Simple Prayers

Lord, I believe in you.
Lord, I hope in you.
Lord, I love you.

Lord, hear me.
Lord, save me.
Lord, have mercy on me.
Lord, increase my faith.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the Living God, 
have mercy on me.

My Lord and my God.

Jesus, gentle and humble of heart,
make my heart like yours.

Saints of God, come to my aid.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Mother of Sorrows, pray for us.
Pray for us, Holy Mother of God
that we may be made worthy 
of the promises of Christ.

Father, into your hands,
I commend my spirit.

Sty with us, Lord.

My God, I love you above all things.

My Jesus, I thank you
for having died on the Cross for me.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
assist me in my last hour.

Taken from "Companion in Illness," by Fr. Victor Hoagland, C.P., Catholic Book Publishing Company, 1994.

Salutation of the Blessed Virgin by St. Francis of Assisi

Hail, O Lady
Holy Queen
Mary, holy Mother of God,
Who are the Virgin made Church,
chosen by the most Holy Father in heaven
whom he consecrated with His most holy beloved Son
and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
in whom there was and is
all fullness of grace and every good.

Hail His Palace!
Hail His Tabernacle!
Hail His Dwelling!
Hail His Robe!
Hail His Servant!
Hail His Mother!

And hail all You holy virtues
which are poured into the hearts of the faithful
through the grace and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,
that from being unbelievers,
You may make them faithful to God.

Peace 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 doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope; 
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

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 as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


* Though named for the poor man of Assisi, this prayer was first published in 1912 in a small French spiritual magazine entitled La Clochette.  It may have been composed by Fr. Esther Bouquerel, founder of La Ligue.

Novena to St. Anthony of Padua

The Miraculous Responsory in Honor of St. Anthony

If you ask for miracles,
Death, error, all calamities,
The leprosy and demons fly,
And health succeeds infirmities.

The sea obeys, and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore;
Whilst treasures lost are found again
When young or old thine aid implore.

All dangers vanish at thy prayer,
And direst need doth quickly flee,
Let those who know thy power proclaim—
Let Paduans say—these are of thee.

The sea obeys and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs do you restore;
While treasures lost are found again,
When young and old your aid implore.

To Father, Son may glory be,
And Holy Spirit eternally.

The sea obeys and fetter break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore,
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old your aid implore.

Pray for us, blessed Anthony,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Almighty God, you have given St. Anthony to your people as an outstanding preacher and a ready helper in time of need. With his assistance may we follow the Gospel of Christ and know the help of your grace in every difficulty. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to the “Wonder Worker”

After you died, St. Anthony, God chose to make your holiness known to the world and to draw people by working miracles in answer to prayers made in your name. Since then, people have asked God to continue to honor you by working wonders through your intercession. Those who have experienced the power of prayers offered in your name have told how God has answered them. God has healed the sick, restored peace of mind, relieved poverty and granted favors of all kinds.  Now in this time of need, I ask you, St. Anthony, to pray with me for the things I desire. I pray that God may again give me a sign of loving care and providence, and that through you, God may draw us all to the fullness of life and love in eternity. Amen.

Devotion in Honor of St. Anthony of Padua

V. The Lord is the strength of his people, the saving refuge of his anointed.
R. Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance; and rule them forever.
V. Hear, O Lord, the sound of my call; be my helper; forsake me not, O God by Savior.
R. Though I walk amid distress, you preserve me, O Lord; your right hand saves me.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto you.

Let us pray:
Almighty, eternal God, you have given your people St. Anthony as an outstanding preacher and intercessor in times of need. Grant that with his help we may follow his example of Christian living and experience your support in all adversities.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


We greet you, St. Anthony, Doctor of the Gospel and true son of St. Francis.  We salute you, great Saint, gifted in wisdom and messenger of divine love.  We rejoice at the favors which God so graciously has bestowed on you.  In humility and confidence, we beg you to help us.  Behold our distress, our anxiety, our fears, especially this our request: (Pause and silently make your request.)  We ask you to help us by the love you felt for Jesus, the Lord.  Tell Him of our wants.  Intercede for us.  In the name of your love for Him, hear our prayers.  Amen.


V. St. Anthony, our Patron and Advocate,
R. Grant us what we ask of you.
V. St. Anthony, powerful in word and work.
R. Grant us what we ask of you.
V. St. Anthony, attentive to those who invoke you.
R. Grant us what we ask of you.
V. St. Anthony, glory of the Church and honor of the Franciscan Order,
R. Grant us what we ask of you.
V. St. Anthony, whom the Lord Jesus so much loved and honored.
R. Grant us what we ask of you.
V. Pray for us, O blessed Anthony.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

We thank you, Father, for giving us St. Anthony, who lived the Gospel so faithfully.  Through his intercession may the Gospel impel us to see the new opportunities that you offer us each day to build up your Kingdom and to make our world a more fitting place for all people to live.  With St. Anthony we praise and bless you, Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


St. Patrick's Breastplate

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three. 

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today. 

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet 'well done' in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors' faith, Apostles' word,
The Patriarchs' prayers, the Prophets' scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls. 

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks. 

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard. 

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers. 

Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart's idolatry,
Against the wizard's evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning. 

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. 

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty,
my memory, my understanding and my whole will.
All that I am and all that I possess You have given me.
I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according 
Your will.

Give me only Your Love and Your Grace; 
with these I will be rich enough
and will desire nothing more.


Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel against the Powers of Evil

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.