Catholic Prayer and Devotions

Basic Prayers

• Basic Catholic Prayers
• Communion Prayers

Confession Guides

• A Quick Guide to Confession
• Sacrament of Reconciliation

Prayers

• Chaplet of Divine Mercy
• Favorite Prayers
• Prayer for the Pope

Matters of Faith

• Helps from the Catechism
• Holy Days of Obligation

Marian Devotion

• The Holy Rosary (PDF 118kb)
• A Guide to Praying the Rosary
• Rosary of the Seven Dolors
• Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
• Prayers to the Blessed Virgin
• Marian Hour of Prayer

Prayers to Jesus Christ

• Prayer Before the Crucifix
• Way of the Cross
• Prayer to the Sacred Heart

Prayers to the Angels and Saints

• Prayers for the Intercessions of the Angels and the Saints

The human heart is drawn to the divine. Many people have a sincere longing for holiness and that is why they spend time in contemplation.

We are encouraged to cultivate a profound inner life, contact with Jesus Christ that is both personal and constant. The Fathers of the Church have consistently said that without true friendship with Jesus, it is impossible for a Christian, to fulfill the mission of the Lord.

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church may help focus our attention on the nature of prayer. Here is a sampling of what you will find:

What Catholics Believe 
Lord, Teach us to Pray 

What is Prayer?
Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God, or the petition of good things from him in accord with his will.

It is always the gift of God who comes to encounter man. Christian prayer is the personal and living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is infinitely good, with his Son Jesus Christ, and with the Holy Spirit who dwells in their hearts.

How Does Jesus Teach Us to Pray?
Jesus teaches us to pray not only with the Our Father but also when he prays. In this way he teaches us, in addition to the content, the dispositions necessary for every true prayer: purity of heart that seeks the Kingdom and forgives one’s enemies, bold and filial faith that goes beyond what we feel and understand, and watchfulness that protects the disciple from temptation.

Why is Our Prayer Efficacious?
Our prayer is efficacious because it is united in faith with the prayer of Jesus. In him Christian prayer becomes a communion of love with the Father. In this way we can present our petitions to God and be heard: “Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full” (Jn 16:24).

Listen Read
Prayer 
Lord, Teach Us to Pray 
Click on the links above and then the play button to listen to the lessons.