CAFOD Prayers – January 2018

Tuesday 2 January

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Sign of the Cross

Opening Prayer:

He who comes

comes to us now

in the silence,

in the darkness,

in the confusion,

in the loneliness,

as Word and

as Light,

as Truth and

as Love:

Emmanuel,

God-with-us,

now.

                                       (Harry Wiggett)

Scripture      Numbers 6:22-27

22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

27 So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Luke 2:16-21

16 So (the shepherds) went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Intercessions

Concluding Prayer

God, our dayspring and our dawn,

we turn to you when we fear the dark

and all around us weep.

We pray you greet us with your shining light

that we may spread your warm embrace

and kindle the hope of Christmas

in all whose lives remain in shadow.

Come and be our strength, O Lord,

our hope and our salvation.  Amen.             

       (Annabel Shilson-Thomas)

Monthly Prayers – October 2017

Awaken to the mystery of being here, and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.  (John O’Donohue)

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Opening Prayer:

O God of the poor and meek, form us into people who do not conform to the patterns of this world but who conform to the norms of your upside-down kingdom.  Give us the eyes to see you in those who suffer.  Surprise us in the faces of the least of these.  Move us into the margins of this world, and help us to find you there, in your most distressing disguises.

                             (Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals)

 

Scripture      Zechariah 8:20-23

20 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, the inhabitants of many cities; 21 the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, “Come, let us go to entreat the favour of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going.” 22 Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of the Lord. 23 Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men from nations of every language shall take hold of a Jew, grasping his garment and saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

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Luke 9:51-62

51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to

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make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 Then they went on to another village.

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

Reflection

The latter half of Luke’s gospel, as Jesus embarks on his great journey to his death at Jerusalem, is marked by his teaching on the difficulties and challenges of discipleship.  Right at the beginning comes the little lesson that the disciple must not be surprised, or take vengeance, at rejection.  Then, three lessons on the uncompromising demands of discipleship.  These are not “counsels of perfection”, but demanded of every disciple of Jesus…… These conditions may seem unfeeling and unacceptably harsh: Jesus expresses his teaching with maximum vigour.  This is partly the nature of the Semitic language, which rarely uses a comparative.  It is either day or night, no dusk!  But we must beware of softening what must remain hard.

          From “The Sunday Word” by Henry Wansborough OSB 

Intercessions

 

Closing Prayer

 

Lord, make us to walk in your way;

where there is love and wisdom,

there is neither fear nor ignorance;

where there is patience and humility,

there is neither anger nor annoyance;

where there is poverty and joy,

there is neither greed nor ambition;

where there is peace and true prayer,

there is neither care nor restlessness;

where there is the fear of God to guard the heart,

there no enemy can enter;

where there is mercy and prudence,

there is neither excess nor harshness;

this we know through the example

of him who laid down his life for us,

your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

                   (Saint Francis of Assissi: “The Admonitions XXVII”)

Join us for Monthly Prayers at CAFOD Salford, Katherine House, every first Tuesday of the month. 

Learn about El Salvador at one of our Harvest Fast Day meetings

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is quickly approaching, with only a few weeks to go.

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CAFOD Salford will be holding a number of Fast Day gatherings, to tell you the stories of those we support in El Salvador, and to provide you with the resources you need to be able to know about our goal of focusing on improving agriculture and healthcare, reducing risks of disasters and creating peace.

This year’s Harvest Fast day will be also marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth and by getting involved, you can help us to make a difference to, in the words of Romero, “plant the seeds that one day will grow”

Whether you’d like to speak at mass, hold a Fast Day or hold a simple soup lunch for CAFOD, we are happy to support you.

You are welcome to join us at one of our Harvest Fast Day briefings in the diocese of Salford, to learn more about CAFOD’s work in El Salvador and how your support is making a difference:

Accrington
Tuesday 19th September, 7pm-9pm
St Mary’s,
Catlow Hall Street,
Oswaldtwistle,
Accrington,
BB5 3EZ

Bury
Thursday 28th September, 7pm – 8.30pm
Our Lady and Guardian Angels,
Harvey Street,
Elton,
Bury,
BL8 2RD

Please do let us know if you’re planning to attend, or you can find out more information by emailing salford@cafod.org.uk or calling the CAFOD Salford office on 0161 705 0605.

We look forward to seeing you there!