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Introduction to Prayer


Prayer is our personal response to God's presence in our lives. There are many different types of prayer. For example, there is the church's public prayer. This includes the seven sacraments and the liturgy of the hours. Then there is private prayer. This might take the form of traditional prayers like the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Apostles' Creed or any one of thousands of other formal prayers. But it is also prayer when we simply talk to God in our own words, whether we do this out loud or just in the silence of our own hearts.

But prayer is more than just talking to God or simply asking for things. Prayer is attentively listening to God. Paying attention is not easy and requires effort. In paying attention, we have to first stop and be aware of our surroundings. We let go of being preoccupied with ourselves and make the effort to let the other take our attention.

Traditional Prayers


Our Father
Our Father, who art in Heaven; hallowed by 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 (Ave Maria)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. 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 (Gloria)
Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

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, He 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 sits 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