What is prayer?
Prayer is turning the heart toward God. When a person prays, he enters into a living relationship with God. [2558-2565]
What prompts a person to pray?
We pray because we are full of an infinite longing and God has created us for himself: "Our heats are restless until they rest in You" (St. Augustine). We pray also because we need to; Mother Teresa says, "Because I cannot rely on myself, I rely on Him, twenty-four hours a day.
COME HOLY SPIRIT
Come, Holy Spirit,
help me to say my prayers well,
with true devotion.
O BLESSED TRINITY
O Blessed Trinity,
I believe in Thee,
I hope in Thee,
I love Thee,
I adore Thee.
MY FIRST WORDS TO GOD
As soon as I awake I say:
Dear God, I thank Thee for this day.
Wherever I go,
Whatever I do and see,
I want to spend
This day entirely with Thee.
Please, dear God, come into my heart,
Our day together is already a-start.
Bless me ever and ever again!
I love Thee, dearest God. Amen.
OR PRAY THE MORNING PRAYER
O Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and earth, kneeling before Thee, I adore Thee with my whole heart and soul. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. I offer to Thee, O Lord, my whole being, and I consecrate my thoughts, words, actions, and the the sufferings of this day to the glory of Thy Name. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
THE 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 Heave. 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.
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.
THE 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.
THE 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; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven and is seated 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.
ACT OF FAITH
O MY GOD, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy 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 the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
ACT OF HOPE
O MY GOD, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and Life Everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
ACT OF LOVE
O MY GOD, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
O my God, I offer Thee through the Immaculate Heart
of Mary, all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings of this day, to please Thee, to honor Thee, and to make up
for my sins. Sweet Mother Mary, keep me in thy care.
Prayers for Meals
LITTLE PRAYER OF GRACE BEFORE MEALS
O God, Thou art so great,
Thou art so good,
Thank Thee for my family
and this food. Amen.
BLESSING BEFORE MEALS
Bless us, O Lord,
and these Thy gifts
which we are about to receive
from Thy bounty,
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
GRACE AFTER MEALS
We give Thee thanks
for all Thy benefits,
O Almighty God,
Who livest and reignest forever,
and may the Souls of the
Through the mercy of God
rest in peace. Amen.