Skip to comments.Catholic Church Calls for Public Prayers in Offices on Fridays
Posted on 09/09/2012 6:23:10 AM PDT by marshmallow
Millions of Roman Catholics are being urged to stop and pray publicly at 3pm on first Friday of every month as public expression of faith.
A bishop is recommending that they set the alarms on their mobile phones to remind them of the new observance as part of a move to promote faith in the workplace ahead of the Churchs Year of Faith.
It comes in the week that British government lawyers went to the European Court of Human Rights to defend the right of employers to ban the wearing of public symbols of faith such as the cross in the workplace.
The Rt Rev Kieran Conry, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and chair of the Church in England and Waless evangelisation committee, said the plan drew on traditions of saying special Friday prayers dating back to the 17th century.
He said: I would like to invite every Catholic, especially during the Year of Faith, to pause for a moment of prayer of praise and thanksgiving at 3pm if possible, or perhaps when you break for lunch, on the first Friday of every month.
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How about every Friday? Heck, How about everyday?
Muslims are getting prayer rooms and foot baths at work.
I personally wish the clergy would make a big push to bring back the Angelus devotion, which I would think would be helpful for the working laity to “sanctify the time” without having to follow the liturgy of the hours. And while we’re at it, other Catholic devotions like the Way of the Cross could be brought back. I know that the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration are still practiced in many places, but encouraging them more often would be great too. We are creatures of flesh and blood, and we need the reminders of these frequent devotions to lift ourselves to higher thoughts. And it’s also perfectly in line with Vatican II, which encouraged the universal call to holiness after all.
I see what they are doing. In Britain, Muslims are not just allowed, but allowed by law, to pray at certain times of the day, no matter if they stop work to do so. Employers are required, by law, to go out of their way to facilitate this.
However, the government has taken to abusing the religious practices of Christians to even show evidence of their faith in public.
So when Catholics have their 3pm Friday prayer, no doubt a lot of employers will try to coerce them to stop, using rationales like that have used in the past, that displays of Christianity are “threatening” to other religions and atheists.
In other words, this brings the matter to a head. If the British courts do not permit this, then the Catholic church could invoke old requirements (that likely exist somewhere), that Catholics must pray several times a day.
This could effectively be a monkey wrench in the British economy, to tell the government to quit oppressing Christians in their hatred of Christianity and willingness to kowtow to Islam.
Does it have to be just Catholics? Can Baptists play, too?
I guess we can bring the Divine Mercy chaplet out of the chapel and into public space.
3:00 — the hour of Christ’s death.
For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
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Yeah, right. It was the same Pope, Paul VI, who closed the Second Vatican Council, who lifted the mandatory abstinence from meat on all Fridays.
Not one thing good came out of that council.
Every day after the Rosary and before Mass we say “The Angelus”
During Lent on Friday evenings we have the Stations of the Cross.
So you are against the universal call to holiness? Is Lumen Gentium bad when it reiterates that the Pope is the supreme governor of the Church, and that the college of bishops can only act authoritatively when united to the successor of Peter and never apart from him?
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A lovely prayer that I try to say when it hits noon. Doesn't it also occur at 6 in the morning as well as 6 in the evening?
Relevant Radio continues to say it during the appropriate times of the day.
Not at all. I’m saying the Second Vatican Council and its fallout was anything but a genuine call to holiness. It was all “talk”. It was really a call to more worldliness.
After VC II, Holy Communion while standing, not kneeling, was introduced. Later, Communion in the Paw would be allowed and patens under the chins/paws have disappeared. Friday abstinence and Ember Days (remember them?) were eliminated; head coverings for women disappeared, some saints’ feast days disappeared, many Holy Days of Obligation were transferred to the nearest Sunday, laymen distributing Holy Communion, etc.
What’s holy about any of the above?
None of those things you mention in your second paragraph were mandated by the Vatican II documents. It is the documents that are the magisterial acts to which we must heed, not the things done in their name or the wronful interpretations and implementations. We need a correct interpretation of the documents, in continuity with the continual tradition and teaching of the Church, and Poep Benedict is setting us on that path. Much of what is in the Vatican II documents themselves is not controversial. I seem to recall this year even Fellay or somebody from SSPX said that they would subscribe to 95% of it or something like that. I wish people would be careful about making broad brush cndemnatory statements about Vatican II. One ought carefully to argue about the interpretation and implementation of it, and not simply dismiss the documents themselves. It is an Ecumenical Council approved by the Pope, and some deference is needed to such Magisterial acts, enacted with the same level of authority that the Councils of Nicaea, Ephesus and Chalcedon had.
Sorry, I disagree. VC II was declared to be a purely pastoral council. And that is how I view it; especially when it states I worship the same God the muslims do.
And with that in mind, I suspect other “pastoral” statements from that council.
You did not address a single one of my points. How can you reject the specific “Vatican II” documents, adopted by an Ecumenical Council and approved by the Pope, especially where it repeats what has always been Catholic teaching? Even SSPX doesn’t reject everything in the documents, and Lefebvre voted for many of them. It does not do to say the Council was only Pastoral, since the documents had plenty of doctrine, particularly in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, and the Dogmatic Constitution on Revelation. I think it unreasonable to simply reject everything out of hand rather than accept and interpret in an hermeneutic of continuity, as the Pope does.