Last updated on 24 August 2023
You are invited to join with other members of the Church community in praying the daily liturgy of the hours and the readings for Mass.
Readings at Mass
For each day and the week ahead. As used in Australia: Jerusalem Bible and Grail psalms.
The Liturgical Week ahead
- Click here for daily Mass readings – Diocese of Wollongong.
- Sunday Readings are available with audio here.
- Download the Australian electronic lectionary here.
Liturgy of the Hours
The prayer of the universal Church, seven times a day.
6am Angelus and Lauds
Midday Angelus and Sext
What is Prayer?
Ways to Pray
There are many ways to pray. What you say and what you do are not as important as just being there with God when you pray.
Some people find ACTS a helpful way to pray. The letters speak of four aspects of a time of prayer:
- A – for Adoration – beginning with the worship of God
- C – for Contrition – acknowledges that we are sinners and need to confess our turning away from God
- T – for Thanksgiving – to express our gratitude for all the amazing things in our lives
- S – for Supplication – or intercession for all those that we love and care for in the world.
For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.St Therese of Lisieux.
Sometimes we may find it hard to pray – to lift our hearts and minds in worship of the God who created the universe and redeemed the world through the death and resurrection of Jesus. If you are looking for some words to help you in the midst of your busy life, let the words of Scripture and the prayers of the saints guide you.
From Catechism of the Catholic Church 2644 – 2649:
The Holy Spirit who teaches the Church and recalls to her all that Jesus said also instructs her in the life of prayer, inspiring new expressions of the same basic forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise. Because God blesses the human heart it can in return bless him who is the source of every blessing. Forgiveness, the quest for the Kingdom and every true need are objects of the prayer of petition.
Prayer of intercession consists in asking on behalf of another. It knows no boundaries and extends to one’s enemies. Every joy and suffering, every event and need can become the matter for thanksgiving which, sharing in that of Christ, should fill one’s whole life: “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:18).
Prayer of praise is entirely disinterested and rises to God, lauds him, and gives him glory for his own sake, quite beyond what he has done, but simply because he is.
The Church invites the faithful to regular prayer: daily prayers, the Liturgy of the Hours, Sunday Eucharist and the feasts of the liturgical year. The Christian tradition comprises three major expressions of the life of prayer: vocal prayer, meditation and contemplative prayer. They have in common the recollection of the heart.
Vocal prayer, founded on the union of body and soul in human nature, associates the body with the interior prayer of the heart, following Christ’s example of praying to his Father and teaching the Our Father to his disciples. Meditation is a prayerful quest engaging thought, imagination, emotion and desire. Its goal is to make our own in faith the subject considered, by confronting it with the reality of our own life.
Contemplative prayer is the simple expression of the mystery of prayer. It is a gaze of faith fixed on Jesus, an attentiveness to the Word of God, a silent love. It achieves real union with the prayer of Christ to the extent that it makes us share in his mystery.
The Psalms constitute the masterwork of prayer in the Old Testament. They present two inseparable qualities: the personal, and the communal. They extend to all dimensions of history, recalling God’s promises already fulfilled and looking for the coming of the Messiah. Prayed and fulfilled in Christ, the Psalms are an essential and permanent element of the prayer of the Church. They are suitable for men [and women] of every condition and time.from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2596-2597