God of power and might, your Word stripped himself of glory and took flesh in the helplessness of the human condition. He offered no defense to those who harmed him. He wept for those who would not receive him. Such love, O Lord, lies beyond our power: remake us in his image through the intercession of Mary, his mother. In his name we pray. Amen

Dear God, Be With Us

Ever present God, be with us in our isolation, be close to us in our distancing, be healing in our sickness, be joy in our sadness, be light in our darkness, be wisdom in our confusion, be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar, that when the doors reopen we may with the zeal of Pentecost inhabit our communities and speak of your goodness to an emerging world. For Jesus’ sake. Amen

Praise God, No Matter What.

“Our natural tendency is to praise God only when things are going well. But Scripture tells us, ‘Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you….’ 1 Thes. 5:16-18). After praising God, the other forms of prayer—repentance, reading God’s Word, interceding for others, or praying for my own needs—flow more from the leading of the Holy Spirit and less from my own limited human ideas. I’m able to pray with a heart more attuned to God’s will and his wonderful purposes.” ~Mary Healy, When Women Pray

The Annunciation

Shape us in the likeness of the divine nature of our Redeemer, whom we believe to be true God and true man, since it was your will, Lord God, that he, your Word, should take to himself our human nature in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Good of Compassion

God of compassion,
have mercy upon this nation and our world
in this time of fear and confusion:
we bring before you those who are suffering from the Coronavirus;
the aged and those who are most vulnerable
and for all who tend to their needs;
we pray for those who are now in isolation;
may know your comfort and company
and that those around them may truly love their neighbour
by prayer and in works of care and kindness;
we pray for health professionals, doctors, nurses and hospital support staff
as they answer their vocation under increasing pressure;
and we pray for those upon whose shoulders
the yoke of leadership rests,
that in their conversation and communication
your still small voice may be heard;
we ask this in the power of the Holy Spirit,
through the One who stretched out his hands to bless and to heal
even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Saint Turibius

Lord, through the pastoral care and zeal for truth of Saint Turibius, you built up your church in Peru. Grant that the people of God may continually grow in faith and holiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Look upon those who call to you, O Lord, and sustain the weak; give life by your unfailing light to those who walk in the shadow of death, and bring those rescued by your mercy from every evil to reach the highest good. Through Christ our Lord. Amen