Are Christian Prayers different from Catholic Prayers?
All the faithful who believe in Christ and follow the teachings of Christ are called Christians.
The reason I had a seperate heading for Christian Prayers, is because the Catholics as well as the non-Catholic Christians could benefit from this page. Click here to read about some of the differences between non-Catholic Christians and Catholic-Christians.
(This page is in progress and more prayer will be listed, as we continue to build family prayer website.)
Christian Prayers are general prayers for every person who believes in Christ.
What are some of the differences between the Catholic-Christian church and the non-Catholic Christian Churches?
According to the Bible in the Gospel of Mathew – Chapter 16:17-19 Jesus spoke to Peter saying;
... And I tell you, “You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
Christ said "I will build my Church", not 'one of my Churches'.
It is sad that many of our separated brothers and sisters do not realise that they attend churches which are created by individual human beings. Not the church that was created by Christ.
Christ gave the authority to Peter when he said, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven". The Catholic-Christians follow the teachings of the church that was created by Christ - the church that was built on Peter and followed by the succeeding Popes.
Therefore, the main difference between Catholic-Christians and the non-Catholic Christians is the Magisterium of the church. Our seperated Christian brothers and sisters do not follow the Magisterium or teaching authority of the church built on Peter.
Another difference is that the Catholic Church is Universal. 'Catholic' means 'Universal'. Therefore, you can attend a Catholic church service any where in the world and the celebrations will be same, accept for language and small cultural differences.
The mass will be the same and the sacraments are the same. In addition, the teachings of the church on moral values will be the same. The reason being, that it is ONE church built by Christ.
On the other hand, the non-Catholic Christians follow the teachings of their individual pastors or founders. The teachings on moral issues can vary from one church to another.
Another big difference between the Catholic church and the non-Catholic churches is the Eucharist. Read more about the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.
Catholics lovingly honour the Mother of our Lord, where as non- Catholics sadly ignore her. Read more about Mary the Mother of Jesus.
Catholics follow the lives and teachings of the saints - those wonderful men and women who transformed their lives to be like Jesus or 'Christ-like'. Two of the initial saints the church honour are Peter and Paul. Read about the Life of Saints.
It is the prayer of the church that all Christians be united to the one Church.
I have personally lost one of my own family members to another church. This has broken my heart. But I believe that God has allowed this for a reason and trust that through the grace of God he will return back with his whole family and embrace the Catholic faith, its sacraments and teachings.
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