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Latin oratio means “prayer” or “public speech.” In the Latin liturgical tradition, it means a prayer that obeys the stylistic rules of classical rhetoric, with a fixed structure: (1) invocation, (2) predication, (3) petition, (4) concluding formula, (5) congregational “amen.” In the Roman oratio, this structure is extremely concise; in the Gallican liturgy, however, it is often more expansive.

Except in certain late forms, the oratio has always been addressed to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit (cf. the Council of Hippo …

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Pahl, Irmgard, “Oratio”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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