Gross Catholic is an Archdiocesan High School sponsored by the Marianist Religious Order. As in every Marianist School, all Gross Catholic students and staff pause daily to recite the 3 O’Clock Prayer, which begins, “Lord Jesus, we gather in spirit at the foot of the cross, with your Mother and the disciple whom you loved.”
Coach Jim Homan, the girls’ varsity soccer coach, decided to use the image of Mary standing at the foot of the cross, as inspiration for his team. For over 10 years now, during girls soccer games, the substitutes who aren’t playing on the field do not sit on the bench; they stand up during the entire game.
“We stand for our teammates to show our support just as Mary stood at the foot of the cross and supported her son in his time of need, “ Homan notes. “We stand to inspire the team, to get the team excited, and to demonstrate our love for them. We are one.”
When a player is substituted, they can come and sit down on the bench for a time, but they too ultimately stand up to support the team.
Homan wants the players to put Mary in a special place in their hearts. “It is one of our unique traditions at Gross Catholic and it is rooted in the Marianist charism to be devoted to Mary. We want all of our students to really feel the power of our heavenly mother's support in all aspects of life, even while they compete for our school. For this team, standing up is a tremendous way to demonstrate this devotion.”
Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School is one of 70 schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha committed to Awakening Greatness in its students.
The Marianist Three O’Clock Prayer
we gather in spirit at the foot of the Cross
with your Mother and the disciple whom you loved.
We ask your pardon for our sins,
which are the cause of your death.
We thank you for remembering us
in that hour of salvation
and for giving us Mary as our Mother.
take us under your protection
and open us to the action of the Holy Spirit.
obtain for us the grace of taking Mary
into our life as you did,
and of assisting her in her mission.
May the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit
be glorified in all places
through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
This blog post was submitted by Gross Catholic High School.