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Parish Prayer February 2015
Friday, January 30th 2015

February Prayer

BrigidDear Lord, as green shoots appear and light lingers in the evenings we anticipate the arrival of Spring.  It is time to spring clean the house and tidy up the garden: time too to take stock of the state of my soul and the direction of my life.  Am I on the straight and narrow road listening for the call of the Good Shepherd who feeds me and leads me to rest and contentment?  Lord You remind me that it is only by listening to Your voice that I can hear the message of eternal life and enter into You peace.  Jesus, as Lent begins, help me to renew my Baptismal commitment to follow You by

spending time each day in prayer, visiting You in the Blessed Sacrament, attending Mass on Sunday and daily if possible, making the stations of the cross while meditating on Your sufferings for me, and renewing my sorrow for sin in the sacrament of confession.

Lord, help me to recognise the need for penance in my life especially on Fridays by abstaining from meat, alcohol or cigarettes and fasting when possible. Help me to work more diligently, to be more attentive to my family and to put myself out to be of help to others especially the old, the sick, the lonely and the poor.

Lord Jesus, remembering how Your Mother Mary carried you tenderly to the Temple in Jerusalem to present You to Your Heavenly Father, we pray for parents preparing to dedicate their new born babies to You in Baptism.  We remember also those parents who through the cares and concerns of daily life may need to re -commit themselves to the task You entrusted to them of bringing  up their children in the faith.  May St. Joseph, faithful spouse and head of the Holy Family, help parents to discharge their responsibilities according to the will of God.

Lady of Lourdes, pray for the sick, for prisoners that they may be assisted to rebuild their lives with dignity, and for married separated spouses that they find a welcome and support in the Christian community.

St. Brigid, remember us and our beloved country that we may experience lasting peace and that contemplative communities may flourish for it is they who uphold the world.

Sts Cyril and Methodius pray for Eastern Europeans who have made their homes here and for peace for the people of Ukraine.

St. Peter, rock on which the Church is founded, intercede for Pope Francis and all the clergy that they may continue to guide and direct us in truth and fidelity to the Gospel of Jesus. Lord thank You for hearing our prayer. Amen




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