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Common Prayers of The Church

GRACE BEFORE MEALS
Bless us O Lord, and these your gifts,
which we are about to receive from your bounty
through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

GRACE AFTER MEALS
We give you thanks,
Almighty God,
for these and all the benefits
we have received from your bounty,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE FAMILY
Heavenly Father
to your loving care and protection
I entrust my family this day.
Bless each one of us,
Keep each one in your love,
Protect us from harm.
Guide us in our actions.
Fill us with your Spirit.
May your peace reign in our hearts,
and your love be always
at the heart of our family. Amen.

NIGHT PRAYER
Into your hands this night, O Lord,
I commend my spirit,
Into your ear
I pour out my troubles;
Into your loving heart
I humbly confide my sins and failings.
Watch over me during this night,
That tomorrow I may serve and praise you. Amen.

THE DIVINE PRAISES
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 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 Saint Joseph her spouse most chaste
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints

In honour of the Blessed Sacrament
O God, under this wonderful Sacrament
you have left us a memorial of your passion.
Grant, we beseech you, that we may so venerate
the mysteries of your Body and Blood
that we may ever experience within ourselves
the fruit of your Redemption,
you who live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever. Amen

O SACRAMENT MOST HOLY
O Sacrament most holy! O Sacrament divine!
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine.

THE JESUS PRAYER
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
have mercy on me, a sinner

COME, HOLY SPIRIT
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
Enkindle in them the fires of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
And you shall renew the face of the earth.

LET US PRAY
O God, who taught the hearts of the faithful
By the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant that by the gifts of the same Spirit
we may be always truly wise,
and ever rejoice in his consolation
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS
Come, Holy Spirit, creator blest,
And in our hearts take up your rest.
Come with your grace and heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts that you have made

O Comforter, to you we cry,
O highest gift of God most high;
O fount of life! O Fire of love!
O sweet anointing from above!

All glory to the Father be,
And to the risen Son;
The same to Thee, great Paraclete,
While endless ages run. Amen.

BRIEF PRAYERS
My Lord and my God
Lord, help my unbelief
Lord, save me!

THE ANGELUS
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
and she conceived of the Holy spirit.
Hail Mary …

Behold the handmaid of the Lord;
Be it done to me according to your word.
Hail Mary …

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 you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts, that we,
to whom the incarnation of Christ your 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
May the divine assistance remain with us,
And may the souls of the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen.

SHORT PRAYERS TO MARY
O Mary, conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to you.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy
Of the promises of Christ.

THE MEMORARE
Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary,
That it is a thing unheard of,
That anyone ever had recourse to your protection,
Implored your help,
Or sought your intercession,
And was left forsaken,
Filled therefore, with confidence in your goodness,
I fly to you, O Mother, Virgin of virgins,
To you I come
Before you I stand,
A sorrowful sinner,
Despise not my poor words
O Mother of the Word of God,
But graciously hear
And grant my prayer. Amen.

HAIL, HOLY QUEEN
Hail, Holy Queen, mother of mercy!
Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To you do we cry,
Poor banished children of Eve;
To you do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this vale of tears,
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
Your eyes of mercy towards us;
And after this, our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus
O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy
Of the promises of Christ.
Amen.

THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

PREPARATION:
Before confession penitents are encouraged to prepare themselves in prayer and quiet reflection.

PRAYER FOR A GOOD CONFESSION
Father, before your throne of mercy I humbly ask you to send
Your healing spirit into my hearth: give me the courage to face
My sins and to acknowledge them, grant me a true spirit of
Repentance that I may always rejoice in your love. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING (there are many other suitable texts)
Ours were the sufferings he bore,
Ours the sorrows he carried.
He was pierced through for our faults,
Crushed for our sins.
On him lies the punishment that brings us peace,
And through his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-6).

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
We do this remembering that the Lord wants us to
Love him, not to fear him, to
Find healing rather than to be lost in guilt

THE RITE OF PENANCE
The Greeting
In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
And of the Holy spirit. Amen
May the Lord God be with you to help you to confess your sins
And to know his mercy.
Amen.

THE CONFESSION OF SIN
Bless me, father, for I have sinned. It is …… weeks, months,
Years since my last confession. I have…

THE PENANCE

AN ACT OF CONTRITION
O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins,
Because they have crucified my loving saviour Jesus Christ,
And have offended your infinite goodness. And I firmly
Resolve, by the help of your grace, never to offend you again,
And carefully to avoid the occasion of sin.

ABSOLUTION
God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrectionOf the his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the HolySpirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministryOf the Church may God grant you pardon and peace, and I absolveyou from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.Amen.

DISMISSAL
May the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merits of the
Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the saints, whatever good you do,
Whatever suffering you endure, may it gain for you an increase
In God's grace, blessings on you and your loved ones, and the
Reward of eternal life. Go in peace.

RITE OF COMMUNION BY A SPECIAL MINISTER
When a special minister has been dully appointed and
Authorize to take communion to the sick, the following rite is used.
If the sick person is dying, the rite of viaticum is used.

A pause for silent reflection follows:
Lord, we have sinned against You
Lord, have mercy
P: Lord, have mercy
C: Lord, show us your mercy and love
P: and grant us your salvation
C: May almighty God have mercy on us,
Forgive us our sins,
And bring us to everlasting life. Amen

SHORT READING FROM THE WORD OF GOD
A brief passage from Sacred Scripture may then be read by one of those present or by the minister himself.
John 6:54-58
Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal
Life, and I shall raise him up on the last day
For my flesh is real drink
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him
As I, whom sent by the living Father,
Myself draw life from the Father,
This is the bread come down heaven;
Not like the bread your ancestors ate:
They are dead but anyone who eats this bread will live forever.

John 14:6
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life
No one can come to the Father except through me.

John 14:23
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
And my Father will love him,
And we shall come to him
And make our home with him.

John 14:
Peace I bequeath to you,
My own peace I give you,
A peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

John 15:4
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you
As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself,
But must remain part of the vine,
Neither can you unless you remain in me.

John 15:5
I am the vine
You are the branches
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
Bears fruit in plenty.

1 Corinthians 11:26
Until the Lord comes, every time you eat this bread
And drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.

I John 4:16
We ourselves have known and put our faith
In God's love towards ourselves.
God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God,
And God lives him.

HOLY COMMUNION
Lord's Prayer
The minister then introduces the Lord's Prayer in these or similar words:
Now let us pray together to the Father in the words given us by our Lord Jesus Christ
P: Our Father…

RITE OF COMMUNION OF THE SICK
The structure of this rite is as follows:
Introductory rites
Greeting
Penitential rite
Short reading of the word of God

Holy Communion
Lord's Prayer
Communion
Silence
Prayer

Concluding rite
Blessing

INTRODUCTORY RITES
Greeting
Wearing the appropriate vestments, the minister approaches the sick person and greets him/her and the others present in a friendly manner. He may use one of these greetings:

C: Peace to this house and to all who live in it.
Or:
The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the
Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
P: And with your Spirit
Or:
C: The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord JesusChrist be with you
P: Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Or:
And with your Spirit

Any other customary form of greeting from Scripture may be used. Then he places the Sacrament on the table, and all adore it.

The numbers in square brackets refer to the sections of the Roman
Ritual: De Sacra Communione ci de Cultu Mysteni Eucharistici extra Missam.

Penitential Rite

The minister invites the sick person and those present to recall their sins and to repent of them in one of the following forms:

First formula:
C: My brothers and sisters,to prepare ourselves for this celebration,let us call to mind our sins.
A pause for silent reflection follows.

All say:
I confess to Almighty God,
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned in my
thoughts and in my words,
In what I have done,
And in what I have failed to do;
Through my fault, through my fault,
Through my most grievous fault;
Therefore I ask Blessed Mary ever Virgin,
All the angels and saints,
And you, my brothers and sisters,
To pray for me to the Lord our God.

C: May Almighty God have mercy on us,
Forgive us our sins,
And bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Second formula:
C: My brothers and sisters,
To prepare ourselves for this celebration,

Communion
Then the minister shows the Holy Eucharist, saying:
This is the Lamb of God
Who takes away the sins of the world
Happy are those who are called to his supper
The sick person and the other communicants say, once only:
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
But only say the word and I shall be healed.
The minister goes to the sick person and, showing him/her the sacrament says:
The body of Christ (or the Blood of Christ)

As the sick person receives communion he or she answers
Amen.
Others present then receive in the usual manner

Silence
After communion the minister purifies the vessel as usual. A period of silence may now be observed.

CONCLUDING PRAYER
The minister then says one of the following prayers:
C: Let us pray
Lord
You have nourished us with one bread from heaven
Fill us with your Spirit,
And make us one in peace and love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord
P: Amen.
Or
C: Father,
You give us food from heaven
By sharing in this mystery
Teach us to judge wisely the things of earth
And to love the things of heaven.
Grant this through Christ our Lord
P: Amen.

Or
C: Lord,
We give you thanks for these Holy mysteries
Which brings us here on earth
A share in the life to come,

Through Christ our Lord
P: Amen
Or
C: Lord,
We thank you for the nourishment you give us
Through your Holy gifts
Pour your spirit out on us
And in the strength of this food from heaven
Keep up single-minded in your service.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord
P: Amen
Or
Lord,
You have nourished us with your Easter Sacraments
Fill us with your spirit
And make us one in peace and love
We ask this through Christ our Lord

CONCLUDING RITE
Blessing
Then the minister invokes God's blessings and crossing himself says:
May the Lord bless us,
Protect us from all evil
And bring us to everlasting life.
Or
May the almighty and merciful God bless and protect us,
The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

P: Amen

RITE OF VIATICUM

INTRODUCTORY RITES
Greeting
Wearing the appropriate vestments the minister approaches the sick person and greets him (her) and the others present in a friendly manner. He may use this greeting:
Peace to this house and all who live in it
Any other customary form of greeting from Scripture may be used. Then he places the sacrament on the table, and all adore it.

Address
Afterwards the minister addresses those present, using the following instruction or one better suited to the person's condition:
My brothers and sisters:
Before our Lord Jesus Christ passed from this world to return to his Father, he gave us the Sacrament of his body and blood. This is the promise of our resurrection. The food and drink for our journey as we pass from this life to join him. United in love of Christ let us ask God to give strength to our brother (sister)

Silent Prayer
A period of silent prayer then follows:

Penitential Rite
The minister invites the sick person and all present to recall their sins and to repent of them,

SHORT READING OF THE WORD OF GOD
It is desirable that the sick person renew his (her) baptismal profession of faith before he (she) receives viaticum. The minister gives a brief introduction and then asks the following questions:

C: Do you believe in God, Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth?
P: I do

C: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, And was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?

P: I do

C: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy, Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, he resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?

P: I do

PRAYER FOR THE SICK PERSON
If the condition of the sick person permits, a brief litany is recited in these or similar words. The sick person, if he (she) is able, and all present. Respond;
P: Lord, hear our prayer

C: Lord, you said: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. Hear our prayer for our brother (sister)

P: Lord, hear our prayer.

C: Lord, you invite us to the banquet of your kingdom, where there will be no more pain or mourning, no more sorrow or separation: hear our prayer for our brother (sister)

P: Lord, hear our prayer.

VIATICUM
Lord's Prayer
The minister introduces the Lord's Prayer in these or similar words:
C: Now let us pray together to the Father in the words given us by our Lord Jesus Christ
P: Our Father….

Communion
Then the minister shows the Holy Eucharist to those present, saying:
This is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world Happy are those who are called to his supper

The sick person and all who are to receive communion say, once only
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed
The minister goes to the sick person and, showing him (her) the sacrament. Says:
The body of Christ (or the Blood of Christ)

The sick person answers: Amen

Immediately after giving communion, the minister adds:
May the Lord Jesus Christ protect you and lead you to eternal life

The sick person answersAmen

Others present then receive communion in the usual manner

Silence
After communion the minister purifies the vessel as usual. Then a period of silence may be observed.

CONCLUDING RITE
Concluding prayer
The minister say one of the following prayers to conclude:
C: Let us pray
Father, your Son, Jesus Christ, is our way, our truth, and our life. Our brother (sister) N. entrust himself (herself) to you with full confidence in all your promises. Refresh him (her) with the body and blood of your Son and lead him (her) to your kingdom in peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

P: Amen.

Or
C: Lord, you are the source of eternal health for those who believe in you. May our brother (sister) N.., who has been refreshed with food and drink from heaven, safely reach your kingdom of light and life. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

P: Amen.

Then the minister says:

C: May the Lord be with you always, to be your strength and your peace.

Sign of peace

The minister and the others may then give the sign of peace to the sick person.
C: My brothers and sisters, let us pray with one mind and heart to our Lord Jesus Christ:
Lord, you loved us to the end, and you accepted death that we might have life: hear our prayer for our brother (sister).
 

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