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  1. 1. Catholic Devotions
  2. 2. Catholic Devotions (I) The Wilton Dyptich
  3. 3. Catholic Devotions (I) A devotion is a customary popular prayer, often linked to other holy actions, objects or places. KEY DEFINITION
  4. 4. King Richard II dedicating England to the care of the Mother of God. This picture shows English Catholic piety at a time when England was renowned for its devotion to Our Lady and was called the ‘Dowry of Mary’. John the Baptist Edward the Confessor Edmund of East Anglia Mary accepts the dedication. Jesus her son reaches out for the symbolic flagpole. The Orb above the St George cross has a miniature image of England.
  5. 5. Advent and Christmas devotions The Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico
  6. 6. Advent and Christmas devotions Advent is the four-week period of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ, celebrated at Christmas. The most popular devotion during Advent in churches and homes is the advent wreath, with the progressive lighting of its four candles, Sunday after Sunday, until Christmas.
  7. 7. Advent and Christmas devotions At Christmas it is customary to erect a crib, a devotion started by St Francis of Assisi. A crib is made up of figures of the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and others grouped according to the scene at Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born. The Nativity by Petrus Christus
  8. 8. Lent and Easter devotions The Crucifixion by Giotto di Bondone
  9. 9. Lent and Easter devotions The Resurrection by Piero della Francesca Lent is the period of forty days in which we prepare, by prayer, fasting and penance, for the celebration of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter.
  10. 10. Lent and Easter devotions The most popular devotion during Lent is the Stations of the Cross (the Via Crucis). In this devotion we walk and pray at fourteen stations that retrace the Passion of Jesus Christ from his condemnation to his entombment. These stations can be found in nearly every church, and sometimes outdoors and at shrines such as Lourdes.Scenes from the Passion of Christ by Hans Memling
  11. 11. Ordinary Time devotions
  12. 12. Ordinary Time devotions Ordinary Time covers the rest of the year. It includes, however, some major solemnities and feasts. On Corpus Christi it is customary to carry the Blessed Sacrament around the church or through nearby streets in solemn procession.
  13. 13. The Rosary is a popular Marian devotion. The Magdalene is practising a Catholic devotion, reading and praying meditatively. The Book of Hours was a traditional medieval devotion with prayers set throughout the day at different times. The jar of oil is the symbol of repentance, the costly nard used to anoint the feet of Christ.
  14. 14. Ordinary Time devotions On the Assumption we honour the Blessed Virgin Mary by a procession and by crowning her statue. The months of May and October are also times when we particularly honour our Blessed Mother. Many Catholics prepare for the major feasts by a novena, a series of prayers over the preceding nine days.The Coronation of the Virgin by Quarton
  15. 15. Devotions to the Holy Eucharist The Last Supper by Sassetta
  16. 16. Devotions to the Holy Eucharist Eucharistic adoration is the worship of Jesus Christ, present under the appearance of bread. It is customary to expose the Eucharistic host in a monstrance for a set period of time outside Mass in order that we may see and adore him. Most parishes set aside at least an hour a week for Eucharistic adoration. Another popular practice is the Forty-Hour devotion of the Eucharist, and in some places there is perpetual adoration.
  17. 17. Devotions to the Holy Eucharist Benediction is the rite of blessing with the Eucharistic host. It is given by a priest or deacon. It is customary to sing (for example, the Tantum Ergo) and incense the host during Benediction. The Mystic Lamb by Jan van Eyck
  18. 18. Summary Questions to reinforce key points Discussion questions Practical activities Presentation Part II Summary Activities I Please select an activity or go immediately to part II of the presentation
  19. 19. Summary Activities Menu Presentation Part II • A devotion is a customary popular prayer, often linked to other holy actions, objects or places. • Popular devotions during Advent and Christmas include those of the Advent wreath and the crib. Devotions during Lent include the Stations of the Cross. There are also some popular devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary during the liturgical year. • Devotions to the Holy Eucharist include Eucharistic adoration, special expressions of which are the Forty-Hour devotion and perpetual adoration.
  20. 20. Questions to reinforce key points A customary popular prayer Often linked to other holy actions Often linked to holy objects Often linked to holy places What are the key points in the definition of a devotion? Activities Menu Presentation Part II 1 2 3 4 Click on a box to reveal one of the answers
  21. 21. Discussion questions Activities Menu Presentation Part II • Discuss why there is such a great diversity of devotions in Catholic life. • Discuss some personal experience of devotions of the liturgical year and/or devotions to the Holy Eucharist. Select one or more of the following:
  22. 22. Practical activities Activities Menu Presentation Part II • Look through a liturgical calendar for the current year. Make a note of the different periods of the year and the most important solemnities and feasts, especially the holy days of obligation. • Read through the Rite of Benediction, noting what happens at each stage. Select one or more of the following:
  23. 23. Catholic Devotions (II) Our Lady of China, Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Wilton Dyptich
  24. 24. Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary
  25. 25. Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe
  26. 26. The sun and moon These symbols are a clear reference to Rev 12:1: “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” The black band indicates that Our Lady is pregnant with the child Jesus. Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary This image was imprinted on the cactus fibre cloak of Juan Diego in 1531 following a series of apparitions of Our Lady. Our Lady of Guadalupe The red dress is that of an Aztec princess, showing that Mary is the heavenly queen of all peoples. The blue mantle is the Aztec colour of divinity.
  27. 27. Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary The Rosary is series of prayers which brings to mind 20 of the most important events in the life of Jesus and Mary. For each of the 20 mysteries (5 joyful, 5 luminous, 5 sorrowful and 5 glorious) we pray a ‘decade’, which is: one Our Father, ten Hail Mary’s and one Glory Be, following these prayers on a set of beads. We usually pray 5 mysteries at a time.
  28. 28. Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary There are many other Marian devotions including the Angelus, the Litany of Loreto, wearing the Brown Scapular and the Miraculous Medal.
  29. 29. Devotions to the saints and the dead
  30. 30. Devotions to the saints and the dead Patron saints accompany, help and intercede for us. We choose saints as patrons, especially at Baptism and Confirmation. It is good to venerate holy pictures and statues of these patrons. Countries, occupations and activities also have distinctive patrons. St George is the patron of England; St Thomas More is a patron of politicians and lawyers; St Catherine of Siena is a patron of Europe.
  31. 31. Devotions to the saints and the dead A common prayer to aid the souls in purgatory is: “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace”. To visit graves and pray for our deceased is a work of mercy. Detail from The Coronation of the Virgin by Quarton
  32. 32. Shrines and pilgrimages Triumphal Entry by Giotto di Bondone Christ’s entry into Jerusalem at the pilgrimage time of Passover reminds us of the spiritual importance of pilgrimage in the Christian life.
  33. 33. Shrines and pilgrimages A pilgrimage is a journey to a shrine for the purpose of prayer and special intentions, the journey itself also representing the Christian passage through life to heaven. A pilgrimage can be short or long, and undertaken individually or in a group.
  34. 34. Shrines and pilgrimages In a devotional sense a ‘visit’ can be to a church to kneel and pray before Christ in the tabernacle. It can also mean the lighting of a candle and a prayer before a statue or image of Our Lady or a saint.
  35. 35. Recommended devotions for the home
  36. 36. Recommended devotions for the home It is strongly recommended that every Catholic family pray the Rosary together, pray before and after meals and at the beginning and end of the day. It is fitting for every Catholic home to have a crucifix and some holy image of Mary or the saints. Some houses have a little shrine or prayer corner where a candle can be lit and prayers said.
  37. 37. Recommended devotions for the home A family Bible set in an important position in the house is also a good practice. Many homes have a holy water font by the door of the house so that those passing by may bless themselves with the Sign of the Cross.
  38. 38. Summary Questions to reinforce key points Discussion questions Practical activities Summary Activities II Please select an activity or go immediately to the final summary and prayer Concluding Prayer
  39. 39. Summary Activities Menu Concluding Prayer • The most important and popular Marian devotion is the Rosary. • Patron saints accompany, help and intercede for us. It is good to venerate holy pictures and statues of these patrons. • To aid souls in purgatory we can pray, “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace”. • Other devotions involve shrines, pilgrimages and visits. Devotional objects such as rosaries, a crucifix, holy pictures and a Bible are strongly recommended for the home.
  40. 40. Questions to reinforce key points Joyful Mysteries Luminous Mysteries Sorrowful Mysteries Glorious Mysteries What are the four sets of Rosary mysteries? Activities Menu Concluding Prayer 1 2 3 4 Click on a box to reveal one of the answers
  41. 41. Discussion questions Activities Menu • Discuss ways in which a rich devotional life can help someone to live out a personal and public Christian life in the world. • Discuss some personal experience of one or more of: devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary; devotions to the saints and the dead; shrines and pilgrimages; devotions in the home. Select one or more of the following: Concluding Prayer
  42. 42. Practical activities Activities Menu • Show one or more devotional objects, such as a Rosary, and explain how they are used. • Visit a church and note any objects or symbols that are used for Catholic devotions. Select one or more of the following: Concluding Prayer
  43. 43. Final Prayer Angelus The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary. And the Word was made Flesh. R. And dwelt among us. Hail Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son 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.

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