Saint Charbel Houses of Prayer, Peace, Unity and Reconciliation
Saint Charbel, Pray for Us
On January 2, 1995 the Little Pebble posted his latest revision to the Rule and Constitutions of the Order of Saint Charbel. This revision placed the Saint Charbel Houses of Prayer under the category of the Confraternity membership in the Order. He also included the "Living Stones" membership within the Confraternity. Even though the Saint Charbel Houses of Prayer are an apostolate in their own right -- this revision has incorporated them within the Rule and Constitutions documentation. It is a form of remote external membership which is dedicated to prayer in spirit with the Order's charism of Atonement. Thus, these two forms of membership in the Order now share in the overall merits of the Order of Saint Charbel. Furthermore, the Order is to look after the continuation of the Prayer houses and their authentic spirituality.
The established prayer to be said at these Houses of Prayer are now universal and establish the identity of these Houses of Prayer which are dedicated to Saint Charbel.
At this time, it is estimated that there are 45,000 Saint Charbel Houses of Prayer around the world. After a few months, in August 1985, the Mother of God expressed Her happiness at the response to Her appeal to start these Prayer Houses:
It is significant that the traditional prayers promoted are the Holy Rosary and various Litanies and chaplets. There is also the public reading of Sacred Scripture as well as the readings of the Messages of Our Lady. The Houses of Prayer fulfil a great need for the furtherance of the First Saturday devotions requested so long ago by Our Lord through Sister Lucia of Fatima.
When anyone wishes to form a Saint Charbel House of Prayer -- they should consider the following points:
In some cases, where the appropriate permissions are given, these Prayer Houses may be held in Parishes, Monasteries and Convents. There is a real multiplication of merits as so many pray together for all. God is glorified and Grace is given to those most in need. This is the underlying principle of the great Dogma of Faith -- the Communion of Saints.
The Law of Ascent
Some years ago, in his Apostolic Exhortation, Reconciliatio et Paenitentia, His Holiness John Paul II spoke very eloquently about the "human solidarity" of the Communion of Saints. Speaking about sin and its effects upon the sinner -- the Holy Father points out that the sin goes much beyond the sinner himself. Referring to the "Law of Descent", His Holiness writes:
There is certainly an application for this profoundly Catholic concept to the whole Order of Saint Charbel. However, I would like to refer to the Saint Charbel Houses of Prayer. The 100,000 Prayer Houses that Our Lady desires corresponds to the "Law of Ascent" referred to above. "Every Soul that rises above itself, raises the world" -- how important are these Houses of Prayer? The spiritual solidarity in praying -- united through these Prayer Houses -- which are offered to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; raises up the world a little closer to God! We can imagine the powerful intercession of such a communion of hearts in love and offering all through the Mother of God!! These Prayer Houses are a powerful means of Atonement because it is God's Will which has revealed them to His Little Pebble.
The Order of Saint Charbel in particular, is raised-up by grace -- through the devout souls who pray each month in the Houses of Prayer around the world. The smallest act of love, even by the most hidden, by the least member of the Order of Saint Charbel -- in some way effects the whole Order. In other words, there is no act of love for God -- not even the most intimate and secret one, the most strictly individual one -- that exclusively concerns the person only. Consequently, one can speak of a multiplication of merits in Christ Jesus -- through this total and mutual sharing of sacrificial love from all the members. Through the 45,000 Houses of Prayer united in the spirit of Atonement for sin -- there continues to be offered to God, the love of His creature who cries out for his neighbour most in need.
REGISTER THEIR HOME AS A SAINT CHARBEL HOUSE OF PRAYER.
Please send your simple request to us by email or you can mail a letter to us by ordinary post. If you would like to print out a simple request form please 'click' on the name below:
Your request will be registered and a number will be assigned to you. A Patron Saint ( St. John, St. Francis, St. Theresa of Lisieux, etc) will also be given to your House of Prayer. If you want to request a certain canonised Saint of your choosing -- you may do so. Simply list the Saint that you choose on your letter (or email) to us. You will be sent a Certificate -- to your address provided -- acknowledging your House of Prayer as formally registered with the Order of Saint Charbel.
For some years now we have been compiling the huge number of registered Saint Charbel Houses of Prayer in order to send all of these requests to the Bishop of Wollongong. To date we have many thousands and thousands of letters which are being submitted to his Commission. These Prayer Houses are a tremendous good fruit of the Mission given to the Little Pebble.
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