Below are a number of Catholic prayers that we especially work on and encourage our kids to learn through the years:
SIGN OF THE CROSS
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
PRAYER BEFORE MEALS
Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts,
which we are about to receive from thy bounty
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
Our Father, who are 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 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.
ANGEL OF GOD
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day, be at my side
to light and guard,
to rule and guide. Amen.
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. 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 vale of tears.
Turn then, O 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.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL, THE ARCHANGEL
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help,
or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy,
hear and answer me. Amen.
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 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.
REQUIEM AETERNAM – FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.
O my Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day
for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,
in reparation for my sins and those of my friends and family,
and the intentions of the Holy Father.
ACT OF FAITH
O my God, I firmly believe
that you are one God in three divine Persons,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I believe that your 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
that the Holy Catholic Church teaches
because you have revealed them,
who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen.
ACT OF HOPE
O my God, relying on your infinite goodness and promises,
I hope to obtain pardon of my sins,
the help of your grace, and life everlasting,
though the merits of Jesus Christ,
my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
ACT OF LOVE
O my God, I love you above all things,
with my whole heart and soul,
because you are all good and worthy of all my love.
I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.
I forgive all who have injured me
and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.
THE MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of His arm, He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel for He has remembered His promise of mercy,
the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.