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In honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th, here are some free mp3 downloads of the Holy Rosary prayed in Lithuanian – useful for praying the rosary in your car, on your iPhone, or while you jog.

I recorded these prayers for my Mama, who is 92, and who recently suffered a stroke and a heart attack.  She also has severe vision impairment, so an audio Rosary is something she really wanted.  Please pray for my Mama, for my Dad (Tėtis in Lithuanian), who passed away last summer after Mama’s stroke, and for our whole family.     

DOWNLOAD MP3s:

There are 5 MP3s:

These recordings are copyrighted and are only for free distribution with acknowledgment.
English “How to Pray the Rosary” pdf is also available at http://sytereitz.com/2013/10/how-to-pray-the-rosary/ .

MP3 #0 begins with “Svenciausios mergeles Marijos Rozancius….” This track goes ~80 minutes with continuous rosary, doing ALL the 20 mysteries in sequence.

slide1 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN #0, ALL 20 mysteries, 80 minutes, 35 MB.
To download mp3, right click above link and “save link as.”

MP3#1 begins with “Dziaugsmingos Paslaptys…” This track goes ~20 min with 5 Joyful mysteries, customarily prayed on Monday and Saturday.

slide1 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN #1, five Joyful/Dziaugsmingos mysteries, 20 minutes, 9.6 MB.

To download mp3, right click above link and “save link as.”

MP3#2 begins with “Kancios Paslaptys…” This track goes ~20 min with 5 Sorrowful mysteries, customarily prayed on Tuesday and Friday.

slide1 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN #2,five Sorrowful/Kancios mysteries, 20 minutes, 9.6 MB.

To download mp3, right click above link and “save link as.”

MP3#3 begins with “Garbes Paslapyts…” This track goes ~20 min with 5 Glorious mysteries, customarily prayed on Wednesday and Sunday.

slide1 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN #3,five Glorious/Garbes mysteries, 20 minutes, 9.5 MB.

To download mp3, right click above link and “save link as.”

MP3#4 begins with “Sviesos Paslapyts…” This track goes ~20 min with 5 Luminous mysteries, customarily prayed on Thursday.

slide1 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN #4,five Luminous/Sviesos mysteries, 20 minutes, 9.3 MB.

To download mp3, right click above link and “save link as.”

Check back for text of the above prayers, coming soon!

Related Posts:

Lithuanian Rosary Prayers…

How to Pray the Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary – Mobile PDF – Syte Reitz

Rosary for the Bishop

Praying the Rosary- As Pertinent Today As Ever

Experiences as mom led Madison woman to make Rosaries

 

Praying the Rosary- As Pertinent Today As Ever

Slide4May 13, 2014: In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, the Lady of the Rosary

A Personal Story

I don’t make a habit of baring my soul; conservative Catholics learn to hold what’s important close to the heart.

But last month, when fellow Serra Club member and friend Mary Uhler, Editor of the Madison Catholic Herald,  asked to interview me on why I make rosaries, it was time to crystallize my thoughts and to tell this particular story. It is a story illustrating how God works very quietly, yet powerfully in people’s lives today.

Most of us, if we reflect back on our lives, particularly on difficult or anxious times in our lives, will realize how God was actually walking along with us in our pain, was limiting our suffering, and was putting that suffering to good use.  He was definitely answering our prayers, provided we prayed.  This is the brilliance of God’s redemptive plan; that he transforms the evil perpetrated by Satan into good, provided we invite His help.  And what better invitation to God

Our Lady of Fatima can there be than the Rosary, the prayer which contemplates the life of Christ through His Mother Mary, whom He shared with us from His cross?

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13th.  This miraculous appearance of Our Lady in 1917 in Portugal is one of the most famous appearances of Our Lady, which skeptics would be hard-pressed to refute, given the remarkable evidence.  The miracles of Fatima were witnessed by 70,000 people, and were documented in the press.  The messages of Fatima predicted World War II and the Soviet domination of Russia.  Pope John Paul the Great, now Saint John Paul, attributed his survival of a near-fatal shooting on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima in 1981 (May 13), to Our Lady of Fatima.

And what was the message of Our Lady of Fatima?
In this apparition, the Blessed Mother declared herself “I am the Lady of the Rosary.”
The central message was to pray, to devote ourselves to the Holy Trinity, and to pray the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war.
At Fatima, Our Lady gave us the Fatima prayer, which is often incorporated into prayer of the rosary:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

My Story- What the Rosary Has Done for and Means to Me

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Slide1Here is the story Mary Pubished in the  May 8, 2014 issue of the Madison Catholic Herald, in the Mother’s Day section: Visit the Catholic Herald to see the article, or read an extended version below, which includes numerous photos.

Thank you so much Mary, and thank you so much Catholic Herald!

Extended Version

Why do I make rosaries, and what does the rosary mean to me?

The short answer is that I have discovered that the rosary is one of the most powerful ways that we can tap into the power of God, and I look for ways to share this discovery with others.

That might sound somewhat exaggerated and melodramatic, but those who are aware that historical battles have been won through the power of the rosary (such as Battle of Lepanto) might not be surprised that our own personal battles can be won through the power of the rosary as well.

Homeschooling Mom

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Copy of the Rosary made for me by my son

As a cradle Catholic I was taught to pray the rosary.  But my passion for the rosary, my desire to make rosaries, and my commitment to promoting prayer of the rosary began much later, while a homeschooling mother.

Our Holy Family Catholic Homeschoolers were being taught to make simple string rosaries at St. Michael’s in Dane many years ago, when my children, older than most in the group, took an interest, instead, in an old man sitting in the corner, quietly making chain rosaries for the Missions with a pair of pliers.

My 12-year-old son became so interested that he resolved to learn how to make chain rosaries, and eventually made a beautiful blue crystal chain rosary for me, a copy of which I still carry with me every day.

Experience in Hospital

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20 Decade Rosary (Olive wood from the Holy Land and St. Benedict Crucifix),made for son Chris when he was at seminary.

Soon after that, my son was struck by juvenile diabetes and was hospitalized, in very serious condition.  Since I stayed with him, the doctors asked me to wake him every hour all night long, to make sure that it was possible to wake him.

I lay on a cot next to him all night, but I doubt whether I got one minute of sleep.  I prayed the rosary in my pocket, which he had made for me, over and over again, and did not stop all night.

In the morning, the resident doctor told me that we were finally out of the woods, but that my son had come within a hair’s breadth of going in to a coma.

Back then, with less technology, the job of keeping oneself alive daily with juvenile diabetes by balancing insulin injections, food and exercise was a challenging one, and my 13-year-old son no longer had time to make rosaries.

I’m not sure why, because I don’t generally think in these terms, but it dawned on me that Satan probably wanted to stop a young man from making rosaries.

My reaction was to get mad, resolving quietly to myself that Satan was not going to stop us; if my son cannot make rosaries, I will make them instead.

Making Rosaries

So, I got my son to teach me, and I started making chain rosaries myself.

At first I made Mission rosaries to send overseas, and then I realized that Madison, Wisconsin also had a need for rosaries, so I made rosaries for anyone who was interested, free of charge.

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Rosaries made for Cathedral Parish

Today I still provide free rosaries for my parish (Cathedral parish in Madison), which welcomes new parishioners with a gift package containing among other things, a rosary.

Importance of Prayer

But there is more to the story. First of all, the anxiety and terror a parent naturally feels in the face of something like juvenile diabetes (JD) was gradually dispelled.

Our son has not had one single emergency room visit (common for most JD patients) now in 14 years, and is healthier and happier than most people are.

I now realize that when we walk with God, ordeals are not terrifying; they become easy.  What should be living hell, instead becomes a joy.

Prayer of the rosary, especially before the Blessed Sacrament at Adoration, has become an essential part of my spiritual life, and of my survival of the challenges of this life. In any crisis, prayer before the Blessed Sacrament brings resolution.

Rosary for the Bishop

Our family’s involvement with the rosary also took some other interesting turns.  Five years after I started making rosaries, I attempted to round up 31 women from the Madison Catholic Woman club to pray the rosary for our Madison Bishop Morlino, who was being attacked unfairly in the local media.

logo_blue_reflectedI wanted to organize one rosary to be prayed for Bishop Morlino each day of the month.  My son Tom, then an 18-year-old college student with an interest in computers, suggested that we put the Rosary for the Bishop program up online to facilitate membership, and he built a website for me –Rosary for the Bishop, http://rosaryforthebishop.org/.

Pretty soon, we added another great brave outspoken bishop to the website, who was in need of prayer. This was Bishop Nickless from Sioux City, Iowa.  We became aware of Bishop Nickless through our other son Chris, who was building and managing the local Catholic radio station in Sioux City.

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It was not long before Tom decided to add all the US bishops and our Pope to the Rosary for the Bishop website.  From there on, the Rosary for the Bishop website soon took on a life of it’s own.

Out of the blue, we got a request from the editor of the UK Catholic Herald to put all the UK bishops up on the website, and Rosary for the Bishop was featured in the UK Catholic Herald.

Slide1We also got requests from people in South Africa, from Australia, South America, and from various places in Europe.  Today, the Rosary for the Bishop website organizes global prayer of the rosary for bishops, with email reminders available, and with maps and statistics, for over 1580 members from 26 countries, 258 dioceses and from 1,001 parishes, who have prayed over 297,000 rosaries for 453 bishops globally since then.

Bishop Morlino now has over 500 rosaries prayed for him each month, and has had over 45,000 rosaries prayed for him through this program since it began in 2005.

It’s even become a challenge to keep the website updated with all the changes in bishop appointments, and we are currently looking for volunteer help.

My son, who was forced to quit making chain rosaries at age 12, is now a professional web developer who has facilitated global prayer of the rosary in a way I never imagined possible.

Rosary in Lithuanian

Over the years I became more and more aware of the power of the web.  With my Lithuanian roots, I had learned my prayers as a child in Lithuanian, and still pray the rosary in Lithuanian.

St. John Paul the Great Praying at Lithuania's Hill of Crosses, 1993

St. John Paul the Great Praying at Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses, 1993- his mother was of Lithuanian ancestry.

 

When I searched for Lithuanian prayers on the web, I was amazed to find that very few were available, and no audio was available at all.

The 50-year occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union following World War II had almost eradicated religious material from print, and this shortage was reflected online.

So I asked my son Chris, then operations manager of Catholic Relevant Radio in Madison, to record some Lithuanian rosary prayers, and I posted those on my website at www.SyteReitz.com.

Later, as this old lady became more “wired,” and as I got requests from people through the website, I recorded more Lithuanian prayers myself, and posted those as well.  Today, quite a few visitors download Lithuanian rosary prayers from my website.

(See free Lithuanian Rosary mp3s, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2-16)

Rosary Resources

I also collected rosary resources from the web in English for my website.  I combined instructions on how to pray the rosary with sacred art and with Bible quotes for each of the mysteries, creating a detailed instruction manual.

Slide1A staff member from our parish suggested that I should turn that into a downloadable pdf for mobile devices, so guess what, my favorite web developer Tom was pressed into service again!

The free downloadable How to Pray the Rosary Mobile PDF is one of the most downloaded pages at http://sytereitz.com/2013/10/how-to-pray-the-rosary-mobile-pdf/ .

A Prayer for Children and for Popes

To me, the Rosary is one of the most powerful ways that Jesus Christ, through His Church and through His Blessed Mother, offers us to tap into the power of God through fervent prayer. The rosary invites us to prayer on many levels.  Beginning each decade with the Our Father given to us by Christ Himself, the rosary continues with other beautiful traditional Catholic prayers, which teach us many truths of the Faith. The rosary inspires us to reflect on the life of Christ, and ultimately invites us into contemplative meditation. The brilliance of the rosary is its adaptability to whatever level of spiritual maturity or frame of mind we are in, ranging from panicked repetition to collected meditation.  It is equally appropriate for children and for Popes.   With God, all things are possible, and our rosaries are always as close as our pockets.

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The realization that Jesus Christ is just as present, accessible, and willing to be involved in our lives today as He was 2,000 years ago, via something I carry in my pocket or count on my fingers, is something that I treasure and that I want to share with others.  Much as I value my own personal interaction with God, the cumulative talents of the Church and her tradition, as encompassed in the Holy Rosary, surpass any prayer I could personally compose.

Anybody who listens to Bach instead of composing their own melodies will be able to appreciate the availability of beautiful majestic prayer such as the Rosary, that comes from the Church’s 2000 year tradition and has received the stamp of approval from our Blessed Mother.

Even my husband Rolf, who is not Catholic, has encouraged our family in our devotion to the Rosary.  His support and his company at events like the Madison Capitol Rosary Rally for Religious Freedom have been most appreciated.

My favorite Rosaries

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Chris and Rebecca’s Rosary

On a personal note, some of the rosaries most precious to me include the rosary my son first made for me at the age of 12, the 20-decade Holy Land olive wood rosary I made for another son when he attended seminary, the rosary made by me which was buried with my brother 3 years ago, and the sterling silver and Swarovski pearl and crystal rosary I recently made for my son and his wife for their wedding, which they designed for use with their future children during family prayer.  I also treasure the thought that some of the other rosaries I have distributed might be instrumental in bringing others closer to Christ and to His Blessed Mother.

More Photos of My Rosaries:

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Stainless Steel Rosary

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Brown Cocoa Bean Rosary

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Rosaries for Cathedral Parish

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Large black religious habit rosary

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Fire polished glass, olive wood

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Rosary pliers and wire

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Fire Polished Glass

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Olive Wood

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Brown Cocoa Beans

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Blessed Mother Centers

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Sterling Silver, Swarivski Crystal and Pearl

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Sterling Silver, Swarovski Crystal and Pearl

 

 

How to Make a Rosary

Here are some resources that will help anyone interested in making wire rosaries:

Our Lady’s Rosary Makers HOW TO VIDEOS:

Part 1 –
Part 2 –
Part 3 –

TOOLS: Pliers and Wires
Rosary Maker’s Guide – http://www.rosarymakersguide.org/plierswires.htm

PDF instructions w/ diagrams
http://www.olrm.org/publications/pdf_files/wire_inst.pdf

How to Pray the Rosary: http://sytereitz.com/2013/10/how-to-pray-the-rosary/

How to Pray the Rosary mobile PDF :   http://www.sytereitz.com/2013/10/how-to-pray-the-rosary-mobile-pdf/

 

Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us!

 

 

 

 

 

Working on My Prayer Life…

So, in an effort to work on my prayer life for Lent, I got out the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows that I got from an Italian nun while visiting the Holy Steps in Rome.

What is Truth?
What is Truth?
The Holy Steps, now in Rome,  are the
steps from Pontius Pilate’s Praetorium,
on which Jesus Christ stood, bled, and
was questioned by Pilate, after the
Scourging at the Pillar and the Crowning
with Thorns..
The steps were moved from
Jerusalem to Rome by Saint Helena,
the mother of the Emperor Constantine.
Anybody, including me, can now climb
those steps reverently on their knees,
and can touch (as I did) their rosaries

or chaplets to the places where Christ’s blood stained the steps.
Well, not literally; there is protective glass.

That very moving experience prompted me to write an article on Truth upon my return to Madison,  based on the question Pontius Pilate asked of Christ, “What is Truth?”
This Lent, I thought it would be a good idea to get out the Chaplet of Seven Sorrows which I had touched to the Holy Steps, and to use it.
What better way to prepare for Lent than to meditate on Christ’s life through the sorrows suffered by His Blessed Mother, the person who loved Him most?
Here’s how the prayer works (and if you don’t have a chaplet, you can do it with the photo or with the text):

Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows

also known as

Rosary of Seven Dolors

Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows

Instructions

1. Opening Salutation:

v.  O God Come to my assistance.
r.  O Lord make haste to help me.
Glory Be to the Father….

2.  Announce the First Sorrow –Meditation – Our Father – 7 Hail Mary’s and the Strophe are repeated after each sorrow:

Strophe:

My Mother, share thy grief with me,
And let me bear thee company
To mourn thy Jesus’ death with thee.

First Sorrow- The Prophecy of Simeon
Second Sorrow – The Flight into Egypt
Third Sorrow – The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Fourth Sorrow – Mary Meets Jesus carrying His Cross
Fifth Sorrow – – The Crucifixion
Sixth Sorrow – – Mary receives the body of Jesus From the cross
Seventh Sorrow – The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb

3.  Announce Second Sorrow – Repeat as above for all Seven Sorrows

4.  After completing the Seventh Sorrow add 3 Hail Mary’s in remembrance of the tears Mary shed because of the suffering of her Divine Son.

5.  Concluding prayers:

v. Pray for us O sorrowful Virgin
r. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

O God, at whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon,
a sword of sorrow did pierce through the most sweet soul of the
glorious Virgin and Mother Mary; grant that we, who commemorate
and reverence Her sorrows, may experience the blessed effect of Thy
Passion, who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

 

Lithuanian Rosary Prayers…

December 8, 2012
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(See Also, back by more popular demand, free Lithuanian Rosary mp3s, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 12-8-16)

Back by Popular Demand, More on Lithuanian Rosary Prayers:

Some rosary fans have requested individual recordings for each of the prayers.
The previous post on Lithuanian Rosary Prayers included all prayers on one recording.
The individual recordings provided here will facilitate repetition of one prayer at a time for practice.
Click on each link to listen to the prayer in Lithuanian.

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS, Lithuanian

 POPE BENEDICT XVI

THE OUR FATHER, Lithuanian

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GOD THE FATHER – Cima da Conegliano

  THE HAIL MARY, Lithuanian

OUR LADY OF GRACE at San Giovanni Rotondo
-Padre Pio’s favorite

THE GLORY BE, Lithuanian

Sanctuary Ceiling
Holy Redeemer Church, Madison, WI

  THE APOSTLES CREED, Lithuanian

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The Synaxis of the holy and the most praiseworthy Twelve Apostles
14th Century

  THE HAIL HOLY QUEEN, Lithuanian

The Coronation of Mary
Vatican Museums

 

  ONE DECADE OF THE ROSARY, Lithuanian

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For Lithuanian prayer texts, as well as names of the Mysteries of the Rosary in Lithuanian, see the previous Lithuanian Rosary post.

More Coming Soon: Instructions on How to Pray the Rosary…

Join Rosary for the Bishop and/or see World Participation Map.

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(See Also, back by more popular demand, free Lithuanian Rosary mp3s, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 12-8-16)

You can learn the prayers of the Rosary in Lithuanian in three ways:

  1. Listen to audio
  2. Download MP3
  3. Read text of prayers

Also available is a list of the Mysteries in Lithuanian.

Recent Addition: Separate individual recordings for each of the prayers, plus a recording of one decade of the rosary:

Lithuanian Rosary Prayers, December 8, 2012

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Lithuanian prayers AUDIO:

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Lithuanian Rosary Prayers – MP3 audio download

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(audio recorded and produced by Chris Reitz)

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Prayers of the Rosary

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Mysteries of the Rosary:

English

Lietuviškai

The Joyful Mysteries DŽIAUGSMO SLĖPINIAI
The Annunciation APREIŠKIMAS
The Visitation APLANKYMAS
The Nativity GIMIMAS
The Presentation of Jesus in the temple PAAUKOJIMAS
The finding of Jesus in the temple ATRADIMAS ŠVENTYKLOJE
The Sorrowful Mysteries KANČIOS SLĖPINIAI
The agony in the garden MALDA ALYVŲ SODE
The scourging at the pillar NUPLAKIMAS
The crowning with thorns VAINIKAVIMAS ERŠKĖČIAIS
The carrying of the cross KRYŽIAUS NEŠIMAS
The crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus NUKRYŽIAVIMAS
The Glorious Mysteries GARBĖS SLĖPINIAI
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead PRISIKĖLIMAS
The ascension of Jesus into heaven ŽENGIMAS Į DANGŲ
The descent of the Holy Spirit ŠVENTOSIOS DVASIOS ATSIUNTIMAS
The assumption of Mary into heaven MARIJOS PAĖMIMAS Į DANGŲ
The coronation of Mary MARIJOS VAINIKAVIMAS
The Luminous Mysteries ŠVIESOS SLĖPINIAI
The Baptism of Our Lord KRIKŠTAS JORDANE
The Wedding at Cana APSIREIŠKIMAS KANOS VESTUVĖSE
The Proclamation of the Kingdom DIEVO KARALYSTĖS SKELBIMAS RAGINANT ATSIVERSTI
The Transfiguration ATSIMAINYMAS
The Institution of the Eucharist EUCHARISTIJOS ĮSTEIGIMAS

 

Sign of the Cross:

Vardan Dievo Tėvo, ir Sūnaus, ir Šventosios Dvasios. Amen.

Glory be

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Garbė Dievui Tėvui, Sūnui, ir Šventajai Dvasiai.
Kaip buvo pradžioj, dabar, ir visados, ir per amžius. Amen.

Hail Mary

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Sveika, Marija, malonės pilnoji! Viešpats su Tavimi.
Tu pagirta tarp moterų, ir pagirtas Tavo Sūnus Jėzus.
Šventoji Marija, Dievo Motina,
melskis už mus, nusidėjėlius, dabar ir mūsų mirties valandoje. Amen.

Our Father

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Tėve mūsų, kurs esi danguje!
Teesie šventas Tavo vardas,
teateinie Tavo karalystė,
teesie Tavo valia kaip danguje, taip ir ant žemės.
Kasdienės mūsų duonos duok mums šiandiena,
atleisk mums mūsų kaltes, kaip mes atleidžiam savo kaltininkams.
Nevesk mus į pagundą,
bet gelbėk mus nuo pikto. Amen.

Tikiu į Dievą Tėvą, visagalį,
dangaus ir žemės Sukurėją;
Ir į vienatinį jo Sūnų, Jėzų Kristų,mūsų Viešpatį,
kuris prasidėjo iš Šventosios Dvasios,
gimė iš Mergelės Marijos,
kentėjo prie Poncijaus Piloto,
buvo prikaltas prie kryžiaus,
numiręs ir palaidotas;
nužengė į pragarus;
trečią dieną astsikėlė iš numirusių;
įžengė į dangų,
Ten sėdi Dievo Tėvo dešinėje,
iš ten ateis gyvųjų ir mirusiųjų teisti.

Tikiu į Šventą Dvasią,
šventą visuotinę Bažnyčią,
šventųjų bendravimą,
nuodėmių atleidimą,
kūno iš numirusių prisikėlimą
ir amžinąjį gyvenimą.

Amen.

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