"Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
[St. Terese of Lisieux]
Of the many ministries of the parish, the prayer ministries are foremost as all of our identity and movement and being pours forth from the founts of grace we receive through prayer. From the overflowing cup, we are able to give to others, be to others, provide service to others. In our desire to grow closer to God, we dedicate ourselves to that great conversation with the Almighty, above all listening to His Voice.
One of the great spiritual gifts in the Church is the plethora of devotions handed down to us from the saints in the means of growing in holiness; many of these devotions were inspired by apparitions to the saints and carry great promises from heaven to help as we grow in divine love.
Ministries for Mass
There are many ways to assist the Holy Mysteries of the Mass. As the Eucharistic sacrifice is the "source and summit of the Christian life" (LG 11), there is nothing greater or more exquisite than to unite one's prayer and dedication to Supper of the Lamb.