What is Prayer?
Prayer is communion with God. It is listening and talking to God. It is central to our relationship with God because it is a place of encounter. It is often better to say a little and listen alot; however, God is always listening.
How to Pray
‘Always pray and do not lose heart.’
'When you pray,
go into your room and shut the door
and pray to your Father who is in secret:
and your Father
who sees in secret will reward you.'
Essential Catholic Prayers
There are many resources for prayer, some of which are incredibly rich in what they offer. Our 'Useful Links' page can help you on your way.
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Our Father - the Lord's 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
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, not and at the hour
of our death.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
At the words that follow, up to and including ‘the Virgin Mary’, all bow.
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.
Adoration & The First Friday of the Month
It was the special desire of our Lord Jesus Christ, revealed to Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque, that the first Friday of each month be consecrated to the devotion to and adoration of His most Sacred Heart. On the day itself we should, on awaking, offer and consecrate ourselves, with all our thoughts, words, and actions, to Jesus, that His Sacred Heart may be thereby honored and glorified.
We should visit some church as early as possible; and as we kneel before Jesus, truly present in the tabernacle, let us endeavor to awaken in our soul a deep sorrow at the thought of the innumerable offenses continually heaped upon His most Sacred Heart in this Sacrament of His love; and surely we cannot find this difficult if we have the least degree of love for Jesus.
Communion for this day should be offered by the adorers of the Sacred Heart with the intention of making some satisfaction for all the ingratitude which Jesus receives in the Most Holy Sacrament, and the same spirit should animate all our actions during the day.
Types of Prayer
Blessing and Adoration
Our response of thanksgiving to God for the gifts we have received. Blessing rises up to God through the Holy Spirit and descends upon us through the Holy Spirit. Adoration is silent before the Glory of God.
Prayer of Petition
We ask of God what we need and in doing so express our relationship with Him. It is the turning back to God. In humility our petitions ask for forgiveness and to keep with the teaching of Christ who teaches us the Lord's Prayer.
Prayer of Intercession
Through intercession we pray on behalf of another and we seek others to pray for us. It is part of our community of saints as Church and includes the Communion of Saints in heaven.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
To thank God for creation and the works of Salvation. The Eucharist is the great prayer of Thanksgiving.
Prayer of Praise
This is simply a pray to give God glory and raise up our love to Him. Other forms of prayer often accompany praise into His presence.
The Rosary is a much beloved way of praying and meditating on the life of Christ. The Rosay places Jesus Christ right at the center of our prayer life and asks his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, to accompany us along the way, teaching us humility and love. Pope St John Paul II called it 'A Christological prayer with a Marian flavour.'
One way of praying the Rosary is offered on the link below. This version was originally written by St. Louis De Montfort but the Luminous Mysteries have been subsequently added.
You can include the Fatima Prayer (below) at the appropriate place if you wish.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy. Amen
Act of Spiritual Communion
(A prayer for times when you cannot attend Mass)
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.
Pray the Divine Office
Pray the prayer of the Church.
Click on the link below and it will take you to the Universalis page for Nottingham, England. From here you can select and pray the Divine Office. You can also find the Order of Service for the Mass of the Day.