SadhanaOriental Meditation and Christian Prayer

To pray with body (taking a breath)

[4]The Third Prayer Method of St. Ignatius 

 This is a way to make a formulated prayer, with taking a breadth. It is made up of four breathings.
 First, let us pray ”Our Father ”
 After slowly reciting a syllable in accordance with a breath, you have to fully savour the meaning of “Our Father” during the following three breadths.
・・・・This is the place where Our God who is Our Father shinning as white as snow without any stains. Also the saints are invited and full of happiness interacting intimately with each other.・・・・
 Next, after reciting “who art in heaven”, you have to savour the meaning of “who art in heaven” in the following three breathings.
・・・・He is there waiting for me to reach out. Certainly, He is there, and surely caring for me. ・・・・
 Like this, you have to pray each syllable in four breathings.

 When you make a pray, you can pray “Hail Mary ”, “Anima Christi ”, “First letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 13 ”, “Prayer for Peace ” (St. Francis of Assisi”,etc.)

(i) Our Father
 Our Father, who art in heaven,
 Hallowed be thy Name.
 Thy kingdom come.
 Thy will be done,
 On earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our trespasses,
 As we forgive those who trespass against us.
 And lead us not into temptation,
 But deliver us from evil.

(ii) Hail Mary
 Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.

(iii) Soul of Christ (Prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola)
 Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
 Body of Christ, save me.
 Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
 Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
 Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
 O good Jesus, hear me.
 Within Thy wounds, hide me.
 Separated from Thee let me never be.
 From the malignant enemy, defend me.
 At the hour of death, call me.
 To come to Thee, bid me,
 That I may praise Thee in the company
 Of Thy Saints, for all eternity.

(iv) I Cor, 13: 4-6
 Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

(V) Peace prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
    Lord, make me an instrument                to be understood, 
              Of your peace;                      as to understand,
          Where there is hatred,                 to be loved as to love;
             Let me sow love;                     for it is in giving
       Where there is injury, pardon;                that we receive,
         Where there is doubt, faith;                it is in pardoning
       Where there is despair, hope;              that we are pardoned,
      Where there is darkness, light;                and it is in dying
    And where there is sadness, joy;          that we are born to eternal life.

    Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;

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