The Prayers of Acadia

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The Prayers of Acadia


Prie Dieu & Latin Missal


A prie dieu ( is a kneeling bench for saying prayers, primarily used in the Catholic religion. It looks like a chair with no arm rests, it has a back and a bench like bottom. It can be heavily decorated in many different styles to match other furniture it accompanies. As well as being in churches, it is a common item found in the home of people that are a part of the Catholic religion. Being that this kind of item was used throughout the centuries, there is no certain date given that the use was most used or invented, however the first one shown above is estimated to be from the late 1800s. The general item has been a part of the Catholic religion for years and an important part of the life of the Acadian settlers.

The prayer missal ( is a small book containing various prayers, recitations, and scriptures used for daily prayers and readings in the home. This item, too, was used in the Catholic religion and usually sat right a-top the prie dieu in a family’s home. The version of the missal focused on here is the Latin Missal that was written entirely in Latin and was from as early as 1570. There was a new one released in 1962 that is the one commonly used today.

The picture and audio above is a recording taken of an Artisan at Vermillionville Historic Village. He was explaining the use of these two items by one of the very first Acadians to come to Louisiana with a group of exiled Acadians, Joseph Broussard. Even though we have no evidence that he absolutely had these items in his home, it is assumed by historians because he was a religious man as all of the Acadians ( were.


Sarah Gremillion


October 8th, 2016


The images above are a Latin Missal, presumably originating from 1570, and a more modern depiction of a Prie Dieu, an item still in use today originally recognized under that name in the 1700s. Both items are an important part of Roman Catholic history but most importantly, the history of Acadia.


Latin, French, English


Religious Furniture
Religious Literature



Sarah Gremillion, “The Prayers of Acadia,” History Harvest of Louisiana French-Speaking Heritage, accessed August 22, 2017,


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