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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Daily Prayer Schedule

Greetings and peace!

Since I am not yet in the seminary and am able to utilize much of my free time for prayer, I have devised a daily schedule. I follow these prayer times daily unless I happen to be working at the time of the prayer. However, for the most part, I am able to pray most of my prayer schedule daily.

  • 7:30 AM Lauds in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel
  • 8:00 AM Rosary in the church during Eucharistic Adoration
  • 8:30 AM Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
  • 9:00 AM Terce in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel
  • 12 Noon Sext
  • 3:00 PM None
  • Sunset Vespers
  • 9:00 PM Compline

I really like this current schedule because I am able to pray all of the daytime offices: Terce, Sext, and None. If I arrive at the Adoration Chapel early I spend extra time in prayer for the end of abortion and for the poor souls in purgatory. Below is a copy of a prayer that I really enjoyed praying today. I ask everyone reading this blog to pray it.

Prayer to Jesus Christ:

O Jesus, it is not the heavenly reward you have promised which impels me to love you; neither is it the threat of hell that keep me from offending you. It is you, O Lord, it is the sight of you affixed to the Cross and suffering insults; it is the sight of your broken body, as well as your pains and your death. There is nothing you can give me to make me love you. For even if there were no heaven and no hell I would still love you as I do. Amen.


del_button July 3, 2007 at 11:01 AM
Mark said...

How do you manage it? I was at my desk at 7.15 this morning!

del_button July 3, 2007 at 11:34 AM
Seminarian Matthew said...

Mark, I usually work in the evening so I am always able to pray the morning sections of the Office at my adoration chapel or parish. Sometimes it is difficult to pray Vespers because that is the time of day I usually work.

del_button July 3, 2007 at 8:08 PM
antonia said...

what a beautiful prayer!

del_button July 3, 2007 at 8:45 PM
Diane said...

Have you considered cutting back a little on the vocal prayer and substituting just 15 minutes of mental prayer, for example, instead of none. Or during part of your Eucharistic Adoration (unless you are doing this now).

Rosary is a combination of vocal and mental prayer. Building 15 minutes of just mental prayer without any vocal prayer - it's awesome.

Sitting in stillness and silence can be most pleasing to God.

It is in this stillness and silence, when we stop moving our lips - physically and mentally - that we can hear His voice above all others, including our own.

Listen for the silence of Him. It's when He gets a chance to move our hearts.

The master himself, Fr. John A. Hardon on vocal and mental prayer.

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