Morning Rituals

October 18, 2020

14 days till National Vocation Awareness Week

#10 in a series of 25 short stories

Morning Mass in the Chapel of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon 2020

There are various ways religious communities live out their prayer lives.  The rituals of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon include Morning Prayer also known as The Divine Office and the Prayer of the Church.  This prayer is said in common each morning before Mass and again each evening as the day comes to an end.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows morning prayer where we are fed by the Word of God and Body of Christ as we prepare for our daily ministry.   It is a fortifying way to start each day and I am always impressed by the consistency of the Sisters.   We are also asked to get an additional hour of contemplative prayer in during the day or evening.

“Prayer is being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him who, we know, loves us – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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