Basic Christian Prayers

1. The Sign of the Cross

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


2. The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done of 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.


3. 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.


4. The Doxology

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


5. The 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 hand 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. Amen.


6. Come, Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the heart of your faithful
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit, o Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

O God, on the first Pentecost
You have instructed the hearts of those who believed in you
By the light of the Holy Spirit,
Under the inspiration of the same Spirit,
Give us a taste for what is right and true
And a continuing sense of his joy-bringing presence and power,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen


7. Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy,
Our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve
To you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most graciously advocate, your eyes of mercy upon us
And after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, o loving, o kind Virgin Mary.


8. Act of Contrition

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.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.


9. 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.


10. Act of Hope

O my God, relying on your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises,
I hope to obtain pardon of my sins,
The help of your grace, and life everlasting
Through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
Amen.


11. 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 love.
I love my neighbours as myself for the love of you.
I forgive all who have injured me,
And ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
Amen.


12. Angelus

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail, Mary, …

Behold, the handmaid of the Lord
Be it done to me according to thy word. Hail, Mary, …

And the word was made flesh
And dwelt among us. Hail, Mary, …

Pray for us, o holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Pour out, we beseech thee, o Lord, thy grace into our hearts,
That we to whom the message of thy Son was made known by an angel,
May by his passion and death be brought to the glory of his resurrection,
Through the same Jesus our Lord.
Amen


13. Regina Caeli

O Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
For he whom you have chosen to bear, alleluia!
Is risen as he said, alleluia!
Pray for us God, alleluia!
Rejoice and be glad, o Virgin Mary, alleluia!
For the Lord is truly risen, alleluia!

God, by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord
You were pleased to make glad the whole world
Grant, we beseech you,
That through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his mother,
We may attain the joys of everlasting life,
Through the same Christ our Lord.
Amen.
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