Fav Prayers


Hey guys i am putting together a retreat and want to know what everyones favorite prayers are. i want to put together a booklet for the retreaters to take home that list out prayers such as the Divine Mercy, Hail Mary, Our Father, DailyOffice, and maybe some prayers or novena’s that they can use in the future spritiual growth. Any help would be most appericated!

Also for those of you who know saints what are some saints that people could look towards. This is a retreat for Yound Adults-18 to 25 so any saints that would help with issues of "Stress, Family, addictions, " etc would be helpful too.

Thanks Again!


the Anima Chrisit is my favorite prayer:

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever

***O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me ***
is my favorite prayer in crisis. young people may really appreciate the deep sense of Jesus’ protection when praying that prayer and esp. repeating those lines.


The Memorae

Remember, O 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 by this confidence,
I fly to thee,
O Virgin of Virgins and
my Mother; to thee I
come, before thee I kneel,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but
in thy mercy, hear and answer me.

The St Michael Prayer

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 the evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.


I'm loving the Litany of Humility right now:

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should...

(copied from ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/humility.htm)


there is always the classic St. Francis prayer.


Sub tuum praesidium, which might be the most popular among any Polish audience you might have. Finding a full version in English might prove an arduous task. The one at wikipedia is not the whole text I know and it might be because the spoken prayer’s words might differ from those of the hymn. Here’s a full Latin one:

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genitrix, nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta, Domina nostra, Mediatrix nostra, Advocata nostra, Consolatrix nostra. Tuo Filio nos reconcilia, Tuo Filio nos commenda, Tuo Filio nos repraesenta.



Same as No Where Man....
As well as
Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen
Mother of Mercy
My life, my sweetness and my hope,
To thee do we cry, banished children of Eve
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears,
Turn then, oh most Gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us
And after this our exile show unto us the Blessed Fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Oh Clement, Oh Loving, Oh Sweet Virgin Mary,
Pray for us, oh holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


The Angelus

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary...

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary...

V. And the Word was made Flesh.

R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary...

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray:

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. Amen.


The Anima Christi is also my favorite prayer.

Would it be appropriate for me to advise you take a look at my blog on Catholic prayer?
The main feature is a 35 page paper on what I call "The Stages of Prayer". I am not selling anything, and both my pastor and deacon reviewed and edited the paper.

Also on the blog are reviews of prayer books. The blog may give you some ideas on items to include in your retreat.


Peace be with you,


The Lorica of St. Patrick

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.

Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.


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