Last Class: May 6: Holy Orders
The most basic requirement for survival is Sunday Mass. God in His infinite wisdom knew that we need to touch bases with Him at least once a week, so he included this weekly get together in the Commandments. This requirement also establishes the first pillar (the Eucharist) which supports our lives as Catholic Christians. Of course, daily attendance at Mass would be even better, but here we are only speaking of survival. Being properly prepared to receive the Eucharist when we attend Mass requires going to Confession (Reconciliation). The Catholic Church requires reconciliation at least once a year. Of course, we need to go whenever we have committed a mortal sin. Many recommend going to Confession once a month.
The second pillar which supports our lives as Catholic Christians is devotion to Mary. The best way to honor Mary is to say the rosary, daily if possible. Wearing a scapular or medal which honors Mary and her son, Jesus, is good way to express devotion.
DAILY: Mass (or readings) and Rosary
Morning Prayer: _________________________________________________________
Morning Offering: O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in thanksgiving for your favors, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen
before and after Meals
Before: Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts, which we are about to receive from your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen
After: We give you thanks, almighty God, for all your benefits, who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
May the Lord grant us his peace, and life everlasting. Amen
Evening Prayer: __________________________________________________________
Spiritual Reading (Scripture or other)
Liturgy of the Hours
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Adoration or visit
Retreat (men, women, couples, special)
Avoid occasions of sin (from experience)
Monitor input carefully (radio, television, movies, friends)
Catholic Radio (1620)
Daily missal: Magnificat
Introduction to a saint’s life: St. Maximilian Kolbe
Final Prayer: Memorare: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Homework: May 6: Chapter 28: Holy Orders
What are the sacraments of service?
What is the sacrament of Holy Orders?
What do we mean when we speak of Christ’s priesthood?
How does the ministerial priesthood serve the Church?
What is the sign of the sacrament of Holy Orders?
Who administers Holy Orders?
What are the “grades” of Holy Orders?
What is the work of a bishop?
What is the work of a priest?
What is the work of a parish priest?
What is the work of a deacon?
Who can be ordained?