I have been Catholic since 1993 but honestly, I have not heard what Spiritual Bouquet is until recently. Well, it’s never too late to learn! In this complete guide on the spiritual bouquet, I will tackle the concept of this beautiful tradition with a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
What is Spiritual Bouquet?
A spiritual bouquet is a tradition of offering prayers as a gift. It is a tangible way of letting others know that you prayed for them. Usually, when we hear the word bouquet, we think of a collection of flowers, but a spiritual bouquet on the other hand is a collection of prayers offered indicated in a card. It is such a lovely gift!
When to give a Spiritual Bouquet?
Anytime. Prayer is a perfect gift for everyone. You can give a spiritual bouquet on any occasion or situation such as:
- First Holy Communion
How to make a Spiritual Bouquet?
Here are steps in making a Spiritual Bouquet.
First step: Identify the target date to give a spiritual bouquet
It is important to know the specific date when to give the bouquet because other steps depend on it. We want to get the cards on time and we want our intentions to be prayed completely. Thus, the target date will significantly affect the whole process.
Second step: Buy a Card
Choosing the card to use is the most exciting step! The design is up to you. It can be simple, colorful, or whatever you think is fitting for the receiver. You can do it on your own or you can purchase it.
Here are some examples of cards available for order online.
This card is just simply elegant! I am so much in love with its minimalist style. This is perfect for any occasion. Birthdays, Confirmation, Baptism and others. Hallmark really delivers quality cards. My top choice.
If you are into artistic designs, this card is for you. It has painterly details that look classy. It is also blank for your customization. Just beautiful!
Looking for a sophisticated card? This one is a great choice! The card is made on heavy-duty cardstock paper. Its gold foil design looks refined. Overall, one of the best!
Third step: Choose the prayers to be offered.
Without the prayers, there will be no Spiritual Bouquet. Prayers are what we give to the receiver as a gift. You can choose whatever prayer you want to offer. For Catholics, we have formatted prayers for easy and organized recitation. These are some prayers you can offer.
The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. It is the highest form of worship for us Catholics. Priests can offer It for the intention of another person. You can ask your priest to include that person while celebrating Mass. This is the best to offer!
Novena refers to nine days of prayer, asking God for an intention, often through the Saints intercession. There are Novena Prayers available online. You can check this out. In choosing a Saint, pick one who do you think has a link to the person you are praying for. For example, if that person is a teacher, you can pray through St. John Baptist de La Salle.
Rosary is one of the most powerful prayers. It is a devotion to our Mother Mary. When reciting it, you can include the intention of the person you are praying for. You can meditate on it as many times as you want. You can actually pray it like a Novena, contemplating the five mysteries for nine consecutive days.
Fourth Step: Write the prayers offered on the card
The last step is writing down the prayers offered on the card.
What to write in a spiritual bouquet?
Here is an example.
Nine (9) represents the number of persons who prayed multiplied by the other nine (9) representing the number of times the prayer has been offered.
For example, the Mass was offered nine (9) times by nine (9) persons.
After multiplying, add the product of each prayer to get the total spiritual gift.
For spiritual bouquet ideas, you can include letters, short messages, and quotes on the card. Some customize it further by doodling, coloring, and even painting.
If you are thinking of a gift idea, a spiritual bouquet is absolutely one to consider! It is such an inspirational and versatile present for anyone. It may not be luxurious but this is for sure powerful!