Category Archives: Prayers

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

The following is a blessing you may use for your Advent wreath at home.
All make the sign of the cross as the leader says:
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Response (R/.) Who made heaven and earth.

Then the Scripture, Isaiah 9: (lines 1-2 and 5-6) or Isaiah 63 (lines 16-17 & 19) or Isaiah 64  (lines 2-7) is read:

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God.

With hands joined, the leader says:

Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

The blessing may conclude with a verse from
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”:

O come, desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of humankind;
bid ev’ry sad division cease
and be thyself our Prince of peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

All Saints/All Souls Celebrations

OCT. 31, VIGIL OF ALL SAINTS, AT 7:30 PM

On “All Hallows Eve,” that is, the Vigil of All Saints, we will have a candlelit evening of chanted Night Prayer, readings from the Saints, and the Litany, followed by drinks and merriment to commemorate this great feast! Please note the Vigil will follow the 6:00 pm Mass.

NOV. 2, ALL SOULS TAIZÉ, AT 7:30 PM

The feast of All Souls will be celebrated this year on Thursday, November 2. We will have a candlelit Taizé service with special readings and prayers to commemorate the dead. As is our custom, we will collect the names of those you wish to remember and place them at the altar for the month of November where they will be a constant part of our prayer as a community. On the tables by the doors of the church there are cards on which to write the names of your beloved deceased as well as envelopes should you desire to make a contribution in their memory.

(Click on the image for a video on Taize)

 

Prayers for Northern California

Fires are ravaging Northern California, destroying homes and businesses. Several people have died and many more are injured by this devastation. We have been informed that members of the parish community personally know those who have lost their homes. We pray for them and all the victims of tragic wildfires still ravaging Northern California. We offer the following prayer:

Good and loving God, stretch forth your hand to those affected by the wildfires in Northern California. We include among the many who suffer families and friends of our parishioners, those who have lost their homes and businesses, first responders and firefighters, neighbors and co-workers, and all those affected by these wildfires. Comfort those who grieve the loss of a loved one, give strength to those who are fighting the fires, console those who have lost their homes, and grant peace to those who have died. May our community gather in prayer and may we lend a hand wherever we can. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you have a prayer request, please send them to liturgy@straymondmp.org.