Prayer

Prayers during Online Mass

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,  I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary Mother of God on behalf of Coronavirus

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

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Prayer is essential to living a full, Catholic life. The central communal form of prayer for the Church is the Mass. Some of the Church’s most traditional and foundational prayers are as follows:

Glory to the Father

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women; and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, the children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this land of exile. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; lead us home at last and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus: O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Grace before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your goodness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Prayer during the Coronavirus, from America Magazine

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and
villages “curing every disease and illness.”
At your command, the sick were made well.
Come to our aid now, in the midst of the
global spread of the coronavirus, that we may
experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May
they regain their strength and health through
quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations
from working together and neighbors from
helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us
claim invulnerability to a disease that knows
no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in
this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus.
May they be at rest with you in your eternal
peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or
have died. As they worry and grieve, defend
them from illness and despair. May they know
your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and
all medical professionals who seek to heal and
help those affected and who put themselves
at risk in the process. May they know your
protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them
the foresight to act with charity and true
concern for the well-being of the people they
are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to
invest in long-term solutions that will help
prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May
they know your peace, as they work together
to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded
by many people suffering from this illness or
only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we
endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In
place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.
Kerry Weber is an executive editor of America.

 

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Find a prayer to convey your intentions. 

· from At Home with the Word 2019.  Get your free copy in the church office Tu-F 830am-4pm

· Find more prayers on the MyParish App. [find out how to download it to your mobile device]

· Praying the Mysteries of the Rosary: dynamiccatholic.com

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Prayer

Prayer is communion with God. Prayer can be public or personal, spoken or silent. The psalms are prayers we sing; they have been a part of the Church’s communal prayer since the earliest days of the Church. Prayer is communication with a God who loves us and desires to be in relationship with us.

Jesus teaches us about the importance of prayer. The Gospels record seventeen times that Jesus took time apart to pray. In the Scriptures, Jesus prays often, morning and night. He prays during critical events in his life and he prays before ministering to people in need. Jesus is a model of prayer for us.

 

There are also contemporary ways to pray. Talking with God each day, no matter the form or words used, nourishes our relationship and helps it to grow.

  1. Silent prayer or meditation helps us center our thoughts on God’s goodness and offers renewal in a noisy, hectic world.
  2. Lectio Divina is a way of praying with the sacred Scriptures. Find a Scripture passage that speaks to you. Read it out loud and then reflect upon it silently for several minutes. Read it again. Notice any words or phrases that stick with you. Ask God what you are to learn from this passage. Listen.
  3. Keep a prayer journal with all of your wants, needs, thoughts and reflections related to your prayer life.

Prayers for Lenten Devotions: get the prayers here

Every family and household is encouraged to take a renewed look at the penitential practice of prayer this Lenten Season. If families gathered together once each day for the intentions and prayer for that day, we will have begun to deepen our understanding of our baptismal promises, and will be more prepared to “renew” these promises at an Easter liturgy.

A parishioner living alone can also enter into this prayer. Those bringing Holy Communion to the homebound might consider calling one of the homebound each day and praying over the phone with them. There are many other creative ways to build a “habit of prayer” throughout Lent that can continue “forever and ever Amen!”

Read a suggested format of prayers from USCCB for each day of the week for the six weeks of Lent.

Other suggestions to make your life a prayer:

· Attend at least one daily Mass for each week of Lent.

· Spend time in prayer before Our Lord in the Tabernacle. Adoration of the Holy Eucharist is at 9AM Mass on the First Friday of each month

· Begin the practice of offering thanks before every meal, at home and in restaurants.

· Help a refugee family get settled. Pray for peace in war-torn regions.

· Work together in a soup kitchen and converse with persons served.

· Write a letter of faith and encouragement to someone who is incarcerated.

· Visit an elderly or sick person. Take care of an errand for them.

· Be an advocate. Write to an elected official and/or donate to a cause that provides resources to meet the needs of poor and low-income people in your community or in a troubled part of the world.

· Once a week eat meals that total no more than the daily cost allotted by government food assistance programs for your size family. ($7.13 according to the Jan. 2019 USDA Thrifty Food Plan). 

Reference: A Week of Prayers for Lenten Devotions from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

 

Prayer Groups:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Prayer Group, a small group of people who come together each Tuesday at 11AM to praise God and pray for their intercessions, for each other and the parish, and for the world. Everyone is welcome to come to pray with the group, for their special request, or for a request that they hold silently in their heart. All requests are held in the strictest confidence. If you feel burdened, worried, in need of prayer, or don't even know how to begin, please come and visit the prayer group.

Tuesdays after 4PM Mass: Divine Mercy Prayer Group - Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick & dying before 1st Class Relic of Saint Faustina, in presence of Jesus and Blessed Sacrament. Divine Mercy Holy Hour and Prayer: usccb.org

Thursdays at 9:30AM: Cenacles of Life Rosary after Mass. A “cenacle” is a prayer group that prays the way the Blessed Mother and the Apostles prayed in the Upper Room, awaiting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

13th at 3PM each month: Fatima Rosary O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

2nd Saturdays after 5PM Mass: Rosary for World Peace led by Knights of Columbus #12281

 

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