass, after a delay). 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.
Padre Nuestro Padre nuestro, que estás en el cielo. Santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino. Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Perdona nuestras ofensas, como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. No nos dejes caer en tentación y líbranos del mal. Amén.
Hail Mary This prayer, the key element of the Rosary, is a devotional to the mother of Jesus. It is based upon the scriptural accounts of the visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary and Mary’s visit to Elizabeth soon afterward (Luke 1: 26-45). Catholics celebrate the role that Mary had in salvation and her example of faith, asking her to pray for us during our times of need. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed art thou 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.
Ave Maria Dios te salve, Maria. Llena eres de gracia: El Señor es contigo. Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres. Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre: Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.
TheGlory Be or Doxology These lines represent a profession of faith in the Trinity and the eternity of God. Doxology (“words of praise”) is used as a conclusion to many prayers and prayer services. 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 a world without end. Amen.
Gloria Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al Espíritu Santo. Como era en el principio, ahora y siempre, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.
The Apostles’ Creed The Church uses creeds as summary statements of faith that express the fundamental theological beliefs of the community. The Apostles’ Creed is said at the beginning of the Rosary and in some liturgical settings reflecting upon the most important truths about the nature of God that Catholics hold: belief in the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 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, 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.
El Credo Creo en Dios, Padre todopoderoso, creador del Cielo y de la Tierra. Creo en Jesucristo su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor, que fue concebido por obra y gracia del Espíritu Santo; nació de Santa María Virgen; padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato; fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado; descendió a los infiernos; al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos; subió a los cielos y está a la diestra de Dios Padre; desde allí ha de venir a juzgar a los vivos y a los muertos. Creo en el Espíritu Santo, en la Santa Iglesia Católica, la comumión de los Santos en el perdon de los pecados la resurrección de los muertos y la vida eterna. Amén.
The Act of Contrition The Act of Contrition is a prayer through which we confess our sinfulness to God and ask for God’s forgiveness. Catholics are encouraged to pray an Act of Contrition everyday. We are also called to pray an Act of Contrition as a part of the sacrament of Reconciliation. There are many different versions of the Act of Contrition; the following is one version of the prayer. Check at your school to see which version is preferred. Oh 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 the help of your grace, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.
Acto de Contrición Señor mío, Jesucristo, Dios y hombre verdadero, Creador, Padre, Redentor mío, por ser vos quien sois, bondad infinita y por que os amo sobre todas las cosas, me pesa de todo corazón haberos ofendido, también me pesa porque podéis castigarme con las penas del infierno. Animado con tu divina gracia, propongo firmemente nunca más pecar, confesarme y cumplir la penitencia que me fuera impuesta, para el perdón de mis pecados. Amén.
The Virtues In Catholic moral theology, three virtues are identified as gifts from God: faith, hope, and love. The following prayers focus on each of these virtues.
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 truths, which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because You have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen.
Act of Hope O my God, relying on your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace, and everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen
Act of Love O my God, I love You above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because You are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.
Grace Before and After Meals Blessing and giving thanks for food is an important aspect of all religious traditions. Blessings help us to remember that all good things come from God and provide us the opportunity to invoke God’s blessing on the food and all of those who are gathered.
Grace Before Meals Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts that we are about to receive from your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grace After Meals We give you thanks almighty God, for all your gifts, who live and reign, now and forever. Amen.
Morning Offering The marking of the time of day with prayer is another ancient tradition in the Church. This prayer is a wonderful opening prayer for a school day. O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for all my sins, and in particular, for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month. Amen
Prayer to the Guardian Angel (at bedtime) According to Catholic belief, each person has a special angel who watches over him or her. A liturgical observance in honor of Guardian Angels is celebrated on October 2. 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.
Ángel de la Guarda Ángel de la Guarda, dulce compañía, no me desampares ni de noche ni de día. No me dejes solo que me perdería. Ni vivir, ni morir en pecado mortal. Jesús en la vida, Jesús en la muerte, Jesús para siempre. Amén.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit It is most common in Catholic prayer to address not only God the Father or God the Son, but also the Holy Spirit. This is a common prayer to the Holy Spirit. Verse: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, Response: and kindle in them the fire of your love. Verse: Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, Response: and you will renew the face of the Earth. Let us pray: O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi St. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in 1181. He is remembered for his model of simple living, his care for the poor, and love of animals and nature. This famous prayer is attributed to him. His feast day is celebrated on October 4. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, 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, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
How to Pray the Rosary (Dynamic Catholic) The rosary is a powerful prayer. It settles our hearts and minds. It puts things in perspective and allows us to see things as they really are. It reaches deep down into our souls and puts us at ease, creating a peace that is rare and beautiful. To put it simply: It just works.Of course, in order for the rosary to start working in your life, you have to start praying it! The hardest part of anything is getting started. The rosary is no different. It may seem intimidating at first, but that’s where this guide comes in! Our hope is that you will be inspired to give the rosary a try and discover the power of the rosary for yourself.
The Rosary The Rosary remains one of the most popular of Catholic devotions. It is the center piece of Catholic devotion to Mary. The Rosary is made up of beads that are arranged on a chain in groups of ten (a decade). Each bead represents a Hail Mary, and each decade represents a mystery (an event) in the life of Christ or Mary on which the faithful meditate while reciting the prayers. On the single larger bead between each decade is said a Glory Be and a Lord’s Prayer after which a new mystery is the focus.
The Rosary begins on the cross on the short chain with the Sign of the Cross and the Apostles’ Creed. Then moving along the short chain, the Lord’s Prayer is said on the first large bead, then a group of three Hail Marys, and finally the Glory Be and the Lord’s Prayer at the second large bead. This is the beginning of the first decade. The five decades are prayed by moving your fingers from bead to bead around the chain. Using the beads helps to keep your place.
A complete Rosary consists of praying 20 decades, meditating on 20 mysteries. However, it is more common to select one of the four groups of five mysteries and thus pray just five decades of the Rosary. The Rosary is usually a response prayer. One person or group leads (says the first part of each prayer) and a second group responds (says the remainder of each prayer).
Mysteries of the Rosary Joyful Mysteries (said on Mondays and Thursdays) The Annunciation The Visitation The Birth of Our Lord The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
Sorrowful Mysteries (said on Tuesdays and Fridays) The Agony in the Garden The Scourging at the Pillar The Crowning of Thorns The Carrying of the Cross The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
Glorious Mysteries (said on Wednesdays, and Sundays) The Resurrection The Ascension The Descent of the Holy Spirit The Assumption of Mary into Heaven The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth
Luminous Mysteries (said on Saturdays) The Baptism in the Jordan The Wedding Feast at Cana The Proclamation of the Kingdom The Transfiguration The First Eucharist at the Last Supper
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 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. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
Response: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray: O God, whose only begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech you, that mediating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of Fatima Often said at the beginning of each decade of the Rosary after the Glory Be and before the Our Father. O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of mercy. Amen.
Memorare Remember, O 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 with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To you I come, before you stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. 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.