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Through this spiritual way Jesus is inviting you to work with him, along with many others, in his project of bringing compassion to this disheartened world. And he needs you; he thinks your life is useful to others. He wants to count on you to collaborate with him in his mission.

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    Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted. …
    They were to be his companions and to be sent out to proclaim the message. (Mk 3:13)

Be part of this worldwide network of prayer!

Help us, together with millions of other Apostles of Prayer to support the mission of Christ in his Church. Do this through the daily offering of your life to the Lord and by praying for the Pope’s monthly intentions. The Eucharist will be your nourishment and your life-program. Mary will be your inspiration and your partner on the road.

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    Apostleship of Prayer:

  • Teaches people to live in friendship with Jesus, becoming close to his Heart and his ongoing life-giving Eucharistic attitude.
  • Spreads in this way a spirituality of prayer and service, open to everybody.
  • Propagates the Daily Offering as a way to sanctity
  • Encourages people to live their ecclesial vocation in daily life and to connect with the universal Church by praying for the monthly intentions of the Holy Father.
  • Teaches people to pray with the Gospel and promotes a lively participation in the sacraments, specially the Eucharist and Reconciliation.
    A trinitarian way of making the daily offering could be:

  • God, our Father,
  • I offer you my day.
  • I offer you my prayers, thoughts, words, actions, joys and sufferings in union with the heart of your Son Jesus Christ, who continues to offer himself in the Eucharist for the salvation of the world.
  • May the Holy Spirit, who guided Jesus, be my guide and my strength today so that I may witness to your love.
  • With Mary, the mother of our Lord and of the Church, I pray especially for this month's intentions as proposed by the Holy Father.
    In summary, the Apostleship of Prayer:

  • proposes a way to sanctification
  • through the daily offering
  • that transforms our lives
  • and unites us in a worldwide communion of prayer
  • through the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts
  • and arouses in us the desire to have the same sentiments that were in the heart of Christ,
  • so that, nourished and moulded by him in the Eucharist
  • and reconciled with him in the sacrament of Reconciliation,
  • we become able to put ourselves totally and with all our heart at his disposition and at the disposition of his Church, following the example of Mary, for the coming of his Reign
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What is AP - History


History of the Apostleship of Prayer

“There is something evident that we gather from the history of the Apostleship of Prayer: its birth and origins are
inextricably linked to evangelization, to the missionary desires of a group of young Jesuits.” (PH Kolvenbach, sj, 1996)

The Apostleship of Prayer began in France in 1844, in a group of young Jesuit scholastics. In the midst of their difficult theological studies, they dreamed of being missionaries in faraway lands. How could they, busy with their studies, be useful to the missionaries and to the proclamation of the Gospel announcement on the frontiers of faith?
Their spiritual guide, Fr. Francis X. Gautrelet, showed them how to do that through prayer. He taught them to unite their studies and all they did with the work of those faraway missionaries. They would offer each day to the Father in union with the Heart of Jesus for salvation of humanity. In this way their prayers, deeds, and even their sufferings became useful for the missions. Without leaving their house and without seeing the fruits of their prayers, they would be supporting with their daily life the missionary work of the Church.
They understood that this offering could only be lived in intimate communion with Christ. It was a decision to follow him motivated by a loving response obedient to his Spirit. In consequence, each moment and each day, down to the smallest details, was part of the mission that they themselves were living out. To do everything for Jesus, with him, and like him became their contribution to the big mission of the whole Church.
Soon this practice and this spiritual proposal began to be called the Apostleship of Prayer. The movement spread quickly among Christians of France and then throughout the world. The explosive growth continued under the leadership of Gautrelet’s successor, Father Henri Ramière, one of the Jesuit scholastics of the founding group. Ramière was a man of great intellectual capacity, a professor of philosophy, fervent in spirit, zealous for the cause, and a good writer and organizer. He remained at the head of the Apostleship of Prayer for 24 years. At his death, in 1884, there were more than 35,000 Apostleship offices in the world and more than 13 million members. The great success of the Apostleship’s magazine, "Messenger of the Sacred Heart", published in many nations and languages, was a key element of this expansion. Today around 40 million people on all continents pray for the Pope’s intentions and offer their lives daily in union with the Heart of Jesus. For a more complete history of the AP see our Documents / Basic AP documents section, in History of the Apostleship of Prayer (P. John L. Vessels, S.J.) and The historical development of the Apostleship of Prayer (P. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.).

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