15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 13:1-23
Jesus told the people many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up ... Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”
The Sign of the Cross
The sign of the Cross is probably the most often used prayer of Christians and for many, the first prayer they learned as children.
“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”
Despite its simplicity, the sign of the Cross is an ancient prayer rich in meaning. It is believed that it was in use during the earliest days of Christianity.
Use the linked resource to lead a reflection on the Sign of the Cross.
An easy way to create a prayer is to follow the YOU-WHO- DO-THROUGH pattern; e.g.
You: Ever-present and companion God,
Who: out of love for us, you sent Jesus to be our strength and guide.
Do: help us to hear his voice today and guide our steps in the way he has shown us, as we find you in each other.
Through: We ask this in his name. Amen.
Use this attached resource to compose a variety of prayers.
Song to the Creator
View images and quotes from this video. Allow a particular phrase or sentence to capture your attention.
Sit with those words and allow them to become a prayer to God. (Pause)
Let us pray...
May the God of creation fill us with abundant, joyful life;
May the peace of Christ abound in our hearts;
And may the Holy Spirit encourage us to walk gently on the earth.
Read the following prayer, attributed to Saint Patrick (390-461 A.D.).
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.
Reflection: What does the prayer say about living sustainably in terms of self, others and the natural world?