“Man is in search of God. In the act of creation, God calls every being from nothingness into existence. “Crowned with glory and honour,” man is, after the angels, capable of acknowledging “how majestic is the name of the Lord in all the earth.” Even after losing through his sin his likeness to God, man remains an image of his Creator, and retains the desire for the one who calls him into existence. All religions bear witness to men’s essential search for God.
“God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer. In prayer, the faithful God’s initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always a response. As God gradually reveals himself and reveals man to himself, prayer appears as a reciprocal call, a covenant drama. Through words and actions, this drama engages the heart. It unfolds throughout the whole history of salvation.”Catechism of the Catholic Church #2566-2567
As the adopted children of God in Jesus Christ our Lord, prayer should naturally to us, and in the most simplest fashion. However, we are frequently distracted today and forget to look upwards. Meanwhile, we have lost the vocabulary of prayer. So many of us wish to pray and don’t know how to begin. This isn’t anything new and the Church over the years has provided us with carefully composed prayers, from the formal prayers of Holy Mass and the Divine Office to the several approved litanies, novenas and imprecations, and finally to the witness of the Saints, many of whom left behind diaries, notebooks and published works.
On this page, in time, there will be a summary of some of the most basic prayers from a variety of sources.photo credit: American Life League _MG_0706.jpg via photopin (license)