support us all the day long, till the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of
is over and our work is done. Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and holy rest and peace at the last.
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The Consolations of Prayer
A prayerbook for Blessed Almsivi, Triune Grace, and all the hosts of saints
Through the bounty of Blessed Almsivi, Triune Grace, and all the hosts of saints, the faithful who pray at the Temple’s shrines may be granted blessings through the miraculous sacraments of prayer and devotion. The three-sided shrines betoken the three-faced benison of Almsivi, and may be found in Temples, or at sites of pilgrimage, or at pilgrim waysides, or in the tomb of the sanctified.
What benefits may be gained shall be listed herein for the edification of the worshipper and pilgrim.
All shrines grant cures of common diseases, of blight diseases, and of afflictions of poison.
Those shrines bearing the images of Vivec, Almalexia, and Sotha Sil also may grant the blessing of Almsivi Restoration, which restores damaged attributes, and the three blessings of Almsivi: Vivec’s Mystery, for good fortune; Soul of Sotha Sil, for magical power, and Lady’s Grace, for endurance of hardships.
Those shrines bearing the images of the saints may also grant the particular blessings of the saints, which are listed for you here:
St. Aralor grants Aralor’s Intervention, for fortifying character.
St. Delyn grants Shield of St. Delyn, for resistance to blight diseases.
St. Felms grants Felm’s Glory, for greater skill in restoring magics.
St. Llothis grants Rock of Llothis, for fortifying the will.
St. Meris grants Meris’s Warding, for resistance to corprus disease.
St. Nerevar grants Spirit of Nerevar, for fortifying the body’s vigor.
St. Olms grants Olm’s Benediction, for resistance to common disease.
St. Rilms grants Rilm’s Grace, for endurance of hardships.
St. Roris grants Roris’s Bloom, for fortifying the body’s health.
St. Seryn grants Seryn’s Shield, for resistance to poisons.
St. Veloth grants Veloth’s Indwelling, for magical power, and also grants the blessing of Almsivi Restoration, which restores damaged attributes.
The Faithful are granted these blessings when they pray at the shrines and make a modest donation. The Blessed of the Initiate rank and higher of the Temple have already made their devotions in service and piety, and need only pray at the shrines to receive their benefits. And Almsivi is generous, so even the Unbeliever may receive a blessing if he prays, if he proves his respect with a generous donation.
Don’t you love praying when it’s easy to show up to prayer? Or when you feel God’s presence during your prayer? During a season of consolation, it is easy to name the graces given to us by God.
St. Ignatius offers us wisdom on what to do when we are in this season of prayer.
- Relish the graces. “For it is not much knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul, but the intimate understanding and relish of the truth.” (SE 2) When we feel God’s presence and are receiving clarity in prayer or new insights, we are invited to savor the graces.
- Pray for graces given to us to deepen. Ignatius invites us to return repeatedly to what we’ve received so that what we were given can take deep root. When God bestows on us a gift or a grace, our hope is that the gift is not just a flash in the pan, but something that is long-lasting.
- Prepare for the desolation that will surely come. “When one enjoys consolation, let him consider how to conduct himself during the time of ensuing desolation, and store up a supply of strength as defense against that day.” (SE 323) This is still one of Ignatius’s rules of discernment that I don’t always love to implement. When I’m in a season of consolation, I don’t want to think about desolation. However, if I look at the history of my own prayer life, I know I will not stay in consolation forever. The gifts of consolation help me fight the desolation that will eventually come.
Our faith lives ebb and flow between consolation and desolation and between abundant seasons of prayer and dryer seasons. So when we are in a season of consolation, we store up graces by savoring them and praying for them to deepen so that they can carry us through the season of desolation that we know will come.