Prayer, a loving conversation with God, is at the heart of Christian faith. Christians are invited to pray as Jesus prayed, to call God “Our Father”.

Prayer forms

Christian prayer is composed of various forms:

  • Blessing – we bless God who first blesses us.
  • Adoration – we who are creatures humbly acknowledge God, our Creator.
  • Petition – we ask God for his Kingdom to come, to forgive our sins, and for all our spiritual and material needs.
  • Intercession – we pray to God for others.
  • Thanksgiving – we thank God unceasingly for everything.
  • Praise – we praise and glorify God for His own sake because He is God.

Liturgical and Devotional prayer

Christian prayer is either:

  • Liturgical – when the Church prays using a rite of Christian prayer e.g. Divine Office or Holy Mass.
  • Devotional – when Christians unite themselves to God through Christ by means of Christian prayers and devotions e.g. morning prayers or praying the Stations of the Cross.

Traditional Prayers

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

The Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
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 to the Father

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