The World Cup: A Religious Experience

Morning Prayer: The World Cup: A Religious Experience
September 17, 2014
Prayer by Maria ’16

Over the summer, I engaged in a pastime that I never thought I would do: watching the World Cup. I have never been into watching sports, so the fact that I would sit in front of the TV for several hours each day watching soccer was surprising. My younger brother is a soccer player, so he initiated the World Cup craze in my house. Although I was uninterested at first, I was slowly drawn in and eventually became addicted. I had never realized how intense and technical a game soccer, or futbol as it is called in most other countries, is. I watched the games on Univision, so the commentary was in Spanish. Although I couldn’t understand all of it because they were talking so fast, I was able to pick out bits and pieces. My favorite remark was made during one of the Mexico games. One of the soccer players was down, and the ref said, “We tell him what they told Lazarus: rise up and walk!” After having a good laugh, I started thinking about how important religion is in Latin America. Biblical references and prayer are abundant, so it was no surprise that a week later, my family was surrounding the TV watching the Colombia and Brazil game and doing some heavy duty praying. My home team of Colombia unfortunately lost, which made me really sad, but the sense of unity I felt with my family and Colombia and the power of prayer was not lost upon me.

Praying in another language is powerful. When we pray in our native language, we often recite from memory and don’t really think about the meaning behind the prayer. Praying in another language that does not come quite as easily helps us to really think about the meaning behind our prayer. I often do this during cross country races to calm my nerves. I usually say the Hail Mary, Our Father, and Glory Be in Spanish. I encourage you all to do this whenever you feel stressed or need to take your mind off of things. Since it is Hispanic Heritage Month, I ask everyone to join me in saying the Our Father in Spanish:

En el nombre del Padre, del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. Amen.
Padre Nuestro, que estás en el cielo,
Santificado sea tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu reino;
Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Y perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden.
No nos dejes caer en la tentación;
Más líbranos de mal.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for us.
En el nombre del Padre, del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. Amen.

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