Guest Post: Personal Prayer Rolls
My grandmother, Catherine, was born in 1884. I saw her almost daily for most of my childhood until her death in 1980. Gramma had a daily prayer practice that I occasionally observed, but always knew about.
Each morning she would sit in her chair, review her prayer cards and begin praying. As a Catholic, her prayers were sometimes read, recited or spontaneous prayers. We, the grandchildren, were often reminded that Gramma said a rosary every day for us and for many others.
This has more meaning to me now, as an adult. I am grateful that she took the time to think about me daily and pray for my safety and guidance or whatever specifics she was contemplating.
I have inherited one of her prayer books and a few of her prayer cards. I think about Gramma holding her prayer book with these cards, praying for the living and dead, whom she loved so much.
I live in the Washington DC Temple District and our temple has been closed since March 2018. The closest temples are in Philadelphia, New York and North Carolina. I was a frequent temple patron/worker and made ready use of the prayer roll at the DC Temple. I miss that venue for collective prayer on behalf of the anonymous names in the prayer roll.
I’ve been thinking about temple prayer rolls, my grandmother’s prayer cards and my own prayer lists. Lately, since the temple closed, I have taken to writing down the names of people/situations I want to remember in my prayers. I keep them together with Gramma’s prayer cards and take them out and review them prior to beginning my prayers. It helps make the prayers specific, and it sometimes leads to direct inspiration for ways I can be of use in answering the very prayers I am saying.
Sometimes when I am tired it helps me have a meaningful prayer with real intent, rather than sliding into bed mid-prayer. I can also mention the “people on my list” without naming each one in my head.
I know I am on other people’s lists and I appreciate that so much.
What about you? What ways do you use to remember specific people in your prayers?
Maureen enjoys time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoys knitting, swimming, walking, talking and contemplating.