St Johns Province Kanjirapally

Prayer Life

Prayer is the conscious rising to and immersing of our hearts with God. As SABS, we are specially called to be in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord. The model of our prayer life is Christ, eternal priest who in obedience to the Father offered Himself as a sacrifice for the reconciliation and redemption of mankind. Being transformed thorough prayer, we become witnesses of God, thereby leading the children of God to real God experience, salvation and to the joy of resurrection.

Our liturgical, communal and personal prayers play an important role in our prayer life. Liturgical prayer is the supreme worship that the Church the mystical body of Christ, offers to God together with her bridegroom. Community prayers bring us closer to the love and perfection of God as a community of people who are mutuallyt enriched by the presence of those who have great zeal and zest for Christ and His Kingdom. Personal prayer prepares us for constant conversion of heart, by which we become free from the worries of the world and meet God in the innermost recesses of the heart.

Eucharistic Celebration: Everyday we participate in the Eucharistic celebration, which is the center of our life and the strength of our souls.

Liturgy of Hours: Being a religious congregation in the Syro-Malabar Church, we celebrate the sapra, ramsa and leliya of this Oriental Church everyday.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Everyday we spend at least one hour in adoration before the Blessed sacrament, in praise, worship, thanksgiving, intercessionsa nd reparation.

Visit to the Blessed Sacrament: It is in our blood to visit the Blessed Sacrament for a few minutes even while we are in the midst of our busy schedules. Tradtion is that we pay these visits at least 33 times a day.

Other Spiritual Exercises: 

  • Devotion to the Blessed Mother
  • Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Daily Meditation
  • Listening to the Word of God
  • Monthly Recollection
  • Receiving the Sacrament of Penance
  • Examination of Conscience
  • Spiritual Reading
  • Observing asceticism and penance

Spiritual Renewal Programmes:

  • Five-days Prayer
  • Annual Retreat
  • Forty Days Retreat
  • Cloister
  • Life in Contemplative Communities