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REFLECTIONS, PRAYERS & READINGS
An Act of spiritual communion when unable to attend Mass
We certainly live in strange days. Life is not as we knew it; things happen in different ways; we are having to adapt to a new way of thinking and behaving, and many of us don’t like it. We want to go back to the ‘good ol’e days’ carefree and happy; we don’t want to have to think about what we do or how we do it, we just want the certainty of the familiar, this is what we want because it allows us to feel good and confident because this is the way we’ve always been.
I wonder if these, or similar thoughts might have been going through the minds of Jesus’ followers after his Ascension? Because ‘things’ could never be the same, life could never return to what it had been, those who had met Jesus, heard his words, shared in his life were now not the same people as before. Perhaps during these days after the resurrection at least some of Jesus’ followers, perhaps even the disciples themselves, may, at some point, had these thoughts in their heads, and why? Because the traditional and familiar are comforting areas in which to live, but Jesus brings with his resurrection and ascension a new set of ideas and ideals. Now, more than ever, the Disciples realise that the work that Jesus was doing now passes to them – they are the ones who will witness to the world as we read in the first reading today. Jesus calls us to be his witnesses in the world, he calls us to be his hands, his eyes, ears and feet, he calls us to be his mouth, not to do as we think should be done, not to do as we have been happy to do in the past but to be open to the power of his love in the Holy Spirit.
Indeed we do live in strange days, and in these days we are called to be Christ to, and in, the world, we are called to be his witnesses, yes, we are called to be his followers, but now to be his leaders so that we can make Jesus real in the world of today. So we are called to continue to clap for the NHS and carers, we are called to keep in contact with the vulnerable and elderly, to keep the love of God alive in our hearts. Yes we do live in strange days, but they are days made wonderful by the outpouring of God’s love amongst us and my you continue to pour that love into the world and its peoples.
A MORNING PRAYER
Dear God, thank you for this new day and for the rest and peace of the
past night. May my time today be filled with you abiding presence and
all that I do, be it great or small. Take under your protection, Father,
those who work to alleviate the suffering of the sick and also those who
might go largely unnoticed in my life.
AN EVENING PRAYER
Thank you, Father, for the past day, for all those with whom I have
spoken, for my family, friends and neighbours, bless them, I pray, that
your love might shine in their hearts and that the coming night might be
filled with you peace and rest. Into your strong hands I place your
peoples and your creation with all our pains and worries, fears and
dreams. May you Holy Spirit grant rest to a world weary with cares so
that the future, which rests in your hands, may be the brighter with
your everlasting glory.
As we prepare to receive Christ in His Spiritual Sacrament we take time to pray for those who have asked and are in need of our prayers; we pray for he Church, the clergy and all its people and we especially hold before God those who will die today.
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them,
May they rest in peace and rise in glory, Amen.
ACT OF RECEPTION
In union, Father, with the faithful at every altar of your Church where the Blessed Body and Blood of your Son is being offered, I desire to join my humble praise and thanksgiving with them. I believe that you are very present in the most Holy Sacrament and since I am exiled from receiving you sacramentally I pray that you will come spiritually into my heart that I may be united with you in my very soul. Lord Jesus, never let me be parted from you and grant that I may always live in you Love, Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus, dwell in me in the fullness of your strength, in the perfection of your ways and in the holiness of your Spirit; rule over every hostile power and doubt that I may be truly yours in the power of the Spirit and to the glory of the Father. Amen.
May the Body and Bold of our Lord, Jesus Christ, preserve my body and soul to everlasting live, Amen.
ACT OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING
O God, who through the resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ didst vouchsafe to give joy to the world: grant, we beseech thee, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. We ask this through Christ our risen Lord. In the name of Christ, Alleluia! Alleluia!!
Glory your Son
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
WELCOMING YOU TO OUR CHURCH
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Our doors are open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9am and 12 noon. Feel free to drop in and say hello or to spend some quiet time in God's presence.
“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations” Isaiah 56
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires are known and to whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy Name, through Christ our Lord, Amen.