The first priority in Archbishop Mark’s Apostolic Priorities for the Archdiocese of Brisbane, documented in With Lamps Ablaze, is Teaching Prayer. He says, “Often we urge people to pray but don’t really teach them how to pray… Now is the time to teach ways of prayer which are mature and all-embracing. Christian prayer begins not with speaking but with listening; and learning to pray is therefore learning to listen – to listen even to the silences of God. If all we do is speak, then in the words of Jesus we “babble like the pagans” (Matt 6:7). But if we speak after listening and in response to God who always has the first word, then we speak according to the mind of the Holy Spirit. That’s what we need to teach and learn. In the Gospel of Mark, we read that Jesus called the twelve apostles to himself, first of all, “that they might be with him” (3:14). This is where the mission starts: being with Jesus, which is what prayer is.”
Join us for our new weekly series, Let’s Pray, where we invite you to pray along with us. Each week we will invite you to pray a new prayer with us – maybe you don’t know what to pray, or want to pray along with someone, or want to practice your faith through prayer. Our Let’s Pray series is for everyone.
This week, we invite you to pray a simple prayer of devotion to Jesus. A praise prayer of St Francis that demonstrated his deep love for Jesus, it is still prayed daily by Third Order Franciscans. We take this opportunity to mark the feast day of St Elizabeth of Hungary on November 17th, who was herself a Third Order Franciscan and devoted her life to the service of the poor and vulnerable. This prayer has been adapted to be offered at the beginning of each station of the 14 stations in the Stations of the Cross. For us, it can also be a simple rededication each day to devote ourselves to Jesus. So, let’s pray.
- Daily Prayer of Devotion to Jesus
Daily Prayer of Devotion to JesusAuthor: Archdiocese of Brisbane
So my name is Sr Salvacion, and I belong to the Franciscan Immaculatine Sisters. Currently a missionary in Australia and residing in Brisbane. You are most welcome to join us in praying this prayer.
We adore you, O Lord Jesus Christ, in this church and all the churches of the world, and we bless you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world. Amen.
Thank you for joining us in this beautiful prayer, Franciscan prayer. And we hope to see you again next time.