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Despite its title, some of the prayers on this page are common to all Christians. However, there are some which tend to be used only by Catholics (and Anglo-Catholics). Further suggestions welcome.

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The Lords Prayer
The Hail Mary
Glory Be
The Creed
The Angelus
The Regina Caeli
St Michael the Archangel
Come Holy Spirit

The Lords Prayer("Our Father" - in Latin, the "Paternoster" )

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

(When praying with other Christians, it is usual to add "For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever" before the "Amen")

The "Hail Mary"("Ave Maria" )

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

The "Glory Be"
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 Creed("Credo - "I believe" - the summary of faith used in the Mass. This is based on the wording agreed at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 and ratified at the Council of Constantinople in AD 381. It differs a little from the earlier "Apostle's Creed" . Given below is the wording used in Mass from 5th September 2011 as part of the New Missal reforms)

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
[ At the words that follow, up to and including "and became man", all bow. ]
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with 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.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Angelus (a prayer celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation: traditionally recited at 6am, noon, and 6pm in convents and monasteries, signalled by the ringing of the "Angelus bell". It is said daily in Bishops House at noon. Usually there is a Leader and responders.)

V. The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
V. Hail Mary . . .
V. And the Word was made Flesh:
R. And dwelt among us.
V. Hail Mary . . .
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
V. Let us pray:
R Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. 

The Regina Caeli ("Queen of Heaven") said instead of the Angelus during Eastertide

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.

The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia.

Has risen, as He said, alleluia.

Pray for us to God, alleluia

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who through the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ gave rejoicing to the world

grant, we pray, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Michael the Archangel. (A prayer used when there is need of spiritual protection or challenge. )
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..

Come, Holy Spirit (Veni, Sancte Spiritus) (There are many versions of the last two lines of this prayer.)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful
and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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