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Prayer is communion with God. Prayer can be public or personal, spoken, or silent. The psalms are prayers we sing; they have been a part of the Church’s communal prayer since the earliest days of the Church. Prayer is communication with a God who loves us and desires to be in relationship with us.
Jesus teaches us about the importance of prayer. The Gospels record seventeen times that Jesus took time apart to pray. In the Scriptures, Jesus prays often, morning and night. He prays during critical events in his life and he prays before ministering to people in need. Jesus is a model of prayer for us.
Prayer is essential to living a full, Catholic life. The central communal form of prayer for the Church is the Mass. Some of the Church’s most traditional and foundational prayers are as follows:
Grace before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Glory to the Father
Glory 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 forever. Amen.
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.
Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women; and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus: O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
There are also contemporary ways to pray. Talking with God each day, no matter the form or words used nourishes our relationship and helps us to grow.
Silent prayer or meditation helps us center our thoughts on God’s goodness and offers renewal in a noisy, hectic world.
Lectio Divina is a way of praying with the sacred Scriptures. Find a Scripture passage that speaks to you. Read it out loud and then reflect upon it silently for several minutes. Read it again. Notice any words or phrases that stick with you. Ask God what you are to learn from this passage. Listen.
Keep a prayer journal with all your wants, needs, thoughts, and reflections related to your prayer life.
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.
EKPERE AGANA–EKPE KWA UBOCHI
NNA ANYI NO N’ELUIGWE
Nna anyi no n’eluigwe, ka otito diri aha Gi, Ka ochichi I bia, ka e mee uche Gi n’uwa di ka esi eme ya n’eluigwe. Nye anyi tata nri nke ubochi anyi. Ghaghara anyi mmehie anyi ga dika anyi si gbaghara ndi mehiere anyi. E kwena ka anyi kwenye na nlanye, ma zoputa n’ajo ihe. Amen.
Ekele Maria, I juputere na gracia, Oseburuwa nonyere gi: I di ngozi n’etiti ikporo nile; o diazi ngozi bu nwa afo I bu Jesu, Maria di aso nne nke Chukwu riowara anyi bu ndi njo aririo, kita na amani onwu anyi. Amen.
OTITO DIRI NNA
Otito diri Nna na Nwa na Muo Nso. Otu o diri n’izizi na kita na ekpo nile na uwa ebebe. Amen.
EKWE M NA CHUKWU
Ekwe m na Chukwu, nna onye puru ime ihe nile, Onye kere eligwe na ala, na Jesu Kristi so ofu nwa ya eze anyi. Onye aturu ime ya site n’ike nke Muo Nso, amuo ya na Virgin Maria, o taa ahuhu n’oge nke Pontius Pilate, a kpodo ya n’obe, onwuo, elie ya, o zida na muo n’ubochi nke ato, o sikwa na ndi nwuru anwu puta, o rogoro n’eligwe, o nodu N’aka nri Chukwu nna, onye puru ime ihe nile, n’ebe ahu ka ‘o ga-esi bia ba ekpe ndi di ndu na ndi nwuru anwu ikpe. Ekwe m na muo nso, na nzuko nso Katolik, na mmeko nke ndi nso na mgbghara nke njo, na mbilite n’onwu nke ahu na ndu ebebe. Amen