Catholic Communities of Prayer is simply responding to the prayer movement that has been called forth by Cardinal Hummes and the Congregation of Clergy. The Holy Spirit is moving in the Catholic Church, and is calling Her to enter into the 24/7 night and day prayer movement. The Lord is awakening the hearts of thousands of men and women young and old to give of themselves to night and day prayer. The Church has responded to this call in the past, and now it is time for us to respond wholeheartedly again to the Lord’s desire. CCOP is here to help the Church move and respond to this call.
The History of 24/7 Night and Day Prayer:
The 24/7 night and day prayer movement that the Congregation of Clergy is calling forth today, is nothing new to the Church. Throughout Church history, there have been significant prayer movements in which men and women turned to God in 24/7 night and day prayer and praise and worship. Three examples of perpetual corporate prayer in Church History are listed below.
King David in the Old Testament:
The most vivid example of 24/7 night and day corporate prayer in the Old Testament is when King David appointed 288 prophetic singers and 4,000 musicians to minister before the Lord night and day.
The same type of worship was embraced and reinstituted by seven subsequent leaders in Israel: Solomon, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezra, and Nehemiah.
The Apostles in the New Testament:
In the New Testament, God’s desire for unending corporate prayer is also clearly shown in the following four examples:
The Catholic Church and The Sleepless Ones:
The first example of 24/7 night and day corporate prayer after the time of the apostles was around 400 AD when Alexander Akimites and the Sleepless Ones, also known as the Acoematae, established Laus Perennis in Asia Minor. Alexander and his 300 Basilian monks devoted themselves to prayer and praise without intermission, night and day. With his monks he found the “great monastery” of Gomon near present day Istanbul, Turkey where perpetual praise went uninterrupted for hundreds of years.
The Prayer Movement: is a term used to describe the current stirring of the Holy Spirit that is gathering and calling the Church to the place of 24/7 night and day prayer.
King David appointed 288 prophetic singers and 4,000 musicians to minister before the Lord night and day.
“Four thousand shall offer praises to the Lord with the instruments which I have made for praise." - I Chron 9:33
After the Ascension of Jesus, the apostles, “returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.” - Luke 24:52-53
Alexander and his 300 Basilian monks devoted themselves to prayer and praise without intermission, night and day.
“The feature that distinguished the Acoemetae from the other Basilian monks was the uninterrupted service of God."