Catholic Daily Prayers – A Habit to Develop For Growing In Faith

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catholic daily prayer

All Catholics are encouraged to say Catholic daily prayers in order to deepen their faith in God. Prayers are considered an essential part of Christian life. The Catholic Church has had a tradition of prayers from inception till date. The Lord Jesus asked encouraged his disciples to pray without ceasing and lived by example by consistently devoting time to pray. Continually making a habit of saying prayers at different times of the day will eventually increase a person’s awareness of God’s presence in their lives.

There are several catholic traditional prayers which can be used on a daily basis. Reciting these prayers teach you a lot about God and the structure of prayer. We are called to a life of holiness so we have to live like everything depends on God. Moreover, you are in unity with billions of Catholics around the world when you recite these prayers so it gives you a sense of belonging to a larger family.

Sometimes however, you might feel that the words of a traditional catholic prayer do not really apply to your situation at the moment you are saying them. This is why it is also good that in addition to catholic prayers, it is also good to practice saying your own words during prayer.

Most times, depending on the time of the day, there are certain catholic prayers that would be appropriate to say. In the morning, one can recite the Morning Prayer as well as the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is a favourite prayer for not just Catholics but Christians around the world. The Lord’s Prayer is very special and special because when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, Jesus taught them this prayer. It is easy to memorise and it is considered as a perfect prayer. It starts with honouring God and submitting to His will then asking for provision for the day and forgiveness as well as protection plus deliverance from evil.

Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of your sacred heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all the apostles of prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.

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.

Amen.

Another good Catholic daily prayer is the Hail Mary. The first salutation of this prayer beginning with “Hail Mary” was said by Angel Gabriel on his visit to the Virgin Mary and the second half which begins with “Blessed be…”was uttered by her cousin Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. The concluding part, which is the intercessory part of the prayer,  has been used since the fourteenth century.

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.

Another popular catholic daily prayer is the Angelus. Originally, the Angelus was said three times a day (morning, noon and evening) but as time went on, saying it by 12 noon on a daily basis became more popular. It is said within a group and consists of four short verses (versicles) and three Hail Marys. Someone leads the prayer and others respond in affirmation. And the end, everyone (including the leader) rounds up with a general prayer.

The Angelus

V — The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R — And she conceived by the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary…    (Say The Hail Mary here.)

V — Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R — Be it done unto me according to thy word. Hail Mary… (Say The Hail Mary here.)

V — And the Word was made Flesh.

R — And dwelt among us. Hail Mary… (Say The Hail Mary here.)

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 you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your 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 prayer known as the Evening prayer is usually followed by the Act of Contrition. The Act of Contrition is usually said during the Sacrament of Confession but many Catholics say it every day because it examines the human conscience and enables the person saying it to express remorse for sin. Various versions of this prayer can be found across several Christian denominations.

Evening prayer

O my God, at the end of this day I thank you most heartily for all the graces I have received from you. I am sorry that I have not made a better use of them. I am sorry for all the sins I have committed against you. Forgive me, O my God, and graciously protect me this night. Blessed Virgin Mary, my dear heavenly mother, take me under your protection. St. Joseph, my dear guardian angel, and all you saints of God, pray for me. Sweet Jesus, have pity on all poor sinners, and save them from hell. Have mercy on the suffering souls in purgatory.

 Act of Contrition

O my God,

I am heartily sorry for having offended You.

I detest all my sins because of your just punishments,

But most of all because they offend you,

My God, who are all good and worthy of all my love.

I firmly resolve,

With the help of Your grace,

To sin no more

And to avoid the near occasions of sin.

Amen.

One of the shortest and most memorable prayers said daily by Catholics is the Fatima Prayer. It is a prayer asking for forgiveness and mercy for sinners. Its origin can be traced back to a request made by the Blessed Virgin Mary when she appeared at Fatima. Ever since then it has been included in during the recitation of the Rosary.

 The Fatima Prayer

“Oh my Jesus forgive us our sins save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those most in need of thy mercy.”

Below is a simple prayer that can be said before meals. It has been adopted by Christians from several denominations all over the world.

Prayer Before Meals

Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Prayer to our Guardian Angel is another recommended catholic daily prayer.

 Prayer to Our Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

There are several other catholic prayers which can be said daily. Some of them are the Rosary, the Apostolic Creed, Hail Holy Queen, Memorare, Act of Spiritual Communion, Acts of Faith, Hope & Love, the Anima Christi, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, novenas, prayers to the Holy Spirit, Three O’Clock Prayer, prayers of reparation e.g. the Golden Arrow plus several other chaplets and litanties to Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the prayers to the Saints.  The list is endless. Start growing.

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