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What is prayer?

Praying is turning the heart toward God. When a person prays, he enters into a living relationship with God.

Prayer is the great gate leading into faith. Someone who prays no longer lives on his own, for himself and by his own strength. He knows there is a God to whom he can talk. People who pray entrust themselves more and more to God. Even now they seek union with the one with whom they will encounter one day face to face. Therefore, the effort to pray daily is part of Christian life. Of course, one cannot learn to pray the same way on learns a technique. As strange as it sounds, prayer is a gift one obtains through prayer.

[Youcat, pg 257]

The Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross is the most basic Catholic prayer, though we don't often think of it that way.

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

Latin: In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen

A Prayer for Lent

Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me – it is the Lord who speaks – to break unjust fetters and undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke, to share your bread with the hungry, and shelter the homeless poor, to clothe the man you see to be naked and not turn from your own kin. Your integrity will go before you you and the glory of the Lord before you. Isaiah Ch. 58

Below is a list of common Catholic prayers and their Latin translation.

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.

For the kingdom is yours now and forever,


Pater Noster

Pater noster, qui es in caelis;

sanctificetur nomen tuum; adveniat regnum tuum,

fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra.

Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie;

et dimitte nobis debita nostra,

sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;

et ne nos inducas in tentatione;

sed libera nos a malo.

Quia tuum est regnum, et potestas, et gloria

in saecula. Amen.

Hail Mary

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.

Ave Maria

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.

Benedicta tu in mulieribus,

et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,

ora pro nobis peccatoribus,

nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Glory Be

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.

Gloria Patri

Gloria Patri,

et Filio,

et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio,

et nunc, et semper,

et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.