Chapter Two Prayer Gaudete Sunday

Opening Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. V. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. R. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O God, by the light of the Holy Spirit, You have taught the hearts of Your faithful. In the same Spirit help us to know what is truly right and always to rejoice in Your consolation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

First Joyful Mystery The Annunciation

The Third Joyful Mystery—The Nativity of Christ And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:1, 6-7

Prayer
Successful Prayer Jesus on Prayer Jesus Answers Every Prayer Called to Prayer Expressions of Prayer Forms of Prayer Impediments to Prayer Psalms Catholic Prayers Prayer Plan for the Day

What makes prayer successful?
Successful prayer requires a “change of heart”, a desire to see the will of others and the will of God accomplished instead of our own. “To pray is not to…withdraw to our own private corner of happiness. When we pray properly we undergo a process of inner purification which opens us up to God and thus to our fellow human beings as well. In prayer, we must learn what we can truly ask of God - what is worthy of God. We must learn that we cannot pray against others, that we cannot ask for the superficial and comfortable things that we desire at this moment - that meager, misplaced hope that leads us away from God - and we must learn to purify our desires and our hopes. - Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, #33

Jesus on Prayer
Urgent Prayer
“I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. ‘And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?’” Luke 11:8-10, 13

Jesus on Prayer
Pray Without Ceasing
“There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected man. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’ The Lord said, ‘Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’” Luke 18:2-8

Jesus on Prayer
Pray With Humility
“Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee standing, prayed thus with himself: ‘O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, as also is this publican. I fast twice in a week: I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the publican, standing afar off, would not so much as lift up his eyes towards heaven; but struck his breast, saying: ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I say to you, this man went down into his house justified rather than the other: because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled: and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.” Luke 18:10-14

Jesus Answers Every Prayer
Ask the Father in Jesus’ Name Sign of the Cross Ask for Things Needed for Salvation No ATM Prayers Pray Confidently as Jesus Did Be in the State of Grace when Praying But most of all, pray that God’s will be done!

Called to Prayer
Sunday Mass Morning Prayer Evening Prayers Before and After Meals In Time of Need Liturgy of the Hours Daily Mass

Expressions of Prayer
Vocal Prayer Meditation Contemplation This is not “Centering Prayer” Must Be Avoided

Forms of Prayer
Adoration Before the Tabernacle Exposition Thanksgiving Silently after Communion Contrition Nightly after Examination of Conscience Petition For Spiritual Strength and Wisdom

Impediments to Prayer
Dryness Noise Over-tasking Blow Away Impediments with: Faith Use Scripture Imitate the Saints Patience and perseverance

Psalms
Numbering Septuagint and English Types Praying the Psalms

Psalms Numbering
Same Numbering Ps 1-10 English Numbering Splits Ps 10 into 10 and 11 English after 10 = Septuagint +1 Septuagint Splits 146 into 146 and 147 Same Numbering Ps 148

Psalm Types
Psalms of Praise 8, 19, 29, 33, 10[0,103,104], 11[1,3,4,7], 13[5-6], 145-150 Psalms of Lament Community 12, 14, 44, 5[3,8], 60, 7[4,9], 8[0,3,5,9], 9[0,4], 106, 12[3,6], 137 Individual 3-7,1, [3,7], 2[2,5-8], 3[1,5,6,8,9],4[0,2,3], 51 5[2,4-7,9], 6[1,3,4,9], 7[0,1,7], 8[6,8], 10[2,9], 120, 130, 14[0-3] Praying the Psalms of Thanksgiving Individual 9, 1[0,1,6], 23, 3[0,2,4], 41, 62, 9[1,2], 116, 121, 13[1,8] Community 6[5-8], 75, 107, 11[5,8], 12[4,5,9]

Praying the Psalms
Psalms have the power to raise men's minds to God and to evoke in them holy and wholesome thoughts GILH 100 Each Psalm has a literal meaning which even in our time cannot be neglected. GILH 107 The Holy Spirit who inspired the psalmists, is always present with His grace to those Christians who with good intention sing and recite these songs GILH 101 The Psalms express the deepest movements of the soul in words that are designed to be prayed in common.... When prayed in private, alone the Psalms by their very nature join us to the whole Body of Christ The School of Prayer, p43

Structure of the Psalms
Parallelism Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will call upon the name of the Lord our God. Ps 20:8 Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Ps 127:1 Israel: The Church Forces of Nature: Creation Covenant: Christ in the new covenant Exodus: Our spiritual journey The King: Christ Exile: the Church Militant The Temple: Christ the new temple His Presence Mt Zion, Jerusalem: The Church on Earth and in Heaven

Catholic Prayers
Sign of the Cross Our Father Hail Mary Glory Be Apostles' Creed Act of Contrition Morning Offering Angelus Hail Holy Queen Blessing before Meals Grace after Meals Prayer to St. Michael Eternal Rest

Catholic Prayers
Sign of the Cross Our Father Hail Mary Glory Be Apostles' Creed Act of Contrition Morning Offering Angelus Hail Holy Queen Blessing before Meals Grace after Meals Prayer to St. Michael Eternal Rest Short Ejaculations