Prayers Catholics Should Know

Prayers all Catholics should know:

In today's Gospel reading, our Lord teaches us how to pray by teaching us the Lord's Prayer - The Our Father. I sometimes ask people what prayers they know but unfortunately they tell me none. Below I have listed some of the commonly known prayers. I think it is good for us to remember the prayers we learned during the time of our religious education. Probably there are some who never got the opportunity to learn them. Here is where we step in as good Christians and as our brother's keeper to teach them prayers.

There are also people who are too shy to go to Mass because they do not know the responses and they feel embarrassed to be left out when everybody else seem to be so knowledgeable with each and every response and gesture during church services. If we teach such people, we save them from embarrassment and get them to feel at home and part of the worshipping community. If you know the prayers listed below, please take a minute and recite them. If you do not know them, please keep a copy and learn them. It is a pious duty to say prayers. If you might know of a person who does not know their prayers, please reach out to them and offer them a copy or instruct them. If Jesus were physically here today, there would be so many people asking him to show them how to pray. Their hope is that the pious people who know Jesus and who pray might know how to pray and they can teach them. I am referring to you. If you teach others how to pray, you are doing Jesus' work.

The Sign of the Cross: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

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 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.

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.

An Act of Faith: O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Person, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; 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. Amen.

An 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. Amen.

An Act of Charity: 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. Amen.

The 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 I love 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. 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, Almighty God, for all thy benefits, Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

V. Let us bless the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

The Guardian Angel Prayer: Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love entrusts me here, ever this day [night] be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. 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; on 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 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.

The Mysteries of the Rosary

The Five Joyful Mysteries (said Monday and Saturday)

  1. The Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel of the birth of the Lord.
  2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
  3. The nativity of Our Lord
  4. The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
  5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries  (Tuesday and Friday)

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord

The Five Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
  5. The Coronation of Mary in Heaven.

The Five Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

  1. The Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding at Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist