In this article we discuss three most revered basic Catholic prayers namely, the Our Father prayer or The Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary or the Ave Maria and the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene’s Creed.
Catholic Prayers – The Our Father
The Our Father prayer is also known as The Lord’s Prayer. Jesus Christ recited this short prayer Himself when He was asked by His disciples to teach them how to pray. The first part of the prayer addresses and praises God. And the next part addresses man’s concerns. Probably the most popular prayer among Christians, we see two versions of this prayer in the bible. The first version can be read in the Gospel of Matthew. The other version of the Our Father prayer is found in the Gospel of Luke. Whatever version we choose to recite or to meditate on, this is a prayer deep in meaning and devotion.
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.
Here’s also a collection of books with reflections on the Our Father:
In this book, Pope Benedict the XVI discusses his reflections about the Our Father prayer and all other significant events in Jesus’ life.
This book is written by Professor of Theology Scott Hahn, who has also written several books about Catholic Theology.
This book by Maria Ellena Castillo, published in February 2013, discusses why The Our Father is considered the most perfect prayer.
Catholic Prayers – The Hail Mary
The Hail Mary, also known as the Angelic Salutation, or the Ave Maria is recited to give honor to and to ask the intercession of the Virgin Mary. The Hail Mary part is based on passages about Mary in the Bible, specifically in the Gospel of Luke. The Holy Mary prayer was officially included in the Catechism of the Council of Trent in 1556. This prayer is an essential prayer in the Holy Rosary.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Also, we present here some books and DVD’s about Mary:
‘Mary, Mother of Jesus,’ tells the story of the life of the Virgin Mary. It stars Christian Bale and Pernilla August, and is directed by Kevin Connor.
Catholic Prayers – The Apostles’ Creed
The Apostles’ Creed summarizes the theological beliefs of the Catholic Church, and the whole Christian religion. It was officially referred as the ’ Apostles’ Creed’ by Ambrose in the fourth century. It declares the Christian belief in the Trinity, the Resurrection and the forgiveness of sins.
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
Also, here are some books about the Apostles’ Creed:
This book presents Hans Urs Von Balthasar’s reflections on the Apostles’ Creed. It provides brief but deep insights into this prayer.
This ends our brief article about three devotional Catholic prayers, the Our Father prayer, the Hail Mary and the Apostles’ Creed.
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