Morning Prayer is prayed before weekday Masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Morning Prayer is from the Divine Office, the universal prayer of the Church. It is recited by Christians throughout the world, thus ensuring a ‘constant and abiding cycle of prayer and worship’. St Paul tells us to, ‘Pray constantly, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father’ (1 Th 5:17-18).
Eucharistic Adoration (Exposition)
Eucharistic Adoration (Exposition) is prayed as part of Holy Hour, following Mass on Friday evenings 7.30-8.30pm.
(CCC 2628) – Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us (Cf. Ps 95:1-6) and the almighty power of the Saviour who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the ‘King of Glory’, (Cf. Ps 24:9-10) respectful silence in the presence of the ‘ever greater’ God. (Cf. St Augustin, En, in Ps 62, 16: PL 36, 757-758) Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.
“There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, temporal or especially Spiritual, in the Spiritual life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary…” (St Lucy of Fatima 1957)
In the parish the Rosary is prayed every Saturday morning in Ardleigh church 9.30-10.00am and following the Wednesday Mass at Mistley at 10.15am.
Lectio Divina (listening to the word of God in scripture) is a traditional way of cultivating friendship with Christ. It is a way of listening to the texts of scripture as if we were in conversation with Christ. The encounter with Christ and reflection on His word leads beyond mere acquaintanceship to friendship, trust and love.
The group meets every Tuesday (except the first Tuesday of every month), 10.00-10.45am in the parish hall, to pray one of the readings for the coming Sunday.