Common Prayers of the Church

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Common Prayers of the Church

Sign of the Cross
Our Father
Hail Mary
Hail Holy Queen
Glory Be
Thanksgiving
Conclusion of Prayers
Prayer to Jesus Crucified
Soul of Christ
Prayer of Pope Clement XI
Self-Dedication (Suscipe Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Prayer to Christ the King
Prayers for the Pope
Prayer for Vocations


Sign of the Cross


† In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Latin)

† In nómine Patris, et  Fílii, et Spíritus Sancti. Amen.


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. Amen.

(Latin)

Pater noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum;  advéniat regnum tuum; Fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra. Panem nostrum cotidiánum da nobis hódie; et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris; et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem, sed líbera nos a malo. 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.

(Latin)

Ave, María, grátia plena, Dóminus tecum. Benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta María, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatóribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.


Hail Holy Queen

Hail holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine 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.

(Latin)

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae; vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae. Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.


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. Amen.

(Latin)

Glória Patri, and Fílio, and Spirítui Sancto. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc  et semper, et in  sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.


Thanksgiving

We give you thanks, Almighty God, for all your benefits, who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

(Latin)

Agimus tibi grátias, omnípotens Deus, pro univérsis benefíciis tuis, qui vivis et regnas in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.


Conclusion of Prayers

Guide: Christ our King,
Participant: Thy Kingdom Come!

Guide: Virgin most prudent, Mary, Mother of the Church (or Mother of Sorrows, or Queen of Apostles),
Participant: Pray for us.

(Latin)

Guide: Christe, rex noster!
Participant: Advéniat regnum tuum!

Guide: Virgo prudentíssima, María Mater Ecclésiæ (vel: Mater dolorósa;  vel: Regina Apostolórum),
Participant: ora pro nobis.


Prayer to Jesus Crucified

My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before you, asking you most earnestly to engrave upon my heart a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends.

As I reflect upon your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall, good Jesus, the words the prophet David spoke long ago concerning yourself: “They have pierced my hands and my feet, they have counted all my bones!”


Soul of Christ

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification.
Body of Christ, be my salvation.
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins.
Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains.
Passion of Christ, my comfort be.
O good Jesus, listen to me.
In thy wounds I fain would hide,
Ne’er to be parted from thy side,
Guard me, should the foe assail me.
Call me when my life shall fail me.
Bid me come to thee above,
With thy saints to sing thy love,
World without end. Amen.


Prayer of Pope Clement XI

Lord, by your grace make my weak faith firm, my wavering hope secure, set my cold love on fire, grant me passionate repentance for my sins.

I adore you, the very source of all, I long for you, to whom all return, I praise you for your constant gifts, I call on you as my gracious protector.

Guide me by your wisdom, restrain me with your justice, comfort me by your mercy, protect me with your power.

Lord, I offer you: my thoughts to be centered on you, my words to speak of you, my actions to do your will, my sufferings for your sake.

I want whatever you want, because you want it, the way you want it, as long as you want it.

Lord, enlighten my mind, inflame my will, purify my heart, sanctify my soul.

Enable me to regret past offenses, to resist future temptations, to correct wayward tendencies, to cultivate needed virtues.

Lord, in your goodness, grant me the grace to love you, disregard myself, seek my neighbor’s good, and hold this world as nothing.

Teach me to obey those in authority, serve those under my care, look after my friends, forgive my enemies.

Lord, help me to overcome sensuality by austerity, greed by generosity, anger by gentleness, lukewarmness by fervor.

Make me prudent in planning, unwavering in danger, patient in adversity, unassuming in success.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer, moderate in food and drink, diligent in my duties, firm in my commitments.

Make me concerned to keep an innocent heart, a modest demeanor, exemplary dealings, and order in my life.

Lord, let me be alert to tame my natural instincts, foster the life of grace, keep your law, and win salvation.

Teach me how shallow this world is, how magnificent the Kingdom, how fleeting temporal concerns are, how lasting is life eternal.

Lord, help me to prepare for death, fear judgment, escape hell, and reach paradise.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Self-Dedication (Suscipe Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my whole will, all I have, and all I possess. You gave it all to me; to you, Lord, I return it all. It is all yours: Do with me entirely as you will. Give me your love and your grace: This is enough for me.


Prayer to Christ the King

Christ Jesus, I acknowledge you as King of the universe: Everything that exists was created by you. Exercise over me all your rights. I renew my baptismal promises, rejecting Satan and all his works and all the glamour of evil, and I promise to live as befits a Christian. I specially pledge myself to do all in my power to further the rights of God and of your Church.

Christ Jesus, I offer you my poor efforts to bring every heart to accept and live your message of peace, justice, and love.


Prayer for the Pope

Christ Jesus, King and Lord of the Church, in your presence I renew my unconditional loyalty to your Vicar on earth, the Pope. In him you have chosen to show us the safe and sure path that we must follow in the midst of confusion, uneasiness, and unrest. I firmly believe that through him you govern, teach, and sanctify us; with him as our shepherd, we form the true Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

Grant me the grace to faithfully love, live, and spread our Holy Father’s teachings. Watch over his life, enlighten his mind, strengthen his spirit, defend him from calumny and evil. Calm the erosive winds of infidelity and disobedience. Hear our prayer and keep your Church united around him, firm in her belief and action, that she may truly be the instrument of your redemption. Amen.


Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus, eternal Shepherd, in your kindness look with mercy on your beloved flock. We cry out to you as orphans: Lord, grant us vocations! Call many of our young people to be holy priests and consecrated men and women. We ask you this through the intercession of Mary, your tender, holy Mother.

Lord Jesus, grant us priests and consecrated persons after your own heart! Amen.

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