Where do prayers come from

It seems they’re is a cannon of prayers that don’t come word for word from the Bible. How and where do they get introduced into the official catholic church?

Q: Why would they need to come “word for word” from the bible?

Saint Paul says that we should pray constantly, but gave no formula. Jesus gave us a single prayer. The rest originated in the human heart. Some have been preserved for succeeding generations in the liturgy and prayer tradition that has been handed on.


I’m pretty sure that if you checked the majority of prayers in the Catholic Church you would find just about every word used ‘in the Bible’. They just might not be right next to each other.

I’m also curious about a lot of the people (mainly, though not always, not Catholic) who ‘pray in tongues’. None of the words in those prayers can be proven to be ‘word for word from the Bible. Also a lot of the Praise Jesus, Amen brother, pray it loud etc. prayers at many revival type meetings aren’t found ‘word for word from the Bible’ either.

But the mention of the canon (one n) puzzles me because, as I said, the Nicene Creed, the Apostles Creed. . .they all are used in the ‘official’ and ‘nondenom’ protestant churches too.

And furthermore, the canon of the BIBLE was put together under the authority of the Catholic Church 350 years after Christ’s death and Resurrection. So the entire Bible itself as we know it resulted from a canon from the Catholic Church.

I seem to recall the Dr David Anders of EWTN radio answered a similar question the other day. His doctorate was in the area of church history. He remarked that the Mass probably started out with just the Eucharist and the Lord’s prayer and then expanded from that.

Now, I have and have read The Mass of the Early Christians by Mike Aquilina, but I don’t remember much from that. That’s the book if you really waht to delve deeper into this subject.

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