Our Lady of Sorrows

O God, who in this season give your Church the grace to imitate devoutly the Blessed Virgin Mary in contemplating the Passion of Christ, grant, we pray, through her intercession, that we may cling more firmly each day to your Only Begotten Son and come at last to the fullness of his grace. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Saint Francis of Paola, hermit

“Fix your minds on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inflamed with love for us, he came down from heaven to redeem us. For our sake he endured every torment of body and soul and shrank from no bodily pain. He himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love. We, then, are to be patient in adversity.” ~Saint Francis of Paola

Lord God, by whom the holy are exalted and Saint Francis was raised to share in the glory of the saints, let his prayer and example bring us the reward you have promised to the humble. 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

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