we gather in spirit at the foot of the Cross
with your Mother and the disciple whom you loved.
We ask your pardon for our sins
which are the cause of your death.
We thank you for remembering us
in that hour of salvation
and for giving us Mary as our Mother.
take us under your protection
and open us to the action of the Holy Spirit.
obtain for us the grace of taking Mary
into our life, as you did,
and of assisting her in her mission. Amen.
May the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit
be glorified in all places
through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
Fr. William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Marianists, encouraged his spiritual followers to interrupt at three o’clock all professional endeavor and to pause for contemplation. For more information on the tradition, go to: http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/threeocp.html