The Cenacles of Life Prayer Group meets after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Saturdays in the Adoration Chapel, at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 4123 Robertson Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821 (Norris & Robertson, near Marconi & Eastern). To request information, please fill in the Contact Form.
The Cenacle (from Latin cenaculum), also known as the “Upper Room”, is the site of The Last Supper. The word is a derivative of the Latin word cena, which means dinner. In Christian tradition, based on Acts 1:13, the “Upper Room” was not only the site of the Last Supper (i.e. the Cenacle), but the usual place where the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem, and according to the Catholic Encyclopedia “the first Christian church”. (A well-known song by Mahalia Jackson, In the Upper Room, refers to it.)
This apostolate is recommended by both Father Andrew Apostoli of EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime, and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life.
The quorum of seven members required for the founding of a Parish Cenacle of Life has been reached. This is the only such group in the Diocese of Sacramento (as of its first meeting date, 3-8-2014).
Several types of Prayer are envisioned:
- The Holy Rosary
- Prayer to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Prayer for Protection of Religious Liberty
Please use the dedicated Cenacles of Life Contact form if you are interested in joining this prayer group.
National Group Home Page: www.cenaclesoflife.org
The Cenacles of Life are prayer groups that pray two rosaries (ten mysteries) offering the rosaries up with fasting. Each member fasts one day a week on bread and water, to end this culture of death. Those that cannot fast on bread and water, due to sickness or age, can offer up a day of fasting from their favorite thing (such as watching television or talking on the telephone.) They offer up their fasts- at the prayer group- with the rosaries prayed. The group prays:
1. The Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty (written by the Bishops of our nation)
2. The first Cenacle Rosary, using the Cenacle of Life meditations. We like to sing Ave Ave! between the decades
3. The Prayer to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary (written by a mystic named Berthe Petit. This prayer was instrumental in ending World War I)
4. The second Cenacle of Life Rosary, using the Cenacle of Life meditations
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every comer of society.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcomefor the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after usthis great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary
“O Lord Jesus, Who on Calvary and in the Holy Eucharist has shown Yourself to us as the God of Love and Mercy, kneeling humbly at Your feet we adore You and beg once more for Your forgiveness and Your divine pity. And remembering that by Your own act on Calvary, the human race, represented by Your beloved disciple John, gained a Mother in the Virgin of Sorrows, we desire to honor the sufferings and woes of our Mother’s Heart by devoting ourselves to it in solemn Consecration. It is but just, O Mary, that our souls should strive henceforth to venerate you with special homage under the title of your Sorrowful Heart, a title won by sharing in the whole Passion of your Son and thus co-operating in the work of our redemption – a title due to thee in justice, and dear, we believe, to Jesus and to your own Heart, tom by the wound in His.
We consecrate therefore, O Mary, to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart ourselves, our families, our country and those who are fighting for its honor. Have pity on us; see our tribulations, and the anguish of our hearts in the midst of the mourning and calamities that lay waste the world. Deign, O Mother of God, to obtain mercy for us that, being converted and purified by sorrow, and made strong in faith, we may henceforth be devoted servants of Jesus Christ and His Church, for whose triumph we pray. O Mary Immaculate, we promise to be faithful clients of your Sorrowful Heart. Intercede for us, we beseech you, with your Son that, at the cry of your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, His Divine Power may speedily bring to pass the triumph of right and justice. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have pity on us.
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us and save us.”
Prayer composed by Berthe Petit during World War I
Promoted by His Eminence Cardinal Bourne and His Eminence Cardinal Mercier
Credited by the Cardinals for bringing an end to the war and granting numerous graces to mankind