You can use the paper-based version of the EucharistiAPP app designed for smartphone to enrich your individual and community prayer. Card sets with a golden background are prepared for three age groups: 7-12, 12-16 and 16+. The Scripture passages recommended for prayer are included on a separate collection of cards. EucharistiAPP onpaper is a creative and contemplative prayer, in which God invites you to become a conscious companion as you get to know him and create with the Eternal Word. For this prayer, you will need a Bible, paper and coloring drawing tools. We recommend that the prayer is started by greeting God (for example, by making the Sign of the Cross). Then, follow the instructions on the golden cards. To capture the creative process, we encourage you to take pictures while drawing at the designated times. For a more fruitful and effective prayer, when opportune, we encourage you to compare the findings of your prayer to that of the teachings of the Church through her endowed gifts of Sacred Scripture and Tradition.
The EucharistiAPP name refers to the Eucharistic dimension of creating and prayer. They can only become a life-giving force and source of our happiness in full, when we are present in them in a Eucharistic way: in full devotion, by making ourselves totally available, completely fitting in the Heavenly Father’s plan.
Jesus calls us to live in a Eucharistic way (cf. “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” Jn 6:56). That is why our application can be used as one of those “aids” (e.g. Scripture, rosary, writing of Saints, spiritual writings, etc.) through which we can explore the richness of the Eucharistic Life even more on a greater level.
The word and the picture together create the fullness of the contemplative process. The process of making a spiritual path visible, “incarnate”, has been already prepared. Everybody can create an image in their own simple way. Only a few people have the chance to express their spiritual experiences through the media by directing their own movie. However, through this program, in a simple and understandable way, everyone can be creative even if they did not have the best grade in art class. Also, the drawings are not just creations but they are reflections of the soul. It is a message for each individual. People can see with their eyes what they have created from their hearts during the spiritual process and they are able to take this experience to another level. This is a path of healing which leads to wholeness, that is to say, to Jesus.
The creative contemplation was about the transfiguration (Lk 9:28-36). The drawing started considering the words: “led them up a high mountain by themselves”
With the consent from the authors, we introduce the works of art created during the testing process conducted in March of 2020.
Tools used for drawing: paper, color pencils.
If the prayer is conducted in a group or during catechism time, we recommend that the prayer leader introduce the time frame and flow of the prayer (e.g. “It will be 45 minutes long, I will let you know when to draw, when to take notes,” etc.). The prayer leader would then begin the prayer time by making the Sign of the Cross or with a short spontaneous prayer or intention, followed by showing the cards with instructions. Special attention should be paid to the timing (if longer time is needed for the drawing and picture taking sections). Possible modes of displaying cards are: online sharing (in this case as separate images), projection, large printouts.
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At the end of prayer, the leader may encourage those who partook of the prayer to review the journey they just experienced by individually reading their personal notes, and if possible, by sharing their drawings with the group. We suggest closing the prayer with words of gratitude towards God. The leaders are advised to compare the fruits of prayer with that of the Good News of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church, to personally point out differences and similarities; thus, guiding those entrusted to them to a fuller knowledge of God.
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