Daily Bible reading. Do we start from the Book of Genesis? What is recommended for the daily Bible reading?
Choose any passage from the New Testament. It is good to start from the Gospel of Matthew or Luke. Read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and ask God what He wishes for you to draw from that message.
What is the daily exorcism prayer to St Michael?
The daily exorcism prayer is the prayer by Pope Leo XIII which is on the back page of every magazine and in the new booklet.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host – by the Divine Power of God – cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Monthly Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation. Are there special prayers or anything in particular that is to be done during the Eucharistic Adoration?
Depending on the time availability (some people can only spare a short time, others can afford one hour) during the Monthly Eucharistic Adoration one should kneel before the Blessed Sacrament. If you are able to spend one hour this is a personal invitation from Jesus to you, reflect on some suggestions listed below.
1. Pray the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours
Whether you are praising, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness or seeking an answer, you will find an appropriate psalm. The ancient prayer of the Church called the Liturgy of the Hours presents an excellent way to pray through the Book of Psalms throughout the year.
2. Recite the “Jesus Prayer”
Say “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner”, repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.
3. Meditate using Scripture
Choose a passage from the Bible. read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and ask God what He wishes for you to draw from that message.
4. Read the life of a saint and pray with him or her.
Most holy men and women have had a great devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. Therese of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Julian Eymard, Dorothy Day. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Baroness Catherine de Hueck are just a few. Read about them and pray their prayers before the Blessed Sacrament.
5. Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him
Speak to Jesus, aware that you are in His presence, and tell Him all that comes to your mind. Listen for His response. Pray the prayer that St Francis instructed his brothers to pray whenever they were before the Blessed Sacrament: “I adore You, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, forby Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.”
6. Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others
Think of those who have hurt you and request a special blessing for them. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you have neglected r hurt someone else. Bring before the Blessed Sacrament all those who have asked you to pray for them. Ask the Lord to address their concerns.
7. Pray the Rosary
Pope John Paul II reminds us that “is not…” the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Christ and cradled him in her arms, that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us every time we receive Eucharistic communion?” (The Church and the Eucharist, 55) Ask Mary to join you as you gaze on Christ in the Eucharist and as you pray the Rosary.
8. Sit quietly and just “be” in the presence of God
Think of a visit to the Blessed Sacrament as coming to see your best friend. Sit quietly and enjoy being in each other’s company. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what He wants to tell you.
9. Is there an official enrolment to the Knighthood of St Michael?
This is a devotion and therefore there is no need for an official enrolment. However if the General Animator of the Knighthood, in this case Fr Peter Prusakiewicz CSMA, is on a mission in a particular country and a group want to make their promise before God then an official enrolment can take place after the Holy Mass with written prior notice given, this has happened in Ireland. Together the people will read the promise from page 8 of the new booklet. The original 40 Statutes were difficult for a good number of ordinary laypeople with work, family and other commitments; However they very much wanted to become a Knight. Many people were already doing 80% of the requirements, such as daily Bible reading, the daily exorcism prayer to St Michael, the daily angelic chaplet to St Michael, fasting each Friday on bread and water or a good deed if a fast is impossible, monthly reconciliation, monthly Eucharist Adoration and once a year the Nine day Novena to St Michael on 29th Sept. Due to the interest in many people wanting to become Knights of St Michael the Superior General of CSMA in August 2013 decided to make this a devotion, therefore making it possible for every layperson in any country in the world to become a Devotional Knight of St Michael. In the new booklet on The Devotional Knighthood of St Michael published in Feb 2014 people can read all about the knighthood.