What is a prayer?
“If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour will be very well employed.” St. Francis de Sales
- Parish Prayer
- Saint Michael
- The Divine Praises
- Anima Christi
- The Angelus
- Regina Caeli
- Divine Mercy
These are the Common Catholic Prayers.
St Luke’s Parish Prayer
Loving Father, Inspire us to live the Catholic Faith in ways that are dynamic and engaging.
Show us how to best get involved in the life of our Parish. Make our Saint Luke’s Community hungry for Christ in the scripture and in the Eucharist and for the continuous growth of our faith.
Give us courage when we are afraid, hope when we feel discouraged and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit in times of decision.
Teach us to value and respect everyone, and lead all members of our Parish to become your faithful disciples.
St Luke, Pray for us. Amen.
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, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. 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 His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
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. Amen.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your Wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to you.
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
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
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to Your Word.
Hail Mary, full of grace…
V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace…
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 as we have known the incarnation of Christ, your Son by the message of an angel, so by His passion and cross we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Scapular Investiture Formula
Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
All: And grant us your salvation.
Priest: O Lord, hear my prayer.
All: And let my cry come to you.
Priest: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Priest: Let us pray:
O Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of mankind, by your right hand sanctify + these Scapulars (this Scapular) which your servants (servant) will devoutly wear for the love of you and of your Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel; so that by her intercession, they (he/she) may be protected from the wickedness of the enemy and preserve in your grace until death; who live and reign forever and ever.
The Priest now sprinkles the Scapular with Holy Water.
The Priest then says:
Receive this blessed Scapular and ask the Most Holy Virgin that by her merits, it may be worn with no stain and may protect you from all harm and bring you into everlasting life.
Then the Priest personally places the Scapular on each one.
By the power granted on me, I admit you to a share in all the spiritual works performed, with the merciful help of Jesus Christ, by the Religious of Mount Carmel; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
May Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, bless you whom he has been pleased to receive into the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. We beg her to crush the head of the ancient serpent in the hour of your death, and in the end, to obtain for you a palm and the crown of your everlasting inheritance, through Christ Our Lord.
The PRIEST now sprinkles those enrolled with Holy Water.
Act of consecration to our Lady of CARMEL
O Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel, I come today to consecrate myself to You,
For my whole life is but a small return for the many graces and blessings
That has come from God to me through Your hands.
Since You regardest with an eye of special kindness those who wear the Scapular
I implore You to increase in me, Faith, Hope and Charity.
May Your Scapular keep Your eyes of mercy toward me
And bring me Your special protection in the daily struggle to be
faithful to Your Divine Son and You.
May it separate me from all that is sinful and clothe me with Your virtues.
O dearest Mother, support me by Your never failing love,
That I, an unworthy sinner, may come one day to exchange Your Scapular
For the wedding garment of heaven and dwell with You
And the saints of Carmel in the Kingdom of Your Son. Amen
Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
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.
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 Apostle’s Creed
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 arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sited 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 the life everlasting.
On the one “Our Father” bead say “Eternal Father”
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 ten small beads of Each Decade say “For the sake”
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Repeat for the remaining decades
Saying the “Eternal Father” on the “Our Father” beads and then saying “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” on the “Hail Mary” beads.
Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Optional Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion–inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen
(Doloxy) 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.
Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Holding the Crucifix, say the
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.
On the first bead, say an
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 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. on each of the next three beads.
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.
For each of the five decades, announce the Mystery (perhaps followed by a brief reading from Scripture) then say the Our Father. While fingering each of the ten beads of the decade, next say ten Hail Mary’s while meditating on the Mystery. Then say a Glory Be.
After finishing each decade, some say the
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.
After saying the five decades, say the
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope, to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears; turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin 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:
O God, whose Only Begotten Son, by his life, Death, and Resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech thee, that while meditating on 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.
Daily Mystery Meditations
The Joyful Mystery
These are the rosary mysteries prayed on Monday and on Saturday.
The Annunciation – Mary is told by the angel Gabriel that she is to be the Mother of God.
The angel said to her “Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:30-32 a)
Fruits of the ministry: Humility
The Visitation – Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth who rejoices in Mary being chosen to be the Mother of God. Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. (Luke 1:39-41a)
Fruits of the ministry: Love of Neighbor
The Nativity – Jesus is born!
While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7)
Fruits of the ministry: Poverty of Spirit, Detachment from the Things of the World
The Presentation -The Infant Jesus is presented in the Temple.
When the time came for purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (Luke 2:22)
Fruits of the ministry: Obedience
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple – Jesus is lost for three days and is found by Mary and Joseph in the temple with the teachers listening and asking questions.
When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this?” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my father’s house?” (Luke 2:48-49)
Fruits of the ministry: Piety
The Sorrowful Mystery
These are the rosary mysteries prayed on Tuesdays and on Fridays.
The Agony in the Garden – Jesus goes with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.
They came to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And He said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death.” (Mark 14:32-34)
Fruits of the ministry: Contrition, Conformity to the Will of God
The Scourging of Jesus at the Pillar – Jesus is brought to Pilate for trial. Pilate can see no fault in Jesus.
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. (Mark 15:15)
Fruits of the ministry: Purity, Mortification
The Crowning of Thorns – Jesus is taken by the soldiers who strip him and place a crown of thorns on his head. Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the govérndr’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown they put it on him. And they began saluting him “Hail, King of the Jews” (Mark 15:16-18)
Fruits of the ministry: Moral Courage
The Carrying of the Cross – Jesus carried his cross to the Place of the Skull which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.
Carrying the cross by himself, he went to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. (John 19:16b-17)
Fruits of the ministry: Patience
The Crucifixion – Jesus is nailed to the cross. With him were criminals who were also being crucified. One criminal evokes Jesus to remember him when he enters into heaven.
When they came to the place of that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus, there were criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then he said ‘Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom. (Luke 23:33,42)
Fruits of the ministry: Salvation, Self-Denial
The Luminous Mystery
These are the rosary mysteries prayed on Thursday.
Baptism of Jesus – Jesus is baptised in the River Jordan by his cousin John the Baptist.
And when Jesus had been baptised, just as he come up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said “This is my Son the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-I 7)
Fruits of the ministry: Openness to the Holy Spirit
Wedding at Cana – Jesus’ miracle at the Wedding of Cana is the first sign of his public ministry.
Jesus did this the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:7-10,12)
Fruits of the ministry: To Jesus through Mary
Proclamation of the Kingdom of God – Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God.
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the Good News. (Mark 1:15)
Fruits of the ministry: Repentance, Trust in God
Transfiguration – Jesus is transfigured on the mountain.
Then from a cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son the Chosen; listen to him!” (Luke 9:28-29,35)
Fruits of the ministry: Desire for Holiness
Institution of the Eucharist – (John 13:1) Jesus gives us his Body and Blood.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
Fruits of the ministry: Eucharistic Adoration, Active Participation at Mass
The Glorious Mystery
These are the rosary mysteries prayed on Wednesday and on Sunday.
The Resurrection – After the Sabbath Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb of Jesus. An angel appeared to them and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead.
The angel said to the women “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come see the place where he lay.(Matthew 28:5-6)
Fruits of the ministry: Faith
The Ascension – Jesus appears to two of his followers on the road to Emmaus and they do not recognise him until they break together.
Then he lead them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven. (Luke 24:50-51)
Fruits of the ministry: Hope, Desire for Heaven
The Descent of the Holy Spirit – The followers and disciples of Jesus were gathered together on the day of Pentecost. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven their came a sound like a rush of violent wind… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:2-4)
Fruits of the ministry: Wisdom, Love of God
The Assumption – After the death of Mary the Mother of Jesus she was taken body and soul into heaven.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed; (Luke 1:46-48)
Fruits of the ministry: Devotion to Mary
The Coronation – Mary the Mother of God is crowned Queen of Heaven.
A great portent appeared in heaven: a women clothed with the sun, with a moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Revelation 12:1)
Fruits of the ministry: Eternal Happiness