Catholic Prayers and Teachings
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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.
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.
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.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. 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.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us O Lord and these your gifts which we are about to receive through your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Seven Sacraments
- Holy Eucharist
- Anointing of the Sick
- Holy Orders
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Fear of the Lord
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
Themes - Catholic Social Teaching
- Dignity of the Human Person
- Community and the Common Good Rights
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor
- Dignity of Work
- Care for God's Creation
The Corporal Works of Mercy
- Feed the hungry.
- Give drink to the thirsty.
- Clothe the naked.
- Comfort the sorrowful.
- Bear wrongs patiently.
- Forgive injuries.
- Pray for the living and the dead.
A Prayer to our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, make intercession for holy Church; protect the sovereign Pontiff; help all those who invoke you in their necessities. And since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, of burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance.
The Canticle of Mary
I acclaim the greatness of the Lord, I delight in God my savior, who regarded my humble state. Truly from this day on all ages will call me blest.
For God, wonderful in power, has used that strength for me. Holy the name of the Lord! whose mercy embraces the faithful, one generation to the next.
The mighty arm of God scatters the proud in their conceit, pulls tyrants from their thrones, and raises up the humble. The Lord fills the starving and lets the rich go hungry.
God rescues lowly Israel, recalling the promise of mercy, the promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham's heirs forever.
- Begin with the crucifix and make the sign of the Cross.
- Say the Apostles' Creed.
- Recite one Our Father, and three Hail Mary's for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, then one Glory Be.
The Rosary is divided into three parts, each having five mysteries. While reciting each mystery, (represented by a decade of ten beads), say one our Father, ten Hail Mary's and one Glory Be:
(Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays of Advent):
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Nativity
- The Presentation
- The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
(Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays of Lent):
- The Agony in the Garden
- The Scourging at the Pillar
- The Crowning with Thorns
- The carrying of the Cross
- The Crucifixion
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
(Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Easter until Advent):
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit
- The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
*Say the Hail, Holy Queen after the five mysteries. Close with the Sign of the Cross.
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 us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Christ's Two Great Commandments
- You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole strength.
- You shall love your neighbor as yourself.