2630 The New Testament contains scarcely any prayers of lamentation, so frequent in the Old Testament. In the risen Christ the Church’s petition is buoyed by hope, even if we still wait in a state of expectation and must be 2090 converted anew every day. Christian petition, what St Paul calls ‘groaning’, arises from another depth, that of creation ‘in labour pains’ and that of ourselves


‘as we wait for the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were

In the end, however, the Holy Spirit ‘helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for ‘°4 The first movement of the prayer of petition is asking forgiveness, like the tax collector in the parable: ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!”It is a prerequisite for righteous and pure prayer. A trusting humility brings us back into the light of communion between the Father and his Son Jesus Christ and with one another, so that ‘we receive from him whatever we ask. Asking forgiveness is the prerequisite for both the Eucharistic liturgy and personal prayer. 2632 Christian petition is centred on the desire and search for the Kingdom to come, in keeping with the teaching of Christ.’07 There is a hierarchy in these petitions: we pray first for the Kingdom, then for what is necessary to welcome it and co-operate with its 1942 coming. This collaboration with the mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit, which is now that of the Church, is the object of the prayer of the apostolic community. It is the prayer of Paul, the apostle par excellence, which reveals to us how the divine solicitude for all the Churches ought to inspire e.’°9 By rayer every baptized person works for the coming of the 2854



633 When we share in God’s saving love, we understand that very need can become the object of petition. Christ, who assumed 2830


things in order to redeem all things, is glorified by what we ask

e Father in his name.”° It is with this confidence that St James d St Paul exhort us to pray at all times.” Prayer of Intercession 634 Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as esus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all 432 en, especially sinners.”2 He is ‘able for all time to save those who