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Praying Like the Early Church

  • By James L.Papandrea, MDiv, PhD
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There are many misconceptions about prayer, ranging from what it is to how and why we pray. Dr.
James Papandrea breaks open the wisdom of early Christians to transform and enrich your spiritual life
and help you develop a daily rhythm for fruitful conversation with God. Here is the spiritual game plan
you need to assist you in opening your heart to the Father's invitation, receiving His love, living
virtuously in practical ways, and entering into deeper communion with Him.

Through the lives of early Church Fathers and Mothers, Dr. Papandrea emphasizes the centrality of
the Mass and the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist in our lives of prayer, providing methods
to help you benefit more at Mass and in daily life, and ways to grow in gratitude and devotion. You will
learn how the sacraments were practiced in the early Church and their power in flooding us with God's
graces today. Additionally, you will see why communal worship is vital and the role of pilgrimage in
Christian life.

In these life-changing pages, you will find:

  • Why the Eucharist was the most important prayer from the Church's inception
  • How Our Lady shows us what prayer really is and ways we can imitate her
  • Three meta-virtues in prayer and five characteristics of righteousness
  • How to pray without ceasing and develop "prayer attitudes"
  • Three tips on surrendering yourself to God's will
  • Three things that block God's grace (Brace yourself!)
Dr. Papandrea also reveals the biblical roots of making the Sign of the Cross and what the early
Christians taught about the layers of meaning in the Our Father. Moreover, he documents what early
Christians believed regarding reading the Bible, praying for the dead, the role of the saints, repetition in
prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Included at the end of each chapter are sections on how to pray like an early Christian and resources
on how "to go deeper." An invaluable prayer plan, prayers from early Christians, and other helpful
resources are also featured.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781644138168
    • Manufacturer: Sophia Inst Pr
    • ISBN 13: 9781644138168
    • Publication Date: 05/21/2024
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: James L.Papandrea, MDiv, PhD

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