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Catholic Prayers - Catholic Church St Josephs Goodwood Cape Town - Goodwood, Cape Town


1. Sign of the Cross 
2. Nicene Creed 
3. Apostles Creed 
4. Lord’s Prayer 
5. Hail Mary 
6. Glory Be to the Father 
7. Oh My Jesus 
8. Salve Regina 
9. Prayer after the Rosary 
10. St Michael the Archangel 
11. Guardian Angel Prayer 
12. Prayer to the Holy Spirit 
13. Act of Contrition 
14. The Memorare 
15. The Angelus 
16. Act of Faith 
17. Act of Hope 
18. Act of Charity 
19. Prayer for Peace 
20. Prayer for Vocations 
21. Prayer of St Francis 
22. Novenas 
23. Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes 
24. The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy 
25. Stations of the Cross 
26. The Ten Commandments of God 
27. The Six chief commandments of the Church 
28. The Three Theological virtues 
29. The Four Cardinal Virtues 
30. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 
31. The Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit 
32. The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy 
33. The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy 
34. The Seven Deadly Sins 
35. The Opposite Virtues 
36. Fasting and Abstinence 
 
A Sign of the Cross is made before we commence our prayers and we say: 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
 
Nicene Creed 
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, 
maker of heaven and earth, 
of all things visible and invisible. 
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Only Begotten Son of God, 
born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, 
true God from true God, 
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; 
through him all things were made. 
For us men and for our salvation 
he came down from heaven, 
(bow at the following words up to and became man) 
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man. 
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, 
he suffered death and was buried, 
and rose again on the third day 
in accordance with 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. 
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, 
who proceeds from the Father and the Son, 
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, 
who has spoken through the prophets. 
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. 
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins 
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead 
and the life of the world to come. 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, 
(bow at the following words up to Virgin Mary) 
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, 
suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died and was buried; 
he descended into Hell; 
and 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; 
and 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. 
 
Penitential Act 
I confess to almighty God 
and to you, my brothers and sisters, 
that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and words, 
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, 
(strike breast on the next two lines) 
through my fault, through my fault, 
through my most grievous fault; 
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, 
all the Angels and Saints, 
and you, my brothers and sisters, 
to pray for me to the Lord our God. 
 
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. 
 
The Hail Mary 
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. Amen. 
 
The Glory Be to the Father 
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and 
forever shall be. World without end. Amen. 
 
Oh My Jesus 
Oh My Jesus. Save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most 
need of Thy Mercy. 
 
Salve Regina 
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope 
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. 
To you do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. 
Turn then, most gracious advocate your eyes of mercy towards us and after this our exile 
show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. 
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. 
Pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 
 
Prayer after the Rosary 
O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His Life, Death, and Resurrection, has purchased for us the 
rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech You, that, meditating upon these Mysteries of the Most 
Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they 
promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 
May the divine assistance remain always with us. Amen. 
 
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel 
St 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 evil spirits who wander through the world 
for the ruin of souls.  
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. 
 
Prayer to the Holy Spirit 
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. 
Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created. And Thou shall renew the face of the earth. 
 
Act of Contrition 
O my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and by the help 
of your grace I will not sin again. 
 
The Memorare 
Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that it is a thing unheard of, that anyone ever had recourse 
to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, and was left forsaken. Filled 
therefore with confidence in your goodness, I fly to you, O Mother, Virgin of virgins. To you I 
come, before you I stand, a sorrowful sinner. Despise not my poor words, O Mother of the Word 
of God, but graciously hear and grant my prayer. 
 
The Angelus 
(This Is said to put us in mind that God the Son became man for our salvation.) 
V. The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary 
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 
 Hail Mary ... 
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord 
R. Be it done to me according to your 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 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 be brought by his passion 
and cross to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 
May the divine assistance remain always with us and may the souls of those who had died, through 
the mercy of God, rest in peace. 
 
Act of Faith 
My God, I believe in you and all that your Church teaches, because you have said it, and your word 
is true. 
 
Act of Hope 
My God, I hope in you, for grace and glory, because of your promises, your mercy and your power. 
 
Act of Charity 
My God, because you are so good, I love you with all my heart, and for your sake, I love my neighbour as myself. 
 
Prayer for Peace 
God our Father, Creator of the world, you establish the order which governs all the ages. 
Hear our prayer and give us peace in our time that we may rejoice in your mercy and praise you 
without end. 
 
Prayer for Vocations 
0 Jesus, Good and Gentle Shepherd grant that the men and women from our community, 
may have the grace and the courage to hear and answer Your call to priesthood and 
religious life. Give them the wisdom to realize that life is a gift. 
Let them realize their life is part of YOUR plan. 
Call forth those You have chosen to spread the gospel message, and help them to freely 
respond to a life of service in the church. 
May the parents and families of our parish, support and encourage our young men and women 
to search for, follow and answer the call of God in their lives. Amen 
 
Prayer of St Francis 
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love 
where there is injury, pardon 
where there is discord, union 
where there is doubt, faith 
where there is despair, hope 
where there is darkness, light 
where there is sadness, joy 
for your mercy and truth's sake 
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek 
to be consoled as to console 
to be understood as to understand 
to be loved and to love 
for it is in giving that we receive 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned 
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 
 
Novenas 
A Novena is nine days of public or private prayer for some special occasion or intention. Its origin 
goes back to the 9 days that the disciples and Mary spent together in prayer between the 
Ascension of Jesus and Pentecost. A novena is perseverance in prayer – see Lk 18:1-8 about the 
Widow and the Judge. 
 
Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes 
Blessed by the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Our Mother, have pity on us. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, heal us, for the love and honour of the Holy Trinity. 
Our Lady of Lourdes, heal us, for the conversion of sinners. 
Health of the sick, pray for us. Succour of sufferers, pray for us. 
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. 
Then say Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be three times in honour of the Immaculate Conception.  
The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy 
Begin with: 
The Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed. 
Then on the Our Father Beads say the following: 
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our 
Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. 
On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following: 
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 
(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades). 
Conclude with (three times): 
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 
 
Stations of the Cross 
1. Jesus is condemned to death. 
Consider how Jesus, after having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly 
condemned by Pilate to die on the Cross.. 
2. Jesus receives and carries the Cross. 
Consider how Jesus, in making this journey with the Cross on his shoulders, thought of us, and 
offered for us to his Father the death he was about to undergo. 
3. Jesus falls for the first time. 
Consider the first fall of Jesus under his Cross. His flesh was torn by the scourges, his head was 
crowned with thorns; he had lost a great quantity of blood. So weakened he could scarcely 
walk, he yet had to carry this great load upon his shoulders. The soldiers struck him rudely, and 
he fell several times. 
4. Jesus is met by his Blessed Mother. 
Consider this meeting of the Son and the Mother, which took place on this journey. Their looks 
became like so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly. 
5. The Cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene. 
Consider how his cruel tormentors, seeing that Jesus was on the point of expiring, and fearing he 
would die on the way, whereas they wished him to die the shameful death of the Cross, 
constrained Simon of Cyrene to carry the Cross behind our Lord. 
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. 
Consider how the holy woman named Veronica, seeing Jesus so ill-used, and bathed in sweat 
and blood, wiped his face with a towel, on which was left the impression of his holy 
countenance. 
7. Jesus falls the second time. 
Consider the second fall of Jesus under the Cross – a fall which renews the pain of all the wounds 
in his head and members. 
8. The women of Jerusalem mourn for our Lord. 
Consider how these women wept with compassion at seeing Jesus in such a pitiable state, 
streaming with blood, as he walked along. ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, said he, ‘weep not me for 
me, but for yourselves and for your children’. 
9. Jesus falls for the third time. 
Consider the third fall of Jesus Christ. His weakness was extreme, and the cruelty of his 
executioners excessive, who tried to hasten his steps when he could scarcely move. 
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments. Consider the violence with which Jesus was stripped by the executioners. His inner garments 
adhered to his torn flesh, and they dragged them off so roughly that the skin came with them. 
Take pity on your Saviour thus cruelly treated. 
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross. 
Consider how Jesus, having been placed upon the Cross, extended his hands, and offered to his 
Eternal Father the sacrifice of his life for our salvation. Those barbarians fastened him with nails, 
and then, securing the Cross, allowed him to die with anguish on this infamous gibbet. 
12. Jesus dies on the Cross. 
Consider how Jesus, being consumed with anguish after three hours’ agony on the Cross, 
abandoned himself to the weight of his body, bowed his head and died. 
13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross. 
Consider how, after our Lord had expired, two of his disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, took him 
down from the Cross and placed him in the arms of his afflicted Mother, who received him with 
unutterable tenderness, and pressed him to her bosom. 
14. Jesus is placed in the sepulchre. 
Consider how the disciples, accompanied by his holy Mother, carried the body of Jesus to bury it. 
They closed the tomb, and all came sorrowfully away. 
 
The Ten Commandments of God 
1. Thou shalt not have strange Gods before Me. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven 
thing, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of 
those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them nor serve 
them. 
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. 
3. Remember that thou keep the name of the Lord they God in vain. 
4. Honour thy father and mother. 
5. Thou shalt not kill. 
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 
7. Thou shalt not steal. 
8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife. 
10. Thou shalt not covet they neighbour’s goods. 
 
The Six chief commandments of the Church 
1. To keep the Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation holy, by attending Mass and resting from 
 servile works. 
2. To keep the days of Fasting and Abstinence appointed by the Church. 
3. To go to Confession at least once a year. 
4. To receive the Blessed Sacrament at least once a year, at Easter or thereabouts. 
5. To contribute to the support of our priests. 
6. Not to marry within certain degrees of kindred without dispensation. 
 
The Three Theological virtues: 
Faith, Hope and Charity 
 
The Four Cardinal Virtues: 
Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance. 
 
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and the Fear of the Lord. 
 
The Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit: 
Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Benignity, Goodness, Longanimity, Mildness, Faith, Modesty, 
Continency, Chastity. 
 
The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy: 
To feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked; to harbour the harbourless; to 
visit the sick; to visit the imprisoned; to bury the dead. 
 
The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy: 
To counsel the doubtful; to instruct the ignorant; to admonish sinners; to comfort the afflicted; to 
forgive offences; to bear wrongs patiently; to pray for the living and the dead. 
 
The Seven Deadly Sins: 
Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth. 
 
The Opposite Virtues: 
Humility, Liberality, Chastity, Meekness, Temperance, Brotherly Love, 
Diligence. 
 
Fasting and Abstinence: 
The age of which abstinence becomes binding is fourteen. The obligation of fasting is restricted to 
those who have completed their twenty-first year until they have begun their sixtieth. Fasting and 
Abstinence is binding throughout the Church on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.