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Prayers

 

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” (St. John Damascene, CCC 2559).

God invites us into a relationship with Him that is both personal and communal. He speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Word-made-flesh. Prayer is our response to God who is already speaking or, better yet, revealing Himself to us. Therefore, prayer is not merely an exchange of words, but it engages the whole person in a relationship with God the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.

How do I pray?

Various forms of prayer are presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2623-2649). These various forms include prayer of bless or adoration, prayer of petition, prayer of intercession, prayer of thanksgiving, and prayer of praise.

What is meditation?

Meditation is a Christian practice of prayer dating back to the early Church. As the Catechism states: “Meditation is above all a quest. The mind seeks to understand the why and how of the Christian life, in order to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking.” By meditating on the Gospels, holy icons, liturgical texts, spiritual writings, or “the great book of creation,” we come to make our own that which is God’s. “To the extent that we are humble and faithful, we discover in meditation the movements that stir the heart and we are able to discern them. It is a question of acting truthfully in order to come into the light: “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (CCC 2705-2706).

Meditation is an essential form of Christian prayer, especially for those who are seeking to answer the vocational question, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”

Meditating on Sacred Scripture

Spiritual reading of Sacred Scripture, especially the Gospels, is an important form of meditation. This spiritual reading is traditionally called lectio divina or divine reading. Lectio divina is prayer over the Scriptures.

How do we pray over the Sacred Scriptures?

  1. The first element of this type of prayer is reading (lectio): you take a short passage from the Bible, preferably a Gospel passage and read it carefully, perhaps three or more times. Let it really soak-in.

  2. The second element is mediation (meditatio). By using your imagination enter into the Biblical scene in order to “see” the setting, the people, and the unfolding action. It is through this mediation that you encounter the text and discover its meaning for your life.

  3. The next element is prayer (oratio) or your personal response to the text: asking for graces, offering praise or thanksgiving, seeking healing or forgiveness. In this prayerful engagement with the text, you open yourself up to the possibility of contemplation.

  4. Contemplation (contemplatio) is a gaze turned toward Christ and the things of God. By God's action of grace, you may be raised above meditation to a state of seeing or experiencing the text as mystery and reality. In contemplation, you come into an experiential contact with the One behind and beyond the text.

Here is a list of Prayers AND INFORMATION ON DEVOTIONS:

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A Prayer for the People of Syria
 
A Prayer to our Lady of Guadalupe
 
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Family Prayer for the Year of Faith
 
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Intercessions for Life: Children - Born and Unborn
 
Justice Prayer for Immigrants
 
Life Promise Prayer
 
Morning Offering
 
National Day of Prayer for Peace
 
New Evangelization Prayer
 
Novena for Faithful Citizenship
 
O Sacrum Convivium
 
Oración de la familia en el Año de la Fe
 
Oracion para Discernir una Vocacion
 
Oracion Para Sanar Victimas de Abuso
 
Oración Por La Paz
 
Oraciones Para las Vocaciones
 
Peticiones Por Las Tropas Que Parten
 
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Prayer After an Election
 
Prayer Before an Election
 
Prayer During Difficult Economic Times
 
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Prayer for Charity in Truth
 
Prayer for Civic Leaders
 
Prayer for Deliverance from Evil
 
Prayer for Families
 
Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse
 
Prayer for Justice
 
Prayer for Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
 
Prayer for Migrants and Refugees
 
Prayer for Peace in Iraq
 
Prayer for Priests
 
Prayer for Protection of Conscience Rights in Health Care
 
Prayer for the ad limina visits
 
Prayer for the New Year
 
Prayer for Troops
 
Prayer for Vocations 2010
 
Prayer for Work
 
Prayer From a Canticle by Saint John of the Cross
 
Prayer in Defense of Marriage
 
Prayer on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
 
Prayer Service to be Disciples on Mission
 
Prayer to Be Disciples and Missionaries
 
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
 
Prayer to End the Use of the Death Penalty
 
Prayer To Know One's Vocation
 
Prayer to Saint Juan Diego
 
Prayer to St. Juan Diego on his Canonization
 
Prayers at the Death of a Baptized Child
 
Prayers for Mourners
 
Prayers for Peace
 
Prayers for Vocations
 
Prayers to Care for Creation
 
Praying Like a Faithful Citizen
 
Pro-Life Novenas
 
Pro-Life Prayers
 
Pro-Life Rosary Prayer Intentions
 
Tantum Ergo
 
Thanksgiving Day Prayer
 
The "O Antiphons" of Advent
 
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