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Catechism – Vocal Prayer – 2701

January 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Prayer, Vocal

Vocal Prayer:

Vocal Prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Vocal Prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Vocal prayer is an essential element of the Christian life. To his disciples, drawn by their Master's silent prayer, Jesus teaches a vocal prayer, the Our Father. He not only prayed aloud the liturgical prayers of the synagogue but, as the Gospels show, he raised his voice to express his personal prayer, from exultant blessing of the Father to the agony of Gesthemani.

From paragraph 2701 on vocal prayer, Catechism of the Catholic Church

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“A catechism should faithfully and systematically present the teaching of Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition of the Church and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the spiritual heritage of the Fathers and the Church's saints, to allow for a better knowledge of the Christian mystery and for enlivening the faith of the People of God. It should take into account the doctrinal statements which down the centuries the Holy Spirit has intimated to his Church. It should also help illumine with the light of faith the new situations and problems which had not yet emerged in the past.”  (Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum on the Publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church Prepared following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, 11 October 1992)

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  • judeen

    prayer-pray with all your mind mouth heart and soul and with all your strenght….. song is so pleasing to the Lord.. one has to pray like this to sing…

  • And Jesus also gave us, through St. Faustina Kowalska, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and the Novena of the Divine Mercy prayed before the Feast of the Divine Mercy – the First Sunday after Easter

  • judeen

    this is really needed.. cds on the explaination of the mass// in child verson what is happing as they watch the mass… 1- that explains biblically why we are doing things in the mass =asked by God in old testement , and new.. how it affects our prayers to be heard and the power of our prayer with Jesus and the heavens to
    God the Father…   and a sound proof room on the side of the alter.. that it could be played for those who need to grow deeper into the sacrament of the mass….

    • Claire

      Amen to the first part of your comment, religious education programs at all levels need to stress this and parents could listen with children at home if only they would. But as for playing the CD during Mass during Mass… no, nothing should be going on during the Mass except for the Mass. We should be present to it as attentively as possible, listening to the reading and the prayers, reflecting on them and uniting ourselves with them, and entering into the mystery with our total selves as we are on that day.

      • judeen

        if you were brought up in a catholic school or had the mass explained in detail what it all means and why.. the mass is so full.. but alot of people just come.. and do not know or understand why we do things… we had a crying room with a huge sound proof window.. on the side of the alter.. a nun took us there , about in 4th gr.. and explained every movement , about the vestements , candles so on.. I never for got it.. and take my grandkids to mass and sit in from explaining when the Holy Spirit comes down upon the host and changes into Jesus..
           how more powerful would mass be if people really understood it.. and could study what was happing in a setting like this.. are they not more involved than the people in the back who do not pray or the watch watchers?

    • Claire

      Amen to the first part of your comment, religious education programs at all levels need to stress this and parents could listen with children at home if only they would. But as for playing the CD during Mass during Mass… no, nothing should be going on during the Mass except for the Mass. We should be present to it as attentively as possible, listening to the reading and the prayers, reflecting on them and uniting ourselves with them, and entering into the mystery with our total selves as we are on that day.

    • Jan England

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      Judeen the way you describe the sister explaining the Holy mass to you as a child is wonderful. For those who may not attend a church with a cry room though one could always use a DVD or book to educate the child / children outside of Mass.

      Here is a link to a DVD that explains the Traditional Latin Mass to children:
      http://www.shop.promultismedia.net/product.sc?productId=8

      and a link to a DVD that explains the Ordinary Form to children: http://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/MASS+UNVEILED+FOR+CHILDREN+-+DVD/cid=273/page_no=3/edp_no=8621/shop.axd/ProductDetails

      plus some books and one more DVD explaining the Eucharist to children:

      http://search.catholiccompany.com/catholic/the%20mass%20for%20children

      My favorite book on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for children doesn’t explain the details but rather imparts the message clearly (understandable to children and adults alike) of the supreme importance of each and every Mass. I have cried numerous times reading this book:

      The Weight of a Mass by Josephine Nobisso:

      http://www.amazon.com/Weight-Mass-Tale-Faith/dp/081462930X

  • zelmo

    Prayer is a search for God, but it is also a revelation of God. Through
    prayer God reveals Himself as Creator and Father, as Redeemer and
    Savior, as the Spirit who “scrutinizes everything, even the depths of
    God” (1 Cor 2:10), and above all “the secrets of human hearts” (cf. Ps
    43[44]:22). Through prayer God reveals Himself above all as Mercy-that
    is, Love that goes out to those who are suffering, Love that sustains,
    uplifts, and invites us to trust. The victory of good in the world is
    united organically with this truth. A person who prays professes such a
    truth and in a certain sense makes God, who is merciful Love, present in
    the world.

    Crossing the Threshold of Hope

    This Is a Borzoi BookPublished by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Copyright
    © 1994 by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. All rights reserved
    including the rights of reproduction in whole or in part in any
    form.Translation copyright © 1994 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. All

    rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions

  • john c

    In prayer, I’ll never be anything but a beginner; to be humble
    and sincere with what comes from my heart. Always longing to listen and encounter my Lord to lead me on to where he leads me.

    john

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