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M y Simple prayer Book Illustrated by David Belmonte Compilation and explanatory text by Pierpaolo Finaldi

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Contents Basic Prayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sign of the cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Our Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Glory be to the Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Hail Mary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 I Believe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Apostles’ Creed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Morning Prayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Morning Offering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Night prayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Prayers before going to bed . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 prayers at noon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Angelus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Regina Caeli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Prayer to my Guardian Angel . . . . . . . . 16 Angel of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Grace at Meals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Grace before meals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Grace after meals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Confession: When We Are Sorry . . . . . . . 20 The Confiteor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Examination of conscience . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Sacrament of Reconciliation . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 A Visit to the Blessed Sacrament . . . . . . 26 Act of Adoration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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Prayers to the Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . Come, Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer of St Augustine to the Holy Spirit . . . Prayers to mary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Memorare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hail, Holy Queen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Holy Rosary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Five Joyful Mysteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Five Mysteries of Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Five Sorrowful Mysteries . . . . . . . . . . . . The Five Glorious Mysteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psalms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psalm 150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psalm 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psalm 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayers for Others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer for my family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer for those who have died . . . . . . . . . . Saintly Prayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer of St Ignatius Loyola . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer of St Francis of Assisi . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer of St Patrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer of St Richard of Chichester . . . . . . . . Prayer to St Michael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayers of St Teresa of Avila . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Five Finger Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Beatitudes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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e were baptised in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and became children of God. When we pray, we begin by making the sign of the cross. It reminds us of who we are and to whom we are praying.

Sign of the cross

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

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. Amen.

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he disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. So Jesus taught them the Our Father. We should pray this prayer every day.

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glory be to the father

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.

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hen we say the Hail Mary we repeat the words of the Angel when he told Mary she was going to be the Mother of the son of God. We also say the words of Mary’s Cousin Elizabeth. Mary was closer to Jesus than anybody at the beginning and at the end of our Saviour’s life, so we ask her to pray for us now and when we die.

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 our death. Amen.

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I Believe

the 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.

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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.

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he Apostles’ Creed is one of the most ancient descriptions of our faith. It tells the story of what we believe about Jesus and the Church he founded, and about what will happen to us after we die. We are proud of what we believe and that Jesus has called us to be his followers and friends.

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Morning Prayers

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t Paul was one of Jesus’ best and bravest disciples. He tells us in the Bible to “pray at all times”. This is a good reason for us to begin every day in prayer.

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. O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. Amen.

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Or: O my God, I offer you All that I think, or say, or do. Help me give to you today All my life, in every way. Amen. Or: O my God, I give to you All that I think, or say or do. All my work and all my happy play I will give to God today. Amen.

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e can pray before going to bed, thanking God for all that we experienced during the day. We can also ask for rest and a fresh start tomorrow.

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Prayers before going to bed

O my God, I’ve come to say Thank you for your love today. Thank you for my family, And all the friends you give to me. Guard me in the dark of night, And in the morning send your light. Amen.

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Or: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen. Or: The Lord grant me a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

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