Bethesda Healing Ministry Prayer Cenacle was formed in 2005. The Cenacle is committed to intercessory prayer for priests and seminarians, as well as all who have been wounded by abortion, their families and those who minister to them.
Our holy priests are prime targets of the evil one who would like to disarm, discourage and tempt them in moments of loneliness. This spiritual attack on the sacramental priesthood is the reason Bethesda Cenacle was called into existence.
What is a Cenacle? A Cenacle is two or more souls who come together for prayer — as in the Upper Room: “When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” (Acts l:13-14).
The Cenacle meets at 11:45 a.m. for Mass on the second Wednesday of every month at St. Patrick Church in Columbus. Mass is followed by the Rosary and a study of the book, The Echo of God, A Commentary for Beginners on St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary, by Fr. Lance W. Harlow. The Cenacle ends by 1:30 p.m.
If you feel called to this prayer commitment please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Bethesda Healing Ministry office at (614) 718-0277.
Another way to pray in unity with Bethesda Healing Ministry is through Perpetual Friday Intercessory Prayer. While many Catholic faithful pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, it is time to initiate a powerhouse of intercessory prayer for the protection and sanctification of our priests and seminarians. Our Bethesda priests, as well as our past (Father William Lynn) and present Spiritual Directors, concur.
Moved by prayer and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we suggest Perpetual Friday Intercessory Prayer every Friday afternoon as an approach to increase the protection of our priests and seminarians. Through fasting and specific prayer during the hours of Mercy (noon to 4:00 p.m.), Perpetual Intercessory Prayer is simple and doable. Simply make a choice to sacrifice something of comfort and delight: lunch, a coffee break, Starbucks, the radio or TV, a phone call to a special friend or by doing an unpleasant but fruitful task. Or, sometime during the hours of noon to 4:00 p.m., make time to pray the Chaplet of Diving Mercy for the protection of our priests and seminarians. This can be done anywhere – such as in the car while running errands, picking up children (invite them to pray with you), while taking a walk or coffee break. Of course, in the Presence of Jesus in the tabernacle would be ideal.
The benefits of such an apostolic activity are many: our priests learn of our spiritual support and it encourages them to know that many are praying for their special needs. We unite in our Catholic fellowship of the Church in the important task of praying for our priests who bring Christ to us through proclamation of the Gospel and through the Real Presence of Jesus through the Sacraments of healing and reconciliation. We form a spiritual hedge around binding the evil one who “roams through the world” seeking souls to devour. They have a hunger for the ministry of our sacred and holy priests.
Please feel free to invite your prayer friends and relatives to join us in this ministry and project of prayer.
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