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PRAYERS

BENEDICTINE PRAYERS

“Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’
and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy

and nothing will harm you.”

– LUKE 10:19

“So submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.”

– JAMES 4:7

Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Dear Saint Benedict, I thank God for showering you with His grace to love Him above all else and to establish a monastic rule that has helped so many of His children live full and holy lives. 

Through the cross of Jesus Christ, I ask you to please intercede that God might protect me, my loved ones, my home, property, possessions, and workplace today and always by your holy blessing, that we may never be separated from Jesus, Mary, and the company of all the blessed.  Through your intercession may we be delivered from temptation, spiritual oppression, physical ills, and disease.  Protect us from drug and alcohol abuse, impurity and immorality, objectionable companions, and negative attitudes.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Dear God, we praise and thank You for Who You are: The Creator and Master of the Universe, and our Father who loves us and has sent Your Son Jesus to save us from our sins.

Dear Father, You provided your holy monk, Benedict, as a leader and master in the spiritual life for a countless number of followers.  Filled as he was with the spirit of all the just, You flooded him with the splendor of Your light.  In the intense radiance of this light his mind was freed of hindrance and he was able to discern how incomplete all things are here below.  Because of this the entire monastic company in every part of the world sings out its joy, and the Virtues on high, with all the angels, continuously praise Your glory in song.

Stir up in your Church, O Lord, the spirit that animated our Father Benedict.  Fill us again with Your Holy Spirit, in order that we may learn to love what he loved and practice what he taught.  As You filled Saint Benedict with the spirit of all the righteous, grant us, your servants, who celebrate his life and all the good You have accomplished through him, his followers, and his holy Rule, to be filled with his spirit, that we may faithfully accomplish Your complete Will.  We ask all this through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who with You lives and reigns, one God, world without end.  Amen.

Father, in Your goodness
grant me the intellect to comprehend You,
the perception to discern You,
and the reason to appreciate You.
In Your kindness
endow me with the diligence to look for You,
the wisdom, to discover You,
and the spirit to apprehend You.
In Your graciousness
bestow on me a heart to contemplate You,
ears to hear You,
eyes to see You,
and a tongue to speak of You.
In Your mercy to confer on me
a conversation pleasing to You,
the patience to wait for You,
and the perseverance to long for You.
Grant me a perfect end, Your holy presence.  I ask this in the name of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Priest: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Response: Who made heaven and earth.

Priest: In the name of God the Father + Almighty, Who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, I exorcise these medals against the power and attacks of the evil one. May all who use these medals devoutly be blessed with health of soul and body. In the name of the Father + Almighty, of His Son + Jesus Christ our Lord, and of the Holy + Spirit the Paraclete, and in the love of the same Lord Jesus Christ Who will come on the last day to judge the living and the dead.

Response: Amen.

Priest: Let us pray. Almighty God, the boundless Source of all good things, we humbly ask that, through the intercession of St. Benedict, Thou pourest out Thy blessings + upon these medals. May those who use them devoutly and earnestly strive to perform goods works be blessed by Thee with health of soul and body, the grace of a holy death, and remission of temporal punishment due to sin. May they also, with the help of Thy merciful love, resist the temptations of the evil one and strive to exercise true charity and justice toward all, so that one day they may appear sinless and holy in Thy sight. This we ask through Christ our Lord.

Response: Amen.

The medals are then sprinkled with holy water.

The twin sister of Saint Benedict, Saint Scholastica, was born in Nursia in the year 480. Just like her brother, she dedicated her life to God at an early age.  During Saint Benedict’s reign in Monte Cassino, Scholastica founded a convent of Women in Plombariola, a town close to Monte Cassino.  It is also believed that Benedict directed Scholastica’s convent, which in turn made Saint Scholastica the first Benedictine nun.

The brother and sister were very close. The two held a final meeting outside of Saint Benedict’s monastery, and three days later Saint Scholastica died, and Saint Benedict had her body buried in his own tomb.

Although the early history of the Benedictine nuns is not concrete, we do know that great English nun-scholars like Hilda of Whitby and Lioba of Wimbourne influenced Europe with their teaching.  During the 10th century new confederations emerged, such as Cluny, which were crucial in shaping Europe during the “Benedictine Centuries”.  They served as the foundation in which many different Benedictine convents sprouted from, up to modern day.

MONASTIC PRAYER

What is it that monks do? “We pray,” – Abbot Placid Solari. At the heart of our life together as monks is our communal prayer. Everything we do in addition, whether in the College or elsewhere, is meant to flow out of our relationship with God that is nurtured and deepened in prayer. Six times a day we gather for prayer as a community. And although we believe that God is always with us, never leaving us at any moment of the day, we especially recognize God’s presence with us when the community is gathered together to pray. It is our community’s particular hospitality offered to God.

Monastic prayer at Belmont Abbey has a distinct style. It has a deliberate, unhurried pace. There should be no sense that we are trying to get it over with quickly, but rather that we are happy to linger with it. Our monastic prayer is conversational in nature, reflected in both the back and forth that occurs between the two sides or between the cantor and the choir, and also in the periods of silence after psalms and readings that open us up to both speak and listen to God. Our monastic prayer is an expression of unity and community.

We are striving to be together in what we do and say, and to have our voices blend together into a single chorus of praise. In this way, the community can be an effective sign of the unity of the Body of Christ. And, our monastic prayer aims at the spirit of peace, avoiding anxiety, impatience, anger, and any passions that disturb the equanimity of the soul.

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