Christian Prayer – the Opposite of Mantras and Meditations (+video)

3 July 2018

When you will be dying, the most important thing will be to make an act of perfect contrition. This means to admit your sin and sinfulness and to call on the name of God. “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom 10:13)

In the hour of your death, your eternity will be decided. Therefore, prepare for it in interior prayer.

How does the Holy Spirit help us during this prayer?

The Apostle answers: The Spirit makes intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom 8:26)

5 parts of Celebration of Sunday Part IV (video)

 

Fourth hour

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a) Introduction – Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Jesus said: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.” (Acts 1:8) The condition for receiving the Holy Spirit is repentance: “Repentand you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you … and to all who are afar off…” (Acts 2:38-39)

It is necessary, through continual repentance, to receive the Holy Spirit again and again! It means to get out of the darkness of sin into God’s light, out of lie into the truth, out of death into life! Standing into light always involves self-denial. Every time we repent, i.e. enter God’s presence and here confess our sin and belief in the power of Jesus’ blood, the Holy Spirit comes and gives us the light and strength to know and do the will of God! “The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom 8:26) If we receive the Holy Spirit in fullness, the spirit of the world must retreat from our soul!

5 parts of Celebration of Sunday. Part V / Emmaus

 

Fifth hour

 

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a) Introduction – Emmaus

What feelings and thoughts filled the hearts of the disciples when they left Jerusalem and on the road to Emmaus were joined by Jesus, whom, however, they did not recognize? Jesus first asked them: “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him: “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” And He asked: “What things?” So they said to Him: “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death… But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.” Then the disciples told Him about the women having seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. And Jesus said to them: “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Their hearts burnt within them while He opened the Scriptures to them. Short after, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him in the breaking of bread, but He vanished from their sight.

Resurrection of Christ

 

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a)     Introduction –Resurrection of Christ (5 minutes)

In spirit we can see the stone tomb on Golgotha. During Saturday night it is guarded by the Roman soldiers. The chief priests and Pharisees said to Pilate about the dead Jesus: “While He was still alive, He said: ‘After three days I will rise!’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure.” (Mt 27:63-65)

The night is silent. What happens in the spiritual sphere? After Jesus’ death His spirit descended from the Father’s hands into the place called Sheol, or Hades (Hell). In this place He broke the rule of the angel who held in captivity the spirits of the dead. The Apostles’ Creed says: Christ “descended into Hell” (Sheol). Thereafter He ascended from the world of Sheol into this temporal world. In that moment His body too, which thus far had been lying in the tomb, was raised and changed. This changed body passed through the stone tomb because it was no longer subject to physical laws.

From Gethsemane to Golgotha (Way of the Cross)

a) 5 minutes – Introduction

Jesus is arrested: The apostle-traitor brought soldiers and temple guards with torches into Gethsemane. He came near to Jesus and gave Him a traitorous kiss. And the soldiers seized Jesus.

Jesus before Annas: They brought Him to the high priest Annas. He questioned Jesus about many things. One of the guards struck Jesus in the face.

Jesus before Caiaphas: When they had bound Him, Annas sent Jesus to the high priest Caiaphas. Caiaphas said: I put You under oath by the living God, tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus replied: You have said so.” The high priest tore his clothes and said: “He has uttered blasphemy!” The crowd began to shout: He deserves death!” Then they started to spit in Jesus’ face and strike Him on the head.

Last Supper and Gethsemane (reflection)

Last Supper

 

a) 5 minutes – Introduction

On Thursday evening Jesus celebrates the Last Supper with His apostles. The Passover is connected with the sacrificing of the lamb and with the Passover meal. This festival commemorates the passing over of Israel from the slavery of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Jesus came to deliver mankind from the slavery of sin and the devil.

At the beginning, Jesus washed the apostles’ feet. Thus He gave them the example of humility and love. Thereafter, He warns them against the spirit of betrayal, behind which is the devil.

Then Jesus speaks about love: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s brethren.”

He also speaks about the Holy Spirit: I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth.

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“For he who has died has been justified from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”

Rom 6:7-8 (21/10/2018 – 4/11/2018)