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.



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.

St. Oliver Plunkett’s feast day is July 1st


Christ Has No Body
Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.”

St Teresa of Avila


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


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.

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.

St James’ Prayer


James, man of prayer,

pray that we may listen and respond to God’s call in our lives.

James, holy apostle,

Pray that we may be disciples of Jesus in word and action.

James, devoted friend of Jesus,

Pray that we may be strong in our devotion to one another.

James, the fisherman, patron of labourers,

Pray for us in our labours and help those seeking employment

James, witness of the transfiguration of Jesus,

Pray that we may see the glory of God revealed in our lives.

James, compassionate teacher,

Pray that we may serve on another in love.

James, faithful to God’s call

Pray for us in our efforts to live our Catholic faith.

James, comfort of the troubled,

Pray for those who are suffering.

Blessed James, may you inner spirit of peace, good work, discipleship and prayer always be an inspiration to us.

Holy Apostle, walk with us on our journey of faith. May your prayers obtain for us the wisdom to discern God’s call and the strength to endure, so that we may grow in holiness and rejoice in communion with all the saints. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

St James, patron of our parish  Feastday – July 25th