Monthly Prayers May 2013

Feast of the Visitation

“And Mary set out, and went as quickly as she could, to a town in the hill country of Juda.”

We are coming to the end of a line of major feasts – Holy Week, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, then Trinity Sunday and now Corpus Christi – giving us several weeks worth of teaching in the Gospels of how Jesus keeps his promises.
I will be with you always and everywhere. I will not leave you orphans. I will be where you are, nourishing you and lighting your paths and being your path.
And so it seems fitting to pray today about food for our journey; and Fred’s epic Tour will be very much in our prayers, as will the rally in London, pushing the campaign for food justice.

Opening Prayer (All)
We thank you God for our daily bread, for the food which delights and nourishes us, and for companionship which sustains us. We thank you, too, for cool clean water to quench our thirst, and for the Living Water with which you surprise and enrich and transform our lives. (Iona Abbey Worship Book)

1st Scripture Reading: Luke 1:46-55, the Magnificat
All: May the Word of God be in our minds,
on our lips, and in our hearts.
Short reflection on “he has filled the hungry with good things”

2nd Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9-16
Short reflection on “you should make hospitality your special care”
Prayers of Concern
Let us call to mind, and ask to be present with us, those who have walked ahead of us on the journey towards justice and peace in this, and other, ages, and thank God for their witness.
Let us also remember Fred, the success of the “Enough Food for Everyone IF” campaign, CAFOD’s daily work, here and overseas, and all the people who have asked for our prayers.
Closing Prayer (All)

God bless each of us as we travel on. In our times of need, may we find a table spread in the wilderness and companions on the road. We pray in the name of Jesus, our food for the journey. Amen. (IAWB)

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