Common Roman Catholic Prayers


This thread is a repository for some of the more common prayers belonging to the tradition
of the Roman Catholic Church, and many serve as a rich reminder and integral part of it’s long history.

Through every kind of prayer and supplication, pray at all times in spirit,
and so be vigilant with every kind of earnest supplication. Eph 6:18


Sign of the Cross / Signum Crucis

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



The Profession of Faith

The Apostle’s Creed / Symbolum Apostolorum**

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 into hell.
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.



The Profession of Faith

The Nicene Creed / Symbolum Nicaenum** )

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven:
[bow during the next two lines:]
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of 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.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.



**The Lord’s Prayer (The Our Father)
/ *Pater Noster (Oratio Dominica) ***

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 / *Ave Maria) ***

Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst 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.



**Glory Be / Gloria Patri / *Doxologia Minor ***

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 Fatima Prayer / *Oratio Fatimae ***

O my Jesus,
forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of Hell,
lead all souls to Heaven,
especially those in most need
of Thy mercy.


Hail, Holy Queen / Salve Regina

Hail, Holy Queen,
Mother of Mercy.
Hail our life,
our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we do sigh,
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then,
Most gracious Advocate,
thine eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this our exile,
show us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus,
O Clement,
O Loving,
O Sweet Virgin Mary.



The Memorare (of St Bernard)

O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought thy intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly onto thee,
O Virgin of virgins,
my Mother;
to thee I come;
before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate!
Despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy,
hear and answer me.



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