FORMS OF PRAYERS - St. Francis Preparatory School

FORMS OF PRAYERS CATHOLIC PRAYERS LET US PRAY! HOW DO WE PRAY? WE START WITH MEMORIZED PRAYER AS YOU MATURE YOU FIND YOUR OWN WAY TO TALK TO GOD. APPROACH PRAYER AS TALKING TO GOD. BESIDES TALKING TO GOD WE NEED TO LISTEN TO GOD

PRAYER IS RAISING ONES MIND AND HEART TO GOD. WHY DO WE PRAY? TO BUILD OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT WHO WE ARE AS WE PRAY. WE NEED TO ACKNOWELEDGE OUR WEAKNESSES AND OUR GIFTS GOD IS BUILT IN US; WE ARE CALLED TO ENCOUTER HIM IN PRAYER.

GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO US AND WE LEARN ABOUT OURSELVES FORMS OF PRAYER BLESSING & ADORATION PETITION INTERCESSION THANKSGIVING PRAISE

BLESSING A PRAYER ASKING THAT GOD CARE FOR A PARTICULAR PERSON, PLACE, OR ACTIVITY. WE SHOULD RESPOND WITH GRATITUDE & JOY! BLESSING FORMAL PRAYER Bless us, Oh Lord, and these thy gifts which

we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen. ADORATION THE PRAYERFUL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT GOD IS GOD AND CREATOR OF ALL THAT IS! ADORATION PRAYER

The 'Glory Be' Prayer Glory Be To The Father (Gloria Patri) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now,

and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. PETITION A PRAYER FORM IN WHICH ONE ASKS GOD FOR HELP OR FORGIVENESS. PETITION PRAYERS

For the people of this land, and of all nations, that we may be guided in the ways of justice and peace; that we would honor one another and serve the common good, we pray to the Lord: Lord Hear Our Prayer For our Advent celebration, that it would be a time of reflection on

the coming of Christ, and that it would be filled with prayer, repentance, and love for God and neighbor, we pray to the Lord: Lord Hear Our Prayer For all the sick and suffering, the homeless, the unemployed, those suffering from addictions, and anyone in any kind of distress, we pray to the Lord: Lord Hear Our Prayer For those whose lives are closely linked with ours, that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as Christ loves us, we pray to the Lord: Lord Hear Our Prayer

INTERCESSION A PRAYER ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER PERSON OR GROUP. INTERCESSION PRAYERS Father God, in whose love we live and move, we pray for a world crying out to feel loved, wanted, cherished and unique. Heavenly Father, source of all love

We pray for a world torn apart by conflict and war. A world that lives uneasily in a climate of fear with no clear vision for future days Heavenly Father, source of all hope We pray for a world that thinks less of others than of self. A world where division between nations, race, religion neighbour and family leads to distrust Heavenly Father, source of all peace THANKSGIVING

A PRAYER OF GRATITUDE FOR THE GIFT OF LIFE AND THE GIFTS OF LIFE. THANKSGIVING PRAYER O God, of Whose mercies there is no number, and of Whose goodness the treasure is infinite; we render thanks to Your most gracious majesty for the gifts You have bestowed upon us, evermore beseeching Your

clemency, that as You grant the petitions of them that ask You, You will never forsake them, but will prepare for the reward to come. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. PRAISE A PRAYER OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT GOD IS GOD, GIVING GLORY TO GOD NOT FOR WHAT HE DOES, BUT SIMPLY BECAUSE

HE IS. PRAYER OF PRAISE Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most

Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her Glorious Assumption. Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. EXPRESSIONS OF PRAYER VOCAL PRAYER MEDITATION PRAYER CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

VOCAL PRAYER Vocal prayer is an essential element of the Christian life. Vocal prayer is an external expression of words addressed to God. Verbal prayer can be formal and informal. - Formal prayer (eg Our Father, Hail Mary, Creed, etc) - Informal prayer where we pray simply using our own words

EXAMPLE OF VOCAL PRAYER OUR FATHER: Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our

trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. HAIL MARY: Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. GLORY BE TO THE FATHER: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. MEDITATION PRAYER

Meditation is a quiet and reflective personal conversation with God. In this form of prayer we engage our thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. Often people meditate on Scripture texts and spiritual writings, songs, icons and so forth. Meditation requires attentiveness. MEDITATIVE PRAYER What youll need You only need a few simple things to start a lifetime of rich Christian meditation:

A small amount of time A quiet place A Bible Start by taking just 5 or 10 minutes, alone and in quiet. Early in the day is best, but if thats not possible for you, find another time. Give yourself a set time, and stick to it. Consistency is very important: dont cut prayer short if youre dry one day, and likewise dont prolong it if youre feeling wonderful. You also need to find some written or visual material to use as the basis of your Christian meditation. The Gospels are the best choice. Pick one and read a part each day, or just use the daily Mass readings. You can read the daily Gospel passage in your Bible. The daily readings are good because theyre brief. Youre reading for depth here, not length.

You can use many things as the source material for Christian meditation: Scripture, especially the Gospels, spiritual writings, liturgical texts, and even the fingerprints of God visible in the natural world itself. Pick your reading beforehand, so you dont waste your prayer time finding a suitable passage in the Bible. CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER Contemplative prayer is silent presence with God, an awareness of God. In contemplative

prayer the person enters into a silence and is attentive in the presence of God. It is a prayer of being with God. In the words of St Teresa, Contemplative prayer in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends, it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us. CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER Contemplative prayer is the ultimate

meditation. This practice literally involves clearing the mind of all thoughts to rest in Gods presence. The word practice is used with meditation and with spiritual disciplines because they take practice! Contemplative practices are not something that you just do with ease. It can be very difficult to clear the mind from clutter. CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER/SACRED WORD

Contemplative prayer uses what is called the sacred word. The idea is that when thoughts start to come into your mind that you focus on the sacred word to bring you back to just resting in God. The word is not spoken. The word is in your mind. Examples of words are: Jesus, grace, peace, stillness, mercy. CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER The

ultimate goal is to empty ones self and be in Gods presence. This does not involve listening to God. It is to just be. Answers are to be sought outside of contemplative prayer. PRAYER: INFORMAL & FORMAL

Prayer can be formal or informal, verbal or nonverbal, active or contemplative. Prayer is communicating with God. Just as we talk and share with our best friends what is happening in our lives, so we talk and share with God. Just as we listen to our friends, so we listen to God.

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