Prayers for Youth

Basic Prayers

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.

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

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.

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, O 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.

FATIMA PRAYER
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell.  Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.

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.

Devotions

THE ROSARY

The Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Nativity (Birth of Jesus)
4. The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

The Sorrowful Mysteries
1. The Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. The Crown of Thorns
4. The Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles at Pentecost
4. The Assumption of Mary body and soul into Heaven
5. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

The Luminous Mysteries
1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
2. The Wedding Feast at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist
 

How to Pray the Rosary
Start with the Sign of the Cross.
While holding the cross pray the Apostles Creed.
On the first bead pray the Our Father.
On the next 3 beads pray 3 Hail Mary's - One for Faith, one for Hope, and one for Love
On the big bead or medal pray a Glory be.

For each of the 5 mysteries pray the following:
Our Father on the big bead
10 Hail Mary's on the 10 little beads
Glory be and Fatima Prayer on the big bead.

After Completion of all 5 mysteries, Say the Hail Holy Queen.

Prayer before Mass

Lord Jesus,
Allow me to have a spirit of reverence and openness as I prepare to encounter You in this Mass.  Help me to remove any distractions and allow me to focus only on You and what You have to give me at this time. Open my ears that I may hear your Word and allow it to take root in my life.  Open my mouth that I may proclaim Your love and worship you.  Prepare my body and soul to encounter and receive Your Body and Blood in the Eucharist and allow me to be inspired to share Your love to all I encounter as I depart from this celebration.
Amen.

Prayer for Purity

Lord Jesus,
Purify my heart and mind that may see and recognize the true beauty and dignity of all people as well as the true dignity and beauty of myself.  Grant me strength, especially in times of temptation, that I may remain steadfast in the call to remain a pure and chaste person.  Allow your grace to be upon me as well as all who struggle with impurity, that we may persevere in all of our struggles and temptations.  I ask this through the intercession of Your Blessed Mother.
Amen. 

Prayer for Vocation

Lord Jesus,
Grant me the grace to know and understand Your will for my life.  Allow me to put aside my own dreams and desires so as to conform myself to Your plans and aspirations that have for me.  Grant me a trusting heart that I may discern the vocational call You have for me and entrust in me obedience that I may adhere to that call.  I ask this prayer through the intercession of Your Blesses Mother Mary and St. Joseph who were true models of faith and obedience.
Amen.

Prayer for Students

Lord Jesus,
Instill in me an attitude of assertiveness and enlighten my mind as I continue in my studies and my desires to be a good student.  Let me see the example of humility that You Yourself exemplified in Your humanity as you took on the limitedness of human nature requiring the ability to learn and be a student.  Give me obedience so that I may trust my teachers and parents so that I may accomplish Your will in my studies.
Amen.

Prayer for Tests and Final Exams

Lord Jesus,
Grant me a spirit of perseverance that I may be focused in my studies.  Allow me to prepare myself to the best of my abilities so that I may perform as well as I am able to on my exams.  Enlighten my mind and send Your Spirit to be with me as I take my tests and allow Your will to be done.  I as this through the intercession of St. Joseph of Cupertino, the patron saint of exams.
Amen. 

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