Prayers of Praise 

Fr. Lucas Rossi, pastor at St. Michael Catholic Church, observed that "prayer is not about thinking a lot, but loving a lot."  And one of the best ways to show our love for God is to praise Him.

Prayer is an opportunity to praise, bless and 
adore God, not only for what he has done, but 
simply for who HE IS.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it this way (#2626-2628): 

"Blessing expresses the basic movement of Christian prayer: it is an encounter between God and man. In blessing, God's gift and man's acceptance of it are united in dialogue with each other. The prayer of blessing is man's response to God's gifts: because God blesses, the human heart can in return bless  the One who is the source of every blessing.

Two fundamental forms express this movement: our prayer ascends in the Holy Spirit through Christ to the Father - we bless him for having blessed us;   it implores the grace of the Holy Spirit that descends through Christ from the Father - he blesses us.

Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us   and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory,"   respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God.    Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications."



              The Virgin Mary's Praise to God 
                             (Luke 1:47-55) 

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.



           Hannah's Prayer of Praise to God 
                          (I. Samuel 2:1-10) 

“My heart exults in the Lord;  my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.

“There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and on them he has set the world.

“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”