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PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH THE WORKER

PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH THE WORKER

Dear St Joseph,

you have shown love and care to the Son of God,
you looked after his mother, Mary,
you worked hard for your family,
you led your family to safety,
you never questioned the will of God,
you dedicated your life to the service of God.

May we also show our dedication to God’s Son,
may we honour Mary, our Holy Mother,
may we work hard for our families and communities and may we
strive for justice and peace in the world.
May we truly believe and trust that God will walk alongside us
and will never abandon us on life’s journey.

May we, like you, St Joseph, show others the way to our heavenly Father
and may we, like the Holy Family, be thankful for the countless graces and blessings, which are bestowed on us daily. Amen.

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SHORT EASTER PRAYER

SHORT EASTER PRAYER

It is only right,
with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise You, Father
and Your Only-begotten Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ:

Dear Father, by Your wondrous
Condescension of loving-kindness towards us,
Your servants, You gave up Your Son.

Dear Jesus, You paid the debt of Adam
for us to the Eternal Father by
Your Blood poured
forth in loving-kindness.

You cleared away the darkness of sin
by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death
and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled heaven and earth.

Our life had no hope of eternal happiness
before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins,
restored our innocence and brought us joy.

How inestimable is the tenderness
of Your love!
Amen.

 

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ST PATRICK NOVENA

ST PATRICK NOVENA

ST PATRICK, PATRON SAINT OF IRELAND AND SNAKEBITES – FEAST DAY: MARCH 17th

Blessed Saint Patrick,
glorious Apostle of Ireland,
who did become a friend and father to me
for ages before my birth,
hear my prayer and accept, for God,
the sentiments of gratitude and veneration
with which my heart is filled.
Through you I have inherited that faith
which is dearer than life
I now make you
the representative of my thanks,
and the mediator of
my homage to Almighty God.
Most holy Father and patron of my country,
despise not my weakness;
remember that the cries of little children
were the sounds that rose,
like a mysterious voice from heaven,
and invited you to come among us.
Listen, then, to my humble supplication;
may my prayer ascend
to the throne of God,
with the praises and blessings
which shall ever sanctify
your name and your memory.
May my hope be animated
by the patronage and intercession
of our forefathers,
who now enjoy eternal bliss
and owe their salvation,
under God, to your courage and charity.
Obtain for me the grace to love God
with my whole heart,
to serve him with my whole strength,
and to persevere in good purpose to the end,
O faithful shepherd of the Irish flock,
who would have laid down a thousand lives
to save one soul.
Take my soul,
and the souls of my countrymen,
under your special care.
Be a father to the Church of Ireland
and her faithful people.
Grant that all hearts may share the blessed
fruits of the Gospel
you did plant and water.
Grant that, as our ancestors
of old had learned,
under your guidance,
to unite science with virtue,
we too, may learn, under your patronage,
to consecrate all Christian
duty to the glory of God.
I commend to you my native land,
which was so dear to you while on earth.
Protect it still, and, above all,
direct its chief pastors,
particularly those who teach us.
Give them grace to walk in your footsteps,
to nurture the flock with the word of life
and the bread of salvation,
and to lead the heirs
of the Saints you have formed
to the possession of that glory which they,
with you, enjoy in
the kingdom of the Blessed:
through Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Amen.

V. Pray for us, O glorious St Patrick.
R. And obtain for us the intention of this Novena.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Novenas

 

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PRESENTATION OF THE LORD – PRAYER

PRESENTATION OF THE LORD – PRAYER

Almighty ever-living God,

we humbly implore your majesty
that, just as your Only Begotten Son
was presented on this day in the Temple
in the substance of our flesh,
so, by your grace,
we may be presented to you with minds made pure.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Prayers for Today

 

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EPIPHANY PRAYER

EPIPHANY PRAYER

O LORD, GIVE US A NEW EPIPHANY

O Lord,
give us a new Epiphany
when You will be manifested to the world:
to those who do not know You,
to those who do not want You,
to those who vilify Your Name,
to those who oppress Your Mystical Body,
to those who deny You,
and to all those who unconsciously long for You.

Bring the day closer
when all people will know and love You
together with the Father
and the Holy Spirit –
and the Kingdom of God will have arrived.
Amen.

 

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O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL (HYMN)

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL (HYMN)

that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear:

Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

2. O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save,
and give them vict’ry o’er the grave:

3. O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight:

4. O come, thou key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery.

5. O come, O come, thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes, on Sinai’s height
in ancient times, didst give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.

– from the ‘Great O Antiphons’ (12th-13th century)

 

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PRAYER TO ST ANDREW

PRAYER TO ST ANDREW

Brother of Simon Peter, you heard John the Baptist say: “Behold the Lamb of God,” and you chose to follow Jesus. Leaving your nets, you became a successful fisher of souls. Lover of the Crucified Christ, you too were crucified like him. Teach us to live and suffer for Him and to win many souls for Christ. Amen.

O glorious St Andrew, you were the first to recognise and follow the Lamb of God. With your friend, St John, you remained with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life, and now throughout eternity. As you led your brother, St Peter, to Christ and many others after him, draw us also to Him. Teach us to lead others to Christ solely out of love for Him and dedication in His service. Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and to carry our crosses without complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus. Amen.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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