Four great prayers are central to our worship.
Allow yourself to have a remarkable spiritual experience through these inspiring talks by Notre Dame’s Fr. Nicholas Ayo. Explore the richness of the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Gloria Patri in your home or while driving in your car.
These powerful ancient prayers have come to define our Church. See these great prayers as windows into our Catholic theology and spirituality.
Learn how the Apostles' Creed first served as a baptismal creed, and a profound summary and distillation of what Jesus of Nazareth meant for Christians. Father Ayo presents the Creed in its fullness.
Three other Christian prayers rank with the Creed as the most known and prayed of all Christian prayers. The Lord's Prayer originates in the words of Jesus who told his disciples, when they prayed, to say: "Our Father."
You will examine the Hail Mary, the Ave Maria of song and tradition, a prayer particularly loved by Catholics.
Understand the significance of the most recognized and known doxological prayer found in Christian prayer, the Gloria Patri, known in English as "Glory Be to the Father".
Father Ayo will explain the four modalities of prayer: prayer of praise, prayer of forgiveness, prayer of thanksgiving and prayer of petition, as well as the best ways to use them. Explore the wonders of prayer with both scholarship and poetry, taking a hard look the facts and a gentle look at what is dreamed in the human heart.
About Your Presenter
Fr. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., is Professor Emeritus of Liberal Studies at Notre Dame University. A priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross, he received the S.T.L. degree from the Gregorian University in Rome and the Ph.D. in literature from Duke University. He was the Director of Novices for the Congregation of Holy Cross in North America for six years and taught in the Great Books Program at the University of Notre Dame until 2004. Examples of his many books include: The Creed as Symbol, The Lord's Prayer, The Hail Mary: A Verbal Icon, and Gloria Patri: The History and Theology of the Lesser Doxology.
Photo by Matt Cashore.
- Apostles' Creed: Article One
- Apostles' Creed: Article Two
- Apostles' Creed: Article Three
- Apostles' Creed: Article Four
- Apostles' Creed: Article Five
- Apostles' Creed: Article Six
- Apostles' Creed: Article Seven
- Apostles' Creed: Article Eight
- Apostles' Creed: Article Nine
- Apostles' Creed: Article Ten
- Apostles' Creed: Article Eleven
- Apostles' Creed: Article Twelve
- Prayer as mystery
- Lord's Prayer: Part 1
- Lord's Prayer: Part 2
- Hail Mary
- Gloria Patri