THE CYCLE OF PRAYER
The Cycle of Prayer seeks to preserve the integrity of the Sunday liturgy, without losing sight of the importance of being united with the universal or local Church in praying and working for important intentions. It seeks to do this be encouraging the faithful to pray for the intentions set out in the Cycle in their personal prayers throughout the period specified, and not only at Mass on a particular day.
The Cycle of Prayer is based on a division of the year into six periods, three of these being the principal liturgical seasons of Advent/Christmas; Lent and Easter and the other three periods being divisions of Ordinary Time, namely Winter, Summer and Autumn.
Each of these six periods is allocated its proper series of intentions for prayer, which may be taken up by both individuals and parishes and other groups throughout the season.
Cycle of Prayer
ORDINARY TIME: AUTUMN
The Harvest, the Fruits of Human of Work,
and the Reverent Use of Creation
Especially on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September)
and on the last Sunday in September
or whenever Harvest Festivals are held.
Students and Teachers
Especially on the Education Day (2nd Sunday in September).
The Spread of the Gospel
Especially on Home Mission Day (3rd Sunday in September)
and on World Mission Day (penultimate Sunday in October).
Justice and Peace in the world
Especially on Racial Justice day (2nd Sunday in September)
and on Harvest Fast Day (1st Friday in October).
Prisoners and their Families
Especially on the Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their Dependants
(2nd Sunday in October) and during Prisons Week (2nd week in October).
All Victims of War
Especially on Remembrance Sunday (2nd Sunday in November).
Especially on Youth Day (Christ the King).
POPE’S WORLDWIDE PRAYER
Each month the Pope entrusts prayer intentions to his Worldwide Prayer
Network, formerly the Apostleship of Prayer.
These intentions express his great concern for humanity and the mission
of the Church. His monthly prayer intention (one month is universal and
the next month is for evangelisation) is a global call to transform our
prayer into “concrete gestures” of service. It is a monthly action plan
mobilising us to work together to build a more human and caring world.
Apostleship of Prayer Intentions
Evangelisation prayer intention: The Mission of Religious
Let us pray that consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalised,
and those who have no voice.
OF THE CHURCH YEAR
Each month of the year is dedicated to a particular devotion within
the Catholic faith;
the dedication of each month is based on historical events or a particular aspect of the liturgical calendar, or a combination of the two.
These monthly Catholic devotions do not line up exactly with the time frame of the liturgical calendar, since they are fixed to standard calendar months rather than the Church seasons.
Some countries and areas have developed monthly dedications to devotions more specific to their area, below we will show the common,
widespread Catholic devotions for each month throughout the year.
The Holy Name and Childhood of Jesus
The Holy Family
The Blessed Sacrament
Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Precious Blood
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Seven Dolours (Sorrows) of Mary
The Holy Rosary & The Holy Angels
Poor Souls in Purgatory
The Immaculate Conception
DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday - The Holy Trinity
Monday - The Holy Angels
Tuesday - The Apostles
Wednesday - Saint Joseph
Thursday - The Holy Eucharist
Friday - The Passion of Our Lord
Saturday - Our Lady
Prayer is a close sharing between friends,
to be alone with him
who we know loves us.