Friday, July 29, 2011

We Adore Thee, O Christ...

In the context of the practice of the presence of God, there are many traditions. The ultimate founder of our Order, St. Francis of Assisi, handed down a simple way of remembering and coming into the presence of God.

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee, here and in all of the tabernacles throughout the world, because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
It is a simple prayer, to be prayed when coming into a Church or chapel - or in his  case, whenever he or his friars passed in front of a Church. Our Sisters have the habit, when kneeling down, to fold our hands, bow our heads and silently pray this prayer. It is a swift and simple means to realize where we are and in whose presence we stand.

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