Through adoration, the Christian mysteriously contributes to the radical transformation of the world and to the sowing of the Gospel. Anyone who prays to the Savior draws the whole world with him and raises it to God. Those who stand before the Lord are therefore fulfilling an eminent service. They are presenting to Christ all those who do not know him or are far from him: they keep watch in his presence on their behalf.” –St. John Paul II

Exposition and Adoration is the second Thursday of the month from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the SJN Chapel.

If you would like to sign-up for a specific time slot, please contact the Liturgy Office at 703-860-6151 or add your name to the sign-up sheet outside the chapel.

Daily Mass Readings

The daily Mass readings are available on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Book of Intercessions

Each time we gather for Mass, we pray for the pressing needs of the Church, the world, our community, and those most in need of our prayers in the Prayer of the Faithful (or General Intercessions). Because so much in our world needs to be lifted to God through our prayer, we also include all specific intentions written in the Book of Intercession, located in the Bell Tower near the Baptismal font. If you have a prayer in your heart that you want to express, please write it in the Book of Intercession.

Contemplative Prayer

Come experience praying quietly together. Allow God’s grace to soften our hearts so that we can recognize Him throughout our days.

Learn more about contemplative prayer.

Prayer Vigil for Peace, Life, and Justice

“Peace is the responsibility of everyone—to pray for peace, to work for peace!” –Pope Francis, Sept. 30, 2013

The parish Prayer Vigil for Peace, Life, and Justice is the first Saturday of each month from 4–4:45 p.m. We typically pray the Scriptural Rosary for Justice and Peace (from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops), listen to and reflect on God’s word in Scripture, and offer our intentions to our merciful Savior. The vigil is sponsored by Pax Christi SJN. All are welcome! For more information, email Ken Fredgren or Bob More.

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain is a group of parishioners whose ministry is to pray together — simultaneously and in one accord — although not physically together. The group passes prayers for the strength and healing of loved ones who are ill, undergoing surgery, or facing a crisis in their lives through the prayer chain.

Prayer List

In addition to the Prayer Chain, prayers for those who are ill can be included in the Prayer List in the bulletin or in the Prayers of the Faithful. The length of time a name can be included varies.

Contact the Parish Office at (703) 860-8510 or to have someone included in one of these lists.

Stations of the Cross

Throughout Lent, booklets are at the entrance to the Church for individuals or small groups to use in praying the Stations of the Cross. We also have versions of The Way of the Cross for young people to introduce our children to this wonderful Lenten devotion.

As a community, we gather each Friday of Lent at 6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross is prayed in English in the Church Sanctuary and in Spanish in the Chapel Sanctuary. Afterward, we all gather in the Brown-McCarthy Auditorium for a soup supper and a speaker. Find more information in the bulletin as Lent approaches.

Taizé Prayer

Prayer in the spirit of the Taizé is a meditative form of common prayer. Gathered in the presence of Christ, we sing uncomplicated, repetitive songs to allow the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity. A few words are sung over and over again to reinforce the meditative quality of prayer. They express a basic reality of faith that can quickly be grasped by the intellect, which gradually penetrates the whole being.

An Evening of Taizé Prayer is held in the SJN Chapel on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is the largest world-wide apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church with well over three million active members in almost every country in the world. Founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1921 by Frank Duff, it has been active in the United States since 1931. It has been approved by the last six popes and was endorsed at the Second Vatican Council. Learn more here.