Parish Prayer Space

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.

 

MAY is traditionally the month of Our Lady. A May altar at home reminds us that Mary is part of every family since the moment when on Calvary, Jesus gave us his mother to be our mother. Please try to pray the Rosary or even a decade of the Rosary at home during this month of prayer to Our Blessed Mother.

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 THE VIRGIN MARY AFTER HOLY COMMUNION

Mary, Holy Virgin Mother,
I have received your Son, Jesus Christ,
With love you became his mother,
gave birth to him, nursed him,
and helped him grow to manhood.
With love I return him to you,
to hold once more,
to love with all your heart,
and to offer to the Holy Trinity
as our supreme act of worship
for your honour and
for all the good of all pilgrim brothers and sisters.

Mother, ask God to forgive my sins
and to help me serve him more faithfully.
Keep me true to Christ until death,
and let me come to praise him with you
for ever and ever. Amen.

 

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER TO OUR LADY UNDOER OF KNOTS

 

Holy Mary, full of presence during the days of your life,
you accepted with full humility and Father’s will
and the Devil was never capable of distracting you with his confusion.

Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties
and full of kindness and patience
you gave us an example of how to untie the knots of our life.

By remaining forever Our Mother,
you make it more clear how to put in order
the ties that link us to the Lord.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother,
to you, who untie with motherly love the knots of our life,
we pray to you to receive into your hands (the name of the person)
and to free him/her of the knots and confusion
with which the enemy attacks him/her.

Through your grace,
your intercession and your example,
deliver us from all evil and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God,
so that we, free from sin and error,
may find Him in all things,
and that we may place our hearts in Him,
and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen

MEMORARE

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

The Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.

 

Prayer to Our Lady

O Mary, my Mother and my hope,

I take refuge under your mantle.

There I will live and die.

Deliver me from sin and grant me your holy blessings. Amen

 

My Rosary

What comfort just to clasp it, my rosary so dear.

Each mystery brings fresh courage and drives away all fear.

In prayer so oft repeated, yet never growing old,

I read the wondrous story of God’s love untold.

Each chaplet forms a garland, to place at Mary’s feet.

Fair buds and full bloom roses, exhaling fragrance sweet.

The crucifix which crowns it, reminds me, day by day

Bravely to bear my crosses along earth’s rugged way.

I hope when life is ended and death shall set me free,

Still twined around my fingers will be my rosary.

 

Take my hand, O Blessed Mother,

Hold me firmly lest I fall,

I am nervous when I am walking,

And to thee I humbly call.

Guide me over every crossing,

Watch me when I am on my way,

Let me know you are beside me,

Listen to my frequent prayers,

Bring me to my destination,

Safely every single day,

Help me with my understanding,

As the hours pass away.

And when evening falls upon me,

And I fear to be alone,

Take my hand O Blessed Mother,

And once again guide me home.

 

PENTECOST

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity who came upon the Church at Pentecost.  Jesus promised his apostles that the Holy Spirit would bring back to their minds everything he had taught them.  The Holy Spirit is the mutual love uniting the Father and Son.  At Pentecost the Church exploded into life in the wind and fire of the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

enkindle in us the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful

by the light of the Holy Spirit,

grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise,

and ever to rejoice in His consolation,

Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

We come before you, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.
Come to us, remain with us,
and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength to know your will,
to make it our own and to live it in our lives.
Guide us by your wisdom,
support us by your power,
for you are God,
sharing the glory of the Father and Son.
Unite us to yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.
You live and reign,
with the Father and the Son
one God,
forever and ever. Amen

 

HOLY SPIRIT,
give me wisdom and the courage of my convictions,
as I make life decisions today and every day.
Some may be simple, others complex,
but all require honesty and quiet reflection.
I pray that, with your help and guidance,
my heart will be open to God’s will
in whatever choices I am asked to make.
Amen

 

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit
That my thoughts may be holy

Act in me, O Holy Spirit
That my work too may be holy

Draw my heart O Holy Spirit
That I love only what is holy

Strengthen me O Holy Spirit
To defend all that is holy

Guard me then O Holy Spirit
That I may always be holy.

St Augustine

 

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

30th May – 7th June

Lord Jesus, I give and consecrate myself to your most Sacred Heart.

I give you my life, my actions, sufferings and joys.

May I be united to you in all things and in all ways, growing day by day in your grace and love.

I ask you, O Most Sacred Heart, to be the object of my love,

the guardian of my life, my health in temptation, mercy in sin and my assurance of salvation.

O Heart of Love, I put all my confidence in you,

I can do nothing without your grace, but hope for all things from your infinite goodness.

Look with kindness on my family, my friends and the whole world.

Let your pure love imprint your image so deeply on our hearts, that all will come to know you, and none be ever separated from you.

May my name be written in your Heart, for I place all my trust in you. Amen.