“Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
(St. ThéRèse of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.)
THE HOLY ROSARY
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Why pray the rosary? One reason the Blessed Mother asked us to pray the rosary might be because it can benefit anyone at any stage of the spiritual life from beginners to advanced. The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” teaches about various types of prayer including vocal prayer, meditation and contemplation. The rosary is a vocal prayer, a meditation and can lead to contemplation as Pope John Paul II mentioned in his encyclical Rosary of the Virgin Mary.
If you are a beginner please click on the picture to find out how to pray the rosary:
If you want to pray the rosary traveling to work, taking a walk in the park or just want to have a company to pray – please download one of the rosary applications on your phone or tablet. Just click on the picture below to find more information.
54 days Novena to the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii – The powerful Novena consists of 15 decades (Joyful, Sorroful and Glorious Mysteries, but you can aslo pray a Luminous) of the Rosary each day for twenty-seven days in petition; then immediately 15 decades each day for twenty-seven days in thanksgiving. Choose one private intention (grace) for the whole novena.
Novena of petition praying at the end of each 27 days: “And to whom else might I turn, if not to You, who are the Solace of the wretched, the Comfort of the forsaken, the Consolation of the afflicted? I confess it to You, my soul is miserable: weighed down by enormous faults, deserving to burn in hell, unworthy of receiving graces! But are You not the Hope of those who despair, the Mother of Jesus, the only Mediator between God and humanity, our powerful Advocate before the throne of the Almighty, the Refuge of sinners? Now then, if You only say a word on my behalf to your Son, He will hear You. Therefore, ask Him, O Mother, for this grace which I greatly need (Here express the grace you desire). You alone can obtain it for me: You who are my only hope, my consolation, my sweetness, my whole life. So I hope. Amen.”
Novena of thanksgiving praying at the end of each 27 days: “Thanks I give to God and thanks to You, O divine Mother, for the new favours that, through your compassion and mercy, have been granted to me. What would have become of me, had you ignored my groans and my tears? May the Angels of Paradise and the choirs of Apostles, Martyrs, Virgins and Confessors give thanks to You on my behalf. May the souls of so many sinners saved by You, who now enjoy in Heaven the vision of your immortal beauty, thank You on my behalf. I wish all creatures to join me in loving You, and the whole world to repeat the echo of my thanks. What will I render back to You, O Queen, rich in mercy and magnificence? The rest of my life I dedicate to You, and to propagate your cult everywhere, O Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii, through whose invocation the grace of the Lord has visited me. I will promote the devotion of your Rosary; I will tell everyone about the mercy You have obtained for me; I will always proclaim how good You have been towards me, so that unworthy people, like me, and sinners may also turn to You with confidence. Amen”
Please click on the picture below to hear all four Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
A PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER
Grant, O Lord, that my own heart may be
touched, as yours is, at the passing of
all souls into eternal life.
In great confidence, I pray for all my
friends and loved ones who are no
longer here on this journey of faith.
When I am sad at the death of those
who were close to me, may my sadness
be firmly supported by my faith that life
is merely changed not ended, that those
I love are still with me though unseen.
May You, Lord Jesus Christ, welcome
me and all those for whom I pray, into
eternal life at the moment pleasing
Saint Therese, intercede for me.
Saint Therese, strengthen my faith.
Week 1, Hope
Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.
Week 2, Peace
Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.
Week 3, Joy
Dear Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas. Amen.
Week 4, Love
Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you, Jesus. Amen.
Advent Prayer for Families
Heavenly Father, your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us, a great sign of your love. Guide us as we strive to walk in that love together as a family this Advent. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, bring us closer to each other and to your son. Give us the grace and strength we need every day. Help us to always trust in you. Come, Lord Jesus, lead all people closer to you. Come and dispel the darkness of our world with the light of your love. Amen.
Blessing the Advent Wreath with Children
Dear Jesus, as we light the candle(s) on this Advent wreath, may the light of your presence bring joy to our hearts. Bless our family and our friends, and be with all those who are in need this holiday season. Amen.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Way of the Cross, also known as the Stations of the Cross, are a way to pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifice for us. It is divided into fourteen stations from the time He was condemned to his burial. This devotion has been long encouraged by the church, and is especially useful during Lent and Good Friday.
The devotion, highly recommended by the Church, was developed during the Crusades when the knights and pilgrims began to follow the route of Christ’s way to Calvary. This devotion spread throughout Europe and was promulgated by the Franciscan friars in the 14th and 15th centuries. Eventually, the Stations of the Cross became an important catechetical tool, and the popularity of this devotion inspired some of the greatest examples of medieval Christian art. Some scholars believe that medieval miracle plays, which were essentially tableaux of Christ’s life, developed from the sculptured representations of the Stations of the Cross in the great Churches. These scenes from the Way of the Cross have provided inspiration for many of the world’s greatest works of visual art.
During Lent or Holy Week most parishes have a service of Stations at least once.
The Fourteen Stations
First Station – Jesus is condemned to Death
Second Station – Jesus is made to bear His Cross
Third Station – Jesus falls the first time under His Cross
Fourth Station – Jesus meets His Mother
Fifth Station – Simon the Cyrene helps Jesus carry His Cross
Sixth Station – Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Seventh Station – Jesus falls the second time
Eighth Station – Jesus speaks to the daughters of Jerusalem
Ninth Station – Jesus falls the third time
Tenth Station – Jesus is stripped of His garments
Eleventh Station – Jesus is nailed to the Cross
Twelfth Station – Jesus dies on the Cross
Thirteenth Station – Jesus is taken down from the Cross
Fourteenth Station – Jesus is buried in the tomb
After announcing each station, genuflect and say:
Guide: We adore you O Christ and we praise you,
All: Because by you holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Then say the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory be to the Father.
After the final station, this prayer, adapted from one composed by Saint Alphonsus, might be said:
“O Jesus Christ, my Lord, with what great love you traveled the painful road which led to your death — and how often have I abandoned you. But now I love you with my whole soul, and because I love you, I am sincerely sorry for having offended you. My Jesus, pardon me, and permit me to accompany you on this journey. You died for love of me, and it is my wish, O my dearest Redeemer, to be willing to die for love of you. O my beloved Jesus, in your love I wish to live, and in your love I wish to die. Amen.”