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Catholic prayers

The Catholic Church many prayers which are used prayed individually or in group liturgies. In some cases, these prayers are shared in common numerous groups of Christians—as is the case with the "Our Father" or "The Lord's Prayer."[1]

However, some prayers exclusively characterize Catholic worship. The most notable are:


  • The Hail Mary 1
  • The Sign of the Cross 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

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.[2]

The Sign of the Cross

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.[2]

This prayer is traditionally accompanied by a gesture. The right hand is touched to the forehead upon saying the word "Father," to the chest when saying "Son," to the left shoulder when saying "Holy," and to the right shoulder when saying "Spirit." Thus, the shape of a cross is traced upon the front of the body as the prayer is recited. This easily recognizable gesture is typically taken to characterize Catholics. It is said before every pray.[3]


  1. ^ "Basic Prayers: Explanation of traditional prayers". Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Tucker, James. "Traditional Catholic: Prayers A Short Cyberbook of Traditional Prayers". Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Cunningham, Kathryn. "Marked". Retrieved 7 March 2011. 

External links

  • Traditional Catholic Prayers
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