Prayer is one of life's greatest mysteries. If you asked someone what prayer means, they would have some difficulty explaining it. If one doesn't pray, the idea of starting to pray is an intimidating prospect. Even the Apostles asked Christ how to pray, and He gave them the Our Father.
To pray is to raise one's mind and heart to God. How do we do that? At Benedictine, we strive to make the cadets comfortable with prayer; we try to get them talking to God. Prayer is said at the beginning of each day on the intercom, before each and every class, and school-wide with Mass, prayer services, and retreats. Prayers are said before athletic events and even before practice.
Prayer helps us to place real trust in God, and the more we trust Him, the more he provides for us, and the more peaceful we are.n order to begin prayer, we need to know prayers, and we need to say prayers. We need to get comfortable with the idea of talking to God—offering adoration, thanksgiving, being contrite for sin, and petitioning Him for our needs.
The familiar and time honored Sign of the Cross can be traced back in one form or another to the first century. At Benedictine Cadets open and close all daily prayers by blessing themselves with the Sign of the Cross.
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."Glory Be
The Glory Be is a short expression of praise from the very early Church. The Glory Be focuses on the Trinity, three persons in one God. "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen."
The Lord's Prayer
This prayer was given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself when the apostles asked Him to teach them to pray (Mt 6:9-13) and has been an important prayer since. The Didache (1st/2nd century catechism) commends the prayer to be recited by the faithful three times during the day. In the latter part of the 4th century it became an official part of the Mass where it was originally recited after the breaking of the bread. Later, Pope Gregory the Great, influenced by St. Augustine, moved it to just before the breaking of the bread where it has been ever since. Today, the Didache's tradition of reciting the prayer thrice daily continues in the Church with the Lord's prayer being recited at Mass and then twice more during the Liturgy of the Hours, at Lauds and Vespers."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. Amen."
The Hail Mary
The Ave Maria is perhaps the most popular of all the Marian prayers. It is composed of two distinct parts, a Scriptural part and an intercessory part. The first part, the Scriptural part, is taken from the Gospel of St. Luke and joins together the words of the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation (Lk 1:28) together with Elizabeth's greeting to Mary at the Visitation (Luke 1:42). The second half of the prayer (Holy Mary..) can be traced back to the 15th century where two endings are found. One ending is found in the writings of St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444 AD) and the Carthusians. A second ending can be found in the writings of the Servites, in a Roman Breviary, and in some German Dioceses. The current form of the prayer became the standard form sometime in the 16th century and was included in the reformed Breviary promulgated by Pope St. Pius V in 1568.
"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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."
A 'Confiteor' is a penitential prayer where we acknowledge our sinfulness and seek God's forgiveness. As a prayer form, it has been part of our tradition from nearly the beginning of Christianity. The one below was partially composed in the 8th century and then added to the Mass in the 11th Century.
"I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints, and to you my brothers and sisters (and to thee, father) that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore, I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints, to pray for me to the Lord our God. Amen."