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Sunday, January 24, 2010

How To Pray Article Series: Frequently Asked Questions About The Rosary, Novenas, And Fasting

In learning how to pray, we come across popular topics such as the rosary, novenas, and fasting. There are numerous questions about these three topics, and below are some of the frequently asked questions and their answers.

• In praying the rosary, when going to the next set of mysteries, do you have to repeat the 3 Hail Marys and 1 Our Father?

No, you don’t have to repeat the 3 Hail Marys and 1 Our Father. Just go back to the first decade, the first set of 10 beads, and start the new set of mysteries.

• In praying the novena, do I always have to pray in the same time or place?

No, you don’t have to pray in the same time or place. You can pray the novena anytime and anywhere. However, there are some novenas that are usually prayed in the church, an example is the novena to the Mother of Perpetual Help, which is prayed every Wednesday, before or after mass
Always read the instructions on how to pray a specific novena. Some novenas have a specified time while some are at a specific day.

• Does the length of time in fasting matter?

For me, I don’t think the length of time for fasting matters. Fasting is about the condition of the heart and your motive on why you are fasting.

You should start slow if it is your first time to fast. Start with a meal a day then gradually progress to a day in a week to a week in a month. Let your body be used to the condition first. You can compare it to physical exercise where in you cannot immediately use the treadmill for an hour if it’s your first time. With fasting, you have to build up your spiritual muscles first so that you will be prepared to fast for longer periods of time later.

• Is it ok to drink water while fasting?

You can take water, you can even take juice especially when you plan on fasting for several days since this will be your source of energy. If you plan to fast for several days, it is best to consult your doctor first.

According to Dr. Bill Bright, “water-only fasts that last for more than several days need to be undertaken with complete rest and under medical supervision because of the extreme danger of over-toxification, breakdown of vital body tissues, and loss of electrolytes”.

• Do I have to spend my whole time of fasting in prayer?

Fasting is a time to communicate intimately with God so the more time you spend with Him in fellowship, worship, and adoration, and the more you read and meditate upon His Word, the more effective and meaningful your fast will be. It’s up to you to arrange your schedule according to where you plan to spend your fasting.

By: Babes TanMagkalas

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1 comment:

Pastor Andy said...

I appreciate your comments on fasting. So often I'll hear people say they're fasting from things like soda/pop or chocolate for lent, but nowhere in there have anything to do with God. It's like they see the challenge, but don't understand that fasting from something should be replaced with God. So thanks for your comment on that :)

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