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PRAYER FOR LENT

PRAYER FOR LENT

“LORD, DURING THIS LENTEN SEASON NOURISH ME”

God, heavenly Father, look upon me and hear my prayer during this holy season of Lent. By the good works You inspire, help me to discipline my body and to be renewed in spirit.

Without You I can do nothing. By Your Spirit help me to know what is right and to be eager in doing Your will. Teach me to find new life through penance. Keep me from sin, and help me live by Your commandment of love.

God of love, bring me back to You. Send Your Spirit to make me strong in faith and active in good works. May my acts of penance bring me Your forgiveness, open my heart to Your love, and prepare me for the coming feast of the Resurrection of Jesus.

Lord, during this Lenten Season, nourish me with Your Word of life and make me one with You in love and prayer. Fill my heart with Your love and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ. Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness. Give me new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass.

Father, our source of life, I reach out with joy to grasp Your hand; let me walk more readily in Your ways. Guide me in Your gentle mercy, for left to myself I cannot do Your Will.

Father of love, source of all blessings, help me to pass from my old life of sin to the new life of grace. Prepare me for the glory of Your Kingdom. I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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PRAYER FOR THE THIRD WEEK AFTER EASTER

PRAYER FOR THE THIRD WEEK AFTER EASTER

O God, you shed the light of truth on those who stray, that they may return to the way of righteousness; may all who call themselves Christians, reject what is opposed to that name, and eagerly seek out whatever is in keeping with it.

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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SHORT PRAYER FOR THE EASTER VIRTUES

SHORT PRAYER FOR THE EASTER VIRTUES

“Do not abandon yourself to despair.
We are the Easter people
and halleluiah is our song.”
– St John Paul II

PRAYER:

O Lord,
the Resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us the wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.
Amen.

 

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“LORD JESUS, I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD, GOD AND SAVIOUR”

The Miracle Prayer 

The Miracle Prayer

The Miracle Prayer

“Lord Jesus, I come before You, just as I am. I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Your Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give you my entire self. Lord Jesus, now and forever, I invite You into my life. Lord Jesus, I accept You as my Lord, God and Saviour. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul and spirit. Come, Lord Jesus, cover me with Your precious blood and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I love You, Lord Jesus. I praise You, Lord Jesus. I thank You, Lord Jesus. I shall follow You every day of my life. Amen. Mary, my mother, Queen of Peace, all the Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.

[From “The Secret of Happiness”, The Fifteen Prayers of St Bridget of Sweden (14th century)]

Say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel, until you come to the point when you sincerely mean each word with all your heart. Similar prayers like this are found on this blog; for instance the Baptismal Vows, which are prayed by all Catholic believers, and renewed by all faithful at least once a year, at Easter (the time after our Lord’s redemptive suffering, after his rising from the dead, which made it possible for us to be called and chosen (John 15:16) and to be born again of water and the Spirit (John 3:5) through faith; our faith and that of our household, which is a gift of God, a grace, and not something that we have achieved of ourselves, therefore we cannot boast of it (Ephesians 2:8,9) ), but humbly acknowledge that we cannot ever thank the Lord for his gift enough. Thanks be to God. Praise the Lord.

 

 

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CHRISTIAN! DO YOU SEE THEM (HYMN)

– Lent –

You should be awake, and praying not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Mt 26:41).

 

Christian! do you see them

On the holy ground,

How the powers of darkness

Rage your steps around?

Christian! up and smite them,

Counting gain but loss;

In the strength that fills you

From the holy cross.

 

Christian! do you feel them,

How they work within,

Striving, tempting, luring,

Goading into sin?

Christian! never tremble;

Never be downcast;

Gird yourself for battle;

Watch, and pray, and fast.

– St Andrew of Crete, tr. John Mason Neale

 

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JESUS, SALVATION’S SUN DIVINE (HYMN)

– Lent –

Jesus, salvation’s Sun Divine,

Within our inmost bosoms shine.

With light all darkness drive away

And give the world a better day.

 

Now days of grace with mercy flow,

O Lord, the gift of tears bestow,

To wash our stains in every part,

Whilst heavenly fire consumes the heart.

 

Rise, crystal tears, from that same source

From whence our sins derive their course,

Nor cease, till hardened hearts relent,

And, softened by your streams, repent.

 

Behold, the happy days return,

The days of joy for them that mourn;

May we of their indulgence share,

And bless the God that grants our prayer.

 

May heaven and earth aloud proclaim

The Trinity’s almighty fame;

And we, restored to grace, rejoice

In newness both of heart and voice. Amen.

 
 

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O MERCIFUL CREATOR, HEAR! (HYMN)

O merciful Creator, hear!

To us in pity bow thine ear:

Accept the tearful prayer we raise

In this our fast of forty days.

 

Our hearts are open, Lord, to thee:

Thou knowest our infirmity;

Pour out on all who seek thy face

Abundance of thy pardoning grace.

 

Our sins are many, this we know;

Spare us, good Lord, thy mercy show;

And for the honour of thy name

Our fainting souls to life reclaim.

 

Give us the self-control that springs

From discipline of outward things,

That fasting inward secretly

The soul may purely dwell with thee.

 

We pray thee, Holy Trinity,

One God, unchanging Unity,

That we from this our abstinence

May reap the fruits of penitence. Amen.

 

 

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