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Common Prayers - English


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 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.v

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.

Pray Rosary


The Rosary is a combination of vocal and mental prayer on the mysteries of our redemption. It is divided into the five Joyful Mysteries, the five Illuminous Mysteries, the five Sorrowful Mysteries and the five Glorious Mysteries.

Pope John Paul II in his apostolic letter "The Rosary of the Virgin Mary", released on 16th October 2002, has proposed that we add five more decades called "Mysteries of Light", to the Rosary. In these mysteries we contemplate the public ministry of Jesus.

Rosary

The Pope has suggested the following order for the recitation of the Rosary.

The order for the recitation.

  • a. Monday & Saturday - Joyful Mysteries

  • b. Tuesday & Friday - Sorrowful Mysteries

  • c. Wednesday & Sunday - Glorious Mysteries

  • d. Thursday - Mysteries of Light


The steps to pray.

Please follow this order when you pray.

  1. Make the sign of the Cross and say Apostle's Creed...

  2. Say "Our Father..."

  3. Say Three " Hail Mary..."

  4. Say " Glory be to the Father..."

  5. Announce First Mystery, then say "Our Father..."

  6. Say Ten "Hail Mary..."

  7. Say "Glory be to the Father..."

    Say after each decade - "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy"

  8. Announce the Second Mystery then say "Our Father..." and repeat step 6, 7 and continue with Third, Fourth & Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

Apostle's Creed


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and I believe 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; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall 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.

Litany of Blessed Virgin


  • Lord, have mercy, Lord have mercy
  • Christ, have mercy, Christ have Mercy
  • Lord, have mercy, Lord have mercy
  • Christ, hear us, Christ graciously hear us
  • God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us
  • God, the Son, Redeemer of the world have mercy on us
  • God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us
  • Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
  • Holy Mary, pray for us
  • Holy Mother of God, pray for us
  • Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us
  • Mother of Christ, pray for us
  • Mother of the Church, pray for us
  • Mother of Divine Grace, pray for us
  • Mother most pure, pray for us
  • Mother most chaste, pray for us
  • Mother inviolate, pray for us
  • Mother undefiled, pray for us
  • Mother most amiable, pray for us
  • Mother most admirable, pray for us
  • Mother of good counsel, pray for us
  • Mother of our creator, pray for us
  • Mother of our Saviour, pray for us
  • Virgin most prudent, pray for us
  • Virgin most venerable, pray for us
  • Virgin most renowned, pray for us
  • Virgin most powerful, pray for us
  • Virgin most merciful, pray for us
  • Mirror of justice, pray for us
  • Seat of wisdom, pray for us
  • Cause of our joy, pray for us
  • Spiritual vessel, pray for us
  • Vessel of honour, pray for us
  • Vessel of singular devotion, pray for us
  • Mystical rose, pray for us
  • Tower of David, pray for us
  • Tower of ivory, pray for us
  • House of Gold, pray for us
  • Ark of the covenant, pray for us
  • Gate of heaven, pray for us
  • Morning star, pray for us
  • Health of the sick, pray for us
  • Refuge of sinners, pray for us
  • Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us
  • Help of Christians, pray for us
  • Queen of angels, pray for us
  • Queen of patriarchs, pray for us
  • Queen of prophets, pray for us
  • Queen of apostles, pray for us
  • Queen of martyrs, pray for us
  • Queen of confessors, pray for us
  • Queen of Virgins, pray for us
  • Queen of All Saints, pray for us
  • Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us
  • Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us
  • Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us
  • Queen of peace, pray for us
  • Lamp of God, who take away the sins of the world, Spare us Oh Lord
  • Lamp of God, who take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, Oh Lord
  • Lamp of God, who take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, Oh Lord

We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from whole dangers, O ever glorious and Blessed virgin. Amen

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray.

Grant, we beseech you, O lord God to us your servants that we may ever more enjoy health of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin be delivered from present sorrows and enjoy everlasting gladness through Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer to The Most Holy Trinity


Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended.

And by the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady of Graces


O most Loving Mother of Jesus, whom God made the Mother of us all, I beseech thee, rain down from thy throne of mercy and grace, blessings on me and those dear to me.

O most glorious Queen of Heaven, help me in the troubles and difficulties, that afflict and oppress me. O most gentle Lady of Graces, trusting in thy unfailing assistance, I beg thee to grant me this special favour I stand in need of.

O most merciful refuge of sinners, I know I have offended thy Divine Son so often; but I promise to love Him more and resist all that displeases Him. O most tender comforter of the afflicted, keep me ever under the mantle of thy loving care. Amen.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy


This powerful prayer is given to St. Faustina by our Lord.

"This prayer is given to appease the wrath of God. You will recite it for nine days as part of the Rosary (five decades)"

She often prayed it for those who are in need of Divine Mercy especially for the dying. The Lord also urged her to encourage others to use it for their various needs.

The chaplet can be said at any time but it is recommended to say on nine days before the Feast of Divine Mercy (From Good Friday to 1st Sunday of Easter).

Jesus said to St. Faustina:"Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you. Whoever recites it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. When it is said in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person, not as the just judge but as the Merciful Saviour.

Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even a hardened sinner recites this Chaplet only once, he/she will receive grace from my infinite Mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in my Mercy."

Rosary

How to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

  1. Begin with Our Father...
  2. Say three Hail Mary...
  3. Say I believe...
  4. Say "Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world"
  5. Say "For the sake of his sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world" (Ten Times)
  6. Say "Holy God, Holy Mighty one, Holy Immortal one, Have Mercy on us and on the whole world" (Three Times)
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6

Stations of the Cross


Preparatory Prayer

Most merciful Lord, with a contrite heart and penitent spirit I bow down before Thy divine Majesty. I adore Thee as my supreme Lord and Master. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee above all things. I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, my only and supreme God. I firmly resolve to amend my life; and although I am unworthy to obtain mercy, yet looking upon Thy holy Cross I am filled with peace and consolation. I will, therefore, meditate on Thy sufferings, and visit the Stations in company with Thy sorrowful Mother and my holy Guardian Angel, to promote Thy honor and to save my soul.

I desire to gain all indulgences granted to this holy exercise for myself and for the souls in Purgatory.

O Loving Jesus, inflame my cold heart with Thy love, that I may perform this devotion as perfectly as possible, and that I may live and die in union with Thee. Amen.

First Station >>
First Station -Jesus condemned to death

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, the most innocent of beings, is condemned to death, yes, to the shameful death of the cross. In order to remain a friend of Caesar, Pilate delivers Jesus into the hands of His enemies. O fearful crime, to condemn Innocence to death and to displease God in order to please men.

O innocent Jesus, I have sinned and I am guilty of eternal death; but that I may Live, Thou dost gladly accept the unjust sentence of death. For whom then shall I henceforth live if not for Thee, my Lord? If I desire to please men, I can not be Thy servant. Let me, therefore, rather displease the whole world than not please Thee, O Jesus!

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
<< Preparatory Prayer Second Station >>
Second Station -Jesus carries His cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

When our divine Redeemer beheld the Cross, He most willingly reached out to it with His bleeding arms. He embraced it lovingly, kissed it tenderly, took it on His bruised shoulders, and, exhausted as He was, He carried it joyfully.

O my Jesus, I can not be Thy friend and follower if I refuse to carry my cross. O beloved cross, I embrace Thee, I kiss Thee, I joyfully accept Thee from the hand of my God. Far be it from me to glory in anything save in the Cross of my Lord and Redeemer. By it the world shall be crucified to me, and I to the world, that I may be Thine forever.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
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Third Station -Jesus falls the first time

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Carrying the Cross, our dear Savior was so weakened with its heavy weight that He fell exhausted to the ground. The Cross was light and sweet to Him, but our sins made it so heavy and hard to carry.

Beloved Jesus, Thou didst carry the burden and the heavy weight of my sins. Should I then not bear in union with Thee my light burden of suffering, and accept the sweet yoke of Thy commandments? Thy yoke is sweet and Thy burden is light. I willingly accept it. I will take up my cross and follow Thee.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
<< Second Station Fourth Station >>
Fourth Station -Jesus meets His blessed Mother

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

How sad and how painful must it have been for Mary to behold her beloved Son laden with the Cross, covered with wounds and blood, and driven through the streets by savage executioners! What unspeakable pangs her most tender heart must have experienced! How earnestly did she desire to die instead of Jesus, or at least with Him!

O Jesus, O Mary, I am the cause of the pains that pierced your hearts. Would that my heart might experience some of your sufferings. O Mother, let me share in thy sufferings and those of they Son, that I may obtain the grace of a happy death.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
<< Third Station Fifth Station >>
Fifth Station -Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Simon of Cyrene was forced to help our exhausted Savior carry His Cross. How pleased would Jesus have been, had Simon offered his services of his own accord. However, Simon was not invited by Christ as you are. He says: Take up your cross and follow Me. Nevertheless you recoil, and carry it grudgingly.

O Jesus, whosoever does not take up his cross and follow Thee, is not worthy of Thee. Behold, I cheerfully join Thee on the way of the cross. I desire to carry it with all patience until death, that I may prove worthy of Thee.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
<< Fourth Station Sixth Station >>
Sixth Station -Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Moved by compassion, Veronica presents her veil to Jesus, to wipe His disfigured face. He imprints on it His holy countenance, and returns it to her as a recompense. Shall Christ reward you in like manner? Then you too must do Him a service. But you do a service to Christ every time you perform a work of mercy towards your neighbor: for He says: What you have done to the least of My brethren, you have done to Me.

Dearest Jesus, what return shall I make Thee for all Thy benefits? Behold, I consecrate myself entirely to Thy service. My whole heart I give to Thee; stamp on it Thy holy image, that I may never forget Thee.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
<< Fifth Station Seventh Station >>
Seventh Station -Jesus falls the second time

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Overwhelmed by the weight of the Cross, Jesus falls again to the ground. But the cruel executioners do not permit Him to rest a moment. With thrusts and blows they urge Him onward. With what cruelty Jesus in treated and trampled under foot! Remember, compassionate soul, that your sins caused Jesus this painful fall.

Have mercy on me, O Jesus, and help me never to fall into my former sins. From this moment I will strive sincerely never to sin again. But Thou, O Jesus, strengthen me with Thy grace, that I may faithfully carry out my resolution.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
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Eight Station -Jesus speakes to the women of Jerusalem

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Moved by compassion, these devoted women weep over our suffering Savior. But He turns to them and says: Weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves and your children. Weep for your sins and those of your children; for they are the cause of My suffering. You also must weep over your sins, for there is nothing more pleasing to our Lord and more useful to yourself than the tears you shed out of contrition for your sins.

O Jesus, who shall give my eyes a torrent of tears, that I may day and night weep over my sins? I beseech Thee by Thy bitter and bloody tears to move my heart, so that tears may flow in abundance from my eyes, and that I may weep over Thy sufferings and over my sins until death.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
<< Seventh Station Ninth Station >>
Ninenth Station -Jesus falls the third time

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Exhausted at the foot of Calvary, Jesus falls for the third time to the ground. How painfully must have been reopened all the wounds of His tender body by these repeated falls. And how enormous must my sins be, to cause Jesus to fall so painfully. Had not Jesus taken my sins upon Himself, they would have plunged me into the abyss of Hell.

Most merciful Jesus, I return Thee a thousand thanks for not permitting me to die in my sins and fall into the abyss of Hell, as I have deserved so often. Enkindle in me a sincere desire to amend my life. Let me never again fall into sin, but grant me the grace of final perseverance.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
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Tenth Station -Jesus is stripped of His garments

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Arriving on Calvary, Jesus was cruelly deprived of His garments. How painful the stripping must have been, because the garments adhered to His mangled body, so that in removing them parts of the flesh were torn away. Jesus is deprived of His garments that He may die possessed of nothing. How happy shall not I die after laying aside my evil habits and tendencies!

Help me, O Jesus, to amend my life. Let it be renewed according to Thy will and desire. However painful the correction may be to me, I will not spare myself. With the assistance of Thy grace, I will refrain from all sinful pleasure and vain amusement, that I may die happy and live forever.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
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Eleventh Station -Jesus is nailed to the cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Stripped of His garments, Jesus is violently thrown down on the Cross. His hands and His feet are nailed to it in the most cruel way. Jesus remains silent, because it so pleases His heavenly Father. He suffers patiently, because He suffers for you. How do you act in sufferings and trials? How fretful and impatient, how full of complaints are you!

O Jesus, meek and patient Lamb, I renounce forever my impatience. Crucify, O Lord, my flesh, with its evil desires and vices. Punish and afflict me in this life, but spare me in the next. I resign myself altogether to Thy holy will. May it be done in all things.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
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Twelveth Station -Jesus dies on the cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Behold Jesus crucified! Behold His wounds received for love of you! His whole appearance betokens love. His head is bent to kiss you. His arms are extended to embrace you. His heart is open to receive you. Oh what love! Jesus dies on the Cross, to preserve you from eternal death.

Most lovable Jesus, who will grant that I may die for love of Thee? I will endeavor to die to the world and its vanities when I behold Thee on the Cross covered with wounds and crowned with thorns. Merciful Jesus, take me into Thy wounded heart, that I may despise all perishable things, to live and die for Thee alone.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
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Thirteenth Station -Jesus is taken down from the cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus did not descend from the Cross, but remained on it till His death. When taken down, He rested on the bosom of His beloved Mother as He had so often done in life. Persevere in your good resolutions, and do not flee from the cross. For he who perseveres till the end shall be saved. Consider, moreover, how pure the heart should be that receives the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the adorable Sacrament of the Altar.

O Lord Jesus crucified! I most earnestly entreat Thee: Help me do what is right and let me not be separated from Thy Cross, for on it I desire to live and to die. Create in me, O Lord, a clean heart, that I may worthily receive Thee in Holy Communion, and that Thou mayest remain in me, and I in Thee, for all eternity.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
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Fourteenth Station -Jesus is laid on the Tomb

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

The body of Jesus is laid in a stranger s tomb. He Who in this world had not whereon to rest His head, would have no grave of His own after death. You whose heart is still attached to this world, despise it that you may not perish with it.

O Jesus, Thou hast singled me out from the world, what then shall I seek in it? Thou hast created me for Heaven, what then shall I desire upon earth? Depart from me, deceitful world, with thy vanities! Henceforth I will walk the way of the Cross traced out for me by my Redeemer, and journey onward to my heavenly home, where my rest and my joy shall be forever.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us.
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