Traditional Prayers Part 8

Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
Hail holy Queen, Mother of mercy, Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Traditional Prayers Part 7

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help for a Particular Intention
O Mother of Perpetual Help! With the greatest of confidence I approach you to implore your aid. You have seen the wounds of your Son and His blood shed for our salvation. You know how He desires our salvation. Because of this, I kneel before you and beseech you to obtain for me the mercy of which I stand in such great need. O Mary, most amiable among women, obtain the favor I seek from Jesus, the source of all good. (Mention request)

Traditional Prayers Part 6

The Angelus (traditionally said at 6 AM, 12 Pm and 6 Pm.)
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
(Ave Maria) Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy Word.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth we beseech you O Lord, Your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Traditional Prayers Part 5

The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your powerful name, the protection of the living and the salvation of the dying. Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, Blessed Lady, to rescue me whenever I call on you. In my temptations, in my needs, I will never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary. What a consolation, what sweetness, what confidence fills my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only think of you! I thank the Lord for having given you so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you Mother of Perpetual Help.
Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me and grant me the favor I confidently ask of you. (Mention your request)
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Traditional Prayers Part 4

The Magnificat ( A revolutionary prayer )
My heart praises the Lord, my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed; the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of His arm. He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel for He has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children.

Traditional Prayers Part 3

A prayer to Spend the Day Well.
My dear Mother Mary, keep me in your holy protection. Guard my mind, my heart and my senses, that I will not be stained by sin. Sanctify my thoughts, desires, words, and actions that I may live today happily and peacefully. Jesus and Mary, give me your blessings. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Traditional Prayers Part 2

A Morning Offering
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your most Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist offered throughout the world, in reparations for my failures, shortcomings and sins of omissions and communions and in particular, for my special need.(mention your special need)

Traditional Prayers Part 1

Introduction : When Prayers go up Blessings come down.
In this modern secularized world, we often lose touch with the reality of life. Therefore, man is often in search of the spiritual life. A simple prayer or meditative living can be of some help to achieve this noble goal.
It is said that when prayers go up, blessings come down. Sincere prayer and meditation has healing power when done with deep faith, hope and charity. A praying person is a blessing to society. The world needs more praying men and women than ever before. When the forces of evil multiply, the people of goodwill must devote more time in fasting and prayer in addition to all the hard work in the secular world. Often, people are confused between saying many prayers and living a prayerful life. Saying prayer is easy but living a prayerful life is challenging. A person of prayer finds the loving and the living presence of God everywhere and in everyone. He or she promotes the common good. Prayer can change people. Prayer leads to communion and communication with God and our fellow human beings. Prayer will not bear fruit if there is anger, hatred or resentment towards others.
Often, people asked me why pray and how to pray? There is no simple answer. You can begin with some traditional prayers to grow in the virtues of faith, hope and charity. If you are interested to learn some traditional prayers, follow the blog for the coming weeks. I shall introduce some simple traditional prayers of the Christian tradition.

Meditation Part 6

The first stage of Peace mediation: Learn to sit erect and relaxed
• Find a comfortable position and sit like a child on your mother’s lap
• Close your eyes to have better control of your senses
• Breathe in deeply, breathe out very slowly, do this gently for a few minutes to remain calm and still
• Bring your attention to each parts of your body from head to foot
• Tell yourself, I am relaxed and I feel the relaxation within

Once you have learned to sit in a relaxed way, you can proceed to the next stage of this meditation.

Second stage of Peace meditation: Reconciliation and Forgiveness
• Try to recall faces of people with whom you often interact and work with in your daily life
• Try to recollect the faces of people who have hurt your feelings or who have humiliated you and wounded you including those whom you have hurt and wounded
• Send them the vibrations of peace, good wishes and blessings. Continue this process until you no longer feel your anger, hatred and resentment towards them
• This may often take some time. Once you have done it a number times over a number of days, you will be fully freed of your negative feelings

Third stage of Peace meditation: Develop an attitude of gratitude
• Fill your heart with an attitude of gratitude
• Think of the countless blessings and good opportunities you have received in your life
• Thank your parents, teachers, brothers, sisters, friends and benefactors who have made your life happy and meaningful
• Express an attitude of gratitude for all the good opportunities and encouragements, help and support you have received from others
• What you are today is the result of your selfless self-sacrificing love for others

Fourth stage of Peace meditation: Develop inner peace and harmony
• Breathe in deeply; breathe out slowly and very gently
• Concentrate fully on your breathing (in and out)
• Try to remain in communion with yourself, creator (God ) and with nature
• Bring your attention from head to foot and say a word of thank you to different parts of your body
• Send vibrations of peace, harmony and blessings of good wishes to whoever you wish
• Make a gentle smile and remain smiling for a few seconds
• Bring your palms together and rub it. Make it warm and give a gentle massage to your face and eye lids and open your eyes gently
• Open your eyes and sing Loka Samantha suction Bhavantu (may all beings be happy)

Note: End of Peace meditation. Try to find quality time either in the morning or before going to bed to practice this meditation for at least 15 minutes to develop peace and inner harmony to free yourself from stress and tension of the day

Meditation Part 5

Some popular forms of meditation.
Meditation is very popular in the city culture. There are many names and forms of meditation and often very confusing. I shall enumerate a few and explain a very simple and unique form of meditation to help you to release stress and tension.
Examples of meditations are:
• Vipasana meditation
• Zen meditation
• Transcendental meditation
• Kriya yoga meditation
• Raja yoga meditation
• Hatha yoga meditation
• Patanjali yoga meditation
• Nature meditation
• Iganatian method of meditation
• Peace meditation
Peace meditation is a simple and unique combination of all the above meditations. It was originally developed by Swami Saccidanda Bharathi. He called it shanti yagna meditation. Shanti means peace, yagna means effort. A personal effort to become a peaceful person by practicing meditation daily. It is an inter-religious meditation which can be shared by all irrespective of culture and religious background to bring forgiveness, reconciliation and peace. The emphasis is on divine grace rather than human effort. Therefore, the posture, time and duration etc is less important. It is an all inclusive approach to promote peace. If you are interested in practicing the peace meditation, follow the upcoming blogs.