St. Edward the Confessor community is dedicated to becoming a “House of Prayer,” through deepening our personal, family, and communal practice each and every day. Prayer has been defined many times down through the ages. For example, the old Baltimore Catechism defined it as “a lifting of the heart and mind to God.” The mystics called it “a cry of the heart.” Our youth say it is simply “talking or rapping with Jesus.”
Come and Pray Before Our New Tabernacle in Church (Message from Fr. Brendan)
After God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, He told him to build a tabernacle, saying “they shall make me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst” (Ex 25:28). Moses did as God commanded and built a tabernacle in which was placed manna from the Exodus, the staff of Aaron, and the Ten Commandments. The tabernacle, a Hebrew word meaning “residence” or “dwelling place”, was a sacred place where God chose to meet his people. The new tabernacle in our Blessed Sacrament Chapel, blessed by Bishop Kevin Vann on January 17, is located behind the crucifix and glass rererdo (wall). The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is a sacred place where God continues to meet us, His people. Unlike the tabernacle of the Israelites, the tabernacles in Catholic Churches contain the true and living presence of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. One of the most powerful gifts we have to help us develop our prayer-life and our relationship with God as individuals, families, and a parish is to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. If you haven’t seen the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, please visit it today. Jesus is always there in the tabernacle as God, friend, and counselor saying to us as He did to Moses “here, I will dwell in their midst.”
Prayer Videos – A Call to All Parishioners to Share:
What is your definition of prayer? How do you (or your family) pray?
If you would like to share this, consider making a short video to show at the masses on a Sunday. For more information, click here: GUIDELINES FOR MAKING VIDEOS TO BE USED AT MASS
Are you in need of some spiritual nourishment to kick-start your prayer life each day?
Follow our “Spiritual Snacks” blog each day. Written by parishioners, the blog posts are about ordinary epiphanies or encounters with God.
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