Basic Catholic Prayers

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.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou amongst 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

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.

I Believe (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 rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence 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.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins,
and detest them above all things,
because they have crucified my loving Saviour Jesus Christ,
and, most of all, because they offend your infinite goodness;
and I firmly resolve, by the help of your grace, never to offend you again,
and carefully to avoid the occasion of sin.

Prayer to the Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here;
even on this day (or night) be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Grace Before Meals

Bless us O Lord, and these our gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grace After Meals

We give you thanks, almighty God, for all your benefits, who live and reign, forever and ever.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Act of Faith

My God, I believe in you and all that your church teaches, because you have said it, and your word is true.

Act of Hope

My God, I hope in you, for grace and for glory, because of your promises, your mercy, and your power.

Act of Charity

My God, because you are so good, I love you with all my heart, and for your sake, I love my neighbor as myself.

Act of Resignation

O Lord, my God, whatever manner of death is pleasing to you, with all its anguish, pains and sorrows, I now accept from your hand with a resigned and willing spirit.