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11 Short Daily Catholic Prayers (to Help You Get Through the Day)

Check out these short daily Catholic prayers that can help you sneak in a prayer time despite your busy schedule!

Hello Mamas, today, I’m sharing with you short, simple prayers that we can pray day by day to help us get through the daily challenges and hardships.

Whether it’s a difficult conversation we’re having, a stressful work situation, chaos at home with kids, or simply feeling overwhelmed – it can be tough to keep calm and carry on.

We definitely need help from our Lord Jesus Christ to get through our day and we can do that through these short prayers from our Catholic Church.

11 Short Daily Catholic Prayers to Help Us Get Through the Day

The good thing about these short traditional Catholic prayers is that any Catholics, especially the busy ones, can choose one or two of these to make it his/her daily prayer.

It can be a good start in establishing a prayer routine and add more prayers as we make our prayer life stronger and better.

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1. Sign of the Cross Prayer

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

If I’m not mistaken, this must be one of the shortest Catholic prayers, yet this prayer is very powerful.

We should all begin our day by doing the Sign of the Cross prayer.

This prayer is often used not only by Catholics, but also by other Christian denominations, to invoke protection and blessings from God.

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EWTN has an article explaining the significance of the Sign of the Cross in an interview with Bert Ghezzi, the author of the book “Sign of the Cross: Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer“.

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2. Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer)

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.

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This can be a perfect morning prayer as we begin our day by calling upon our Dear Heavenly Father for help and guidance.

What a beautiful way to start our day by invoking the name of the Lord, Father God, and entrusting to Him our entire day.

3. Hail Mary Prayer

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou amongst 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.

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We can also include this in our morning prayer routine as we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary for her intercession.

Though there are other denominations who question us Catholics for “worshiping” Mary, but the truth is, we are not worshiping the Blessed Mother, we are just asking for her help and intercession.

4. Glory Be to the Father Prayer

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.

We can end our morning prayer with this short, yet powerful prayer as we proclaim the never ending rule of the Holy Trinity.

5. Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.

In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,

I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. 

I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more,

and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.

Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.

In his name, my God, have mercy.

This is a prayer that is usually prayed after confession, but we can also incorporate it into our daily prayer as we confess our sins of the day to our dear God.

Though we are only obliged to make confession two times a year: during Holy Week and during Advent or Christmas season, but the Church is encouraging us to do confession more often.


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6. Fatima Prayer (O My Jesus)

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell,

and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

This prayer is usually prayed after each decade of the Holy Rosary, but we can also pray it daily as a prayer for asking forgiveness from Christ Jesus and asking Him to deliver us from the pains of hell and also in praying for all the souls in purgatory.

A short prayer, but with many intentions, not only for ourselves, but for many.

7. Hail Holy Queen Prayer

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.

a photo of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a crown in her head and a rosary in her hand

This is another prayer that is prayed as part of the Holy Rosary, but it can definitely be prayed on its own as a way of asking the Blessed Virgin to bring our prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving to her beloved son, Jesus.

8. The Jesus Prayer

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

This very short prayer is perfect to pray when we only have a very short break from what we are doing, or we can even pray it while doing things.

We no longer have an excuse to NOT pray.

9. Act of Love Prayer

O Lord God, I love you above all things and I love my neighbor for your sake 

because you are the highest, infinite and perfect good, worthy of all my love. 

In this love I intend to live and die. Amen.

This is a beautiful prayer I just discovered from Vatican News. This is a prayer that we can pray during the day when we want to profess our love of God with our whole heart.

It is also a good reminder for us to be good to our neighbors, just as God commanded us.

10. The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, from thence He shall come

to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.

Though this prayer is longer than the rest in the list, but this prayer is very important because it is the summary of our faith.

EWTN has quoted an explanation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that says:

The Apostles’ Creed is so called because it is rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ faith. It is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome. Its great authority arises from this fact: it is ‘the Creed of the Roman Church, the See of Peter, the first of the apostles, to which he brought the common faith.

And also, Saint Ambrose said:

This Creed is the spiritual seal, our heart’s meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul.

11. Angel of God

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. Amen.

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This short prayer is one of the traditional prayers usually taught for kids to recite before bedtime.

But it can definitely be prayed by adults, too, as we ask guidance and protection from our guardian angel.

We need all the help we can get to be able to go through our day and be spared from the snares of the devil who is is always finding ways to tempt us and drag us from our Dear Lord Jesus.


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I hope that these quick prayers will be of great help to us in establishing a daily prayer routine.

We can also pray these prayers while staring at the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary to help us in our concentration. If it’s not possible, we can think of them while praying.

Another way of integrating prayer into our day is by visiting the Most Blessed Sacrament if you work or live near a Church.

A phrase I just read recently (but already forgot where) and keeps coming into my mind is that we have to pray according to our life’s situation. Like a monk can’t join prayer rallies because they are intended to stay in the monastery and pray in silence and out from the crowd’s sight, but a baker can pray the rosary while waiting for the bread to rise.

Whatever our life situation is, may we be encourage to pray throughout the day because prayer is the best weapon that we can have against all evil spirits.

May we be reminded to pray without ceasing as St. Paul is encouraging us to do in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 that says:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you, because our mighty God is worthy of all love from all of us.

If you have any other favorite short prayers, feel free to share them in the comments below!

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