Prayers and Concepts
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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, 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 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.
Prayer to One’s 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.
Grace 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, Almighty God, who live and reign for ever. [And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.] Amen.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
Anima Christi (As written in the Diocese Handbook)
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,
N’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.
Anima Christ (Traditional)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee.
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee,
Forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer Before a Crucifix
Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy Five Wounds, pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee, my Jesus, They have pierced my hands and my feet, they have numbered all My Bones.
Prayer to St. Michael the
St. 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 Power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander the earth seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation for sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.
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 the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because you have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. In this faith I intend to live and die. Amen.
Act of Hope
My God, relying on your infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
Act of Love
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.
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 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 life everlasting. Amen.
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.
Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this dwelling and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy. Let Thy holy angels dwell herein to keep us in peace, and may Thy blessing be always upon us. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reignth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries
The Luminous Mysteries
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Nativity
- The Presentation
- The Finding in the Temple
The Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Baptism of Jesus
- The Wedding Feast of Cana
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom, with the Call to Conversion
- The Transfiguration
- The Institution of the Eucharist
The Glorious Mysteries
- The Agony in the Garden
- The Scourging at the Pillar
- The Crowning with Thorns
- The Carrying of the Cross
- The Crucifixion
Hail, Holy Queen
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit
- The Assumption
- The Coronation of Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth
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 exile show unto us the blessed fruit of they womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by 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 they mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Prayer concluding the Rosary
- Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
- 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 thee,
that meditating on 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.
(Usually said after each decade of the Rosary).
O my Jesus forgive us our sins,
save us from the fire of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
Prayer at Stations of the Cross
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Stations of the Cross
Jesus is condemned to Death
Jesus takes up his Cross
Jesus falls the First Time
Jesus meets his Mother
Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his Cross
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Jesus falls the Second Time
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem, who weep for Him
Jesus falls the Third Time
Jesus is stripped of his garments
Jesus is nailed to the Cross
Jesus dies on the Cross
Jesus is taken down from the Cross and given to his Mother
Jesus is placed in the Tomb
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Seven Sacraments of the Church
The Five Precepts of the Church
- Reconciliation (Confession, Penance)
- Holy Eucharist (Communion)
- Holy Orders
- Anointing of the
The Three Theological Virtues
- You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation and remain free from work or activity that could impede the sanctification of such days.
- You shall confess yours sins at least once a year.
- You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
- You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
- You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.
The Four Cardinal Virtues
- Charity (Love)
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit
- Fear of the Lord
The Seven Capital Sins (7 Deadly Sins)
The Seven Christian Virtues
The Four Last Things
- Brotherly Love
Holy Days of Obligation – In the
United States of America
1 January - Mary, Mother of God
40 days after Easter, or the following Sunday – Ascension Thursday
15 August – Assumption of Mary
1 November – All Saints Day
8 December – Immaculate Conception of Mary
25 December – Nativity of our Lord or Christmas
Devotion to the Sacred Heart
- I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not kill.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
(Teacher should read this to the class).
The Sacred Heart of Jesus stands for his infinite love for us. Devotion to the Sacred Heart means a relationship with and a response to Jesus based on understanding him as a person full of love for us- prompting us to love in return. While devotion to the Sacred Heart dates back to the medieval mystics, apparitions of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary in the seventeenth century rejuvenated the devotion. June is the month of the Sacred Heart.
Novena Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
(The entire class can say this together).
O most holy Heart of Jesus,
Fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you, and with
a lively sorrow for my sins,
I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure and
wholly obedient to your will.
Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger;
Comfort me in my afflictions;
Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
(Teacher should read this to the class).
To show that Jesus rules over a family,
A picture or statue of the Sacred Heart can be
officially installed in a place of honor in a home
during a ceremony of prayers and hymns.
Works of Mercy
7 Corporal Works of Mercy
- Feed the Hungry – Collect food for the poor. Cook dinner for your family. Serve a snack to your classmates. Share your treat with your sister or brother. Buy or make a birthday cake for a friend. Set the table for a meal. Wash the dishes or table after the meal. Help do the grocery shopping. Bring the groceries from the car into the house and put them away. Work in a cafeteria at school or work. Help serve food at a soup kitchen. Take some of your allowance and give it to the poor for food.
- Give Drink to the Thirsty – Pour a drink for a child. Boost a child up to a fountain. Bring a drink to someone working in the yard. Hand a cup of water to someone running a race. Buy a drink for a friend. Mix up the drinks for dinner time. Serve drinks at a party. Feed a bottle to a baby. Bring a drink to mom or dad when they are thirsty. Don’t take a long shower, help conserve on water. Give water to your pet or animals that you are raising. Drink all that is your bottle or soda can, don’t waste the drink.
- Clothe the Naked – Help fold the laundry. Help put away the laundry. Do the ironing. Help sew / mend some clothing. Collect clothing for the poor. Share your clothes with a brother or sister. Help your little brother or sister get dressed. Empty the diaper pail. Wash your bed sheets. Make your brother or sister bed. Put a blanket on your sleeping sibling to keep them warm. Tie your little brother or sister’s shoes.
- Shelter the Homeless – Clean your bedroom. Vacuum the carpets. Help fix the shingles on your roof. Clean out the gutters on your roof. Mow your lawn, or someone else’s for free. Give money to the poor. Help build a house for the poor. Give up your bed for a visiting relative. Help plant bulbs, flowers, or trees in the yard. Clean out the fish tank. Pick up the dog poop from the yard. Pick up the trash from the yard.
- Visit the Imprisoned (injured) – Take communion to someone in jail (only adults can do this). Visit an elderly relative who doesn’t get out of the house much. Visit an elderly relative in a nursing home. Walk your injured neighbor’s dog. Take a friend shopping with you (that doesn’t get out much). Baby-sit your neighbor’s children while the parents are injured. Feed your neighbor’s pets while they are in the hospital. Help your injured neighbor clean their garage. Help your injured neighbor wash their car. Bake cookies for a military person overseas / in the war. Do the dusting in your grandparents’ or a relatives’ home. Wash the dishes for your injured friend. Sweep off your elderly neighbor’s porch.
- Visit the Sick – Send a card to a sick relative. Play cards with someone in the hospital. Read a book to a child in the hospital. Cut the food and feed someone who needs help. Take soup to grandparent or an ailing relative. Mow the lawn for a neighbor who is injured. Visit a friend who is sick or injured. Lend a hand to someone getting in or out of a car after surgery, or hold open a door. Spend time talking on the phone to a friend who is hurt. Carry the books of someone on crutches. Bandage a brother or sister’s cut / scrape. Give a blanket or a pillow to a sick parent.
7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
- Bury the Dead – attend a funeral, place flowers on a grave, visit a cemetery with a friend who lost someone, bring food to a grieving family, send a card to the family of someone who died, etc. Attend a funeral at the cemetery. Go to a funeral Mass. Help carry the casket at a funeral. Attend a wake with a grieving friend. Visit a cemetery / columbarium and say a prayer for someone there. Pick up trash in the cemetery area. Help clean a gravesite. Place flags on the graves of veterans on special days. Place flowers on a grave. Visit a cemetery with a friend who lost someone they loved. Bring food to a family grieving the loss of a loved one. Send a card to the family of someone who died.
- Admonish the Sinner – Gently correct a friend who is committing a sin. Encourage your friend not to bully by calling names or spreading gossip. Speak up and defend your faith when you hear someone slander God, a Saint, or the Church. Speak out when you see someone abuse a pet. Speak out when you see someone abuse a child. Tell your friend to stop stealing because you don’t want to see them in jail. Don’t listen to a friend brag about the crimes they committed; instead tell them that they will have a lot of punishment to work off. Don’t encourage someone to gossip; instead change the subject. Advise your friend to wish someone well rather than to say “good luck.” Explain to your friend that we should not read or believe in horoscopes. This is sinful. Tell your friend not to take God’s name in vain or to use swear words. Ask your friend or sister / brother not to talk to you during the Mass. You don’t want to miss any part of the Mass, and it is sinful to play around at Mass.
- Instruct the Ignorant – Tell your brother that lying is a sin. Instruct your brother or sister about our religion. Invite someone to Mass with you. Teach someone about the sacraments. Help your friend with their homework. Explain to someone that God is watching our every action. Try to convince a friend to walk away from an argument before it becomes a fight. Teach someone to be kind to others. Visit the grotto and tell someone about Mary and St. Bernadette. Advise a friend to turn to the catechism for answers to questions about our faith. Gently correct a non-Catholic who believes something about Catholics that is not true. Remind your friend which days are Holy Days of Obligation so that they don’t miss Mass and commit a sin. Turn the channel when something immoral appears on the T.V. Tell your sister / brother / friend that watching nudity or listening to dirty jokes is sinful.
- Counsel the Doubtful – Encourage your friend not to give up hope. Answer questions people have about your faith. Give advice to a friend about faith and morals. Listen to and advise a confused friend. Encourage someone to seek help from professionals when needed. Encourage someone to read the bible. Be a consoling shoulder to a friend who is doubting their faith. Give a prayer book or a bible to someone who doesn’t have one. Advise your friend to pray when they want an answer to a confusing situation. Help your friend find an answer to a question. Lead by example…show someone the way to live a Christian life. Remind your friend that God loves everyone and will forgive anything, no matter what they did, so long as they say sorry.
- Comfort the Sorrowful – Give someone a hug or a tissue when they cry. Accompany a friend to a funeral service. Visit a friend who is feeling sad and staying home. Take a baked good to the new neighbor who is feeling lonely. Share the love of God and tell the sad person that God loves him or her. Smile at someone to brighten their day. Talk to someone your age who looks lonely. Make a new friend. Play with a new classmate. Help make he or she feel welcome in the new school. Make a card to cheer up a friend. Draw and send a picture to a grieving relative. Share a nice story about the dead person with their family and friends.
- Bear Wrongs Patiently – Don’t get mad when your little brother breaks your toy. Don’t hate your parents when they break promises to you. Don’t try to get even with someone who has hurt or insulted you. Smile when someone is mean to you. Don’t insist on always being right. Don’t blame God when something goes wrong. Turn to God with your problems. Pray and ask for His help and guidance. Don’t get upset when someone is seated before you at a restaurant. Don’t be upset when someone is chosen for the game before you. Don’t be upset when someone gets a better grade than you when you feel that you should have been given a better one. When your brother or sister injures you, talk to them instead of hitting back. Show patience when your brother or sister takes something of yours. Don’t be quick to tell your parents; wait it out.
- Forgive all Injuries – Forgive your friend when they lie about you. Continue to be their friend by giving them another chance. Turn the other cheek. When someone bumps you in the hall – don’t scream ouch, just shrug it off and move on. When someone insults you, don’t insult them. If someone steals from you, don’t insist on repayment. If someone hurts one of your family members, don’t hold a grudge. If your friend blames you for something you didn’t do, don’t try to get even, just forgive and forget. If someone cheated in the game, don’t insist that you won, just let it go. If someone borrowed something and broke it, forgive them and don’t insist on a replacement. When a non-Catholic says something evil about you and your faith, don’t get mad. Forgive their ignorance. Don’t condemn anyone or try to find fault. Forgive those who insult you for what you look like or wear.
- Pray for the Living and the Dead – Attend a funeral. Pray for those who need something (food, money, job, etc.) at Mass. Say daily prayers for family and friends. Attend extra Masses. Say your rosary daily. Attend a healing service to pray for the sick. Have a Mass said for a parent or grandparent that died. Pray for those who were killed in a tragic event or storm. Pray for the families who lost a loved one to a tragic event or storm. Pray for our nation and all world leaders to be honest and lead well. Pray for the Pope, clergy, and all of our church leaders. Pray for the Souls in Purgatory.