31 Days of Prayer – Our Father

Toward the beginning of this challenge, I put a spotlight on the Hail Mary. Today, I want to highlight one of the most important prayers we can pray: the Our Father.

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Of course, what makes the Our Father so unique and powerful is that it is the prayer given to us by Jesus Himself.

Every word of the Our Father is so rich and full of meaning. The very first words, Our Father, is amazing. It was particularly amazing in Jesus’ time.

I hope you will take some time to slowly and carefully pray this prayer that you probably have been taught as a child. Meditate on the words and let them sink in. Let them fill you. Let them challenge you. Let them change you.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.”

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31 Days of Prayer – Hail Mary

Piggybacking off of yesterday’s post, I want to encourage you to say the Hail Mary slowly and reflectively.

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Cradle-Catholics are taught the Hail Mary at a young age and it is one of those prayers that are recited mindlessly. Yet, it is one of the most powerful prayers we can pray! Popes, saints, and others have written endless pages about the efficacy and power of the Hail Mary. There are even promises attached to praying the rosary.

The rosary is also scriptural. The first part (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee) comes from the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she is the bear Jesus, the Lord. The second part (Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus) comes from the Visitation when Mary went to her cousin, Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist.

The last part of the rosary (Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death) is our petition to Mary and asking for her intercession for our needs now and when we die.

Let us, today and every day, pray the rosary with attention and focus:

Hail Mary, full of the grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.”

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What is All Souls Day?

What is All Souls Day?

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November 2 is the day the Church sets aside for All Souls Day but what does this mean? Basically, it is the commemoration of all the faithful departed who may be detained in purgatory. Of course, it is a good and holy thing to pray for the souls in Purgatory every day, especially Mondays, which is traditionally devoted to praying for those souls. Still, just like with All Saints, the Church gives us this particular day to remind us the importantance of praying for these holy souls who are saved but must complete their purification before entering heaven.

Although today is not a holy day of obligation, going to mass for All Souls Day is the most efficacious way to pray for them. Another beautiful way to pray for them is the Chaplet for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. In addition, the Pieta Prayer Book suggests praying 5 Apostle Creeds, 1 Hail Holy Queen, 1 Our Father, 1 Requiem and the Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great.

In case you don’t know the Requiem and Prayer of St. Gertrude, here they are:

The Requiem

“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.”

Prayer of Saint Gertrude

“Ethernal Father, I offer thee the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.”

That one is the version I was taught. Now, there is a second version that many people use:

“Eternal Father, I offer thee the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”

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