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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6,7-15. Jesus said to his disciples: "In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. …More
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6,7-15.
Jesus said to his disciples:
"In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."


Copyright © Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, USCCB

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
The Ascent of Mount Carmel Bk.III, ch.44 (trans. Kieran Kavanaugh and Ottilio Rodriguez)


"This is how you are to pray"
Regarding other ceremonies in vocal prayers and other devotions, one should not become attached to any ceremonies or modes of prayer other than those Christ taught us. When his disciples asked him to teach them to pray [Lk 11:1], Christ obviously, as one Who knew so well his Father's will, would have told them all that was necessary in order to obtain an answer from the Eternal Father; and, in fact, he only taught them those seven petitions of the Our Father, which include all our spiritual and temporal necessities, and he did not teach numerous other kinds of prayers and ceremonies. At another time, rather, he told them that in praying they should not desire much speaking because our heavenly Father clearly knows our needs.
He only charged us with great insistence to persevere in prayer - that is, in the Our Father - teaching in another place that one should pray and never cease. [Lk.18:1] He did not teach us a quantity of petitions but that these seven be repeated often, and with fervor and care. For in these, as I say, are embodied everything that is God's will and all that is fitting for us. Accordingly, when His Majesty had recourse three times to the Eternal Father, all three times he prayed with the same petition of the Our Father, as the evangelists recount: “Father, if it cannot be but that I drink this chalice, may your will be done.” [Mt. 26:42]
And he taught us only two ceremonies for use in our prayers. Our prayer should be made either in the concealment of our secret chamber [Mt 6:6] where without noise and without telling anyone we can pray with a more perfect and pure heart (…). Or, if not in one's chamber, in the solitary wilderness, and at the best and most quiet time of night, as he did. [Lk. 6:12]
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Book of Isaiah 55,10-11.
Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.

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Book of Isaiah 55,10-11.
Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.

Psalms 34(33),4-5.6-7.16-17.18-19.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.

The LORD has eyes for the just,
And ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.

When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.