The spiritual life is nourished and sustained by contemplation of the word of God. Private prayer, for which Christ found time and space even on the busiest days of his ministry, cannot be omitted without presumption by those who call themselves his disciples. Fidelity to the spirit of prayer and to prayer itself is one of their first duties.
In prayer and meditation on the mystery of Mary's presence at the birth of the Church, Jean-Claude Colin discovered how the Society should be present in the Church of his time. In the same way, a Marist learns to "taste God" and discover for himself in prayer how, by belonging to her Society, he must live the spirit of Mary.
A Marist shall have recourse to Mary with confidence and each day entrust to her the concerns of the Society.
Community prayer is vital for those who undertake a spiritual and apostolic venture together. It is an expression of faith and solidarity, and demands a creative search for new forms, such as reading the Scriptures together in faith, shared prayer, and reflection.
We would like to share these Marist prayers with you.
A Marist Litany
(In the Spirit of Venerable Fr. Colin's After-Dinner Prayer)
(the evening light service that comes from Byzantine tradition)
Thanksgiving Adapted from Apostolic Constitutions, Fourth Century
Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen), Hail Mary, and Sub Tuum
Honoring Mary, requesting the conversion of sinners and commending the faithful to her intercession.
Marist Prayers for Special Days (download PDF file 228 kb)
A Novena of Prayer for Vocations to the Society of Mary
April 19-28, 2013
As has been traditional in the Society of Mary the nine days leading up to the Feast of St Peter Chanel are dedicated to prayer for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. The prayers and reflections in this booklet can be used individually, in a group setting or as part of community prayer.
Through the intercession of Mary, their loving mother, Marists ask God to strengthen the work he has begun in them and keep them unto life everlasting.
may we always bear in mind
that we belong by a gracious choice to the family of
blessed Mary, Mother of God,
from whose name we are
called Marists, and whom
we have chosen as our model
and as our first and
Clothe us in her spirit.
Let us rejoice to belong to her Society and bear her name.
We make this prayer
through Christ, our Lord.