How to Pray?

The Sign of the Cross: Catholics usually begin and end their prayers by making the sign of the Cross. This is a sign of our belief in the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and a reminder to us that it is because of Christ’s death on the Cross that we have been saved.

The sign of the Cross can be made like this: Place your right hand with all fingers together and the thumb slightly tucked into the palm, on your forehead, saying- “In the name of the Father”. Now hold your hand to your chest saying, “And of the Son”. Now take your hand to your left shoulder and then your right as you say “And of the Holy Spirit”. After this you join your hands together to say Amen.

Thus the prayer goes

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

Amen explained

As you may have noticed most prayers end with the word Amen. Amen means “so be it”. It is a solemn affirmation. When we say “Amen” we are roughly saying, “I believe that to be true. I want that to be so.”

Our Father

When his disciples asked Jesus how to pray, he taught them a simple yet most profound prayer, which, you too can pray every day. Say this prayer slowly and meaningfully, so as to reflect on what you are saying. Allow every word to sink in as you speak to your Father.

Our Father in heaven.
Holy be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
And forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the test
But deliver us from evil.
Amen.

You can also accompany the Our Father with a prayer to Mother Mary known as the Hail Mary. This prayer has been strung together by a blend of scripture verses and can be prayed at any time as a devotion to Mother, who is always interceding for us, her children.

Hail Mary

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.

The Glory Be

The Hail Mary is always completed by a prayer which glorifies the Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The prayer goes thus:

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.

Besides the short prayers mentioned above, there are other different forms and ways of praying. You can choose the one most suitable to you. There are formal prayers of the Church such as the Rosary, The Liturgy of the Hours as well as contemplative methods of prayer like the Lectio Divina and Taize. (If you would like us to send you material on the formal prayers of the Church, click here)

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