The Apostleship of Prayer, now established as the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, offers two ways to participate: one “open” form and another form of “membership and commitment”, with the Eucharist as the model of offering and readiness, to live as Jesus did.
- The open form of participation, accessible to anyone who has been baptised, involves including the Pope’s Prayer Intentions in one’s daily prayers. This may be done when celebrating the Eucharist. Those who participate in this manner are especially called to join the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network on the first Friday of each month, to reflect on the intentions of the Holy Father. This day will be considered “The Monthly Day of Prayer for the Pope’s Intentions”. This form of participation can be adopted spontaneously by people, groups or movements.
- The form of membership and commitment requires a more active involvement and a relationship must be established with the relevant national or regional centre of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, commonly called the National Office. This relationship may involve participating in the activities promoted by the National Office (training initiatives, national gatherings, days of prayer, etc.), and keeping up to date through social networks. This membership and commitment can take place on a personal level or with a group or community. It may also take the form of a personal consecration.
2.1. At a personal level, the form of membership and commitment involves practising three daily moments of prayer to the Lord Jesus: in the morning, with the prayer of offering; during the day, and at night, any of which may be carried out when celebrating the Eucharist. The essential idea is, through the daily routine of prayer, to grow in intimate friendship with the Lord and find one’s own way to collaborate in the mission of the Church, within the framework of the challenges identified by the Prayer Intentions entrusted to us by the Pope. This prayer and apostolic readiness is always in union with Mary, the Queen of the Apostles.
2.2. At a group or community level, the form of membership and commitment can be realised through one of the following three options:
– Parishes, Christian communities and various other groups can show their commitment to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network by coming together specifically to pray for the Pope’s intentions and, in particular, to dedicate the first Friday of the month to this purpose. They will inform the National Office of their commitment to truly and consciously integrate with the network.
– Communities of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network founded in parishes, schools and other spaces for this purpose. Not only do these communities pray and adopt an internal attitude of readiness to collaborate with the mission of the Church, but they take action, searching for ways to put themselves at the service of humanity’s challenges and the needs of the Church. Those who are part of these communities commit themselves, individually or as a group, to journey through life according to the spirituality of the Heart of Jesus. Furthermore, they will support our youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement, wherever it exists, or engage in youth ministry (parishes, schools, etc).
– Groups in the Apostleship of Prayer, who have been raised in our tradition and are present in parishes, are another form of commitment for communities in the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. They have a diocesan structure and follow their own internal educational and procedural structures. They can use these guidelines to support them if they feel it supports their organisation, and they are invited to become part of the process of “Recreation”.
2.3. Personal consecration, or “alliance” with Jesus, is for those who experience a call to live in close union with the Heart of Jesus and wish to formalise their personal devotion, commitment and service in this sense. Those who consecrate themselves become “apostles of prayer” and through it they commit themselves to be open and ready to serve the communities of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and the Eucharistic Youth Movement, in the mission of the local Church. Consecration, or alliance with Jesus, is realised by following the guidelines of the National Office and in coordination with the International Office.