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Christian Prayer

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faith, with filial boldness. He calls them to vigilance

and invites them to present their petitions to God in

his name. Jesus Christ himself answers prayers ad­

dressed to him.

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The prayers of the Virgin Mary, in her Fiat and Mag­

nificat, are characterized by the generous offering of

her whole being in faith.

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IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH

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On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of the Promise was

poured out on the disciples, gathered “together in one place.”

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While awaiting the Spirit, “all these with one accord devoted

themselves to prayer.”

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The Spirit who teaches the Church and

recalls for her everything that Jesus said

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was also to form her in

the life of prayer.

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In the first community of Jerusalem, believers “devoted

themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the break­

ing of bread, and the prayers.”

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This sequence is characteristic of

the Church’s prayer: founded on the apostolic faith; authenticated

by charity; nourished in the Eucharist.

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In the first place these are prayers that the faithful hear and

read in the Scriptures, but also that they make their own—espe­

cially those of the Psalms, in view of their fulfillment in Christ.

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The Holy Spirit, who thus keeps the memory of Christ alive in his

Church at prayer, also leads her toward the fullness of truth and

inspires new formulations expressing the unfathomable mystery

of Christ at work in his Church’s life, sacraments, and mission.

These formulations are developed in the great liturgical and spiri­

tual traditions. The

forms of prayer

revealed in the apostolic and

canonical Scriptures remain normative for Christian prayer.

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Acts

2:1.

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Acts

1:14.

94 Cf.

Jn

14:26.

95

Acts

2:42.

96 Cf.

Lk

24:27, 44.

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