P is for Prayer

The power (P.W.R) of prayer!

“Whatever good work you begin to do, beg of God with most earnest prayer to perfect it.”
― Benedict of Nursia

As a Cistercian Oblate living the contemplative life so far as my life situation (as a homeschooling mom of six) allows,  here is the basic framework of prayer around which I structure my day:

6:00am, Angelus or Regina Coeli (depending on the season) followed by Morning Prayer (Lauds)

12:00pm, Angelus or Regina Coeli 

3:00pm, Divine Mercy Chaplet or Personal Prayer

4:45pm or 5:00pm, Evening Prayer (Vespers).

If I can, I begin Vespers at 4:45pm because that is time set aside for Vespers by the nuns at Valley of Our Lady Monastery, of which I am affiliated.  But, oftentimes, my kids’ karate schedules interfere and I delay praying Vespers as soon as the next class starts (one class dismisses at 4:45pm and another begins at 5:00pm).

9:00pm (or whenever I go to bed), Angelus or Regina Coeli followed by Night Prayer (Compline).

It’s not a perfect schedule, nor an absolute one.  But, it’s a doable schedule for me at this stage in my life.  Some weeks, we add up to three additional Masses to our schedule. So, I like to think that my prayers at Mass make up for what I miss at home.

So, now…

How can I pray for you today?