By Chato Tobias Zabarte and Christy Villanueva
O Jesus, throughthe ImmaculateHeart of Mary, we offeryou all our thoughts,words, actions, joys and sufferings of this day, in union with the HolySacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.
We offer them for the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: for the salvation of souls, in reparation for sins, the reunion of all Christians. We offer them for the intentions of our bishops, priests and all the members of the Church and in particular,for the intentions of ourHoly Father for thismonth.
Since its founding in the 19th century, the Apostleship of Prayer (AP), a worldwide Catholic movement with more than 50 million members today, has had at its center the “Morning Offering.” In this simple prayer, one offers every moment of his or her day to Jesus, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the intentions of the Church’s leaders and, especially all the members of the Association.
St. John Paul II, recognizing the immense power of the “Morning Offering,” extended its intentions to include those of all believers, even though they are not members of the AP. Accordingly, the word “Morning” has been replaced with “Daily” to signify that the offering can be made at any time of the day, and ideally three times a day (morning, noontime and evening), very much like the recitation of the “Angelus.”
And so, our Mother Church teaches us a prayer that is seemingly simple, yet has the power to anoint us as “apostles of prayer” through the ordinariness of our daily lives as lay faithful. Thus,
the “Daily Offering” can become our personal daily covenant with the Lord. See inset for the “revised version” of the “Offering.”
A BRIEF REFLECTION ON EACH COMPONENT
O Jesus – We make this offering to Jesus, our Lord and only Savior, because “God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth . . .” (Phil 2: 9-10).
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary – We Catholics go to Jesus through Mary, his Immaculate
Mother, who is also our Mother. Devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart has flourished since the manifestation of the Miraculous Medal to St. Catherine Labouré in 1830.
The Daily Offering (PDF File)
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