A prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication.

Christian prayers are quite varied. They can be completely spontaneous, or read entirely from a text. The most common prayer among Christians is The Lord's Prayer, which according to the gospel accounts is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray.  In the Western or Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, the most common is the Rosary.  Christians generally pray to God or to the Father. Some Christians will also ask the righteous in heaven and "in Christ," such as Virgin Mary or other saints to intercede by praying on their behalf.  The most commonly used closure in Christianity is simply "Amen".  Roman Catholic tradition includes specific prayers and devotions as acts of reparation which do not involve a petition for a living or deceased beneficiary, but aim to repair the sins of others[1].

A litany is a form of prayer in which a series of prayers recited by a leader are alternated with responses from the congregation [2].

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  1. Wikipedia: Prayer
  2. Wiktionary: Litany