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Rachel Ann Teves wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why do we pray the Hail Mary and other prayers while God only taught us the
    "Our Father"?

Rachel Ann

  { Why do we pray the Hail Mary and other prayers while God only taught us the "Our Father"? }

Paul replied:

Rachel Ann,

That's a good question.

The Our Father is the prayer Jesus taught us; but keep in mind that He never said not to pray anything else. In fact, He showed us a different way of praying in John 17. He told His disciples to go to Jerusalem and pray for the Holy Spirit before His Ascension, and at the Last Supper He illustrated some of the prayers we pray at the liturgy every Sunday. Being a good Jew, He also must have prayed the Psalms and other traditional devotions. In addition, He sent forth His Spirit upon His Church to inspire them to pray in many different ways; we see this in the saints throughout Church history.

So while the "Our Father" prayer does have priority and is prayed at every Mass, I don't think that Jesus meant for this to be the only prayer we pray.

Peace,

Paul

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