My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices
in God my Saviour for he has looked with favour on his lowly
servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed,
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has
shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud
in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good
things, and the rich has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has
remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our
fathers, to Abraham and his children forever. Glory be to the
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people
and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of
his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save
us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He
promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free
from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for
you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his
people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our Lord the dawn from on high will
break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the
shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father....
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I will begin
this day. I thank you, Lord, for having preserved me during the
night. I will do my best to make all I do today pleasing to You
and in accordance with Your will. My dear mother Mary, watch over
me this day. My Guardian Angel, take care of me. St. Joseph and
all you saints of God, pray for me... (add your daily 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.
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... (followed
by an Act of Contrition)
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having
offended You and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss
of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they
offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my
love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess
my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.
Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts, which
we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, Our
Dear Jesus, we thank you for this food and ask you to bless it to
our bodies, and our bodies to your service. Amen.
Soul of Christ, make me holy. Body of Christ, save
me. Blood of Christ, fill me with love. Water from Christ's side,
wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds, hide me. Never let me be parted from you.
From the evil enemy, protect me. At the hour of my death, call
me. And tell me to come to you. That with your saints I may
praise you. Through all eternity. Amen.
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.
Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that
never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, we turn to you, O Virgins of
virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful
and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise our
petitions, but in your mercy hear us and answer us. Amen.
Breathe into me Holy Spirit, That all my thoughts may be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract
my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I always may be
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten our minds to
perceive the mysteries of the universe in relation to eternity.
Spirit of right judgment and courage, guide us and make us firm
in our baptismal decision to follow Jesus' way of love. Spirit of
knowledge and reverence, help us to see the lasting value of
justice and mercy in our everyday dealings with one another. May
we respect life as we work to solve problems of family and
nation, economy and ecology. Spirit of God, spark our faith, hope
and love into new action each day. Fill our lives with wonder and
awe in your presence which penetrates all creation. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of your faithful and
enkindle in them the fires of your love. Send forth your Spirit
and we shall be created and you will renew the face of the earth.
See our Leaflet "Praying the
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.
It is traditional to say the Angelus at: 6.00 am, 12.00 Noon,
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.
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are 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.
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. Amen.
Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and
earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: 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; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the
Father Almighty; from thence He shall 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.
Eternal Father, I offer the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its
love, all its suffering and all its merits; to expiate all the
sins I have committed this day, and during all my life; to purify
the good that I have done this day and during my life; to make up
for the good I ought to have done and that I have neglected this
day and during all my life. Amen.
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense
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 the other evil
spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
V: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
R: Have Mercy on us.
V: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
R: Have Mercy on us.
V: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
R: Have Mercy on us. Amen.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.