No Time for Prayer?

No Time for Prayer?

So finding time in your day for long stretches of prayer and reading aren’t possible?  Join the club!  But that doesn’t mean that our prayer life should fall by the wayside.  In fact, when we are busiest is when we should try even harder to connect with God.

Now, we can certainly talk to our Lord at any point in our day, and I hope that we all do, but I thought that I would share some time-managed praying to fit into your day – maybe while you are sitting in the pickup line or hanging out at soccer practice!

If you have 15 seconds in your day….

Pray an Our Father or Hail Mary.  This can refocus your intentions for your activities.

If you have 1 minute….

Grab that Bible, open it to a random verse and see how God can touch you with just a few words.

If you have 2 minutes….

Pray the Angelus.  An old Catholic prayer traditionally prayed around noontime to reintention the day, it implores Mary’s intercession to her son!  If you aren’t familiar with the Angelus, I have it at the bottom of this article.

If you have 4 minutes….

Pray a decade of the rosary.  Think of 10 people that need your prayers and give a Hail Mary to each of them.

If you have 10 minutes…

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Traditionally prayed at the hour of 3:00 when Christ died for our sins, it uses rosary beads and asks for God’s mercy on us and on the whole world.

If you have 15 minutes….praying

Sit and read a quick chapter of an inspirational book.

If you have 20 minutes…

Pray the rosary.  Even the car is a great place to pray this one – on your way to errands or work!

If you have 30 minutes….

Stop by the Adoration chapel and sit in the silence with our Lord and Savior.

If you have 1 hour….

Go to mass!  What a beautiful addition to our day!

 

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:  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.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary . . .

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, 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.

 

How to Recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross

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

  1. Optional Opening Prayers

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. (Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

  1. Our Father

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.

  1. Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of 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.

  1. The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

  1. The Eternal Father

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

  1. On the Ten Small Beads of Each Decade

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

  1. Repeat for the remaining decades

Saying the “Eternal Father” (6) on the “Our Father” bead and then 10 “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” (7) on the following “Hail Mary” beads.

  1. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

  1. Optional Closing Prayer

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

 

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