"Prayer is 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
“In the 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
“Stand 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
Proclaim 15 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 us.
Prayer 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: Please pray this prayer as often as you can. '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
Novena - 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
Daily Readings, Commentaries & Homilies
Daily Mass Readings | Office | Morning Prayer | Evening Prayer | Night Prayer | Calendar | from Universalis.com
Holy Family Parish
from English province of Dominican Order of Preachers' (OP) |
"Godzdogz" blog from English Dominican
Meditations - very helpful for 'the
OREMUS ~ Daily prayer
resources (Anglican) | Catholic Homilies |
Blessing | Bible Search
Day from the De La Salle Brothers.
Pray-as-you-go . . .
daily prayer for your MP3 player
prayer downloads for MP3 players. Combines music, Scripture, and
some questions for reflection.
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
'Day by Day' is a handy £1.00 monthly booklet of the
daily Mass readings. Available
in our churches.
An ancient method of
prayer. "Wednesday Word" - Lectio
Divina reflections focusing on the next Sunday's
- 'the best part
of waking up'. Make up your own but see below for
"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.
Links: Wikipedia |
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.
Morning 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 Jesus. Amen.
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. Amen.
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 Hail
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.
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.
Bible etc commentaries,
Day' is a handy £1.00 monthly booklet of the daily
Mass readings. Available
in our churches.
A favourite of our site editor
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 group and ministry, see:
"The Word 4 U
"The Journey" - more daily scriptural
Bible Alive magazine - articles, reflections, readings etc.
The Word Among
Us ~ An excellent monthly
magazine published to assist Catholic laypeople in reading,
meditating on and understanding scripture. Older Articles available > Click
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
International - will e-mail their "Daily Encounter"
General Instruction of the Roman
Missal | link1 | link2 | link3
translations of the Roman Missal The
One Bread One Body_1998 pdf
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.
Together in Britain & Ireland - has resources to
Christian Videos on GodTube
Sacred 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
Spiritual Exercises of
St Ignatius of Loyola an introduction.
ALSO in PDF file Spiritual Exercises
from St. Patrick's
Anthony Messenger magazine
Find our "Catholic Links" page here
The importance of praying for priests
Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth ~ a booklet
of answers about the Catholic Faith
other resources at Catholic.com
Pray the Rosary
Mary's Way of The
Cross - Meditations to guide
A Messenger of St. Anthony
Veneration, Saints, Blesseds and Relics >
useful article on Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center
Free catholic e-books
from St. Patrick's
Basilica website (Ottawa)
Intergenerational Healing#1 |
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 us"
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 Father."
The Vatican on YouTube
Vatican II - Voice
of the Church explains and promotes
the teachings of the Second Vatican Council
Catholic Church (on 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
Interreligious Dialogue: read the Vatican message for the end of Ramadam 2008
Muslims: Together for the dignity of the
Read the Vatican message for Vesakh
2008 (Buddhism): Christians and
Buddhists: Caring for the Planet Earth.
Congregation for the Clergy ~ the Holy See >| Biblia
Clerus - Reading the Word of God with the
This programme offers Sacred Scripture, its
interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of
[teaching authority of the Church], with appropriate theological
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downloadable version allows you to connect Sacred Scripture to the
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Encyclicals, teachings of the Popes, Catechisms, as well as
commentaries from secular literature, etc. >| Liturgia -
Commentary on the Sunday liturgy >| Canon Law
and commentaries This contains the current and earlier
versions of both the Latin and Eastern Codes of Canon Law, in
parallel and with their fonts. >| Clerus.org
This provides access to the electronic library of the Congregation
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