A Morning Prayer

St Patrick’s Day

2019

 

 

 

Such are the ones who seek your face, who seek the face of God.
Such are the ones who seek your face, who seek the face of God.

Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.

Such are the ones who seek your face, who seek the face of God.
Such are the ones who seek your face, who seek the face of God.

Prayer for peace

Loving Father,
We pray for peace in the Holy Land,
For Syria, the Yemen and all the troubled countries
Where people’s lives are threatened or taken from them
by violence or 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.

Let us pray

God of patriarchs and prophets,
of holy men and women who have loved you throughout the ages,
you chose St Patrick to bring the Gospel to the people of Ireland,
so that those who already had some sense of the holy
in the religion of the Druids
might learn to know your Son, Jesus, as Saviour,
and you as Father of us all;
grant that with the support of your holiness seen in Patrick’s life
we too may 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.

 

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.

 

Reading

Gospel Acclamation:
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.  Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.   The Father’s voice was heard from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved.  Listen to him.  Listen to him.  Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

 

Gospel

 

Intercessions

We pray that our efforts during Lent
to pray more fervently, to be unselfish and to be generous
may prepare us all for the joy of Easter.
Lord, hear us

We pray for our own country, for Ireland, for the European Union,
and for the peace and happiness of people everywhere.
Lord, hear us

We pray for our sick relatives and friends, for those who are caring for them. And we pray for our dead including Robert McDonald.
Lord, hear us

 

During the Preparation of the Gifts:

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
Come, and listen to me.

 

Sanctus
Memorial
Agnus Dei

 

Communion: Behold the Lamb of God. . . . . . . .

 

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.

 

 

Hail, glorious Saint Patrick, dear saint of our isle,
on us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;
and now thou art high in thy mansions above ,
on Erin’s green valley look down in thy love.
On Erin’s green valley (3) look down in thy love.

 

Hail, glorious Saint Patrick! Thy words were once strong
Against Satan’s wiles and an infidel throng;
Not less in thy might where in heaven thou art;
O, come to our aid,(3) in our battle take part.