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December Prayer
Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

Mary & JosephLord, Your Church enters the season of Advent in preparation to welcome You as our new born king.  With Mary, your Immaculate Mother, and St. Joseph her spouse, we reflect on the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

How difficult it must have been for them to leave their little house, relatives and neighbours for such a long walk in the middle of winter.  How they must have endured cold,  fatigue and hunger, and what uncertainty about the future must have weighed on their minds.  Yet, Mary, you knew that the scriptures had to be fulfilled.  The Father had ordained that The Messiah, who would call Himself the Bread of Life, must be born in Bethlehem – the house of  bread.

So many closed their doors to You Jesus, yet the angels and the shepherds could not have celebrated Your birth had not providence provided an unwanted and remote cave for the wondrous event.  Jesus may we welcome You by preparing well through reception of the sacrament of penance and resolving to spend some time each day in personal and family prayer.

Lord, as we contemplate this mystery, hear our prayer for those who, forced to leave home, family and country because of war, disaster or financial need embark on dangerous journeys in search of safety and security.  Let us make an inn for the homeless in our hearts and in our community and with the angelic host and Pope Francis we ask peace and hope for people of good will. Read on »

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November Prayer 2014
Saturday, October 25th 2014

November Prayer

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Lord our God, we kneel in awe before You as we reflect on Your power, majesty, justice and mercy.  Heavenly Father, You created us for Heaven and when we disobey You, Your love calls us to reconcile ourselves with You through the mercy of Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord and King.  Through the person of the priest, and the outpouring of your grace in the Sacrament of Confession, You invite us to the heavenly banquet of Holy Communion.

As at the first Passover in Egypt, we partake in the sacrificial offering of the flesh and blood of The Lamb of God under the appearance of bread and wine.  Lord Jesus, help us to appreciate that the Mass is both Calvary and The Last Supper and to cherish the opportunities You give us to reverently participate in the Eucharist, since we cannot live as You command without this nourishment.

We unite our prayers, and the indulgences offered by Your Church, to those of all the saints, especially our Irish saints, to ask Your mercy for sinners and relief and release for the souls in Purgatory particularly our loved ones.

We pray with the Holy Father that the lonely may experience Your closeness in their prayer and in the prayerful and practical support of the community.

As we celebrate your presentation in The Temple, we ask you Mary, mother and teacher of Jesus, to pray for priests. religious and seminarians that they teach us the faith with truth and love.

With Mary, we ask the saints in Heaven to pray for us that we too may be made worthy of the promises of God. Amen

 

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October Prayer 2014
Monday, September 29th 2014

AngelDear Jesus, You command Your disciples to “go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news.”  During this month help us to focus on our Christian obligation to share our faith, in a particular way, with those we meet each day.  May St. Therese, patron of the missions, help us to be “love in the heart of the Church”, so that  through prayer and whatever material help we can afford, we may be enabled to connect with those overseas who still await the gift of baptism.

Lord Jesus, Universal King, we appeal to Your Majesty for peace and harmony in those countries battered by war and violence at this time.  We beseech You to hear the prayer of Your Most Holy Mother Mary, Queen of The Rosary, that love may triumph over hatred, and peace over discord and destruction.  Loving Lord, may their guardian angels gently lead those sheep and lambs wounded, exhausted, frightened and homeless into Thy tender care.  We ask You, Prince of Peace, to hear our prayer that goodwill and common sense will prevail in Northern Ireland that the hard won peace will be nurtured into genuine respect and friendship between the two communities to the benefit of all people on this island.

Lord, remember the sufferings of Sts. Faustina and John Paul whom You chose as living witnesses of Your Divine Mercy.  Grant the grace of true conversion to those most in need, and relief of suffering to the souls in Purgatory, especially those who have nobody to pray for them.

Lord of the harvest, we thank You for the good harvest this Autumn which will provide food for families and bread for The Eucharist throughout the year.  With St. Teresa and Bl. Columba Marmion and those countless saints and martyrs who spent their lives in contemplation of Your goodness we bless, praise, adore, glorify and thank You for Your goodness to us.  Help us to use wisely the gifts of nature and of grace which You have given us.

We  thank You for those recently ordained to serve You as priests in our diocese and ask Your special blessing on them for having had the courage to leave all things to follow You.  May their example encourage others also to launch out into the deep.

Lord Jesus , may Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

 

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September Parish Prayer
Saturday, August 30th 2014

Picture1Dear Jesus, together with Mary your sorrowful mother we venerate the Cross from which, through Your pierced heart, there poured out blood and water which redeemed us from original sin, made us holy again by sanctifying grace, and restored us to friendship with God our father.

Most Holy Mary, as we celebrate your birthday, we thank you for your humble submission to the will of God that you should become the mother of His Son with Whom you would share His sorrow and suffering for our sake and become out mother also. Dear Mary, Mother of Sorrows, we so need your loving protection now amidst the genocidal wars and unspeakable suffering perpetrated on the innocent in so many countries throughout the world. Mary, mother of silent love, intercede for us that we may rediscover the value of silence and learn to listen to the voice of God and to the voices of our brothers and sisters. Mary, pray with us that the witness of persecuted Christians may manifest the love of Christ to those who do not yet know Him.

St. Pio, martyr of the Cross of Christ pray for all who are in need of the healing balm of confession that they may not be afraid to approach Jesus to receive His loving embrace as He welcomes them home: for priests that, ever appreciating the importance of the sacrament of penance, they may always make themselves available in the confessional; and for those who carry heavy crosses at this time that they may find relief in prayer and in the worthy reception of the Eucharistic Body and Blood of Jesus.

Lord Jesus, as schools and colleges reopen we pray for those who return to their studies and for those who start school or college for the first time. May all students, especially seminarians, share in the wisdom of Sts. Gregory, John
Chrysostom, Robert and Jerome whose feasts we celebrate this month.

Holy Spirit, we ask that You grant our leaders the wisdom to rule in the common good. Lord, for the sake of even one good person on this island, hear our prayer and send Your holy angels and archangels to protect us from every evil and to ensure continued peace and stability in our land. Thank You Lord Jesus. Amen

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August Parish Prayer
Monday, July 28th 2014

LDoveord, in the midst of so much war, suffering, famine, and distress of all kinds make us grateful for peace,
and the necessities of life and aware of the need to share the gifts You have given us. You have told us that we must show mercy in whatever way we can, that prayer is the most effective way to do so and is available to all. So, this month we pray in a special way for those who are suffering in war torn countries throughout the world, especially Israel and Palestine, Russia and Ukraine, and Syria. Lord Jesus, King of Peace, we pray for the leaders of all countries that they may pursue paths of lasting peace, bringing stability to troubled lands and the innocent victims of war—the elderly, women and children. For those persecuted for their faith and those who seek asylum far from their own countries and their own people, especially our fellow Christians in Mosul, Iraq. May their rights to freedom of religion always be protected. May world leaders not remain silent to the plight of persecuted Christians the world over.

We pray in thanksgiving for the good weather that has blessed these summer months. We pray for safety on our waterways and on our farms. May these summer months give us and our families an opportunity to unwind, relax recharge our bodies, minds and souls.

Transfigured Lord, You showed Your glory to Your apostles to strengthen them for future suffering. Comfort all who suffer in Your name with the hope of eternal glory. Sts. Teresa Benedict of The Cross and Maximilian Kolbe pray for those interned in refugee camps and prisons of all kinds at home and abroad. May the prayers of Sts John Vianney, Peter Julian Aymard and Pope Pius X bring us to a deeper appreciation of the necessity of Your gift of the Eucharist to sustain us on the journey. Lord, bless and protect your priests and make them holy. May those to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here, and in Heaven, their beautiful and everlasting crown.

Mary, Queen assumed into heaven console your children throughout the world as you did at Knock and bring them safely into the arms of Jesus. Humble, powerful ,eternal Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Jesus your Son.

Lord, You command us to evangelise the world. Through the merits of Sts John the Baptist and Bartholomew and the efforts of committed Christians may the gospel take root in fertile soil especially in Oceania.

Lord Jesus, in providing wine for the wedding in Cana You showed the importance marriage. Give those who marry this summer joy in their commitment and the assurance of Your grace when times are difficult. Amen.

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July Parish Prayer
Thursday, June 26th 2014

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish
July Prayer

OLMCDear Jesus, July is for many a time to rest and relax. Lord may all who travel do so in safety. While we engage in recreation which restores our bodies and minds help us to spend some time regularly with You so that Your Holy Spirit may restore and recreate our souls too. May the sporting activities which people engage in over the summer be an opportunity for fraternity and personal growth in generosity and respect for others.

Lord, You poured out Your Blood on Calvary as a fount of life for us. We claim It’s protection for ourselves, our families and all for whom we pray in these times of worldwide distress, hunger, homelessness, war, disease and urban violence. We remember those in our own country forced to sleep in the streets and those forgotten and alone. We ask Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary, to adopt them as their own children. May St Martha sister of Lazarus ever hospitable to Jesus and His companions ensure that the hands of those who provide hospitality for them never lack the means to do so.

Lord, You commissioned us to go out to all nations teaching them all that You command and baptising them in the name of the Most Holy Trinity. With Pope Francis we ask the Holy Spirit, the apostles Thomas and James, Mary Magdalen and your holy martyr Oliver Plunkett to help all missionaries especially lay people to witness courageously to the Gospel in the poorest countries particularly those in which Your followers are persecuted.

Mary, mother of the Church on earth, of the souls in Purgatory and the blessed in Heaven, Lady of Mount Carmel intercede for us all and clothe us in the mantle of your special protection so that we may not succumb to the temptation to serve mammon. Help us to use wisely the things of earth to ensure for all the necessities of life. Help us to be content in the knowledge that Jesus supplies all our needs when we come to Him with open hearts and empty hands.

Lord, we remember the people of Ukraine at this time and we commend them and all of Europe to the protection of St Benedict our patron. Heavenly Father for the sake of the sorrowful passion of Jesus have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen

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June Parish Prayer
Friday, May 30th 2014

June Prayer

Holy TrinityHoly Trinity, true God, we adore You profoundly as the Church celebrates Your mystery.  Lord God, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier help us to know, love and serve You as we ought by listening to Jesus and doing as He tells us.

Lord Jesus, at your Ascension You left to prepare a place for us in Heaven.  As we walk the narrow path ‘in this vale of tears’ fill us with Your Holy Spirit of love.  May we use our talents to bring others with us to that place of peace and joy which is our true home. Jesus, lord of love, strengthen us on our journey with Your Eucharistic Body and Blood.  May we always receive You with humility, great reverence and sincere gratitude.

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May Prayer
Saturday, May 3rd 2014

May Prayer

May PrayerLord Jesus, May is the month when traditionally we venerate the Eternal Virgin of Israel, Your Mother Mary.  She cares for us her adopted children as she cared for You her firstborn son, the Lamb of God, who was sacrificed for our sins. Mary, dearest mother, your purpose for all eternity is to bring Jesus to us, and us to Jesus.

We ask you to visit us again as you visited your cousin Elizabeth.  Just as you carried the Son of God in your womb, and sanctified John before his birth, bestow your blessing on us, we pray, and sanctify each moment of our day.  And as you appeared in Fatima as the new Esther to rescue the church from evil, spread your mantle over us and our country to protect us from the evils that assail us.

 

 Together with Our Holy Father, we ask you to pray for us Mary, that the media may serve the cause of truth and peace, especially during the forthcoming elections.  Star of evangelisation, guide the church in proclaiming the truth of the Gospel to all nations.

 

 Mary, as the little children receive Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time help them to realise what a treasure is the Holy Eucharist and to grow in love and respect for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Call them to meet Him often and to receive Him with great love and respect.  May they nestle close to His most loving heart.  Mary, pray for them that they may never lose their innocence and never abandon Him but grow in love and confidence in Him as their most trusted friend now and always.

 

 St. Philip Neri pray for our priests that they may radiate holiness and promote the sanctity and dignity of the Holy Temple of God amongst His people.  May we may always have priests to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and administer the Sacrament of Penance.  May the celebration of these sacraments help us to grow in personal holiness.

 

 Bl. Edmund Rice pray for us that the Catholic ethos of our schools be preserved from atheism, false religions and intolerance.  Holy apostles Philip, James and Matthias pray for us and the persecuted church everywhere especially in China.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now and every shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

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April Prayer
Saturday, March 29th 2014

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish

April Prayer

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Lord Jesus, this month we celebrate Your passion death and resurrection.  Like the crowds welcoming You to Jerusalem we can, at times, fail to appreciate the meaning of the events which accomplished our liberation from sin and our rebirth into the life of grace, and so we ask You to teach us, Lord.

Jesus, as Your human life draws to its close and You endure in Gethsemane the great struggle to accept crucifixion as Your Father’s will, we resolve to spend an hour with You, our Passover Lamb, to comfort You in Your desolation.  Help us to accept Your will for us even in suffering—mental, physical or spiritual.  Lord fill with hope all those tested by pain and sickness.

 Jesus, Universal King, You accepted the torture of being tried, stripped, scourged , mocked and crowned with thorns.  Our sins were heaped upon You, innocent lamb, before Your slaughter on Calvary.  There You poured out Your blood as grace and mercy for us.  At the eleventh hour You reassured the good thief that he too with all his sins forgiven would accompany You to Heaven that very day.

Jesus, as we venerate Your cross and renew our Baptismal Vows give us the grace of true conversion even though it be our eleventh hour.  Jesus, whose greatest attribute is mercy, call us and all sinners to meet You in the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Easter.  Grant us Your forgiveness, and the peace of knowing we are re-united to You.  May we love You and our neighbour with all our heart.  May those baptised this Easter keep their baptismal innocence until they meet you face to face. 

Risen Lord ,You sent Mary Magdalene, reformed sinner, to announce Your  resurrection to the apostles; grant that through her intercession Your priests may be faithful in following You and caring for Your people.

 Lord, as Spring unfolds we pray with Pope Francis that governments foster protection for creation—men, women, plants and animals, earth and ocean: and may they ensure just distribution of all natural resources.

 Sts. Mark, the evangelist and Catherine of Sienna pray for us that we may live in the joy of Easter and witness to the love and mercy of Jesus for us and all creation. Amen  

 

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March Prayer
Sunday, March 2nd 2014

March Prayer

Lord our GoSt. Josephd in Your wisdom You have arranged a time for everything under Heaven, so, this month we enter once again into the holy season of Lent when Your Church proposes to us the means to come closer to You and our neighbour by prayer, penance, fasting, and alms giving.  We ask the help of Sts Joseph and Patrick in choosing our resolutions and putting them into practice with humility and perseverance.

Lord, when we pray give us a greater appreciation of our nothingness before Your majesty; when doing penance, knowledge of our sins and true repentance; when fasting and giving alms, the gift of temperance and deep gratitude for Your gifts to us. Read on »

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