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Part Four

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THE WAY OF PRAYER

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In the living tradition of prayer, each Church proposes to

its faithful, according to its historic, social, and cultural context, a

language for prayer: words, melodies, gestures, iconography. The

Magisterium of the Church

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has the task of discerning the fidelity

of these ways of praying to the tradition of apostolic faith; it is for

pastors and catechists to explain their meaning, always in relation

to Jesus Christ.

Prayer to the Father

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There is no other way of Christian prayer than Christ.

Whether our prayer is communal or personal, vocal or interior, it

has access to the Father only if we pray “in the name” of Jesus.

The sacred humanity of Jesus is therefore the way by which the

Holy Spirit teaches us to pray to God our Father.

Prayer to Jesus

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The prayer of the Church, nourished by the Word of God

and the celebration of the liturgy, teaches us to pray to the Lord

Jesus. Even though her prayer is addressed above all to the Father,

it includes in all the liturgical traditions forms of prayer addressed

to Christ. Certain psalms, given their use in the Prayer of the

Church, and the New Testament place on our lips and engrave in

our hearts prayer to Christ in the form of invocations: Son of God,

Word of God, Lord, Savior, Lamb of God, King, Beloved Son, Son

of the Virgin, Good Shepherd, our Life, our Light, our Hope, our

Resurrection, Friend of mankind. . . .

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But the one name that contains everything is the one that

the Son of God received in his incarnation: Jesus. The divine name

may not be spoken by human lips, but by assuming our humanity

The Word of God hands it over to us and we can invoke it: “Jesus,”

“Yhwh saves.”

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The name “Jesus” contains all: God and man and

the whole economy of creation and salvation. To pray “Jesus” is to

invoke him and to call himwithin us. His name is the only one that

contains the presence it signifies. Jesus is the Risen One, and

15 Cf.

DV

10.

16 Cf.

Ex

3:14; 33:19-23;

Mt

1:21.

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