Prayer is basically a relationship with God. It is a time when we allow God to love us. We give prayer a priority of place in our lives. Apart from the Eucharistic service (Mass) from which we draw infinite enrichment, since it is the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross re-lived we have what we call the Prayer of the Church which is biblical in character, morning and evening. Here we praise and thank God with the whole of creation and we also intercede for all those in need, keeping in mind the pressing needs of the church, country and the world at large. In addition to this, we have the rosary to the Blessed Virgin Mary-a chaplet-through which we re-live the mysteries of Christ’s life and Mary’s participation in the same. There are also a few devotional prayers for our well being and the well being of others.
The year 1886 was very momentous in the annals of the history of the church in India.
1st of that year Pope Leo XIII established the Hierarchy of India; and all the
of India and Ceylon were raised to the status of Dioceses. Seven Dioceses, including
were elevated as Archdioceses in India. Verapoly thus became the only Archdiocese
for the whole of Malabar, and Dr. Leonard Mellano of St. Louis OCD, the last Vicar
of Malabar, became its first Archbishop.
Since our personal prayer nourishes our community prayer and vice versa,
each of us spends an hour in personal prayer normally called meditation.
We prepare diligently for this, through reading of the Scriptures and other religious books.
This is usually done during the morning hours.
We integrate our prayer life with our daily life.