This is part two of a series on prayer. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
It’s 4:30 AM. Without pushing the snooze button, we immediately jump out of bed and walk over to the two kneelers in the corner of the room. In front of us are pictures of saints and stunning representations of the Holy Trinity. We light several candles before praying a rosary together, holding the beads in our outside hands so we can hold each other’s inner hands…FALSE!
If you are like Dene’ and me, the toughest thing we do each day is get out of bed. Dene’ and I hit the snooze button at least three times before finally rolling out of bed when our almost four-year-old son comes in and wants to cuddle sometime around 5:45 or 6 AM. Now that I think about it, what’s the point of the alarm at all?
Prayer? I can barely put a coherent thought together until I’ve had at least four sips of coffee so what does prayer look like at this hour? Well, like Dene’ is my friend and all I can say to her before the sun rises is, “Good morning”, the first prayer-which I sometimes forget-of the day is the same, “Good morning Jesus.”
That is it for prayer-it’s always good to be aware of God’s loving presence, of course-until nature calls after my first cup of coffee and breakfast. This is a completely natural and routine way of setting aside five to ten (the latter if your spouse is understanding…) minutes of quiet time for a little bit of vocal prayer. Below is a list of the prayers I pray*:
- Act of Charity
- Act of Hope
- Act of Faith
- Consecration to Mary
- Daily Offering
- Litany of Humility
- St. Joseph Novena
- Thomas Aquinas novena
- The Novena of Surrender to the Will of God
I may also have another novena or two going on for a specific intention. The first five prayers listed can be found on the iMissal app and you can find the others by simply clicking on the link. I’m a big fan of the Pray More Novenas website because that usually has novenas to some of the more well-known saints.
So, that takes us to about 8 AM. Stay tuned for the next several hours of prayer throughout the day!
What is your morning prayer routine? Please share in the comments section below.
*The “Acts of…” remind me that I can “will” the theological virtues with God’s grace even if I don’t feel like it. Mary is the surest way to Jesus so I give myself (especially my words because I can tend to get a bit awkward in social situations if I feel nervous) and my family to Mary. Through Mary, I give my day to Jesus with the Daily Offering. Curtis Martin, the founder of FOCUS, says the Litany of Humility will “ruin your life”, but it’s ruined mine in a good way. I still struggle with pride, but like Tylenol with a gluten-inspired headache, the Litany of Humility takes the edge off! I ask St. Joseph to intercede for me so I can love my family as I ought! I pray the St. Thomas Aquinas novena because he is one of the patron saints of teachers and Dene’ is a first grade teacher. The Novena of Surrender is incredible because it reminds me that, no matter what happens throughout the day, I am loved by God and all will be well!