X – PRAYER
- What is prayer?
Prayer is an elevation of our spirit towards God and the expansion of our feelings into the breast of the Father.
- What is the aim of prayer?
To render homage to God, to ask him for the spiritual things we need to ask for his grace.
- In what place should we pray?
In any place, but above all in Church.
- When should we pray?
We must always have a spirit of prayer, but we must particularly pray at the beginning and at the end of the day, and at all times when we feel the need of the help of God.
- What is the effect of prayer?
It is to spread peace and harmony in the spirit at the same time as it unites us with God and unites men amongst themselves.
- Did Christ the Saviour not give us the model of a prayer?
Yes, it is the prayer called the DOMINICAL ORISON, that is: the Lord’s Prayer.
- Recite the dominical orison?
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. Amen.
- What does the word: amen mean?
The word amen means: may it be so. It is the consent, the approval of the people of what the priest (sacerdote) does. “When the Bishop is alone inside the sanctuary, says saint Augustin, the people pray with him and subscribe to the words he says by replying: Amen.”
- What recommendation did Christ the Saviour make concerning all prayer?
He recommended to us to pray in his name and these are this own words: “Everything you ask of my Father in my name, that will He give you.”