Being Catholic

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The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit ( or Holy Ghost). Amen.

Our Father—Mt 6:9-13

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 in temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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Without sounding saccharine, being a Catholic is much like a person who has found love for the first time. It can never be re-captured or experienced again. There is an air of excitement when this new found Faith has been embraced. The desire to know and do more is a pleasure, even those things that would ordinarily be mundane.

When a person is about to approach baptism, they make the necessary preparations. First, they establish a life of prayer. They learn how to pray. How to communicate with the Holy Trinity; to seek the assistance of the Blessed Mother and all the Angels and Saints. Here we present some prayers for this cause.

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Hail Mary—Lk 1:28, 42

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.

The Church's Catechism can be purchased from Church Publishing. It contains all the questions necessary before the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation as well as the essential prayers every Catholic should know.