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I Forgot To Memorise A Prayer

Yesterday at a funeral service, the Priest asked us to say the Apostle's Creed. Being that I've been away from the Catholic church since I was born again in 1983, I couldn't remember it. Was it a sin that I didn't repeat it because I didn't remember it?

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 ---Donna9759 on 12/1/06
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Was this the man you prayed for at the hospital?
---Tim on 12/20/07


Of course not. The only prayer that Jesus left for us as a model prayer was what we call the "Our Father" and even then he never sait it had to be committed to memory nor did he say how often to say it. Actually, the Popstle's Creed is a statement of faith and not a prayer. It is not a sin if you do not have a denominations statement of faith committed to memory. So, did you move your lips and pretend out of embarrassment? ha. I might have. ha Blessings
---jody on 5/22/07


What suerprises me about this blog is that the title refers to a "prayer", as do so many of thwe responses. The Apostles Creed is not a prayer, but a declaration of faith.
Anyway, it's not a sin to be unable to recite it.
---alan_of_UK on 5/22/07


A little embarassing mabe but, not a sin. God is still smileing at you.
---catherine on 5/21/07


Donna, something puzzles me here about you being born again. If you were truly born again, you should know that not being able to memorize a prayer, especially the Apostle's Creed is not a sin. I was born again in 1982 and I know it. Like me, you are no longer bound by the Catholic Church to do or not do anything. The priest that asked you that, might not even be saved, believe it or not. God bless.
---fmr._Catholic on 5/21/07




Ashley, how often do you pray the Magnificat, as recorded in Luke 1:46-55? The style used in this passage marks it as a canticle or sacred song (although now often prayed). There are a number of them in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testament.

The Psalms were meant to be sung during the liturgy, they still are in the Catholic Church. Do you follow the traditions of the Bible, or have you abandoned them for modern man-made traditions?
---lorra8574 on 5/21/07


Mike fl::No remark Or slur was uttered about your HS ED.pray show where I Said this You have obviously missunderstood & are overreacting.I mentioned Congregational prayers are not repetitive.
---Emcee on 5/21/07


No, it wasn't a sin. You should pray in the way you feel you need to pray. Every heart is not the same. I pray in my own way, a special way. I know God hears me, because it comes from the heart. God doesn't get any glory from anyone whom just speaks to him with their lips and their heart isn't in it. You pray what comes from your heart.
---Rebecca_D on 5/21/07


No, it was not a sin. I bet you were not the only one who could not remember the Apostle's Creed, even among Catholics who still attend Church, although for those Catholics, shame on them (but it still is not a sin). And if you disagree with the Creed, it is proper that you do not say it. I say it because I believe every word of it.
---lorra8574 on 5/21/07


There is only one prayer you should have memorized it is contained in the bible. Jesus said after this manner pray ye. Our Father which art in Heaven. He also said very clearly, he would send the comforter to guide us. Take ye no thought what ye shall say or do and the Holy Ghost will give you utterance. Why do people deny the words of God all the time and profess to follow him through man made doctrines, prayers and teachings.
---ashley on 5/21/07




No because your heart very much wants to show your faith to the world, and as we see from the text of the Bible over and again God looks upon the heart and not the lips of the wordless.

I can't recite the entire apostle's creed either, but I don't think that's a sin so I won't worry if you won't - OK?
---Pharisee on 5/21/07


Emcee, Thanks for the kind remark of my high school education. Moses stuttered but he never resorted to memorized text that I read. Yet God used him mightily. It isn't how eloquently we speak that matters. It is how honest and personal we communicate with God. If the texts spoken of here are part of a church ritual to be recited then so be it. Still it's vain repetition. Different problem.
---mikefl on 12/6/06


it's not a sin, but how hard is the apostle's creed it's in a dozen or more songs. most protestant churches repeat it weekly (except liturgically free chruches) now if it was the Niecean creed I'd understand it's like 4 paragraphs instead of one.
---Jared on 12/4/06


Mikefl::As you are so fluent in your speech I agree address Jesus as you want, but some are tongue tied & use the ROTE as you have described; would that be VAIN as Jesus called it? This recital of prayer is normally done as a congregation.
---Emcee on 12/4/06


Hey, it is not like you had problems memorizing scripture! This is more of a tradition!
---pete on 12/3/06


Emcee, the "vain" is the adjective showing what kind of repetition (noun) being done. This has NO reflection on what Jesus taught in the Lords Prayer. There have been wonderful teachings on the parts within it. My contention was that too often we get lost in memorizing scripture or other information and the recitation thereof becomes rote (no thinking required to do). I personally prefer to speak to God in my own words rather than memorizing someone elses.
---mikefl on 12/3/06


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It is Sad to think that people who write & use words they do not know the meaning of EG "VAIN'please consult your dictionary VAIN= 1.Too much pride in ones Looks,ability 2.of no use without effect or success producing no good result.3.of no value or importance worthless empty: Anyone, show me this In the LORDS PRAYER.Jesus was talking about vain- glorious people who stood in the market place filled with Pride giving an air of self importance.Those who use this term loosly are guilty of Calumny.
---Emcee on 12/2/06


The next time you have your Bible, look up Jesus teaching how to pray. Too many people miss the part about "vain repetition". We even go so far as to memorize what is called "the Lord's Prayer". Isn't that also vain repetition. Jesus teaches us to pray in like manner. He also said not to worry about what we say that it will be given us. How will we ever pray what God wants if we simply memorize poetry and recite it each time there is a need for God in our midst?
---mikefl on 12/2/06


Donna::The Apostles Creed is a profession of our faith.To remind us of what we believe in.since you left the church of Jesus its a decision you made, the question is? who did you want to forget & why is between you & your maker.He waits patiently with extended arms for your answer.
---Emcee on 12/2/06


If someone has a prayer memorized, there is something wrong. Prayer should come from the heart, cause if it comes just from the lips and not the heart. that is where the sin lies.
---Rebecca_D on 12/2/06


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I don't remember the Apostles' Creed either. I doubt it is a sin, as the Lord looks at our hearts and not the words, and the Holy Spirit speaks for us when we cannot speak.
---Madison1101 on 12/2/06


Donna9759 - Assuming that you are now born-again I am not surprised that you forgot the prayer! You are a new creation in Christ, and that prayer died with you! Of course it was not a sin.
---Helen_5378 on 12/2/06


No it was not a sin. It was just a ceremony that was being performed. God cares more about you as a person, rather than any performance that you can copy. He looks to see whether your heart is compassionate towards others, rather than your ability to recite any words from memory.
---Eloy on 12/2/06


Donna, it's not just the Roman Catholic church that uses the Apostles' Creed.
---Jack on 12/1/06


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