Welcome to our lay apostle prayer guide. These are a collection of prayers that will be helpful for apostles of the Returning King. We have presented them in an easily accessible way for you to refer to.

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As lay apostles of Jesus Christ the Returning King, we agree to perform our basic obligations as practicing Catholics. Additionally, we will adopt the following spiritual practices, as best we can:

  1. Allegiance Prayerand Morning Offering, plus a brief prayer for the Holy Father
  2. Eucharistic Adoration, one hour per week
  3. Prayer Group Participation, monthly, at which we pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and read the Monthly Message
  4. Monthly Confession
  5. Further, we will follow the example of Jesus
    Christ as set out in the Holy Scripture, treating
    all others with His patience and kindness.

Allegiance Prayer
Dear God in heaven, I pledge my allegiance to You.
I give You my life, my work and my heart. In turn,
give me the grace of obeying Your every direction
to the fullest possible extent. Amen.

Morning Offering
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I
offer You the prayers, works, joys and sufferings of
this day, for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, and
for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.

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Prayer for the Holy Father

Blessed Mother of Jesus, protect Our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, and bless his intentions.

Five Luminous Mysteries

1. The Baptism of Jesus

2. The Wedding at Cana

3. The Proclamation of God’s Kingdom

4. The Transfiguration

5. The Institution of the Eucharist


Prayers taken from The Volumes

Prayers to God the Father

“What can I do for my Father in heaven?” “I trust You, God. I offer You my pain in the spirit of acceptance and I will serve You in every circumstance.” “God my Father in heaven, You are all mercy. You love me and see my every sin. God, I call on You now as the Merciful Father. Forgive my every sin. Wash away the stains on my soul so that I may once again rest in complete innocence. I trust You, Father in heaven. I rely on You. I thank You. Amen.” “God my Father, calm my spirit and direct my path.” “God, I have made mistakes. I am sorry. I am Your child, though, and seek to be united to You.” “I believe in God. I believe Jesus is calling me. I believe my Blessed Mother has requested my help. Therefore I am going to pray on this day and every day.” “God my Father, help me to understand.”

Prayers to Jesus

“Jesus, I give You my day.” “Jesus, how do You want to use me on this day? You have a willing servant in me, Jesus. Allow me to work for the kingdom.” “Lord, what can I do today to prepare for Your coming? Direct me, Lord, and I will see to Your wishes.” “Lord, help me.” “Jesus, love me.”

Prayers to the Angels

“Angels from heaven, direct my path.” “Dearest angel guardian, I desire to serve Jesus by remaining at peace. Please obtain for me the graces necessary to maintain His divine peace in my heart.”

Prayers for a Struggling Soul

“Jesus, what do You think of all this? Jesus, what do You want me to do for this soul? Jesus, show me how to bring You into this situation.” “Angel guardian, thank you for your constant vigil over this soul. Saints in heaven, please assist this dear angel.”

Prayers for Children

“God in heaven, You are the Creator of all things. Please send Your graces down upon our world.” “Jesus, I love You.” “Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you.” “Jesus, I offer You my day.” “Mother Mary, help me to be good.”

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How to Recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary Rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.

1. Make the Sign of the Cross

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

2. Optional Opening Prayers

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You!

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. The Apostles’ 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;
on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will 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.

6. The Eternal Father

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

7. On the Ten Small Beads of Each Decade

For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

8. Repeat for the remaining decades

Saying the “Eternal Father” (6) on the “Our Father” bead and then 10 “For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion” (7) on the following “Hail Mary” beads.

9. Conclude with Holy God

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

10. Optional Closing Prayer

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.

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Intro Prayers of The Rosary

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

The Apostles’ 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;
on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will 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.

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 to the Father

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, 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 made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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How to Pray the Rosary

Image result for how to use rosary beads1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles Creed.”

2. Say the “Our Father.”

3. Say three “Hail Marys.”

4. Say the “Glory be to the Father.”

5. Announce the First Mystery; then say the “Our Father.”

6. Say ten “Hail Marys,” while meditating on the Mystery.

7. Say the “Glory be to the Father.” After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: “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.”

8. Announce the Second Mystery: then say the “Our Father.” Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

9. Say the “Hail, Holy Queen” on the medal after the five decades are completed.

As a general rule, depending on the season, the Joyful Mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday; the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday; the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday; and the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday.

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Papal Reflections on The Mysteries of The Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries are marked by the joy radiating from the event of the Incarnation. This is clear from the very first mystery, the Annunciation, where Gabriel’s greeting to the Virgin of Nazareth is linked to an invitation to messianic joy: “Rejoice, Mary.” The whole of salvation… had led up to this greeting. (Prayed on Mondays and Saturdays, and optional on Sundays during Advent and the Christmas Season.)

The Luminous Mysteries

Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in a special way “mysteries of light.” Certainly, the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “Light of the world” (John 8:12). Yet this truth emerges in a special way during the years of His public life. (Prayed on Thursdays.)

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Gospels give great prominence to the Sorrowful Mysteries of Christ. From the beginning, Christian piety, especially during the Lenten devotion ofthe Way of the Cross, has focused on the individual moments of the Passion, realizing that here is found the culmination of the revelation of God’s love and the source of our salvation. (Prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays, and optional on Sundays during Lent.)

The Glorious Mysteries

“The contemplation of Christ’s face cannot stop at the image of the Crucified One. He is the Risen One!” The Rosary has always expressed this knowledge born of faith and invited the believer to pass beyond the darkness of the Passion in order to gaze upon Christ’s glory in the Resurrection and Ascension… Mary herself would be raised to that same glory in the Assumption. (Prayed on Wednes – days and Sundays.)

From the Apostolic Letter The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, Pope John Paul II, Oct. 16, 2002.

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The Mysteries of The Rosary

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

And when the angel had come to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women.” (Luke 1:28)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Humility

Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb.”(Luke 1:41-42)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbor

Third Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Jesus

She gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged. (Luke 2:7)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Poverty

Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation

When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought Him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord, for it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord.” (Luke 2:22-23)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Obedience

Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

On the third day they came upon Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Joy in Finding Jesus

First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism of Jesus

And when Jesus was baptized… the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him, and lo, a voice from heaven, saying “this is My beloved Son,” with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Openness to the Holy Spirit

Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”… Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. (John 2:5-7)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus through Mary

Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of God’s Kingdom

“And preach as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without pay, give without pay.” (Matthew 10:7-8)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Repentance and Trust in God

Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

And as He was praying, the appearance of His countenance was altered and His raiment become dazzling white. And a voice came out of the cloud saying, “This is My Son, My chosen; listen to Him! (Luke 9:29, 35)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Desire for Holiness

Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist

And He took bread, and when He had given thanks He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you.”… And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.” (Luke 22:19-20)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Adoration

First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

In His anguish He prayed with all the greater intensity, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground. Then He rose from prayer and came to His disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted with grief. (Luke 22:44-45)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Sorrow for Sin

Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

Pilate’s next move was to take Jesus and have Him scourged. (John 19:1)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Purity

Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

They stripped off His clothes and wrapped Him in a scarlet military cloak. Weaving a crown out of thorns they fixed it on His head, and stuck a reed in His right hand… (Matthew 27:28-29)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Courage

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

… carrying the cross by Himself, He went out to what is called the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). (John 19:17)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Patience

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion

Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.” After He said this, He expired. (Luke 23:46)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance

First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection

You need not be amazed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified. He has been raised up; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” (Mark 16:6)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Faith

Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension

Then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into Heaven and took His seat at God’s right hand. (Mark 16:19)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Hope

Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit

All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them. (Acts 2:4)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Love of God

Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption

You are the glory of Jerusalem… you are the splendid boast of our people… God is pleased with what you have wrought. May you be blessed by the Lord Almighty forever and ever. (Judith 15:9-10)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Grace of a Happy Death

Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Revelation 12:1)

One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, etc.

Fruit of the Mystery: Trust in Mary’s Intercession

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