THE THREE O’CLOCK PRAYER (JOHN 19:27-30) The Three O’clock Prayer is a verbal icon or summary of the Marianist spirit. Simple and unassuming as may be, this prayer not only captures the deepest memories of the Christian faith, but it also conveys the particular spirit that continues to inspire the members of the Family of Mary. It recalls the death of Jesus Christ as it is rendered in John 19:27-30. Daily the Marianists pause at 3:00 p.m. to recall their alliance with Jesus and Mary and to renew their dedication with this prayer: Lord Jesus, 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 having thought of us in that hour of salvation and for giving us Mary as our Mother. Holy Virgin, take us under your protection and open us to the action of the Holy Spirit. St. John, obtain for us the grace of taking Mary into our lives as, you did, and of assisting her in her mission. May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen. The upper half of the bas-relief establishes the connection between the Three O'Clock Prayer and the crucifixion scene. The huddled figures on the lower half represent Mary and St. John, and all those who "gathered in spirit at the foot of the cross" to commemorate Christ's death.
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