Prayer Library

The Rosary

"The repetition of the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery.  The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's spirit dwells.  The Rosary can be said privately or with a group."

~ United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ~

The Five Joyful Mysteries     

traditionally prayed on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays of Advent: 

1. The Annunciation

2. The Visitation

3. The Nativity

4. The Presentation in the Temple

5. The Finding in the Temple

The Five Glorious Mysteries

traditionally prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays outside of Lent & Advent: 

1. The Resurrection

2. The Ascension

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit

4. The Assumption

5. The Coronation of Mary

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries

traditionally prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays of Lent:

1. The Agony in the Garden

2. The Scourging at the Pillar

3. The Crowning with Thorns

4. The Carrying of the Cross

5. The Crucifixion and Death

The Five Luminous Mysteries

traditionally prayed on Thursdays: 

1. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan

2. The Wedding Feast at Cana

3. Jesus' Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God

4. The Transfiguration

5. The Institution of the Eucharist


Prayer to St. 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 hosts, 

by the power of God, 

cast into hell Satan, 

and all the evil spirits, 

who prowl about the world

seeking the ruin of souls.   Amen. 

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.  I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.  Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.  In His name, my God, have mercy.  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, 

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 live of the world to come.  Amen. 

Apostles 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; 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;

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. 

The chaplet of the divine mercy

Begin with: Our Father....., Hail Mary....., The Apostles Creed. 

On the five large beads say:  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 say:  For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world. 

Conclude with (three times): Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that

anyone who fled to your protection, implored you help

or sought your intercession was left unaided. 

Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; 

to you do I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.  

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, 

but in your mercy hear and answer me.  Amen. 

Salve Regina

This is one of four Marian antiphons, with following versicles and prayers, traditionally said or sung after night prayer, immediately before going to sleep.  It is said from the end of Eastertide until the beginning of Advent.  (That is, from the day after Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter (or from the following Sunday, if Pentecost is celebrated with octave), through the Friday before the fourth Sunday before Christmas. 

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 to we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.  Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward 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.  

Almighty and everlasting God, who by the working of the Holy Spirit didst prepare both body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother, Mary, that she might deserve to be made a worthy dwelling for thy Son, grant that we who rejoice in her memory, may, by her loving intercession, be delivered from present evils and from lasting death, through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Salve, Regina

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae; vita dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.  Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae.  Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle.  Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.  Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.  O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria. 

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix. 

R. Ut digni efficamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.  Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui gloriosae Virginis Matris Mariae corpus et animam, ut dignum Filii tui habitaculum effici mereretur, Spiritu Sancto cooperante, praeparasti, da, ut cuius commenmoratione laetamur; eius pia intercessione, ab instantibus malis et a morte perpetua libermur.  Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.  Amen.  

Chaplet of Reparation for Priests

(To be prayed on the rosary)

Incline (+) unto my aid, O Lord, make haste to help me.
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.

(On each of the Our Father beads)

Eternal Father, I offer Thee
The Precious Blood of Thy Beloved Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb without blemish or spot,
in reparation for my sins
and for the sins of all Thy priests.

(On each of the Hail Mary beads):
By thy Precious Blood, O Jesus,
Purify and sanctify thy priests.

(In place of the Glory be to the Father):
O Father, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth is named,
Have mercy on all thy priests, and wash them in the Blood of the Lamb.

Adapted From In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart, Ignatius Press