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(STATUTE Ch. 3 - Prayer Life)
3,1 THE MEANING AND THE NECESSITY OF ALL OF THE PRAYER OF THE FRIARS AND NUNS is that of imitating the praying Christ, who would relate with the Father through prayer in order to fulfill every detail of His will. Therefore all of the apostolic activity should flow from the daily prayer.
Daily prayer for every member (cf. CIC 663 § 1-4)
3,2 THE DAILY PRAYERS that every Little Friar or Little Nun must do (with the community or personally, in the respective cloisters or in the cenacle), are the following (except in the case of solitary or community retreats):
a) MORNING VIGIL in silence, if possible before the Blessed Sacrament in the respective cloisters, for about an hour.
b) THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS (Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer).
c) THE HOLY MASS.
d) THE MEDITATED HOLY ROSARY.
e) FASTING once a week (privately and with great discretion, in agreement with the Superiors and according to the needs of each person's health).
f) DAILY PRAYER for all the members leaders of the Church, for the benefit of all humanity (without neglecting enemies!).
g) At the discretion of the local Servant Superior, the brothers and sisters may sometimes do these prayers together in a suitable place (distinct from the male and female cloisters); as they may also do them together with the groups of prayer, in keeping with the following verse: “All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus” (cf. Acts 1:14).
Annual prayer during the spiritual retreats of the friars and nuns (cf. CIC 663 § 5)
3,3 The annual period of community prayer will consist of a yearly spiritual retreat, to be done - as far as possible - together with the other members of the Community present in the various dioceses of the same nation. If possible, this retreat will be divided into three parts, as follows: on a formative, doctrinal and spiritual level, in such a way as to favor communion and a greater growth between the members of the communities present in various dioceses of the same nation. The local Servant Superiors can give dispensation from participation for well-founded reasons.
Annual prayer during the gatherings with the Groups of Prayer
3,4 The annual retreats mentioned above should - if possible - be done in such a way as to conclude with a gathering of the ADP-VV Groups of Prayer. Naturally, these types of meetings and gatherings can never be launched without the agreement of the Servant General of the Community and the Bishop of the diocese in which they will be held. These events, moreover, should be communicated ahead of time to the local Bishop of each community.
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