Morning & Evening Prayers

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DAILY PRAYER

Evening Prayer 23.5.2020

It is time for our evening prayer.

Be not disturbed,
by memories that come unbidden.
Swiftly offer to the Lord,
tender mercy will be shown.
Let Christ speak to you unspoken words, unfinished work and conversations will be resolved by Him.
Carry not the worries that could burden you,
leave them in His care.
Rest this evening let your mind be still, take time be gentle.
Let sleep come your way, rise with the sun and receive as gift the new day. Amen.

God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 23.5.2020
Good morning everyone and let’s begin together with a prayer.
Help me Lord not to be busy today, throwing myself into all sorts of ‘jobs to be done’; making plans and getting organised. All are good things in themselves but by being ‘busy’ thoughtout the day I am not listening to you. I am not still, in the moment, to allow you to reveal to me the lessons and insight you know it’s time for me to pay attention to and yet I am too afraid to listen that’s why it’s tempting to be busy.
Lord let me not be demanding of other people, expecting them to be meeting MY expectations. Help me to respect the sacred space you have for them and accept they need time to listen to you too.
May the Spirit of God within each of us have our attention today. Amen.
May God Bless us all
Evening Prayer 22.5.2020
Good evening everyone, as you know Tom Giblin’s pilgrimage on this earth has ended. May the Angels greet him and take him to the bosom of Abraham. We pray for the repose of his soul and that he receives from his Saviour both mercy and a loving embrace. Pray for Shirley his wife and for all of his family, our thoughts and prayers will give them so much support.
Our evening prayer. Lord help each of us to find some comfort and rest over this weekend. May troubled minds find peace, the untangled knots of our lives be put down and people be allowed to relax. For it is not in the doing that our problems are solved but through waiting, though pauses to recollect what does matter and by being still, giving our souls time to catch up with our bodies and minds and remind us that God’s intention for each of us is Divine. No one is alone each one of us is God’s child. Amen.
God Bless us all
Morning Prayer 22.5.2020
Good morning everyone as we recall and celebrate the birthdays of Deborah and also Paul Jenkinson. Greetings too to all whose birthday it is today. On this note perhaps our morning prayer should be one in thanksgiving for the gift of life.
God of all creation we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life. Hear our prayers for Deborah, Paul and others as we celebrate the gift of their lives today. May they be blessed as they celebrate with family and friends and you be always present in their lives surrounding them with your love.
May God continue to bless you,
May God who has been your shepherd from birth continue to care for you,
May God who saves you from all harm give you peace. Amen.
May God Bless us all.
Evening Prayer 22.5.2020

The night is with us so let’s make an act of conscious reflection.
Lord help me to reflect on how I have behaved towards others. Will someone struggle to find peace tonight because of what I did or failed to do? Is there someone to whom I should say sorry tomorrow? Let me be big enough to face up to my behaviour and humble enough to make amends. Let tomorrow be an opportunity to heal restore and affirm. Amen.

Morning Prayer 21.5.2020

Good morning everyone on this Ascension Thursday.

The Body of Christ are the words said to us as we receive Holy Communion, something our parish communities are yearning for. Today as we reflect upon the message of the Ascension of our Lord we learn of Christ’s Body. Christ the Head now sits at the right hand of the Father, to judge both the living and the dead. This statement is part of the Apostles Creed we recite on Sundays. We are his Body and Christ’s Body is living for the Body is not separate from the Head. St Paul tells us we are all members of one Body and that one Body is Christ’s. So the celebration of today assures us that during this difficult period when we are unable to receive the Eucharist the Body of Christ, we still remain as Christ’s Body, united to Him. Christ is our Head. As members of one Body we need to be sensitive that we are all sharing in this trauma that is the pandemic. As each one of us is a member of the one Body of Christ, then let our words thoughts and actions of and towards each other not do further harm through being judgemental unkind and abusive but give comfort healing and hope. When we dig deep into our Catholic Spirituality, the Faith we profess provides us with the access to the Grace of God to sustain us. So may we all learn this insight today as we reflect on the meaning of the Ascension of the Lord and live by its message today and also tomorrow. Amen

Evening Prayer 20.5.2020
Hello everyone this evening is the eve of the Ascension of the Lord.
Almighty God, fill us with a holy joy, teach us how to thank you with reverence and love on account of the ascension of Christ your Son. You have raised us up with him; where he, the head, has preceded us in glory, there we, the body, are called in hope.
We pray for our schools as they face important decisions over the next few weeks, may we all support our staff with our prayers and show gratitude for their generosity.
We pray for our young people, may we listen to them and give support and wise council if asked and do so with humility.
We pray for all who have died. We remember John Geoghegan and his family. May they find comfort in the support in your grace Lord and in the prayers and consolation of your people. May John now share in your glory on the eve of this special Feast. Amen
May God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 20.5.2020
Good morning everyone.
Lord may I start the day with pure thoughts, an open mind, a generous heart, and an outlook that has a smile on my face. Help me to journey through the day with understanding and empathy towards my neighbour and where caution or correction is required may I do so with charity and accept with humility. Lord may I come to the evening walking along your path and not the path my ego desires so that I can then give thanksgiving to you for the graces and blessings shared with you People. Amen.
God Bless us all


Evening Prayer 19.5.2020

Lord as the day draws to a close I thank you for giving me the strength to cope, even when its been tough and beyond my control. Everything does not depend on me, I learn to hand over to you what is not possible for me to do. And thank you for the insight that tells me is ok to do this. May your compassion and mercy help me rest and sleep. Amen

God Bless us all

Morning Prayer 19.5.2020

Lord as the day begins be by my side and help me speak with courtesy, act with respect and all my thoughts to be examined by your Spirit. Where needed give me courage when necessary give me restraint and when required motivation. May my motives be generous in heart pure in intention and humble in delivery. Bring me to the end of this day avoiding temptation and embracing your grace. Amen.

God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 18.5.2020
We come to the end of the day and thank God for the blessings received. We remember in particular the steady progress Joe is making.
We ask the Lord to help us let go of the untied knots of thoughts and anxious worries we may have within and to let us sleep peacefully in His care.
We pray for those who have received sad news. We pray for Angela and for the repose of the soul of her cousin Bishop Vincent Malone, a gentle man with a good sense of humour. May he rest in peace.
Save us Lord while we are awake protect us while we sleep that we may watch with Christ and rest with Him in peace.
God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 18.5.2020
Good morning everyone. Here is a morning prayer based on the work of John O’Donohue.
I arise today
Blessed by all things, wings of breath, delight of eyes, wonder of whispers, intimacy of touch, eternity of soul, urgency of thought, miracle of health,embrace of God.
May I live this day,
Compassionate of heart, clear of word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, generous in love. Amen.
God Bless us all
Evening Prayer 16.5.2020

Eternal light, shine into our hearts; Eternal Goodness deliver us from evil; Eternal Power be our support; Eternal Wisdom lead us away from ignorance; Eternal compassion have mercy upon us.

May our heart and mind and soul and strength be filled by your Eternal Spirit so that we remain eternally yours, Amen.

Enjoy the rest of the day and may God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 16.5.2020

Good morning everyone.

We pray that over the weekend people behave sensibly and responsibly taking care not to increase the risk of increasing the rate of infection. We pray for our schools as they make their preparations for opening in June. We pray for those working in the NHS and in caring for others and we also pray for the essential workers who continue to help the country to run.

Lord, help me too. May I not be self occupied or selfish. May I not allow fears within to be negative of others or neglect the responsibilities I have. May I walk humbly with a generous heart and speak with positive words. Amen

God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 15.5.2020

Lord thank you for bringing us through the day; for the opportunity to share the load others carry; for your guidance that kept us on your path; your patient mercy that made us aware where we were going wrong and the joy you give when we recognise your blessings. As we now rest, may we also sleep and rise again in the morning to glorify your Name by our lives Amen.

May God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 15.5.2020
Good morning everyone, let’s pray together.
Lord, I ask for your Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts words and actions today. May the tone of my voice, my demeanour, the handling of my feelings be able to share with others your peace and love. Any challenge I need to make be it with compassion, be just and for the good of all. And when I stray guide me back to the path you have laid out for me and may I be humble to learn from the experience and be wise. At the end of the day may I remember to say thank you to you and give you praise. Amen.
Evening Prayer 14.5.2020
Hello everyone and thank you for the offers of support with cleaning and stewarding in the churches. If more people volunteer it will help with sharing the load. So in the spirit of gratitude we end our day.
Lord, we thank you for your guidance and grace. Help us now to acknowledge where we put ourselves first, where our frustrations got the better of us, where fear disturbed the peace within. Grant us your forgiveness.
We thank you for the insights we have gained the opportunities that came our way those quiet moments that made us smile and the actions of someone else that showed they care.
Help us to let go of thoughts demanding attention, a new morning will help us deal with them with fresh and clear minds guided by your wisdom.
Let us rest and then sleep so that as the dawn comes we may rise with your Spirit within us again. Amen.
May God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 14.5.2020
Good Morning everyone.
Dear Lord as I start the day may your Spirit be in my heart and mind helping me to engage with my neighbour showing respect and understanding. May my words be constructive and affirming and if there should be the need to challenge ensure that I speak with charity and justice and always with humility. May my actions support my neighbours in their need and may my mind not indulge with negative thoughts and instead nurture those thoughts that will contribute towards the fruits of Your Holy Spirit being available to others Lord. Keep me on the right path and attentive to what You call me to do. Amen.
God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 13.5.2020
Good morning everyone, let’s offer this Marian day to the Lord.
It’s time to engage with the day you have brought us to O Lord. Help us to do so not with brittle fear or hidden agendas or by only our own determination and will; help us to have the courage to trust in your call, to remain open in heart and mind to your promptings, open to going beyond ourselves in thought word and mind as you would have us do and so be able to say with sincerity ‘thy will be done’ Amen.
Our Lady of Fatima pray for us.
God Bless us all.
Evening Prayer 12.5.2020
Lord, thank you for this day , for taking me out of my comfort zone, for showing me where to be selfless, for enabling me not let let fear go crazy 😜 in my thoughts and effect decisions. Thank you for the grace that took my ego out of my center and put you there instead. Now dear Lord guide me to my bed, may I sleep in peace and wake again to learn from you tomorrow. Amen.
God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 12.5.2020
Our Morning Prayer
Lord, I offer to you my day ahead with no other plea but to follow in your steps. May my words gestures and actions give others around me hope and nourishment. May I be positive and focus on the blessings of your kingdom (Matthew Ch 5:1-12). Help me to know the difference between moaning and unwrapping the knots of troubled thoughts with someone who can listen without taking on the load.
And may I reach the end of the day in the arms of your love. Amen.
Evening Prayer 11.5.2020
A simple short prayer to end the day.
Lord it’s getting late and my eyes are heavy. I place into your hands this day, with genuine sorrow for failings in myself because I also know you have blessed me during this day. Thank you for your love, let this fragile vessel rest and sleep soundly and rise in the morning to embrace your call again. Amen
God Bless us all. Amen.
Morning Prayer 11.5.2020
Let us pray;
May the light of Christ guide you today; May the shield of Christ protect you; May the peace of the Lord go with you wherever He may send you; May the grace of the Lord guide you and, bring you to the end of the day rejoicing and giving thanks for His love and blessings. Amen.
May God Bless us all. Amen.

Morning Prayer 10.5.2020

Good morning everyone and especially to Carter Ian. Our morning prayer is for Carter Ian and also a call to us all. Enter into the day with the breath of God within you giving grace to your life and hope within. Discover how to love and not simply take; to listen and not always make sounds; to be filled with gratitude which tempers expectation and learn how to give as well as how to receive. Walk hand in hand and not alone. Seek not your own will, instead be attentive to the call of He who has given you that first breath. In these ways Carter Ian you will be blessed and remind us that this is The Way for us too. Amen.

Dear Holly may you have some rest now with Ben and your two sons.

Evening Prayer 9.5.2020

Thank you everyone for thinking about who might be alone with no contact.

Let’s pray together now as the day comes to an end. Pause and be aware once again of your breathing. Every breath you take is a gift from the Lord. Thank Him for it.

Now think of those who at this moment are struggling to breath. Pray for a calming of their distress and for the calm focus of those attending to them. May your peace and healing grace be with them Lord.

Help us all through this night. May your angels stand over us and if gifted with the morning may we rise to follow your path Amen.

May God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 8.5.2020
Fr Des: Earlier in the lock down I asked that all of us who are in contact with one another to think of others who might not have someone to ask them how they are. We all worked hard to try and ensure each person in the parish was speaking to someone else. This evening I ask that we make another concerted effort to make sure that no one will have to say of the parish, ‘no one got in touch with me’
during the pandemic. So let’s use this weekend to pray and think carefully of people we have noticed in and around the parish but might not know. Ask each other about them and describe them if you do not know their name. Go to the highways and byways to make sure we are not unintentionally forgetting someone.


Let us pray, comfort us Lord with your presence. Grant us the gift of sleep tonight and be the guardian of our dreams that we may know you through them as well. And if you Bless us once more with the gift of Morning May we rise grateful to greet you and ready to walk with you into the task ahead. Amen
May God Bless us all.


Morning Prayer 8.5.2020
We face a new day with Our Lord, May His peace be within us to share with whoever we meet. Let nothing disturb you and nothing frighten you. Patient endurance is what we ask of the Lord.
We pray for Holly and for all women who today will give birth. Loving God, your love for us is like that of a mother and you know the hard joy of giving birth. Hold the hand of Holly and other mothers to be and keep them safe. Put your own Spirit into their very breathing and into the new baby, for whom we wait with awe and hope.
And a prayer for VE Day: Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humanity in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering and for the praise of your name. Grant eternal rest for those who suffered the ravages of war on Europe in 1939-45 and may we learn from their experiences. Guide us by your Spirit; give us wisdom, give us courage, give us hope, keep us faithful now and always, Amen
May God Bless us all
Evening Prayer 7.5.2020
I came across this poem recently and thought that on this evening as we remember those who work for the NHS we might read the poem as well asking for God’s blessings to be with all medics and carers who day by day face so many challenges along side those who suffer.
I just hope that the copy of the poem is complete
http://www.thebalancednurse.com/the-balanced-nurse-blog/happy-nurses-week
Morning Prayer 7.5.2020
Good morning everyone.
Lord, this morning help us to start ahead with steadfast hearts which no unworthy affection can drag downwards; an unconquerable heart which no tribulation can wear out; an upright heart which no unworthy purpose can tempt aside.
Bestow upon us Lord an understanding to know you; diligence to seek you; wisdom to find you; and to remain faithful to you. Amen. attributed to St Thomas Aquinas.
May God Bless us all.
Evening Prayer 6.5.2020
Let us pray: May the Lord support us all the day long, until the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in His mercy May he give us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last. Amen. (attributed to St John Henry Newman)
May God Bless us. Amen
Morning Prayer 6.5.2020
For our morning prayer I am using a quotation from one of the desert hermits of the early church.
Amma Sara is quoted saying ‘If I prayed that everyone should approve my behaviour I would remain forever penitent in front of everyone’s door. I do not pray for this. Instead I ask God for a heart that is pure toward everyone’.
Lord May my actions today be honest and sincere and not from selfish gains or self interest. Help me to accept the day as it is and not as I wish it would be because it is in the here and now I meet you and not in wishful thinking. Lord help my heart to be pure today. Amen
God Bless us all.
Evening Prayer 5.5.2020
Hello everyone. We begin by remembering John Geoghegan and his family. Eternal rest grant to John O Lord let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace, Amen. Give his family the strength of your grace and sustain their hope the resurrection. May the bond between them remain strong. Amen
Let us all now simply give thanks for the day.
Heavenly Father I you for life and for being, and for the blessings of the day; for the love I have received and given, for all the kindnesses I have received from others, for your grace going before me and following after me. Above all I thank you for him through whom I know your love and receive your grace, ever always Jesus Christ your Son, my Lord and Saviour. Amen
May God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 5.5.2020
Good morning everyone our morning prayer comes from St Teresa of Avila
Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. You are the eyes through which must look out Christ’s compassion on the world. Yours are the feet which which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless humanity now.
Lord we wish to be your disciples, keep us off the paths of our ego and true to your way. Amen.
May God Bless us all.
Evening Prayer 4.5.2020
As this day comes to an end O Lord I take a moment to turn to you. Help me in this quiet moment to reflect upon the day. (do a brief examination of conscience).
Lord I thank you for helping me to see my sin, the faults where I need your grace of forgiveness and support in conversion.
I also call to mind the way in which you were present to me today (reflect on the graces and blessings received today)
Thank you Lord for the blessings I received today and may the memory of your divine presence give me both joy and assurance of your love for me. I remember the following people and place them in your care ( call to mind those you need to pray for)
Grant us all dear Lord a peaceful night and face a new day with you by our side. Amen.
May God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 4.5.2020
Good morning everyone, here is our prayer for this morning.
Lord, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Help us in our thoughts words and actions to be guided by your grace. Protect us from self interest and may we have generous and wise hearts and minds to assist us in our interactions with others. Amen.
Martyrs of England and Wales pray for us.
May God Bless us all. Amen.

As this day comes to an end O Lord I take a moment to turn to you. Help me in this quiet moment to reflect upon the day. (do a brief examination of conscience).

Lord I thank you for helping me to see my sin, the faults where I need your grace of forgiveness and support in conversion.

I also call to mind the way in which you were present to me today (reflect on the graces and blessings received today)

Thank you Lord for the blessings I received today and may the memory of your divine presence give me both joy and assurance of your love for me. I remember the following people and place them in your care ( call to mind those you need to pray for)

Grant us all dear Lord a peaceful night and face a new day with you by our side. Amen.

May God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 2.52020
You know O Lord the secrets of our hearts. For in the days of your flesh you shared our frailty. Like us you have wept, like us you have kept vigil, waiting for the dawn.
In your compassion pardon all that we have done amiss this day, for you know there is nothing in us that can stand without your grace. In your goodness Lord, keep watch with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Rest your weary ones, Bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones, pity your afflicted ones shield your joyful ones.
(pause to consider the thoughts and actions of the day)
Restore the fallen bring back the erring and forgive us all our sins o great high priest and lover of mankind. Amen
(Attributed to St Augustine)
May God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 2.5.2020
Good morning everyone, the sun is shining, people are able to identify the different bird songs and my alternative hair cutting style is going down well in this household!
Today is the birthday of Owen Kavanagh and also of Alex Prior. Owen is one of our oldest parishioners and Alex is the person who does so much behind the scenes to support the Lourdes Pilgrimage. We wish them both well this day. So on an inspiring note we pray.....
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He May send you. May He guide you through the wilderness and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again in through the doors of our hearts and minds. Amen.
May God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 1.5.2020
On this evening of the feast of St Joseph I ask that we pray for a young man called Joe Ogleyand his family as he undergoes further tests this weekend in preparation for treatment for a brain tumour. We pray for those on furlough and worried about their jobs. We pray for those who have had a stressful day caring for others and we pray for those who are seriously ill. Help us to continue to connect with each other through these moments of prayer. Keep us away from the temptation of self absorption and be grateful for small graces during this day.

Help us to rest in your care, place our worries on the hook that is yours, let you be God, and help us find peace of mind and heart as we all trust in you compassion and love. Good Shepherd, guide us through the night to a new day and renew our spirits. Amen.

Morning Prayer 1.5.2020

On this Feast Day of Joseph the Worker we pray for all involved with work.

Jesus showed us the dignity of work, learning under the guidance of St Joseph the importance of work and how to use it for the benefit of others.

Lord by our labour may we work for the common good of all; may our decision making be just and fair, may we work with respect for our environment and care for the well-being of those around us. Protect those who are anxious about the future of their employment and may we all show appreciation to others for what they do and be courteous in our communications. Amen
St Joseph Patron of all who work pray for us.

May God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 30.4.2020
Lord Bless your people as the evening draws in. Keep them in the arms of your embrace, shelter them by your loving mercy. Be their light in darkness, their hope in distress and their calm in anxiety.
Comfort those who with responsibilities for the health of others are worried about what decisions they had to make with such need before them and not enough resources at hand.
Ease the tension in households where people are struggling to find their own space.
Assure those who are feeling low with the sameness of routine that their sacrifices are saving others.
Help all your people find peace tonight and sleep soundly. May they rise in the morning to glorify you again. Amen.
God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 30.4.2020
This mornings Prayer for the Day on Radio Four (5-45am) is worth looking up on BBC sounds. Jonothan Rea talks about a good friend who works in the NHS speaking of all those who are staying at home. She is grateful for the good they are doing and she appreciated their support. His short prayer at the end highlighted that whatever we do today accepting it’s the right thing, it is ministering to others in God’s name. It can be going out to care for others, shop for someone, ring or contact someone, looking after your children or sticking to the routine of staying in and only going out for the right reasons.
Lord protect each of us from feeling helpless, from feeling useless. Some of us will work caring for others, some will keep essential services going, some will keep in contact with others and some will stay at home. Each action will save the life of someone else, help us to remember this for in answering your call to each of us today we are not helpless or hopeless but your disciples. Amen.
Evening Prayer 29.4.2020

As this day draws to an end, keep me close to you. As I recall the people I met today keep us close to you.

As I reflect upon what might have gone better, keep me close to your calm peace. Keep me close to your tender mercy and may my worries cease. I thank you for the blessings received that keep me close to you And as I sleep this night, stay with me Lord, keep me close to you.

So in the morning and a new day begins I will seek to answer your call, I will choose to walk close to you. Amen.

Morning Prayer 29.4.2020
Lord this morning let nothing disturb us, nothing frighten us. Grant us patient endurance knowing you are with us.
From St Catherine of Sienna, ‘ It is you Lord who raise us up to you, your light in which we see, may we be willing to receive you, and let ourselves be bound with your own cord of love, surrendering to your will this day. Come quickly merciful Father and let us in your light to see light. Take away our sins and enable us to share in your endless life. Amen.
May God Bless us all.
A note for the parish, Jim Clarke will be buried at East Herringthorpe on Tuesday. Only family members will be present but they ask for our prayers. RIP
Evening Prayer 28.4.2020

Our day comes to an end and we offer our daily work to the Lord. Forgive our failings, our will to go along our own paths.........and by your tender mercy help us to find hope and affirmation in the blessings you gave us during the day. We express our thanksgiving for your presence and help during the day .......

May the protection of God’s Spirit be with us tonight. May we rest in His loving care. May all worries and anxieties be help by Him for us to sleep in peace. Amen.

God Bless us all. Amen

Morning Prayer 28.4.2020
A new day is with us and so as we start the day we repeat an exercise we have done before. Pause for a moment, be still and quiet, be attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit within us. .............
Who comes to mind? What incident or event comes to your attention? That person, that incident is who or what God asks of you to hold today. Resist thinking oh no not that person! Or not that issue! The Holy Spirit of God is speaking, so listen. The reason or purpose for someone, something coming to mind in prayer might be very clear to you, on the other hand it could be a surprise or mystery. Pray for that person, send them a message of good will if you can. If it’s an incident does appreciation need to be shown? Forgiveness sought or given? Do these things not in a sense of duty but with humble and grateful hearts for these are you vocations, your calling today.
Look graciously Lord on your people as we implore your mercy. Trusting in you may we show kindness to others. Amen.
Remember to be silent at 11am for deceased NHS staff and all carers. May God Bless us all. Amen.

Evening Prayer 27.4.2020

The night is with us and we give the day to you Lord. May your tender mercy heal our failings and your love rejoice in our gratitude for the graces received.......
I ask us all to remember our Keralan brothers and sisters in our parish communities many of whom work for the NHS and some have been effected by the virus as they care for others. We remember all of our doctors nurses and carers who worship with is. We thank God for their dedication and courage, their service to others in such a quiet and dignified way. We will not forget their ministry.
We ask you Lord to grant us all a quiet night and a peaceful rest. When the morning comes May we dedicate the day to you and guide us along the way. Amen.
May God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 27.4.2020

We are together to share another day. Some of us remain in our houses to save lives and protect the NHS and others have to go out, working for the NHS caring for the vulnerable and maintaining essential parts of our infrastructure to help us all get through the day.
O Holy Spirit work in me that my actions may be yours. Breath through my heart O Holy Spirit that I may show your love to others. Strengthen me O Holy Spirit to uphold your will. Guard me O Holy Spirit, keep me on your path this day. Amen
Keep on supporting one another and may God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 26.4.2020
Good morning everyone. In today’s gospel we have our travellers on the road to Emmaus.
Lord as we begin the day walk by our side, help us with any despondency that may trouble us, lift from us any fear or doubt, listen with understanding to our anxious concerns. Help us find in your Word the inspiration to walk with courage and hope in our hearts. Encourage us to invite You to sit at our kitchen tables and may we break bread! Bring to our minds your breaking of bread in the presence of the two travellers who invited you as their guest and fill us with your Holy Spirit so that all through the day we can enjoy your presence in our daily lives. Amen.
Let’s also remember on this Easter Day all who are waiting to be baptised, received, make their First Holy Communion, be Confirmed and those waiting to be married. Give them perseverance in their waiting and joy in their anticipation.
May God Bless us all. Amen
Evening Prayer 25.4.2020
The night is drawing in as we pray together.
We pray for the repose of the soul of Molly Flannigan and for her family. We pray for all who are suffering and for all who care for them. We pray for the medical manufacturers as they help to support the NHS with the equipment they need. We give thanksgiving for the kindnesses people have shown to one another.
Be tender Lord with your mercy and may we rest this night in your loving care. May we rise in the morning with hope in our hearts and glorify you by our lives Amen.
May God Bless us all, Amen.
Morning Prayer 25.4.2020

Today is the feast day of St Mark, represented in art as a winged lion. The connection is made with the opening lines of Marks gospel where John the Baptist is introduced calling on everyone to prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his path. Artists have compared this call to the roar of a lion. The wings come from Ezekiel 1:10 and belong to the creatures for ever in the presence of God. So as we begin our day we have no wings and we need not roar however by our thoughts words and actions we can make straight for others to access the ways of the Lords mercy compassion and love in their lives and we are always in the presence of the Lord. Mark recorded the Word of God for us to read and reflect on; we can act on God’s word in the day ahead.

Lord save us from pride and vanity today, all boasting and forward ness. Give us true courage that shows itself in gentleness, true wisdom that shows itself in simplicity and true power that shows itself by modesty. May we by our lives glorify your name, Amen.

Please pray for Horice Stafford and for Kathleen Stocik whose funeral rites I will preside over today. May they rest in peace, Amen.

May God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 24.4.2020

Today again brings both tears and joy. We pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Neil whose funeral took place today in Doncaster. We pray for those who died and especially Fazel and for his family. May all who have left this life today find the compassion and peace of God’s love for them.

We can rejoice in the good news about the gradual recovery of Debbies friend Nigel and Ann’s Son in law Paul and also Rev Karen’s recovery she is grateful for our prayers.

Let’s return again to the prayer expressed by breathing. Conscious that we can breath, the gift of life to us from God; then pause for those who are struggling for breath at this very moment, we pray they be freed from fear. We pray for those who are with them, may they be freed from distress.

All who we love into Your keeping. All who we care for into Your care. You have been with us this day, be with us also as darkness be with us this night. May we waken to the peace of a new day. Amen.

May God Bless us all. Amen.

Morning Prayer 24.4.2020

Evening Prayer 23.4.2020

Hi everyone I thought the second reading for today’s mass was very apt (Romans 5:1-5). It spoke of how suffering brings patience and that patience brings perseverance. Lord, as our day draws to an end, heal our moments of self absorption, of frustration and of fear. Thank you for helping us keep a perspective on our experiences and for the gratitude shown to the small mercies and graces in our daily lives that sustain hope. Help us to rest this night and renew within us the patience to cope with tomorrow and the perseverance to stay faithful to the path you will show us.

We pause now to remember those who have touched our lives today or have come into our memories..........

Perseverance brings hope and hope is not deceptive because your love O Lord pours into our hearts by the Holy Spirit you have given us, Amen.

God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 23.4.2020

Hello everyone, this is an early morning prayer, I have just been called by the hospital to pray over the phone with the wife of someone near the end of their life. Please pray for him and for his wife. May the darkness of death be overcome by the dawn of eternal life in Christ’s name Amen.

So for ourselves,

Between each thought I have, each action I take, Be present with me Lord. Between each encounter and event be present Lord.

God enfold us in our waking and God to surround us. God in our speaking, God in our thinking, God in our watching, God in our hoping, God in our life, God in our heart. God in our sleeping as we rest at the end of this day. My life and soul is God, God in my eternity. Amen.May God Bless us all. And on this Feast Day may St George pray for us all.

Evening Prayer 22.4.2020

Hello everyone. As we come to the evening we offer our prayers for the day experienced and the night ahead.

Into your hands Lord we commit all that concerns us: We commend to your care those we love and those we have difficulties with.......We pray for those who are suffering this night and those who are unbefriended.....We pray for the homeless, for households under pressure, for those who are ill and those who are weary.

May those who have died today have the light happiness and peace of your welcome.

Support us all with your love and strength of your commitment to us. Be present to us O God of mercy and in the still hours of the night be our protector, that we may rest in you eternal care for us. Amen.

Morning Prayer 22.4.2020
Good morning everyone,
O Lord on this morning help us to remain open to your will. May Your Holy Spirit help us to see the needs that are hidden and require our attention and guide us away from perceived needs that are not for us to address today. Give us clarity of thought, strength in resolve, concentration to focus and humility to carry within us a gracious heart. Amen.
I ask you to pray for one woman who has a difficult pregnancy, may she be guided to a safe delivery and for two couples hoping to conceive.
This Sunday marks the 52nd aniv of the legalisation of abortion in this country. We pray for the children whose lives have been lost and for the mothers who suffer silently for fear of judgment from others. May your protection and compassionate love be with them all, Amen.

May God Bless us all. Amen


Morning Prayer 21.4.2020

So let us pray:

Thank you God for raising me from the night to the kindly light of this morning. You pour life into me, giving me speech, sense, desire, giving me thought and action. You mark the way before me May your saints teach me how to follow your wise guidance and help me have the strength and humility to follow. May I glorify You O Lord by my life today. Amen

Evening Prayer 20.4.2020
Hello everyone, I have been looking at a short piece of prose by St John of the Cross and will base our night prayer on it. Firstly the prose itself:
I lay quite still, all memory lost, I reclined on my Loved One’s breast; I know no more, in my abandonment I threw away my care, and left it all forgotten among the lilies fair.
Our prayer for this night.
Lord I stay still letting go of thoughts allowing them to simply come and go, I hold on to them not. You know where to forgive in my daily routine and where to console. I rest on you, I will soon sleep in your presence, may my sleep be sound and freed from worries. Enable me these final hours before bed to untangle myself from activities and simply ‘be’ with You looking over me. Let me be lost in Your embrace Lord, leaving behind the days worries and letting you heal and restore for a new day ahead. Amen.
May God Bless us all.
Morning Prayer 20.4.2020
Good morning everyone. The Communion Antiphon in today’s mass says ‘Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them:Peace be with you, Alleluia.
As the Lord stands in our midst be it at work or at home, may we all receive His peace in mind and heart this day. We commend ourselves to God’s gracious mercy and protection. May the Lord Bless us and keep us. May he make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May he lift up the light of his countenance upon us, and give us peace this day and always. Amen
We pray for those who seriously ill, for our younger parishioners and their education, for those who are anxious and for those who have recently died. We remember Eileen, Maureen, a young man called Jackson and Mike Sharp who died over the weekend. May they rest in peace, Amen.
May God Bless us all.


Morning Prayer 19.4.2020

We face the new day together Lord and You know the way which will lead to blessings, care, healing and affirmation not only of myself but of those I will meet.
There is a part of me that will know another way that is less true and faithful to your path.

Help me to follow you with courage and humility and by your mercy and grace may I not heed the selfish way that can get within and lead me astray. Amen.

Evening Prayer 18.4.2020

Hi folks here is our evening prayer.

The day moves into evening Lord and we ask for your tender mercy to heal our hurts and wrongs. Make the evening bright for us as we ask for your compassionate love. We ease into the evening grateful for your grace that has helped us through the day ..... Grant us Lord your angels to bring us peace in mind and heart. We are grateful for what we have, they are your gifts and opportunities for us. Ease our worries and anxieties especially where we needed to make difficult decisions. We have sought to do so under your guidance and trust in your providence. Help us to let go now and leave in your care. Grant us sleep so that refreshed we may glorify your name in the morning by our lives. Amen

May God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 18.4.2020
Good morning everyone.
O Lord open our lips, may we declare your praise. O Lord make haste to help us.
From Psalm 89 we have the lines, ‘In the morning fill us with your love; we shall exult and rejoice all our days. Give us joy to balance our affliction...’ it then goes on to say ‘let the favour of the Lord be upon us: give success to the work of our hands’
Lord help us in the tasks ahead, encourage us to take time to rest, sustain our hope and help us be gracious and kind to one another. Amen.
May God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 17.4.2020

I hope the day has been kind to you, let’s now hand it to the Lord.

Be tender in your mercy Lord for when you spoke to us today and we did not heed. Be tender with your mercy Lord for when you showed us the way but we would not follow.

Thank you for your graces, your generosity of heart. Thank you for always being present and being our rock.

May rest now in your care this night and when we rise, may we learn to heed your call and trust in your guidance. Amen.

May God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 17.4.2020

Good morning everyone, let’s take a moment to pray.

Here am I, Lord, I’ve come to do your will. Here I am Lord, in Your presence I’m still.

Help me give a word of hope to weary care-filled hearts. Help me bring peace of mind to troubled anxious thoughts. Help me bring Your blessing to lives in need of nourishing.

Here I am Lord, I’ve come to do your will. Amen.

May God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 16.4.2020

Good evening everyone and I hope it will be a restful one. Let’s take a moment to return the day to the Lord, try to be still both within and outside of ourselves. We recognise our failings and share them with him......and we thank God for the graces received during the day....

Lord May our homes be places of your peace. Let there be peace in our hearts, we have sought to do your will. Let us receive the peace of brothers and sisters serving one another; the peace that comes as we give our attention to your presence. May your peace rest here as our day comes nearer to the night. Be our homes Your Holy Home, we your children make this prayer. We rest and trust in your care. Amen.

God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 16.4.2020

Good morning everyone. Today’s gospel reading has our two friends from Emmaus returning to Jerusalem full of joy and wanting to share their good news with their friends.  Last night along with the two travellers we asked our Lord to stay with us and to help us this day to do His will.

Lord, as the day gets underway May I remember your presence by my side and bring to someone a sense of joy, of hope, of appreciation for what they do. May my expression on my face, the tone of my voice, my thoughtfulness of others bring the light of your goodness Lord into their lives. Help me to be wise and gracious, generous in heart and walk humbly with you by my side. Amen.

May God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 15.4.2020

Good evening everyone. The gospel reading for today’s mass was about the encounter between two travellers on their way to Emmaus who meet the Risen Lord but at first they do not recognise who he is, yet they are attracted to his insight and teaching.

Their melancholy hearts are lifted by the experience. As the evening draws in they invite him to stay with them for a meal and it is while at the table when he breaks the bread the two travellers realise who he is. (Luke 24:13-35). You may recall a prayer shared on the app 3/4 April written by an Italian priest who speaks of how sometimes the evenings can make us melancholy, he prayed that like the travellers he would be able to ask Jesus to sit with him. So this evening let’s us do the same.

Be with me and my loved ones this evening Lord, be my companion as the night draws in, comfort me as I recognise my mistakes and failings and share with me the memories of joyful moments of the day as it comes to a close. Let me rest with you and relax. And when sleep comes May it be peaceful.

Stay this night and help me be ready to do your will in the new day that will follow. Amen.

Morning Prayer 15.4.2020

Good morning everyone. The first reading from today’s mass has Peter and John meeting a begging cripple by an entrance called the Beautiful Gates. Neither Peter or John have silver or gold but they have the Risen Lord in their hearts. So in the name of Christ they call on the man to stand and he is able to walk. As our day gets underway think about what you can do for someone in the name of Christ. It’s not something we usually find ourselves thinking of on a day to day basis and yet it is something that helps us to nurture in ourselves that sense of discipleship in our way of living. So what can you do for someone else in the name of Christ today? Think of someone for whom it will be easy to do but also think of someone who you find not easy to get on with, there the grace of healing may help you both.

Lord give me the courage to share your grace your love in my life with others in your Name. Amen.

May God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 14.4.2020

This evenings reflection is based on something Pope Francis said the other day when interviewed by Austin Ivereigh, a UK Catholic journalist. Pope Francis mentioned that during the past few weeks he has been tempted to be self absorbed. He has had to counter this by thinking of people. Some years ago the Pope wrote, ‘Whenever our interior life becomes caught in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades’.

These thoughts have stayed with me these past few days. I sit before the cross in the church for 15 min in the evenings before Evening Prayer. The cross is now a symbol of hope, triumphant over death. Sitting there I have taken up Pope Francis recommendation and it’s worth trying at home. Find your quiet corner/time, be with Gos and try to recall the people your know working for the NHS, think of parishioners, of neighbours, of who you noticed at the supermarket. Don’t force the process, relax and let it happen, it’s surprising who comes to mind. Think of the Maureens in our lives, the Noahs, the Alices. Ask that all that the Cross stands for will become their comfort too.

O Lord help us to be conscious of one another in your presence, save us from self absorption, may we always be Your People. Amen.

May God Bless us all. Amen.

Morning Prayer 14.4.2020

We are beginning another day as the Lords disciples and we ask that the Spirit of the Risen Lord guides us through the hours ahead.

Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work, my feet to go your way, my eyes to see as you do, my tongue to speak your words, my mind that you may think in me my spirit that you may pray in me, and above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me your Father and all humanity,

I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me. Amen.

Evening Prayer 13.4.2020

The evening is here and we take time to offer back to the Lord our day. We pause to recall where our own agenda, our selfishness has led us astray and ask God for forgiveness........ As always, when we stop and think about our day we will find blessings and signs of God’s presence by our side. We thank God for being with us......

We are reminded in Exodus 34:6 that the Lord is abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness and psalm 136 sings his steadfast love endures for ever. We pray for NHS staff ending their shift or about to go on it, help them feel you are with them at all times. We pray for those seriously ill, for Stan and Alice and all who have been mentioned in our parish apps. We pray for families and friends living under one roof, help them to be tender and gentle to one another. We pray for those who are victims of abuse take especially them into your care.

Heavenly Father Bless us all and give us peaceful sleep this night. Amen.

Morning Prayer 13.4.2020

Good morning friends, here is our morning prayer reflection.

There are some beautiful lines in the psalm used in today’s mass readings.

Preserve me God, I take refuge in you. I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God’

I will Bless the Lord who gives me counsel, who even at night directs my heart. I keep the Lord ever in my sight: since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.

Let’s pray inspired by these words.

Lord, I will trust in you being with me today, guiding me through every thought word and action I become part of. May I remain focused on you and in this way serve my neighbour with your loving understanding.

Be with all who are working to care for others be in the houses of all who try to stay at home. Give each of us a sense of calm and tenderness for one another. Amen.

Morning Prayer 11.4.2020

Let’s offer our morning prayer for Dennis and others like him, in a nursing home near the end of their life and though comforted by the staff has not their family with them because of the current situation:

Go forth Christian souls and those of you who have strived to do the right thing in life. Go forth from this world in the name of God the almighty Father who created you. In the name of Jesus Christ Son of the living God who suffered for you in the name of the Holy Spirit who was poured out for you go forth faithful Christians and all who have been sincere in doing right in their lives. May you be in peace this day May your home be with God in Zion with Mary the virgin Mother of God with Joseph and all the saints. Amen.

Morning Prayer 9.4.2020

Good morning everyone, a new day is with us and so let’s ask Our Lord to be our guide.

Lord Bless our day ahead, it is your gift to us. May we act in it your glory with purity of heart, with humility, patience, love, gentleness, peace, courage and wisdom, consciousalways of your presence. In mercy draw near, Lord God, to show us your will and grant us to walk before you in holiness of heart. Amen.

Our night prayer will be at 8-15pm, if you have not taken part yet there are spaces available. All that is needed is your email address and an ability to cope with Zoom. If can do it anyone can!

Normally on Good Friday and Holy Saturday we say the Divine Office and Morning Prayer. This can be done with the help of Zoom at 9-30am each morning. If you would like to take part please let me know today.

God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 8.4.2020

The day is done and evening is on hand: make it bright to us, Lord as we wait upon your mercy. Grant to us Lord, bodies freed from sin and souls alive by faith. Grant us the Spirit of Holy fear and the knowledge of your love. May our lives give you joy and pardon our sins.......

Grant us good Lord, angels to bring us peace and saints to come to our aid. To you Lord we owe our very selves, all that we have and are, You have given them, You have blessed them and to your mercy we commend them, and to the judgement of your loving providence through Christ our Lord. Amen.

May God Bless us all.

Sleep well

Morning Prayer 8.4.2020

Following the theme of the previous morning prayers this week we again look to the reading from Isaiah in today’s mass. There we find the lines
Each morning He wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear.

In the reading the Suffering Servant faces immense cruelty and hatred and yet is able to remain faithful, not because of his own resources but because he knows of God’s presence and love for him in his life.

Hopefully we will not be having the same experience as the Suffering Servant though some people might well be in abusive circumstances. All of us will be facing challenges today in these unusual times; to recall that it is the Lord who has woken us can help us to feel not alone, we are not overwhelmed by the concerns and worries facing us. We place our loved ones and ourselves in His care.

Lord I hand over to you my soul and body, my mind and thoughts, my prayers and hopes, my health and work, my life and death, my parents and family, my friends and neighbours, my country and all people, today and always, Amen 

May God Bless us all, glorify Him now by your lives.

Evening Prayer 7.4.2020

As the day comes to its end we can reflect on our discipleship today. We recognise when we wanted to go our own way and we take time to express our sorrow.....God knows us better then we know ourselves and when we allow ourselves to trust in His grace, blessings do occur. So we now pause and thank God for those moments of the day that brought us peace of mind hope and joy.
As always we pray for those who are seriously ill and for those caring for them.
We pray for the NHS volunteers who began work today. We pray for our PM Boris the gov and the opposition parties as they work together. We pray for industry and research centres giving their expertise for the common good of all.
Thank you Lord for today, may we rest tonight and rise again to your call in our daily lives.
May the Light of lights come to our hearts and may the Spirit of wisdom also come so that with heart and minds we may be one with you O Lord. Amen
May God Bless us all. Amen.

Morning Prayer 7.4.2020

Good morning everyone. Once again we can take inspiration from this mornings first reading for today’s mass. In Isaiah we are reminded: The Lord called me before I was born, from my mother’s womb he pronounced my name.

He said to me ‘You are my servant Israel, in whom I shall be glorified ‘I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. 

With these words we take strength to engage with the day ahead as His disciples bringing into the lives of those around us, sharing in these troubled times the light of God’s grace and compassion.
We pray for our PM Boris, for our gov and opposition working together, we pray for the NHS staff and all providing care to others. We pray for those who work in essential services and for us all that we continue to maintain the social distancing required.
Let nothing disturb you, Nothing affright you;
All things are passing God never changes. Patient endurance attains to all things; Who God possesses in nothing is wanting: Alone God suffice. Amen

God Bless us all
Evening Prayer 6.4.2020

As the evening begins to draw in we pause to be still before the Lord letting go of worries plans and agendas for a moment......We ask for His mercy where we were wrong today.......We ask the Lord to be merciful to those who offended us or upset us...... forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. We pray for those who are seriously ill; we pray for those working in or living in dangerous environments; we pray for those who are alone and afraid; we take a moment to name people we know who are caught in these situations. We thank God for the Blessings He has given us today........and we say Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen

Morning Prayer 6.4.2020
Let’s look at the first reading and the final lines from Isaiah.
I, the Lord have called you to serve the cause of right; I have taken you by the hand and formed you; I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.
We start the day open to the calling the Lord has for each one of us. He has given each of us the gift of life for a reason, a ministry he invites each of us to accept. To support one another in prayer to give others hope, relief and sustenance in these testing times. Flick back ove the messages received during the past days, there is a growing library of resources to draw from. Help to open the eyes of those who still don’t get it! and do so for the sake of our families and friends working for the NHS and caring for others. Console those who are frightened and anxious keep in contact with someone who is in isolation and is alone.
The words of Isaiah will help us to understand our calling at this time.
Dear God help us to be able to appreciate and bring out the best in each other and everyone around us. Help us to appreciate what you have given us. Help us to live today in the way you invite me to do Amen.

Good morning everyone, a new day is with us and so let’s ask Our Lord to be our guide.

Lord Bless our day ahead, it is your gift to us. May we act in it your glory with purity of heart, with humility, patience, love, gentleness, peace, courage and wisdom, consciousalways of your presence. In mercy draw near, Lord God, to show us your will and grant us to walk before you in holiness of heart. Amen.

Our night prayer will be at 8-15pm, if you have not taken part yet there are spaces available. All that is needed is your email address and an ability to cope with Zoom. If can do it anyone can!

Normally on Good Friday and Holy Saturday we say the Divine Office and Morning Prayer. This can be done with the help of Zoom at 9-30am each morning. If you would like to take part please let me know today.

God Bless us all.

Let’s offer our morning prayer for Dennis and others like him, in a nursing home near the end of their life and though comforted by the staff has not their family with them because of the current situation:

Go forth Christian souls and those of you who have strived to do the right thing in life. Go forth from this world in the name of God the almighty Father who created you. In the name of Jesus Christ Son of the living God who suffered for you in the name of the Holy Spirit who was poured out for you go forth faithful Christians and all who have been sincere in doing right in their lives. May you be in peace this day May your home be with God in Zion with Mary the virgin Morher of God with Joseph and all the saints. Amen.

Evening Prayer 5.4.2020
Save us Lord while we are awake protect us while we sleep that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.
We hand the day to you oh Lord and thank you for your blessings. We acknowledge our faults and failings....help us to learn from them so that in the morning we can be your faithful disciples.
Be with those who have asked for our prayers and especially those who are seriously ill and those caring for them.
We stay still for a moment listening to our breathing make the sound of your Holy Name.......and we pray for those struggling for breath.
Grant us a peaceful night and willing to follow your call in the morning. Amen
Morning Prayer 5.4.2020
We begin our morning prayer with a few lines from the reading from Isaiah.
Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear.
So let’s pause for a moment in silence in God’s presence. Be still in the presence of the Lord, conscious that this day is given to us by God.......
Now in our own words speak to God about our hopes and needs this morning..........
We ask Mother Mary to pray with us, Hail Mary ....
Nourish us Lord with your Spiritual Communion in our hearts and minds this morning. As through the death of your Son you have brought us to hope for what we believe, so by his Resurrection you may lead us to where you call us to today. Amen.
A gentle reminder, of you wish to join us in night prayer this evening at 8pm via zoom send me your email address by 12 noon. I have 8 on board, room for a few more. God Bless is all.

Evening Prayer 4.402020

As the day draws to its close we pause for a moment to ask forgiveness for our failings ........and to thank God for His blessings........
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

We pray for all who are seriously ill and in particular a lady called Susan who is in Intensive Care. We pray for Deacon Neil’s wife and family and for the repose of his soul.

We pray for all who will be working tonight in our hospitals and for family members caring for loved ones at home. We pray for those who are feeling the isolation painful, may they feel more of the compassion of the Lord.

Keep your people Lord in the arms of your embrace and shelter us under your wings. Be our light in darkness, our hope in distress, our calm in anxiety.

May almighty God Bless is all this night Amen.

 

Morning Prayer 4.4.2020
This beautiful prayer was written by an Italian priest who is self-isolating at the moment and very sadly lost his own brother a few days ago to Covid-19...

I'm staying at home, Lord!

I'm staying at home, Lord! And today, I realise, you taught me this, remaining obedient to the Father, for thirty years in the house of Nazareth, waiting for the great mission.

I stay at home, Lord, and in Joseph's studio, your keeper and mine, I learn to work, to obey, to round the corners of my life and prepare you a work of art.

I'm staying at home, Lord! And I know that I am not alone because Mary, like any mother, is in the next room, doing chores and preparing lunch for all of us, God's family.

I'm staying at home, Lord! And I do it responsibly for my own good, for the health of my city, for my loved ones, and for the good of my brother, whom you have put beside me, asking me to take care of him in the garden of life.

I'm staying at home, Lord! And in the silence of Nazareth, I pledge to pray, to read, study, meditate, be useful for small jobs, in order to make our home more beautiful and more welcoming.

I'm staying at home, Lord! And in the morning, I thank you for the new day you give me, trying not to spoil it and welcome it with wonder, as a gift and an Easter surprise.

I'm staying at home, Lord! And at noon I will receive the greeting of the angel, I will make myself useful for love, in communion with you who have made you flesh to live among us; and, tired of the journey, thirsty, I will meet you at Jacob's well, and thirsty for love on the Cross.

I'm staying at home, Lord! And if the evening takes me melancholy, I will invoke you like the disciples of Emmaus: stay with us, the evening has arrived and the sun sets.

I'm staying at home, Lord! And in the night, in communion of prayer with the many sick, the lonely and all the caregivers, I will wait for the dawn to sing your mercy again and tell everyone that, in the storms, you have been my refuge.

I'm staying at home, Lord! And I don't feel alone and abandoned, because you told me: I'm with you every day. yes, and especially in these days of confusion, O Lord, in which, if my presence is not necessary, I will reach everyone, only with the wings of prayer.

Amen

Evening Prayer
The evening is drawing in and we take a moment to place into Our Lords hands our failings our concerns and our blessings.
We ask for forgiveness for when we placed our own self interest first. When we made it harder to get through the day for those around us and for sharp words exchanged.
We pray for those who are seriously ill remembering especially Ronnie Roe and all who are on Intensive Care and High Dependency.
We thank you Lord for the generosity and support that people are giving to each other, for the fun and laughter shared and for the thoughtfulness shown to those who are vulnerable.
Bless our children in our community we are grateful for the joy they bring and we pray for those children who are in need of care and safety.
Our Father......
Save us Lord while we are awake protect us while we sleep that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with Him in peace.
May God Bless us all. Amen.
Morning Prayer 3.04.2020
Good morning everyone. One section of our community and families that will be faced with the disruption of the routines of daily life are our children. So today our prayers will have their needs as our main intention.
We pray for the infants confused as to why they cannot see grandma and grandad
We pray for our children and their friends that the simple joy of friendship and play may return to their lives soon
We pray for those children who are in care, the children who are vulnerable, those children whose lives are at risk because the spaces where they can go to be safe are few
We pray for all of our children that their confidence be sustained and that they will be able to look to the future with hope.
Lord Jesus Christ, you love children so much that you say to us ‘whoever welcomes a child welcomes me’. Hear our prayers and with your unfailing protection watch over our children and give them your blessings.
We also keep Ronnie and all who are seriously ill in our prayers. We pause to be conscious of our own breathing and pray for those struggling for breath. Amen
God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 2.04.2020

The night is with us and so we now pray.

We ask forgiveness when during the day we went our own way and not be guided by the Spirit of the Lord.......We are grateful for when we are brought back on track and for the graces received.....

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Good Master teach us to love you in our neighbour

You interceded to the Father for those who called on you to be crucified - help us to pray for those who injure us

Through the mystery of your Spiritual Communion with us give strength to the weak, comfort the sorrowful and give the dying hope in the resurrection.

Pause for your own private intentions.

Isaiah 41:10

do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

May the Lord Bless us all this night. Amen.

Morning Prayer 2.04.2020
I wish to be your hands and arms and legs and heartband mind today O Lord.

Put me to the task you have for me this day. Whatever you ask of me I am ready just give me the courage and generosity needed so that I may trust in you beyond all measure. Amen.
We give thanksgiving for the birthdays celebrated and for those who go to work for the NHS and all essential services.
We interceed for those who are fearful and for those struggling to cope with all the impact social distancing brings.
We pray that we all take on the task the Lord has for us today.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Amen God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 1.04.2020

The evening is drawing in and we take the opportunity to pause and pray for one another. Psalm 5:11 is a line addressing God, we can use it to begin our collective worship. ‘Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you’

Lord we give thanksgiving for the recovery of the young parent in Wath, for the birthdays being celebrated, for a successful Calix meeting on Zoom and for us being together at the end of the day.

We ask for your protection of Sarah and her colleagues, for the young surgeon niece working in
Singapore and for all who are intensive care and struggling to breath.

We pray for ourselves, for the grace to be grateful, humble, generous in heart and mind and to bring light to others in their moments of darkness.

Save us Lord while we are awake, protect us while we sleep so that we may watch with Christ and rest with Him in peace. Amen

God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 1.04.2020

Dear friends our day is beginning as we take time to be still before the Lord.

Be still for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here. Come, bow before Him now in reference and fear.

Be still for the power of the Lord is moving through your daily lives, He comes to cleanse and heal and to minister His grace. No work too hard for Him, in faith receive from Him; Be still for the power of the Lord is moving in your space.

We thank you Lord for your presence among us, guide our thoughts words and actions today. Calm our fears and bring peace to anxious minds. Help us to engage with the day as it is, not as we wished it was, keep us in the present moment for here is where we find your presence. Amen.

Evening Prayer 31.03.2020

Dear friends the night is with us as we give the day to the Lord. We pray for those who are seriously ill,

I ask you to pray for a Lady in her 90s frail and now with the virus and for her family who cannot be with her to comfort her and simply ‘be’.

We pray for the medical staff and support, help them not to be overwhelmed; hold them and their loved ones in your embrace. We pray for our young people, give them wisdom, hope vision and courage not to make the same mistakes of other generations.

We pray for the unborn children under threat by the relaxation of abortion procedures and for expectant parents who are anxious, frightened and struggling to make ends meet. We pray for our parish communities that as we give support to one another we learn to see your presence in each other’s lives and grow wiser for it.

We pray, Our Father........We will lie down and sleep in peace for You alone O Lord make us dwell in safety.

God Bless us all. Amen.

Morning Prayer 31.03.2020

Good morning everyone our new day is getting underway and so we ask Our Lord to continue to be our companion and guide, we remind ourselves to look for God’s wisdom and compassion in our thoughts words and actions and for the generosity to serve our neighbour, also for the humility to accept service from our neighbour as well.

Lord for tomorrow and it’s needs I do not pray, keep my Lord from sin just for today.

Set our hearts on fire with love of you, O Christ our God, that in that flame we may love you with all our hearts, with all our minds, with all our souls, and with all our strength, and our neighbours as ourselves; so that, keeping your commandments, we may glorify you, the giver of all good gifts. Amen.

God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 30.03.2020

As the day draws to its end we ask God for forgiveness when we strayed from His guidance.....we thank our Good Shepherd for carrying us back to where we are not lost, are fed and kept safe.
Earlier this morning on Radio 4 Fergal Keane read a piece of poetry by John O’Donohue which helped Fergal as he struggled with PTSD. I would like to introduce the piece into our night prayer. Read it slowly and imagine yourself in the words of the poem.
This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes
Try, as best you can, not to let the wire brush of doubt scrape from your heart all sense of yourself and your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blush with beginning.
J O’D.
Circle us, Lord
Keep light near
and darkness afar.
Circle us, Lord
Keep peace within;
keep evil out.
The peace of all peace
be ours this night
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Good night and God Bless us all.

 

Morning Prayer 30.03.2020

We are together to share another day. Some of us remain in our houses to save lives and protect the NHS and others have to go out, working for the NHS caring for the vulnerable and maintaining essential parts of our infrastructure to help us all get through the day.
O Holy Spirit work in me that my actions may be yours. Breath through my heart O Holy Spirit that I may show your love to others. Strengthen me O Holy Spirit to uphold your will. Guard me O Holy Spirit, keep me on your path this day. Amen
Keep on supporting one another and may God Bless us all.

Morning Prayer 27.02.2020
Embarking on a new day we pause for a moment and listen to what the Lord is calling each one of us to do. Think of the messages of the past week try not to scroll through them but by your memory see who or what incident comes to mind. This person, that event is what God is asking you to hold today. You might not know why, you might start thinking no...I will recall something else; resist that temptation and let the Holy Spirit do the guiding. The Holy Spirit may even take your memory to someone or something not covered by our messages this past week.

Pray for the person or event and try and get a message to that person to say you are thinking of them and if it’s an event or incident then perhaps there is an opportunity to show forgiveness, to say sorry or to show appreciation. 

Do it now, not later for this is God’ calling for you, your vocation at this very moment of time. Look graciously O Lord upon the faithful who implore your mercy that trusting in your kindness they may spread far and wide the gifts your charity has bestowed. 

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Morning Prayer 26.03.2020

Hello everyone as we all hold Alan and his family in our prayers. Save them Lord from the fear that comes when feeling helpless, help them to know that they are not alone as we all keep them in our prayers.

Yesterday we reflected on the two sentences from the Angel Gabriel, ‘Rejoice so highly favoured’ and ‘Do not be afraid’. Gabriel then said ‘Listen’. If you are living in a house with others it is not easy to be still  and listen. 

However, an agreement between everyone to be still and quiet at a given time can help to create the opportunity. As you remain still listen to the sound of your breathing. 

Every breath in and out can sound like the Holy Name of God which is Yahweh. The sound of our breathing is the sound of God’s Holy Name. Each breath a gift of life from God. Now be aware of people who are struggling with their breathing.

Think of Alan and many others, they need to know they are not alone.  So please arrange with your family and friends for a quiet moment in order to listen to God and to be one with those who seriously ill. O God, protector of all who hope in you,

Bless your people, keep them safe, defend them, prepare them, that, free from sin and safe from the enemy they may persevere always in your love. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Evening Prayer 26.03.2020

Herringthorpe Valley Road echoed with applause at 8pm. I thought at first I would not hear much from where I am but the natural acoustics helped to make the sound travel and some how the houses on the other side of the allotment seemed nearer. I am sure our local NHS staff will have been moved by the sound of the support.

So we complete another day.
I will lie down and sleep
I wake again
because the Lord sustains me
By day the Lord directs His love
at night His song is with me
a prayer to the God of my life, be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord.

Our watts app communities oh God by Thee be blest; and let each one here this night find rest. Amen. God Bless us all

Morning Prayer 25.03.2020

Good Morning everyone, so on this morning of the Solemnity of the Annunciation we begin our Morning Prayer. ‘Rejoice so highly favoured ‘ the first words of the angel Gabriel to Mary and we also rejoice for we too are highly favoured.

We might not feel that way at the moment but whatever else is happening to us/around us we are enwrapped in God’s love hence we are favoured. What is interesting to note in Luke’s account of the Annunciation is that at first Mary is not well pleased, she is disturbed, how....what......who is this Gabriel? 

And I do not feel at this moment ‘favoured ‘. All this makes the Angels next words so powerful, ‘ Mary, do not be afraid’. 

These words are used again and again by Jesus to His disciples and this morning He says those same words to us, and He say those words to us on every morning. So write down those two statements ‘Rejoice so highly favoured’ ‘do not be afraid’ and have them by your bedside to read every morning; then like Mary place your trust in Him and say, ‘let it be according to your will’.

Pause for a moment offer your intentions, then say Hail Mary.....
Amen God Bless us all.

Evening Prayer 25.03.2020

Dear friends I am sat in the church after saying Evening Prayer, bit late but another day of phone calls and I am thankful to God for being able to be in touch with people, help and be helped along the way. 

Imagine you are here with me, have a moment of silence, Our Lord is before us in the tabernacle. Talk to Him about the day, the ups and downs, the wrongs and the blessings.

Tonight as the Feast of the Annunciation comes to an end we say: My soul glorifies the Lord my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. He looks on his servant in her lowlines henceforth all ages will call me blessed. The Almighty works wonders for me, Holy his name! His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him. He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the proud-hearted. He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things sends the rich away empty. He protects Israel his servant remembering his mercy the mercy promised to our fathers to Abraham and his sons for ever. Remain seated for a while, enjoy being there. Then leave when you are ready and remember, close the door. God Bless us all, sleep well. ps tomorrow’s mass at 7am is for Ciaran and his family.

Morning Prayer 24.03.2020

Good morning everyone, I have celebrated mass before by myself, when unwell or when travelling.

Doing so in an empty church is very strange and can be painful but this morning the Spirit of God came to my rescue. I say the mass aloud and imagine your voices saying the responses, even smiling to myself as I picture some standing in the benches on an early morning still trying to wake up.

And then, during the Eucharistic Prayer I began to dip into my memory and recall when you would all be sat or standing in the church. My voice became louder as I felt you were all there.

As I type the message St Gerard is saying don’t forget the folk on top of the hill! and of course, there is also my community in Wickersley.

And I can recall being with my friends in Calix standing together in the
chapel at Padley saying the Our Father and holding hands. So our morning prayer today is a little different. Imagine where you normally stand/sit in your parish church or when in the chapel.

Quietly say a few personal intercessions and afterwards say the Hail Mary. Grant O merciful God, that your people may remain always devoted to you and may constantly receive from your kindness whatever is for their good. Amen

Now glorify the Lord by your lives.

Evening Prayer 24.03.2020

Hello everyone the night is drawing in and we have journeyed together towards the end of another day. We thank God for being able to share the journey to walk together. We pause for a moment and ask forgiveness for our impatience or frustrations.....and we now thank the Lord for kind words or thoughts shared for the little acts of likeness and thoughtfulness shown.

We pray for the NHS appeal for volunteers may they receive a generous response. 

We pray for those who still do not understand or accept the seriousness of this moment of time for our nation, help them to become more aware. 

We give thanksgiving for a lovey day to go out and exercise in and for the willingness of people to respect each other’s space.

In Isaiah we find 41:10 Fear not for I am with you be not dismayed for I your God I will strengthen you I will help you I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

We are in the eve of the Annunciation, follow Mary’s example say yes and let God’s grace come to you at this very moment Amen

Good night and God Bless us all.


Morning 23.03.2020

Good morning everyone. We face the day ahead together with Our Lord. May the peace of the Lord Christ go with each one of us wherever He may send each person today.

May He guide us through uncertainty protect us through stressful moments and bring us safely to the end of the day.

Let nothing disturb you and nothing frighten you.
Patient endurance is what we ask of the Lord.
We pray for all who are on the front line, for the most vulnerable in our community and for generosity of heart and wisdom of thought to help keep each other safe. Amen

Morning 22.03.2020

Good morning everyone, as the day begins we ask Our Lord for the grace to take each hour with a steady pace, calmly walking by His side. To be able to breath in deeply and touch that inner space where the Lord sees more in us then what we see of ourselves with our eyes. Give us Lord a steadfast heart which no unworthy affection can drag downwards; an in conquered heart which no tribulation can wear out; an upright heart which no unworthy purpose can tempt aside. Bestow upon us also O Lord our God understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you and a faithfulness finally to embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St Thomas Aquinas
My mass today was for all of us in the parish. A special intention also for our mothers for as they have comforted and protected us in our lives I ask that the Lord does the same for them.
Amen
Glorify the Lord by your lives. Fr D
.