Showing posts with label Prayer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Prayer. Show all posts

New Year: Prayer Service

Prayer Service
Light and peace in Jesus Christ!
Thanks be to God! 

I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.(Revelation 1:8)


23rd Sunday A: Prayer and Reconciliation

Michel DeVerteuil 
General Comments
J and disciplesThis passage is very different from those of the two previous Sundays. They were dramatic stories, marked by deep emotions and with deep implications for the characters involved. This is a little gem of a passage but with little drama, a very practical, common-sense teaching on that most common and most prosaic of community problems – conflict. It is deep wisdom teaching which continues to be valid for our time. Management has become a science today, and Jesus’ teaching stands up well as a model of how to “manage” conflict in any situation.

Prayer Service in Preparation for Pentecost

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
L: Your Spirit, Lord God, present from the beginning of beginnings, present in the message of the prophets, Kings and Judges of your choice, present in the surrender of faith in Mary and her accompaniment of your son, present in provision for your people, present in the life and words of Jesus, present in the Cross and crucifixion, present in the lives of the apostles, present in the early Christians as they formed into a community, present in their imprisonments and persecutions, present in the Church that you empower. Your Spirit, the presence of God in our hearts and lives, we adore you and we praise you. (Pause)

Jesus, the True Vine – May we be his branches that bear fruit

Jesus, the True Vine – May we be his branches that bear fruit

We thank you, gracious God, for Jesus Christ the true vine, with his roots eternally grounded in you. We rejoice that by grace we have been grafted into him, to be branches on a vine which bears the loveliest of all the fruits of earth. Yet we confess that all is not well with the way we live.

We are the Church of God - Prayer

As we read these days from the Acts of the Apostles about the Struggle and Growth of the Church

We are the Church of God 

Lord Jesus, as we read these days from the Acts of the Apostles, we are enlightened by the fact that you are alive, and that you are building your Church through each of us. Your Church is built upon your life, death, burial, and resurrection. It is through the proclamation of this message—the gospel—that the Church will either visibly rise or fall.

Mothers’ Day – Prayer

Most Gracious Heavenly Father,

We thank you for our mothers to whom you have entrusted the care of every precious human life from its very beginning in the womb.

Mothers' Day - Intercessory Prayers


1.       For all mothers, particularly those who are with child: that they may be supported by loved ones and warm friends, and that they may be understood and blessed; We pray to the Lord:
2.       For young mothers everywhere, and especially those who are tempted to despair: that through the child they carry deep within, they might know hope and joy; We pray to the Lord:
3.       For all mothers, especially those who are young or alone: beaten or addicted; that God might heal their broken hearts and seal them with his love; We pray to the Lord:

The Seven "I AM" sayings of Jesus - Prayer

The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. (Acts 11:26). Christos=anointed, M’siha, Messiah, filled with grace. Jn 14:9: If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. In the seven I AM statements, Jesus reveals his face and his function. As Christians, we are called to emulate those seven functions.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life": Easter 4th Week, Friday and Easter 5th Sunday - Prayer

Jesus: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

Jesus Christ, you are the Saviour, the Way to the Father,
The Truth we depend on, the Life that we need.
We trust you, believing! We listen, receiving
The joy of the gospel by which we are freed.

Easter 4th Week: Thursday, Prayer Reflection

We are the Disciples of the Lord

We are Jesus’ disciples, following him even as he moves toward the cross. Even as he wraps a towel around his waist. Even as he kneels to wash the filth from the feet of his friends.

We are Jesus’ disciples, longing to be faithful even as the night grows dark. Even as betrayers loom. Even as the powers that oppose the way of Christ press in around us.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd: I need a Shepherd - #3

Jesus, the Good Shepherd: I need a Shepherd- #3

I believe I need a shepherd.
Because I am sometimes timid and other times overconfident,
because I often don't know the best path yet pretend I do,
because I rush into dead ends or lead others into hazardous places, because my brightest ideas are seamed with darkness,
because the things I crave may not be what is good for me.

Jesus, the Bread of Life- Prayer -7

As we are called to Become the Bread of Life for Others

Jesus Lord, many are the ways that you have quenched the thirst and filled the hunger of your people. You wouldn’t allow the joy and honour of a family at Cana to be damaged due to a lack of wine, nor would your generosity stop short for the Samaritan woman at the well. Wasn’t it your love, Lord, crossing all borders, wasn’t it the living water filling her to the brim that made her so excited to run to the village to bring her people to you? It’s saving people that seems to satisfy your hunger for souls and not decorations, ceremonies, rituals or earthly food that your disciples were able to bring.

Jesus, the Bread of Life- Prayer -6

As we Battle our Addictions at this time of Isolation

Lord, our God, though we have learned through your servant Augustine “our hearts are made for you and they shall not rest until they rest in you”, your created things whose only being was to serve you held us back from you and the Bread of life that your son is. Even though, Lord, you tried to break through our deafness, flash through our blindness, flavour through our taste buds, breathe through our nostrils and touch us through our bodies, we have remained cold, stubborn, insensitive and unresponsive because those things fed us in the body and gave us pleasure even as we missed your joy which was not of this world. You have made us, Lord, for happiness.

Jesus, the Bread of Life- Prayer -5

This time of isolation and separation, we hunger and thirst for your abundant life

God of healing and transformation, at this time of isolation and separation, we hunger and thirst for your abundant life. We bring you our sorrow and ask for the bread of joy; we bring you our despair and ask for the bread of hope; we bring you our weariness and ask for the bread of inspiration. Meet us, Lord, here in this time and place of frustration. We need the bread of heaven to sustain us as we journey to find our way, that we may be one with you.

May 1st: Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker - Prayer

Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labour, obtain for us the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above our many concerns; to work with thankfulness and joy, responsibility and commitment, considering it an honour to employ and develop, by means of labour, the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, prudence and patience, never surrendering too quickly and too long to weariness or difficulties; to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self, having always the gift of God before our eyes and the account which we must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after your example, O Patriarch Joseph. Such shall be our motto in life unto death.  

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus, the Bread of Life- Prayer -4

Jesus, the Bread of Life- Prayer -4

Jesus said, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.' This is the promise of God to whom we now pray.

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to be the Bread of Life for the world.  Forgive us for elevating earthly appetites above devotion to you.  Feed us with the knowledge of Christ so that we recognize our sin and gladly repent in his name.

COVID Prayer - #22

You have Transformed the Face of the Earth

Lord, our God, you have brought us into the middle of a battle: a battle fought with an almost invisible enemy – a virus; a battle fought not by soldiers but by doctors and nurses; a battle not fought by guns and tanks but by simple soaps and medicines; a battle fought not on the battlefield but in our homes and hospitals; a battle fought not as a battalion, but in isolation and self-distancing. You have taught us, Lord, discipline and contentment with little essentials in this battle. You have made us realize, Lord, that the enemy is within and not outside.

Jesus, the Bread of Life - Prayer -3

The Bread from Sweat, Tears and Blood

Lord, you have designed that for every drop of sweat, a seed is taken and planted, for every drop of tear, the ground is watered and the seed is germinated and for every drop of blood that is shed, the seed of conversion is produced. Wasn’t it your design, Lord, that Stephen’s blood become the seed of Saul’s conversion? Let not, Lord, no drop of sweat, no drop of tear and no drop blood of your people be shed without making your mission in this world accomplished! Without making it your Bread of Life in this hungry, thirsty and starving world.

Bread of Life: Somewhere a Miracle Occurs - No. 2

Jesus, the Bread of Life- Prayer -2
Somewhere a Miracle Occurs 

Somewhere, Lord, a miracle occurs, when a seed is sown in fertile ground, germinates, grows, ripens and in due season will be harvested. Grains of wheat.