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The Lord's Prayer: Morse Code

This Lord's Prayer is part of a project that includes dozens of languages. Read more here ↗.

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Special thanks to the various online translators we used to create and verify the Morse Code you heard above (yes, we were sure to use more than one!) including:
Morse Code Translator and Morse Resource

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What Is Morse Code?

Morse Code, a system that uses combinations of dots and dashes to represent letters and numbers, was invented by Samuel Morse. He used it to transmit messages across distances using electricity, demonstrating the telegraph in 1836, and ushering a new era of connectedness. Morse Code is made up of longer and shorter notes, or dashes and dots. Dashes and dots just mean the length of a sound; if a dot takes 1 unit of time, then a dash takes 3, because dashes are 3 times longer than dots. A pause between letters is 3 times longer than a dot, which means it is equally as long as a dash. Finally, a pause between words is 7 times longer than a dot. Just as with typing, speed is measured in Words Per Minute (WPM).



Why Morse Code?

Tapping out the simple Morse Code message such as "ditditdit – dah-dah-dah – ditditdit" (SOS) on a pipe can save your life, if you're trapped and your voice tires from calling out to search and rescue crews. Also, medical professionals are finding Morse Code useful as assistive technology for people suffering conditions that interfere with speech or make speech difficult or tiring. And, in times of local emergency, where normal lines of communications fail, Ham radio operators sending out Morse Code messages can be useful in a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) effort. Morse Code can also be fun, such as when we created The Lord's Prayer in Morse Code, or, if you love a good mystery plot, you want insider information about the clues embedded in old BBC "Inspector Morse" episodes.

Where Can I Learn Morse Code?

The Long Island CW Club is a brilliant resource for learning Morse Code. Their website is filled with practice materials, and they're especially helpful to beginners. They suggest you avoid memory aids but instead practice recognizing letters and then recognizing common words and phrases.

Morse Code Breakdown Chart

morse code chart

Example

She sells sea shells by the sea shore

English Morse Code Audio
she ... .... .
sells ... . .-.. .-.. ...
sea ... . .-
shells ... .... . .-.. .-.. ...
by -... -.--
the - .... .
sea ... . .-
shore ... .... --- .-. .
Listen to the complete audio here
she ... .... . / sells ... . .-.. .-.. ... / sea ... . .- / shells ... .... . .-.. .-.. ... / by -... -.-- / the - .... . / sea ... . .- / shore ... .... --- .-. .

About our "Voices Home" Lord's Prayer Project

We offer a growing library of aesthetically pleasing, culturally sensitive versions of The Lord's Prayer in many world languages, with podcast, DVD, and resources for your own rich, meaningful, multicultural Lord's Prayer experience. We're working to extend the reach of the prayer Jesus taught us, with podcasts, a DVD, online videos, songs, sheet music, and more. Transcending language and cultural barriers, The project name, "Voices Home," refers to how this project transcends skin-deep differences; it's the same prayer, lifted homeward.

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