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Traditional Catholic Prayers

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.

Pater Noster qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.

Chanted at Mass by the parishioners
of Saint Benedict Parish.

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.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae

Photo of Presepio Figures.

Chanted by the parishioners
of Saint Benedict Parish.

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.

Gloria Patri et filii et spiritui sancto.
Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Photo of the ambo icon in Saint Benedict Church.

Chanted by a parishioner of Saint Benedict Church.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins,because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

Deus meus, ex toto cordepaenitet me omnium meorum peccatorum, eaque detestor, quiapeccando, non solum poenas a Te iuste statutas promeritus sum,
sed praesertim quia offendi Te, summum bonum, ac dignum qui superomnia diligaris.
Ideo firmiter propono, adiuvante gratia Tua, de cetero me non peccaturum peccandique
occasiones proximas fugiturum.Amen.


The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt amongst us. 

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.

Recited by the praishioners and pastor of Saint Benedict Church
Advent 2010


To a Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God's love
entrusts me here,

Ever this day, be at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide.

Two young parishioners
kneel in prayer
at the communion railing
in Saint Benedict Church.

Listen to morning prayers by the third grade class at Saint Benedict Parochial School.

Penitential Prayer in the Ancient Roman Canon ~
The Priest Prays

For ourselves, too, we ask some share in the fellowship of your apostles and martyrs, John the Baptist, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, and all the saints. 

Though we are sinners, we trust in your love and mercy.

 Do not consider what we truly deserve but grant us your forgiveness...


To Saint Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.

Sancte Michael Archangele,
defende nos in proelio,
contra nequitiam
et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.
Imperet illi Deus,
supplices deprecamur:
Princeps militiae caelestis,
Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum
pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute,
in infernum detrude. Amen

Statue of Saint Michael in the sacristy of Saint Benedict Church

Recited by the parishioners and pastor of Saint Benedict Church.


My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For He hath regarded: the lowliness of His handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is His Name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him: throughout all generations. He hath showed strength with his arm: He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath helped His servant Israel: as He promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Magnificat by Charles Villers Stanford
Saint Benedict Choir, Vespers for Gaudete Sunday, 12 December 2010

The Sign of the Cross -
The Priest Imparts His Blessing

The Reverend James F. Kauffmann imports the final blessing of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Gaudete Sunday, 13 December 2009. Please click the start button to hear the blessing.

Prayers to Jesus

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from Christ's side, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malicious enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me and bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him, at the same time renouncing with all my heart whatever is displeasing to Him. I therefore take You, O Sacred heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life and my sure refuge at the hour of death.

Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away from me the strokes of his righteous anger. O Heart of love, I put all my confidence in You, for I fear everything from my own wickedness and frailty, but I hope for all things from Your goodness and bounty.

Remove from me all that can displease You or resist Your holy will; let your pure love imprint Your image so deeply upon my heart, that I shall never be able to forget You or to be separated from You.

May I obtain from all Your loving kindness the grace of having my name written in Your Heart, for in You I desire to place all my happiness and glory, living and dying in bondage to You.


Prayer before work or study

Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord,, all our actions by Thy holy inspirations, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and through Thee be happily ended. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Ave, Verum Corpus

Ave, verum corpus natum de Maria Virgine,
Vere passum immolatum in Cruce pro homine,
Cujus latus perforatum aqua fluxit et sanguine
Esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine.

Chanted at Mass 6 June 2010

Prayers to the Blessed Mother

The Rosary

Students of Saint Benedict Parochial School venerated the Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, by a Living Rosary Procession and Marian hymns. Enjoy the audio recording of the students praying the Rosary, Octobre 2010.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.

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 thine 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. Amen.

Memorare, O piissima VirgoMaria, non esse auditum a saeculo,
quemquam ad tua currentempraesidia, tua implorantem auxilia,
tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum.

Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater,curro,
ad te venio, coram te gemens peccator assisto.
Noli,Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere;
sed audi propitia et exaudi.Amen.

Recited by the parishioners and pastor of Saint Benedict Church.

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, mother of mercy, 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.

Pray for us, O holy mother of God:
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray:
Almighty and everlasting God, by the cooperation of the Holy Spirit thou hast prepared the body and soul of Mary, glorious Virgin and Mother, to become the worthy habitation of Thy Son; Grant that by her gracious intercession, in whose commemoration we rejoice, we may be delivered from present evils and from everlasting death. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Chanted in Ordinary Time by Saint Benedict parishioners

Prayer to Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to our people in a time of distress and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise: "Ask and you shall receive, Seek and you shall find." Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick or lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the holy Mass. Pray for me now, and at the hour of my death.

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Success

Our Lady, our Queen, our Mother,
in the name of Jesus and for the love of Jesus,
we implore Thee to take this cause in hand, and grant it good success.

Four Seasonal Marian Antiphons

These antiphons, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary and prescribed by the Catholic Church for seasonal devotion, are chanted regularly by the congregation at Saint Benedict Church. The plaque hangs in Saint Joseph Parlor.

Alma Redemptoris Mater (Advent)
Loving Mother of the Savior

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli. Porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti, Surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti, Natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore Sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.

Loving Mother of our Savior, hear thou thy people's cry. Star of the deep and Portal of the sky! Mother of Him who thee made from nothing made. Sinking we strive and call to thee for aid: Oh, by what joy which Gabriel brought to thee, Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.

Chanted by the parishioners of Saint Benedict Church, Advent 2010.


Ave Regina Caelorum (Lent)
Hail Queen of Heaven

Ave, Regina Caelorum, Ave, Domina Angelorum: Salve, radix, salve, porta Ex qua mundo lux est orta: Gaude, Virgo gloriosa, Super omnes speciosa, Vale, o valde decora, Et pro nobis Christum exora.

Hail, O Queen of Heaven enthroned. Hail, by angels mistress owned. Root of Jesse, Gate of Morn. Whence the world's true light was born: Glorious Virgin, Joy to thee, Loveliest whom in heaven they see; Fairest thou, where all are fair, Plead with Christ our souls to spare.

Chanted by parishioners of Saint Benedict Church at Mass 20 March 2011.

Regina Caeli (Eastertide)
Queen of Heaven

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia: Quia quem meruisti portare. alleluia, Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia. Has risen, as He said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia.

Chanted by parishioners of Saint Benedict Church at Mass 23 May 2010.

Salva Regina (Ordinary Time)
Hail, Holy Queen

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. ad te clamamus exsules filii Evae, ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte; et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, 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.

Chanted by parishioners of Saint Benedict Church 13 June 2010

Prayers to Saints

Memorare to Saint Joseph

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection. Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

O blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector of thy chaste spouse, the virgin Mother of God, I choose thee this day to be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor thee all the days of my life.

Therefore I humbly beseech thee to receive me as thy client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death. Amen

Photo of a Presepio figure.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong,
I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to 
comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

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