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Testimonies for The Six Kowtows
- Pastor Emmanuel Pernía Roa, of the Parish of San Judas Tadeo and San Pedro de la Romera, Diocese of San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela
- Father Tomas Zamora, Parish Priest at Our Lord of the Pilar of Zaragoza Church, Léon, Nicaragua
- Pastor José Alirio Zambrano, of San José Church, San Cristóbal, Venezuela
- Father Laureano Ballesteros, Parish Priest of Christ the King Church, San Cristóbal, Venezuela
- Father Hildebrando Ruiz Correa, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, San Cristóbal, Venezuela
- Mr. Jesús Javier Valero, leader of The Six Kowtows prayer group at St. John Nepomucene Parish, Michelena, Venezuela – a group that meets twice a week to pray
- Seminarian Gabriel Dos Santos, a young Venezuelan who studies at the Seminary of Aveiro, Portugal, and who practices, teaches and spreads Eucharistic adoration of The Six Kowtows
- and more ...
July 19, 2020
I am in my 80th year and the Six Kowtows is new to me.
I received the Six Kowtows book from a religious sister of the Divine Will. I read the introduction of Lucia Phan, a laywoman from Vietnam, with a prayer life of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament...
That also helped me to read on about these “bows” – reverence to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and three more, and I also found interesting how the bows begin above the head and go all the way to bending over on the floor.
I can't make these kowtows at my age; but I do reverence the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Adoration Chapel of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters here in St. Louis, kneeling on both knees though it is difficult for me now. Also, at Holy Mass I try to kneel after the Consecration on the floor in light of the Six Kowtows.
Father Mark K. Mannion
P.S. I really like the Rosary of the Six Kowtows for the pardon and edification.
Testimony of Fr. Carlos Macias
Pastor of Holy Family Parish in San Fernando de Apure, Venezuela
Good afternoon, God bless you and accompany you. I hope you are well and doing well in the name of the Lord. I have read the document that you have sent me and I really have no qualms about what is said there. Indeed, I believe that it is a very important part also, so that we can understand what it means to be before the Blessed Sacrament.
I have been telling people something, which sometimes even we priests find it difficult to understand, and that is the fact that we have to remove from our lexicon; objectify the Blessed Sacrament. In recent days I saw on Facebook that they said: “What is the Blessed Sacrament?”
I say that we should not say what he is, but who he is, because he is truly Jesus with his Body, with his Blood, with his Soul, with his Divinity, that is, the same one who was born from the Blessed womb of Mary, the same one who preached, the same one who celebrated the Last Supper, who died on the cross and who rose again, the same one who is there in the Tabernacle, the same one who is the consecrated host. So we must remove that language.
The host, but what host? The consecrated host, we must put the adjective to what we say, that noun that is Jesus, right? And who is the Blessed Sacrament? The Holy of Holies. And this action of the kowtows gives us more understanding of what we really need to have as an attitude before the Blessed Sacrament.
I believe that kowtows lead us to truly worship the Lord. That is why I congratulate you and I congratulate all those who are making the effort so that Jesus may be loved, honored and revered in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
He is there, present; as Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer says: He is there, crazy, crazy with love, imprisoned for us in the Tabernacle; from there, to pour out and radiate all possible blessings for all who come to adore and bless Him.
May God pay you for that effort, and entrust me in your prayers on this day of the priest and always. Hugs, may God always take care of you.
Father Ángel Delgado
Jesus the Worker Parish
Diocese of San Cristobal, Tachira State, Venezuela
From the Book of Genesis, when the creation was narrated, God, Our Lord, prohibited Adam and Eve from the forbidden tree, but Satan, in the form of a serpent, invited us to eat of that fruit, with that anger, to be disobedient to the will of God. “Because if you eat of that fruit, you shall become like gods.” There is the beginning of our problem, to want to be like God, to be at the height of God, not to be humble before God. There is the history of the sin of man.
Throughout the Old Testament, we obtain, as a man called by God, to be His witnesses. The witnesses found a way to give to God the position that He deserves, so then we receive various verses in the Old Testament in which men of God would prostrate in a sign of surrender; to be humble before God, they prostrated – that is what it means to prostrate. In the same way, later in the New Testament and in general, in all these 20 centuries of our Christian Catholic Church, we get men of much prayer, of much spirituality, men and women who prostrated to pray, to talk – to talk with the Lord.
We arrive now in our own days. We have a missal that we call Rite of Ordination. In that ritual, when it speaks of priestly ordination and episcopal ordination, there appears a section in which the priestly candidate, the episcopal candidate prostrates in front of the whole community. He prostrates on the floor to signify that mankind is nothing before God, yet we can do all with God. That is why these kowtows are returning to divulge in a way that I would say is very public, because many people have been doing it privately. These kowtows speak to us that wants God to continue to govern us, that God continues to be our King, our Lord. And that we sinners prostrate in front of Him so that He assumes the position of captain of our lives so that we say of these kowtows: “The humility of man that in truth wants God to govern him.” And it is the humility of Holy Mary that says: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; may it be done unto me according to your word.” The Lord bless all those who are leading again these kowtows for the Lord is the one who governs our lives.
To prostrate before the Lord – we see from the Old Testament how Adam and Eve did not want to be loyal; they wanted to be upright in stature before God, to be like gods. They succumbed to the temptation of Satan. Later on in the Old Testament, an invitation appears for man to be obedient, to return to God; it speaks of prostrating in different psalms – to prostrate in front of your God, that is to say: be obedient, be humble, accept your Lord as your Creator. Later we get from the New Testament the Holy Virgin Mary, who will collaborate with this work of Christ for our redemption. She, when the angel announced she was to be the Mother of Our Savior, responded, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” Mary is the obedient one, Mary is the one who will prostrate in front of the Creator. The “slave,” it is said, the slave would prostrate in front of his master. Mary gives testimony of this kowtows before God.
After that, in all that is in the life of the Church, we obtain like the monks of the monastic congregations who had in their lives of piety the practice of prostrating themselves in front of our Lord after prayers. And many saints practiced prostration.
Now, coming closer in time, we in Venezuela – around the year 1973 when the Catholic Charismatic Renewal came here – there was always an invitation to pray prostrated. […] We are invited in these kowtows to give to God the place that He deserves in our lives; He is our Lord, He is our friend Jesus says, but He is our Lord. So, the one who prostrates is trusting in the Lord as a child. The one who prostrates is accepting that God is the one who commands in our life, is the captain of our life.
That is why I congratulate those who are taking to various parts of the world this pious practice of the kowtows. Among them is Dr. Roger Parra. God wanted to choose him to multiply these kowtows. Today we ask the Lord to bless the work that he is doing; he is like a mediator so that many people accept Christ in their life and prostrate in front of the Lord with humility, with obedience. And I can also see that when one is in front of God prostrating, one receives strength from God who is Almighty. God Bless the kowtows.
1) The Pastor of San Judas Tadeo
and San Pedro de La Romera Church
My name is Father Enmanuel Pernía Roa. I am the pastor of the Parish of San Judas and San Pedro de La Romera, of the Diocese of San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela. About two years ago, I heard about the adoration prayer of The Six Kowtows before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
It is after a year in the Church of San Judas Tadeo, my brother Roger Parra encouraging me greatly, that I put into practice this prayer of adoration. I always take the one to God the Father. What peace you feel! And more during these moments that we live, I feel the protection of the Lord, whom I adore with more love now.
The Kowtows have brought many blessings to my parish, as one of the people who always accompanies and who also directs this adoration, Mrs. Angelina Perera says: "Father, this prayer will bring many blessings to your parish, you will remember this, because the Lord does great things for his children who love him with devotion."
One lives everything, I live this moment in my country, and I see reflected in the great work of God. Let’s give all blessings of worship to Him. I have the project to build the parish hall, which we need, I heard the voice of the Lord: "Ask that you will receive". Today I thank him for his love and blessing, I have almost ready the 18 columns that this room has. In this time that we live so difficult, and without resources, I see the blessing of God in this parish. God bless us all!
- Father Enmanuel Pernía Roa
Pastor of San Judas Tadeo
and San Pedro de La Romera Church
2) A Priest at Our Lord of Pilar of Zaragoza Church
My name is Father Tomás Sergio Alberto Zamora Calderón, currently serving as parish priest in Our Lady of Pilar of Zaragoza Parish in León, Nicaragua.
My experience with the kowtows began with the arrival of brother Roger Parra to Nicaragua. After making contact through the will of God, we agreed to pray for our own countries on a Sunday in the parish that I serve. After his explanation, before beginning the kowtows, I introduced the time of adoration. After this, and it has been two years since then, my faith in the Eucharistic Sacrament has grown, thanks to God. This practice has helped me enormously to comprehend the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist. I am reminded of the words of St. John Paul II: “To evangelize the world there is need of apostles who are ‘experts’ in the celebration, adoration and contemplation of the Eucharist.”
Today I comprehend that to be a witness of the resurrection of Our Lord, you have to know how to contemplate Him, just as the apostle John contemplated Him. Jesus is alive in the Eucharist, and to be a great missionary it is sufficient to see Him there, in that Sacrament of LOVE.
Truly, the kowtows pushed me to give more time to this marvelous Sacrament. I would not be a Christian if I didn’t live, didn’t adore and didn’t believe in Jesus made bread. And only in this way do the words come to my mind to illuminate the faithful that I guide to eternal life, to Jesus our Lord.
- Rev. Tomas Zamora
Parish of Our Lord of Pilar of Zaragoza
3) The Pastor of San José Church
The kowtows, or as we have called Eucharistic Adoration, following the six meditations in honor of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Body and Blood of Jesus, His Five Holy Wounds, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, have been done freely or inspired. It has been a good instrument for some people to come closer to the Eucharistic Jesus, because in my case, that is what we seek to become aware of the importance of prayer before the Eucharistic Jesus.
[…] Therefore, this way of praying, I have seen that it bears fruit, since it has led many to grow spiritually and humanly; they are also more aware of the Presence of Jesus the Eucharist, as well as of their being as Church, disciples of Jesus. I ask the Lord not to stay in a novelty or innovation and that people continue to truly come closer, to quench their thirst for an encounter with Jesus. I bless the Lord for this group. I offer prayers so that many come closer and can live their experience of being of Jesus and for Jesus, and able to affect and encourage others to discover the greatness and richness it is to pray before the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
It is the attitude, the surrender, the disposition and not so much the position, that leads us to approach the Lord, love him and follow him. For this reason I have supported them and will continue supporting them because there is nothing better than discovering how much God loves us to the point of wanting to stay with us forever in that Consecrated Host.
Thank you God for so much love and thank you to all who strive to make Jesus’ presence and life known in the Eucharist.
With my loving blessing,
- Father José Alirio Zambrano
Pastor of San José Church
San Cristobal, Venezuela
4) A Priest of Christ the King Church
To better understand the work and fruits of this mission of sanctification of the world and adoration that advances with much faith and boldness – a growing group of laypeople, with a clear call to conversion to achieve peace and the triumph of love in our society, and in a manner very particular and urgent inside of the Catholic Church – it is necessary to allow ourselves to be illuminated by the same wisdom manifested in the documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.
In effect, being called to The Six Kowtows, a work entrusted to the laity in favor of the laity, we see what the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium * says in Section 34: “The supreme and Eternal Priest, Christ Jesus, since he wills to continue his witness and service also through the laity, vivifies them in this Spirit and increasingly urges them on to every good and perfect work.
But to those whom God intimately associates within their life and mission, He also makes them participate in his priestly office, in order to exercise spiritual worship for His glory and the salvation of men. For the laity, when consecrated to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, have an admirable vocation and they are instructed so that in them is produced always the most abundant fruits of the Spirit.
For all the laity’s works, prayers and apostolic projects, married and family life, daily work, the rest of the soul and the body – if they are carried out in the Spirit, even the annoyances of life, if patiently suffered, become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5) that, in celebration of the Eucharist, with the oblation of the Body of the Lord, they offer piously to the Father. So also, the laity, as adorers who do holy works everywhere, consecrate the world itself to God”.
The testimony of adoration and holy fear of God that the laity have been giving in their own families and communities, through the assiduous practice of The Six Kowtows, has been growing steadily and has borne proven fruits of conversion in those that do this exercise carefully.
In addition, there is also the growth of an intimate, sacramental coexistence within the church, with a thirst and hunger for God through the frequent practice of the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist, along with the sanctification of the home through marriage. In them is felt anew that clamor of the African martyrs: without Sunday we cannot live, without the Eucharist, we cannot live.
For their part, the six nuclei of vocal or mental prayer that accompany the practice of The Six Kowtows establishes a symbiosis between heaven and earth, between the Holy Trinity and Their masterpiece of creation, redemption and sanctification that renews, reconstructs and strengthens one solid Christian life in those who practice this way of upward conversion. Thus, the warning of the spiritual teachers of the Church is completely fulfilled: to not advance daily in the spiritual life is to fall back.
In effect, the First Kowtow – in which meditation is made on the Father and his creative work – is related to the Fourth Kowtow, in which the meditation takes one to contemplate the beginning of the new creation that opens with the Incarnation and it is maintained throughout the history of humanity thanks to the prodigy of the Eucharist, the primordial food that renews the real presence of Jesus every day in the midst of his disciples and apostles until the end of the world.
The Second Kowtow is accompanied by mediation on the Redeeming Son, who, at announcing the Good News with words and works, was totally obedient to the will of the Father and accepts death and death on the Cross; thus, He opens in this way the relationship with the Fifth Kowtow that contemplates, with the renewed amazement of heaven and earth, the Five Holy Wounds of Our Lord.
Finally, they unite the Third and Sixth Kowtows in loving embrace. The meditation on the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, the grand gift of Easter and the constructor of the Church, who finds in the Virgin Mary the perfect model of the new creature loved by God to save humanity – the disciple and pedagogue, the interlocutor of human beings to accept the plan of God. She, full of grace, together with her husband, Joseph, faithful husband and exemplary father, constitute the last view of this exercise that, in a good hour, thousands of men and women in the world come to practice daily with their humility and silent position of prostration before Our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, King of kings and Lord of lords, really present with His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.
Without a doubt, the spiritual and physical exercise of The Six Kowtows has managed to bring together, in humble and diligent prayer, everything that the Church has said about herself in the eight chapters of Lumen Gentium.
With the approval of the Bishop of the Diocese of San Cristóbal, Monsignor Mario Moronta Rodriguez, in Venezuela, this spiritual exercise of The Six Kowtows is taking place every day in the parish of Cristo Rey de las Lomas with proven effects of conversion and spiritual and apostolic growth in our community.
- Rev. Laureano Ballesteros, Christ the King Church
San Cristóbal, Venezuela
(Designated by his bishop to practice and spread
The Six Kowtows in the diocese)