The Our Father is what many consider one of the “basic prayers” for Catholics, along with the Hail Mary, the Glory Be, and the Apostle’s Creed. It is the first prayer many Catholics remember learning as a child. But since we have been saying it for so long, sometimes we feel like it is too familiar.
A challenge when we say the Our Father is to not say it automatically, without thinking. Instead when we pray it, try to see which phrase stands out the most. It will vary from day to day. Maybe that’s what God wants us to focus on in that moment.
The Our Father 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.
– Matthew 6:9-13
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Prayers bring us closer to God. We pray to change our own hearts and bring them into alignment with the heart of God. We pour ourselves out to God and know that we are heard. We also let God speak to us.
This section includes some of the most familiar prayers of the Catholic tradition. These prayers have nurtured the faithful for generations, yet they still speak to us. Some of these prayers you may wish to learn “by heart” so that they become part of your daily living. Other prayers may be less familiar. These open for new generations the treasures of the Church’s rich tradition of prayer.