What prayer has a world without end?
Common Catholic Prayers
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, 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.
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.
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,
on the third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into Heaven,
and is seated 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 the life everlasting. 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 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!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ. Amen.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me,
Body of Christ, save me,
Blood of Christ, inebriate me,
Water from the side of Christ, wash me,
Passion of Christ, strengthen me,
O good Jesus, hear me.
Hide me within your wounds,
keep me close to you,
defend me from the evil enemy,
call me at the hour of my death,
and bid me to come to you,
to praise you with your saints,
forever and ever. Amen.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
We fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do we come, before thee we stand,
sinful and sorrowful,
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not our petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer them. Amen.
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
And the Word was made Flesh.
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saint Michael Prayer
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
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 into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl throughout the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartfully sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishment, but most of all because I have offended thee my God, who is all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
Miraculous Medal Prayer
O Mary, Conceived without Sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee, and for those who do not have recourse to thee, especially the enemies of the Church. Amen.
Dear Lord, I do not know what will happen to me today — I only know that nothing will happen that was not foreseen by you and directed to my greater good from all eternity. I adore your holy and unfathomable plans, and submit to them with all my heart for love of you, the pope, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.
Guardian Angel Prayer
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.
Prayer of Surrender
Lord Jesus Christ, take all my freedom, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given to me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grace After Meals
We give thee thanks for all thy benefits, O Almighty God, who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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What prayer has a world without end?
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Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The particular English translation of the Gloria Patri that speaks of "world without end" apparently traces to Thomas Cranmer, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury in England who wrote the English Book of Common Prayer at the time that England originally broke away from the Roman Catholic Church during the reign of Henry VIII in the sixteenth century. (The phrase in its Latin wording was "in saecula saeculorum", which means literally "to ages of ages", expressing the idea of "forever" or "eternally".) I would agree that the English phrase "world without end" does not clearly express this concept, especially in giving the impression that this present world will last forever. (Perhaps there was a consideration of having to word the phrase in English so that it fit an established liturgical tune to which the Gloria Patri was sung.) More modern versions address this by changing the wording to agree with the concepts mentioned above (that is, "forever", "eternally", or "for ages of ages").
Grant Abbott Child of Father, Follower of Son, Student of Spirit
The world as we know it, began with God's creation of a physical earth as a dwelling place for human beings, while God's sovereignty ruled from his dwelling place in heaven. With the coming of Jesus Christ, as a human being, God began to rule upon the earth. Jesus birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection defeated sin, death and all the powers of evil. Through Jesus life and ministry he established the Christian church on earth. Then after his ascension, the Holy Spirit was poured out to guide and empower the church to be the kingdom of God on earth. When Jesus comes for the second time to judge the living and the dead, this present earth will be destroyed by fire and he will create a new heaven and earth. All human beings who have rejected God's love and salvation will face their judgment and eternal punishment. All human beings dead or alive who, by faith in God's promises and the finished work of Jesus on the cross, will receive their complete salvation. Jesus will provide them with new heavenly bodies, like those of the angels, and will reward their faithfulness in his new earth. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit will all dwell in this new earth forever, with every believing human being who ever lived, and in this world there will be no sin, no death, no evil, no sorrow or crying or pain. It will be the paradise that God intended with his first creation. This is the "world without end" that is acknowledged in the prayer you have referenced. This is the world that God created, sustained, transformed, and will renew and personally dwell in forever and ever, for all eternity, without end.
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