Catechism

Part Four

Christian Prayer

INDEX


CHAPTER ONE THE REVELATION OF PRAYER -



THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO PRAYER

Article 1 IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

IN BRIEF

Article 2 IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME

IN BRIEF

Article 3 IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH

I. Blessing and Adoration

II. Prayer of Petition

III. Prayer of Intercession

IV. Prayer of Thanksgiving

V. Prayer of Praise

IN BRIEF



​CHAPTER TWO THE TRADITION OF PRAYER

Article 1 AT THE WELLSPRINGS OF PRAYER

IN BRIEF

Article 2 THE WAY OF PRAYER

IN BRIEF

Article 3 GUIDES FOR PRAYER

IN BRIEF



CHAPTER THREE THE LIFE OF PRAYER


Article 1 EXPRESSIONS OF PRAYER

I. Vocal prayer

II. Meditation

III. Contemplative Prayer

IN BRIEF

Article 2 THE BATTLE OF PRAYER

I. Objections to Prayer

II. Humble Vigilance of Heart

III. Filial Trust

IV. Perservering in Love

Article 3 THE PRAYER OF THE HOUR OF JESUS

IN BRIEF


SECTION TWO THE LORDS PRAYER


I. "OUR FATHER!"

2759 Jesus "was praying at a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.'" In response to this request the Lord entrusts to his disciples and to his Church the fundamental Christian prayer. St. Luke presents a brief text of five petitions, while St. Matthew gives a more developed version of seven petitions. The liturgical tradition of the Church has retained St. Matthew's text:

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.

2760 Very early on, liturgical usage concluded the Lord's Prayer with a doxology. In the Didache, we find, "For yours are the power and the glory for ever." The Apostolic Constitutions add to the beginning: "the kingdom," and this is the formula retained to our day in ecumenical prayer.

The Byzantine tradition adds after "the glory" the words "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." the Roman Missal develops the last petition in the explicit perspective of "awaiting our blessed hope" and of the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then comes the assembly's acclamation or the repetition of the doxology from the Apostolic Constitutions.

Article 1 "THE SUMMARY OF THE WHOLE GOSPEL"

I. At the Center of the Scriptures

II. The Lord's Prayer

III. The Prayer of the Church

IN BRIEF

Article 2 "OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN"

I. "We Dare To Say"

II. Abba - "Father!"

III. "Our" Father

IV. "Who Art in Heaven"

IN BRIEF

Article 3 THE SEVEN PETITIONS

I. "Hallowed be Thy Name"

II. "Thy Kingdom Come"

III. "Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It is in Heaven"

IV. "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"

V. "And Forgive Us Our Trespasses, as We Forgive Those Who Trespass AGAINST US"

VI. "And Lead Us not into Temptation"

Article 4 THE FINAL DOXOLOGY

IN BRIEF