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Mindy at The Devout Life tagged me for the ‘five favorite Catholic devotions” meme.
Before I list my favorites, I have to say that since moving to Alaska I have really fallen away from actually doing many of them. Maybe this little meme will be a reminder and way to jumpstart this aspect of my spiritual life. If it does, then a big thank you to Mindy for getting me to think about devotions and how my recent life has missed them.
The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary
I wish I could say that the Rosary gets prayed daily. At some points in my life it has. I can recall praying it daily when I was a young adult. There was no need of ‘cheat sheets’ as all the mysteries and prayers were committed to memory. But, somehow the kids seem to suck up time and I’ll go to bed realizing it never happened. And, as more time passes without saying it, I start to forget what set of mysteries to pray on a given day or lapse in remembering what the next mystery is in the prayer.
After reading Mindy’s devotion post, I think I need to a new attitude. The boys all have a Rosary and there’s no reason to not include it in our morning prayers before school. (Well, unless you count being lazy or rushed as a reason!)
One thing I am missing is the monthly First Friday adoration and Mass we attended while living in Maryland. Granted, we didn’t get there every month. But, what a blessing to go those months we were able. I also appreciated that we could usually avail ourselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Mass as well. We also had this opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration back in Ohio with a different Catholic homeschool group.
Arriving early yesterday for High Mass, I could spend a short amount of time in adoration (as Saint Andrews has perpetual adoration running on Saturdays.) Spending time with Our Lord has sometimes been profoundly moving to the point of tears streaming for reasons I didn’t even recognize as important beforehand. Amazing how we can sometimes forget how much we are trying to carry alone until it is suddenly lifted off our shoulders.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
At our parish in Ohio, we had a new pastor introduce this as a group prayer experience. Somehow learning a new devotion seemed less challenging when done alongside so many other parishioners in a group setting. I usually pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the spring as that is when Divine Mercy Sunday occurs and it is top of mind.
The Stations of the Cross
Walking the steps that Jesus took through scripture reading and reflection has always been a great way for me to prepare my heart during Lent. With all the shuffle of moving in the middle of Lent, this devotion was sorely missed by me. (Note to self…plan out one to do with the boys at home so weather and exhaustion do not prevent it!)
Litany of the Saints
If I had to pick my all time favorite Mass of the year it would be the Easter Vigil. From that Mass, one of my favorite parts is a sung Litany of the Saints. I even have a favorite setting from Gather Comprehensive. When J was baptized last November, I asked the cantor and pianist if they could sing it instead of Father Joe speaking it. As I type, I have this favorite litany running through my head (and I would probably be pulling out my accompanist books to play it if I had a piano or keyboard here!)
This prayer has it all. We call to God and seek his mercy. We ask the Saints to pray for us. And, we ask that God hear our prayer.
So there’s my five favorite Catholic devotions.
Now I am supposed to tag Five Catholic bloggers to continue this Meme.
+JMJ+ @ Totus Tuus Family & Catholic Homeschool
Laura @ Salve Regina Homeschool Academy
Jen @ Jen’s Pen
Jaime Jo @ Lord, Make Me a Saint
Laurie @ Catholic Baby Steps