the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of
good things from God." But when we pray, do we speak from the
height of our pride and will, or "out of the depths" of a humble
and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted;
humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly
acknowledge that "we do not know how to pray as we ought," are we
ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. "Man is a beggar before
God." ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church
New Covenant, prayer is the living relationship of the children of
God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son
Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit. The grace of the Kingdom is
"the union of the entire holy and royal Trinity . . . with the
whole human spirit." Thus, the life of prayer is the habit of being
in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion with him.
This communion of life is always possible because, through Baptism,
we have already been united with Christ. Prayer is Christian
insofar as it is communion with Christ and extends throughout the
Church, which is his Body. Its dimensions are those of Christ's
love.” ~ Catechism
patiently and pray steadfastly, brushing off the impacts of worldly
cares and all thoughts: for they distract and worry you in order to
disturb the impetus of your prayer” ~ St Nilus of
Pray the Rosary with Bishop Robert
Barron's explanatory Rosary
videos - helpful if praying alone
Prayer: Loving Father, You so loved the world that you
sent us Your only Son, that we might believe in Him and have
eternal life. May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day and live
the Good News with joy. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, help
us to ‘go out to the whole world and proclaim’ our faith with
confidence. Give us the courage to witness the joy of the Gospel by
our words and actions. Help our parish to become more welcoming and
missionary, so that You may be known and loved by all people. We
make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives
and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever,
Amen. Our Lady Star of the New Evangelisation, Pray for us. Blessed
John Henry Newman, Pray for us. St Therese of Lisieux, Pray for
Vocations. Loving Father, touch and transform us by the
joy of your love. Make us missionary disciples, empowered to carry
the love of Christ to our neighbour. May young people be inspired
by our example to take up the path of Christian discipleship and
dedicate their lives to the service of the Gospel. Raise up new
vocations by the power of your Holy Spirit to the priesthood and
the consecrated life: send us men and women inspired to be living
signs of your mercy. Grant us all an openness of heart that we
might readily respond to your call, and proclaim with joy the Good
News to the whole world. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
World Day of
Prayer for Vocations 26/04/15: 'Almighty God, give us
priests: to establish the honour of your holy name; to offer the
holy sacrifice of the altar; to give us Jesus in the holy
sacrament; to proclaim the faith of Jesus; to baptise and teach the
young; to tend your flock, to seek the lost, to give pardon to the
penitent sinner; to bless the homes; to pray for the afflicted; to
comfort mourners; to strengthen us in our last hour; to commend our
souls; Almighty God, give us priests!' (Please pray
this prayer as often as you can.)
- between Ascension Thursday and
Pentecost Sunday: Gracious Father,
pour out Your Spirit upon Your people, and grant us a new vision of
Your Glory, a new experience of your power, A new consecration to
your service, That your love may grow among us, and your kingdom
come; through Christ our Lord, Amen
Readings, Commentaries & Homilies
Daily Mass Readings | Office | Morning Prayer | Evening Prayer | Night Prayer | Calendar | from Universalis.com
Homilies from English province of Dominican Order of
Readings and Meditations - very helpful for
OREMUS ~ Daily prayer
resources (Anglican) | Catholic Homilies |
Blessing | Bible Search
Each Day from the De La
Pray-as-you-go . . . daily prayer
for your MP3 player Daily prayer
downloads for MP3 players. Combines music, Scripture, and some
questions for reflection.
prayer site, updated daily, guides you through a ten minute session
of prayer, centred on a passage of scripture chosen specially for
the day. The form of prayer offered is sheer simplicity and is
proving congenial for many people.
'Day by Day' is a handy £1.00
monthly booklet of the daily Mass readings. Available in
An ancient method of prayer. "Wednesday Word" - Lectio
Divina reflections focus on Sunday Gospel
- 'the best part of waking up'. Make up your
own ~ see below for inspiration:
"O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I
offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for
all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my
sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in
particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen."
Morning Offering, so
that our duties and obligations of the day become a
prayer: "Holy Trinity, One
God in three persons, I firmly believe that You are here present. I
offer you today my entire being - all my thoughts, words, actions,
together with such crosses and contradictions as I may meet with in
the course of the day. Give them your divine blessing. May your
divine love animate them and may they tend to the greater glory of
your sovereign majesty. Amen."
Prayer of St.
Gertrude: Eternal Father, I
offer Thee the most precious blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in
union with the masses said throughout the world today for all the
holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the
universal church, those in my own home, and within my family. Amen.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. - This Prayer was given to St. Gertrude and
Jesus PROMISED that every time it was said, 1,000 souls would be
released from Purgatory and allowed into God's Presence.
prayer: "O Jesus, in union
with your most precious blood poured out on the cross and offered
in every Mass, I offer you today my prayers, works, joys, sorrows
and sufferings for the praise of your Holy Name and all the desires
of your Sacred Heart; in reparation for sin, for the conversion of
sinners, the union of all Christians and our final union with you
in heaven." ~ Monastery of the Precious Blood, Manchester, New
Healing Prayer at
Bedtime - Make up your own but
see below for inspiration:
Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, go
back into my memory as I sleep. Every hurt that has been done to me
... heal that hurt. Every hurt that I have caused to another
person...heal that hurt. All the relationships that have been
damaged in my whole life that I am not aware of ....heal those
relationships. But Lord, if there is anything that I need to
do...if I need to go to a person because he is still suffering from
my hand, bring to my awareness that person. I choose to forgive,
and I ask to be forgiven. Remove whatever bitterness may be in my
heart, Lord, and fill the empty spaces with your love. Thank you
Prayer Attributed to St.
Augustine: Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake or
watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ, rest your weary
ones, bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones, shield
your joyous ones, and all for your love’s sake.
Prayer of Our Lady
of Perpetual Help:
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most
powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the
salvation of the dying. O Purest Mary, O Sweetest Mary, let thy
name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to
help me whenever I call on thee, for, in all my needs, in all my
temptations I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy
sacred name, Mary, Mary. O what consolation, what sweetness, what
confidence, what emotion fill my soul when I pronounce thy sacred
name, or even only think of thee. I thank God for having given
thee, for my good, so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I
will not be content with merely pronouncing thy name: let my love
for thee prompt me ever to hail thee, Mother of Perpetual Help. 3
Jesus, may all that is You flow into me.
May Your body and blood be my food and drink.
May Your passion and death be my strength and life.
Jesus, with You by my side enough has been given.
May the shelter I seek be the shadow of Your cross.
Let me not run from the love which You offer,
but hold me safe from the forces of evil.
On each of my sufferings and my dyings, shed Your light and Your
Keep calling to me until that day comes,
when, with Your saints, I may praise You forever. Amen.
ANIMA CHRISTI (2)
Jesus, may all that is You flow into us.
May Your body and blood be our food and drink.
May Your passion and death be our strength and life.
Jesus, with You by our sides enough has been given.
May the shelter We seek be the shadow of Your cross.
Let us not run from the love which You offer,
but hold us safe from the forces of evil.
On each of my sufferings and my dyings, shed Your light and Your
Keep calling to us until that day comes,
when, with your saints, We may praise You forever.
Miscellaneous: Bible etc commentaries,
A favourite of
the site curator United Christian
Broadcasters ~ "Word
for Today" A daily, inspirational, Bible based commentary by
Bob Gass. Quarterly booklet available by post (free in UK) or
download current commentaries and read at your leisure. UCB also
has Christian Music and Scripture radio channels. There is
a listening line if you need urgent help and prayer.
| For youth age groups and ministry, visit
Word 4 U 2day"
"The Journey" - more daily scriptural
meditations | continued
Bible Alive magazine
- articles, reflections,
The Word Among Us ~
A monthly magazine to assist Catholic laypeople in reading,
meditating and understanding scripture.
Bible in a year ~
By dividing the Bible into 365 daily readings, you
can read the Bible in a year.
Versions directory (contributed by
N.S.- thank you)
Acts International - will e-mail
their "Daily Encounter"
Instruction of the Roman Missal | link1 | link2 | link3
translations of the Roman Missal The
Radiant Light - a movement within the Roman
Catholic Church which encourages people to grow in holiness by
believing and living the Catholic faith in its fullness. Founded by
Elizabeth Wang, mission is inspired by the images and spirituality
she has received in prayer.
Churches Together in
Britain & Ireland - has resources to download
Space is a prayer site, updated daily,
which guides you through a ten minute session of prayer, centred on
a passage of scripture chosen specially for the day. ~ This is a
lovely site. The form of prayer offered is sheer simplicity and is
proving congenial for many people.
Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius
of Loyola an
introduction. PDF file
Spiritual Exercises PDF
Catholic e-books from
St. Patrick's Basilica website
Prayer and Meditation resources
Apostleship of prayer
Find our "Catholic Links"
The importance of praying for priests
Pillar of Fire, Pillar of
Truth ~ a booklet of
answers about the Catholic Faith |find other resources at
A Messenger of St.
Saints, Blesseds and Relics
catholic e-books from
St. Patrick's Basilica website (Ottawa)
Prayer for Deliverance and Protection
"Dear Lord we ask you to cover us with Your
protection against all harm and evil and to bind every spirit that
may come against us. Into Your hands Dear Lord I commend my body,
mind, soul and spirit. Holy Michael, Archangel pray for
We can pray the following short prayer over our
ancestors, starting with a prayer to take authority over anything
that is not of God:
"In the Name of Jesus, I take authority and I bind all powers and
forces in the air, in the ground, in the water, in the underground,
in nature and in fire. You are the Lord over the entire universe
and I give you the Glory for Your creation. In Your name, Lord, I
bind all demonic forces that have come against me and my family and
I seal all of us in the protection of Your Precious Blood that was
shed for us on the Cross."
"Mary our Mother, we seek your protection and intercession with the
Sacred Heart of Jesus for me and my family, and surround us with
your mantle of love to discourage the enemy."
"Holy Michael Archangel and our Guardian Angels come defend me and
my family in battle against all the evil ones that roam the earth.
Holy Michael Archangel, defend us in our hour of need. Be our
safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God
restrain him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly
Hosts, cast satan down to hell and with him all the wicked spirits
who wander through the world for the ruin of souls."
"In the Name of Jesus, I bind and command all the powers and forces
of evil to depart right now away from us, our homes and our lands.
And we thank You Lord Jesus for You are a faithful and
compassionate God Amen."
"Heavenly Father, I ask You now to go back though all in my
bloodline, my husband's/wife's bloodline, and the bloodlines
connected to all of my family and relatives and forgive the wrongs,
heal the illnesses, bind the evil deeds. I ask You Lord to break
the chains, associations and links any of these may have to us here
in the present. On their behalf Lord, I seek Your forgiveness, your
healing and a pouring out of your Divine Love so that Your Love may
now pour forth through the years and touch us in the here and now.
So that Your Divine and Healing Love will take the place of all the
past hurts, angers, hates, un-love of You, destructive emotions or
actions and evil ties of our ancestors. So that Your Precious Blood
and Divine Love and Healing will heal us of the residue we carry
from our ancestors. In true faith I thank You Lord because You have
said 'Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and
the door shall be opened to you'. Today Lord I knock, I seek, I
ask. All praise and thanks to You my loving
Vatican on YouTube
Vatican II - Voice of the Church
explains and promotes the teachings of the Second
Catechism of Catholic Church (Vatican site)
Virtual Reality Tour of the Basilica
of Saint John Lateran click on the link and select a number from webpage then
that part of the Vatican appears. Hold down Left Mouse Button and
slowly move the cursor around to view the room or outside view.
Allow time to load. Can zoom in and out too with scroll wheel.
Broadband recommended. Speakers on for background
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