Past Sunday Prayers

GOD’S DIVINE MERCY

We have not seen You Lord
But we love You
You show us Your Divine Mercy
By giving us the glorious gift of Your Son, Jesus
And the precious gift of faith in You

Help us, Lord, to trust in Your goodness
that You always know what is best for us
We ask to remain faithful to You
no matter what happens
all the days of our lives
and till the end of time
Amen

EASTER SUNDAY

April 4th 2021

The first rays of light bring in a new awakening dawn
And with them the Easter message of new hope, life and a fresh beginning
Giving our daily lives a fuller and richer meaning
Through the Resurrection we see our Risen Lord
With the faith that needs no proof or signs

Lord, Your promise to be with us always is all we will ever need
You have planted in us the holy seed
From which will grow a rich and bountiful harvest
You have shown us how to reap what we sow
Praise and glory be Yours, yesterday, today and tomorrow

Alleluia!
Amen

PALM SUNDAY
March 28th 2021

Lord, nothing is what it seems
Good comes from bad
Bad comes from good
Rejoicing turns into jeering

You spent Your life healing
But instead of thanking You
They condemned You to death

When our lives begin we think we will live forever
But in midlife we realise that time is of the essence
Lord, You teach us the value of prayer
It is through prayer that we are carried forwards
nto the goodness of light and love

Love is unchanging
Love lasts forever
Lord, You are everything we need to see the world as it really is
We pray to be united as one being in the body of Christ
Amen

5th Sunday of Lent
March 21st 2021

Lord, take me by the hand
Lead me, and I will follow You
It is my purpose to serve You
Through prayer and acts of goodness

Father, show me how to do good
Come into my heart
So that I know You as well as I know myself
Being close to You is the most natural way to be

Everything in this life makes sense through the will of God
Even death
The end of life on earth and the beginning of eternal life
Lord, help us to live life to the full with You alongside us

Do not let us waste one moment in the pursuit of idle dreams
God Our Father, we glorify You, thank You and praise You
Through Jesus Our Saviour
Amen

4th Sunday of Lent
March 14th 2021

We pray to live a good life from the beginning to the end
We need Your gift of grace, Lord, to keep us going when life is tough
We need the light of Your love to shine in our hearts to show us the way to live
according to the will of God Our Father

We are a people who live in the light
Darkness cannot overcome us
Lord, You are the Saviour of the world
Every one of us is saved by Your grace

We thank You, Lord, for everything You have done and continue to do for us
Help us to live a good life in the presence of God
Always
Amen

3rd Sunday of Lent
March 7th 2021

We pray to do right by God
To listen to our conscience
When we are unable to tell
What is right and what is wrong

Without the help of God’s grace and the gift of wisdom
the mysteries of life and death are unfathomable to us
Let us take the time to stand back
and survey our lives
from a different point of view

No matter how we look we see things as we wish to see them
and not how they really are

It is painful to admit when we are wrong
We ask for God’s grace to help us be strong in our faith
and be scrupulously honest with ourselves
We pray to do right by God, always
Amen

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