Prayer - Gestures and Tools


One of the characteristics of the Movement is the special care to gestures of personal and communal prayer. To this end, from the earliest years, a Book of Hours was published, with ecclesiastical imprimatur, reproducing parts of the Breviary prayed by the universal Church. Particular attention has always been paid to the liturgical chant, with the teaching of hymns and canticles of the Tradition; this has led to the “invention” of a sort of Liturgy of the Easter Triduum.

Participation in the sacraments, the daily recitation of the Angelus, and the repetition of ejaculatory prayers (for example, “Veni Sancte Spiritus, Veni per Mariam”), tend to lead to a familiarity with the truest and simplest meaning of prayer. Prayer is conceived as an expression of dependence on the Mystery, waiting for Christ, and is experienced in daily life as “offer.” “The culmination of the offer of humanity to God,” said Father Giussani, “is the Eucharist.”

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