Catechism of the Catholic Church

634 Part Four intercession for them.” 113 The Holy Spirit “himself intercedes for us . . . and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” 114 2635 Since Abraham, intercession—asking on behalf of another— has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ’s, as an ex­ pression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks “not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of oth­ ers,” even to the point of praying for those who do him harm. 115 2636 The first Christian communities lived this form of fellow­ ship intensely. 116 Thus the Apostle Paul gives them a share in his ministry of preaching the Gospel 117 but also intercedes for them. 118 The intercession of Christians recognizes no boundaries: “for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions,” for persecutors, for the salvation of those who reject the Gospel. 119 IV. P rayer of T hanksgiving 2637 Thanksgiving characterizes the prayer of the Church which, in celebrating the Eucharist, reveals and becomes more fully what she is. Indeed, in the work of salvation, Christ sets creation free from sin and death to consecrate it anew and make it return to the Father, for his glory. The thanksgiving of the members of the Body participates in that of their Head. 2638 As in the prayer of petition, every event and need can become an offering of thanksgiving. The letters of St. Paul often begin and end with thanksgiving, and the Lord Jesus is always present in it: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”; “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” 120 113 Heb 7:25. 114 Rom 8:26-27. 115 Phil 2:4; cf. Acts 7:60; Lk 23:28, 34. 116 Cf. Acts 12:5; 20:36; 21:5; 2 Cor 9:14. 117 Cf. Eph 6:18-20; Col 4:3-4; 1 Thess 5:25. 118 Cf. 2 Thess 1:11; Col 1:3; Phil 1:3-4. 119 1 Tim 2:1; cf. Rom 12:14; 10:1. 120 1 Thess 5:18; Col 4:2. 2571 2577 1900 1037 224 1328 2603