Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
Feast – 11th February
World Day of Prayer for the Sick
O Holy Virgin, in the midst of your days of glory,
do not forget the sorrows of this earth.
Cast a merciful glance upon those who are suffering,
struggling against difficulties,
with their lips constantly pressed against life’s bitter cup.
Have pity on those who love each other and are separated.
Have pity on our rebellious hearts. Have pity on our weak faith.
Have pity on those we love.
Have pity on those who weep, on those who pray, on those who fear.
Grant hope and peace to all. Amen.
St. Brigid’s Cross
Feast – 1st February
Brigid wove a cross of rushes
By a dying chieftain’s bed.
“Brigid what is that you’re making
From the rushes there?” he said.
Brigid said, “A cross I’m weaving
Like the cross where Jesus died”
“Who was Jesus?” asked the Chieftain.
“Why was this man crucified?
Brigid told the gospel story
To the dying pagan king
Lying silently he listened
Never saying anything
Then he kissed the cross of rushes
Saying, “Brigid, thanks to you
I have come to love this Jesus,
I will follow his way too!”
Bless our Families
Risen Lord, Keep our families and all those dear to us in your loving care.
Under your protection may they know your help when troubles come their way or when illness strikes. May we remain rich in hope, knowing that in your loving care you are with us to fill us with the blessings of your resurrection. Amen.
A Learning Curve
Novena Prayer to St. Patrick
Most glorious St. Patrick,
Chosen by God to be Apostle of Ireland.
You worked hard to cover Ireland with Faith
And did not allow yourself to be deflected by doubt,
Misunderstanding, rejection or persecution.
We, your children whom you led to faith in Christ,
Acknowledge you as the wonderful instrument
Of God’s mercy
Who opened for us the way to eternal life.
We ask you now to open up this way again
To the people of Ireland
That they may love and honour the faith
Which you planted in our midst.
May they so live their lives that they may come
to Eternal Joy with you in the kingdom of our Lord
And Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The tradition of Spiritual Communion, Whereby those who cannot directly receive the Eucharist, can by their desire to receive it, also gain its benefits. Although unable to receive the Eucharist in person we are not separate from it, but drawn into a deeper appreciation and desire for its grace, which continue to be poured out to each of us.
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot receive You sacramentally, come a least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You have already come, and unite myself entirely to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.” Amen.
Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph
(Wed. 11th to Thurs. 19th March 2020)
Ever glorious St. Joseph, good and faithful servant, God was pleased to place his own family in your care.
We thank you for being such a wonderful example of humility and faith, of prayerfulness and courage, in your ordinary daily life.
Through your intercession, may God grant us the blessing of living continually in his presence, and responding to his love in our daily lives. When we have lived our days on earth, may God give us the great joy he gave you – that of entering eternal life in the company of Jesus and Mary.
Most loving Saint Joseph, accept our Novena prayers and obtain for us through your powerful intercession, the favours and graces we ask for in this Novena.
Here call to mind the special intentions you are praying for during the Novena……..
Saint Joseph, Pray for us. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father….
“We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.” St. Francis de Sales
The richest wealth is Wisdom. The strongest weapon is Patience. The best security is Faith. The greatest tonic is Laughter, and surprisingly all are free.
“Let us make room for the Word of God! Each day, let us read a verse or two of the Bible. We will discover that God is close to us, that He dispels our darkness and, with great love, leads our lives into deep waters”. Pope Francis
Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O Holy Virgin, in the midst of your days of glory, do not forget the sorrows of this earth. Cast a merciful glance upon those who are suffering, struggling against difficulties, with their lips constantly pressed against life’s bitter cup. Have pity on those who love each other and are separated. Have pity on our rebellious hearts. Have pity on our weak faith. Have pity on those who weep, on those who pray, on those who fear. Grant hope and peace to all. Amen.
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”. St. Augustine
Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.
Practice the Pause.
When in doubt, pause.
When angry, pause.
When tired, pause.
When stressed, pause.
And when you pause. PRAY
Prayer to Saint Joseph
Glorious Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, also extend to us your paternal protection,
You who can make possible the most impossible of things.
Look at our present needs, turn your fatherly eyes to the pressing needs of your children.
Help us and take under your loving protection the questions so important, that we entrust to you,
so that the result is favourable both for the Glory of God and for the good of we
who affectionately follow you. Amen.
Lead Kindly Light
Lead, Kindly light,
amid the encircling gloom.
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark,
and I am far from home.
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet;
I do not ask to see
The distance scene,
one step is enough for me.
St. John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
A Prayer for the New Year
With grateful hearts for the blessings of a year gone by and filled with hope as a new year begins, let us pray: Father we kneel before you, grateful in our hearts for your many gifts to us. An old year has come once more to a close. We face with confidence and hope the beginning of a New Year with all the promise that it holds, the mixture of grief and blessings which it now keeps hidden from our eyes. Now be with us, Father, as this New Year unfolds. Through our efforts and your help, deepen the measure of peace that is ours. Bind us more closely together in a spirit of trust and prayer. May God guide our steps and decisions during the coming year.
Walking with God is the best adventure,
Finding God is the best achievement
and having God as a companion is the best source of happiness…
Trust God, because only He holds the key to our future!
St. Andrew Christmas Novena
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the son of God
was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
(Mention your intentions here)
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
A Prayer for November:
Today, I pray for those I love, but can no longer see.
May God hold them in His embrace and grant them eternal light & peace.Amen
Ar dh’eis Dé go raibhe a n-anamacha