Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Refocusing on the Prayers and Meditations of St. Bridget


by M. J. Joachim

I’ve been praying a particular daily devotion for a few years now. Lately, however, I’ve found myself rushing through it – busy, busy, busy…funny how life gets that way sometimes. In an effort to breathe more vitality into these prayers and reconnect with the beautiful spiritual nature of this devotion, I’m going to spend the next few days sharing these prayers, along with my own personal reflections on them, with you.

When I first discovered these prayers, I needed them very much. A lady I hardly knew handed me the prayer card and said, “You need this more than I do.” She was bringing Communion to the homebound. I was visiting and taking care of my mom during her knee replacement. Those visits have a way of connecting souls without saying a word. She was right. I needed these prayers and I can’t thank her enough for passing them onto me. It is my pleasure now to share them with all of you.

They are titled, The Twelve Year Prayers of St. Bridget on the Passion of Jesus. An opening prayer and seven daily prayers invite participants to reflect on the Circumcision, Suffering on the Mount of Olives, Flogging, Crowning of Thorns, Carrying of the Cross, Crucifixion of Jesus and Piercing of Jesus’ Side.

According to the prayer card I received, “This devotion was pronounced good and was recommended by the “Sacro Collegio de propaganda fide,” as well as by Pope Clement XII. Pope Innocent X confirmed this revelation as being from Our Lord.”

Promises made to those who pray this devotion are as follows:
  • The soul who prays them suffers no Purgatory.
  • The soul who prays them will be accepted among the Martyrs, as though he had spilled his blood for his faith.
  • The soul who prays them can choose three others whom Jesus will then keep in a state of grace sufficient to become holy.
  • No one in the four successive generations of the soul who prays them will be lost.
  • The soul who prays them will be made conscious of his death one month in advance.

Opening Prayer
O Jesus, now I wish to pray the Lord’s Prayer seven times in unity with the love which You sanctified this prayer in Your Heart. Take it from my lips into Your Divine Heart. Improve and complete it so much that it brings as much honor and joy to the Trinity as You granted it on earth with this prayer. May these pour upon Your Holy Humanity in glorification to Your painful wounds and the Precious Blood that You spilled from them.

Once again I am touched by the magnanimous gesture of Jesus’s Heart. I pray. He holds my prayer in His Sacred Heart and makes it the best prayer in the entire world – improving and completing it with God’s omnipotent love. He unites my prayer to the Father and Spirit, making it one with the Holy Trinity. He gifts my prayer to all mankind, that they may benefit from imperfect words uttered in haste or spoken out of habit. He glorifies His painful wounds through my all too human actions, offered in love – but ever imperfect, as is the state of my condition as a member of the human race. Jesus pours out healing from the wounds He suffered on our behalf, and we are blessed. I am blessed…

By His love, mercy and sacrifice for my soul.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.
Until next time, I wish you every good thing.

M. J.

Photo credit:  Vestiture of St. Bridget, Lorenzo Lotto (1480 – 1556), Web Gallery of Art, Oratorio di Villa Suardi, PD - US
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