Communal Prayer

The Gift of Communal Prayer

It is a great gift from God that we Sisters can gather each morning to offer our prayers to our Heavenly Father in union with Jesus.

It is a great gift that several times each day we Sisters can gather together to praise God and seek His blessings on all those we serve in the healthcare apostolate.

And it is a great gift, toward the end of the day, to gather with our Sisters to thank the Lord for all the happenings of the day and ask His forgiveness for the times we have not served well.

The Importance and Meaning of Community Prayer

Communal prayer is the overflow and expression of our life in community. It nourishes and sustains our life in community. Our unity in prayer creates a oneness of mind and heart.

The heart of our communal prayer is our daily participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice and in the Liturgy of the Hours.

Elements of our Prayer Together

  • The Eucharistic Sacrifice
  • The Liturgy of the Hours – Our Sisters recite the Divine Office together in Chapel, in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. We pray Morning Prayer (Lauds), Evening Prayer (Vespers), and Night Prayer (Compline), making the day and night holy by praising God.
  • The Rosary and Franciscan Crown
  • Other prayers and devotions, like: prayers before meals, seasonal devotions, and novenas
"Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there: If you set it on fire it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that."

-Saint John Vianney

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

-Mt. 18:20