Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great

A prayer to release many souls from Purgatory each time it is said and which was extended to include living sinners as well.

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen.

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A short prayer before meals

The Moravians have a short and sweet prayer before meals that I just love.  I’d like to share it with you:

Moravian Blessing

Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.

The prayer of sleep

Do we think of our sleep as a form of prayer?

Some time ago I would fall asleep envisioning myself combing Jesus’ long hair as an act of love. Although that no longer happens, for whatever reason, I can still offer my sleep as a form of prayer. To go to sleep is to be vulnerable. I trust my guardian angel to be vigilant and watch over me as I sleep. I also trust the Lord ‘my soul to keep’ as the prayer says.

What or who do you think of as you go to sleep?

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

The importance of prayer (Mark 1:29-39)

In his homily (First Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B), Kevin mentioned how people brought the sick and suffering to Jesus. It was very demanding. “What gave Jesus the energy and stamina to do that? To put it simply, He knew how to recharge Himself, and He did it often. We hear it right there in today’s gospel. ‘Rising very early before dawn, He left and went off to a deserted place, where He prayed.’ Jesus knew that something He needed to do was to go and be in conversation with His Father. He would just go and talk to His heavenly Father, whom he affectionately called His Abba. But just as importantly, He would listen to His Father. It wasn’t a one-sided conversation, with Jesus doing all the talking. That’s an area of our prayer life that we would do well to learn from Jesus. Do you know how we can tell that He listened to His Father? Because He generally came away from that prayer ready to go and minister to others. In other words, Jesus was tapping into the power and energy of God. That’s what conversation with God is supposed to do for us.”

I invite you to share with us an example of how prayer has recharged you….

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst 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.

Did you know that the first line of this prayer comes straight from the Bible? The first sentence is the angel Gabriel’s words to Mary. Starting with ‘Blessed,’ these words are spoken by Mary’s relative Elizabeth.The second line of the prayer is our asking Mary to pray for us, which isn’t such a bad idea! Remember what Jesus did when Mary asked him about the wine at the wedding feast at Cana? He performed his first miracle! Her intercession is very powerful.