Send us your original and personal prayer

| November 3, 2010 | 2 Comments

Hail Mary full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among 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.

Forty-one words.

That’s all there are in the “Hail Mary.”

We’ll be generous, though.

We’ll let you use 100 words to compose a new prayer, and we’ll take the best of those prayers — and some favorites of our own — to create The Catholic Spirit Book of Prayer that also will be accessible on

You pick the topic, whatever you choose to say in a prayer.

It can be of any of the five types of prayer (see box below).

You’ll be hitting the mark if you can make your prayer both personal and universal; it should be meaningful both to you and to others — something you want to pray and something other people will find valuable for their prayer lives, too.

Members of The Catholic Spirit staff and board of directors will select a variety of entries to include in The Catholic Spirit Book of Prayer, a new project we’ll be producing just in time to help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of our archdiocesan newspaper during 2011.

We’ll be creating a “Prayer Room” on our website where those prayers will be available 24/7, 365.

Deadline is Dec. 1

Your entry might be a prayer for a special occasion, for a typical life situation, for a specific special intention or need. Only original prayers will be considered, so don’t copy something from another source.

Enter as many times as you like, but remember: 100 words or less.

And hurry; the deadline is noon, Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Submit entries either of two ways:

  • Fill out the online submission form below.
  • By mail to “Prayers,” The Catholic Spirit, 244 Dayton Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102.

All entries become the property of The Catholic Spirit Publishing Co., and submission implies permission to publish your prayer in any and all Catholic Spirit media.

5 types of prayer

1. Prayers of praise and adoration, which focus on the love, power, glory and majesty of God.
2. Prayers of penitence, in which one asks for forgiveness.
3. Prayers of petition, where one asks for something for one’s self.
4. Prayers of thanksgiving, that express our gratitude for God’s gifts, mercy, etc.
5. Prayers of intercession, that request something for another.


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