We pray to the Lord

For all who make important choices
We pray to the Lord
For those who are learning and becoming
We pray to the Lord
For those who teach and offer guidance
We pray to the Lord
For Philosophers, writers, who create culture
We pray to the Lord
For those who are weak in faith
We pray to the Lord
For those who’s faith is unmovable
We pray to the Lord
For those who’s lives are full of loneliness
We pray to the Lord
For those who’s life is filled with love
We pray to the Lord
For those who breathe:
We pray to the Lord

Today, I attended a rather pleasant Mass, and heard a wonderfully practical (and very Christian) homily at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. It seems that too often, we forget that we are to live in Christ’s grace — and that he does not abandon us. Sometimes protestants condemn the weekly prayers as being mechanical — but they forget the power of half a billion people faithfully praying. There is also something about praying what is RIGHT instead of praying what you want. One thing about faith is that it changes us — for this we pray to the lord. While praying, God can change our attitudes to match the prayer; why else would Jesus call us to pray even for our enemeies?

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5 comments on “We pray to the Lord

  1. Charity says:

    I agree, Mike, we tend to dismiss the repetition while ignoring our own forms. I only wish in the times I have participated in these corporate prayers that there was more time for reflection. I guess that is just part of my Quaker bias, but I need time to actually pray for those above named instead of just saying that I pray for them…But they are beautiful prayers including all instead of just those we would pray for anyway. It is good to grow :)

    • Oddly enough, I find I have time to meditate on them, as they are not so familiar as they could be I feel compelled to meditate… even if I have to borrow a copy of the liturgy. In my experience — there has been enough time for a reaction for me to jot one down — though, yes — Mass is busy, meditation comes later.

      In a way though all these words must sink in eventually. In a way, it is a lifetime of meditation.

  2. LAR_Northman says:

    I like mass the amount of thelogy in the liturgy is just amazing.

    I sometimes wonder if hearing it week after week takes some of the magic out of it though.

  3. […] I responded to the Eucharist, to public confession (anglican) to the formal, repetitive prayers. […]

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