Monthly Prayers Salford

CAFOD PRAYERS for Friday 27th September 2013

Feast of St Vincent de Paul

Opening Prayer (Bold by all)

One thing I have asked of the Lord,

this is what I seek,

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

to behold the beauty of the Lord

and to seek him in his temple.

(Leader):  Who is that you seek?

We seek the Lord, our God.

(Leader):  Do you seek him with all your heart?

Amen. Lord have mercy.

(Leader):  Do you seek him with all your soul?

Amen. Lord have mercy.

(Leader):  Do you seek him with all your mind?

Amen. Lord have mercy.

(Leader):  Do you seek him with all your strength?

Amen. Christ have mercy.

To whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life,

and we have believed and have come to know

that you are the Holy One of God.

                            Celtic Daily Prayer

Scripture Reading:  Haggai 2:4-9

‘Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty.  ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

Gospel Reading    Luke 9:18-22

Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Prayers for others

Closing Prayer  (All)

Enrich my heart, mouth, hands in me,

      With faith, with hope, with charitie;

       That I may runne, rise, rest with thee.

                            George Herbert

Lines from the poem of keening for Columcille, high saint of the Gael, by Blind Dallan Forgaill, Chief Poet of Ireland

It is not a little story, this is not a story of a fool.

It is not one district that is keening, nor grief of one harpstring.

He, our rightful head, God’s messenger, is dead.

The teller of words, who took away our fear, does not return.

The learned one who taught us silence is gone from us.

Good his death: he went to God: angels met him.

He knew the way he was going.

He gave kindness for hatred, he broke the battle against hunger,

healer of hearts, satisfier of guests,

shelter of the naked, comfort of the poor,

their souls light, a perfect sage who believed Christ.

Nor went any from this world who more steadfastly bore the cross.

It is high his death was…….

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