St Thérèse of Lisieux describes prayer as "... a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
By prayer we acknowledge God's power and goodness, and our own dependence upon Him. Prayer presupposes faith in God and hope in his goodness.
Prayer is the heartbeat of the life of our Salisbury Catholic community and we invite you to join your prayers with ours whenever possible be they the private prayers of your heart, participation at Mass, at Morning Prayer, before the Blessed Sacrament or with one of our prayer groups. St Osmund’s Church is open from 8am to 6pm every day and you are very welcome to step inside and spend time in this place of tranquillity and stillness.
The Mass is the greatest prayer of the Church and the greatest source of grace. The Mass is the only place on earth that represents, in a way that we can participate, the crucifixion and resurrection of God. This event is the focal point of all history, the most important event in eternity, and we are invited to sit in the front row and participate. With a greater understanding, we realize that we are not spectators. We are invited by the main character of this drama, Jesus Christ, to participate in this supreme act of love, this heavenly liturgy. Our Sunday and weekday Mass times can be found here.
This is an important part of the prayer life of our Salisbury Catholic community and we ensure that there are many opportunities each week to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is also known as ‘Exposition’ or ‘Adoration’.
Understood simply, prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is honouring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. We ‘watch and wait’; we remain silent in His Presence and open ourselves to the graces which flow from the Eucharist. By worshipping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be: like a magnet, the Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. When we pray before the Blessed Sacrament it is a moment of God and human reaching out for each other, at the same time.
The Eucharist is Jesus truly present - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity
At the moment of consecration, during the Mass, the gifts of bread and wine are transformed (transubstantiated) into the actual Body and Blood of Christ, at the altar. The elements retain the appearance of bread and wine, but are indeed the actual Body and Blood of Christ. This is what is meant by the Blessed Sacrament: the actual, physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. To read more about the Eucharist, click here
At the beginning of the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a priest or deacon removes the sacred host from the tabernacle and places it in the Monstrance on the Altar. The Monstrance is the ornate protective stand used in the Church to display the consecrated Eucharistic Host. The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning "to expose".
Morning & Evening Prayer are parts of the official set of prayers known as The Liturgy of the Hours (also called The Divine Office and sometimes referred to as the Breviary).
This set of prayers primarily consists of psalms supplemented with hymns, readings and other prayers and antiphons. Together with the Mass, it constitutes the official public prayer life of the Church.
Celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours is an obligation undertaken by priests but we are all “encouraged to recite the divine office, either with priests, or among ourselves, or even individually.” (CCC 1175)
Across Salisbury, there are daily opportunities to come together to pray Morning Prayer. We usually pray Morning Prayer together before our weekday Masses. For times and locations this week, please see our newsletter or click here. We pray Evening Prayer together at 6.45pm every Friday before the evening Mass in St Osmund’s.
You do not need your own book, we have plenty of copies and if you are not familiar with this format but would like to pray with us we can arrange for a priest or parishioner to guide you as you learn. We can also introduce you to the online versions of these prayers which make participation using your phone or a tablet very easy.
We have a number of parishioners that meet regularly to pray the Rosary together and everyone is welcome to join. We join to pray the Rosary as shown below:
St Osmund’s on the 1st, 3rd, 4th [&5th] Sundays of the month at 5pm
St Gregory’s on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 5pm
We also have a Rosary Group which meets on a regular basis usually a Wednesday at Alabare House of Prayer, Tollgate Road Salisbury, SP1 2JA . Lifts are available where possible. Please contact Josephine on 01722 328410 if you need transport or more information. Please consult the newsletter or the diary for the next planned meeting.
The Rosary is a Scripture-based set of prayers. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarises 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. The Mysteries of the Rosary centre 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 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. If you would like to read more or learn to pray the Rosary on your own, click here for more information.
ECUMENICAL HOUSE PRAYER GROUP
This is a friendly, ecumenical prayer group which meets weekly in the home of a parishioner in Wilton from 7.30pm – 9pm. Typically, we begin with hymns followed by a time of intercessory prayer. We then spend some time reflecting upon scripture before closing with prayer. We all then have a time of fellowship over a cup of coffee before departing. This is a group for all ages and denominations and everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact Jane or Bernie on 744332.
ECUMENICAL CHARISTMATIC PRAYER GROUP
This takes place every Tuesday evening between 7.30-9.30 at Alabaré House of Prayer, 15 Tollgate Road, Salisbury SP1 2JA. You are invited to join with the Alabaré Community for prayer, reflection and scripture. Following prayer we have a time of fellowship and sometimes a study of a piece of scripture. Contact Lee or John on 340206.
We have a number of parishioners who have been trained in individual prayer ministry and are available to pray with you after Mass for your needs. This is a wonderful opportunity to be supported in your prayer for healing. God can act powerfully in our lives when others pray with and for us.