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Parish Prayer Ministry – May 2019

‘A praying parish is a growing parish ; a growing parish is a praying parish .‘ Please join us in praying for the following intentions this month.

We pray with Pope Francis that through the commitment of its members the Church in Africa may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

We pray for the children of our parish who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this month.  May the Holy Spirit motivate them in practising their faith with enthusiasm and inspire them as adult Christians to evangelise their peers.

May is the month of Mary.  We pray to Our Lady of Fatima  for all those in our parish who are ill at this time, those in hospital and those being cared for in their own homes  including the elderly and handicapped.  May our Blessed Mother comfort and help them to endure their suffering.

We continue to pray for our country that government be restored in Northern Ireland and peace prevail over those who would bring about a return to violence and destruction on this island.

We remember persecuted Christians worldwide and all who suffer for their faith or conscience; may they not lose hope but feel supported by our prayers for their safety, security and the right to freedom of expression.

We ask St Joseph to intercede for families and individuals seeking work and a home of their own both here and abroad.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.


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The Hail Mary

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
That never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
Implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you,
O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me.

V. O Mary conceived without sin,
R. Pray for us who have recourse to you.

(3 times )

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Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, whose only begotten Son, by his life, death and resurrection,
has purchased for us the reward of eternal life;
grant, we beseech you, that, meditating upon these mysteries,
in the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain,
and obtain what they promise through the same Christ our Lord.

The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday & Saturday: The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Birth of Jesus
  4. The Presentation in the Temple
  5. The Finding in the Temple

Thursday: The Mysteries of Light

  1. Jesus is baptised in the Jordan
  2. The manifestation of Jesus at the wedding in Cana
  3. Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper

Tuesday & Friday: The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion

Wednesday and Sunday: The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Decent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption of Our Lady
  5. The Crowning of our Lady Queen of Heaven

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The Our Father

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit Born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.

On the third day, he rose again. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Guardian Angel Prayer
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here Ever this day (night) be at my side To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen

Grace before meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which of thy bounty we are about to receive through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grace after meals
We give Thee thanks, O Almighty God, for these Thy benefits. Who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.

The Novena

Sacred Heart of Jesus I trust in Thee.
My Lord and my God, I believe all that thou hast ever taught us. There is nothing harder for me to believe than Thy Personal love for one so sinful and so worthless as I, but I so believe it Lord, and therefore, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

I believe that thy love for me is not an affair of yesterday; “ Thou hast loved me with an everlasting love” and therefore, O Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in Thee.

I believe Thy love for me is as tender as a Mother’s love, and therefore, O Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in Thee.

I believe thou hast planned everything that shall ever happen to me, lovingly and wisely, and therefore, O Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in Thee.

I will never seek pleasure forbidden by Thee, because thou knowest what is bad for me and what is good , and I trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I will always pray, “May Thy will be done in all things”, because I trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I will never lose heart in my efforts to be good, because I trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I will accept the crosses of life, as I accept the joys with a grateful heart, because I trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I will not be worried or anxious about anything, because I trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.

However weak or sinful I may be, I will never doubt Thy mercy, because I trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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