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Christian Prayer

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Places favorable for prayer

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The church, the house of God, is the proper place for the

liturgical prayer of the parish community. It is also the privileged

place for adoration of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed

Sacrament. The choice of a favorable place is not a matter of

indifference for true prayer.

For personal prayer, this can be a “prayer corner” with the Sacred

Scriptures and icons, in order to be there, in secret, before our

Father.

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In aChristian family, this kind of little oratory fosters prayer

in common.

In regions where monasteries exist, the vocation of these commu­

nities is to further the participation of the faithful in the Liturgy of

the Hours and to provide necessary solitude for more intense

personal prayer.

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Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are

traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. For

pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living

the forms of Christian prayer “in Church.”

IN BRIEF

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In prayer, the pilgrim Church is associated with that

of the saints, whose intercession she asks.

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The different schools of Christian spirituality share in

the living tradition of prayer and are precious guides

for the spiritual life.

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The Christian family is the first place for education in

prayer.

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Ordained ministers, the consecrated life, catechesis,

prayer groups, and “spiritual direction” ensure assis­

tance within the Church in the practice of prayer.

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The most appropriate places for prayer are personal

or family oratories, monasteries, places of pilgrim­

age, and above all the church, which is the proper

place for liturgical prayer for the parish community

and the privileged place for Eucharistic adoration.

48 Cf.

Mt

6:6.

49 Cf.

PC

7.

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