Worship and Prayer
“For me, 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.”
Prayer as God's gift
"Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God." But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or "out of the depths" of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that "we do not know how to pray as we ought," are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. "Man is a beggar before God."
Prayer as covenant
"The heart is the dwelling-place where I am, where I live; according to the Semitic or Biblical expression, the heart is the place "to which I withdraw." The heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others; only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully. The heart is the place of decision, deeper than our psychic drives. It is the place of truth, where we choose life or death. It is the place of encounter, because as image of God we live in relation: it is the place of covenant.
Christian prayer is a covenant relationship between God and man in Christ. It is the action of God and of man, springing forth from both the Holy Spirit and ourselves, wholly directed to the Father, in union with the human will of the Son of God made man."
Prayer as communion
"In the New Covenant, prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit. The grace of the Kingdom is "the union of the entire holy and royal Trinity . . . with the whole human spirit." Thus, the life of prayer is the habit of being in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion with him. This communion of life is always possible because, through Baptism, we have already been united with Christ. Prayer is Christian insofar as it is communion with Christ and extends throughout the Church, which is his Body. Its dimensions are those of Christ's love."
It is important to remember that we understand prayer through our celebration of the Sacraments and in the Liturgy of the Hours. The word liturgy comes from a Greek term meaning "public work or work done on behalf of the people."
A work, then, done by an individual or a group was a liturgy on behalf of the larger community. All the worshipers are expected to participate actively in each liturgy, for this is holy "work," not entertainment or a spectator event. Every liturgical celebration is an action of Christ the High Priest and of his Mystical Body, which is the Church. It therefore requires the participation of the People of God in the work of God.
Liturgy is centered on the Holy Trinity. At every liturgy the action of worship is directed to the Father, from whom all blessings come, through the Son in the unity of the Holy Spirit. We praise the Father who first called us to be his people by sending us his Son as our Redeemer and giving us the Holy Spirit so that we can continue to gather, to remember what God has done for us, and to share in the blessings of salvation.
Worship with us
In addition to the Holy Mass, our parish has a number of ways to grow in relationship with Christ through prayer and worship. We invite you to join us throughout the year for these unique and beautiful opportunities to grow closer to Our Lord.
The Rosary, followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet, is prayed at church on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Prayers are offered for victims of abuse, all priests and all religious, and for healing within the church.
When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.
ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Beginning in November, SSPP will no longer have 24-hour Adoration on First Friday.
Instead, we will have 12-hour Adoration on the First AND Third Fridays of each month, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the hope of making Adoration more available to families.
We are specifically looking for families willing to commit to a Holy Hour at the following times:
- First Friday:
- 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Third Friday:
- 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
- 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
- 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Our goal is to have at least two people (or families) committed to each hour so the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended.
Please let me know if you can commit to one of these time slots. You can reach me at 660-882-6468 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families are welcome to go to Adoration at any time: you do not have to be signed up in advance.
For those who are unfamiliar with Adoration, listed below are two resources:
Don’t be intimidated by it: like anything else in life, it’s something we have to practice in order to feel comfortable with it.
Please share this information with others you have contact with in the parish.
Please let me know what questions you have.
Theresa Krebs, Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
The Importance of Eucharistic Adoration
Pope Francis leads Benediction outside the Basilica of St. Mary Major at the conclusion of the Corpus Christi procession in Rome May 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy hours are the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The bishops have created a variety of holy hours that focus our prayer to Jesus Christ on peace, life, vocations, and other topics that are at the heart of the life of the Church and the world.
For more information, visit: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/eucharistic-devotion/index.cfm