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Thursday 29th July 2021

Sts Martha, Mary and Lazarus

Gospel Proper to this Memorial

Just as the glory of God filled the Tent of Meeting long ago, so the glory of God is present with us as we celebrate the Eucharist of Jesus Christ.

                    

1.        We pray for a more sensitive appreciation of the presence of God in our daily lives – here in the Eucharist – but also in the person of the poor, the sick and the stranger.

Lord, hear us. 

2.        We pray for all who are living in situations of lockdown around our nation and the world, that they will enter into prayer in their own space and be in communion with Jesus and all the faithful.

Lord, hear us. 

3.         We pray that the rich traditions of the Church may be treasured, and combined with new insights into the scriptures and our understanding of human nature, old and new will be one and can be held in harmony.

Lord, hear us. 

4.         We pray for those who honour Sts Martha, Mary and Lazarus that as they have carried a heavy burden of financial stress during these times of lockdown, they will find support through family and friends, understanding employers and governments.

Lord, hear us. 

5.          We pray that tensions and outbursts of violence which are sapping the energies and hopes of the people of the land of Martha, Mary and  Lazarus,  will give way to real efforts for creating peace and justice.

 Lord, hear us.

 

Almighty God, you offer us the hospitality of the table of your Son. With the example of St Martha may we show hospitality to others, and see in every guest a presence of Jesus, who is Lord, forever and ever. Amen.

 

Friday 30th July 2021

St Peter Chrysologus

People who knew Jesus and his family were amazed at his wisdom and power, but found it difficult to accept him.

 

1.   May we may not judge by appearances, but rather, with the gift of wisdom, recognize the uniqueness of every individual.

 Lord, hear us. 

2      May those who are against members of their own family or neighbours, not be like the people of Nazareth in rejecting Jesus, but rather come to accept, respect and honour each other.

 Lord, hear us. 

3      May the reverence with which Moses and the Hebrew people worshipped God and celebrated the religious festivals, teach us how to celebrate the Eucharist and the Liturgical Year with reverence and joy.

Lord, hear us. 

4.    May the example of St Peter Chrysologus in the 5th century, in preaching clear, simple and gospel-centred homilies, be an example for bishops. priests and deacons in the Church today.

Lord, hear us. 

4      May this International Day of Friendship, especially during the pandemic, help us to value friendship as vital for healthy communities, and in friendship among nations, ensure that the vaccine is distributed justly and with compassion to all peoples.

Lord, hear us. 


Lord our God, be with all who are discouraged in life, and let them know the power of your love so that they can be freed from all anxiety. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

 

Saturday 31st July 2021

St Ignatius Loyola

This year the Jesuits, founded by St Ignatius, are commemorating the 500th anniversary of his conversion to Jesus, following a serious injury sustained in battle.

 

1.    May Pope Francis, the Church’s first Jesuit Pope, continue to grow in the spirit of St Ignatius so that their whole lives are for the greater glory of God.

Lord, hear us. 

2.  May the Jesuit’s in our country and around the world always put Jesus at the centre of their lives.

 Let us pray to the Lord. 

3      May discernment, that unique insight of St Ignatius, be as Pope Francis says, “a compass [by which we are] to be able to set out on the road which has many twists and turns, but always letting oneself be guided by the Holy Spirit who leads us to an encounter with the Lord”.

Lord, hear us. 

4.    May those who continue to suffer persecution for their Christian faith keep their eyes on Jesus, honour his Holy Name and receive the support of our concerned prayers.

Lord, hear us. 

5.    May the prayers of St Justin De Jacobis, missionary to Ethiopia and martyr for Christ, also honoured today, help the distressed people of that land suffering from war in the Tigray region, from drought, the pandemic, and an upsurge of locusts, which has plunged the people into catastrophic hunger.

Lord, hear us.

 Father and King, be gracious and bless us, let your face shed its light upon us, and bring us peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Sunday 1st August 2021

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We have now begun four Sundays reflecting on Jesus as our Bread of Life, a time to be renewed in our love for this Sacrifice and Sacrament. 

 1.       That Pope Francis, chosen as Bishop of Rome, will continue to affirm each of us in our Christian vocation, for the peace and well-being of all humanity

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

2.       That each one of us will rejoice in our Christian vocation to follow Jesus Christ, and putting on the new self, we will be recreated in the goodness and holiness of truth.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

3.       That the experience of the ancient Israelites and the multitude with Jesus, in being fed in their time of need, will urge us to reach out to the hungry in our time so that we share our daily bread with them.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

4.       That God will hear the cries of humanity as everyone seeks protection, healing, stability of life, friendship, and mental well being while the pandemic continues to grow in almost every country.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

5        That all who are suffering from natural disasters at this time through the fires in the United States, the floods in Europe, the drought in Ethiopia, and from  the violence in South Africa and Tunisia, and the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria may be supported by our prayers

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

6.         That those who have shared the Bread of Life and have died will have their thirst quenched and hunger satisfied at the heavenly banquet. We remember  ....

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Heavenly Father, shower upon us your blessings just as you sent the manna from heaven upon an ancient people, so that we may rejoice in your providential care. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Monday 2nd August 2021

St Eusebius of Vercilli

St Peter Julian Eymard

Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

The feeding of the multitude points to the gift of the Eucharist in which the many are fed on the One Bread from heaven.

1.             That Pope Francis, who in the tradition of Moses, must carry the Church in his bosom and nurse the weak and frail, may be strengthened by the Holy Spirit.

Lord, hear us. 

2.             That those who, in the Church, are finding leadership a heavy burden, especially among our bishops and priests and congregational leaders, may trust in Jesus who is gentle and humble of Heart.

Lord, hear us. 

3.             That this Vocations Awareness Week will bring to our Archdiocese a renewed interest among youth and young adults to the possibility that they are being called to priesthood, diaconate or religious life.

Lord, hear us.                              

4.             That Homeless Person’s Week, will ensure that we always treat them with respect and not with harsh judgement or condemnation.

Lord, hear us. 

5.             That we will follow the example of St Peter Julian Eymard and love the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and find in the commitment of St Eusebius to the truths of the Nicene Creed, a door to a greater loving the Holy Trinity.

Lord, hear us.

 Father, teach us through your Son, Jesus, how to walk in your ways, for he is Lord, for ever and ever. Amen.


Tuesday 3rd August 2021

St Dominic

18th Week in Ordinary Time 

Jesus’ invitation to the apostles not to be afraid, but to have courage, is as important for our world today as we struggle with the devastating effects of Covid 19.   

1.             That the burden of sickness, grief, loss of employment and collapse of businesses, and the widespread anxiety experienced by many during this pandemic will be lifted quickly.

Lord, hear us. 

2.             That as we mark Vocations Awareness Week we pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood for our Archdiocese and for the Religious Orders of priests who minister in our midst.

Lord, hear us. 

3.             That families in which members become critical of each other, as happened between Moses, Aaron and Miriam, may be open to the Holy Spirit who can heal differences and reconcile people.

Lord, hear us. 

4.             That the simplicity and dedication of St Dominic will strengthen the vocation of every Dominican Sister, Brother and Priest, so that by living with truth, they will witness to truth in the Church and world.

Lord, hear us. 

5.             That schools within the Archdiocese dedicated to St Dominic and founded in his spirit will be places of growth in faith, learning, personal development and service to others: St Dominic’s Priory College, Blackfriars and Cabra Colleges and Dominican School at Semaphore.

Lord, hear us. 

6.             That those who develop polices to relieve homelessness in our Federal, State and Territory Government will work together with compassion for the needs of people.

Lord, hear us. 

Eternal God, give to us the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we can remain faithful to all that your Son has taught us, for he is Lord, for ever and ever. Amen.


Wednesday 4th August 2021

St John Vianney

18th Week in Ordinary Time 

The persistence of the woman in the Gospel to plead before Jesus on behalf of her daughter is an example for us to persevere in our prayer.

1.             May those who are concerned for the welfare of another member of their family, pray to Jesus, as did the woman of the Gospel, especially where homelessness is the cause of great distress.

 Lord, hear us. 

2.             May those who complain to God or about God, receive the balm of the Holy Spirit so that they can grow in wisdom, and with greater trust in God, pray for the grace to live according to God’s will.

Lord, hear us. 

3.             May this Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, with its theme, ‘Proud in Culture, Strong in Spirit’, ensure that they have a respected place within every school community, teaching their peers about their traditions.

Lord, hear us. 

4.             May this Vocations Awareness Week awaken a desire among young men to serve Christ as priests, so that overcoming all obstacles, as did St John Vianney, they will persevere with courage and hope.

Lord, hear us. 

5.             May St John Vianney, who received his Christian formation and received the Sacraments in secrecy during the French Revolution, inspire priests today to be strong and determined in their vocation to lead the young to Jesus, as they now grow up in a very secular society.

Lord, hear us. 

6.             May the community of St John Vianney at Burnside rejoice in his patronage, growing in grace.

Lord, hear us. 

Almighty God, remember us, and the love you bear for your people, and bless us with the peace of Christ, for he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.


Thursday 5th August 2019

Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Peter’s faith in Jesus, the Son of the living God, is an invitation for us to deepen our faith in the same Jesus. 

1.    May we who have been baptized into Christ know him to be our Rock of Salvation, the One who proclaims his holiness in the Church.

Lord, hear us. 

2.    May those who appear to have abandoned their faith in God, rebelled against God’s wisdom, or resisted the guidance of the Holy Spirit, return to their merciful and loving God.

Lord, hear us. 

3.    That as we remember today the dedication of the first Church in Rome named in honour of Mary, we in our turn, will honour her around the world as Mother of the Church.

Lord, hear us. 

4.    That Mary and Joseph, parents of Jesus, who nurtured faith and charity in his mind and way of life, will help parents today to nurture vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life within their own families.

Lord, hear us. 

5.    That the works of the Church, dedicated to the needs of the homeless will receive our unfailing support.

Lord, hear us. 

Lord our God, as we move now to the sacrifice and memorial of your Son, make our praise joyful for he is Lord, forever and ever. Amen.


Friday 6th August 2021

The Transfiguration of the Lord. 

Jesus Christ is revealed to us as the radiant Son of the Father, the one to whom we are to listen.

1.    That the light of Jesus’ truth may shine forth in the words and actions of the Church, through every person baptized into Christ.

Lord, hear us.         

2      That Christians may value the heritage of Jesus’ Jewish faith, and listen attentively to God’s word spoken through Moses and the prophets.

Lord, hear us.                    

3      That as we mark the 76th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima in Japan in the flash of the intense light of the first atomic bomb, the world will come to know the true Light, Jesus Christ, who is our radiant peace forever.

Lord, hear us. 

    4.   That we will pray for all who have become homeless in our own time because of war, terrorism, natural disasters of flood, fire, earthquake, storms, cyclones and volcanic eruption, and financial ruin during the pandemic.

Lord, hear us. 

6.    That the preaching, teaching and witnessing to Christ by bishops, priests and deacons, and the many consecrated women and men will bring the light of Jesus to hearts that a suffering and anxious during this pandemic.

Lord, hear us. 

Father and King, through the law and prophets you prepared a people to receive your Son. May we who dedicate our lives to Jesus Christ, offer this Eucharist with joyful hearts, through him who lives and reigns forever. Amen.


Saturday 7th August 2021

Ss Sixtus II and Companions

St Cajetan

Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Jesus’ commandment of love is grounded in his own Jewish faith and heritage. 

1.             May we be faithful to our baptism commitment, and so love God with our whole being. 

Lord, hear us. 

2.             May parents teach their children from one generation to the next the ancient, but ever new commandment, to love God with all their heart, soul and strength. 

Lord, hear us. 

3.             May those who suffer illness which causes fits, receive understanding from family, friends and the medical and nursing professions. 

Lord, hear us. 

4.             May all who suffer from mental stress and illness during this pandemic, be given respect, and may governments put into place effective health care policies to alleviate their depression, anxiety, suffering and eating disorders.

Lord, hear us. 

5.             May we awaken in the hearts of young adults a desire to serve God and the Church in the priesthood, diaconate or religious life. 

Lord, hear us. 

6.             May the courage of Pope St Sixtus and his deacons in the 3rd century, and the active charity of St Cajetan in the 16th century, motive us all to respect and support the homeless in this Homelessness Week.

Lord, hear us.  

Father and King, we take heart from the words of the psalm that you will never abandon those who seek you.  Stay with us in all the circumstances of our lives so that we can constantly praise you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.