The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The sign of the cross is both an action and a statement of faith.
A physical reminder of our redemption in the cross and an expression of faith in the Trinity.

Hail Mary

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 death.

he first part of the Hail Mary is biblical, drawn from Gabriel’s greeting to Mary at the Annunciation and Elizabeth’s greeting at the Visitation. The second part of the prayer has its origins in 15th-century Italy.

The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)

Our Father 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.

The Lord’s Prayer ‘is truly the summary of the whole of the Gospel’. (CCC 2761.)

Act of Contrition

Oh 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 try not sin again.

One of the forms of the Penitent’s Prayer of Sorrow found in the Rite of Penance.

Glory Be

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.

The doxology is a short expression of praise of the Trinity dating back to the early Church. It is used extensively in the Liturgy of the Hours and in devotions such as the Rosary.

Prayer for our School

Lord Jesus, we pray for all who work at our School, for our teachers and our students, for those who prepare our food, for those who clean up after us, for those who work in the offices, for those who give up their spare time for us, for those who work on the grounds, for those who work at long meetings in the evenings. We ask you to bless them. Amen

Dear God, help us to make our School a caring School. Help us to remember that everyone has an important part to play. Help us all to respect each other and work together, so that our School will be a happy                                              place for us all                                                                                                     Amen.

The Angelus

The angel of the lord declared unto Mary
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, Pray us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the lord.
Be it done to me according to your word.
Hail Mary full of grace………And the word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary…
Pray for us, O holy mother of God
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.

The Angelus is traditionally said three times a day: at 6am, 12 noon, and 6pm.

Eternal Rest

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Based on the Entrance Antiphon of the Mass for the Dead.

Grace before

Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts
which we are about to receive from your bounty. Through Christ our Lord.

Grace after meals

We give you thanks, Almighty God, for all your benefits,
who live and reign, world without end. 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,

At the words that follow, up to and including the Virgin Mary, all bow.

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.

Based on baptismal documents of the 8th century but related to texts of an earlier origin.

Angel of God

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.

The prayer is based on one by Reginald of Canterbury in the early 12th century.

Come, Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of your faithful,
grant that by that same Holy Spirit,
we may be truly wise, and ever rejoice in your consolation, Through Christ our Lord.

This prayer is a compilation of a number of liturgical texts drawn from the Mass and Office of Pentecost and the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given me,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

Morning Offering

O Jesus,
through the most pure heart of Mary,
I offer you all my prayers,
thoughts, works and sufferings of this day
for all the intentions of your most Sacred heart.

The Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked upon his handmaid in her lowliness; for behold, from this day forward,
all generations will call me blessed.
For the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age
for those who fear him.
He has made known the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit of heart. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted those who are lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
mindful of his mercy,
even as he promised to our fathers,
to Abraham and his descendants for ever.
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.

Mary’s song of praise was first sung to her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1:46–55). It is sung daily at Evening Prayer.

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 for glory, because of your promises, your mercy and your power.

Act of Love

My God, because you are so good, I love you with all my heart,
and for your sake,
I love your neighbour as myself.

The Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel:
for he has visited his people and redeemed them; he has raised up for us a horn of salvation
in the House of David his servant,
as he spoke through the mouth of his holy ones, his prophets from ages past:
To grant salvation from our foes,
and from the hand of all who hate us,
showing mercy to our fathers,
remembering his holy covenant;
the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
To grant that freed from the hand of our foes,
we may serve him without fear
in holiness and righteousness
all the days of our life.
And you, little child, will be called
the Prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord
to make ready his ways:
to grant knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins;
Through the tender mercy of our God,
the Dawn from on high will visit us,
to shine on those who sit in darkness,
and those in the shadow of death;
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
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.

The Canticle of Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, is taken from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 1:68–79). It is sung daily at Morning Prayer.

Hail, Holy Queen (Salve Regina)

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail 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 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.

The Salve Regina is one of the Marian Anthems sung at Night Prayer.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

A 16th-century version of a longer 15th-century prayer.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.