Prayer

Praise & Worship

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.                                 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws (Psalm 119:164)

Liturgy of the Hours

Truly the specific manifestation of public prayer of the Church for all the people of God –        Bishops, priests, deacons, religious and the laity. (Acts 10:3, 9; 16:25)

“At midnight I will rise and thank you”…

  • Matins (during the night, at midnight with some); also called Vigils or Nocturns or, in monastic usage, the Night Office
  • Lauds or Dawn Prayer (at Dawn, or 3 a.m.)

“In the morning I offer you my prayer”…

  • Prime or Early Morning Prayer (First Hour = approx 6 a.m.)
  • Daytime Prayer, which can be one or all of:
    • Terce or Mid-Morning Prayer (Third Hour = approx 9 a.m.)
    • Sext or Midday Prayer (Sixth Hour = approximately 12 noon)
    • None or Mid-Afternoon Prayer (Ninth Hour = approx 3 p.m.)

 “Evening, morning and at noon I will cry and lament”…

  • Vespers or Evening Prayer – Major Hour (“at lighting of the lamps”, approx at 6 p.m.)
  • Compline or Night Prayer (before retiring, approx at 9 p.m.)

Rosary –  Our Lady of All Nations Prayer

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all Nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war.  May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Virgin Mary, be our Advocate! Amen.

The rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of faith. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel Gabriel’s words announcing Christ’s birth, the second part is Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary – St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary.  The third part of the Hail Mary is the Church’s invocation and petition to the Most holy Mother of God to reconcile God to us sinners. The mysteries of the Rosary focus on events of Christ’s life.

A Plenary Indulgence…
may be gained (under the usual conditions) when the Rosary is prayed in Church, in a family group or in a religious community. Also:

  • Five (5) decades of the Rosary must be prayed continuously.
  • The prayers of the Rosary must be prayed vocally and one must meditate upon the Mysteries of the Rosary.
  • If the recitation of the Rosary is public, the Mysteries of the Rosary must be announced.

A Partial Indulgence…
One may gain a partial indulgence for the Rosary’s recitation in whole or in part in other circumstances.

A Plenary Indulgence… 
can be gained only once a day (except by those who are in danger of death.)

* to gain a plenary indulgence one must perform the indulgenced act. Three other conditions must be fulfilled:

  1. A sacramental confession *
  2. Eucharistic Communion
  3. Prayers for the Pope’s intentions

* Sacramental confession is when a faithful person obtains absolution for the sins committed against God and neighbour and are reconciled with the community of the Church and absolved from mortal sin. 

  In addition, one must be free of all attachments to sin, even venial sin. If this complete integrity is not present or if the above conditions are not fulfilled the indulgence is only partial. Both a plenary and partial indulgence may be applied to the dead.

How to Pray the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries is recited on Mondays and Saturdays

The Luminous Mystery recited on Thursdays

Joyful and Luminous Mysteries Fruits

The Sorrowful Mysteries is recited on Tuesdays and Fridays

The Glorious Mystery is recited on Sundays and Wednesdays

Sorrowful Glorious Mysteries and Fruits

Completing each mystery with Glory be to the Father, to the Son and the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is and ever shall be, world without end.

Fatima Invocation: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and thanksgiving be every moment thine.

after all 5 decades are said
Hail, Holy Queen! 
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
 
then…
Let us pray, O God by whose-only begotten Son, by His life death and resurrection has purchased for us reward of eternal life.  Grant that we beseech you, that by meditating on this Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise.  Through the same Christ Our Lord,  Amen

It is requested that in the month of October, conclude with the prayer to St. Joseph preceeding the Sign of the Cross:

To thee, O Blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our tribulations, and while imploring the aid of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that love which united thee to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and by the fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Infant Jesus, we humbly beseech thee graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased with His Blood and to help us in our necessities, by thy powerful intercession.
Protect, I most provident Guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen children of Jesus Christ; ward off from us, O most loving Father, all taint of error and corruption; graciously assist us from Heaven, O most power protector, in our struggle with the powers of darkness; and as thou didst once rescue the Child Jesus from imminent peril to His life, so now defend the Holy Church of God from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
Shield each one of us with thy unceasing patronage that, imitating thy example and sported by thy aid, we may be enabled to live a good life, die a holy death, and secure everlasting happiness in Heaven.     Amen.

+ In the name of the Father, in the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Angelus Prayer

Although the Angelus has been traditionally said three times daily, at 6 am, noon and 6 pm,        you can pray it at anytime!

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with Thee;
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death. Amen

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done to me according to thy word.

Hail Mary. . .

V. And the Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary. . .

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Lectio Divina

Reading Divine.  Scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. Scripture as texts as the Living Word.

February 26, 2017

Gospel Mk 6:24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

  1. Identify word or short phrase in this reading
  2. Insight
  3. What challenge is presented to us in this passage?  What action are we being called to or how can we apply this to our live?