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.”
Dear loving Lord,
you didn’t come to a perfect world,
You came to a people
full of complexity and confusion.
Your birth itself
surrounded by conflict, doubt and fear.
You came humbly, oh Lord,
born of a virgin,
to a simple family,
to walk a journey of tears and glory.
Now come again, dear Jesus,
Come to my fragile heart,
Let my heart be your manger.
Prepare that quiet place
where peace and joy are born again.
O, Lord, let me humble
Receiving and giving your ever loving mercy.
May my soul sing praises to only You.
For You alone are holy,
Your alone are Lord,
The Most High Jesus Christ.
If You Look for Me at Christmas
You won’t need a special star,
I’m no longer just in Bethlehem,
I’m right there where you are.
You may not be aware of Me,
amid the celebrations –
You’ll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations.
But if you take a moment from your list of things to do,
And listen to your heart
You’ll find I’m waiting there for you.
Your’re the one I want to be with,
You’re the reason that I came,
And you’ll find Me in the stillness
As I’m whispering your name. Jesus.
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