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Day of Prayer- Introduction to Prayer

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  • 1. Session 1 Prayer - an Introduction RCIA Day of Prayer & Fellowship Welcome!
  • 2.
    • Prayer is the Lifeblood of our Relationship with God…
    • A religious activity - rituals.
    • To get out of a dangerous, desperate situation.
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  • 3. God What is Prayer? “ Prayer is turning the heart toward God - when a person prays, he enters into a living relationship with God” (CCC 2558-2565)
  • 4. God “ Prayer is the path to increased awareness of our oneness with God, with one another, and with the world. ” What is Prayer? “ Prayer is turning the heart toward God - when a person prays, he enters into a living relationship with God” (CCC 2558-2565)
  • 5. God What is Prayer? 2. Relationship with God 1. God is the object 3. Relationship with other people
  • 6.
    • What Prompts a Person to Pray?
      • He seeks us; He calls for us;
      • There is an infinite longing for God
      • St Augustine: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in God”
      • We always need help:
      • Blessed Mother Teresa: “Because I cannot rely on myself, I rely
      • on Him 24 hours a day.”
  • 7. Yes, Prayer is a Gift of God. Turn your heart toward God and ask Him to teach you how to pray
  • 8.
    • The 5 types of Prayer
    • Prayer of Blessing and Adoration. We recognise God’s greatness, omnipotence, holiness and love.
      • We kneel, we prostrate ourselves in humble adoration;
      • Calling down God’s blessings upon us, upon each other, a simple “God bless you!’
      • Priests bless in the name of Jesus and the church.
    • 2. Prayer of Petition – prayers that cry out, implore,
    • lament, call upon God for help. Someone who asks:
      • Opens himself and returns to the Author of all good
      • Brings him into a right relationship with God.
  • 9.
    • The 5 types of Prayer…
    • 3. Prayer of Intercession – we pray for other people - just as we ask others to pray for us.
    • 4. Prayer of Thanksgiving – being grateful to God
      • Eucharist (Mass) – the greatest prayer of thanks.
      • A simple “Thank God!”
    • 5. Prayer of Praise - joyful wonder at God’s greatness and goodness:
      • We join the angels and saints in heaven in praising God;
      • Praise & Worship
      • A simple “Praise the Lord!”
  • 10.
    • The Tradition of Prayer
    • The Holy Spirit teaches the Church how to pray:
      • We pray to the Father through Jesus – “We make this prayer through Christ our Lord…”
      • We pray to Jesus – “God saves.”
      • We pray to the Holy Spirit.
      • We pray in communion with Mary and the Saints.
      • We pray with the rest of the Church.
  • 11.
    • Praying as a Church
    • We gather as a believing and praying community,
      • Holy Mass
      • Liturgy of the Hour
      • Novena’s and popular devotions
      • In our faith community – BECs, Prayer groups .
  • 12.
    • How We Pray
      • Vocal Prayers
        • Psalms, Prepared Prayers, Rosary
        • In song and in dances.
        • Spontaneous
          • 2. Silent Meditation
            • Meditating on the Scripture
            • Centering Prayer
            • Contemplation
  • 13.
    • Prayer is an Encounter
    • (not a Performance)
        • Talk – communicate with God
        • Listen – surprise discovery
        • Respond – living it out
  • 14. RCIA Day of Prayer & Fellowship We now invite you to spend the rest of the day not just to learn more about prayers, but also, to know each other – that’s one way to know God! “ Prayer is the path to increased awareness of our oneness with God, with one another, and with the world. ”
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