Thursday, April 14, 2011
Cyber Intercessory Prayer
I've been wanting to post a list of online prayer intercession sites for a while. As I mentioned on Hannah's Tears, various Catholic religious orders and organizations have been posting online submission forms or email addresses for petitions. What an efficient way to gather the problems and struggles of the world and offer them to God!! Asking these orders to pray for an intention is just like asking a friend...except these orders spend a great deal of their time praying. You don't even have to be Catholic. I also like the anoniminity of it. Every time I have a prayer buddy, I try to email a few of these orders to pray for her.
Here's my beginning list; if anyone has more to add, please list in the comments. Thanks!
http://www.e5men.org/petitions.cfm An organization of men who fast for the women in their lives. Follow this link to send a specific intention and one of the men will fast for it.
http://desertnuns.org/ Cloistered Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. Click "send a prayer request."
http://marian.org/prayerline/index.php The Marians of the Immaculate Conception have a lay group called the Marian Helpers. They run a phone prayer line. At the bottom of the page is a button for sending an online petition.
http://www.carmelitesistersocd.com/Requests/ One of my favorite religious orders, the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.
http://www.tyburnconvent.org.uk/foundress/prayer.html Across the pond in England, a group of cloistered nuns pray near the sight of the infamous Tyburn gallows. They also have a display of relics from many of the English Martyrs. This link leads you to email a prayer intention. The nuns will pray for it and also ask the intercession of their foundress Mother Marie Adele, whom they have submitted for canonization. The rest of the website it worth looking at too; you can learn a lot about what the martyrs endured for their faith.
I hope to find more online petition sites soon. In the meantime, this short list can get us started. A little extra prayer goes a long way!