SUNDAY 30th April
Fourth Sunday of Easter
1 Peter 2: 20-25
The image of Jesus, as a shepherd, established itself early in the outlook of the first Christians. The letter of Peter, identifying Jesus with the Suffering Servant of the Isaian writings, calls him their ‘shepherd and guardian’.
You have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls
May is domestic violence awareness month
Loving God, be with all men and women who are in doubt about their intimate relationships.
Give them clarity of mind and peaceful hearts
so that they can make good decisions guided by Your love.
Let those who must, discern any abuse that may exist so that they can learn to care for themselves with Your help.
Let those who must, acknowledge that they are harming the other, so they can learn to abhor their own behaviour and come to true repentance and amendment of life. Keep us all safe in our relationships.
Through Christ our Lord.
Prayer for domestic violence
Gracious God fill our hearts with compassion for those women and children who suffer violence and exploitation at the hands of the wicked. Guide us in vigilance so that we may recognize those who need our assistance. Direct our hearts that we might untie the burdens placed upon them and bring them to freedom and safety. We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes and in the name of your Son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. AMEN.
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Praying the Emmaus Story
Listen to the Gospel
Just like Jesus who walks and talks with the two disciples on their journey to Emmaus, this same Jesus walks with us and talks with us, even when we don’t listen or turn away. Just like the two disciples struggled to recognise Jesus, we find it difficult at times to recognise that Jesus is with us. Their eyes were opened, their hearts were burning with joy and they went to share their story with others.
Feast of Sts Phlip and James (apostles)
Let us pray for the gift of faith and courage to follow Jesus in our daily lives. Name practical ways that we can do this.
Praying with Song
Oh Mercy Lyric Video - Stu Garrard, Matt Maher and Audrey Assad have recently released this new song. It is a powerful prayer especially in the light of the chemical attacks and subsequent bombings in Syria. Let us pray together: Shine your light on us and on the suffering men, women and children of Syria
Brainstorm starters for prayers and make a set of coloured cards. Find a fun way to display them e.g. in a glass jar, a bright box/bowl or assembled on a ring. Students choose one or are randomly allocated a Prayer Starter, and use this as a stimulus for vocal or written prayers.
Loving God, I feel …
Creator God, sometimes I wonder……
Gentle God, help me to know …..
Amen is a prayer word that Christians use frequently in times of prayer. ‘Amen’ appears
in the earliest Jewish texts and is prayed by Muslims as well as Jews and Christians. ‘Amen’ is found in some of the books of the Old Testament as well as the Gospels and to conclude prayers in Paul’s letters. It is also prayed in Liturgy and in the celebration of Sacraments.
It was and still is used to declare something to be true or to confirm something. It indicates that one strongly agrees with something like “I agree!” or “I believe!”