Our conscious relationship with God is through prayer. Prayer takes many forms and finding what suits you can take trial and error and exploration of different ways of praying.
You are invited to take part in our Meditative Prayer sessions.
This method of praying follows the practice of “Divine Reading” known as Lectio Divina. It is a gentle way to experience the Word of God becoming alive within us.
Thursday 7.30 pm and Sunday at 6pm at the St Francis Xavier Prayer Room, Gardiner Street Church. Enter via Parish Office.
Online Prayer Resources
Ignatian spirituality offers a way of seeing the connection between ourselves, our God and our world. It is a holistic and practical spirituality that can help us to 'find God in all things'.
The First Principle and Foundation
(St. Ignatius of Loyola, as paraphrased by David L. Fleming, S.J.)
St. Ignatius begins his Spiritual Exercises with The First Principle and Foundation. While not typically thought of as a prayer, it still contains much that is worth reflecting on.
The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God's life
to flow into us without limit.
All the things in this world are gifts from God,
Presented to us so that we can know God more easily
and make a return of love more readily.
As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God
Insofar as they help us to develop as loving persons.
But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
They displace God
And so hinder our growth toward our goal.
In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
Before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
And are not bound by some obligation.
We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
Wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
A deeper response to our life in God.
Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
I want and I choose what better leads
To God's deepening his life in me.
Suscipe (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.
Prayer for Generosity (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
Anima Christi (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
Good Jesus, hear me
Within the wounds, shelter me
from turning away, keep me
From the evil one, protect me
At the hour of my death, call me
Into your presence lead me
to praise you with all your saints
Forever and ever
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Prayers of the Faithful – Sunday, 28th January 2018
Priest: Thankful for all the gifts and blessings already given to us, we come before you Father with hearts full of gratitude as we remember those for whom we now pray:
- We pray for Pope Francis and for all of us in the church, men and women, ordained and lay. May wegrow in wisdom and faith, by setting our eyes on Jesus andfollowing the example of the one true “good shepherd”.
- That each of us may be the Lord’s prophets by speaking up forthe weak and the vulnerable, both born and unborn, who cannot speak for themselves.
- We pray for our common home, this beautiful earth. Guide us as we work toprotect and sustainits resources for future generations.
- We bring to mind the homeless and the millions of displaced persons in the world. We pray Lord that you will send loving, compassionate people to help them,as they struggle to find their way through these most difficult times.
- We pray for all the those who have died recently and those who mourn them. We remember too,those who have died as a result of violence and crime. May they finally be at peace with you and experience the depths of your everlasting love.
- Let us take a few moments in silence to remember our own personal intentions and the intentions of those who have asked for our prayers.
Priest:Lord, we pray that in your love and mercy you will hear the prayers that we bring to you today. Help us to surrender our will to yours, happy in the knowledge that your greatest desire is to help us to live in love and peace,through, with, and in you.We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.