Basic Catholic Prayers


The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The 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.

The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

The Glory Be (The Doxology)
Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed
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.
Amen.

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,
died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe these and all the truths which 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 for my sins, the help of Your grace and life everlasting, through 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 for all whom I have injured.
Amen.

Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest
all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell,
but most of all because I have offended Thee, Who art all-good and
deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do
penance, and to amend my life.
Amen.

  • "Everything begins with prayer" - Saint Teresa of Calcutta