What happens at the Tuesday prayer group? Glad you asked. 😉
Well, the things we do vary from week to week: Praying (of course), praise and worship, studying the Scriptures, adoration, socializing, pot-luck dinners, et cetera. I’ll go through some these that the readers may not be familiar with:
- Praise and worship – this is particular to the Charismatic movement (more on this later) within the Church, and probably the most obvious Protestant influence on Catholicism. Some of the more contemporary worship songs are sang, and so it’s more emotional and animated than your ordinary Catholic worship. I can’t say I’m too at home with this style (give me Gregorian chant and four-part choral singing over Christian pop’ any day), but I think it does serve to promote openness and authenticity in the faith of people involved, so it does have its place.
- Adoration – a distinctly Catholic form of worship in front of the Blessed Sacrament (the consecrated host); Catholics believe that Christ is substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament; body and blood, soul and divinity. A bit like sun bathing, except the rays are supernatural. This is the silent, contemplative form of worship which has been the most fruitful in my experience.
- Socializing – hm. Actually, you would be familiar with this one. I hope 😀
It’s a group consisting mostly of young adults, all of them are great people full of joy, and full of faith, hope and charity. I always look forward to tuesday nights.