Lent 2021 | Prayer

Week 1

History

Prayer is an act of communication by humans with the sacred or holy.

The origin of prayer is to be found—essentially and existentially—in the recognition and invocation of the creator-god, the god of heaven.

Prayer is a significant and universal aspect of religion, whether of primitive peoples or of modern mystics, that expresses the broad range of religious feelings and attitudes that command human relations with the sacred or holy. Described by some scholars as religion’s primary mode of expression, prayer is said to be to religion what rational thought is to philosophy; it is the very expression of living religion. - From www.britannica.com

In the living tradition of prayer, each Church proposes to its faithful, according to its historic, social, and cultural context, a language for prayer: words, melodies, gestures, iconography. The Magisterium of the Church has the task of discerning the fidelity of these ways of praying to the tradition of apostolic faith; it is for pastors and catechists to explain their meaning, always in relation to Jesus Christ.  - From Cathecism of the Church, Article 2, The Way of Prayer

Resources

Find a compilation of Lent prayers from JesuitResource.org for general use throughout the season

Incorporate these Wednesday Lenten Meditations into your weekly prayer routine to help you Grow in Friendship with God

"Lent is a great time to give God a chance to convince you of his desire for your friendship. Traditionally Lent has been a time of engaging in practices of penance or prayer that will ready us to experience, more and more deeply, the almost unbelievable love and generosity of God toward us wayward human beings." - William A. Barry, SJ

An Examen for the First Week of Lent from From Ashes to Glory, Lenten series from IgnatianSpirituality.com

 

Let Us Pray Together

Invite Us Deeper

Almighty and ever living God,
you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent.
May this time be one of outward focus;
seeking you in those we often ignore.
Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter.
Give us hearts hungry to serve you
and those who need what we have to give.

- Author Unknown

Week 2

Ignatian Prayer

"Ignatian prayer is imaginative, reflective, and personal." Learn the What-How-Why of Ignatian Prayer. - from IgnatianSpirituality.com

"Ignatian spirituality reminds us that God pursues us in the routines of our home and work life, and in the hopes and fears of life's challenges." JesuitPrayer.org opens their website with this message. Saint Ignatius, through his Spiritual Exercises and teachings, laid the foundation for prayer to move from contemplation to service. 

For daily Ignatian prayer, download the Jesuit Prayer app! There are Apple and Android versions.

You can also find daily Lent prayers from Creighton Online Ministries.

 

 

 

 

Ignatian Lent from the Jesuit Conference shares reflections from across the Jesuit network. Sign up for their series to have these delivered to your inbox. Watch Shannon Evans reflect on "Ignatian Prayer, Imaginative Prayer."

A Reflection on Prayer

“As I reflect on the theme of prayer, I think of its importance to each and every day of my existence. My time of prayer signifies a daily period of reflection, gratitude and a connection to the Lord. It is the one period of each and every day to be fully removed from the daily grind of pressures and concerns, which is of utmost importance during such a difficult world right one. Further, prayer is a time for family to come together and express our feelings and cherish our blessings. My wife, twins and I pray together every night before bed, which includes general prayers as well as a list of what we are thankful for and our best and worst parts of the day. These precious moments keep us grounded, humble and faithful to our Lord and Savior.” – From ASN Board Treasurer Michael Bizzario (Fairfield `94)

Let Us Pray Together

Take, Lord, and Receive Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will. All I have and call my own. Whatever I have or hold, you have given me. I return it all to you and surrender it wholly to be governed by your will. Give me only your love and your grace and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.

- St. Ignatius, from the end of the Spiritual Exercises