Traditional Prayers

This page brings together some traditional prayers which are not found in the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Nunc Dimittis

Now, Lord, you have kept your word:
let your servant go in peace.

With my own eyes I have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

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.

The Canticle of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32) is sung daily at Night Prayer.

Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.

The Jesus Prayer is esteemed by the Eastern Churches. It is a prayer to be said throughout the day.

Prayer for Peacemakers

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, unity;
where there is doubt, faith,
where there is error, truth
where there is despair, hope;
where there is sadness, joy;
where there is darkness, light.

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 giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is dying that we are born to eternal life.

The prayer has been attributed to St Francis of Assisi but was probably written in the early 20th century.

Act of Faith, Hope and Love

My God, I believe in you,
I trust in you,
I love you above all things,
with all my heart and mind and strength.
I love you because are supremely good and worth loving;
and because I love you,
I am sory with all my heart for ffending you.
Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

bowl of burning incense