Blessing Of A Cross (Or Crucifix)

Heavenly Father,
you sent your Son to us because you love us,
and want to save us.
By the power of his cross,
free us from sin
and let us live each day for you.

Bless + this sign of glory,
and let it remind us
that Jesus died and rose for all.
Help us to carry our cross with him every day,
and to follow him in serving others.

We ask this grace
through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism