Strand: Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments (PLSL9-10E1)

Levels 9 and 10

Prayer, understood as a conversation with God, is central to the life and mission of the Church, signified by its liturgical practices.

Identify and analyse prayers contained in liturgy of the Church, Eucharistic and nonEucharistic, that could be understood as an expression of the relational presence of God.


For the person of faith, prayer is communication with God and an awareness of the Creator’s powerful and loving presence. (Ekstrom, 1995, The New Concise Catholic Dictionary, p.206) Prayer is a human response to God’s initiative in relationship. It is communication with God and expresses relationship with God, through talking and listening to God.

There are many forms of prayer. When people pray alone, it is personal prayer. When prayer is prayed with others it is communal. Liturgy is communal prayer. The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of formal and informal prayers, of personal and communal prayer. All Church liturgies, and especially the Mass, are formal prayers.

Scripture is a rich source of prayer. Prayerful reading of the Scriptures leads to discovery and knowledge of the self more deeply and to the development of the relationship with God.

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