V.  Prayers
Prayer is lifting the mind and heart to God.  It is a conversation with him.

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THE OUR FATHER

Taught by Christ to his disciples as the way to pray.

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.

THE HAIL MARY

Salutation from the Archangel Gabriel to Mary.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; Blessed art Thou among women,

Inspired greeting of Saint Elizabeth to Mary.

And blessed is the fruit of Thy womb Jesus.

Petition formulated by the Council of Trent in 1563 and placed in the Church’s first Catechism .

 Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.  Amen

PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

We ask the Archangel Saint Michael’s protection in our daily life.

Saint 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 evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.  Amen.

PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.  Divine Master, grant that
I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY

 O Jesus, look graciously upon our family here before you.  Once more we consecrate ourselves before you – our trials and joys – that our home may ever be the shrine of peace, purity, love and faith.  Protect and bless all of us, both absent and present, and be merciful to those departed.

O Mary, loving Mother of Jesus, and our Mother, pray to Jesus for our family, for all the families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young and their vocations.

O Joseph, holy Guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all the necessities of life.  Be present at the pillow of the sick and dying so that we may all be united to Jesus and Mary and you for all eternity.  Amen.

AN ACT OF SORROW FOR SIN COMMITTED

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you.  I detest all my sins because of your just punishments.  But most of all, because they offend you my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more to do penance and to amend my life.    

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.  O God, who has instructed the hearts of your faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may have a right judgment in all things and evermore rejoice in his consolations.  I ask this through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

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THE ROSARY

The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascensio0n
  3. The Coming of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption of Mary
  5. The Coronation of Mary

The Mysteries of Light

  1. The Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding feast of Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist

FOR PEACE

Mary, Queen of Peace, save us all, who have so much trust in you, from wars, hatred, and oppression.  Make us all learn to live in peace, and educate ourselves for peace, do what is demanded by justice and respect the rights of every person, so that peace may be firmly established.  Amen.

The Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed by his Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed by the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood.
Blessed by Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.

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