Oremus. Let us pray.

Anyone who has attended a Latin mass, or assisted at an EF baptism or even a blessing of Holy Water done according to the Church’s traditional formula is acquainted with the word Oremus, spoken or chanted by a priest. It precedes and announces a prayer, and is followed by a brief pause in which we collect our thoughts and prayers to join with the priest in offering the Church’s prayer to the Father, through Christ, in the Holy Spirit.

Oremus is from the verb oro,orare, meaning to pray, and is in the subjunctive, translated Let us pray. When we hear these words, in any language, an interior discipline should compel each one to renew attention and attend carefully to the prayer offered by the priest.

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