Parish Prayers

Prayer is the opening up of the mind and heart to God and as such can be done anytime anyplace anywhere.

It can be done while waiting for an appointment, while waiting for a bus, while preparing for an encounter, before facing difficulty.

St Paul in his letter to the Philippians 4:6 says:

‘there is no need to worry, but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving’

God our Heavenly Father cares deeply about each and every one of our problems and is just waiting for us to come to him. The Bible tells us over and over to constantly bring ourselves to Him. Prayer is not to inform God of something which He may not be aware of or to try to convince Him to love us more. He already knows our needs and He has certainly shown his love. The purpose of Prayer is to assist us in building our relationship with God.

 

PRAYERS DURING THE DAY

Morning Prayer

Father in Heaven I offer you
my thoughts, words, actions and sufferings;
I beseech you to give me your grace
that I may not offend you this day,
but may faithfully serve you and do your holy will in all things.
I entrust myself completely to your boundless mercy today and always. Amen


Prayer before meals

Bless us O Lord and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen


Prayer after meals

We give you thanks, almighty God, for all your benefits,
who live and reign, for ever and ever. Amen


Night Prayer

Incorporate an examination of conscience followed by an Act of Contrition into your prayers at bedtime:

Heavenly Father, because you are so good,
I am very sorry that I have sinned against you
and by the help of your grace I will not sin again. Amen

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; Lord Jesus receive my soul.
Holy Mary, be a mother to me.
May our Blessed Lady, St Joseph and all the Saints, pray for us to our Lord, that we might be preserved this night from sin and all evil. Amen

O my good Angel, whom God has appointed to be my guardian,
watch over me during this night.
Angels and Saints of God pray for me.
The Lord bless us and keep us from evil, and bring us everlasting life.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen


Pray the Prayer Our Lord taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen

 

OTHER WAYS TO PRAY

Pray The Rosary

The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are 15 mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES.

The Hand Prayer

Use the digits on your hand to compose your prayer:

Thumb

this is the strongest digit on your hand. Give thanks for all the strong things in your life, like home and family, relationships that support and sustain you.

Index finger

this is the pointing finger. Pray for all those people and things in your life who guide and help you. Friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, emergency services and so on.

Middle finger

this is the tallest finger. Pray for all the important people who have power in the world, like world leaders and their governments, members of parliament and local councillors, the Royal Family, other world leaders and their governments.

Ring finger

This is the weakest finger on your hand. It can not do much by itself. Remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved.

Little finger

This is the smallest and the last finger on your hand. Pray for yourself.

Christian Meditation

In Psalms 46:10 ‘Pause a while and know that I am God …..’ we read that it is through stillness that we come to know God

Jesus also showed us by example how important it is to spend time with God. It was the daily custom of Jesus to find a solitary place and spend hours just abiding with God and spending time in his presence. Spending time with God in silence and solitude and planting his word into your heart, enhances your relationship with God and creates more peace, joy, and contentment in your life.

Each month we will highlight a prayer/reflection that you may like to incorporate into your daily prayer life.

 

This month’s prayer
THE DESIDERATA

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

The author of the Desiderata is Max Ehrmann, a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana, who lived from 1872 to 1945. It has been reported that Desiderata was inspired by an urge that Ehrmann wrote about in his diary:

"I should like, if I could, to leave a humble gift -- a bit of chaste prose that had caught up some noble moods."


PRAYER FOR OUR BISHOP

We pray for our chief Pastor, Bishop Peter
that he may he be blessed with the
wisdom, courage and good health
that will enable him to guide his people
into God’s Kingdom. Amen


PRAYER FOR OUR DIOCESE

Father, pour out your Spirit
upon the people of our diocese,
and grant us
a new vision of your glory,
a new experience of your power,
a new faithfulness to your Word,
and a new consecration to your service,
so that your love may grow among us. Show us the way ahead,
so that your kingdom may come,
through Christ our Lord. Amen


PRAYER FOR PAPAL VISIT TO UK

God of truth and love,
your Son, Jesus Christ stands in the light
to all who seek you with a sincere heart.
As we strive with your grace
to be faithful in word and deed,
may we reflect the kindly light of Christ
and offer a witness of hope and peace to all.
We pray for Pope Benedict
and look forward with joy
to his forthcoming visit to our countries.
May he be a witness to the unity and hope which is your will for his people.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen


PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

O Holy Spirit
forever blowing through my life
refreshing me,
refining me,
scattering my darkness,
releasing me from my prison
opening my door
to the mystery of life.
May I watch and wait
patiently for that power,
and thus like your apostles
I can be your witness. Amen


CONFIRMATION PRAYER

Heavenly Father,
I thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit
given to me at Baptism,
and look forward to receiving
the fullness of that same Spirit
in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

I ask for guidance now, Lord,
especially during this time of preparation.

I need to know where I fit into the Church,
and what I am to do,
and what I have to offer,
and where I am to serve.

Be with me
on my journey of faith, Lord.

Give me;
The patience to wait for your answers;
an open heart to hear you when you respond;
and your love and forgiveness
for any mistakes I make along the way. Amen

(to be said daily by our candidates for Confirmation)

 


PRAYER FOR LENT

Dear Lord,
bring us to repentance
and teach us your wisdom.
Help us to respond to your call
and serve with a pure heart.
Bring quiet to our busy lives
that we may enjoy your peace. Amen


EASTER PRAYER

Jesus Christ
rose, glorious, triumphant
over all sin and death.
May we now rise to a new life,
where sin and death
are left behind
as he left his death clothes behind
in the tomb. Amen


MOTHER TERESA’S REFLECTION

Take time to think
Take time to pray
Take time to laugh

It is the source of power
It is the greatest power on Earth
It is the music of the soul

Take time to play
Take time to love and be loved
Take time to give

It is the secret of perpetual youth
It is God’s given privilege
It is too short a day to be selfish

Take time to read
Take time to be friendly
Take time to work

It is the fountain of wisdom
It is the road to happiness
It is the price of success
Take time to do charity
It is the key to Heaven.