CAFOD PRAYERS for Thursday 7th April 2016
St Henry Walpole (1558-1595)
He was born in Norfolk, trained for the priesthood at the English College in Rome, and became a Jesuit. He worked in Spain and France. He returned to England in 1593, and was arrested the day after he landed, on a charge of high treason. He was tortured, then hanged, drawn and quartered on 7th April 1595.
So our theme today is “witness”.
Oscar Romero bore witness in El Salvador.
Risen Lord, come, stand among us,
awaken us to your presence,
open to us the gate of glory,
show us the path of life,
help us to know you are with us, now and always.
Scripture Acts 5:27-42
27 When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. 35 Then he said to them, “Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!”
They were convinced by him, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. 42 And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.
You are God, and we praise you:
you are the Lord, and we acclaim you:
You are the eternal Father:
all creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven:
cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise,
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praises you:
the noble fellowship of prophets praises you:
the white-robed army of martyrs praises you.
Throughout the world, the holy church acclaims you:
Father of majesty unbounded:
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship:
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You are God, and we praise you:
you are the Lord, and we acclaim you.
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