Religious Traditional Long Verses


Remember O most gracious
Virgin Mary that never was
It known that anyone who
Fled to thy protection
Implored thy help
Or sought thy intercession
Was left unaided

Inspired with this confidence
I fly unto thee O Virgin of Virgins
My Mother, to thee 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

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen
Mother of mercy
Hail 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
Pray for us
O holy Mother of God
That we may be worthy of the
Promises of Christ

St Francis prayer

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
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

My Guardian Angel

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

St Anthony

Gentle and loving
Saint Anthony
You whose heart was
Ever full of human sympathy
Whisper my prayer
To the ears
Of the infant Jesus
Who loved to linger
In your arms
One word from you
And my prayer
Will be granted
Speak that word and
The gratitude of my heart
Will ever be yours

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel from heaven so bright
Watching beside me to lead me right
Fold thy wings round me
And guard me with love
Softly sing songs to me
Of heaven above

St Joseph

May Christ 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 holy rest and peace at last

Our Lady of Lourdes

Ever Immaculate Virgin
Mother of mercy
Health of the sick
Refuge of sinners
Comfort of the afflicted
You know my wants
My troubles, my sufferings
Deign to cast on me a look of pity
By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes
You were pleased to make it
A privileged sanctuary
Whence you dispense your favours

And already many sufferers
Have obtained the cure
Of their infirmities
Both spiritual and corporal
I come, therefore, with the most
Unbounded confidence
To implore your maternal intercession
Obtain, O loving Mother
The grant of my requests.
Through gratitude for your favours
I will endeavor to imitate your virtues
That I may one day see your glory

Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland
You give hope to your people
In a time of distress
And comforted them in sorrow
You have inspired countless pilgrims
To pray with confidence to your divine Son
Remembering his promise
Ask and you shall receive
Seek and you shall find
Help me to remember that we
Are all pilgrims on the road to heaven
Fill me with love and concern
For my brothers and sisters in Christ
Especially those who live with me
Comfort me when I am sick
Or lonely or depressed
Teach me how to take part
Even more reverently in the Holy Mass
Pray for me now and at the hour of my death

My Rosary

What comfort it is just to hold it
My rosary so dear
Each mystery brings me courage
And drives away all fear

A prayer so often repeated
Yet like love it never grows old
I hear the wondrous story
Of God’s love for us unfold

Each chaplet forms a garland
I place at Mary’s feet
Lilies and beautiful roses
Exhaling a fragrance sweet

The crucifix that crowns it
Reminds me every day
To bravely bear my crosses
Along my earthly way

I hope when my life has ended
And death will set me free
We will always be together
When you pray the rosary

Prayer to St Padre Pio

Oh Jesus, full of grace and charity
Victim for sinners so impelled
By love for us that
You died on the cross

I humbly beseech you
Through your servant St Pio
Who generously participated
In your sufferings
Who loved you so much and
Labored so faithfully

For the glory of your heavenly Father
And for the good of souls
With confidence I beseech you
To grant me, through his intercession
The grace of which I ardently desire

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

Emigrants prayer

Night is falling dear mother, the long day is over
Before thy Lord Jesus, I’m kneeling once more
To thank you for keeping me safe through the day
To ask you this night to keep evil away
Many times have I fallen today mother dear
Many graces neglected since last I knelt here
Wilt thou not pity, my own mother mild
Ask Jesus to pardon the sins of your child
I am going to rest now, the day’s work is done
Its hours and its moments have passed one by one
And God who will judge me, has counted them all
He has numbered each grace, he has counted each fall
In his book they are written against the last day
Oh! mother ask Jesus to wash them away
For one drop of his blood, which for sinners was spilt
Is sufficient to cleanse the whole world of its guilt
And if er’ the dawn I should draw my last breath
Let the sleep that I take be the long sleep of death
Be near me dear mother for dear Jesus’ sake
When my soul on eternity’s shores shall awake

Saint Michaels Prayer

Saint Michael, the Archangel
Defend us in the hour of conflict
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 satan
Into hell and all the evil spirits
Who wander the earth
In search of souls, Amen

St Patricks Breastplate

Christ with me
Christ before me
Christ behind me
Christ in me

Christ beneath me
Christ above me
Christ on my right
Christ on my left

Christ when I lie down
Christ when I sit down
Christ when I arise

Christ in the heart of
Everyone who thinks of me
Christ in the mouth of
Everyone who speaks of me

Christ in every eye
that sees me
Christ in every ear
that hears me

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Sacred Heart

Lord, you deserve all honour and praise
Because your love is perfect
And your heart sublime
My heart is filled to
Overflowing with gratitude
For the many blessings and graces
You have bestowed upon me
And those whom I love
Forever undeserving,
May I always be attentive
And never take for granted
The gifts of mercy and love
That flow so freely and
Generously from your Sacred Heart
Heart of Jesus, I adore you
Heart of Jesus, I praise you
Heart of Jesus, I thank you
Heart of Jesus, I love you
Forever and always


To everything there is a season
A time for every purpose under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, and a time to uproot
A time to weep and a time to laugh
A time to mourn and a time to dance
A time to keep and a time to cast away
A time to tear down and a time to build
A time to embrace and a time to refrain
A time to search and a time to give up
A time to be silent and a time to speak

Peace at last

May Christ support us all 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 holy rest and peace at last

St Brigid

You were a woman of peace
You brought harmony
Where there was conflict
You brought light to the darkness
You brought hope to the downcast

May the mantle of your peace cover
Those who are troubled and anxious
And may peace be firmly rooted
In our hearts and in our world

Inspire us to act justly
And to reverence all God has made
Brigid you were a voice
For the wounded and the weary

Strengthen what is weak within us
Calm us into a quietness
That heals and listens
May we grow each day into greater
Wholeness in mind, body and spirit

Divine Mercy

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

The Lord is my Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd
There is nothing I shall want
Fresh and green are the pastures
Where He gives me repose
Near restful waters He leads me
To revive my drooping spirit

You have prepared a banquet for me
In the sight of my foes
My head you have anointed with oil
My cup is overflowing

Surely goodness and kindness

Shall follow me
All the days of my life
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
Forever and ever