10 January 2018

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10 January 2018

Postby Alice » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:21 am

Pope Francis reflects on Gloria and Opening Prayer during General Audience

Pope Francis continued his catechesis series on the Eucharist, this time focusing on the Gloria and the Opening Prayer.

The Holy Father explained the Gloria allows Christians to “echo the song of the angels at the Lord's birth” and praise God for His merciful act of sending His only Son.

The Opening Prayer, in turn, is also called the “Collect,” the pope said, because it joins all individual prayers. Along with the Gloria, it's part of what makes the “liturgy a true school of prayer.”


“Dear brothers and sisters,

In our catechesis on the Holy Eucharist, we now turn to the Gloria and the Opening Prayer. Having confessed our sinfulness and asked God’s forgiveness in the penitential rite, we recite, on Sundays and holydays, the ancient hymn “Glory to God in the highest”. Echoing the song of the angels at our Lord’s birth, we praise the mercy of the Father in sending his Son who takes away the sins of the world. The Opening Prayer is also called the “Collect”, because it gathers up and presents to the Triune God all our individual prayers. The priest’s invitation, “Let us pray”, is followed by a moment of silence, as we open our hearts and bring our personal needs to the Lord. The Opening Prayer praises the Father’s provident love revealed in history and then implores his continued help as we strive to live as his sons and daughters in Christ. By ancient tradition, the prayer is addressed to the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. By reflecting on these rich prayers, and uniting ourselves with the Church in lifting them up to God, we see how the liturgy becomes for each Christian a true school of prayer.

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from Norway, New Zealand and the United States of America. In a special way, I greet the numerous seminarians and university students present. Upon you and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you all!”


Pope Francis explains importance of silence in Mass

Along the aisles of the Paul VI Audience Hall, the pope was able to greet the many groups, couples and children and receive their gifts.

On this occasion, Pope Francis spoke about the meaning of the “Gloria” and “Opening Prayer,” in which silence is key. During the latter, the priest gathers the intentions of those present to offer them to God. The Holy Father asked pastors to be solemn in this moment.

“I strongly urge the priests to observe this moment of silence, don't be in a hurry. Let us pray in silence. I urge the priests to do this.”

The pope explained the importance of silence in the Mass because its meaning varies depending on the moment.

“During the penitential rite and after the invitation to pray, it helps with concentration; after the reading or homily, it's a call to briefly meditate on what was heard; after communion, it encourages interior prayer of praise and petition.”

Pope Francis explained the liturgy is a school of prayer and, thus, suggested a deep awareness of it.

Both reports and videos with very kind permission from Rome Reports TV news Agency

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