My favorite devotions are, more or less in order:Now, who to tag?
Just FIVE??? Out of the treasury of traditional Catholic resources??? How unfair!! I could mention a dozen more, some of which I frequent, even regularly, including the Latin Prayers of the St. Benedict Medal (what sacramental is so heavily indulgenced?), the devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (though I do not recommend this for untutored Protestants because of susceptibilities of misinterpretation), the Morning Offering prayer to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (also with similar caveats for Protestants), or St. Alphonsus Ligouri's Stations of the Cross, with the accompanying hymn "At the cross her station keeping," the magnificent Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts, St. Josemaria Escriva's meditations, and some of the prayers I mentioned in my post, "Providence in the battlefield of prayer" (Musings, October 26, 2009). Why be Catholic if not to go deep into tradition to partake of the treasures and incredible resources there? Why live in an outhouse when you've inherited a castle?
- The Mass in the usus antiquior of the Traditional Roman Rite of St. Gregory the Great -- either the sung High Mass (from the Asperges to the Second Gospel and Dismissal) or Low Mass (from the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar to the Marian prayers following the Mass). In my experience, the distance between these and anything else is so vast, that little else even registers. But that's just my humble opinion.
- The Rosary with the particular framing of the mysteries offered by St. Louis de Montfort. I pray five decades every day, nearly without exception, with particular intentions ("prayer requests" for Protestant readers). I also like to point out to my Protestant friends that the "Hail Mary" is based on Luke 1:28, 42, and quickly became one of the earliest prayers of the Church along with the "Our Father."
- The Breviary in the traditional form and translation. I find the English translation of the reformed Liturgy of the Hours unbearable, but that may be just my Protestant background. I must also note that I rarely have time to pray all the traditonal hours. But when I did so for a period of time, I have found them incredibly rewarding, feeling a bit as though I were on a pilgrimage through time in that train of the "glorious choir of the Apostles," the "admirable company of Prophets," and the "white-robed army of Martyrs" mentioned in the Te Deum. Maybe when I retire... I also like to point out to my Protestant friends that two of the earlierst hymns of the Church, found in the Breviary, come from Luke 1:46-55 (the Canticle of Mary, or the Magnificat) and Luke 1:68-79 (the Cantacle of Zechariah).
- Benediction, with the beautiful hymns of St. Thomas Aquinas, "O Salutaris Hostia" and "Tantum ergo," and the beautiful "Divine Praises."
- The Seven Sorrows (or "Dolors") of the Blessed Mother. (What other prayer has such amazing promises and consolations?!)
Thursday, August 12, 2010
"Tag, you're it!" said the email from David L. Alexander, a.k.a. "Man With Black Hat," who decided to "tag" me, as he says in his blog post, "Tagged" (Man With Black Hat, August 11, 2010), with a request list of favorite five devotions. So, for whatever they're worth: