Phone Apps for Your Spiritual Nourishment

A few years ago, we began the ministry of a Parish App to provide both the connection to parish and spiritual nourishment for our parishioners on their digital devices.    As our parish website as been redesigned and has become mobile friendly,  a large majority of features on the parish app were being duplicated and done better on the parish website.    On top of this, over the past three years, a tremendous number of “Catholic Apps” have been developed that provide a vast array of content that reaches far more than we could do as a parish.

On our new parish website, there is a section called “Spiritual Nourishment”.   This will include various articles, videos and original SVDP content.    However, many find it useful to have many other of the many apps available for your Spiritual Growth.    Today we share a few of those with you.

Laudate App:   This is considered one of the best of Catholic Apps.   It provides you with Daily Mass Readings, Reflections, Rosary, Confession Examination, a Bible, access to the Catechism and many Catholic Podcast.     Android   iPhone

 iBreviary:  The Liturgy of the Hours is the prayer of Psalms throughout the day.   This is prayed by every priest and deacon but is also meant to be prayed by the entire Church!    This app includes the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass Readings and prayers.   Android  iPhone

ThePopeApp:    Pope Francis has his own app.    He’s that cool.   This includes reflections and writings from Pope Francis as videos and quick access to his famous Tweets!   Android   iPhone

Pray As You Go:   This app is full of daily reflections in PodCast audio.   Leads through guided meditations and lectio of the scriptures!    This is a great app for prayer!    Android   iPhone

 

US Catholic Church:  Official App of the USCCB.   Good resource for prayers and daily readings.  Also gives you many headlines and Catholic News.    Android    iPhone

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How to Pray the Rosary

How To Pray The Rosary

 

Originally Found on USCCB Website

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/how-to-pray-the-rosary.cfm

 

The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Pope John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous.

The prayers of the Rosary

The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.

The Five Joyful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Mondays, Saturdays, and, during the season of Advent, on Sundays:

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation in the Temple
  5. The Finding in the Temple

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and, during the season of Lent, on Sundays:

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion and Death
The Five Glorious Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Wednesdays and, outside the seasons of Advent and Lent, on Sundays:
  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption
  5. The Coronation of Mary

The Five Luminous Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Thursdays:

  1. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana
  3. Jesus' Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist

PRAYING THE ROSARY

Familiarize yourself and/or your group with the prayers of the rosary.

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross.
  2. Holding the Crucifix, say the Apostles' Creed.
  3. On the first bead, say an Our Father.
  4. Say one Hail Mary on each of the next three beads.
  5. Say the Glory Be
  6. For each of the five decades, announce the Mystery (perhaps followed by a brief reading from Scripture) then say the Our Father.
  7. While fingering each of the ten beads of the decade, next say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery. Then say a Glory Be.
    (After finishing each decade, some say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.)
  8. After saying the five decades, say the Hail, Holy Queen, followed by this dialogue and prayer:

    V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
    R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
    Let us pray: O God, whose Only Begotten Son,
    by his life, Death, and Resurrection,
    has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life,
    grant, we beseech thee,
    that while meditating on these mysteries
    of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
    we may imitate what they contain
    and obtain what they promise,
    through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


    (A prayer to St. Joseph may also follow.) Conclude the Rosary with the Sign of the Cross.

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Respect Life Reflection

When battered by life’s storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, “Do not fear: I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).

He speaks these words not as one who merely observes our pain, but as one who experienced immense suffering. And the very wounds that bear witness to his suffering indicate the essence of our identity and worth: we are loved by God.

Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things beautiful. He makes all things new.

He is always with us. Jesus promised this when he gave the disciples the same mission he gives to each of us: Go.

Go be my hands and feet to a world enslaved by fear. Go to the woman who is unexpectedly pregnant and fears the future. Go to your friend who fears reprisal at work because he takes a stand for the protection of human life. Go to your aging parent in failing health who fears being a burden. And go to others, too, for their support.

We don’t need to have everything figured out. We can simply follow the guidance of Our Blessed Mother, the first disciple: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5).

Walk with each other. Do not be afraid to embrace God’s gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us.

“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

 

 

Art: Giovanni Bernardino Azzolino, The Ascension, early 17th century. Courtesy of Restored Traditions. Used with permission. NABRE © 2010 CCD. Used with permission. Copyright © 2017, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

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