Prayer, A Surge of the Heart

“Birds fly, fish swim and human beings pray.”

Saint Ephrem the Syrian of the fourth century speaks a word about prayer that invites us into a deeper relationship with the living God. The source and summit of Christian prayer is the celebration of the Mass and we are all encouraged to not only be faithful to the Sunday Mass, but make every effort to try to assist at daily Mass whenever possible. At the parish (www.saintbenedictparish.org, in Richmond, Virginia, USA) we offer many opportunities for formal prayer. From Monday to Friday at 7 am, a group of parishioners gather for Morning Prayer under the direction of Ed Owens. On Thursday’s after 5:30 Mass, we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the public recitation of the Most Holy Rosary and Benediction. This religious exercise takes about 25 minutes, but that extra time is well worth it in light of the spiritual benefit. Our Thursday evening attendance is growing. Consider attending and inviting friends to spend some time with Our Lord in adoration.