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Prayer Life

Our Lady of the Visitation Parish is actively working in the world to inspire and encourage prayer in our daily lives. What better way to start this communion with our God than to express our gratefulness for all that we have. See what some of our parishioners are grateful for."

Contemplative Prayer Bookmark

 

Contemplative Prayer

 

Silence is God’s first language.” - St. John of the Cross

Contemplative prayer is prayer that is centered entirely on the presence of God." – Thomas Merton

When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” – Jesus (Matthew 6:6-8)


Practice Contemplative Prayer

- Set a timer for 10 minutes…perhaps using your phone. Make sure the alarm is soft!

- Say this line from Psalm 46 to calm your mind:

“Be still and know that I am God.”

“Be still and know that I am.”

“Be still and know.”

“Be still.”

“Be.”

- Close your eyes…and let go of any thoughts. When thoughts return…simply let them go again and settle into the silence.

Singing as Prayer Bookmark

 

 

We are not all professional singers on television with singing contracts. Fortunately when the Psalm says, "Make a joyful noise to the Lord," the inspired word here is, "Joyful." When God hears voices lifted in prayer and song, what is heard is praise, reverence and thanksgiving. So go ahead and belt it out. Make your joyful noise!

 

Bible Verses on Singing for the Lord

Psalm 98:4-6
Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth;
break into song; sing praise.
Sing praise to the LORD with the lyre,
with the lyre and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
shout with joy to the King, the LORD.

Psalm 150:3-6
Give praise with blasts upon the horn,
praise him with harp and lyre.
Give praise with tambourines and dance,
praise him with strings and pipes.
Give praise with crashing cymbals,
praise him with sounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
give praise to the LORD!

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We are Grateful (1) Bookmark

In our prayers, we can tell God we are grateful...

 

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