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Here is a list of traditional Catholic Prayers that you may want to choose from for your custom holy cards. You may of course choose to have any text you like printed on the cards and you are not limited to what is shown here. These are just to help you if you need ideas or suggestions...

Typical formats shown first then a list of the most popular prayers:

For Funerals

In Loving Memory of 

John A. Smith 

May 12, 1931 - May 22, 2011

For First Communions

In Remembrance of My

First Holy Communion

Mary B. Smith

May 22, 2011

For Confirmations

Confirmed in Christ

Charles G. Smith

May 22, 2011

(Some people add sponsor's name)

For Baptisms

Baptized into Christ

Elizabeth Anne Jones

May 22, 2011

(Some people add Parents & Godparents names)

For Weddings

United in Christ 

Doug and Mary Tanner

May 22, 2011

For Priestly Ordinations

Ordained a Priest of Jesus Christ

Fr. Thomas A. Muphy

May 22, 2011

(Some Priests add Ordaining Bishop's name, Diocese and location)

For Diaconate Ordinations

Ordained to the Order of Deacon

Rev. Mark T. Mitchell

May 22, 2011

(Some Deacons add Ordaining Bishop's name, Diocese and location)

 

Most popular Catholic prayers and verses:

The Lord's Prayer

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.

The 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.
 
 The 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.
Amen.
 
Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
 
O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins
I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble,
patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant,
Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions.
Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.
Amen.
 
Short Prayer of Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament
 
O Sacrament Most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and all thanksgiving,
Be every moment Thine.
 
Prayer of Eucharistic Adoration
 
May the Heart of Jesus, 
in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
be praised, adored and loved 
with grateful affection,
at every moment 
in all the tabernacles 
of the world, even until
 the end of time! Amen.
 
Divine Mercy Prayer
 
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless
and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible,
look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us,
that in difficult moments we might not despair
nor become despondent, but with great confidence
submit ourselves to Your holy will,
which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen.
 
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 clemency hear and answer me.
Amen.
 
Prayer for the Dead #1
 
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.
 
Prayer for the Dead #2
 
May the Angels lead you into paradise; 
may the martyrs greet you at your arrival 
and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem.
May the choir of Angels greet you and like Lazarus, 
who once was a poor man, 
may you have eternal rest.
 
Prayer by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
 
May He support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen, and the 
evening comes, and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then in His mercy, may He give us a safe 
lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at least.  
 
Psalm 23
 
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. 
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness 
for his name's sake.
 
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
 
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.
 
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 Your wounds hide me
Separated from You, let me never be
From the evil one protect me
At the hour of my death call me
And close to You bid me 
That with Your saints and angels
I may be praising You 
Forever and ever.
Amen.
 
Prayer Before a Crucifix
 
Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus
while before Your face I humbly kneel and,
with burning soul,
pray and beseech You
to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments
of faith, hope, and charity;
true contrition for my sins,
and a firm purpose of amendment.
While I contemplate,
with great love and tender pity,
Your five most precious wounds,
pondering over them within me
and calling to mind the words which David,
Your prophet, said to You, my Jesus:
"They have pierced My hands and My feet,
they have numbered all My bones."
Amen. 
 
Guardian Angel Prayer
 
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side
to light and guard, to rule and guide.
Amen.
 
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 towards us
and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 
 
Holy Spirit Prayer #1
 
Breathe into me Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
 
Holy Spirit Prayer #2
 
Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
And you shall renew the face of the earth.
 
Holy Spirit Prayer #3
 
O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful
by the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant that by the gift of the same Spirit
we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice
in his consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen. 
 
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
 
St. 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 host,
by the power of God, cast into hell Satan
and all evil spirits who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. 
 
Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi 
 
Lord, make me an instrument of
Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled,
as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive --
It is in pardoning that we are
pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are
born to eternal life.
 
Prayer to St. Joseph
 
O St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong,
so prompt before the Throne of God,
I place in you all my interests and desires.
O St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession
and obtain for me from your Divine Son
all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord;
so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power
I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage
to the most Loving of Fathers.
O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you
and Jesus asleep in your arms.
I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me,
and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls,
pray for us.
Amen.
 
Marriage Blessing Prayer
 
We thank you, O God, for the Love You have implanted
in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our
words, considerate of feelings, and concerned for each
other's needs and wishes. Help us to be understanding
and forgiving of human weaknesses and failings.
Increase our faith and trust in You and may Your Prudence
guide our life and love. Bless our Marriage O God, with
Peace and Happiness, and make our love fruitful for Your
glory and our Joy both here and in eternity. Amen.