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by David Scott

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Chapter Seven:
The Possibility of Prayer


Illuminated Initial From the Luttrell Psalter, 1325–1335


  • To provide an understanding of how the Our Father is the summary of the Gospel and the source of Catholic spirituality and living.

  • To provide a basic understanding of the Catholic approach to prayer.

  • To present each petition of the Our Father and to explain its significance for the spiritual life of the Catholic.


Our Father
Who Art in Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done
Gives Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Forgives Us . . . as We Forgive
And Lead Us Not into Temptation
But Deliver Us from Evil


Some Basic Catholic Prayers

Signum Crucis

In nómine Patris
et Fílii
et Spíritus Sancti. Amen.

Gloria Patri

Glória Patri
et Fílio
et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio,
et nunc et semper
et in sæ´cula sæculórum. Amen.

Ave, Maria

Ave, María, grátia plena,
Dóminus tecum.
Benedícta tu in muliéribus,
et benedíctus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta María, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatóribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostræ.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit. 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.

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.

The Catholic Passion, 157–159

Prayer is a gift of God by which we are able to converse with him as children talking to our Father.

St. Teresa of Avila
St. Clement of Alexandria
St. John Chrysostom

The Ecstasy of St. Teresa,
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1647–1652

Our Father
The Catholic Passion, 159–162

The prayer Jesus taught his disciples, the “Our Father,” is the model of Christian prayer and a school for Christian character development.

We pray as members of the Church, which is the family of God and the communion of saints. We pray for each other’s intentions and needs.

The Psalms of the Old Testament are the masterworks and models of our common prayer.

Blessed Pope John XXIII
Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours
St. Philip Neri
St. Monica

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 tentationem,
sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

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. Amen.

Pope Pius XII praying the Pater Noster

The “Our Father” in the Languages of the World

“Hail Mary” in the Languages of the World

Who Art in Heaven
The Catholic Passion, 162–164

We pray to God as our heavenly Father.

St. Basil
St. Gregory of Nazianzus
Catherine de Hueck Doherty
Luttrell Psalter

Hallowed Be Thy Name
The Catholic Passion, 164–165

God’s name is holy and our prayer should adore him and give thanks to him.

St. Joan of Arc
St. Peter Chrysologus

Orans (Figure at Prayer)
from Catacombs of St. Priscilla, ca. 3rd century

The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.

(In Spanish)

Señor Jesucristo, Hijo de Dios,
ten piedad de mi un peccador.

Questions for Reflection

Why is the Our Father called the summary of the Gospel?

What do the first three petitions of the Our Father (Our Father who art in heaven / Hallowed be thy name / Thy kingdom come ) tell us about our relationship with God?

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done
The Catholic Passion, 166–167

We pray for fulfillment of God’s plans on earth and the accomplishment of his will in our lives; God’s will is that we live in holiness and love.

Brother Lawrence

Gives Us This Day Our Daily Bread
The Catholic Passion, 168–170

With the boldness taught to us by Jesus, we pray for daily bread—for our daily needs, for the Word of God, and for the holy Eucharist.

St. John Vianney
St. Alphonsus de’ Liguori
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Guigo II
St. Peter Chrysologus

Prayers to the Angels

Angele Dei

Ángele Dei,
qui custos es mei,
me, tibi commíssum pietáte supérna,
illúmina, custódi,
rege et gubérna.

Oratio ad Sanctum Michael (Pope Leo XIII)

Sancte Michael Archangele,
defende nos in proelio,
contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur:
tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis,
Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum
pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.


Angel of God

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.

Prayer to Saint Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into hell Satan
and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world
for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Forgives Us . . . as We Forgive
The Catholic Passion, 170–172

We pray for the grace to forgive others as God has forgiven us. This is one of the most important principles of Christian living.

St. Teresa of Avila
St. Maria Goretti

Madonna in the Rosary
Stefano Da Zevio, ca. 1410
How to Pray the Mysteries of the Rosary

"Contemplating the face of Christ ... with the eyes of Mary"
Pope John Paul II


The Joyful Mysteries
(recited Monday and Saturday)

Virgin Annunciate,
Antonello da Messina, c. 1476

The Annunciation
Luke 1:26–27
Catechism, no. 484

The Visitation
Luke 1:39–56
Catechism, 717

The Nativity
Luke 2:1–7
Catechism, no. 525

The Presentation
Luke 2:21–24
Catechism, no. 527

The Finding in the Temple
Luke 2:41–47
no. 534


The Mysteries of Light
(recited Thursday)

Ognissanti Madonna,
Giotto di Bondone, 1310

The Baptism of Jesus
Matthew 3:16–17
Catechism, no. 535

The Wedding Feast of Cana
John 2:1–12
Catechism, no. 1613

The Proclamation of the Kingdom
Mark 1:15
Catechism, no. 543

The Transfiguration
Matthew 17:1–8
Catechism, no. 555

The Institution of the Eucharist
Matthew 26:26
Catechism, no. 1340

The Sorrowful Mysteries
(recited Tuesday and Friday)

The Virgin,
Joseph Stella, 1926

The Agony in the Garden
Matthew 26:36–39
Catechism, no. 2849

The Scourging at the Pillar
John 19:1–3
Catechism, no. 572

The Crowning with Thorns
Matthew 27:27–29
Catechism, no. 616

The Carrying of the Cross

Mark 15:21–22
Catechism, no. 612

The Crucifixion
Luke 23:33–46
Catechism, no. 619
The Glorious Mysteries
(recited Wednesday and Sunday)

Madonna Palafrenieri,
Caravaggio, 1606

The Resurrection
Luke 24:1–5
Catechism, no. 651

The Ascension
Mark 16:19
Catechism, no. 661

The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:1–4
Catechism, no. 691

The Assumption
Luke 1:48–49
Catechism, no. 974

The Coronation of Mary
Revelation 12:1
Catechism, no. 966



The Angelus


V. Ángelus Dómini nuntiávit Maríæ.
R. Et concépit de Spíritu Sancto.

Ave, María grátia plena,
Dóminus tecum.
Benedícta tu in muliéribus,
et benedíctus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta María, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatóribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostræ.

V. Ecce ancílla Dómini.
R. Fiat mihi secúndum verbum tuum.

Ave, María...

V. Et Verbum caro factum est.
R. Et habitávit in nobis.

Ave, María...

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei génetrix.
R. Ut digni efficiámur
promissiónibus Christi.


Grátiam tuam, quæsumus, Dómine, méntibus nostris infúnde; ut qui, Ángelo nuntiánte,
Christi Fílii tui incarnatiónem cognóvimus,
per passiónem eius et crucem, ad resurrectiónis glóriam perducámur. Per eúndem Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.

Glória Patri
et Fílio
et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio,
et nunc et semper
et in sæ´cula sæculórum. Amen.


V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

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.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary.

V. And the Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray;

Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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.

And Lead Us Not into Temptation
The Catholic Passion, 172–173

We pray for the strength not to yield to temptation.

St. Teresa of Avila
Blessed Columba Marmion

Prayers to Mary

Salve, Regina

Salve, Regína,
Mater misericórdiæ,
vita, dulcédo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamámus,
éxsules fílii Evæ.
Ad te suspirámus geméntes et flentes
in hac lacrimárum valle.
Eia ergo, advocáta nostra,
illos tuos misericórdes óculos
ad nos convérte.
Et Iesum benedíctum fructum ventris tui,
nobis, post hoc exsílium, osténde.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo María!


Memoráre, o piíssima Virgo María,
non esse audítum a sæculo,
quemquam ad tua curréntem præsídia,
tua implorántem auxília,
tua peténtem suffrágia, esse derelíctum.
Ego tali animátus confidéntia,
ad te, Virgo Vírginum, Mater,
curro, ad te vénio,
coram te gemens peccátor assísto.
Noli, Mater Verbi,
verba mea despícere;
sed áudi propítia et exáudi. Amen.

Regina Cæli

Regína cæli lætáre, allelúia.
Quia quem meruísti portáre, allelúia.
Resurréxit, sicut dixit, allelúia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, allelúia.

Gaude et lætáre, Virgo María, allelúia.
Quia surréxit Dóminus vere, allelúia.


Deus, qui per resurrectiónem Fílii tui Dómini nostri Iesu Christi mundum lætificáre dignátus es, præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genetrícem Vírginem Maríam perpétuæ capiámus gáudia vitæ.
Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen,
Mother of Mercy,
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 exile
show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come,
before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Regina Cæli

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
has risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray;

O God, who through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, did vouchsafe to give joy to the world; grant, we beseech you, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Magnificat


Magníficat ánima mea Dóminum,
et exsultávit spíritus meus
in Deo salvatóre meo,
quia respéxit humilitátem ancíllæ suæ.

Ecce enim ex hoc beátam
me dicent omnes generatiónes,
quia fecit mihi magna,
qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius,
et misericórdia eius in progénies
et progénies timéntibus eum.

Fecit poténtiam in bráchio suo,
dispérsit supérbos mente cordis sui;
depósuit poténtes de sede
et exaltávit húmiles.
Esuriéntes implévit bonis
et dívites dimísit inánes.

Suscépit Ísrael púerum suum,
recordátus misericórdiæ,
sicut locútus est ad patres nostros,
Ábraham et sémini eius in sæcula.

Glória Patri et Fílio
et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio,
et nunc et semper,
et in sæcula sæculórum. Amen.


My soul glorifies the Lord,
My spirit rejoices in
God my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness;

Henceforth all generations
will call me blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength
And scatters the proud hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones
And raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things,
Sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers,
to Abraham and his sons for ever.

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.

But Deliver Us from Evil / Amen
The Catholic Passion,

We pray not to yield to despair or be overcome by the evil of the world.

Questions for Reflection

What do the final four petitions of the Our Father (Thy will be done / Give us this day / Forgive us our trespasses / Lead us not into temptation) tell us about our relationship with God?

What does the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread,” mean?

Who are the most difficult people in your life to forgive? What steps can you take to forgive them as you hope to be forgiven by God?

Laudes Divinae

Benedictus Deus.
Benedictum Nomen Sanctum eius.
Benedictus Iesus Christus,
verus Deus et verus homo.
Benedictum Nomen Iesu.
Benedictum Cor eius sacratissimum.
Benedictus Sanguis eius pretiosissimus.
Benedictus Iesus
in sanctissimo altaris Sacramento.
Benedictus Sanctus Spiritus, Paraclitus.
Benedicta excelsa Mater Dei, Maria sanctissima
Benedicta sancta eius et
immaculata Conceptio.
Benedicta eius gloriosa Assumptio.
Benedictum nomen Mariae,
Virginis et Matris.
Benedictus sanctus Ioseph, eius castissimus Sponsus.
Benedictus Deus in Angelis suis, et in Sanctis suis. Amen.

Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ,
true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God,
Mary Most Holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary,
Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph,
her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels
and in His Saints. Amen.