Devotions

There is no growth in the spiritual life without prayer. The highest form of prayer is, of course, the Mass, but the Church also offers many other ways of praying. Listed below are just a few of them. Other devotions will be added over time. I’ve tried to arrange these in a practical way that reflects the way one might use them: morning prayer, prayers during the day, and for the evening. God bless you and thank you for visiting my little corner of the web.

Morning (or Daily) Offering: A good (and traditional) way to begin the day is by praying the Morning Offering. This way we unite ourselves and our sufferings to Christ’s Redemptive Suffering. What difference does it make? All the difference in the world.

Morning Prayer: Benedictus, Canticle of Zechariah at the birth of St. John the Baptist. Part of Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office).

The Angelus: Composed largely of Scripture verses from the New Testament, the Angelus is prayed three times a day: morning, noon, and evening or 6:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m.

Divine Mercy Chaplet: From the account of Jesus’s appearances to St. Faustina, from the words of the Lord Himself. Includes the Five Special Intentions, too. A great devotion to offer for the Holy Souls and the dying.

The Litany to the Divine Mercy: “Let the doubting soul read these considerations on Divine Mercy and become trusting.” Diary, 949. “On the basis of the invocations that follow [Diary, 949], Father Sopocko composed a Litany to The Divine Mercy, correcting a few invocations and adding some of his own (See letter of Fr. Sopocko, May 14, 1972).”

Three O’Clock Prayer to the Divine Mercy: Jesus asked St. Faustina–and through her, all of us–for “a special prayer and meditation on His Passion each afternoon at the three o’clock hour, the hour that recalls His death on the cross.”

Rosary Project: The traditional Rosary plus the optional Mysteries suggested by Pope St. John Paul II. Includes optional opening and closing prayers. I’ve also included the Five Special Intentions given by St. John Paul II (originally intended for use with the Divine Mercy chaplet) to help us focus our prayers on ending the culture of death. Note: The Rosary Project was posted in a separate section before I began this one. I’ll leave it where it is to avoid broken links. And just so you know, this will not be an exhaustive section. There are many sites out there that specialize in the nearly infinite number of Catholic prayers and devotions. I’ll add some links to those soon, too. So many talented and devoted Catholics on the web. (See what I did there?) ;)

The Blessed Virgin sings her magnificent Magnificat at the Visitation. Painting by Juan Correa de Vivar. From Wikimedia, public domain.

Evening Prayer: Magnificat, Canticle of Mary. The Blessed Virgin’s great song of praise during her visit to St. Elizabeth. All generations will call her Blessed! Mother of Mercy, pray for us!

Night Prayer: Nunc Dimittis, Canticle of Simeon. Simeon gave his song-petition, thanksgiving, and prophecy after seeing the Christ Child. He had been promised that he would live to see the Messiah.

St Michael Prayer: Pope Leo XIII’s great prayer to St. Michael the Archangel to defend us from our ancient enemy. Two versions are given here.

Guardian Angel Prayer: “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’ Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 336.

Come, Holy Spirit Prayer: Read more about the Holy Spirit at EWTN. The Come, Holy Spirit is traditionally prayed before reading the Bible and is an indulgenced prayer. (Roman Missal, Partial indulgence, from The Enchiridion of Indulgences.) (Catholic Answers has a good tract on the subject of indulgences. I’m currently preparing to write a post about them here, too. I’m researching it now. It’s too important for me to write something off the cuff about it.)

Sub Tuum Praesidium: “Beneath Thy Protection” (Greek: Ὑπὸ τὴν σὴν εὐσπλαγχνίαν; LatinSub tuum praesidium) is a Christian hymn. It is the oldest preserved extant hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Theotokos. The hymn is well known in many Roman CatholicEastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox countries, and is often a favorite song used along with Salve Regina. (Text quoted from Wikipedia.)

More to come. Stay tuned.