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MessageSujet: afternoon Catholic prayer   Sam 18 Jan - 9:34


Cristo Crucificado by Diego Velazquez, courtesy of Wikipedia

Do you feel like nobody cares about you? Our Three O’Clock prayer can help remind you just how much Jesus does! You can say it at that time as a great way to keep our Lord close to your heart in the midst of your day.

Dear Lord, remembering the hour when You experienced death
So that we might have Eternal Life,
May we appreciate in our hearts
the necessity of Your sacrifice for us
And with Your help, Your guidance, and Your grace,
May we be made worthy of it.
We were inspired to include this prayer on our site by our Lord’s words to St. Faustina, the celebrated Polish nun to whom He often appeared in the 1930’s.

Jesus stressed upon her the importance of trusting in His Divine Mercy, and in showing mercy to others. (As Our Lord said in the Gospels, “if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive you.” Mark 11:26) Indeed, he taught her the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Christ told St. Faustina, as she recorded in her famous Diary, “at three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion..(Diary 1320)…immerse yourself completely in My mercy (Diary 1572)..”.

(Why three o’clock? We read in the Gospels that three o’clock in the afternoon was the hour of our Lord’s death on the Cross.) (See Matt 27:46-50; Mark 15:34-37; and Luke 23:44-46)


this article from the Marians points out, our Lord wants us to focus on His Passion then, even if just for a moment, and to implore His mercy for our sins.

In addition to trusting in Christ’s mercy we need also to trust in the necessity of His Passion, a focal point of our three o’clock prayer. It is all too human, and natural, for us to wonder, as some who taunted Our Lord did as he was dying, why if he were the Son of God, he wouldn’t just come down from the Cross (Matt 27:42-43).

Why go through all this misery? For us, for you! Christ came “to give His life as a redemption for many” (Matt 20: 28, Mark 10:45). St. Alphonsus Liquori noted that only the Son of God as man could make proper atonement to His Heavenly Father for our sins by sacrificing His life for us on the Cross at Calvary.

As we read in one of the most famous lines in the Gospels: “God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that those who believe in Him may not perish but may have life everlasting” (John 3:16).

Christ spoke to His disciples about his Passion many times during his ministry. For one example, he said that He would “be killed: and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31). When St. Peter reproached Him about this at one point he responded by rebuking him for thinking not as God but rather as a human being. (Matt 16:23; Mark 8:33).

As we read famously in another great line from scripture “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, says the Lord” (Isaiah 55:Cool.

Most poignantly, when our Lord submitted to his arrest at Gethsemane, he asked how else would the scriptures be fulfilled if He did not undergo His Passion (Matt 26:54).

The prophet Isaiah had foretold centuries earlier that Christ would be “wounded for our iniquities, and “bruised for our sins” but that his death would win pardon for the sins of many (Isaiah 53: 5, 12).

Truly, as St. Paul once wrote, “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures" (1 Cor 15:3). He was the Lamb of God sacrificed to take away the sins of the world, as we say at Mass.

As we also hear at Mass He humbled Himself to share in our humanity so that we might share in His divinity (in Eternal Life with Him in heaven!). He was like us in all things except sin. He experienced all our misfortunes, hunger, thirst, loneliness to die ignominiously between two thieves, executed despite his innocence.

His sacrifice in such as painful and bloody manner is also meant to show us the profound depth of His love for us and also, that in contemplating His Passion, as St. Gregory once said “nothing seems so hard that it cannot be borne with equanimity.”

Note that Christ might have opened the door to Heaven for us with His Passion but we must still walk through it. And for that we need His help! As our Lord said in John’s Gospel: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Remember, Jesus wants to help us as we strive for holiness! He’s given us the sacrament of the Eucharist for us to get much needed grace and strength from Him in our daily lives. He’s also given us the sacrament of Penance (confession) for us to ask for His forgiveness when we fall and to receive His grace to resist temptations.

Jesus asks us to follow in His footsteps as best we can, to be His presence in others’ lives, and to unite our own sufferings with His on the cross. With His Passion He became our Redeemer, yet He asks us to be “co-redeemers” in our own salvation by carrying our crosses with Him.

Our Lord’s Passion can help us keep our eyes on the prize, Eternal Life! And, as St. Thomas Aquinas expressed it so well, to give us hope in the midst of trials and temptations, “if we endure for Christ our own anxieties and sufferings, we shall also reign together with Christ in the happiness that is everlasting.”
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MessageSujet: Re: afternoon Catholic prayer   Sam 18 Jan - 9:34

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 659
Complementary Psalmody: 1295 (Midafternoon)
Proper of Saints: 1511 (antiphon, reading)

Midafternoon Prayer for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, using the Complementary Psalmody

God, come to my assistance.
– Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
– as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.


Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands For our offenses given;
But now at God’s right hand He stands And brings us life from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be And sing to God right thankfully
Loud songs of alleluia! Alleluia!

No son of man could conquer death, Such ruin sin had wrought us.
No innocence was found on earth, And therefore death had brought us
Into bondage from of old And ever grew more strong and bold
And held us as its captive. Alleluia!

Christ Jesus, God’s own Son, came down, His people to deliver;
Destroying sin, He took the crown From death’s pale brow forever:
Stripped of pow’r, no more it reigns; An empty form alone remains;
Its sting is lost forever. Alleluia!

It was a strange and dreadful strife When life and death contended;
The victory remained with life, The reign of death was ended.
Holy Scripture plainly saith That death is swallowed up by death,
Its sting is lost forever. Alleluia!

Here our true Paschal Lamb we see, Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree — So strong His love—to save us.
See, His blood now marks our door; Faith points to it; death passes o’er,
And Satan cannot harm us. Alleluia!

So let us keep the festival To which our Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the joy of all, The sun that warms and lights us.
Now His grace to us imparts Eternal sunshine to our hearts;
The night of sin is ended. Alleluia!

Then let us feast this Easter Day On Christ, the bread of heaven;
The Word of grace has purged away The old and evil leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed; He is our meat and drink indeed;
Faith lives upon no other! Alleluia!

“Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands”; Words: Martin Luther, 1524. Music: Geistliche Gesangbüchlein, 1524.
Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands by Concordia Publishing House is available from


Ant. 1 Peter and John went up to the temple at three in the afternoon.

Psalm 126
Joyful hope in God
Companions with him in suffering, you will share his over-flowing happiness (2 Corinthians 1:7)

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,
it seemed like a dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
on our lips there were songs.

The heathens themselves said: “What marvels
the Lord worked for them!”
What marvels the Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
as streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears
will sing when they reap.

They go out, they go out, full of tears,
carrying seed for the sowing:
they come back, they come back, full of song,
carrying their sheaves

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
– as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 127
Apart from God our labors are worthless
You are God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:9)

If the Lord does not build the house,
in vain do its builders labor;
if the Lord does not watch over the city,
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising,
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat,
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

Truly sons are a gift from the Lord,
a blessing, the fruit of the womb.
Indeed the sons of youth
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

O the happiness of the man
who has filled his quiver with these arrows!
He will have no cause for shame
when he disputes with his foes in the gateways.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
– as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 128
Happiness of family life rooted in God
“May the Lord bless you from Zion,” that is, from the Church (Arnobius)

O blessed are those who fear the Lord
and walk in his ways!

By the labor of your hands you shall eat.
You will be happy and prosper;
the wife like a fruitful vine
in the heart of your house;
Your children like shoots of the olive,
around your table.

Indeed thus shall be blessed
the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion
all the days of your life!
May you see your children’s children
in a happy Jerusalem!

On Israel, peace!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
– as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Peter and John went up to the temple at three in the afternoon.

READING 2 Corinthians 4:13-14

We have the spirit of faith of which the Scripture says, “Because I believed, I spoke out.” We believe and so we speak, knowing that he who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us along with Jesus and place both us and you in his presence.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Rejoice and be glad, says the Lord.
– For your names are written in heaven.


we pray, O Lord our God,
that we may be sustained
by the intercession of the
blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, that,
as through them you gave your Church
the foundations of her heavenly office,
so through them you may help her to eternal salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
– And give him thanks.

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