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.

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.”

PRAYER TO ST OLIVER PLUNKETT

Glorious martyr, Saint Oliver Plunkett,
who willingly gave your life for the faith,
help us also to be strong in our faith.

By your intercession and example
may all hatred and bitterness be banished
from the hearts of men and women.

May the peace of Christ reign in our hearts
as it did in your heart even at the moment of your death.
Amen.

St. Oliver Plunkett’s feastday is July 1st

 

PRAYER FOR THOSE ON HOLIDAY

Lord, we pray for all those on holiday this summer and thank you for the refreshment, which holiday, brings to our lives; for the excitement of anticipation and planning; for the freedom from routine, and for new experiences and opportunities.

You have given us a world with so much variety that wherever we go we are surrounded by things, which are different and bring new experiences. Help us to use our holidays to see your creation. Help us to use our freedom to understand more clearly the fullness of life you are constantly offering us. Accept our thanks for the rich variety of life, which is your gift, and when our holidays are over, help us to return to our homes safely, with a new vision of your will for us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen

 

PRAYER FOR THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray

(We pause and remember family members and others by name)

Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen.

 

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, prayer for us.
Saints Louis and Z
élie Martin, pray for us.

 

 

A PRAYER FOR HELP
Have mercy, O Lord, on me in my futility.
Please grant me your wisdom
and fill me with your strength;
for I am a sinner,
weak in body,
wounded in spirit,
deficient in understanding.
Amen
PRAYER IN TIME OF DIFFICULTY
Lord, in every need let me come to You with humble trust saying,
“Jesus, help me.”
In my hours of doubts, loneliness, perplexities and temptations,
“Jesus, help me”
In the failure of my plans and hopes
“Jesus, help me.”
When others fail me, Your grace alone can assist me,
“Jesus, Help me.”
When my heart is cast down by failure at seeing no good come from my efforts,
“Jesus, help me.”
When I am sick and impatient and my cross frustrates me,
“Jesus, help me.”
Lord, teach me to understand my suffering as You do.
Calm my fears; increase my trust, help me to love you more. Amen.

Reflection for the Feast of St James, July 25th

The saint we are remembering today, James, the brother of John, was one of Jesus’ three favourite disciples, along with Peter. And, among the Twelve, he was the first to suffer martyrdom in the year 44.
We do not know much about James, except that he had a hot temper. Jesus nicknamed him and his brother John “sons of thunder”(Mk 3:17). We also know that he was the quiet sort of man who rarely talks but whose feelings run deep. Although named 23 times in the New Testament, he is never presented as saying a single word by himself. However, the only two times that John speaks in his name, they ask for the wrong things (strike a Samaritan village with lightning, sit at Jesus’ side in the Kingdom) and Jesus corrects them both times. James was no doubt a blundering and foolish friend, but just the same he was a true friend, and Jesus loved him for that.
In a sense James is the patron saint of all those of us who make a lot of foolish mistakes but whose heart is in the right place. We can all be goofers, and we can still be among Jesus’ friends.