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Prayer is at the center of our daily life and our most important mission for the Church and the world. In the fast paced world we live in today, our days are arranged so that both liturgical and personal prayers are at the forefront of all our life, to refresh our souls, and sanctify our day. Jesus calls us “Come to me all you that labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you” (Mt. 11:28) – we stop our activities throughout the day and we return to the chapel to pray the Divine Office, the official liturgical prayer of the Church and fitting sequence to the Eucharistic celebration.

Complementing our liturgical prayer (Eucharist and Divine Office) is our commitment to personal prayer, where meditation twice daily holds priority. In addition to meditation, we pray the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, other personal and community devotions such as the Sacred Heart and intercessory prayer; especially for priests.

Liturgy of the Hours
In our life of prayer we cultivate liturgical as well as personal prayer. In Liturgical prayer we come together as Community. With heart and voice we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, it is the center of our community life. In the prayer of the Office we have the fitting sequence to the Eucharistic celebration. When we worthily render this song of praise to God, then, “It is truly the voice of the Bride addressing the Bridegroom: it is the very prayer which Christ Himself, together with His Body, addresses to the Father.”

Daily Meditation
Liturgical prayer does not dispense us from personal prayer, in which meditation holds first place. Both nourish each other. In Carmel, contemplation (interior prayer) has priority. For this reason, we look for times of silence or simply remain in the closeness of God. By contemplation we mean that awareness in which our entire being is seized by the reality of God’s love.

Stations of the Cross
Each Sister will pray the Stations of the Cross daily, reflecting on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Lent, this is obligatory.

Sacred Heart
As daughters of our Mother Foundress, we want to make union with Christ in His love the source and center of our life. The favourite topic for our reflection should be our Lord’s words: “Make your home in Me, as I make Mine in you” (Jn. 15:4). Only on this condition can we live a truly Christian life. It is impossible to follow Christ at a distance and to share fully in His love. Through the reception of the World of God in faith, and our reflection on it, we are able to know ever more deeply the Person of Christ and the meekness and humility of His Divine heart (Mt. 11:29), and are in a special way enabled to proclaim and spread His incomprehensible love by our words and actions.

Following the plan of love made before the creation of the world, the Father sent His Son into the world. By raising Him from the dead He established Him as the Lord, as the Heart of all mankind and of the world, as the hope of salvation for all who listen attentively to his voice.

Prayer for Priests
Following the example of our Carmelite Saints, we Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus regard prayer with an apostolic perspective, especially the prayer for priest, to be an obligation essential to our special mission among the people of God. This was also a chief concern of our Dear Mother Foundress.

Personal prayer devotions
The liturgical prayer does not dispense us from personal prayer, which foremost consists of mental prayer. Both nourish each other. “The quiet personal prayer, in which you encounter Christ in order to keep vital the contact of the soul with God, the source of all graces, simply does not have a substitute”.

Intercessory prayer
An example of this type of prayer is the ejaculatory prayer and response that the sisters use to remind each other of Prayer for the Dying. This is a legacy of our Dear Mother Foundress.

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