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Vocal Prayer

2700 Through his Word, God speaks to man. By words, mental r vocal, our prayer takes flesh. Yet it is most important that the 1176 eart should be present to him to whom we are speaking in prayer: Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of ords, but on the fervour of our souls.’2 701 Vocal prayer is an essential element of the Christian life. To ~s disciples, drawn by their Master’s silent prayer, Jesus teaches a ocal prayer, the Our Father. He not only prayed aloud the liturgi- 2603 1 prayers of the synagogue but, as the gospels show, he raised his oice to express his personal prayer, from exultant blessing of the

ather to the agony of Gethsemani.3


702 The need to involve the senses in interior prayer corresponds a requirement of our human nature. We are body and spirit, and 1146 e experience the need to translate our feelings externally. We ust pray with our whole being to give all power possible to our pplication. 03 This need also corresponds to a divine requirement. God eks worshippers in Spirit and in Truth, and consequently living ayer that rises from the depths of the soul. He also wants the
ternal expression that associates the body with interior prayer,

r it renders him that perfect homage which is his due.


04 Because it is external and so thoroughly human, vocal ayer is the form of prayer most readily accessible to groups. en interior prayer, however, cannot neglect vocal prayer. ayer is internalized to the extent that we become aware of him whom we speak’.4 Thus vocal prayer becomes an initial form contemplative prayer.


o~ Meditation is above all a quest. The mind seeks to under- 158 nd the why and how of the Christian life, in order to adhere and pond to what the Lord is asking. The required attentiveness is