September Monthly Prayer

You are welcome to join us at Katherine House for our monthly prayers 11am Friday 20th September. Please join us in spirit if you are unable to be with us in person. Our prayer sheet is attached.

CAFOD PRAYERS for Friday 30th September 2011

Feast of St Jerome

 Opening Prayer

 “When your words came, I devoured them.  Your word was my delight, and the joy of my heart, for I was called by your name, O Lord, my God.”       Jeremiah 15:16

 Pause to prepare yourself to read the Word Of God by quieting your mind and relaxing your body.  Consciously let daily worries and distractions go, so as to honour the Lord with your full attention.

Scripture     

2 Timothy 3:14-17

You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true; remember who your teachers were, and how, ever since you were a child, you have known the holy scriptures – from these you can learn the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is inspired by Gid and can profitably be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be holy.  This is how the person who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.

 Luke 10:13-16

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you,Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done inTyreandSidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.  But it will be more bearable in the judgement forTyreandSidonthan for you.  And you,Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.

“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Reflection

Love the holy scriptures, and wisdom will love you.  Love wisdom, and she will keep you safe.  Honour wisdom, and she will embrace you.  (St Jerome)

St Jerome was the foremost scripture scholar among the Church Fathers, a pioneer in biblical criticism.

 Prayers of Intercession

Remembering the tender mercy of our God, we ask him for all our needs.

 

Leader: Your word is the light for the Church:
All: Show us the way.
Leader: Your word is bread for the hungry:
All: Always nourish us.
Leader: Your word is refreshment and peace:
All: May we make our home in you, and you in us, so that we will bear much fruit.

 Closing Prayer   (All)

Thank you loving God

          for the gift of life

          for this wonderful world which we all share

          for the joy of love and friendship.

          for the challenge of helping to build your kingdom.

 Strengthen

          our determination to work for a world

                   of peace and justice

          our conviction that, whatever our nationality or                         race, our culture or our creed,

          we are all your loved creation

                   “wondrously wrought”.

 Help us

          to challenge the powerful

                   with the values of the Gospel

          to find non-violent ways of resolving conflict

          to forgive injuries and love those

                   we find it hard to love.

 Thank you loving God

          for the gift of your Word

          for the gift of your Son, our Lord Jesus the Christ

          in whose name we pray.

 Amen.

                   (Pax Christi daily prayer, adapted)

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