Living as a Catholic Prayer What Is Prayer? For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. (St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.) The Pope Video - December 2021 Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer for the Diocesan Vision Written by the Liturgy and Worship group: Spirit of God,descend on me this day.Grant me the Spirit of joy, to lift me,the Spirit of hope to inspire me,the Spirit of love to surround me andthe Spirit of truth to enlighten my path. Holy Spirit,I pray for a new outpouring of your grace,so that I may grow in worship of your namein love of you in my prayerand in my actions towards others. Come Holy Spirit into my life to guide me.Strengthen and defend me,so that I may be drawn ever closer to you.Help me this day and alwaysto be a channel of gracein all I say and doand invite others into relationship with you. Amen Open prayer card Pray with Archbishop Bernard Prayers for December The AngelusTraditionally said three times a day: 6am, 12 noon and 6pm. V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,now and at the hour of our death. Amen. V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.Hail Mary. V. And the Word was made flesh.R. And dwelt among us.Hail Mary. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray;Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen. Sub tuumSub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen. We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God.Despise not our petitions in our necessities,but deliver us always from all dangersO glorious and blessed Virgin. This prayer, first found in c. 300, is the oldest known prayer to the Virgin. Prayer to Holy Michael, ArchangelHoly Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. The Great ‘O Antiphons’ 17th DecemberO WISDOM you come forth from the mouth of the Most High. You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong but gentle manner. Come and teach us the way of truth 18th DecemberO ADONAI and Leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in a burning bush and you gave the Law on Sinai. O Come and save us with your mighty power. 19th DecemberO STOCK OF JESSE, you stand as a signal for the nations. Kings fall silent before you whom the people acclaim. O Come, deliver us and do not delay. 20th DecemberO KEY OF DAVID and sceptre of Israel what you open no-one can close again: what you close no one can open. Come to lead the captive from prison; free those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. 21st DecemberO RISING SUN, you are the splendour of eternal light and the Sun of Justice. O Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. 22nd DecemberO KING whom all the peoples desire, you are the cornerstone that makes all one. O Come and save mankind whom you have made of clay. 23rd DecemberO EMMANUEL, you are our King and Judge, the one whom the peoples await and their Saviour. O Come and save us, Lord our God. A hymn for Advent Creator of the stars of night,Thy people’s everlasting light,Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,And hear Thy servants when they call. Thou, grieving that the ancient curseShould doom to death a universe,Hast found the medicine, full of grace,To save and heal a ruined race. Thou cam’st, the Bridegroom of the bride,As drew the world to evening-tide;Proceeding from a virgin shrine,The spotless Victim all divine. At Whose dread Name, majestic now,All knees must bend, all hearts must bow;And things celestial Thee shall own,And things terrestrial, Lord alone. O Thou Whose coming is with dreadTo judge and doom the quick and dead,Preserve us, while we dwell below,From every insult of the foe. To God the Father, God the Son,And God the Spirit, Three in One,Laud, honor, might, and glory beFrom age to age eternally.