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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.
Prayers and Reflections 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.
This is an occasion for all of us – especially in families -to pray more intensely for each other and especially for those who have succumbed to the illness. We should pray also for those in the frontlines – especially doctors, nurses and medical staff and other carers, including clergy – that the Lord will protect them as they place their own wellbeing at risk in the service of all.
PRAYER FOR STRENGTH
Every day I need You, Lord
But today especially,
I need some extra strength to face whatever is to come.
This day, more than any other day,
I need to feel you near me
To strengthen my courage and to overcome my fear.
By myself I cannot meet the challenges of the hour.
We are frail human creatures
And we need a Higher Power to sustain us
In all that life may bring.
And so, dear Lord, hold my trembling hand.
Be with me, Lord this day and
Stretch out your powerful arm to help me.
May you love be upon me as I place all my hope in you. Amen.
Saint Pope John XXIII
PRAYER TO OUR LADY
Mary, Mother of Jesus and of all the human family, with great joy we call you Blessed.
Be close to us always.
May no day pass without a prayer to you in our hearts and on our lips.
May you be a mother to us throughout all the years of our lives, a mother ever ready to help us.
Stay with us, Mary, when there is peace at home, when joy and happiness make life easy. Stay with us, Mother, whenever we have sickness in the home, it is then we need you most. Should death come to any member of the family, old or young, then comfort us in our grief and wipe away our tears. And, Mary, when we close our eyes in death may we find you waiting to welcome us at the gates of Heaven. Amen
Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.
TO MARY FOR THE SICK
Mary, health of the sick,
be at the bedside of all the world’s sick people;
of those who are unconscious and dying;
of those who have begun their agony;
Of those who have abandoned all hope of a cure;
Of those who weep and cry out in pain;
Of those who cannot receive care because they are poor;
of those who need to be resting;
but who are forced to work;
for those who seek in vain for a less painful position in their beds;
for those who pass long nights sleepless;
of those who are tormented by the cares of a family in distress;
of those who must renounce their plans for the future;
of those, above all,
who do not believe in a better life;
of those who rebel and curse God;
of those who do not know that Christ suffered like them and for them.
PRAYER TO MARY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC by Pope Francis
O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, health of the sick, who at the cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. do not despise our please – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
PRAYER IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.”
At your command the sick were made well again.
Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of this virus, that we may experience your healing love.
Lord, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and give us your peace.
In your mercy Lord, hear our prayer.
PRAYER TO ST. ROCH
(St Roch is patron saint of people suffering from infectious diseases)
O Blessed Saint Roch,
Patron of the sick,
Have pity on those
Who lie upon a bed of suffering.
Your power was so great
When you were in this world,
That by the sign of the Cross,
Many were healed of their diseases.
Now that you are in heaven,
Your power is not less.
Offer, then, to God
Our sighs and tears
And obtain for us that health we seek
Through Christ our Lord.
PRAYER DURING ILLNESS
Lord, at this time I have plenty of time to reflect and pray.
Grant me the strength to move my focus from my anxieties.
Deepen my sense of appreciation for all who are nursing me and those who support my family.
Bless those around me whose illness and anxiety is more serious than mine.
May they gain peace and strength from family, friends and nursing staff.
Lord Jesus, stay with me at this difficult time, I really need you now.