Welcome to the Athboy Parish Prayer Space
Prayer is an essential and life giving part of our faith. Spontaneous prayer together with traditional prayers are important in our lives. One can be enriched by the other and our faith can be helped to grow and develop by using both.
This space is dedicated to prayers, scripture and inspirational thoughts that you may find useful.
Firstly we remember the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta:
“Start and end the day with prayer. Come to God as a child. If you find it hard to pray you can say “Come Holy Spirit, guide me, protect me, clear out my mind so that I can pray,” Or, if you pray to Mary, you can say, “Mary, Mother of Jesus, be a mother to me now, help me to pray.”
PRAYERS FOR ADVENT
“The season of Advent restores a horizon of hope; a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s Word ….. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord’s never disappoints Pope Francis
God of light, & look upon us in love, and fill us with the Spirit of Jesus,
That we may love you and serve you in the your Kingdom.
Protect us during the week and keep us watchful in prayer
as we wait the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the light of the world, and who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen
O God who see how your people faithfully await the Feast of the Lord’s Nativity,
enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation
and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, on God for ever and ever. Amen.
ADVENT FAMILY PRAYER
during this holy season of Christmas,
we ask you for your blessing on all families,
Let Mary’s openness to your wondrous way be
and inspiration to place all trust in you,
Let Joseph’s courage provide hope
during times of anxiety and uncertainty.
Let Jesus’ life ignite all families with a spirit of light and love,
May the grace that encircled the Holy Family widen to embrace all families.
For this we pray.
AN ADVENT POEM
If you want,
the Virgin will come walking down the road
pregnant with the holy and say,
“ I need shelter for the night,
please take me inside your heart,
my time is so close.”
Then, under the roof of your soul,
you will witness the sublime intimacy,
the divine, the Christ, taking birth forever,
as she grasps your hand for help,
for each of us is the midwife of God,
each of us.
Yes there, under the dome of our being does creation
come into existence eternally,
through your womb, dear pilgrim
– the sacred womb of your soul,
as God grasps our arms for help:
for each of us is his beloved servant, never far.
If you want,
the Virgin will come walking down the street
pregnant with Light and sing.
St John of the Cross Feast Day Dec 14th
Master of both the light and the darkness
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do
seek quiet places to hear you voice each day.
We who are anxious over so many things
look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways
long for complete joy in your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy
seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people walking in darkness yet seeking the light.
To you we say “Come Lord Jesus”
ST JUDE’S PRAYER FOR ADVENT
Lord Jesus, Your power is infinite,
your glory everlasting.
Quietly you come as a tiny baby.
Ready for my heart for the miracle of your birth.
Bring bright light to this dark world,
Waiting silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night.
Waiting is itself your gift,
animating my heart with anticipation.
Bless me with needed patience and faithful discipline
to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.
St Jude, eternal hope,
Let your holiness flow into me.
May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me
and grow until they bloom on Christmas Day,
to carry joy to the world and inspire hope to renew the face of the earth.