TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC PRAYER
Traditional Catholic prayers are like family heirlooms passed on from generation to generation. They include many of the best known Catholic prayers such as The Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, and Apostles’ Creed. Browse the list below to find traditional prayers of the Catholic faith, prayers of intercession, devotions to Mary and more.
Pray the Rosary
The rosary is a mysterious prayer because of its simplicity, but also because of its depth. It has been prayed and loved consistently by faithful Catholics since the beginning of the second millennium. It is a prayer beginners can learn, and it can lead us into the depth of the Christian life. It is loved by the simplest souls and some of the greatest mystics of the Church.
Our Lady herself, most especially in her appearance at Fatima, but also in other apparitions, has begged us to pray the rosary daily. She said that it was essential to bring peace to our families and to our world, and she asked us to pray the rosary to bring an end to war.
How to Pray the Rosary
The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ’s life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Saint John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous.
The Rosary Online
This is a simple, easy to use website that allows you to use online resources to aid you in praying the Rosary. There are three sections: How To Pray, Benefits, and Resources which link you to videos. The How To Pray section provides a quick reference guide and the text to all the prayers. The Benefits section lists the 15 promises as given by Mary, the Mother of God, to Saint Dominic. It also details the Indulgences to be gained by praying the Rosary.
Devotion to the Rosary is one of the most notable features of popular Catholic spirituality. Pope John Paul II placed the Rosary at the very center of Christian spirituality and called it “among the finest and most praiseworthy traditions of Christian contemplation.”
Catholics believe the Rosary is a remedy against severe trials, temptations and the hardships of life, and that the Rosary is one of the great weapons given to believers in their battle against every evil. Pope Pius XI is quoted as saying, for example, “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight.”
prayers & Devotions
God invites us into a relationship with Him that is both personal and communal. He speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Word-made-flesh. Prayer is our response to God who is already speaking or, better yet, revealing Himself to us. Therefore, prayer is not merely an exchange of words, but it engages the whole person in a relationship with God the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.