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It is is more important to pray privately than to the celebrate the Eucharist - Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing you have thought about more than one point of view.

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RE COURSEWORK Question 6: "Its is more important to pray privately than to the celebrate the Eucharist." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing you have thought about more than one point of view. Prayer is an important way of communicating with God. It is a way of thanking him for what he has done and what he is doing. It is also a way of asking for help. It is crucial to pray when you are a Christian, whether you are alone or as a group. When praying privately it is more intimate than going to mass, you can concentrate your mind better and ask for Gods forgiveness and needs more easily on a one to one basis. ...read more.

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However, the Eucharist is the highest form of prayer with other people. Making the effort to go to mass shows you are willing to pray. It helps you keep a steady rota of your prayer, otherwise you might not prayer as much and it would become limited. Failing to attend mass may lead to a lack of motivation to pray and you may forget how to pray properly. When we go to mass we re-enact the last supper, this is not possible at home, so we cannot remember what Christ did for us and we cannot share in his body. In mass is not just one type of prayer that you take part in, you pray for thanksgiving, forgiveness and praise, you are praying as a community with other people, making sure your thoughts are heard. ...read more.

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I think going to mass is much more important because you can actually receive Christ and feel more close to him because you are in his home. Praying as a unit gives your prayer more body and make you feel there is more chance it can be heard. Besides there are times in the mass when you have a chance to pray on your own, of course you may be distracted but it is up to you not to let it bother you and concentrate on what you are doing. If you concentrate then other people will not affect you. However, I do not think there is anything wrong in praying privately and it should be done when required. ?? ?? ?? ?? Caroline Blundell ...read more.

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