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Parish Prayer November 2016
Sunday, November 6th 2016

cvbMany religions honour, or even pray , to the ancestors but The Catholic Church is unique, even amongst Christians, in that it devotes the month of November to prayer for the Holy Souls — souls who must undergo a purification process in the next life before entering Heaven.  The Holy Souls are completely dependent on our prayers.  St. (Padre) Pio  remarked on the number of Holy Souls who attended his Masses!  Others ,such as Maria Simma , offered prayers and Masses for them and received many graces and favours in return. Now is the time to help those who cannot help themselves ! All we have to do is to  go to Confession , attend Mass and receive Holy Communion and pray for them and The Holy Father.  This opens the door to Heaven for them.  Also throughout November we can visit a cemetery daily and pray for them—our parents, family members, relatives, friends and neighbours. One day we will need prayers too !

Lord our God, scripture asks “What nation has its God so near to us as our God?”  (Deut.4:7)  Lord we rightly call You Father when we contemplate the wonderful way in which You gather us into The Communion of Saints in which the mature members of Your family in Heaven help those still growing in faith on earth, and, both in turn , help those who are spiritually infirm and  undergoing spiritual “treatment “ in Purgatory.  Thank You Father for calling us into such a loving family.  Help us to play our  part in this privileged society as we offer You, Eternal God, the Most precious Blood of Your only Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, offered on all the altars of the world for the relief of the suffering souls in Purgatory.  Lord accept also our small sacrifices for them to relieve their pain.  Holy Souls pray for us and for our country that we may hold fast to the faith passed down to us.

Mary, Mother of God, as a very young child you were presented to the Lord in the Temple at Jerusalem to live a life of consecrated virginity.  Pray for your children that they may appreciate the beauty of chastity and the importance of commitment.  Wisdom, consort of The Holy Spirit, Mary Immaculate, rule hearts and minds so that they be preserved from falling prey to deception and the loss of the pearl of great price.

Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, You told St. Faustina that before You would come as Judge You would first come as Mercy.  Thank You for the great gift of The Year of Mercy now coming to a close.  Hear our prayer that those yet to avail of the unique Indulgence may do so before the Doors of Mercy close.( Nov.13th)  Hear our prayers for our priests and all who collaborate with them in service to the community that they may not be discouraged when it seems their efforts go unappreciated for You see and reward effort over success.

Lord as war rages continuously in many countries please hear our prayers for all who suffer and help the countries of Europe to work collaboratively to find a just solution to the plight of so many refugees.  Lord Jesus You said “ Come to Me all you who labour and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”  Hear our plea for an end to war in the Middle East and grant Your peace to  those who suffer because of the political agendas of evil war mongers.

Grant eternal rest to those who have died, solace to the bereaved, freedom to captives and sanctuary to refugees.  Lord help those who have lost everything to rebuild their lives through the generosity  and solidarity of Christian believers.  Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

 

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