Catechism of the Catholic Church

Christian Prayer 631 faith, with filial boldness. He calls them to vigilance and invites them to present their petitions to God in his name. Jesus Christ himself answers prayers ad­ dressed to him. 2622 The prayers of the Virgin Mary, in her Fiat and Mag­ nificat, are characterized by the generous offering of her whole being in faith. A rticle 3 IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH 2623 On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of the Promise was poured out on the disciples, gathered “together in one place.” 92 While awaiting the Spirit, “all these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer.” 93 The Spirit who teaches the Church and recalls for her everything that Jesus said 94 was also to form her in the life of prayer. 2624 In the first community of Jerusalem, believers “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the break­ ing of bread, and the prayers.” 95 This sequence is characteristic of the Church’s prayer: founded on the apostolic faith; authenticated by charity; nourished in the Eucharist. 2625 In the first place these are prayers that the faithful hear and read in the Scriptures, but also that they make their own—espe­ cially those of the Psalms, in view of their fulfillment in Christ. 96 The Holy Spirit, who thus keeps the memory of Christ alive in his Church at prayer, also leads her toward the fullness of truth and inspires new formulations expressing the unfathomable mystery of Christ at work in his Church’s life, sacraments, and mission. These formulations are developed in the great liturgical and spiri­ tual traditions. The forms of prayer revealed in the apostolic and canonical Scriptures remain normative for Christian prayer. 92 Acts 2:1. 93 Acts 1:14. 94 Cf. Jn 14:26. 95 Acts 2:42. 96 Cf. Lk 24:27, 44. 731 1342 1092 1200