Devotions
Part 8  Actions, Objects, Shrines, and Pilgrimages

Chapter v81 Devotional Actions and Objects

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Devotional Actions

Devotional Objects

Blessed Objects (Sacramentals)

To think About

Preliminary Questions

Can you think of devotions that are associated with specific times in the Liturgical Year?

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Bibliography

James O'Toole (editor).  Habits of Devotion: Catholic Religious Practice in Twentieth-Century America (Cushwa Center) ISBN 0801442567

http://cara.georgetown.edu/devotionpractice.pdf

 

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Devotional Actions

Sign of the Cross

Grace before / after meals

Genuflection before the Blessed Sacrament / upon entering a Church

"Double" genuflection

Bowing before receiving communion

bowing when passing an altar

Men tipping their hat when passing a Church

Making the sign of the cross when passing a Church

Lighting votive candles

 

Contemplative / Interior Actions

Retreats

The Parish Mission

Meditation

Spiritual Reading

Lectio Divina

Centering Prayer

Ignatian Exercises

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Devotional Objects

Objects associated with particular prayers

Rosary

Objects of Clothing

Wearing a religious habit....

Scapulars

Scapular and cord / Tertiary habits

Crosses / crucifixes / medals

Hairshirt

Penitential chains

"Slavery" chains


SCAPULARS 

Pontiff Praises Wearing the Scapular  CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 17, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today noted that the scapular is a "particular sign of union with Jesus and Mary."  The Pope commented on the use of this devotion when he addressed Polish-speaking pilgrims gathered at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo to pray the midday Angelus.  Saturday was the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the feast to which the scapular is linked. Simon Stock, general superior of the Carmelite Order, received the scapular in 1251, during an apparition of the Virgin, when she promised special assistance in life and in death to all those who wear it with devotion.

The word scapular originally referred to a form of clothing, which monks wore when they were working. The scapular came to symbolize Carmelite devotion to Mary; the devotion developed over time so that today, the scapular has various forms.

Benedict XVI referred to wearing the scapular as a "particular sign of union with Jesus and Mary."  "For those who wear it, it is a sign of filial abandonment to the protection of the Immaculate Virgin," he said. "In our battle against evil, may Mary our Mother wrap us in her mantle."  Blessed John Paul II spoke about the sign on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 2003. The Polish Pontiff said:  "Even I, from my youngest days, have worn around my neck the scapular of Our Lady and I take refuge with trust under the mantle of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus."


Ashes


Palms

Candles

Incense

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Blessed Objects (Sacramentals)

intro to SC Cp 3 Associated with Sacraments:
Baptism - Holy Water
Eucharist ?
Baptism / Confirmation / Holy Orders / consecrations  -- Holy Oils
3 oils
ambry

Blessings / Consecrations   
    Churches
    Altars
    Candles

Statues

Relics
Classes:  1, 2, 3...

Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage becomes a popular form of prayer -- Destinations:  the Holy Land, the 7 Churches of Rome, the tomb of St. Thomas a Becket in Canterbury, the tomb of St. James in Santiago.  TCP 74

Would contemporary marches -- e.g. Right to Life -- be considered Pilgrimages?

World Youth Day
Pilgrimage of youth from Paris to Chartres
Pilgrimages to the Abbey of Einsiedeln
Cincinnati:  Mount Adams on Good Friday...

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To Think About

What other objects can you add to this list?

 

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