There are a lot of rote prayers and activities in the Catholic faith. There are lots of prayers you can memorize and say on a regular basis. It’s not to say that spontaneous prayer is not encouraged, but there is a definite place for the repetition of prayer. It’s not unheard of in the Protestant faith either – most everyone knows the Lord’s Prayer, and can say it in their sleep. The thing about it is that it gives us words when we have no words. When we are overwhelmed with awe, with grief, with fear, or anything else, it is hard to come up with the words to express our intense need to connect with God. It is those moments when those rote prayers are not boring, but a great comfort. They are something solid and familiar. They are something that expresses the inexpressible. They are a reminder that we can connect, even if we don’t have our own words.