Prayer is the path by which we can enter into intamite communion with God our Father, with Jesus, and with the Holy Spirit, our soul's most kindly Guest. By means of prayers we also communicate with Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother as well, and with all Saints in heaven together with whom we form one single Body, on single Church, whose Head is Christ.
We have constant need of Prayer, therefore, in the same way that we need air to breathe. Prayer holds the key to our true happiness, our perseverance in faith and grace, our strength to avoide falling into sin, and our willingness to bear the weight of sorrows and trials. In a word, prayer holds the key to our eternal salvation.
Jesus bade us to pray always. We can put this divine command into action by living constantly in a state of love and adoration toward God, offering Him all our actions and especially our sufferings, seeking to carry out His will by observing the Commandments and the Gospel.
However, we must also dedicate a few moments of the day exclusively to the Lord, when by entering into intamite communion with by means of vocal or mental prayer on the things of God (for example, the Eucharist, and the Passion and Death of Christ) we can obtain the strength needed for our Christian life.
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Lords Prayer
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 trespassesas 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 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.
Glory Be to the Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As is was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. 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, sufferd under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall 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.
I confess the Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the saints, that i have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed through my fault, through ous fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore, I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, Blessed Michael the Achangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me.
May Almighty God have mercy on me, forgive me my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen.
May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of all my sins. Amen.
An 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, and died for our sins, and that He will come 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.
An Act of Hope
O my God, relying on Yopur almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon for my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits if Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
An 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 neighbor as myself for the love of You. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon for all whom I have injured.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and i detest all my sins because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offended 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 and to avoid the unnecessary occasions of sin. Amen.
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