Pray Tell Poll: Prayers after Mass?

Should additional prayer texts be recited communally after the dismissal of the Mass?

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  1. I don’t know. Which prayers? We often sing songs that may be a form of prayer after dismissal, and recitation could be considered a lesser form of that….

  2. For years in west Texas at the end of mass, the priest and servers would kneel and recite three Hail Marys for the conversion of Russia – and this went on for years after the fall of the USSR.

    Some times, tradition loses all sense of meaning, etc.

  3. Several variations of this practice seem to exist, mostly in traditional-leaning parishes. At this one parish near my university the servers and clergy would form up at the front of the sanctuary to recite the prayer to St. Michael before the exit procession (organ instrumental, never a congregational hymn). Another parish near me currently does this but in reverse: exit procession THEN prayer to St. Michael and a Hail Mary. The latter always feels awkward to me since it comes after what is supposed to be the final liturgical action in the Mass, though it might also make it more difficult for those who would otherwise bolt right after the final blessing (a particular problem at my parish). In general I think it’s great when congregations have more opportunities to regularly pray these powerful but sometimes obscure prayers, though admittedly some practices here are better liturgically than others.

  4. My feeling exactly, Jeff. What is more efficacious than the Mass? Does Saint Michael the Archangel outrank Jesus Christ? And why, why, why in the first place, would Pray Tell waste time on this???

  5. In our diocese our bishop has asked that the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel be said after Mass for reparation and healing in the diocesan and in the wider Church. In light of the awful news of this past year, prayers for the cleansing/purification/purging of the Church seem very appropriate.

  6. After each sung Latin Mass on Sunday (Novus Ordo), we sing a prayer for the Queen:

    Domine, salvam fac reginam nostram Elisabeth, et exaudi nos in die, qua invocaverimus te.

    Lord, keep our Queen, Elizabeth, from harm; and hear us as we call upon you.

    This has been done for many years; it’s a prayer for the Queen and a sign of loyalty to her. I’ve often heard this after sung Tridentine Masses, in other parishes in England.

  7. I am in favor of the norm that liturgy and private devotions ought not to be connected. People should be told they are welcome to join in such devotional prayers after the liturgy is finished and the others have left.

  8. After dismissal at our Parish, we say together a “Hail Mary” at our Pastor’s invitation and then the “Prayer to Saint Michael” as recommended by our Archbishop. St. Michael is the patron Saint of our Archdiocese.

  9. The prayer to St. Michael would seem appropriate. Not only have quite a few good bishops — most especially Robert Morlino, of happy memory — recommended it in this time of crisis for the Church, but it seems exactly to the point in a time when the Church is afflicted by confusion and dissimulation about the cause of the ongoing scandal.

  10. Introduced by Pope Leo XIII, after having seen a vision of the desecration of the Church (clearly evident here by some of the commentary and the site itself…), The Leonine Prayers are a set of prayers that from 1884 to early 1965 were prescribed for recitation by the priest and the people after Low Mass, but not as part of Mass itself. Hence they were commonly called Prayers after Mass. Nothing wrong with prayers or their timing, before, after and indeed during.

  11. What better time to say a prayer together after the people have received the One who makes us one! Staying a little longer after Mass to pray together while Jesus is still bodily present within us can only be a good thing ! Our parish took up the practice of saying together at the end of Mass the prayer to St. Michael in direct response to the abuse crisis. With the world in the deplorable state that it is, and with so much impurity and evil among the ranks of the clergy, prayer is sometimes the only recourse. Anytime. Anywhere. So yes, let’s have more of this !

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