MONDAY NIGHT PRAYER GROUP
The St. Boniface Monday Night Prayer Group was started in 1994 after Barb Arkwright and I returned from a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Medjugorje is a village in Bosnia/Herzegovina where the Blessed Mother is said to have been appearing to six people since 1981. It is an oasis of peace where there have been many conversions and calls to the priesthood. To me, it feels like the front porch to Heaven.
We meet for prayer group each Monday at 7 p.m. to pray the rosary. Occasionally, we meet at 6:30, as we are doing right now, for the rosary and then do a book study for Lent or Advent at 7 p.m.. We are an intercessory prayer group and we pray for all those on our parish prayer chain and for all others who have asked for prayers. Our prayer petitions range from prayers of thanksgiving, personal intentions, for family members, for those who are sick and suffering in body, mind or spirit, for an end to abortion, for all priests and religious and for more vocations. We pray for peace; in our hearts, our families, our nation, the world and the womb. We, also, read the daily scripture readings and a meditation on one of them.
On the first Monday of each month we have a Holy Hour of Adoration. We meet in the chapel at 6 p.m. to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and pray for the respect for all life, from conception to natural death. We might have background music during this time or silent Adoration and prayer.
Prayer group is very important to me, personally. It's wonderful to be able to pray with other friends in Christ who have a devotion to Our Lady and a great love for Jesus. When we pray the rosary I feel like I'm holding the Blessed Mother's hand as she intercedes for and leads us to her son, Jesus. I've experienced the power of prayer in my own family and believe miracles do happen!
- Jan Young