Past Sunday Prayers

2nd Sunday of Lent
February 28th 2021

Take my hand, Lord, and lead me up Your holy mountain
Away from the fears of the darkness
Bring me close to God’s holy light
On the mountain I offer up everything I have and am
to God Our Father in Heaven
Radiate Your holy light over all the world

Reveal the goodness of the Lord to us
We pray to understand the meaning of life after death
Eternal light – shine on us day and night
You are always present among us

Your light shines even more brightly
in complete darkness
We pray to be close to You
Amen

1st Sunday of Lent
February 21st 2021

Lord, Your hand reaches down from heaven to earth
and God never lets go of His hold of me
My connection is solid
and my relationship is permanent

Lord, do not let me take Your love for granted
as though I am entitled to it
and therefore, I need do nothing

The Spirit of God moves me to do something for God
in return for all the good things God has done for me
Take me to that holy place where the Spirit
can find and protect me from the temptation to live apart from God
in my own world

The Holy Spirit takes me by my hand
and places it into the hand of Jesus Our Lord,
and brings me closer to God Our Father in Heaven
Amen

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 14th 2021

Lord, it is difficult to watch
as people turn away from one another
It hurts to be shunned
Instead of drawing closer
we avoid each other

All of this is bad for the soul
We must be assured that it is safe to be in touch
in such a way that our souls are uplifted
and we remain happy to live our lives
in peace and harmony

Lord, You feel sorry for the ones who are rejected by society
and You hold out Your healing hand
towards each one of us
We are safe with You

We are in the best place on earth
when You are touching us
through the love we have in our hearts and souls
Amen

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 7th 2021

My time on earth passes very quickly
I have little time to achieve something good
for the benefit of my fellow human beings
In the vast scheme of things, my life is just a breath

I need Your healing power, Lord, to give me the strength
to reach out to others
And pray for the healing of the sick
And pray for the broken hearted
who think their grief will never end

But You, Lord, bring us hope and solace
In You we have a healer who knows how to heal us quietly
and with dignity

When I am healed and have regained my strength
I pray to carry out Your Divine Will, Lord,
wherever it might take me
Amen

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 31st 2021

There are times when we should keep silent
Let us be careful how we use words in case we distort the truth
We can rely on the Word of God to teach us the truth
How to recognise the truth
How to speak the truth and when to speak

God Our Father invested all authority in Jesus
so that we might listen to Him, wholeheartedly
Lord, help to speak with words of truth which come from You
Silence me if I am saying the wrong thing at the wrong time
I pray to be led by You, always
Amen

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 24th 2021

The truth is very beautiful in itself
How much more amazingly beautiful is the truth
that belongs to God
God’s truth is not hidden away, neither is it distorted

The world we live in shapes our understanding of truth
Lord, You know our world very well
How it complicates the simple truth and hides its openness
I follow You, Lord, because You are the truth
You are the Word of God

The way of truth is the path to the Kingdom of God
The good news is that we can believe, understand
and accept the real truth
Lord, help us to recognise the truth
and follow it with courage, confidence
and strength of character
Amen

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 17th 2021

How lucky I am to know who You are, Lord
You reveal Your truth and beauty
in ways which are gentle and kind
You do not force me to do anything
although You have the power to do so

Instead, Lord, You speak to me, over and over again,
and You wait patiently for me to recognise Your voice
God trust us to find our way back to Him
Thank You, Lord, for calling me to follow You
to the end of my life
Amen

THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD
January 10th 2021

The Baptism of Our Lord
Tells the whole world in a very loud way
That God’s favour rests on Jesus

God’s favour rests on His Beloved Son
Let us turn our faces towards Him
and ask for God’s favour to rest on us

Peace is the blessing we receive through God’s Holy Spirit
Jesus is both God and Man
and He brings peace eternal

Let us pray to live in peace
To act peacefully
and pray for everlasting peace

Lord, we ask You to send Your Holy Spirit
to give power to the quiet ones
strength to the weak, and vulnerable
and healing to the sick
Amen

2nd Sunday of Christmas
January 3rd 2021

Let us enjoy the peace of Christmas
for as long as we can
God came into this world bringing the gifts of peace
and lived among us as a Man

While we are at peace we are able to feel God’s love
and are open to receive the gift of wisdom
Wisdom enables us to know and understand the truth
We thank God for the gifts of peace, wisdom and truth

We pray to align ourselves to the Holy Spirit
and ask for God’s help
to become the people we are called to be
We are God’s children

Children are the first recipients of God’s gifts
We thank God for the birth of Jesus
and all the gifts His love brings us
Amen

THE HOLY FAMILY
December 27th 2020

On this special and holy Sunday,
we pray for ourselves and our families
The families we were born into
and the families we have grown into
by virtue of the gift of God’s love,
given to us through Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Lord, bless us and all our families,
wherever they are or may be
Sustain us with the Spirit of love
Strengthen our bonds so we never lose another
through neglect or abuse

May God heal all rifts in our families
and bring the peace that we seek and long for
Lord, You are the Prince of Peace
You are the Saviour of the world

We thank God for sending You to help us
through our times of sadness and separation
May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph comfort us
and bring us everlasting peace
Amen

4th Sunday of ADVENT
December 20th 2020

“Do not be afraid” says the Lord, over and over again
Lord, keep telling us not to be afraid
We know God is with us
God’s Spirit is powerful and great and can do anything
Even that which seems impossible to us

Lord, You have loved us from the beginning of time
You continue to shine the light of Your love over us
through Jesus Our Lord
Let us not be afraid to believe in God’s almighty power
and act accordingly with courage and strength

We may not understand what God is saying to us
but we can stop and think about what it means
to have God come into our lives
and dwell in our hearts forever
Amen

3rd Sunday of ADVENT
December 13th 2020

GAUDETE

My soul rejoices even when I sleep
Because I know You are coming close, Lord Jesus
When I awake my heart is filled with joy and happiness
Because I am witness to the beautiful truth

This is the good news
that God loves us all so much
He sent His Beloved Son
to save our souls from being lost forever

In this time of Advent, Lord, we set aside time to pray
We thank God for every single day
In the brightness of sunshine
and in the gloom of dark skies
we recognise who is coming to live among us

Prepare my heart, Lord, to receive You
So I may be with You, face to face,
and my soul will rejoice forever
Because of the glorious power of Your saving grace
Amen

2nd Sunday of ADVENT
December 6th 2020

How do I prepare the way for You, Lord?
I must soften the hardness of my heart
Remove any animosity from my mind
I need to make right the wrongs I have done, if I can
Show forgiveness, accept reconciliation

Life is short
I have to grasp hold of every moment
and put it to good use
For the power of God is revealed through You, Lord Jesus

With God there is constant joy and heartfelt praise
I cannot hold the joy in
I am filled with excited anticipation
I sing from the mountain top, the Lord is coming with glory and power
I must make myself ready for Him
Amen

1st Sunday of ADVENT
November 29th 2020

Renew our strength, Lord, through this Advent
It is a hard road to travel along
We need Your help to make us strong

Lord, You ask me to stay awake spiritually
To prepare the way of Your coming
I am prepared, Lord, but I am not ready to receive You

Send Your Holy Spirit to guide me
To stop me from losing my way
Wake me up to the sight of Your awesome presence in the world

God Our Father does not abandon us
Even when we do wrong
He blows away our sins with the breath of His mouth
He even melts mountains like wax

Advent is a second chance to start over
To renew our faith and trust in God Our Father
through the coming of Jesus Christ Our Lord
Amen

Last Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 22nd 2020
CHRIST THE KING

Christ is our Shepherd King
What king is as great as our King?
His Kingdom is based on love, mercy and compassion
He keeps us all under His watchful gaze

I am safe. I am not lost. I have everything I need
In Your Kingdom, Lord, love rules
Love is supremely important
Christ reigns through love, with love and by the power of love

Lord, help me to build Your Kingdom on earth
I am not afraid to step into the light
because You have defeated the darkness of death
Christ, You are King over life and death
We have no reason to be afraid

God sent His Beloved Son to shepherd us safely and lovingly
into God’s Kingdom on earth and in Heaven
Amen

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 15th 2020

Lord, it is right that we should be rewarded for our hard work
When we invest ourselves, our hearts and minds,
we deserve to benefit from our labour
But not everyone is aware of what we have done in our lifetime
No one knows how much our work has cost us

When we work quietly to serve the needs of others
it is easy for our work to be overlooked and undervalued
Lord, help us to carry on working for the good of all
because we know God sees everything we do

We will reap the benefit from what we sow, maybe not in this life
but later when we can do no more
Lord, bless all our work, great and small, which we carry out
in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord
Amen

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 8th 2020

Wisdom is not hidden from us
We hide from Wisdom
As soon as we seek wisdom, wisdom is seen, known and understood
The gift of Wisdom brings peace, tranquillity, patience
and freedom from fear and anxiety

Through Wisdom we learn of the great power of love
The love that is strong enough to overpower death
The love that unites us all as we wait for the time to come
when we will see God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Through Wisdom we see the hidden face of God in Jesus

Lord, Your presence here on earth alleviates suffering and gives hope
as we believe in the Resurrection of life – Your victory over death
Prepare us Lord, for Your coming with the great gift of Wisdom
Amen

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 1st 2020
ALL SAINTS

Today, on this holy feast, we ask all the saints to pray for us
They have gone to heaven to receive their reward
They are pure in spirit
They continue to love us
They look at our suffering and they know how it feels
Their purity of heart saves us by showing us the road to heaven

Our Father takes the saints into His loving arms
They have returned to their Creator
God loves everything He created and watches over us
until we find our way back to Him
We know the road to sainthood is paved with suffering
But, with death, the suffering ends and eternal happiness begins

Blessed be the pure in heart
Blessed be all the saints who pray for us
Amen

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 25th 2020

I cry out to You, Lord, with all my heart, and You hear me
You wrap Your arms around me like a warm cloak
You save me from all the misfortunes that befall me

Lord, Your love saves and sustains me in times of trouble and distress
You are the essence of love
and I cannot breathe without You
Love of God is love of life
and everyone who lives is able to love

Lord, teach me how to love unconditionally as You love us
Show me how to live in love for God, through You and with You
and never let me be parted from You

Love is essential to our health and wellbeing
Everyone deserves to know what real love is
God is love and we will always find our refuge in Him
Praise and thanks be to God
Amen