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Formal Prayers & Devotions

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, our Lord gave the disciples a formal prayer. You'll find the "Our Father" or "Lord's Prayer" in the collection of prayers below.

We know from the early Christian writings that Catholics have used formal prayers since the first centuries of Jesus' establishing the Church. Perhaps you are already very knowledgeable about prayer, and would like to begin reading this sampling of Catholic prayers right now. If you are among the many who would like to know more About Prayer then you just missed your link...but we'll give you another chance! About Prayer answers many of the common questions people have about prayer in genral, and the Biblical thoughts and general background to Catholic prayer in particular.

You'll also find more information related to prayer in "Does God Exist?", as well as in the Contents pages of the ABCs of Faith.

Our Father

Our Father,
Who art in heaven, hollowed 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 tresspasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Note: this prayer is also known as the Lord's Prayer. See Mt. 6:9-13 and Lk. 11:2-4. Luke 11 provides important insights on prayer.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary
Full of grace, the Lord is with Thee.
Blessed are 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.

Note: This prayer is also known as the "Angelic Salutation." It is based on the Bible, when the angel begins: "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you!" (Lk. 1:28) The 'favored one' the angel Gabriel spoke to was Mary. Luke 1:42 produces the next line, and the Name of Jesus is added, since He was the fruit of Mary's womb. We learned in Heb. 11-12:1, that we are surrounded by a "cloud of witnesses," and we see in Revelation that the saints in heaven do pray for us. Since Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God, she is the "Theotokos, " the Mother of God, an ancient Greek name which protects our belief that Jesus is God.

Glory Be

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

Apostles Creed

I Believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in
Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the
Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He
rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right of the Father.
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 the life everlasting.

Note: The Apostle's Creed reflects the beliefs of the first Christians. It has been handed down to us over the centuries, and is much older than the Nicean Creed which follows.

Nicean Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, make of heaven and earth, of
all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son
of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true
God from true God. Begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father, through
Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down
from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary,
and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He
suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of
the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the
Father, He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His
kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of
life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son He
is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe
in one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the
forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the
world to come.

The Nicean Creed draws its name from the Council of Nicea, where the bishops of the early Church met in 325 A.D. in response to the problems associated with Arianism. Arius was a priest, who promoted the unorthodox belief that Jesus was not divine, but created. This Creed was written to teach the faithful, so that the truths of the Apostolic teachings would not be corrupted by Arius and his Arian followers.

It is further worth mentioning that the councils of the Church through the centuries have typicaly been called to deal with problems, such as challenges to the purity of the Faith, as was the case at Nicea. So these teachings of councils aren't 'new' Christian thought, just the opposite! They were resonses to others who tried to change the Catholic beliefs that comes to us from Jesus and His Apostles.

Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God's love commits me here.
Ever this day (night) be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide,

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael, the archangel
Defend us in battle.
Be our protection against
The wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do Thou, O prince of the Heavenly Host
By the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan
and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.

The Anima Christi

The Anima Christi is a prayer from around the 14th century. It is still widely used after receiving the body and blood of Our Lord,Jesus Christ in Holy Communion.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels

Forever and ever Amen!

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