This is the second of three parts of a special ECM Series of the Riches of Catholic Prayer.

See Part 1 and Part 3 here.

What are some of the riches of Catholic prayer for different situations and needs?

The Church offers a wide variety of prayers for different situations and needs:

Essential prayers in daily life

The Church has prayers that are considered essential in the life of every Catholic (e.g. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and many more).  See some of the essential prayers recommended by the USCCB here.

Prayers to the Almighty Father, the Son and Holy Spirit

The Church has prayers addressed to each Divine Person of the Trinity. Here are some traditional Catholic prayers for the Blessed Trinity, the Almighty Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church offers many prayers in veneration and for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayers to the St. Joseph

The Church offers prayers in veneration and for the intercession of St. Joseph

Prayers to the Saints and Angels

 The Church offers prayers in gratitude and for the intercession of many Saints and Angels.

Prayers for the Sacraments

The Church provides prayers to help the faithful as they prepare for and receive the Sacraments.

Prayers for Catholic husband fathers

There are Catholic prayers for Catholic husbands and fathers.

Prayers to grow in Virtue

There are prayers which have been developed to help Catholic men battle against Vice and grow in Virtue.

Prayers for the different stages of life

The Church has prayers for families, households, prayers during sickness, at the time of birth, during the lives of children, marriage and prayers for death and grieving. See some of the prayers recommended by the USCCB here. Here is are some traditional Catholic Prayers for the Sick, Dying and Departed.

Prayers for different situations

The Church has prayers for different situations and needs including prayers for priests, students, teachers, marriage, times of suffering and many others. See some of the prayers recommended by the USCCB here.

Prayers for the Rosary

The Church teaches how to pray the Rosary with the prayers of the Rosary and offers a variety of special focus prayers to add to the Rosary, including Scriptural Rosaries, Pro-life Rosaries, and a special prayer to Saint Joseph after the Rosary.

Prayers for Adoration

The Church offers special prayers to help in praying a Holy Hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. See some of the prayers recommended by the USCCB here.

Litanies

Litanies (from the Greek, meaning “supplication” or “petition”) are responsive forms of Catholic prayer that include a petition and a repeated response (e.g. St. Joseph, pray for us). Litanies include six public litanies for which indulgences can be granted (Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Litany of the Most Precious Blood, The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (The Litany of Loretto)The Litany of St. Joseph and The Litany of the Saints.

In addition, over the centuries many other powerful private litanies have been used to help worship God and seek God’s help and blessings, including: Christ-centered Litanies, Marian Litanies, Litanies of the Saints,

Little Offices of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph

“Little Offices” are forms of prayer modeled on the Liturgy of the Hours which are simpler and more accessible to some laity. There is a Little Office to the Blessed Virgin Maryand a Little Office of St. Joseph.

Novenas

Novenas (from Latin for “9”) are prayers whose form traces back to the nine days between the Ascension of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Novenas are prayers for the veneration and intercession of a saint or other cause which occur over nine successive days or nine successive weeks.  There are Sacred Heart Novenas, Marian Novenas, Novenas for St. Joseph, Novenas for various Saints and many other special Novenas.

Special Devotions for weeks and months

There are many special devotions which are prayed over successive weeks or months, including: the First Friday DevotionFirst Saturday Devotion, and the Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph.

Consecrations

“Consecrate” comes from Latin words which mean, “together, make or declare sacred” and is a “formal designation of a person…for the service of God.” The act of consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a formal prayerful process at the end of which a man makes a sacred commitment to the devotion to, and reliance upon, the Blessed Virgin Mary; consecration to St. Joseph follows a similar process. Prayer resources for consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary include Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary by St. Louis de Montfort; 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley.  Resources for consecration to St. Joseph include Consecration to St. Joseph by Fr. Donald Calloway; Custos by Devin Schadt.

Prayer books and collections

There have been many compilations of prayer books across the centuries.  Here are several examples of books which may be helpful to men: Blessed be God by Fr. Charles Callan and Fr. John McHugh; My Prayer Book by Fr. F. X. Lasance; Catholic Prayers by Thomas A. Nelson; St. Joseph Prayer Book by TAN books; Handbooks of Prayers by James Scoias; A Manual of Prayers by the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore; The Raccolta, A Manual of Indulgences;  Every Catholic Man Treasury of Catholic Prayer.

See Part 1 and Part 3 here.