beginning christian prayer

The Sign of the Cross

Christians begin their day, their prayers, and their activities with the Sign of the Cross. The Sign of the Cross strengthens us in our temptations and difficulties.

In nómine Patris, et Fílii, et Spíritus Sancti.


Per signum crucis de inimicis nostris líbera nos, Deus noster. In nómine Patris…

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

By the sign of the cross deliver us from our enemies, you who are our God. In the name…

The Lord’s Prayer

This is the prayer which Jesus taught his apostles when they asked him to show them how to pray
(see Matthew 6:19 and Luke 11:2-4).

Pater noster, qui es in caelis: sanctificétur nomen tuum; advéniat regnum tuum;
fiat volúntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra.

Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie; et dimitte

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

nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris; et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem;
sed líbera nos a malo. Amen.

trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Glory be to the Father

The giving of glory and adoration to God is the basic duty of mankind, his creatures. In this form, called ‘The little Doxology’, it appears at the end of most psalms in the Divine Office.

Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto.

Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper et in saecula saéculórum. Amen.

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.

Daily Dedication

Formerly the collect for Ember Saturday in Lent, this prayer is now used on the Thursday after Ash Wednesday. Lord, may everything we do begin with your inspiration and continue with your help, so that all our prayers and works may begin in you and by you be happily ended.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.