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(STATUTE Chap. 3 - Prayer Life)
3,1 THE MEANING AND THE NECESSITY OF ALL OF OUR PRAYER is that of imitating the praying Christ, who through prayer would relate with the Father in order to fulfill each and every detail of His will. Therefore all our apostolic activity must flow from our daily prayer.
– Daily – prayer for every member (cf. CIC 663 § 1-4)
3,2 THE DAILY PRAYERS that every little friar or little nun must do together in community or personally, in the respective cloisters or in the cenacle, are the following (except in the case of solitary or community retreats):
a) MORNING VIGIL of silence for about one hour, possibly before the Blessed Sacrament in the respective cloisters.
b) THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS (Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Midday prayer, Vespers).
c) The HOLY MASS.
d) THE MEDITATED HOLY ROSARY.
e) FASTING (possibly on “bread and water” or something else unleavened) twice a week.
f) DAILY PRAYERS for all members and responsible officials of the Church (without neglecting our enemies) to the benefit of all humanity.
g) The aforementioned prayers, at times – at the discretion of the local servant superior – can be done with brothers and sisters together in a suitable place (distinct from the male and female cloisters), or also together with our groups of prayer as the following verse recites: “All these were assiduous and in agreement in prayer, together with some women and with Mary, the mother of Jesus” (cf. Acts 1:14).
– Annual – Prayer for the brother’s and sister’s spiritual retreats (cf. CIC 663 § 5)
3,3 Our annual communitarian prayer, to be done – as far as possible – together with the other members of our community present in the various dioceses of the nation, consist of at least 1 or 2 spiritual retreats per year. Such retreats will be divided into three parts, possibly in the following way: on a formative, doctrinal and spiritual level, in such a way as to favor communion and a greater growth in all and for all among the communities present in the different dioceses of the same nation. The local servant superior can give dispensation from participation for well- founded reasons.
-Annual- payer for National Gatherings with our Groups of Prayer
3,4 The aforementioned annual national retreats, of about a week in duration, are done in such a way as – if possible – to conclude also with a National Gathering of our ADP-VV Groups of Prayer. Naturally these types of meetings and National Gatherings can never be launched without the favorable agreement of the Servant General of our community and the Bishop of the diocese where such meetings would be held. Furthermore, such events need to be communicated ahead of time to each community’s respective local Bishop.
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