Here are basic Catholic Prayers that will give structure to your life.
The Sign of the Cross
The sign of the cross is the simplest of basic catholic prayers.
We should begin our day with the Sign of the Cross… it is a prayer.
In nómine Patris et Fílii et Spíritus Sancti. Amen.
Catholics should begin and end their prayers with the sign of the cross and should cross themselves when passing a church, upon entering a church, and after receiving Communion.
Using your right hand, touch your forehead at the mention of the Father; the lower middle of your chest at the mention of the Son; and the left shoulder on the word “Holy” and the right shoulder on the word “Spirit.”
This prayer strengthens us in temptations and difficulties.
It is often made by athletes before a match, students before an exam, or any time when a person needs courage or protection.
Holy water is “water blessed by the priest with solemn prayer, to beg God’s blessing on those who use it, and protection from the powers of darkness.”
It is a catholic custom to make the sign of the cross with holy water when we enter church.
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 debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
The Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit
Source of all wisdom and knowledge,
Guide me by Your Light,
Teach me what I should say and do,
Fill my heart with Your Love
so I may reflect Your Love
to everyone I meet. Amen
The secret of the saints
Say the name Jesus
The saints had a secret. They were always aware of God’s presence.
Say the name, “Jesus” often, as you would say a friend’s name. Use the name, “Jesus” to drive away fear, to rescue from temptation, to banish loneliness and to conquer your faults.
When you tenderly say the name, “Jesus”, God Himself hears and quickly attends to you.
A constant awareness of God’s presence
The secret of the saints is that they were always aware of Christ’s presence.
For them, heaven and hell were very real. They lived to please Jesus and to gain Heaven.
We can learn from them
If we had this awareness, we would want to talk to Jesus, whether we were riding on a bus, or in a car, or working in an office, school, kitchen, or wherever else we might be.
We would praise God or thank Him or ask for His help
Turning to God doesn’t interfere with other things we do. It blesses our work and brings us closer to Our Lord.
Try to live and act as if Jesus is with you at all times and in all places.
And talk to Him. How much happier your life would be.
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.