Almsgiving – All Saints’

ALMSGIVING

Almsgiving is the practice of giving to those in need. It is a way of showing love and compassion for others. Almsgiving can also be a way of expressing our gratitude for God’s blessings. Almsgiving is an important part of Lent, as it allows us to share with those in need and to be an example of mercy in the world.

 

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Almsgiving is the 3rd pillar of Lent. When we talking about almsgiving, we often talk ab0ut charity as well. Watch the video below to find out more about Almsgiving.

Before you say the prayer below all together, take few moments in silence to just think about the video you have watched and what you can give during Lent; could you donate some money? Could you give your time to help people?

We bring everything we have thought about in the silence of our hearts as we pray together…

Lord, we ask for renewed strength in us so we can give what we do not need to help the people in Your world that need it the most. Help us to recognise You in everyone around us.

Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Almsgiving is often forgotten about during Lent because some people might focus more on ‘prayer’ and especially ‘fasting’. However, almsgiving, being 1 of the 3 pillars of Lent, should not be thought about as less important. Our Holy scriptures tell us the importance of Almsgiving all the way through the Bible and we can look to them to inspire us during the season of Lent.

Take a look at the scriptures below and talk with your form about what you think they are telling us about giving. Comment some of your answers down below!

2 Corinthians 9:7

You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.

Matthew 25:35,40

 I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes…The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’

Proverbs 19:17

When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back.

Luke 6:38

Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.”

Let us pray…

God of All Goodness, Inspired by Your scriptures, give me a heart for generosity. Inspire me to share what I have in full measure, So that others are able to live without need or want. Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Jesus presented almsgiving as a necessary part of Christian life. “When you give..” He doesn’t say if you give, but when.  Charitable giving is a very ancient practise; almsgiving was a normal part of life even before Jesus’ time. The Lenten call to give means making the needs of other people our own.

Almsgiving is an incredibly important part of our Lenten journey because it actually encompasses all of the 3 pillars of Lent. Almsgiving is prayer and it involved fasting. Almsgiving is a form of prayer because it is “giving to God’- and it is a form of fasting because it demands sacrificial giving- not just giving something, but giving up something. It involved us going without something in order to give.

Our Holy Fathers (the past and present Popes) have reflected on the importance of the pillar of almsgiving.  Spend a few moments reading and discussing some of their words and thinking about the impact of these words on our daily lives.  

What more can you/we do to give alms during this Lenten season and in life in general?

 

Let us pray:

God of All Goodness,
Give me a heart for generosity.
Show me how to hold my possessions lightly,
Ever mindful of their temporary value.
Inspire me to share what I have in full measure,
So that others are able to live without need or want.
Let me know the grace of a bountiful life,
One overflowing with gratitude for all that I have to give.
In the name of your generous Son, Jesus, we pray.
Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

ALMSGIVING MISSION REMINDER

Almsgiving is the practice of giving to those in need. It is a way of showing love and compassion for others. Almsgiving can also be a way of expressing our gratitude for God’s blessings. Almsgiving is an important part of Lent, as it allows us to share with those in need and to be an example of mercy in the world.

 

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Friday 8th March – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is an annual event that celebrates all the amazing things women do and have achieved. It is a way that we can celebrate and reflect on how women have and continue to influence the world. As well as celebrating brilliant women, this day is also used as a day to highlight and raise awareness about issues that women have faced in the past and still face today.

Historically, women have been denied the right to vote, to work, to receive education and do lots of other things, too. As a result of the efforts of the brave and inspiring women through history who have fought against these injustices, women now have a lot more say in the world around us. Although there are still many issues and injustices that women continue to face and fight for today.

International Women’s Day is an important day for us to reflect on the many inequalities, gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping that continue to exists in today’s society and think about what we can do to protect and celebrate women who are facing these injustices.

 

Pause for a moment and think of a woman in your life who you love and find inspiring. 

As a Catholic community, we believe that all women are worthy of love, dignity and respect, though we know that sadly not all women are shown the dignity and respect they deserve.

Let us bow our heads for a time of prayer for all women. We especially hold in our hearts today, all the women in the world who have suffered and continue to suffer from injustices, abuse and discrimination. We thank God for all the women in our lives who love and inspire us, may God give them strength, empowerment, courage and wisdom.

We pray together…

 

Remember to also make time today, and over the coming days, to thank and celebrate the women in your own lives who make a difference to you and to others.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Be Inspirational