Throughout the history of the Church, Fridays have been a special day for prayer and sacrifice. In more ways than one, Friday is a sorrowful day. (Not depressing, but sorrowful).
Christ was crucified and died on a Friday. As a Church, we remember his suffering and sacrifice as we pray the Sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary today (Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, Crowning of Thorns, Carrying of the Cross, and Crucifixion).
It’s also a good practice on Fridays to give some extra time to prayer and even give something up today to join in Christ’s suffering, as a mini-Lent before the celebration of the Mass on Sunday.
There’s also another reason we should give some extra time to prayer on Fridays.
Abortions happen on Fridays.
Most of us woke up this morning, just like any other day. Ready for work, maybe more ready for the weekend. But, women all over the world are teetering on the edge of a chasm, making a choice today that will affect the rest of their lives. They are in pain, agony, and sorrow. These women need our prayers.
I think we tend to be men of action more than men of prayer, but it’s time we take up the mantle. Prayer warriors shouldn’t only describe the little old ladies who sit in the front row of Church.
“So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph 6:14-17
Be the Men.