The Catholic Prayerbook: From Downside Abbey

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David Foster
A&C Black, 2001 M01 15 - 288 pages
'These prayers help me to pray... All prayer is talking to God as to a friend, and it is God's closest friends who can teach me how to do that best.' Timothy Radcliffe OPThis treasury of prayers for the Third Christian Millennium offers practical spiritual guidance for an increasingly busy world.The late Cardinal Basil Hume, in his Introduction, writes that "the need for us to be people of prayer has never been more urgent. We know that unless we are deeply rooted in a sense of God's presence and able to refer all things to God, then our pilgrimage into the future will be marked more by uncertainty than by the peace which is God's gift."The book's extensive range includes favourite Catholic prayers such as the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, along with others that may be less familiar, organized under many different themes and topics. Helpful introductions and a pattern of daily prayers make this book nothing less than a course in Christian spirituality.The book is for people approaching Christian prayer for the first time, and also for those who want to begin afresh. It will be especially helpful to young people, and the parents and teachers who want to help them learn to pray in the living tradition of the Church.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Cardinal Basil Hume vii
1
BASIC PRAYERS
7
The Hail Mary
13
PRAYERS FOR EVERY
19
PRAYERS OF BLESSING
85
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
113
PRAYERS INSICKNESS AND IN DEATH
123
PRAYERS FOR THE CHRISTIAN YEAR
133
PRAYERS TO OUR LADY
147
OTHER DEVOTIONS
169
Index of Prayers
197
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Dom David Foster is a Benedictine monk of Downside Abbey and Chaplain of Downside School.

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