Prayer & Reflection

Lent 2021
Prayer for Ash Wednesday and General Intercessions. God our Father, on the day of Baptism we were claimed for Christ our Saviour by the sign of his Cross. On this Ash Wednesday, and in this time of pandemic, we come before you, desiring to fulfil our baptismal promises, by dying to selfishness and by living for Christ. And so, we pledge ourselves, in this Lenten season, to pray, to fast, and to give alms. Father, in your kindness, pour out your blessing upon us, as we make this threefold pledge: The faithful are invited to repeat the following after the priest; while making the pledge the forehead is signed with the Cross, three times with the thumb. • I pledge myself to a time of prayer each day – as I do so, I sign my forehead + with the sign of the Cross. • I pledge myself to fast by denying myself some luxury – as I do so, I sign my forehead + with the sign of the Cross. • I pledge myself to give alms this Lent, by supporting Trocaire, or some other charity – as I do so, I sign my forehead + with the sign of the Cross. By your grace, may we keep this Lenten pledge, in preparation for the joy of Easter. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. General Intercessions Brothers and sisters, as we begin this Lenten season, let us pray, not only for ourselves and our needs, but also for all peoples and nations: • That our Lenten pledge to pray, to fast, and to give alms, may be a source of growth and energy for us as we seek to be of service in our society; Let us pray to the Lord. R/. Lord, hear our prayer. • That those in authority may seek the ways of justice so that the peoples of the world may be united in peace and harmony; Let us pray to the Lord. R/. Lord, hear our prayer. • That the cry of this wounded earth, our common home, would touch our hearts, and moves us to greater care and gratitude; Let us pray to the Lord. R/. Lord, hear our prayer. • That the sick, and those who have grown weak under the burden of years, may know, through our prayers and concern, the presence of Christ; Let us pray to the Lord. R/. Lord, hear our prayer. • That doctors, nurses, and all who work in our hospitals, and all those who look after the sick and the elderly, may be blessed for the quality and dignity of life which they bring to those in their care; Let us pray to the Lord. R/. Lord, hear our prayer. • That those saddened by the death of family or friends may find comfort in Christ, and that those who have gone before us in faith now rest in Christ; Let us pray to the Lord. R/. Lord, hear our prayer. Lord, we, who desire to serve you with all our heart, confidently ask your help; may we now know your mercy and love in our lives. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

28/11/19: Thanksgiving Prayer

On this day, may I put aside Cares that weigh on heart or mind, Allowing room for happiness And gratitude, for I am blessed. In the traditions handed down, May insightfulness be found, Recalling now the desire for peace Shared together at harvest feast. For loved ones here and gone before, I pray and yet one thing more: Lord, who showed us how to live, Much thankfulness to You I give. Amen.

This is the prayer of Spiritual Communion; you say this when you cannot receive Communion for any important reason. This pandemic period has been called a time of Spiritual Communion. Please share this.

Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.I Love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my Soul. Since I cannot, at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

4th March 2020: Six Little Stories with lots of Meanings Once all the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith.
When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is trust.

Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but we still set the alarm to wake up. That is hope.

We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That is confidence.

We see the world suffering but still, we get married and have children. That is love.

On an old man's shirt was written a sentence, "I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience". That is attitude.

Have a happy day and live your life like these six stories.

Remember - Good friends are the rare jewels of life, difficult to find and impossible to replace!!