Liturgy of the Hours – Divine Office
The Divine Office also known as Christian Prayer and Liturgy of the Hours is a set of prayers (psalms, hymns, readings and other prayers) to be prayed during different hours daily. It is truly the prayer of the Church for all the people of God – bishops, priests, deacons, religious and the laity.
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Intercessory Healing Prayer
Intercessory prayer is praying for other people. The Lord instructed us to pray not only for our own personal needs but to reach out and pray for or intercede for others as well. We find an example of this 1 Timothy 2:1-6 and in James 5:13-20 13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.17Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
We are told to pray when suffering and to make intercession for all men:
The Greek noun, “enteuxus” in the Bible is the word for “intercession.” It primarily denotes a “meeting with,” a conversation or petition rendered on the behalf of others. “Intercessory prayer,” then, is seeking the presence and audience of God in another’s stead. When we pray for the needs of others that is called “intercession” or we are said to be “interceding” for them.
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Latin for “Divine Reading” is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word. St. Benedict put this into monastic practice in the 6th century. Scriptural reflection originates back to the 3rd Century. In the 16th Century this practice was taught by Carmelite, St. John of the Cross. In the early 20th century we witnessed a revival of the practice.
Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps. First a passage of Scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.