June 6 – Praying Humbly Before God

Welcome to first time visitor Bill Scicchitano who recently moved from Savannah to Columbia.

Eucharistic Procession

Father Fryml led a discussion about the St. Peter’s Eucharistic Procession in celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Here is a brief summary of the history and practice of this custom born in the 14th century, approved by the Council of Trent in the 16th century, and most recently encouraged by Pope John Paul II early in the 21st century. Discussion included the points that the procession is uniquely Catholic, that there are significant regional variations in the practice of it, and that there is room for improvement in reverence of participants.

Humility Before God

The discussion then turned to the importance of our personal humility before God, especially in prayer. Two examples from Sacred Scripture of humility before God were mentioned: Isaiah’s response to his call and Peter’s response to the big catch of fish.

Isaiah: (Isaiah 6:5) “Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!

Peter: (Luke 5:8) “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”

Fr. Fryml used St. Dominic’s “First Way of Prayer” as an example of how to humble ourselves in prayer. Below is a written description from a 13th century document which includes descriptions of all nine ways St. Dominic prescribed.

Here is a more contemporary description of the First Way.

St. Dominic founded the Dominicans, The Order of Preachers, in the 13th Century. Here is a link to the brief discussion of his life on the Dominicans Website.

Something New

Following the discussion of St. Dominic’s First Way of Prayer, we adjourned to the Church and preceded our normal Morning Prayer by standing, facing the altar, heads bowed and practicing the First Way. Then we prayed the Morning Prayer facing the altar rather than each other. It was an interesting change of pace and reminder of what we are doing when we meet together Wednesday mornings.

 

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