Tag Archives: Prayer

Dia de los Muertos

 

 

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for those who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions include making private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Some families build altars or small shrines in their homes with crosses, statues or pictures of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pictures of the deceased, and candles.  People spend time around the altar, praying and telling stories about the dead.

I have never celebrated this holiday but I’ve always wanted to.  I love the idea and the colors and look of the decorations.  Perhaps I will start celebrating Dia de ls Muertos.  I would want to choose one person each time.  I think I will start with my father this year.  We will definitely eat chocolate chip cookies.  He loved those.

 

Want and need

 

I am trying not to buy things just because I want them, to try to have money for things we will need.  This is easier said than done.  However, the joy of a new dress today is nothing compared to the joy  relief of having what you need.  Sometimes you will not have what you need no matter how frugal you are (medical issues, loss of employment, natural disasters).  Only God has control.  But we can push ourselves to be frugal and to be a good steward over what God has given us.

Praying the hours

Christians praying in Goma, DR of Congo.

Christians praying in Goma, DR of Congo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’d like to be more prayerful.  I’d like to have set times of prayer throughout the day.  Muslims come to mind, praying 5 times a day – dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening.  I want to be reminded of God’s presence, to be in contact with Him, and to remember to be striving to do His will.

In Christianity, there is praying the hours. 

Lauds (When you wake up)

Prime (When you get out of bed)

Terce (Mid-morning)

Sext (Noon)

Nones (Mid-afternoon)

Vespers (Early evening)

Mattins (When sleep is difficult)

Praying the hours goes back to the Jews.  In the Psalms we find expressions like: “I will meditate on thee in the morning;” “I rose at midnight to give praise to thee;” “Evening and morning, and at noon I will speak and declare: and he shall hear my voice;” “Seven times a day I have given praise to thee.”

It appears many religions have this custom.  Now it’s my turn to pick it up.