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Catholics across Arkansas unite in prayer, good deeds for the pope - Arkansas Catholic - March 24, 2012
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Catholics across Arkansas unite in prayer, good deeds for the pope

Spiritual bouquet given to pope personally by Bishop Taylor March 16 during 'ad limina' trip

Published: March 24, 2012   
Sandra Ware
A spiritual bouquet bulletin board was erected at St. Raphael Church in Springdale to collect prayers and spiritual acts offered for the pope by the parishioners.

Catholics in Arkansas said they would say more than 57,000 prayers and perform more than 21,000 various spiritual acts and good deeds for the pope's intentions.

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  • Bishop Anthony B. Taylor met with the pope March 16 and presented him with a spiritual bouquet collected by Arkansas Catholic. Individuals, families, parishes and schools submitted their lists of spiritual acts that they would undertake for the pope in honor of Bishop Taylor's first "ad limina" visit to the Vatican and in honor of the pope's 85th birthday April 16.

    Parishes and schools were collectively able to garner the largest outpouring.

    A Fort Smith school promised to pray 10,000 Hail Marys and 10,000 Glory Bes for the pope. Fairfield Bay parishioners committed to 1,290 hours of Scripture reading. In Springdale, a family of seven committed to praying a decade of the rosary every day during Lent. Inmates at the Grimes Unit in Newport will be praying 120 rosaries for the pope among other spiritual acts.

    The following list of acts was presented to the pope on a scroll with a background of "little rocks."

  • 2,191 general prayers
        11 Acts of Contrition
        750 afternoon prayers
        10 Angels of God
        44 Apostles Creed
        18,830 Glory Bes
        774 Guardian Angels prayers
        5 Hail Holy Queen prayers
        22,345 Hail Marys
        2,729 morning prayers
        6 prayers before the crucifix
        20 prayers before meals
        2 prayers to St. Gertrude
        44 prayers to St. Francis
        20 St. Michael the Archangel prayers
        231 vocation prayers
        40 Angelus
        40 prayers to St. Dymphna
        9,546 Our Father
        10 prayers to Our Lady of Fatima
        140 novenas to Our Lady of Lourdes

  • 232 acts of charity

  • 80 acts of hope

  • 80 acts of love

  • 42 acts of mercy

  • 5 acts of penance

  • 774 hours of Eucharistic adoration

  • 2,046 Chaplets of Divine Mercy

  • 499 days of abstaining from meat, candy or other conveniences

  • 395 days of fasting

  • 31 Divine Offices

  • 2,752 ejaculations

  • 141 good deeds

  • 924 Holy Communions

  • 12 holy hours

  • 4,063 Masses

  • 1,562 hours of Scripture and spiritual reading

  • 6,237 rosaries

  • 341 Stations of the Cross

  • 5 visits to the sick

  • 42 Benedictions

  • 240 litanies

  • 691 visits to the Blessed Sacrament

  • 13 novenas

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