We, the brothers of the Harvard Council, officially began our virtue initiative
"Bro, Do You Even Pray?" on Ash Wednesday.
All are encouraged to join us. Please find below an outline for
opportunities to pray and grow in holiness during this Lenten season.
1. Praying the rosary is one of the most powerful spiritual weapons we have. As many of you know, CJ Curtis leads rosaries nightly at 10:30pm. For those desiring an earlier alternative, Br. Curtis St. Pierre will lead rosaries every Friday in the chapel at 7 PM.
2. The Divine Chaplet of Mercy is the saving grace of even the most hardened sinners. Join your brother knights and the Daughters of Isabella in praying for the salvation of all souls in the Upper Church at 2:30 PM on Fridays. At exactly 3pm, we will pray the Prayer before a Crucifix (During Fridays of Lent, the Church has offered a plenary indulgence for the faithful who pray the Prayer before the Crucifix (subject to the usual conditions: i.e. reception of Communion, sacramental Confession, prayer for the Pope, and detachment from all sin).
3. Wednesday, 5:15 p.m., Choral Vespers with the Choir School choristers, Upper Church.
4. Compline. TBA
CHARITY and PENANCE
1. Charity begins at home. Consider signing up to help out with collection counting for the parish.
2. Thursday evenings we will volunteer at Youville House, a local nursing home, praying and otherwise spending time with residents. A few hours of your time can make a great difference in the lives of one of the elderly.
3. Go to Confession! Go often, go face to face, go behind a veil, just go! Confession is the ultimate way to experience Christ's healing love. Every parish in the Archdiocese will offer confessions Wednesday night from 6:30pm to 8:00pm during Lent.
1. Brothers are strongly encouraged to attend Totus Tuesday (8-9 PM). Stop in and spend some time with the Blessed Sacrament. Those of you who are in the habit of being there should make an effort to stay for the whole hour. During this Lenten season, we will also hold an extra holy hour in the chapel in addition to the usual Tuesday holy hour.
2. Don't be scared of the phrase "Daily Mass." There is no greater way to grow in faith than by receiving the Holy Eucharist often. All brother knights are implored to attend Daily Mass at least once a week (8:00am and 12:10pm) during this Lenten season.
3. Reading the Holy Word is among the surest ways to grow in faith. FOCUS will be holding Bible studies again this semester for those looking to become more familiar with Scripture.
1. As brothers we are called to build each other up. Keep your brother knights accountable for their transgressions, but do so with utmost charity.
The council officers hope that all brother knights will consider integrating at least one of these activities into your everyday lives throughout Lent (and maybe beyond). Truly, we can all stand to become better Catholic Gentlemen, as our Order calls us to do. If nothing else, as a beginning we ask you all to pay a quick visit to the chapel each time you enter and leave the Harvard Catholic Center, so as to remember that God comes before all in our lives.