Prayers

BELOW ARE COMMON PRAYERS THAT YOU CAN SAY DAILY BEFORE OR AFTER READING THE MESSAGES.

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the Glory, forever and forever.                                                                                                                    Amen.

HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, and our as well,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

GLORY BE PRAYER

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end.                                  Amen.

THE FATIMA PRAYER

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sin, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven and help especially those most in need of thy mercy.                 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 thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Leader: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,
All: That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
(Optional)
Leader: Let us pray.
All: 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.

APOSTLES CREED

I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day, He rose again.
He ascended to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father.
He will come again 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. 

ST. MICHAEL PRAYER

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 may you, 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.                                                                                                                    Amen.

PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS

O Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, unity; where there is doubt, faith; where there is error, truth; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may seek: not so much to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

I CONFESS TO ALMIGHTY GOD

I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. Amen.  

HOW TO PRAY THE ROSARY

The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES.

As suggested by the Pope St. John Paul the Great, the Joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday (with this exception: Sundays of Christmas season – The Joyful; Sundays of Lent – Sorrowful).

1. With the Cross, Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed.”
2. With the First Bead, Say the “Our Father.”
3. With the next Three Beads, Say three “Hail Mary’s and then Glory be to the Father.”
4. With the next Bead, Announce the First Mystery; then say the “Our Father.”
5. Say ten “Hail Marys,” while meditating on the Mystery and then Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
6. With the next individual Bead Announce the Second Mystery; then say the “Our Father.”

Repeat 5 and 6 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

At the end of Praying the Rosary you Pray the “Hail, Holy Queen” prayer.

MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY

The First Joyful Mystery “THE ANNUNCIATION”

The Angel Gabriel announces that Mary will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.

The Second Joyful Mystery “THE VISITATION”

Mary visits and serves her cousin Elizabeth in all humility for three months until the birth of her son John the Baptist.

The Third Joyful Mystery “THE NATIVITY”

Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem where she gives birth to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “Today there is born to you in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord.”

The Fourth Joyful Mystery “THE PRESENTATION”

Joseph and Mary Present our Lord Jesus Christ to Simeon, the old man in the Temple. Simeon prayed to God and asked that he may see the Messiah before he died. “Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word.”

The Fifth Joyful Mystery “THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE”

After missing for three days, Mary and Joseph find 12 year old Jesus in the Temple among the Elders and Doctors who were astonished at His wisdom.

The First Luminous Mystery “THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD”

John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan. After Jesus’ baptism a voice from Heaven: “This is My beloved Son in whom I Am well pleased.”

The Second Luminous Mystery “THE WEDDING OF CANA”

At Mary’s request, Jesus worked His first miracle, turning water into wine. “Every man serves the good wine first… but you have saved the good wine until now.”

The Third Luminous Mystery “THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM”

Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom of Heaven to the People. “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” “My kingdom is not of this world.”

The Fourth Luminous Mystery “THE TRANSFIGURATION”

Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain to pray and they witness Jesus transfigured before them. They see Jesus speaking to Moses and Elias about His Passion and death in Jerusalem.

The Fifth Luminous Mystery “THE INSTITUTION OF THE EUCHARIST”

Jesus celebrated the first Mass. “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”. Jesus took bread, blessed it and said “Take and eat, this is My Body.”
Taking the wine He said “Take and drink, this cup is the New Covenant in My Blood, shed for you.”

The First Sorrowful Mystery THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN

Jesus suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane. “My soul is sorrowful unto death.”
“Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done.”
Jesus is betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver. He is cruelly bound and led away.

The Second Sorrowful Mystery “THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR”

Pilate can “find no cause to punish Him”, yet to appease the Jews, he orders Jesus to be scourged. Jesus is bound to a pillar and cruelly scourged until His whole body is covered with deep wounds. The prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: “He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins.” 

The Third Sorrowful Mystery “THE CROWNING WITH THORNS”

They fashion a crown out of thorns, and forcefully pressed it down upon His head. In His bound hands they place a reed, as a sceptre, in mockery of His kingship. Pilate asks, “Are You a king?” Jesus answers: “I Am, but My kingdom is not of this world.”

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery “THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS”

One condemned to death by crucifixion is forced to carry the cross to the place of execution. Jesus carries His Cross to Calvary. The suffering of Jesus is intense as the cross is laid on His bruised and wounded back and shoulders. “If anyone is to be My disciple, let him take up his cross and follow Me.” 

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery “THE CRUCIFIXION”

The hands and feet of Jesus are nailed to the cross in the presence of His afflicted Mother. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” “It is finished.”
“Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.”
The side of Jesus is pierced with a lance. His body is taken down and placed in the arms of His Mother.
Father, by the merits of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

The First Glorious Mystery “THE RESURRECTION”

The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb on the evening of Good Friday. Fearing the body of Jesus will be taken, the chief priests place guards at the tomb. On the third day Jesus rises from the dead, glorious and immortal. The women coming to anoint the body of Jesus are amazed and frightened to find the tomb open. An angel calms their fears: “He is not here. He has risen as He said.” Jesus appears to Mary Magdalen, and that evening He appears to the apostles behind locked doors: “Peace be unto you… do not be afraid.”

The Second Glorious Mystery “THE ASCENSION”

Jesus remains on earth forty days after His Resurrection to prove He has truly risen from the dead. He commissions the apostles to preach the gospel to every creature, and promises to be with them forever. He will not leave them orphans, but will send the Holy Spirit to enlighten and strengthen them. Extending His pierced hands over all in a last blessing, He ascends into heaven to take His place at the right hand of the Father.

The Third Glorious Mystery “THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”

The apostles are gathered in the upper room where Jesus had held the Last Supper. They are in prayer with Our Blessed Mother Mary when a sound comes from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it fills the whole house. The Holy Spirit descends on each of them in the form of tongues of fire. Filled with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, they are enlightened and strengthened to spread the Gospel. That first day Peter goes forth to preach and baptizes three thousand.

The Fourth Glorious Mystery “THE ASSUMPTION”

After the apostles have dispersed, the Blessed Mother goes to live with John, the beloved disciple. Mary lives many years on earth after the death of Christ. She is a source of comfort, consolation and strength to the apostles. As she had nourished the infant Jesus, so she nourishes spiritually the infant Church. Mary dies, not of bodily infirmity, but is wholly overcome in a rapture of divine love. Her body as well as her soul is taken up into heaven.

The Fifth Glorious Mystery “THE CORONATION”

Mary is crowned by her divine Son as Queen of heaven and earth. More than we can ever know the Hearts of Jesus and Mary overflow with joy at this reunion. Only in heaven will we know the great majesty of that coronation, and the joy it gave to the angels and saints. Even the angels, who by nature are greater than humans, hail Mary as their Queen. Mary pleads our cause as a most powerful Queen and a most merciful and loving Mother.
“A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”.