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Catholic Prayers, Novenas, and Litanies

Find Catholic prayers for every occasion. Learn about the different types of Catholic prayers, including novenas, litanies, the Rosary, and chaplets. Discover prayers for every season, including Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Find prayers written by saints, and prayers to the saints, as well as prayers to Christ and the Mother of God, and learn when to use each kind of prayer.
  1. Advent Prayers (16)
  2. Daily Prayers (16)
  3. Divine Mercy (13)
  4. Essential Prayers (9)
  5. Novenas (97)
  6. Prayers for Each Month (14)
  7. Prayers for Mothers (5)
  8. Prayers for the Dead (20)
  9. Pro-Life Prayers (6)
  10. Psalms (1)
  11. Rosary Prayers (11)
  12. To the Holy Spirit (9)
  13. Christmas Prayers (2)
  14. To the Sacred Heart (14)
  15. To Saint Joseph (9)
  16. Prayers for Workers (4)
  17. To the Blessed Sacrament (8)
  18. Litanies (7)
  19. To the Virgin Mary (43)
  20. To the Holy Family (7)
  21. Grace (2)
  22. Pope Benedict's Prayer Intentions (23)
  23. Civic Prayers (1)

A Prayer to Saint Dominic
In this prayer to Saint Dominic, we pray for the virtues of penance, purity, fidelity, and charity.

Prayer to St. Camillus de Lellis
In this Prayer for the Sick Poor, we ask St. Camillus de Lellis to intercede for those most in need of healing.

Prayer for a New Pope
Find the text of the Prayer for a New Pope, written by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

Hymn in Honor of the Holy Name of Jesus
This very touching Hymn in Honor of the Holy Name of Jesus is an especially appropriate family or group activity for January, the Month of the Holy Name of Jesus.

A Prayer to Saint Catherine of Siena
In this prayer, we ask Saint Catherine of Siena to intercede for us so that we may obtain the grace to remain faithful to the Church.

Prayer for Pope Bendict XVI
This short prayer for Pope Benedict XVI was written by the Knights of Columbus during the media assault on Pope Benedict XVI in early 2010 over allegations that he engaged in a cover-up of clerical sexual abuse. The Knights of Columbus asked all Catholic faithful to pray this prayer for Pope Benedict XVI as a novena, from April 11, 2010, to...

A Prayer to Saint Blaise
In this prayer to Saint Blaise, we ask for the grace to preserve our faith and to defend the truth of Christianity from attack.

A Prayer in Time of Earthquake
Earthquakes, like all natural disasters, are the result of the disorder that man brought into the world through his disobedience to God. In this prayer, we ask God that the physical destruction of an earthquake may be turned to the spiritual well-being of those who have survived.

A Prayer of Impetration to Saint Nicholas
In this prayer of impetration to Saint Nicholas of Myra, we ask Saint Nicholas to intercede for us and for all who need his help.

Invocation to Saint Nicholas
This invocation to Saint Nicholas of Myra is a short prayer meant to be repeated throughout the day.

A Prayer for Students
In this Prayer for Students, we ask Saint Catherine of Alexandria to intercede for us so that we always pursue our studies with eternal life in mind.

In Honor of St. John the Baptist
This traditional prayer in honor of St. John the Baptist has three parts, corresponding to the three stages of his life. In it, we ask St. John the Baptist to pray for us, that our spiritual life may mirror his.

Prayer to Saint Lawrence
In this prayer, we ask Saint Lawrence to pray for us that, in the hour of our temptation, we may have the strength to endure as he did, whether in the trial of our vices or in the trial of persecution.

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was delivered to the three shepherd children who experienced the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima between May 13, 1917, and October 13, 1917.

Act of Reparation From the Angel of Fatima
This Act of Reparation, revealed by an angel, was taught to the three shepherd children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared between May 13, 1917, and October 13, 1917.

To Our Lady of Fatima
In this prayer to Our Lady of Fatima, we ask Our Lady of Fatima to bring peace to our nation and to the whole world through a spiritual revival.

A Prayer for the Pope
This wonderful prayer, written by Pope Leo XIII, reminds us of the Pope's role as the visible symbol of the unity of the Church.

Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus
A group prayer to the Holy Name of Jesus for January, the Month of the Holy Name.

Invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus
This short invocation of the Holy Name is a type of prayer known as an aspiration or an ejaculation.

Prayer of Petition in the Holy Name of Jesus
In this prayer of petition, we acknowledge the power of the Holy Name of Jesus and ask that our needs be fulfilled in His Name.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
This prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, used to be recited after every Low Mass.

Prayer to Saint Joachim
In this prayer to Saint Joachim, we trust the love of Mary and Jesus for Saint Joachim to bring us the fulfillment of the favor for which we ask.

A Prayer to Saint James the Apostle
In this prayer to Saint James the Apostle, we ask for the strength to be worthy followers of Christ.

Prayer to Saint Anne
In this prayer to Saint Anne, we ask the mother of Mary to pray for us so that we may grow in love for Christ and His Mother.

The Lord's Prayer
The Lord's Prayer is a common name for the Our Father.

Prayer for Those in Error
This prayer for those in error looks forward to the day when all may know Christ.

A Prayer for Unbelievers
In this prayer for unbelievers, we are reminded that they, too, are children of God, and that their conversion would only increase our joy.

For the Intercession of Saint Paul
In this prayer, we ask for the intercession of Saint Paul, whom the Holy Spirit guided in his preaching, so that we too may be guided in the ways of the Lord.

To Saint Paul for Perseverance
In this prayer to Saint Paul, we pray for the grace to persevere in the Christian Faith.

In Honor of Saint Paul
This remarkable prayer in honor of Saint Paul is drawn from the ancient liturgy of the Coptic Church, the original Christian Church of Egypt.

Prayer for Government
This prayer, written by Archbishop John Carroll in 1791, is good to pray as a family or as a parish on national holidays, such as Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

To the Precious Blood of Jesus
In this moving prayer, we recall the redemptive quality of the Precious Blood of Jesus.

For the Fruits of the Precious Blood
In this prayer, we ask God the Father to help us to recognize our debt to Christ and thus properly to venerate the Precious Blood.

To Obtain the Reunion of the Christians of the East
In this prayer, we recall the importance of the Churches of the East and look forward to the day when all Christians can once again be one.

A Devout Exercise for the Unity of the Church
In this prayer, we join with Christ in praying for the unity of all Christians.

Offering in Reparation to the Precious Blood
This long but beautiful prayer recalls that our salvation comes through Christ's shedding of His Precious Blood.

Prayer to the Eternal Father
In this prayer, we are reminded that repentance for our sins goes hand in hand with the struggles of the whole Church.

Prayer to Jesus
This short prayer calls to mind the Precious Blood of Jesus and asks Christ for His aid.

Petition to Jesus Christ
In this prayer, we recall the shedding of Christ's Precious Blood and ask that He may guide our lives so that we may be worthy of Heaven.

Tantum Ergo Sacramentum
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum is the final two verses of the Pange Lingua Gloriosi, a Eucharistic hymn that was composed by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

The Magnificat
The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) is the Virgin Mary's response to her cousin Elizabeth's greeting at the Visitation, glorifying God and thanking Him for choosing her to bear His Son.

Pange Lingua Gloriosi
A traditional English translation of the famous Eucharistic hymn composed by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Prayer 101
Learn more about prayer and how to integrate prayer into every aspect of your daily life.

What Is Prayer?
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints.

Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?

Types of Prayer
Prayer is how Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn about the five major types of prayer.

Novena - Definition of Novena
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.

Aspiration - Definition of Aspiration
The definition of aspiration.

An ejaculation, sometimes also called an aspiration, is a short prayer meant to be memorized and repeated throughout the day.

For the Dying
In this prayer, we ask God to strengthen the dying that they may approach Him in the hope of the resurrection.

The Breastplate of Saint Patrick
The Lorica, or Breastplate, of Saint Patrick is known for one of its verses. But the full version incorporates all the elements of Catholic morning prayer.

Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Uttered Against the Holy Name
We often hear the Name of Jesus spoken casually, at best, and even in anger and blasphemy. Through this Act of Reparation, we offer our own prayers to make up for the sins of others (and, perhaps, our own, if we find ourselves uttering Christ's Name in vain).

Prayer to Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Youth
In this Prayer to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, we ask the patron saint of youth to help the youth of today.

The Jesus Prayer
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.

A Prayer To Be Said by Young Men
The life of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron of youth, is a strong example of virtue for young men. This prayer acknowledges the trials and tribulations that young men face and asks Saint Aloysius to intercede for them.

Prayer to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
In this prayer, we ask St. Margaret Mary to intercede for us with Jesus, that we may obtain the graces of the Sacred Heart.

Prayer to Saint Thomas More
This prayer invokes St. Thomas More as the patron saint of lawyers, asking him to pray to God for the grace to rise to the highest standards of that profession. The final verse can also be prayed by itself as a prayer to St. Thomas More as the patron saint of large families.

Prayer of an Engaged Couple
This beautiful prayer can help an engaged couple get into the habit of praying together before their wedding day, as they ask for the graces to build their lives together and to welcome children into their marriage.

Prayer for Those in the Armed Services
This touching prayer for those in the armed services emphasizes the spiritual, rather than the physical, dangers of war, because physical death is powerless to kill the soul, but sin can deprive us of Heaven.

Prayer for Those Making a Journey
This short prayer can be prayed both for ourselves, as we begin any trip, no matter how short, or for others, that they may be kept safe.

A Prayer to Know Our Vocation
Discerning our vocation in life is important. This is a very good prayer to pray as a novena at those times in life when we need to make a decision about our vocation.

Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian
The prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian is a common Lenten prayer used by both Eastern Rite Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. Find the text here.

Prayer for Vocations to the Priestly and Religious Life
There are more Catholics than at any time in history, but vocations to the priesthood and religious orders are lagging far behind. In this prayer, we ask God to raise up workers for His Church and for the salvation of souls.

A Prayer to Saint Mary Magdalene
A prayer asking St. Mary Magdalene to intercede for us with Christ, Whose Resurrection she was the first to witness.

Prayer to Saints Cosmas and Damian
This prayer to the patron saints of doctors invokes Cosmas and Damian for physical and spiritual healing.

Prayer to Saint Gregory, Pope and Confessor
This prayer to Saint Gregory, pope and confessor, calls to mind the definitive role played by this pope, known to the ages as Gregory the Great, in shaping the medieval Church. In a time of turmoil, we turn to Saint Gregory the Great to guide and defend the Catholic Church and the current pope from their enemies, both human and spiritual.

Prayer to Saint Peter Claver
In this Prayer to Saint Peter Claver, we ask this great missionary to the Americas to inspire in us a similar missionary spirit.

Prayer of Saint Jerome
A remarkable scholar and a sometimes prickly man, Saint Jerome nevertheless believed deeply in the mercy of Christ, as this prayer abundantly shows.

Prayer to Saint Augustine of Hippo
In this prayer to Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430), bishop and doctor of the Church, we ask the great convert to Christianity to intercede for us, that we may abandon evil and increase in virtue.

Precious Blood Prayer to the Mother of God
In this beautiful Precious Blood Prayer to the Mother of God, we ask the Virgin Mary to offer the Precious Blood of Christ to God the Father, on our behalf and for the protection and advancement of the Church.

Prayer to Saint Catherine of Alexandria
In this Prayer to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, we ask the great martyr to intercede for us so that we may grow in purity, love, and faith.

A Prayer for Protection
Pray with Saint Augustine of Hippo for the victims of natural disasters and human tragedies.

The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Learn more about the history of the Prayer of Saint Francis and find the text of the prayer.

Prayer in Honor of Saint Scholastica
In this short prayer in honor of Saint Scholastica, we ask God to grant us the grace to live our lives in imitation of Saint Scholastica's virtues.

O Good Jesus
This traditional prayer to the Most Holy Name of Jesus is known by its first words.

About Catholicism Novena of the Week
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.

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