Prayer

Prayer

Prayer is communion with God. Prayer can be public or personal, spoken or silent. The psalms are prayers we sing; they have been a part of the Church’s communal prayer since the earliest days of the Church. Prayer is communication with a God who loves us and desires to be in relationship with us.

Jesus teaches us about the importance of prayer. The Gospels record seventeen times that Jesus took time apart to pray. In the Scriptures, Jesus prays often, morning and night. He prays during critical events in his life and he prays before ministering to people in need. Jesus is a model of prayer for us.

Prayer is essential to living a full, Catholic life. The central communal form of prayer for the Church is the Mass. Some of the Church’s most traditional and foundational prayers are as follows:

Grace before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your goodness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to the Father

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women; and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, the children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this land of exile. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; lead us home at last and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus: O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

There are also contemporary ways to pray. Talking with God each day, no matter the form or words used, nourishes our relationship and helps it to grow.

  1. Silent prayer or meditation helps us center our thoughts on God’s goodness and offers renewal in a noisy, hectic world.
  2. Lectio Divina is a way of praying with the sacred Scriptures. Find a Scripture passage that speaks to you. Read it out loud and then reflect upon it silently for several minutes. Read it again. Notice any words or phrases that stick with you. Ask God what you are to learn from this passage. Listen.
  3. Keep a prayer journal with all of your wants, needs, thoughts and reflections related to your prayer life.

Here are some ideas for including prayer in your daily life:  

Daily prayer online @ Sacred Space here or @Caritas Virtual house of prayer here

Learn more about different types of devotional prayer here or here or here

 

 

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Eucharistic Adoration

Click here to learn more about praying with Jesus in Adoration.

 

 

 

 

The Rosary!

Learn more about how to pray the Rosary this month. You can read more information at the US Bishops website here.  

A good instruction sheet that you can print out for future reference is located here.

A good explanation of why we pray the rosary, and what some of our beloved saints have said about this prayer form is located here

 

Scripture

Catholics believe that the Bible is God’s self-revelation written in an inspired and inerrant way. Read More

Saints

The saints are exemplars of how to follow Christ; they teach us how to live faithful and holy lives. Read More

Mary

Mary is the greatest among the saints. At the Annunciation, Mary said “yes” to God and became the Mother of Jesus, the eternal Son of God incarnate. Read More

Returning Catholics

If you are returning to active practice of the faith, and have questions or want to learn more about prayer, check out the resources here

Prayer Needs

Parish intercessors!  Pray this prayer to help our parish becoming an amazing parish of intentional disciples!

 

Can our parish community pray for you, a loved one,  or a need in your life? Here are some of our current prayer requests.  We invite you to pray for these requests, as well as submit your own by email.  

  • The repose of the souls of Fr. Bill Crowley, Sr.; Fr. Matthew Pu; Bernice Wessels; Lissa Hummel; Don Mick, Betty Monagle, Bernadette Bonaminio, Andrew Surmelis, Keith Stein, Charles Nate, Gerry Syms, William Bridenbaugh, Nick Beristain. 
  • For those battling cancer, including Karan, Deacon Chuck, and little Jordan who has leukemia. For Angie and her family. 
  • For those who are very sick or dying, and including all who have been anointed by our priests in the last month.
  • For those having surgery and recovering.
  • For those with health problems or who are hospitalized.
  • For those who are pregnant, that they might deliver healthy babies.
  • For all those who seek to parent more children, that they might have happy, healthy families.
  • For our parish, as we continue to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that we might be able to touch the hearts of all who hear our story
  • For the conversion of all souls, especially those most in need of conversion to the heart of Jesus, including those who do not believe, those who terrorize others, for ISIS, and those who are lost and alone.
  • For those who have asked for our prayers.
  • For all unborn children, that they might be loved and cared for until and after birth, and for those children who left us too soon.
  • For all teens, that they might grow in their faith and be led by the Holy Spirit to their Christian vocation.
  • For all (indivudals and families affected) struggling with the pain of addiction and recovery, including M., B., L., Wendy & Albert
  • For the sanctity and stability of all marriages, especially those in need of rehabilitation, especially Wendy & Albert. 
  • For those suffering the pain of divorce.
  • For our children and youth faith formation efforts, that all children and youth in our parish and school remain safe and content, and that all students continue to grow in their faith.  
  • For the financial needs of the parish. 
  • For all those participating in RCIA, that they might find comfort in their faith journey.
  • For the success of all adult formation efforts, that all might be moved to deeper conversion.
  • For those seeking suitable employment that they might be comforted in their economic distress, and consoled through the work that becomes available, including Pamela for a return to a job she loves, and for Rob.
  • For our Bishop Peter Christensen,  may he always feel loved by the people of Idaho, and lead us to new beginnings and help us to hear the Gospel message.
  • For the parishes identified each week in our prayers during our parish prayer project.  

 

 

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