Christian Prayers of the World with Audio Recorded
Listen to common Christian prayers - the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Creed and a few others - in languages ranging from the most widespread ones to the tiniest and most exotic ones. They were recorded during encounters with Catholic and Orthodox communities all around the world, in buzzing cities or far flung villages lost in the bush. They reflect the multitude of voices and ways in which we praise God. Browse the recordings in languages that interest you, or read more about the project and the stories behind it.
Prayers recorded in 99 languages and versions
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Stories and encounters
What started in 2008 with the first recording of Kinyarwanda prayers of my good friend, a religious sister, has grown over years into a large database of recording from the five continents of the world. This is one project where my love for languages meets a deep religious sense. I would record during my travels, volunteering or working as a lay missionary on occasions of sharing with local Christian communities. As time passed by, it would not be anymore me alone, who gets the recordings. A number of friends, both lay and religious, have helped me to grow this project by sending recordings from the communities they have met.
let us record with them in Burmese and chat about how is it like to be a Catholic minority and how well do they go along with the Buddhist majority.
For years I was hoping to record prayers in Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic), but could not find any speakers. Then, upon my request on a Gàidhlig speakers forum, Daibhidh replied that he was open to record for me. To my great surprise he was not from Scotland, but from Canada. His family would pass the language on and preserve it ever since late 1700s, when they arrived to Canada from Hebrides. One can only wish other language communities in diaspora had the same attachment to their language.
prayers in Tupuri (listen especially to the Creed), but even more important were the deeply human and touching stories of their struggles and hopes for peaceful life in their region again.
Daakaka language of Sesivi. A few steps from his house there lies the tomb of Jean Baptiste Kaynas, the first Catholic of then New Hebrides, baptized in 1894. Donatien is his grandson. He showed me proudly a treasured black and white photo of his grandfather and shared with me his life story. Really, it does not happen every day to hear prayers in a local language from the very grandson of the first Catholic of the country.