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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."

Praying to Mary, the Mother of God Bookmark

~ Queen of Heaven and Earth ~ Our Lady Undoer of Knots ~

~Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Our Lady of Light ~

Whatever name you call her, Mary the Mother of God, is our heavenly mother. Just as your mother cares for you, so too does the Blessed Virgin Mary. She intercedes for you to her son, Jesus.

Maybe the most common traditional prayer, the Hail Mary, is the only prayer you know (or can think of) that centers around Mary. But in fact, there are numerous Marian prayers that help us to reflect on her life and the life of her Son. Two of these prayers, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary, help us to meditate using repetitive formats said on rosary beads. Another common prayer, the Memorare, may be easier to memorize over a short time:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Give Glory to God Bookmark

GLORY!

As Catholic Christians we are called to give glory to God, but, how do we do that?

Here at the parish we’ve been celebrating a ‘Year of Prayer’ by identifying different types of prayer each month.  April’s theme is ‘Glory’.  It’s easy to say ‘Glory to God’, but how can we/I do that?

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, St. Paul tells us “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

So, when do we give God glory?

…when we forgive that person who has wronged us

…when we pray for others who are going through a rough time

…when we go out of our way to visit a sick family member or friend

…when we pray for and forgive our enemies

…when we speak calmly to someone we would like to scream at

…when we notice, appreciate and thank God for a beautiful sunset, or a beautiful flower, or a  

     majestic mountain range

 …when we give something up we want/need so that someone else can have something they

     want/need

 …when we love one another

 During the month of April let’s be especially mindful of giving glory to God in all aspects of our life.    

Prayers of Supplication Bookmark

Prayers of Supplication

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6-7



What is supplication?
According to dictionary.com, supplication is “humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.” We ask God for what we want or need, especially those things that glorify God and help others.

The Parish Book of Prayer is a way to offer prayers for your loved ones or for those whom you have been asked to pray. This book is permanently located in the back of church and available to all parishioners, even our children. Perhaps writing an intention as a family each week would be a way to show our youngest parishioners that it is always okay to ask God for help!

Prayer Wall - Post a prayer on our website’s Prayer Wall by clicking the “Outreach & Pastoral Care” tab at the top of the home page or by using this link:

http://olvisitation.org/Outreach-Pastoral-Care/Prayer-Wall.

You can also pray for others’ intentions and let them know you did so by clicking on the “I prayed for you” button.

Prayers of Supplication

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6-7


What is supplication? According to dictionary.com, supplication is “humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.” We ask God for what we want or need, especially those things that glorify God and help others.

The Parish Book of Prayer is a way to offer prayers for your loved ones or for those whom you have been asked to pray. This book is permanently located in the back of church and available to all parishioners, even our children. Perhaps writing an intention as a family each week would be a way to show our youngest parishioners that it is always okay to ask God for help!

Prayer Wall - Post a prayer on our website’s Prayer Wall by clicking the “Outreach & Pastoral Care” tab at the top of the home page or by using this link:

http://olvisitation.org/Outreach-Pastoral-Care/Prayer-Wall. 

You can also pray for others’ intentions and let them know you did so by clicking on the “I prayed for you” button.

Forgiveness as Prayer Bookmark


Forgiveness as Prayer
Prodigal Son

It is not easy to entrust oneself to God's mercy, because it is an abyss beyond our comprehension. But we must! 

"Oh, I am a great sinner!" All the better!


"Go to Jesus: He likes you to tell him these things! He forgets. He has a very special capacity for forgetting. He forgets, He kisses you, He embraces you and He simply says to you: 'Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more'." 
(John 8:11). – Pope Francis
 

Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times
but seventy-seven times.” – Jesus
(Matthew 18:21-22) 

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us.
(Psalm 103:12) 

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!

We are Grateful (3) Bookmark

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