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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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MISSION PRAYER

MISSION PRAYER

MISSION PRAYER OF BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your love everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your Spirit and Life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that my life may be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with may
feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine.
It will be You, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You in the way You love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching,
not by my words but by my example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for You.

Amen.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2017 in Prayers for Today

 

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DIVINE GRACE IS THE ONLY HOPE ON WHICH YOUR FAMILY RELIES

DIVINE GRACE IS THE ONLY HOPE ON WHICH YOUR FAMILY RELIES

“DIVINE GRACE IS THE ONLY HOPE ON WHICH YOUR FAMILY RELIES”

Let us pray. O Lord, divine grace is the only hope on which your family relies: watch over them with uninterrupted love, surround them with your constant protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Prayers for the Church

 

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ST JOHN BERCHMANS – PRAYER FOR ALTAR SERVERS

ST JOHN BERCHMANS – PRAYER FOR ALTAR SERVERS

PRAYER BEFORE MASS:

Go before us O Lord,
in this our sacrifice of Prayer and Praise,
and grant that what we say and sing
with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and practise and show forth in our daily lives.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

PRAYER AFTER MASS:
Bless, O Lord, our hearts and minds,
and grant that as we leave Your house,
we may continue to be aware of Your presence.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

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DO NOT CRY, WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

DO NOT CRY, WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

ABOUT SAINT MARY GUO LI, WIDOW AND MARTYR (1835-1900)

Mary Guo Li, a native of Hu-jia-che, China (Hebei Province), was a Catholic wife and grandmother, with numerous children and grandchildren, all of whom were raised in the Catholic faith.

In 1900 a Chinese quasi-religious faction known to history as the “Boxers” embarked upon a bloody persecution of Christians in China.

Mary instructed her children and grandchildren that under no circumstances were they to deny their faith, warning two of her sons, “Remember that if you apostatise, I shall no longer be your mother!”

On 29th June 1900, the Boxers raided the family’s home, murdered Mary’s husband Guo Zhinfang, and torched the house.

Sensing that she would soon share her husband’s fate, Mary spent the days that followed preparing herself with the recitation of the rosary, fasting, and spiritual reading.

On 7th July the sixty-five-year-old grandmother was put to death by the Boxers together with three of her daughters and four of her grandchildren. Before being executed, Mary offered a final word of encouragement to her family, telling them, “Don’t cry. We are going to heaven to enjoy eternal life.”

“They are happy whose life is blameless, who follow God’s law.” (Ps 118:1)

 

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