A Morning Prayer  for St Patrick’s Day   2020

 

Such are the ones who seek your face, who seek your face, O Lord.
Such are the ones who seek your face, who seek your face, O Lord.
Glory to the Father….
Such are the ones who seek your face, who seek your face, O Lord.

 

 

 

A prayer for peace

Lord, we pray for peace in the Holy Land,
For Syria , Iraq, the Yemen,
and all the troubled countries
where people’s lives are threatened or taken from them
By violence and war.
We pray for refugees,
And for those who need to show mercy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A short Reading from The Confession of St Patrick

 

I saw in a vision of the night a man who seemed to be coming from Ireland, carrying many letters.  His name was Victorinus.  He gave one of them to me and I read the opening lines, which were, ‘The voice of the Irish.’  While I was reading I thought I heard the voices of the people who live by the wood of Voclut, which is by the western sea.  They cried as with one voice, ‘We ask you, son, to come and walk once more among us.’  I was heart-broken at this, and could read no further, and so I woke up. Years later, thanks be to God, the Lord granted them what they had asked.  So it came about that Ireland, a land filled with people who never had the knowledge of God, but worshipped idols and other foul objects, now had a people of the Lord who are called the children of God.

Psalm 138: I thank you for the wonder of my being, I thank you.

O Lord, you search me and you know me, you know my resting and my rising, you discern my purpose from afar.  You mark when I walk or lie down, all my ways lie open to you.
I thank you for the wonder of my being, I thank you.

 For it was you who created me, knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I thank you for the wonder, the wonder of my being.  All my ways lie open to you.
I thank you for the wonder of my being, I thank you.

Already you knew my soul, my body held no secrets from you when I was being fashioned secretly and moulded in the depths of the earth.  All my ways lie open to you.
I thank you for the wonder of my being, I thank you.

 

Let us pray

Father of us all,
by whose providence the blessed Patrick
was chosen to be the apostle of the Irish
so that they might become children of the Most High God,
grant that with his prayers,
we may all be bearers of the Good News
and living witnesses in all the churches
to your love for the whole human family
and your care for all of creation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo.  Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.

Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo.  Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo.  Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Reading

 

Gospel Verse:

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.  Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.
Repent, says the Lord, the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.
Repent, says the Lord, the kingdom of heaven is near.
Praise to you, O Christ . . . . . . .

The Gospel

Intercessions

 

As we honour St Patrick, we revere holy men and women in whom the goodness of God blazes out in splendour.
We pray that the world may be illuminated in our day
by such goodness and example.  Lord, hear us.

We pray that our country  may be one in which everyone matters
and everyone has an honoured place    Lord, hear us.

We pray for peace throughout the world,
for the victims of violence and war, for the hungry and neglected.  Lord, hear us

 

We pray that the power of God may heal the sick,  and all affected by Coronavirus,
that it may renew hope of eternal life in the dying,
comfort the bereaved, and welcome the dead – Including Sr Pat Graham whose anniversary is today –
into the kingdom of light and joy.   Lord, hear us

 

May the souls . . . . . .

 Jubilee Sanctus       memorial            Agnus Dei

 communion

Seek the Lord, bless the Lord, taste and see the Lord is good.
Seek the Lord, bless the Lord, taste and see the Lord is good
Glory to the Father. . .. ..

 

After Communion

 The Benedictus: verse 1

Blest be the Lord the God of Israel,
who came to us; and brought us back from sin.
God raised for us a Saviour who is mighty,
his Saviour-Son from David’s house and line.
God promised this through holy men and women
who spoke for him down through the mists of time.

 

a special  Blessing after Mass:

I arise today

In the might of heaven

Brightness of sun,

whiteness of snow

Splendour of fire,

speed of lightning

Swiftness of wind,

depth of sea

Stability of earth,

firmness of rock.

God’s legions to save me

To protect me

From snares of the demons

From evil enticements

From failings of nature

From one man or many

That seek to destroy me

Nearby or afar.

 

May the God of hope fill us with every joy in believing.  Amen

May the peace of Christ abound in our hearts.  Amen

May the Holy Spirit enrich us with the great gifts now and for ever.      Amen.

 

Copyrights and acknowledgements Collect based on a prayer from the Breviary of Armagh. Psalm 138: Words ã The Grail. Version of the Benedictus (verse 1) © Stephen E Smyth FMS.  Graphics © Netta Ewing and from the CD “Liturgical Graphics.”  Music reproduced under licence: Calamus lic: 0262 and CCL lic no: 74396