Devotions

Pray the Scriptures, the Rosary, and the Divine Mercy chaplet daily for union with Christ, for the Holy Souls, for the conversion and salvation of sinners, and to end the culture of death.

There is no growth in the spiritual life without prayer. The highest form of prayer is, of course, the Mass, but the Church also offers many other ways of praying. Listed below are just a few of them. Other devotions will be added over time. God bless you and thank you for visiting my little corner of the web.

Note: The Rosary Project was posted in a separate section before I began this one. I’ll leave it where it is to avoid broken links. And just so you know, this will not be an exhaustive section. There are many sites out there that specialize in the nearly infinite number of Catholic prayers and devotions. I’ll add some links to those soon, too. So many talented and devoted Catholics on the web. (See what I did there?) ;)

Rosary Project: The traditional Rosary plus the optional Mysteries suggested by Pope St. John Paul II. Includes optional opening and closing prayers. I’ve also included the Five Special Intentions given by St. John Paul II (originally intended for use with the Divine Mercy chaplet) to help us focus our prayers on ending the culture of death.

Divine Mercy Chaplet: From the account of Jesus’s appearances to St. Faustina, from the words of the Lord Himself. Includes the Five Special Intentions, too. A great devotion to offer for the Holy Souls and the dying.

Morning (or Daily) Offering: A good (and traditional) way to begin the day is by praying the Morning Offering. This way we unite ourselves and our sufferings to Christ’s Redemptive Suffering. What difference does it make? All the difference in the world.

Morning Prayer: Benedictus, Canticle of Zechariah at the birth of St. John the Baptist. Part of Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office).

The Angelus: Composed largely of Scripture verses from the New Testament, the Angelus is prayed three times a day: morning, noon, and evening or 6:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m.

Three O’Clock Prayer to the Divine Mercy: Jesus asked St. Faustina–and through her, all of us–for “a special prayer and meditation on His Passion each afternoon at the three o’clock hour, the hour that recalls His death on the cross.”

The Blessed Virgin sings her magnificent Magnificat at the Visitation. Painting by Juan Correa de Vivar. From Wikimedia, public domain.

Evening Prayer: Magnificat, Canticle of Mary. The Blessed Virgin’s great song of praise during her visit to St. Elizabeth. All generations will call her Blessed! Mother of Mercy, pray for us!

Night Prayer: Nunc Dimittis, Canticle of Simeon. Simeon gave his song-petition, thanksgiving, and prophecy after seeing the Christ Child. He had been promised that he would live to see the Messiah.

St Michael Prayer: Pope Leo XIII’s great prayer to St. Michael the Archangel to defend us from our ancient enemy. Two versions are given here.

Guardian Angel Prayer: “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’ Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 336.

Come, Holy Spirit Prayer: Read more about the Holy Spirit at EWTN.

Prayers, Litanies, Novenas to the Persons of the Most Holy Trinity

Prayers, Litanies, Novenas to Jesus Under Various Titles

Prayers, Litanies, Novenas to the Blessed Virgin Mary Under Various TItles

Prayers and Litanies Referring to Saints

Stations or Way of the Cross

Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity