Traditional Catholic Prayers


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Glory Be

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. 

Our Father

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. 

O my Jesus

Oh my Jesus
forgive us our sins
save us from the fires of hell
Lead all souls to Heaven
especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

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 death. 


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, 
that never was it known 
that any one who fled to thy protection, 
implored thy help or sought thy intercession, 
was left unaided. 
Inspired with this confidence, 
I fly unto thee, 
O Virgin of virgins my Mother; 
to thee do I come, 
before thee I stand, 
sinful and sorrowful; 
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, 
despise not my petitions, 
but in thy clemency hear and answer me. 

Prayer before Meals

Bless us, O Lord
and these your gifts
which we are about to receive from thy bounty
through Christ our Lord
Amen .

Act of Contrition

O my God, 
I am heartily sorry for 
having offended Thee, 
and I detest all my sins, 
because I dread the loss of heaven, 
and the pains of hell; 
but most of all because 
they offend Thee, my God, 
Who are all good and 
deserving of all my love. 
I firmly resolve, 
with the help of Thy grace, 
to confess my sins, 
to do penance, 
and to amend my life. 

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you, 
May the wind be always at your back, 
May the sun shine warm upon your face, 
And the rains fall soft upon your fields, 
And until we meet again, 
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Prayer to St Michael the Archangel

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 Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

The prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; 
...where there is sadness, joy; 
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek be consoled as to console; be understood as to understand; be loved as to love. 
For it is in giving that we receive; is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 
...and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.