Catholics usually begin and end their prayers with the Sign of the Cross. The words of this prayer express faith in the mystery of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; the cross made with the hand while saying the words expresses belief in the redemption accomplished by Christ on the Cross.
The Sign of the Cross is correctly made by touching, with the joined fingers of the right hand, the forehead while saying In the name of the Father, the breast while saying and of the Son, the left, then the right shoulder while saying and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Indulgence of 3 years; when made with holy water, 7 years.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
This profession of faith summarizes the teaching of the Apostles. According to a legend, each of the Apostles contributed one of its twelve articles. But the present form of the Creed seems to go back to about the third century.
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 Ghost, 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, sitteth 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 Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
THE OUR FATHER
This is the prayer taught by Christ Himself (Matt. 6:9-13). The Our Father contains seven petitions, three of them concerned with God’s glory, four with man’s needs.
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.
THE HAIL MARY
This prayer has three parts: 1) the greeting of the Angel Gabriel to Mary at the Annunciation (Luke 1:28), 2) the greeting of Elizabeth to Mary at the Visitation (Luke 1:42), and 3) a petition added by the Church.
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.
THE GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
The custom of adding a short formula of praise at the end of the other prayers was common in the synagogue, and has been adopted also by Christians. The Glory be to the Father is the customary form of praise with which Christian prayers are concluded.
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.
Prayer given to the shepherd children by the Blessed Mother to be said at the end of each decade.
O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need.
HAIL, HOLY QUEEN
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail, 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!
P. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.