Can You Finish These Prayers Most Christians Know by Heart?
By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz
Prayer is how we speak to God, and if you're a Christian, chances are you've been saying them for quite some time now. And even if you aren't, most of these prayers have been said so many times that you're bound to have learned a few by now. Early Christian prayers were said standing with one's face looking toward the heavens, but it is nowhere near as formal as it once was. Some prayers, like the posture, have evolved and there are now different versions of some of them. But they mean the same thing and are close enough to the original that you'll still be able to identify them. And we're going to put that knowledge to the test today.
So we'll give you the first line of a prayer and we'll ask you to pick the last line. Your job is to choose the correct ending of each of the prayers that we're going to discuss, and if you answer enough correct, we'll be really impressed. Most, if not all Christians should know these prayers and their endings, but do you think you do? Find that out and more in this fun Christian prayers quiz.
"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of all that is, seen and unseen ..."
The Nicene Creed is a statement of belief that is named after Nicaea, a city in Turkey where it was first endorsed by the First Council of Nicaea. The Nicene Creed epitomizes Christian faith and upholds the Trinity (God The Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
"Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women ..."
Also known as the Ave Maria, the Hail Mary is considered a traditional prayer of the Catholic Church. It requests the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her son, Jesus Christ.
"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 ..."
Confiteor, which, in Latin, means "I confess" or "I acknowledge," is a prayer said when confessing one's sins to the Lord. It is often recited at the commencement of Mass during the Roman Rite and as the sinner prepares for grace.
"Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we who are weighed down by the burden of our sins may be raised up ..."
St. Dominic was the founder of The Dominican Order, which is also known as The Order of the Preachers. The Nine Ways of Prayer of St Dominic were methods of prayer and positioning of the body that would place the believer in the best position to receive God's word.
"O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love ..."
The Act of Love prayer compels us to think the true meaning of love, in a way that would be pleasing to God. It declares love and forgiveness of others through one's love for God and asks for forgiveness of sins for all.
"O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ..."
The Act of Faith prayer, or as it is simply called, The Act of Faith, is one that is recited as a means of reaffirming one's belief in God. It states the belief in the Holy Trinity, in the Passion of Christ, Jesus' resurrection and Judgement Day.
"Hail to you Joseph, on whom divine grace has showered his gifts ..."
Hail Joseph is a prayer recited to Saint Joseph, father of Jesus and husband of Mary. This prayer asks for St. Joseph, the Son of David, to pray for the sinners on Earth, in their current circumstance and before their death.
"Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts ..."
The Angelus is a Marian devotion that is believed to have first been recited by monks, hundreds of years ago. This prayer is about the incarnation of Jesus and compels an individual to respond to the will of God. It is usually recited at six in the morning, midday and six in the evening.
"The cross of Christ be with me; The cross of Christ overcomes all water and every fire ..."
Christ Be With Me is a prayer written by Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary, when he was working in Ireland and sought God's protection from his adversaries. This prayer asks for Christ to surround him and protect him at all stages of his journey.
"Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name ..."
The Lord's Prayer, also known as the Our Father prayer, is the one that Jesus taught his disciplines. This prayer is universal and is used by denominations worldwide and appears in two different places in the Bible- in Luke 11:2-4 (NIV) and Mathew 6:9-13.
"O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day ..."
The Morning Offering is a prayer that can be by recited at the beginning of the day, as a means of dedicating yourself to God and submitting to him the good and bad parts of your day. This prayer was created in 1844 by Father Francois Xavier Gaulrelet.
"Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me ..."
Anima Christi, a Latin term which means "Soul of Christ" in English, is a prayer for the weary, who may feel as if they are stuck in a rut. This prayer asks that God provide his believers with strength, guidance throughout their daily lives and alleviation from their sorrows.
"St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil ..."
This is one of the many prayers to Holy Michael, the Archangel, who is regarded as a patron of the Church. This Saint protects the church against Satan and maintains the faithfulness of its people. This prayer is an embodiment of this belief, as it seeks protection from evil spirits.
"O my God, relying on your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises ..."
The Act of Hope offers comfort to the Lord's servants, in times of trials and despair. This prayer asks for forgiveness of sins and serves as a reminder that Christ has not forsaken his servants.
"Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided ..."
The Memorare is a Catholic prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary that became popular during the 17th century, due to the efforts of Father Claude Bernard. This prayer can be recited at any time, but it is most applicable during times of sorrow or distress.
"O my God, at the end of this day I thank You most heartily for all the graces I have received from You ..."
The Evening Prayer offers thanks to God for his protection and mercies throughout the day. In this prayer, the believer seeks God, reaffirms his belief in his powers and his grace and ask that he be pure and true like Him.
"May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God ..."
This prayer was first delivered by Sister Mary of Saint Peter, who was gifted with the words by Jesus Christ. It speaks about reparation and is often recited along with other prayers, as part of Holy Face Devotion.
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love ..."
"Make me an Instrument of Your Peace" is known as the prayer of St. Francis or the peace prayer. This prayer was published by an anonymous author in 1912 and it is dedicated to Saint Francis. He was a Catholic preacher from Italy who is highly regarded for his work.
"O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures ..."
This is a prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua, a Catholic priest who was regarded as a miracle worker. "Unfailing Prayer to St Anthony" is a short but powerful prayer that "has never been known to fail" and is a way of praying to Christ through this Saint.
"You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world ..."
This intercessory prayer was first said by St. Faustina after she had a vision of an angel who was sent by God. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy should be prayed during Holy Mass, after one has received Holy Communion and also in the nine days before The Feast of Mercy.
"Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness ..."
St. Thomas Aquinas was a priest who was also known as "The Angelic Doctor" because of his work and publications about angels. This priest wrote The Student's Prayer, which asks for students to be granted clarity, understanding, retentive memory and the skill of self-expression.
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior ..."
Magnificat is Latin for "My soul magnifies the Lord." This canticle was first said by The Blessed Virgin Mary and thus it is known as the Canticle of Mary or the Song of Mary. The Magnificat is a compilation of hymns, scripture readings and psalms and it is recited during a liturgy at Catholic churches.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures ..."
The 23rd psalm from the Book is Psalms is also known as the prayer, "The Lord is my Shepherd." The Book is Psalms is the third part of the Hebrew Bible and it is said that most of the psalms were written by King David, one of the first kings of Israel.
"Father, in Your goodness grant me the intellect to comprehend You ..."
Saint Benedict of Nursia was a priest who founded the Benedictine monks. The St. Benedict prayer is one that can be recited when using the St Benedict medal. This sacred medallion is engraved with symbols and writing about the life of this Saint.
"Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty ..."
Grace before meals is a traditional prayer that is said before food is eaten, as a way of expressing thanks to God so that the meal may be blessed. This prayer is a means of following in the footsteps of Jesus and Paul, the apostle, who would pray before eating.
"Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us ..."
The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as The Litany of Loreto, is one that is prayed when seeking forgiveness for sins and protection from hardship. Pope Sixtus V endorsed it in 1587 and, out of the six litanies, it is the only one that is acceptable to be recited in public.
"Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost ..."
Glory Be to the Father or simply Glory Be, is also called the Gloria Patri. It is a brief hymn which praises God addressing him as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
"Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side ..."
The Guardian Angel Prayer is a short prayer Christians say to their guardian angel, seeking his protection and guidance throughout their days. This prayer is a way of expressing love to the guardian and a means of connecting with this higher being.
"O my God, my Redeemer, behold me here at Thy feet ..."
The Stations of the Cross opens with the Act of Contrition, which is a powerful prayer that is said during Lent to commemorate the Passion of Christ. Essentially it comprises of 14 stations or devotions that speaks about Jesus's last day on Earth as a man, from his condemnation to his crucifixion.
"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth ..."
The Apostle's Creed is a proclamation of Christian belief which is referred to as the Apostolic Creed or Symbol of the Apostles. It is based on the Old Roman Symbol and declares belief in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
"Kyrie Eleison. Christe Eleison ..."
The Latin "Kyrie Eleison" prayer translates to "Lord, Have Mercy. Christ, Have Mercy". This short prayer is often sung in repentance of sins.
"O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You and I detest all my sins ..."
This Christian prayer professes absolute regret for sins committed. It is used during the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation for examining the conscience.
"Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope ..."
The Holy Rosary is usually concluded in a number of ways and one is with the Hail Holy Queen prayer. It's a Catholic prayer which consists of five sets of ten Hail Marys. A string of beads is used to assist with the reciting of the prayers in sequence.
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son ..."
Some Christians say the sign of the Cross before and after prayers. Many people do not realize that it is actually a prayer by itself. It is said by using one's right hand to make a cross about the body, from the forehead to the chest, then the left and right shoulder respectively.
"O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me ..."
The Litany of Humility is a prayer that is said in private, when one seeks to be humble in his/her daily life. It is a means of asking the Lord for guidance in refraining from being self-centered and instead focusing on following his word and seeking his approval, rather than the approval of man.
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