Priestly Prayer

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Theologians distinguish between devotional and liturgical prayer.  Devotional prayer is private and personal and liturgic prayer is public and universal. Personal and universal refer to prayer scope.  For example, one hundred people praying the rosary in a church is devotional prayer, but participating in a mass is liturgical prayer.

Priestly prayer is the prayer of Christ through the Church for humanity.  Christ gathers us around His Word and offers Himself on the cross to the Almighty Father as an eternal act of love.  The mass is the supreme liturgical prayer, because it is infinite in the offer — Christ — and the receiver of the offer — the Heavenly Father.

The Church exists for the salvation of humanity in Purgatory and on Earth, and in liturgical prayer, we fundamentally pray with Christ, through the Church, to the Almighty Father.  The public prayer of the Church, Priestly Prayer, is universal because it may benefit everyone needing salvation.

 

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