Bp. Kieran Conry of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton as a good idea.
From The Telegraph:
Catholic Church calls for public prayers in offices on Fridays
Millions of Roman Catholics are being urged to stop and pray publicly at 3pm on first Friday of every month as public expression of faith.
By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor
A bishop is recommending that they set the alarms on their mobile phones to remind them of the new observance as part of a move to promote faith in the workplace ahead of the Church’s “Year of Faith”.
It comes in the week that British government lawyers went to the European Court of Human Rights to defend the right of employers to ban the wearing of public symbols of faith such as the cross in the workplace.
The Rt Rev Kieran Conry, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and chair of the Church in England and Wales’s evangelisation committee, said the plan drew on traditions of saying special Friday prayers dating back to the 17th century.
He said: “I would like to invite every Catholic, especially during the Year of Faith, to pause for a moment of prayer of praise and thanksgiving at 3pm if possible, or perhaps when you break for lunch, on the first Friday of every month. [How about EVERY Friday? For that matter, how about – also – every day for the Angelus?]
“Whatever you are doing, as your responsibilities allow, stop, perhaps close your eyes, bow your head and prayerfully and silently meditate on the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross out of love for you and everyone.
“You might even want to set your mobile phone to ring at 2.55pm to remind you to pause for prayer.”
He added: “The exact words used are not so important as just pausing to be with Jesus in that moment. In this way you are not only deepening your relationship with him, but quietly and confidently witnessing to your faith to those around you.” [Or, people could memorize a prayer. Remember memorizing? Something people did before the internet? We should also strive to obtain indulgences while we are at it.]
In the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum there is an appendix in which are listed useful “Pious Invocations”, which we can all use, all the time. No one need know we are doing so. You can use them all day, in your normal activities.
First General Grant
A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who, in the performance of their duties and in bearing the trials of life, raise their mind with humble confidence to God, adding even if only mentally — some pious invocation.
This first grant is intended to serve as an incentive to the faithful to put into practice the commandment of Christ that “they must always pray and not lose heart” and at the same time as a reminder so to perform their respective duties as to preserve and strengthen their union with Christ.
Here are some examples of traditional Pious Invocations:
- We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you; because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world. (Roman Breviary)
- May the Holy Trinity be blessed. (Roman Missal)
- Christ conquers! Christ reigns! Christ commands!
- O Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, inflame our hearts with love for you.
- O Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in you.
- O Heart of Jesus, all for you.
- Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
- My God and my all.
- O God, have mercy on me, a sinner (Lk 18, 13).
- Grant that I may praise you, O sacred Virgin; give me strength against your enemies. (Roman Breviary)
- Teach me to do your will, because you are my God (Ps 142, 10).
- O Lord, increase our faith (Lk 17, 5).
- O Lord, may we be of one mind in truth and of one heart in charity.
- O Lord, save us, we are perishing (Mt 8, 25).
- My Lord and my God (Jn 20, 28).
- Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. (Roman Missal)
- Jesus, Mary, Joseph.
- Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, may I sleep and rest in peace with you. (Roman Ritual)
- Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like your Heart. (Roman Ritual)
- May the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised and adored forever.
- Stay with us, O Lord (Lk 24, 29).
- Mother of Sorrows, pray for us.
- My Mother, my Hope.
- Send, O Lord, laborers into your harvest (see Mt 9, 38).
- May the Virgin Mary together with her loving Child bless us. (Roman Breviary)
- Hail, O Cross, our only hope. (Roman Breviary)
- All you holy men and women of God, intercede for us. (Roman Ritual)
- Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. (Roman Ritual)
- Father, into your hands I commend my spirit (Lk. 23, 46; see Ps 30, 6).
- Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them everlasting rest. (Roman Missal)
- Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us. (Roman Ritual)
- Holy Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, intercede for us. (Roman Breviary)
- Holy Mary, pray for us. (Roman Ritual)
- You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mt 16, 16).