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I understand now. Thanks for clarifying, USED2BAGODDESS!
MRSJARI - we actually continue throughout Christmas and Easter! We are truly blessed!
I can understand you feeling like you are interrupting the 'regular' adorer if you just drop in - try to remember, though, that that is their job. When people sign up for a regular time, they are there to ensure the perpetual adoration does not end, so those who wish to drop in whenever, can. At least, that is how it was explained to me.
I am sure they don;t even notice when you pop in. I have been on both sides - regular adorer, and 'drop-in'. When I am in my regular time slot, I love seeing others show up, and am pleased that so many wish to visit with Jesus. When I pop, I get smiles from the regulars, and feel good that I answered the prompting of my guardian angel to stop in, 'just for a minute'.
It is a shame that children and spouses of adorers are not invited to special events. Do you know who is in charge of the events? An innocently worded question - is that possible? You know, "And I presume children and spouses are invited to ---blank---. I know spouses offer such great support of the adoration chapel by looking after the home and the children so the adorers can manage their shifts without worry."
Sometimes, a reminder to event organizers that those who remain in the home are a huge part of any successful venture!
What if we woke up tomorrow with only those things that we thanked God for today?
Oh yeah. This is happening at my dinky church in my dinky town! And at the park in the next town over. I hope the turnout is huge. Such power in prayer!
That would be awesome!
I went to a meeting last night with a group called America Needs Fatima.
Tomorrow is a big Rosary Rally day all over the country at noon.
Here is the link: Click on your state and it will tell you who in the area is hosting a rally.
You have to call the leaders to ask for their addresses/locations. They don't post them online.
I suppose if you can't make one of the groups you/we can pray the Rosary at noon and offer it in union with all of the others who are at a rally.
It is really exciting if you think more than 6,000 people in the U.S. will be praying the rosary tomorrow at noon. Potentially into the 10's of thousands?
We need all the blessings we can get!
I get it now! Thanks for the clarification.
I think that's a great idea. We don't have adoration in my town (we used to) so I have to go to another town for that. Although I've never thought of sending a card saying I've prayed for someone, I have sent small greeting cards to parish members, thanking them for their service to the church. And I'm thinking that even if I can't get to adoration, I can "adopt" someone for the week to pray for, and then drop them a card or note. I like that idea!
Here are some beautiful postcards with our Blessed Mother!
They could be used for rosary prayers.
My wording probably needs work, but the website that I found that produces the postcards allows you to customize your print. So you can have anything put on there that you like.
I specified an hour because that is what Jesus ask for.
Any amount of time before the Blessed Sacrament is a blessing.
The point is to encourage people to pray for our leaders. Both political and spiritual. There is a big fight going on in our country today.
The best point to make about praying for someone else is that you pray to God that His Will be done for our country. To please give HIS strength and HIS wisdom to the person for who I am praying. (Be it a politician or a Bishop or a school principal, etc....)
I think sending them anonymously is best. Often when political issues come up the Representative wants to know that you are in their district. Well, if you pray for them you don't have to be in their district. We can pray for the President, the Speaker of the House, those we love, those we don't. They all need our prayers!
I would love to see Bishops get on board with this and encourage the priests in their diocese to start having Adoration if they don't already. I only know of one church in the entire Dallas Diocese that has perpetual adoration. There may be more, but where??? I don't know.
I would love to see the postcards put in a basket or offered at Adoration Chapels. Hopefully, it will encourage someone to drop in during lunch and pray or after work to give the traffic a chance to die down?
So many people want to pray for our country and our leaders but don't really know how? There doesn't seem to be much hope or point. If they knew they would get a card at the end of their prayer time that could be sent to anyone they wanted it gives them something tangible to put in their hand. Something tangible to send to someone saying you were prayed for today!
It would be awesome to have postcards made up with a picture of Our Blessed Mother on it and say 'that a rosary was prayed for you and your intentions'.
You could have a rosary group that meets and prays and then sends out postcards.
I would like to see different people within their own parishes choose to do something like this. They can form Prayer Warrior groups and whether prayers are said during Adoration, or in individual home prayer groups the point is to encourage people to pray.
The postcards could be ordered blank and you could write anything you wanted on them.
The point is first of all to pray. Pray for someone else. Pray for God to bless our country. Pray God will forgive our many transgressions and that He will guide our leaders.
Then you can send a postcard to someone to let me know they have been prayed for!
CJ, I think all three would be great!
We also have "Perpetual" Adoration. I put it in quotes, because there are regular holidays, like during Thanksgiving and Christmas and Easter. I actually attended our First Friday Adoration more than the Perpetual Adoration. Then I could dedicate a half hour and bring my children and adore. Now I have to sign up and take the hour week in and week out with few substitutions, etc., and feel like I'm interrupting the person who's hour it is if I go in during the day. :-( No good, I know, but that is the way I feel. My husband took an hour in the middle of the night, and has been participating for over 10 years, since it began. I have felt that I needed to stay with the children while he was gone. Especially since there have been special gatherings for the Adorers, with spouse and children not invited. Really makes me feel good. Yeah, right.
I love Jesus, and love Adoration. I'm just having a hard time with it here.
I'm confused too, sweetie.
You mention that there have been some postcard campaigns, but that they have been ignored, but you wish to start another postcard campaign about praying before the Blessed Sacrament?
I am wondering the same thing as Christi - do you want to get more people to take hours at Adoration Chapels, or pray for others at the chapels, or have more chapels opened?
Please clarify a bit.
What if we woke up tomorrow with only those things that we thanked God for today?
I think that's a beautiful Idea! Do you plan to send them anonymously? I think that would be best. And maybe the other Sparker is right that it should say "for your intentions" - especially when you're talking about leaders - maybe it should say "an hour has been dedicated for you" Or "Someone has spent an hour in prayer for you and yours" or I don't know something like that. It also might be nice to have 30 minute ones as well as a lot of people are unable to sit for a full hour when they first start. I think that you could start local too - I would consider typing up an email that you can simply copy and paste and start by emailing parishes in your area and ask if you can put them in the adoration chapel? It would be great if they were pre-stamped too but then you're getting into a lot of money. Another direction you could go in is by forming a group at your parish to meet in front of the Blessed Sacrament and pray for an hour for our leaders and then send the postcards to various leaders letting them know that an hour has been spent in prayer for them and their current term or however you want to put it. Lastly, I think that the postcard in the garden is better because the other one could be mistaken for solicitation if just glanced at and not looked on the back. These are just my humble opinions/ideas and I hope they help - I think this is a beautiful idea and I'm sure the Spirit will guide you what to do next!
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I'm not sure I'm fully understanding the mission. Are you saying you will spend an hour in adoration on behalf of someone, then send them a postcard telling them that you did? Or do you mean to send the card out with the verse, and hope they will spend an hour in prayer or at adoration themselves? I hesitate to spend an hour in prayer for someone's intentions without knowing what the intentions are.
Am I making this harder than it needs to be? Sorry!
P.S. That picture of Jesus in the garden in one of my favorites!
Edited by: SHAPNUP at: 10/14/2010 (19:29)
This is something that has been laid upon my heart, a mission you might call it, but I'm not really sure how to get started.
I think that it might be a good idea to start with our Bishops and see how they respond. It would be great if they would get behind it!
OK, here goes. As Catholics and as Americans there have been several postcard campaigns to notify our gov't officials of our feelings in regard to certain topics. Yet, we has been largely ignored. I think we are going to the wrong source. We need to pray and particularly in front of the Blessed Sacrament if possible, but shouldn't we make it known?
Here are 2 postcards, take a look and see what you think?
On the back put the inscription:
"Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?" Matthew 26:40
An hour of prayer has been dedicated to your intentions. May God bless you with the wisdom and courage needed to be a good leader.
You get people praying and the card should be non-offensive and yet at the same time say quite a bit?
Can you imagine receiving a card like this? It might help to give strength and confidence to those who are struggling against the machine, and might wake up or soften those who've been harden by the system.
Not only do I think it would be good for our leaders, both political and spiritual, but cards could also be made up that just end without making mention of leadership. Cards could be put in Adoration Chapels and encourage people to spend an hour for a friends' or loved ones intentions, for an enemy, for a teacher, etc..wouldn't you feel loved if you received a card saying that someone had spent an hour in prayer just for you?
I'm thinking of ordering a number of cards and sending them (after praying, ofcourse) to some of the Bishops that I know are very pro-Adoration. It is too big a project for me alone though.
Is there anyone else who would be interested in this mission?