God 'determined to call together in the holy Church those who believe in Christ'

Lumen Gentium

Prayer and Spirituality

The Importance of Prayer

Raising of mind and heart

Prayer is a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. It takes many forms, but, through the “raising of the mind and the heart” to our Creator, we remain in communion with him.

God unceasingly calls us to this encounter with him, and the prayer of mankind has risen to heaven throughout the history of salvation.

Abraham prayed, Jacob “wrestled with God”, Moses implored on behalf of the people, King David prayed, lamenting his sins and in praise of the Lord. The prophets prayed, “zealously seeking the face of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2595), the people of God prayed. In the Old Testament, the Psalms are the masterpiece of all. They are suitable for people of all times and places.

In the New Testament, the prayer of Christ is the model of all prayer. In a loving adherence to his Father’s will, Christ teaches us how to have an attitude of great trust in how we pray. He also answers all prayers addressed to himself.

The prayers of the Virgin Mary are characterised by her loving obedience in the Fiat and the offering of her whole being in faith in the great hymn of the Magnificat.

The Church comes together collectively to pray and worship God. This is very often in the context of liturgy, or public prayer of the people. But we must also learn to pray as individuals, so as to nurture the life-giving relationship that God wishes to extend to us.

In this section we offer some examples for prayer and some reflections from the Sunday liturgies.