Prayers & Readings

A Thought for Today, Migrant Sunday.

“When you dream, it is always home. You are there among your own, The rhythm of their voices rising like song…..

Then you wake to find yourself listening

To the sounds of traffic in another land”

From Sancha, a Philipino nurse working in Dublin hospital.


In the year that has ended, O Lord, God, hear my voice and my prayers.

My heart tries to express my gratitude for all the benefits I received.

I am grateful for every moment of my life,

Your kindness and support,

For the light and happiness, the dark and painful moments in our homes,

And for the strength and energy you have given me.

I had difficult and lonely hours, but you cheered me in my sadness.

Many tears ran down my face, but you taught me

to understand the designs of life.

With great humility, I turn my face to you, my Lord.

Give me strength to serve you with all my heart in the year ahead;

Make me more prudent, more kind, more steadfast in faith.

Help me to find the wisdom that will guide me through life.

You are the source of richness, of life and light.

Bless me, all your human family, and all creation.

Grant those who call on you Lord,

Freedom ,justice and peace. Amen

Prayer on World Day of Remembrance for

Victims of Traffic Accidents

(Sunday 16th November)

Lord on this remembrance day for road crash victims, we pray for all those who have been killed on our roads and for those who grieve the loss of a loved one.

We remember also all who have been injured in body and mind and those who care for them.

Loving God, use us, as we are able, to comfort and support those who suffer; and what we cannot do for them be pleased yourself to do, so that in the mystery of your love they may find healing.


God, teach me to be patient –

Teach me to go slow –

Teach me how to “wait on You”

When my way I do not know. . .

Teach me forbearance

When things do not go right

So I remain unruffled

When others grow “uptight”. . .

Teach me how to quiet

My racing, rising heart

So I may hear the answer

You are trying to impart. . .

Teach me to let go, dear God,

And pray undisturbed until

My heart is filled with inner peace

And I learn to know Your will!

O Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

One God, God of truth, peace and justice.

Open our minds.

Enlighten our spirits.

Lead us to welcome the spirit of truth in our churches

That it may guide us towards true peace. Amen


” Christ is risen, Alleluia!”

cries out the chorus of creation

“Christ is risen, Alleluia!”

sing the supple winds of spring.

“Christ is risen, Alleluia!”

ring out lilies in silent splendour

The feast of feasts,

the festival of hope,

the mother of all Sundays,

luminous in the full moon of spring,

radiant in the rising of the sun,

Easter dances upon my rooftop

and plays like a newborn child

in the cradle of my heart

I rejoice like all of creation,

sailing on springtime’s seed-bearing breezes,

and like the lily’s trumpet,

I open wide my throat and my heart

to join with all of heaven and earth

in singing out the symphony of joy

at Easter’s annual return

I take hope in Christ’s victory over death,

hope that, one with him,

I will also have my easter morning

when I will be freed from the prison,

the decaying dusty tomb, of my marrow and stony spirit.

I trust that I too will spring-like arise

to a fullness of living and loving,

to a life beyond all time and space,

to a life one with you, my God

“Christ is risen, Alleluia!”

Alleluia, Alleluia!

A Prayer for the New Year

Lord, in this new year which we have begun, we have

Enough happiness to keep us agreeable,

Enough trials to keep us strong,

Enough sorrow to keep us human

Enough freedom to keep us happy,

Enough failure to keep us humble,

Enough success to keep us eager,

Enough wealth to meet our needs,

Enough faith to banish our depression,

Enough hope to look forward,

Enough love to give us comfort,

Enough determination to keep us going.


O Blessed One,

it is said that Christmas is for children.

Indeed, I agree:

it’s only a feast for the young of heart,

a feast for finding beneath tree

gifts to surprise and delight the eternal child.

Peel back the scabs of cynicism from my eyes

so that this calloused and aging child,

may see holiness blazing at the tip of every branch,

may see every tree as a Christmas tree.

Let me not be ashamed to dance with delight

at hidden gifts wrapped in shimmering paper

with bows of rainbow coloured ribbon.

But also grant me the youthful and wide-eyed wonder

to recognise, and even to expect,

life-giving miracles on every street corner,

miracles of kindness and generosity and


Gift my all-too-calculating heart

with the excitement of anticipation

to truly receive the gifts of life,

the capacity to feast and rejoice.

Give birth within me to a to a spaciousness of heart

that can celebrate this feast

of the birth of Christ, the Child,

as a child.


Healing God,

come to my hidden corners

open the doors of my soul rooms

that are tightly locked.

Awaken in me.

Bring to life all my deadness.

Enthuse the depressed emotions.

Reenergise my inner weariness.

Bathe the grime of my ego-centredness.

Clarify my confusions.

Fire my neglected loves.

Brush off my dusty dreams.

Nurture my spiritual hungers.

Ease my sore relationships.

Deepen my sense of self-esteem.

Stir up my connection with the world.

Tenderly gather in your arms

all that still needs healing,

all that remains wounded and wanting.

May I grow each day into greater wholeness

with a stronger, purer inner freedom.


O Prince of Peace,

whose advent we seek in our lives,

come this day and show us

how to beat our swords into ploughshares,

tools of life instead of instruments of fear.

May your love strip us

of all weapons and strategies of conquest

which are not the tools of lovers,

wise ones and God’s children.

Let us not lust for power

but rather strive for the insight

to be guided on the Way of Peace.

Let us not yearn for a victory

that requires a sister’s sorrow

or a brother’s shameful defeat.

Let us be Advent adventurers and peacemakers,

hammering swords into shovels,

filling holes and levelling peaks.

Let us be disarmed and vulnerable,

for only through such open hands and hearts

can Emmanuel come.


Spirit of God, I feel too tired to go on, too empty even to want to be filled, too broken to put the pieces together again. Still, I feel a quiet stirring in me. It is the call to come back to life, to be energised and renewed. It is my heart crying out for newness, for a lighter spirit, for a keener sense of hope in the future.

Spirit of God, who draws together bones of the desert and dryness of the heart, come and take of my spirit all that has died in me. Dream in me again. Create of my brokenness a new and free heart. Draw together life in me. Let the dancing that is meant to be start its moment anew. The grace of freedom, the gesture of rebirth, all of this awaits me. I want to believe it in my depths.

The pain of my hurts keeps me in a foreign land where I do not feel at home with myself or others. Help me to believe that you will lead me into a future rich with growth and peace. Show me where to rest, how to lay down my burdens and what to do in order to be healed.

Loving shepherd, I need to find a source of new life. Come, bandage my wounds and grant to this weak one a profound and deep strength to go on.


Through the open door of your divine heart may blessings pour forth in great abundance to those I love :__________. I pray for those who are prisoners of fear or hate and for the intentions of all peoples of this planet, in particular this night for:___________. May those who find it impossible to pray, who are burdened with cares or lost in the desert of loneliness, be touched by your gentle healing and find peace today and always.


I want to forgive myself

for reaching for the unreachable star

for being fragile

for being ashamed of my pain

for blaming myself for my misery

for striving after unattainable perfection

for turning against myself along with my persecutor

for closing my heart to myself

for rehashing hurtful accusations

other made against me

for not being able to anticipate everything

for hating myself.

In short, I want to forgive myself for being human.


With prayerful pleas

and Advent songs of longing,

I await the birth of God’s anointed One.

Come, O Gift of heaven’s harmony,

and attune my third ear,

the ear of my heart,

so that I may hear,

just as Mary, faithful woman of Israel, heard.

O God, the time is short,

these days are too few

as I prepare for the feast

of the birth of Mary’s son.

Busy days, crowded to the brim,

with long lists of gifts to buy

and things that must be done.

Show to me, also your highly favoured child,

how to guard my heart

from noise and hurry’s whirl, so that I may hear your voice

calling my heart to create an empty space

that might be pregnant with heaven’s fire.

Quiet me within,

clothe my body in peacefulness,

that your Word

once again may take flesh –

this time, within me –

as once it did in holy Mary,

long Advent days ago.


There are some things that can be learned only by sin. The history of sainthood is a history of sin: Teresa of Avila, Ignatius of Loyola, Charles de Foucauld all struggled their way to God as we do. Only when, like them, we discover the depths of our own neediness can we begin to discover our strengths and God’s mercy.


The monks of a neighbouring monastery asked the Master’s help in a quarrel that had risen among them. They had heard the Master say he had a technique that was guaranteed to bring love and harmony to any group.

On this occasion he revealed it: “Any time you are with anyone or think of anyone you must say to yourself: I am dying and this person too is dying, attempting the while to experience the truth of the words you are saying. If everyone of you agrees to practice this, bitterness will die out, harmony will rise.”

Having said that, he was gone.


The Master always frowned on anything that seemed sensational. The divine, he claimed, is only found in the ordinary.

To a disciple who was attempting forms of asceticism that bordered on the bizarre the Master was heard to say, “Holiness is a mysterious thing: the greater it is, the less it is noticed.”


What is the greatest enemy of enlightenment?


And where does it come from?


And what is delusion?

To think that flowers around you are poisonous snakes.

How shall I attain to enlightenment?

Open your eyes and see.


That there isn’t a single snake around.


O, Beloved, Heart of my heart,

I call to You for my help by day;

I cry out in the night.

Let my prayer come before You,

bend your ear to my cry!

For my soul is full of troubles, and my life sees like dust,

I have fallen into a pit of despair;

I have no strength and I feel powerless,

Like one from whom You have turned, like the soil people walk upon.

You alone can comfort me in the deep pit,

in the darkness of fear.

Separation from You is an agony,

hopelessness threatens to overwhelm me.

Through You alone can I pray for my enemies, for those who ignore my plight.

I am in a prison chained by fear;

I am weary of tears.

Every day I call upon You, O Beloved;

I lift up my hands in supplication.

Will You raise me from this living death?

Will You mend a broken heart?

Let not your steadfast love pass me by;

have mercy on me, O Comforter!

Reach Your hand into the darkness of my fears,

by your saving grace forgive my unholy ways.

O Merciful Redeemer, I cry to You;

each day my prayer comes before You.

Let not separation keep me from your Heart;

be my strength as I face the darkness inside.

Too long have I let fear control me,

projecting onto others the demons dwelling within.

Let Your Love circle and envelop me;

in Your mercy raise me up.

Let peace become my companion all day long;

By night free me from the bonds of fear.

Let me be reconciled with family and friends;

and may I know You

as Loving Companion Presence

as in days of old.



There is a difference between silence and emptiness. Silence is a very busy thing. It opens us to the exploration of the self. Emptiness is the vacuum we find when something is missing from our lives and needs to be replaced.


Everyone is struck down by something in life. It is the detour that determines the definition of the journey. We can lose our way then and there, stay stuck in unfamiliar territory, stall and give up. Or we can take the new direction confident that in the end we will end up exactly where we were meant to be whether we can see how that is possible right now or not.


“All sins,” Simone Weil wrote, “are attempts to fill voids.” When something important – love, dignity, respect – is missing in life, we find something to replace it. Young people find the gangs that will include them. Adults find the drugs that will numb them. When I find myself grappling with any kind of excess, the question must be, For what emptiness in me am I trying to compensate.


There is a revealing story of a monk living in the Egyptian desert who was so tormented by temptation that he could bear it no longer. So he decided to abandon his cell and go somewhere else. As he was putting on his sandals to carry out his resolve he saw another monk not far from where he stood who was also putting his sandals on.

“Who are you?” he asked the stranger.

“I am your self,” was the reply. “If it is on my account that you are leaving this place. I would have you know that no matter where you go I shall go with you.”

Said a despairing client to the psychiatrist, “No matter where I go I have to take myself along – and that spoils everything.”

Both what you run away from – and what you yearn for – is within you.


You take delight , O Radiant One,

in gracing me with new life!

O Beloved, come and renew me!

Let me face my weaknesses and all

that confuses me, that keeps me from joy!

I seek forgiveness for my wrongdoings,

I desire only You!

Let me begin anew, a as child

at its mother’s breast, who basks in love.

May all who seek You rejoice and be glad!

May all who surrender to You say evermore,

“My joy is in the Beloved!”

Yet I am lowly and fear-filled;

hasten to me, Beloved!”

You are my strength and my joy;

O Beloved, come and renew me!


To learn to love

is to be stripped of all love

until you are wholly without love

because until you have gone

naked and afraid

into this cold dark place

where all love is taken from you

you will not know

that you are wholly within love.


Beloved, we are always in the wrong,

Handling so clumsily our stupid lives,

Suffering too little or too long.

Too careful in our selfish loves:

The decorative manias we obey

Die in grimaces round us every day.

Yet through their tohu-bohu comes a voice

Which utters an absurd command – Rejoice.

A Prayer For The Dead

God our Father

Your power brings us to birth

Your providence guides our lives,

And by Your command we return to the dust.

Lord, those who die still live in your presence,

Their lives change but do not end.

I pray in hope for my family,

relatives and friends’

and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,

Who died and now lives,

May we rejoice in your kingdom,

Where all our tears are wiped away.

Unite us together again in one family,

To sing Your praise for ever and ever.



The Sufi Bayazid says this about himself:

‘I was a revolutionary when I was young and all my prayer to God was, “Lord, give me the energy to change the world.”

As I approached middle age and realised that half my life was gone without my changing a single soul, I changed my prayer to: “Lord, give me the grace to change all those who come in contact with me. Just my family and friends, and I shall be content.”

Now that I am an old man and my days are numbered, my prayer now is: “Lord, give me the grace to change myself.” If I had prayed for this right from the start I should not have wasted my life.


How did Christ begin his great work, the salvation of the world?

He began simply, quietly. No fanfare. No fireworks. No public launching.

He began by calling a few people – two in fact.

It was as simple as that.

He began with personal contact and that is how his work developed.

It was passed on from person to person by word of mouth.

We shouldn’t be surprised at this.

Things which begin with a splash often peter out.

Whereas those which begin quietly put down deep roots, grow steadily, and survive to produce fruits that last.

So, if there is something which we want to do,

let us not hesitate and think too much.

Let us make a start, however small.

Let us take one step. Let us plant one seed.

Let us trust that if our cause is good,

God will support us, and it will grow and prosper.


Lord Jesus, you know me perfectly. You know my good qualities and my bad ones. You know my past; you see it clearly. You know my future, you see it happening. You love me just as I am, without any conditions, without any qualifications.

You do not condemn me. You do not judge me. You do forgive me. You have given your life for me on the cross as though I were the only person beside you who ever walked on earth, and you would do it again if you had to. You call me by name, and you love me.

Jesus, free me from my pride, my complacency, my search for the glory of this world and for attention and prestige and appreciation. Teach me humility.

Heal me of any spiritual blindness, Lord, that I may see your face with the eyes of faith, with the eyes of my heart. Teach me to know you through love, especially for the powerful and personal love that you have in your heart for me.

Thank you for your love for me. Amen.

Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm,

Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease,

Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.


Birth is a beginning and death a destination.

And life is a journey from childhood to maturity,

from youth to age;

from innocence to awareness,

from ignorance to knowing;

from foolishness to discretion

and then, perhaps, to wisdom;

from weakness to strength

or strength to weakness – and back again;

from health to sickness

and back, we pray, to health again;

from offence to forgiveness, from loneliness to love

from joy to gratitude, from pain to compassion;

from grief to understanding, from fear to faith;

from defeat to defeat to defeat . . .

Until looking backward or ahead, we see that victory lies

not at some high place along the way

but in having made the journey, stage by stage.


It helps now and then to step back

and take the long view.

the kingdom is not only beyond our efforts;

it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction

of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work

Nothing we do is complete,

which is another way of saying that

the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings wholeness.

No programme accomplishes the church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted,

knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further


We provide yeast that produces effects

far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything,

and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,

a step along the way, an opportunity for

the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results

but that is the difference

between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders,

ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen.


Many if not all great undertakings

begin in small and often hidden ways.

Seeds need the darkness, isolation and cover of the earth in order to germinate.

Therefore, for something to begin small, hidden, anonymous, is an advantage.

It means it can develop away from publicity.

There are no pressures. No burden of expectations.

It can develop at its own pace. There is no hurry.

Hurry ruins so many thing.

Hence the importance of beginnings,

of taking care of things in the beginning,

of the small in the accomplishment of the great.


Come, Spirit who is our Light,

Shine among the shadows within.

Warm and transform our hearts

Come, Spirit who makes a home in us.

Draw us to the treasures of your dwelling.

Reveal to us the inner journey of love.

Come, Spirit, Comforter and Consoler.

Heal the wounded. Soothe the anxious.

Be consolation for all who grieve and ache.

Come, Spirit who energises our being.

Keep us from the tangles of toil and travail.

Lead us to moments of prayer and play.

Come, Spirit, consuming Fire of Love,

Fill us with enthusiasm for your vision.

May the desire for truth be vibrant in us.

Come, Spirit, joy of our souls.

Dance amid life’s hills and valleys.

Encircle us with the delights of your dance.

Come, Spirit of wisdom and insight.

Draw us towards your goodness and light.

Direct our growth and guide our ways.

Come, Spirit, Strength of wounded ones.

Be warmth in hearts of those who grow cold.

Empower the powerless, rekindle the weary.

Come, Spirit, source of our peace. in us the action of peacemakers.

Heal the divisions that ravage the earth.



Spirit of light, let the fire of your wisdom burn brightly within us.

Spirit of silence, in the still moment may we be open to God’s presence.

Spirit of courage, dispel the fear that lingers in our hearts.

Spirit of fire, engulf us with the passion of Christ’s love.

Spirit of peace, help us to be attentive to God’s word in the world.

Spirit of joy, enthuse us to proclaim aloud the Good News.

Spirit of love, compel us to open ourselves to the needs of others.

Spirit of power, bestow the gift of your strength upon us.

Spirit of truth, guide us to walk in the way of Christ.


I am surrounded by a peaceful ebbing

as creation bows to the mystery of life;

all that grows and lives must give up life,

yet it does not really die.

as plants surrender their life,

bending, brown and wrinkled,

and yellow leaves of trees

float to my lawn like parachute troops, they do so in a sea of serenity.

I hear no fearful cries from creation,

no screams of terror,

as death daily devours

once-green and growing life.

Peaceful and calm is autumn’s swan song,

for she understands

that hidden in winter’s death-grip

is spring’s open-handed

full-brim breath of life.

It is not a death rattle that sounds

over fields and backyard fences;

rather I hear a lullaby

softly swaying upon the autumn wind.

Sleep in peace, all that lives;

slumber secure, all that is dying,

for in every fall there is the rise

whose sister’s name is spring.


O Divine Gift-giver,

I stand beneath the endless waterfall

of your abundant gifts to me.

I thank you especially for the blessing of life,

the most precious of all your gifts to me.

I thank you, Ever-generous One,

for clothing to wear,

for food and drink to nourish my body,

for all the talents and skills that you have bestowed upon me.

I thank you for the many joys of my life,

for family and friends,

for work that gives to me a sense of purpose

and invests my life with meaning.

I thank you as well

for the suffering and trials of my life

which are also gifts

and which together with my mistakes are among my most important teachers.

Grant that I may never greet a new day

without the awareness of some gift

for which to give you thanks.

And may constant thanksgiving

be my song of perpetual praise to you.


Spirit of Guidance, I see before me numerous choices and a decision to be made.

There is division in my heart. Sometimes I want none of what I find. Sometimes I want it all. Sometimes I want to give up making decisions and wish that the future would go away.

I entrust my decision-making into your hands, ready to do my part but also knowing that I cannot do this without your help.

Lead me through all the unsure, unclear, doubtful, hesitant, and questioning moments that are mine as I search to find the right way in which to go.

Grant me the grace to choose freely, without being attached to the outcome. I trust that you will be with me as I make my decision prayerfully and with faith.

Assure me that your peace will rest deep within me as I make the decision that seems best for me at this time. I may continue to experience feelings of turmoil and confusion, but deep within I know that I can return to that settled place in me where you always dwell.

Guide and Director of my life, I place my life in your hands. Lead me to the path that will best deepen and strengthen my relationship with you.


Following are the names of the Seven Mischievous Misses who are responsible for most of our troubles:

Miss Information,

Miss Quotation,

Miss Representation,

Miss Interpretation,

Miss Construction,

Miss Conception,

Miss Understanding.


New School Year

Lord God,

Your spirit of wisdom fills our lives and

teaches us your ways.

Look upon our young people.

May they enjoy their learning and take delight in

new discoveries. Help them to persevere in their

studies and give them the desire to learn all things well.

Look upon our teachers.

May they strive to share their knowledge with gentle

patience and endeavour always to bring the truth to

eager minds.

Grant that students and teachers alike may follow Jesus

Christ, the way, the truth and the life, for ever and ever.


Dear God

We are all different

And live in very different places

But you love each one of us the same

Because we are all part of your family.

Help us to remember

How much you love us

And to remember our brothers and sisters

In Ireland and around the world.


Trocaire Prayer

Dear God

You know all our names,

know all about us,

and care for us every day.

Help us to remember children

throughout the world

Who don’t have enough to eat,

And help us to make a world

Where everybody has enough.


In Sickness

The Lord gives; the Lord takes away.

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Lord, in sickness and in health,

I wish to serve you.

I ask for the gift of restored health

but if it is your will that my sickness continue

please give me the strength to bear my cross.

Canticle of Simeon

Now Master you can let your

servant go in peace

just as you promised

because my eyes have seen

the salvation which you

prepared for all the nations

to see

a light to enlighten the pagans

and the glory of your people Israel

The Nunc Dimittis, Luke 2:29-32

At the beginning of a New Year….

I am the light of the world.

Whoever follows me will never walk in

darkness but will have the light of life.

John 8:12

Dear Lord,

When I have doubts and hesitations

act as my guide.

When I am in darkness, shine

like a lamp to light my path.

When I am worried or troubled,

help me to put all my trust in you.

When I feel lonely, help me to

remember that you are always with me.

Prayer for Advent.

May the Lord bless you.

May he wipe away your tears.

May you weep no more.

May your ears be attuned to his Word

and your steps follow his ways.

Then the Lord will guide you in peace

and feed you from the abundance of his love,

so that you may rejoice always and never lose

from your heart the love he gives. Amen

We cherish the ‘Evening of Life’ as we pray:

May he support us all the day

long, till the shades lengthen

and the evening comes, and the

busy world is hushed, and the

fever of life is over and our work is done!

Then in His Mercy may He give us a safe

lodging and a holy rest and peace at last.

Cardinal Newman

Suscipe of Catherine McAuley

My God

I am yours for

time and eternity

Teach me to cast myself entirely

into the arms of

Your loving Providence

with the most lively, unlimited

confidence in Your

compassionate, tender pity.

Grant me,

O most merciful Redeemer,

that whatever

You ordain or permit

may be acceptable to me.

Take from my heart all painful anxiety;

suffer nothing to sadden me but sin,

nothing to delight me but the hope

of coming to the possession of You,

my God and my All,

in Your everlasting kingdom. Amen

Prayer of the Pilgrim

Lord make us prophets of our times,

Pilgrims not wayfarers.

May each day begin with

prayerful preparation, opening

our hearts to you.

Make us aware, that although

individuals, we travel with others

and help us to keep vigil with you

in that holy place within the heart.

Deepen our awareness of your

abiding presence in us and

around us, as we journey

together today.


Sts Peter & Paul – 29th June

Lord Jesus,

Peter denied you and

Paul persecuted you;

yet you made them witnesses

of your love and truth.

Open our hearts to the

good news they preached,

and grant that we may all love him

whom we do not yet see,

Jesus, your Son our Lord.


‘O my God, Trinity whom I adore, grant my soul peace;

make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling, and the place of your rest.

May I never abandon you there, but may I be there, whole and entire,

completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring, wholly given over to

your creative action.’

(Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity)

Reflection Litany to the Holy Spirit

Spirit of light, let the fire of your wisdom burn brightly within us.

Spirit of silence, in the still moment may we be open to God’s presence.

Spirit of courage, dispel the fear that lingers in our hearts.

Spirit of fire, engulf us with the passion of Christ’s love.

Spirit of peace, help us to be attentive to God’s word in the world.

Spirit of joy, enthuse us to proclaim aloud the Good News.

Spirit of love, compel us to open ourselves to the needs of others.

Spirit of power, bestow the gift of your strength upon us.

Spirit of truth, guide us to walk in the way of Christ.

Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus Christ,

While you walked the roads of Palestine,

you chose and called apostles

and confided to them the task of preaching the Gospel, of feeding your flock and ministering your Sacraments.

Grant that, in our day,

Your Church may not be deprived of holy priests who will share with everyone the fruits of your Passion and Resurrection.

Pope John Paul II

Prayer of the Pilgrim

Lord, make us the prophets of our times,

Pilgrims not wayfarers.

May each day begin

with prayerful preparation,

opening our hearts to you.

Make us aware,

that although individuals,

we travel with others

and help us to keep vigil with you

in that holy place within the heart.

Deepen our awareness of

your abiding presence in us and around us,

as we journey together today.


We wish you Easter eyes – Eyes that will allow you see

Beyond death into life

Beyond sin to forgiveness

Beyond division to unity

Beyond wounds to beauty

Through the human to

the divine

Through the divine to

the human

From the ‘I’ to the ‘You’.

And – enabling all of this –

The totality of Easter energy!

Bishop Klaus Hemmerle – Aachen 1993

Dear God,

Thank you for the promises you

made us and for always looking

after us.

Help us to remember that all

people are our neighbours, and

help us to care for them as You

care for us.

Glory be to him whose power,

working in us, can do infinitely

more than we can ask or imagine;

glory be to him from generation

to generation in the Church and in

Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3: 20-21


Talk with the year which is coming

as with a friend who is crossing your

threshold to bring you gifts.

Accept the Spring, the Summer, the

Autumn and the Winter of the year

and of life as perfect expressions

of the Creator and be thankful.

Then you will surely grow with it.

Ella W. Wilcox

Deep peace of the running wave to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.

Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you. A Gaelic Blessing

A Family Prayer around the Advent Wreath

O God,

as light comes from these candles,

may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,

warming our hearts and brightening our way.

May Christ our Saviour

bring life into the darkness of this world,

and to us, as we wait for his coming.


Father of love,

you made a new creation

through Jesus Christ your Son.

May his coming free us from sin

and renew his life within us,

for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Daily Prayer

O Wisdom, Come to teach me the way of truth.

O Lord of Israel, Come to redeem me with an outstretched arm.

O Root of Jesse, Come to bring me new life; do not delay.

O Key of David, Come to open my prison doors and set me free.

O Radiant Dawn, Come to bring light to the darkness in my life.

O King of all Nations, Come to save me and give me peace.

O God-With-Us, Stay with me and send me forth in your name.

Amen. O Antiphons, adapted

Praise to the Holiest in the height,

and in the depths be praise.

In all his words most wonderful,

most sure in all his ways.

CARDINAL NEWMAN – 16th October 2005

We cherish the ‘Evening of Life’ as we pray:

May he support us all the day

long, till the shades lengthen and

the evening comes, and the busy

world is hushed, and the fever of

life is over and our work is done!

Then in His Mercy may He give

us a safe lodging and a holy rest

and peace at last.

Cardinal Newman – 9th October 2005

Give us, Lord,

a humble, quiet, peaceable,

patient, tender, charitable mind

and in all our thoughts, words and deeds

a taste of your Holy Spirit.

Give us Lord,

a lively faith,

a firm hope,

a warm charity,

a love of you.

Give us warmth and delight

in thinking of you

and your grace and tender compassion to us.

The things that we pray for, Lord,

give us grace to work for,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen. St Thomas More

I leave you now with this prayer:

that the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to each

one of you,

that He will give you the strength to go out

and profess that you are Christian,

that He will show you that He alone can fill your hearts.

Accept His freedom and embrace His truth

and be messengers of the certainty

that you have been truly liberated

through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

This will be the new experience,

The powerful experience,

that will generate, through you, a more just society

and a better world.

God bless you, and may the joy of Jesus

be always with you.

Amen – John Paul II

A prayer for those who live alone

I live alone dear Lord,

stay by my side.

In all my daily needs

be thou my guide.

Grant me good health, for that indeed I pray,

to carry on my work from day to day.

Keep pure my mind, my thoughts,

my every deed, let me be kind,

unselfish in my neighbours’ needs.

Spare me from fire, from flood,

malicious tongues,

from thieves, from fear and evil ones.

If sickness or an accident I befall,

then humbly Lord I pray, hear thou my call.

And when I’m feeling low or in despair,

Lift up my heart and help me in my prayer.

I live alone dear Lord, yet have no fear,

because I feel your presence ever near.


Dear Lord,

Let me know

the cool breeze of your Spirit over me.

Let me know

the gentle warmth of your love within me.

Let me know

that you are here, Lord Jesus.

Help me on dark days

when it seems you have gone away.

Help me on sunny days

when you are here to stay.

Let me know

that you are here, Lord Jesus. Amen.


All powerful and ever living God, we find

security in your forgiveness; give us the

fine weather we pray for so that we may

rejoice in your gifts of kindness and use

them always for your glory and our good.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord



I got up early one morning

and rushed right into the day;

I had so much to accomplish

that I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,

and heavier came each task.

Why doesn’t God help me? I wondered.

He answered, “you didn’t ask”.

I wanted to see joy and beauty,

but the day toiled on, grey and bleak.

I wondered why God didn’t show me,

He said, “but you didn’t seek”.

I tried to come into God’s presence;

I used all my keys at the lock,

God gently and lovingly chided,

“My child, you didn’t knock”.

I woke up early this morning,

And paused before entering the day;

I had so much to accomplish

That I HAD to take Time to Pray.


Bless, O God

our families.

Give to fathers and mothers

and those who care for us

the spirit of understanding

and the spirit of love,

that our homes may be

places of peace and laughter.

Come into our homes, O Lord,

and protect us with your love,

so that we may live in peace

and rejoice in the quiet beauty

of your blessing.

Christopher Herbert


Dear Lord,

Help me approach my exams

with a clear head and a calm mind.

Give me your strength

and your peace

and let me do justice to

all that I have learned.

Thank you Lord,

for all my talents and gifts.

Grant me, O Lord,

the courage to change the things that I can,

the serenity to accept the things that I cannot,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

God of infinite goodness,

from the very beginning of your Church

you have enabled us to renew our faith

through communion with the

Body and Blood of Christ.

May the sacrament of your love

sustain us as we journey towards the day

when this mystery will stand unveiled

for ever and ever.

Open Wide the Doors

If we let Christ into our lives, we

lose nothing, nothing, absolutely

nothing of what makes life free,

beautiful and great. Only in this

friendship are the doors of life

opened wide. Only in this

friendship is the great potential

of human existence truly revealed.

Only in this friendship do we

experience beauty and liberation.

And so, today, with great strength

and great conviction,on the basis

of long personal experience of life,

I say to you, dear young people:

Do not be afraid of Christ! He

takes nothing away, and he gives

you everything. When we give

ourselves to him, we receive a

hundredfold in return. Yes,open,

open wide the doors to Christ –

and you will find true life. Amen.

Pope Benedict XVI

End of homily at Mass of Inauguration, 24 April 2005