Praying in the presence of consecrated women?
#1
We are friendly with the Mother of an order here, and my wife and I have been in the presence of her and others at the time when a prayer should be said.  This might be a Hail Mary for protection of some sort or the blessing of a meal.

I know that men have authority of prayer over lay women.  But what about consecrated women?  Is it appropriate to ask a Mother or a Sister to lead in praying over a meal, praying for safety, etc when a male is present, even a layman?  They are consecrated after all...so I'm not sure.

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#2
Well, according to the Second Vatican Council...

:eyeroll:
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#3
Hmm ... interesting question. Maybe just give her the option, or ask your priest.
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#4
In the order of grace I'd say she has the seniority but I'm not 100% sure
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#5
It has been my observation that Catholics pray grace over meals together.
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#6
Interesting question.

There have been several instances where, before meals, women just jump start the prayer of Blessing.

I have made more of an effort lately to lead that, even so far as to stop a woman and say, "I'm the man here, I'll lead" (note-- be prepared to defend the reason when you do this, as it can come off as chauvinistic, depending).

As for Consecrated women... I dunno.
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#7
(01-08-2013, 12:32 AM)Poche Wrote: It has been my observation that Catholics pray grace over meals together.

I agree.  As a family, we all say grace together :)
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#8
Check with Dom Williamson, he has great insight about this kind of subject.
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