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Catechism in a Year

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

546. How did the Virgin Mary pray?

Mary's prayer was characterized by faith and by the generous offering of her whole being to God. The Mother of Jesus is also the new Eve, the "Mother of all the living". She prays to Jesus for the needs of all people.

Further reading: CCC 2617, 2618, 2622, 2674, 2679

547. Is there a prayer of Mary in the Gospel?

Along with the prayer of Mary at Cana in Galilee, the Gospel gives us the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) which is the song both of the Mother of God and of the Church, the joyous thanksgiving that rises from the hearts of the poor because their hope is met by the fulfillment of the divine promises.

Further reading: CCC 2619

548. How did the first Christian community in Jerusalem pray?

At the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles it is written that in the first community of Jerusalem, educated in the life of prayer by the Holy Spirit, the faithful "devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread, and to the prayers" (Act 2:42).

Further reading: CCC 2623-2624

These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC
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