9pm Prayer

9pm Prayer

Creating a culture of holiness

The vigil with Pope Francis at the 2016 WYD in Krakow ended with a hymn to Our Lady of Czestochowa. It has been a tradition of the Polish people to sing this hymn at 9pm every evening, thereby uniting all Poles in their faith and helping them sustain a culture which produced great saints like St Faustina and St John Paul II. Countries like Poland and Italy produce saints by the handful. England can, once again, do so if we promote and strengthen the call to holiness.

As Pope Francis said in Krakow last year: ‘At times in our lives, we aim lower rather than higher. At those times, it is good to realise that God remains faithful, even obstinate, in his love for us. The fact is, he loves us even more than we love ourselves. He believes in us even more than we believe in ourselves. He is always “cheering us on”; he is our biggest fan. Don’t be afraid to say “yes” to him with all your heart, to respond generously and to follow him! Don’t let your soul grow numb, but aim for the goal of a beautiful love which also demands sacrifice.’

Hence, consider helping us restore a culture of holiness in England by promoting such a prayer initiative. At or around 9pm every evening we invite everyone to recite/sing the following prayer:

Oh Mary, teach us always to say YES to the Lord,
every moment of our life,
Oh Mary, teach us always to give THANKS to the Lord,
every moment of our life,
Oh Mary, teach us always to grow in holiness
every moment of our life
O Mary, Lady of Walsingham, pray for us
Saints and martyrs of England pray for us

We Need Saints

The following poem is said to be inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul II

“We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends. We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. We need saints that look for time to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity and all good things. We need saints – saints for the 21st century with a spirituality appropriate to our new time. We need saints that have a commitment to helping the poor and to make the needed social change. We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theatre. We need saints that are open sociable normal happy companions. we need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. We need saints.”

https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/audiences/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20141119_udienza-generale.html