Prayer – All Saints’

We are in the 1st week of Lent in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Purple and the Word of the Week is…

Prayer!

Prayer is simply a conversation with God. It is a way of opening our hearts to Him and sharing our thoughts and feelings with Him. Prayer can be done in many different ways, such as through words, music, or silence. During Lent, we can use prayer to reflect on our relationship with God, and to ask for his guidance and strength.

Make an extra effort to make some time for prayer this week and throughout the rest of Lent. Think about what you want to say to God and what he might be saying to you.

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.

The season of Lent began last Wednesday, on Ash Wednesday.  During Lent, we focus on three pillars: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These are traditions and practices linked to the cardinal and theological virtues that Christians are called to live out in their daily lives, especially during this season of preparation, as we journey with Jesus.​

​Prayer is the action that leads people to God. We take time away from the distractions of life and the world around us in order to turn to God. We talk to him, contemplate, listen to him, read his words and reflect on them, so that we can be one with him. ​

Prayer helps to give greater meaning to Lenten practices, which should draw us closer to him.​  In this Year of Prayer, it is a great time to focus our thoughts and attention on improving the ways that we communicate with God, even just by making a small space in our day for a few minutes in quiet prayer and reflection.

​Think about the ways that you can spend more time in prayer each day throughout Lent. Even just a quiet moment each day will help you to find greater peace and to hear the plan he has for you.​

Let’s focus on what we are called to do, during Lent, in both prayer and action:

Lord, help us to grow closer to you, through prayer and action, through service and selflessness. Open our hearts to your will and to doing what is right.  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.

This week, we will focus on prayer by practising different types of prayer, beginning with the Examen Prayer.

The Examen is an opportunity for peaceful daily reflective prayer. It invites us to find the movement of God in all the people and events of our day. The Examen is simply a set of prompts for each of us to reflect on that are easily adaptable to each person’s character and spirit:

Spend time now on your daily examen.  

Think about the:

Five things to give thanks for.

Five things you’ve struggled with or have failed at.

Five things you need God’s help with in the future.

Think for a few moments about these.  Offer support to anyone who shares theirs and think about ways that you can embed this examen into your daily life.

Let us pray:

Lord, thank you for being there for us, to give us counsel and to guide us on our path.
Help us to devote more time to you this Lent, so that we may grow closer to you in faith and in fellowship.  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.

Prayer is a great medium through which we examine and reflect on our daily lives.  By spending quiet time with God, we can offer the high and low points of each day and seek his guidance on our journey, knowing that he will always listen to us and that he always sees the best in us.  We ask God to hold onto us, knowing that we are loved, we are valued and we are enough.

Spend a few moments now, writing your own prayer on your whiteboard. 

You might like to begin with one or more of these prayer starters:

Lord, help me to face…with courage and strength, knowing you are always there, holding onto me.

Lord, grant me wisdom when I…

Lord, lead me on a path of…

Lord, help all who are facing struggles or challenges to know that you are there with them and…

Lord, help me to be a beacon of light for…

Lord, help me to bring peace to…

Lord, teach me forgiveness when…

Lord, guide all in the world to… 

 

Play the music as you write your prayers:

We offer these prayers to you now, Lord.  From the silence of our hearts we speak to you.  Hear our prayers and hold us, as you always do, granting us courage when the road seems tough, wisdom when we face difficult choices and strength to continue on our journey with you by our sides.  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.

This Lent, CAFOD’s Family Fast Day is on Friday 23 February.

James told us that when his family had no food, he faced a terrible choice: stay home and stay hungry or put everything on the line to go out onto the water in his small canoe. Five fishermen a month – many he called ‘brothers’ – were dying in storms at sea. Just like him, they couldn’t afford the life jackets, compasses and other equipment they needed to stay safe at sea and get a good catch.

Your support for CAFOD this Fast Day helps hardworking people like James to return home safely and feed their families for good.

What can you do to support CAFOD and your House Charities this Lent, to put the needs of others before your own needs? 

How can you help, love serve and give, especially in ways that reach out to our global neighbours or those facing any kind of poverty?

Let us pray one of CAFOD’s prayers together, inspired by Psalm 147, verse 3:

“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.”  

heal our hearts

of all that prevents us responding

to our sisters and brothers

excluded by poverty

and prevented from living a full and healthy life.

This Lent, may we:

implore justice through our prayer,

stand in solidarity through our fasting,

and reach out through our giving.

Send your life-giving power

to revive the weary,

restore the broken

and renew the face of the earth.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

(https://cafod.org.uk/pray/prayer-resources/he-heals-the-broken-hearted)

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.

 

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