CLIQUE PRO CANAL
IN THE TIME OF THE CHURCH
On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of promise was poured out on the disciples, "gathered together in the same place" (Acts 2: 1), while they waited for Him, "all [...] persevered unanimously in prayer" (Acts 1:14) . The Spirit who teaches the Church and reminds her of everything Jesus said (92) will also form her in the life of prayer. 2624. In the first community of Jerusalem, believers "were assiduous in the teaching of the Apostles, in fraternal communion, in the breaking of bread and in prayers" (Acts 2:42). This sequence is typical of the Church's prayer: founded on the apostolic faith and authenticated by charity, it feeds on the Eucharist. 2625. These prayers are, first, those that the faithful hear and read in the Scriptures; but they update them, in particular those of the Psalms, from their realization in Christ (93). The Holy Spirit, who thus reminds Christ of his praying Church, also leads her to the integral truth and gives rise to new formulations that will express the unfathomable mystery of Christ at work in the life, sacraments and mission of the Church. These formulations will be developed in the great liturgical and spiritual traditions. The forms of prayer, as revealed in the apostolic Scriptures, remain normative to Christian prayer. Blessing and worship 2626. The blessing expresses the fundamental movement of Christian prayer: it is the encounter of God with man; in it are found and unite the gift of God and the welcome of man. The blessing prayer is man's response to God's gifts: once God blesses, man's heart can respond by blessing Him who is the source of all blessing. 2627. This movement expresses two fundamental forms: sometimes, the blessing rises, carried by Christ in the Holy Spirit, to the Father (we bless him for having blessed us) (94); at other times, he implores the grace of the Holy Spirit who, through Christ, descends from the Father (it is He who blesses us) (95). 2628. Worship is the first attitude of man who recognizes himself as a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who created us (96) and the omnipotence of the Savior who frees us from evil. It is the prostration of the spirit before the "King of glory" (97) and the respectful silence before the "ever greater" God (98). The worship of the three times holy and sovereignly loving God fills us with humility and gives security to our pleas.