Session 1 Prayer - an Introduction RCIA Day of Prayer & Fellowship Welcome!
<ul><li>Prayer is the Lifeblood of our Relationship with God… </li></ul><ul><li>A religious activity - rituals. </li></ul>...
God What is Prayer? “ Prayer is turning the heart toward God - when a person prays, he enters into a living relationship w...
God “ Prayer is the path to increased awareness of our oneness with God, with one another, and with the world. ”  What is ...
God What is Prayer? 2. Relationship with God 1. God is the object 3. Relationship with other people
<ul><li>What Prompts a Person to Pray? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He seeks us; He calls for us; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ther...
Yes, Prayer is a Gift of God. Turn your heart  toward God and ask Him to teach you how to pray
<ul><li>The 5 types of Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer of Blessing and Adoration.  We recognise  God’s greatness, omnipote...
<ul><li>The 5 types of Prayer… </li></ul><ul><li>3. Prayer of Intercession   –  we pray for other people - just as we ask ...
<ul><li>The Tradition of Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>The Holy Spirit teaches the Church how to pray: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We...
<ul><li>Praying as a Church  </li></ul><ul><li>We gather as a believing and praying community,  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holy...
<ul><li>How We Pray  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocal Prayers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Psalms, Prepared Prayers, Rosary <...
<ul><li>Prayer is an Encounter  </li></ul><ul><li>(not a Performance) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Talk – communicate with Go...
RCIA Day of Prayer & Fellowship We now invite you  to spend the rest of the day not just to learn more about prayers, but ...
 
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Day of Prayer- Introduction to Prayer

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