12-24-2017 Jesus Taught Us to Pray

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
December 24, 2017—Fourth Sunday of Advent
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
2 Sam 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38

"For nothing is impossible for God" (Lk 1:37)
JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY*
How did you learn how to pray?

Jesus is our model for prayer. He prayed regularly and often, sometimes spending the night alone in prayer. He prayed before and during events that occurred in his life. Moved by his example, disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus responded by teaching them to pray what we now call the “Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father.” (Mt 6:9-13; Lk 11:2-4). The Church’s liturgy follows Matthew’s version of this prayer..

The Lord’s Prayer addresses “Our Father who art in heaven,” because Jesus, the Son of God made man, revealed God as such. Our union with Jesus Christ through Baptism gives us grace to become adopted daughters and sons of God. “Heaven” is where God is present, who is not bound by time and space.

The Lord’s Prayer has seven petitions. The first three petitions relate to God: We give praise and glory to God’s holiness (“hallowed be thy name”) and in our witness to God as the source and center of our life. We pray, “thy kingdom come,” for Christ to come again, and for God’s promised reign of love, justice, peace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation, already made present through Jesus, to continue and to prevail definitively. In praying “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” we ask God “to unite our will to that of Jesus Christ’s “so as to fulfill God’s plan of salvation in the life of the world.” We recall Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane to his Father when he asked that the cup of suffering be taken away from him, but he also prayed, “still, not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42).

The four other petitions present our needs to God. We pray for God to provide the material needs necessary for everyone’s subsistence, and also for the Bread of Life: the Word of God and the Body of Christ” (’give us this day our daily bread”). We pray for God to be merciful and to “forgive us our trespasses,” recognizing our need for us to also forgive those who have caused us offense (“as we forgive those who trespass against us”). We entrust ourselves to the Holy Spirit to keep us alert to the dangers of sin and to give us the grace to discern and resist temptation (“and lead us not into temptation”), and to protect us from Satan and the forces of evil (“but deliver us from evil”).

We conclude with our praise of our Trinitarian God (“doxology”), added by the early Church: “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.” Amen.

U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 36.
 Reflect on Your Experience
What does being an adopted son or daughter of God mean for you?

What temptations do you need the Holy Spirit to help you to resist in your life?

      U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)  Catecismo Catolica de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

Videos
Bishop Robert Barron on The Lord's Prayer

"What Does Jesus Teach Us About Prayer?" (Bishop Don Hying)

The "Our Father" in Jewish Aramaic, the spoken language of Jesus


Music

Advent and Christmas Music Selections


The Lord's Prayer (Andrea Bocelli)


The Lord's Prayer (Susan Boyle)


Rites, Symbols, & Practices

Traditional Catholic Prayers

Oraciones Tradicionales Católicas

The Method of Centering Prayer

Liturgy of the Hours (USCCB)

Reflection
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