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Part Four

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The Eucharist contains and expresses all forms of prayer:

it is “the pure offering” of the whole Body of Christ to the glory of

God’s name

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and, according to the traditions of East and West, it

is

the

“sacrifice of praise.”

IN BRIEF

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The Holy Spirit who teaches the Church and recalls to

her all that Jesus said also instructs her in the life of

prayer, inspiring new expressions of the same basic

forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession,

thanksgiving, and praise.

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Because God blesses the human heart, it can in return

bless him who is the source of every blessing.

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Forgiveness, the quest for the Kingdom, and every

true need are objects of the prayer of petition.

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Prayer of intercession consists in asking on behalf of

another. It knows no boundaries and extends to one’s

enemies.

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Every joy and suffering, every event and need can

become the matter for thanksgiving which, sharing in

that of Christ, should fill one’s whole life: “Give

thanks in all circumstances” (

1 Thess

5:18).

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Prayer of praise is entirely disinterested and rises to

God, lauds him, and gives him glory for his own sake,

quite beyond what he has done, but simply because he

is.

131 Cf.

Mal

1:11.

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