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May 9

Elementary:

We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Imagine your loved ones sitting beside you. Now think about all those people who want to or have to live alone.

Each of us will have our "alone" days.

I live alone, dear Lord.

Stay with me in all my needs,

Guide me.

Bless me with good health,

For these I pray

To carry on my life

From day to day.

May my thoughts and my deeds.

be kind and unselfish,

May I help my neighbours in need.

If sickness or accidents come their way,

Hear my prayer Lord,

Hear my call.

And when I'm feeling low

Or very sad,

Lift up my spirits

And make me glad.

I live alone, Dear Lord,

Yet have no fear,

Because I feel You Jesus

Ever near.

Amen

And we pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Mary, Mother of God …  pray for us.


High Schools: 

We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Today think of the word "family". We also recognize that some people want to or have to live alone.

Each of us will have our "alone" days.

Here is a prayer written by someone who lives alone:

I live alone, dear Lord.

Stay by my side.

In all my daily needs,

Please be my guide.

Grant me good health,

For that I pray

To carry on my work

From day to day.

Keep pure my mind,

My thoughts and my deeds.

Let me be kind and unselfish,

towards my neighbours in need.

If sickness or an accident befall,

Then I pray loving Lord,

Hear my call.

And when I'm feeling low

Or in despair,

Lift up my heart

And help my prayer.

I live alone, Dear Lord,

Yet have no fear,

Because I feel Your presence

Ever near.

Amen

And we pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Mary, Mother of God …  pray for us.

 

Catholic Education Week Prayer for Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Be Joyful in Hope: In Our Family

INTRODUCTION

Leader:  Let us begin our prayer with the sign of our faith.

All:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

OPENING PRAYER

Leader:  Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of hope which helps us to keep our hearts and minds focused on the goal of eternal life with you in heaven. Through hope our actions take on a new direction and purpose, namely building up the Reign of God where all people will be united as one family. By placing our hope in your plan for our lives, our daily struggles and sufferings take on new meaning. May your gift of hope give us the strength to endure the challenges we face in our homes, in our schools, and in our communities. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother.        

All:         Amen.

SCRIPTURE – Lamentations 3:22-24

A reading from the book of Lamentations.

he steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,

    his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

    great is your faithfulness.

"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,

    "therefore I will hope in him."

The word of the Lord.

All:  Thanks be to God.

REFLECTION

Leader:  The people of the Old Testament, in which we find the book of Lamentations, had great hope in God.  We can learn from these family ancestors what it means to be joyful in hope.  One such example comes from the story of Tobit and Tobias, whose names mean "goodness" and "God is good."  Their story was written to give hope to those who continue to be faithful to God, even in challenging times.  Tobit is the model of God's family members at all times and places.  God's saving actions for Tobit and his family symbolize God's actions toward all His people.  In this spirit, Tobit sings a beautiful hymn of thanksgiving to God.  Tobit's song of praise thanks God for blessings in the past and already rejoices in the blessings of the future.  This is hope in God at work! 

TAKE AWAY ACTION

When you get home at the end of the day, ask your family to join you in recognizing the goodness of God in your lives. 

Perhaps take a moment to pray in Tobit's style: praise God, ask for forgiveness, give thanks for past blessings, and ask God to bless your hopes and dreams for a future yet to be.  Pray not only for yourself and your family, but for all people, with hope for the triumph of God's love and peace to unite us all as one family under Him.

Now let us turn to the source of our hope, Jesus Christ, and say the words he taught us. 

LORD'S PRAYER

               Our Father….

​CLOSING PRAYER

Leader:  Heavenly Father, you're the source of all hope.

Just as the prophets called the people of the Old Testament

to live lives filled with goodness,

You call us to live in goodness.

May we always be faithful to you,

especially during challenging times.

Help us see all our blessings,

and help us bring hope to others -

especially to the people in our family.

We ask this of You,

through whom all things are possible.    

All: Amen.​