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Rededication Prayers Sunday 29th March

29th March 2020:  Rededication Day

You are invited to take part in #RededicationAtHome wherever you are.  The Rededication Prayers will take place at noon, at the beginning of midday Mass which will be livestreamed from the Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday 29th March 2020.  You can join the livestream at www.walsingham.org.uk/livestream.

 

Here are the prayers for your to use at home at 12noon.

In  the first prayer, the Angelus Promise, we proclaim our own “Yes” in union with Mary through the words of the Annunciation. The Angelus Promise is a spiritual exercise created to assist you to embrace the message of Our Lady, as expressed in the Angelus. It invites you to “share in the joy of the Annunciation” by following Mary’s openness to God’s call, through her faith-filled “yes”. Through your own faith-filled “yes”, the Lord will work wonders in your life.

 

THE ANGELUS PROMISE

R: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary

V: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit

As God once chose Mary to become the Mother of His Son through the message of an angel, so He chooses me this day, and invites me through the ministry of the Church or the example of another, to seek and do His Will at this moment in my life.

Hail Mary full of Grace…

R: Behold the handmaid of the Lord

V: Be it be done unto me according to thy Word

Mary’s response to her invitation, “let it be done to me according to your Word”, opened her heart to God’s grace and all things became possible. Let my “yes” today take away fear, as I embrace God’s Will, and like Mary “ponder these things in my heart”.

Hail Mary full of Grace…

R: And the Word became flesh (Bow or genuflect)

V: And dwelt among us

At a moment in history, Mary’s faith-filled “yes” conceived Him, first in her heart, which then led to the birth of our Saviour. Through accepting Him in my heart, enable me to recognise my role in bringing Christ to my sisters and brothers today.

Hail Mary full of Grace…

R: Pray for us most holy Mother of God

V: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray: O Holy Mother of God, pray for us, and assist us as we dedicate ourselves this day. Your Yes at the Annunciation brought our Saviour Jesus into the world, and you invite us to contemplate the great mystery of the Incarnation, sharing your joy in announcing that “the Word was made flesh and lived among us.” May our yes, this day, open our hearts to serve our sisters and brothers in this your Dowry, that they too may share our joy in the Good News that God walks among us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Then pray the Act of Entrustment:

 

A C T  O F  E N T R U S T M E N T  O F  E N G L A N D TO THE VIRGIN MARY

Based on Prayer of Erasmus 1532, Dedication of England to the Mother of God 1893, Prayer for England, Cardinal Griffin’s Act of Consecration 1948, Act of Consecration St John Paul 1982 Prayer

 

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy “Dowry” and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee.

Response

We your faithful people assembled here offer you this country in which we live. Once it was yours, all its children were your children and you were honoured throughout England as its Protectress and its Queen. Again do we consecrate it as your Dowry and entrust it to your maternal care.

Prayer

By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more.

Response

To you we entrust the Church, which invokes you as Mother. On earth you preceded her in the pilgrimage of faith. Comfort her in her difficulties and trials. Make her always the sign and instrument of intimate union with God and of the unity of the whole human race. To you, Mother of the human family, and of the nations, we confidently entrust the whole of humanity with its hopes and fears. Let it not lack the light of true wisdom. Guide it to seek freedom and justice for all. Direct its steps in the ways of peace. Enable all to meet Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Prayer

Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother.

Response

Pray, O Holy Mother of God, for the conversion of heart of the people of England, restoration of the sick, consolation for the troubled, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed. Queen of Peace, pray for us and give to the world the peace for which all peoples are longing, peace in the truth, justice and charity of Christ. Give peace to the nations and to the souls of all, that in peace, the Kingdom of God may prevail.

Prayer

Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the supreme Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son.

Response

May your prayers bring back this country to the fullness of its ancient faith. May your intercession lead us to a closer union with your divine Son. We offer you all the people of this land, especially those who know you so little or not at all. May all in our country know Christ, the light of the world and its only Saviour

Prayer

Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home.

Response

May we who follow your Son, be fruitful in the good work of building a culture of life in our world, where all human life is treasured and the gift of God’s creation is respected and cared for, so that all may share the fruits of Gods generous love

V: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God

R: That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

O alone of all women, Mother and Virgin, Mother most happy, Virgin most pure, sinful as we are, we come to see you who are all pure, we salute you, we honour you as how we may with our humble offerings. May thy Son grant us, that imitating thy most holy manners, we also, by the grace of the Holy Spirit may deserve spiritually to conceive the Lord Jesus in our inmost soul, and once conceived never to lose Him. Amen

 

The following day you may wish to join in the Novena:

30th March 2020:  Novena in thanksgiving for the Rededication and protection from the pandemic

The Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham starts Monday 30th March 2020 in thanksgiving for the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary and to plead the Lord’s protection from the coronavirus global pandemic. It will be prayed at each Walsingham Shrine Mass on livestream.

Our Weekly Offertory

Offertory Income

Many parishioners are asking how they can continue to support the parish financially in the absence of the weekly offering. At this difficult time parish income and cash flow is obviously going to suffer. Whilst expenses will also reduce, it is necessary to think about how the financial impact on our community can be minimized.

There are several ways you might choose to help:

Standing Orders, Bank Payments & Cheques

  1. Set-up a Standing Order to the parish (both Gift Aid and non-Gift Aid forms are available from Graeme.Bell@Cliftondiocese.com).
  2. For those who use internet banking, non-Gift Aid Standing Orders can be setup online without the need for a paper form, provided the parishioner has the parish’s bank account details. Please contact the Parish Office for bank details via the phone or email.
  3. If preferred, parishioners can send a cheque to the parish or make an electronic payment directly to the parish bank account. (See above)

If parishioners normally donate using a Gift Aid envelope, no matter which of the above methods they use, if they quote their name and GA Envelope No. (or it is possible to link a donation to a parishioner who has an existing Gift Aid Declaration) we should still be able to reclaim the tax paid on the donation.

PayPal

We hope to have PayPal facilities set us shortly.

Thank you for your ongoing support at this time of crisis.

Pray this Evening with Pope Francis

Pope Francis has said he will grant a plenary indulgence to the faithful who watch or listen to his extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” later today. In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, will give the extraordinary blessing to the city and the world at 6pm Rome time, 5pm GMT.

Vatican News reported that the extraordinary moment of prayer in time of pandemic will last about an hour. The “Salus Populi Romani” icon and the crucifix of St Marcellus will be placed in front of the central door of St. Peter’s Basilica. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the altar in the atrium of the Vatican Basilica.

The formal blessing, usually given only immediately after a new pope’s election and on Christmas and Easter, carries with it a plenary indulgence for all who follow by television, internet or radio, are sorry for their sins, recite a few prescribed prayers and promise to go to confession and to receive the Eucharist as soon as possible.

With the public joining him only by television, internet or radio, “we will listen to the word of God, raise our prayer (and) adore the Blessed Sacrament,” he said. “At the end, I will give the benediction ‘urbi et orbi,’ to which will be connected the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence.”

Watch and join the Urbi et Orbi.

An indulgence is an ancient practice of prayer and penance for the remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven. In Catholic teaching, a person can draw on the merits of Jesus and the saints to claim the indulgence for themselves or offer it on behalf of someone who has died. “To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness,” he said. “Let’s stay united. Let us make those who are alone and tested feel our closeness,” as well as doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers and volunteers.

Pope Francis also expressed concern for “authorities who have to take strong measures for our good” and the police and soldiers maintaining public order and enforcing the lockdown.

Rededication of England to Mary – This Sunday 29th March

You are invited to take part in this rededication from home. It is an incredible opportunity for us to join together in prayer during this  temporary time away from our parish community. During this time of fear and anxiety it is of greatest importance for us to place ourselves under the protection and guidance of Christ through Mary, Our Mother. Prayers and further details can be found on line at www.behold.com.

Walsingham, the National Shrine of Our Lady, ‘England’s Nazareth’ will focus on the Rededication on Sunday. The Rededication Prayers will follow the Homily during the midday Mass livestreamed from the Shrine on Sunday 29th March. You can download the Angelus Promise and Act of Entrustment and then join the livestream at www.walsingham.org.uk/livestream. The shrine is also streaming daily Mass at 9.30am (English) & 6pm (Latin). The livestream also offers the Rosary, Adoration, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline.  

The photograph is an image  of Our Lady of Walsingham set up in St Patrick’s Church on the Solemnity of the Annunciation in readiness for the Act of Rededication which will be made by Father Michael in our Church as he celebrates Mass for the parish privately on Sunday. Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.

 

Closure of Churches but open for Mission

Bishop Declan has contacted all Parishes to say that It is now clear from the last Government communication that churches must be closed. This is a change from the original notification that churches could remain open for private prayer. The Government now considers that with the church door open it could be an occasion for people to gather and not observe social distancing.
Although the Church building is closed to keep us all safe, the mission of the Church is still very much open.  Please do call the Parish Office if you need practical help or spiritual guidance at this time. Please leave a message if no one is available to take your call and we will get back to you. We have a group of volunteers who are ready to help in any way possible with food and pharmacy deliveries if you are elderly or self-isolating and have no support.

Pope Francis asks us to pray the Lord’s Prayer on Wenesday

At this time of uncertainty and anxiety with our churches closed for public worship, Pope Francis has called on the world’s Christians and people of goodwill to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, 25 March at 11am UK time (midday in Rome).

The ‘Our Father’ is the prayer Jesus taught his disciples and the first prayer many of us learned to pray. Pope Francis asks that we join together to uphold the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness. He encourages us to “remain united and make our closeness felt – especially with healthcare professionals and those who serve.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil

Prayers for this time

Prayers for this time

A General Prayer about the coronavirus situation

Sovereign God, in Your mercy please comfort and heal vulnerable patients who are ill with Covid-19. Protect all those looking after them, especially doctors, nurses and carers, and prevent this virus from seriously disrupting the everyday lives of our communities, cities and countries. Grant great wisdom to those in authority to make effective plans and help us all to be vigilant but not give in to panic. Amen.

A Prayer especially for the most vulnerable

Compassionate God, we pray for vulnerable people to be reassured, and supported safely and effectively to protect them from coronavirus. Please strengthen anyone who is seriously ill with it because of underlying conditions. Bring healing and comfort to them and their families. Amen.

A Prayer for peace in uncertain times

Lord, You are the Prince of Peace and the King of Love who casts out fear. Please help us not to be anxious about Covid-19 but to seek Your wisdom and stay vigilant about taking precautions, planning ahead and showing compassion to those who may be vulnerable. Amen.

A Prayer for Church Leaders

Heavenly Father, please grant Your faith, hope and love to church leaders as they consider the best ways to protect people from being exposed to Coronavirus. Show them any practical measures needed and inspire them by Your Spirit as they minister to their congregations. Amen.

A Prayer for those in authority

Gracious God, please grant strategic wisdom and insight to those in government, local health authorities, and providers across the NHS as they decide how to use the funding that is available and distribute staff and other resources to meet the needs brought about by Coronavirus. Amen.

A Prayer for those facing economic pressures and job losses

Merciful Lord, in this time of economic instability, please send your great comfort to those who are worried about their finances and carry many burdens and responsibilities. Please help us to come alongside them, and give great wisdom to the Government to know how best to provide for everyone. Amen

Watch Mass each day at home

At this time when we cannot gather for the Eucharist you may like to watch Mass on Sundays and Weekdays from home and make a Spiritual Communion. Our Cathedral at Clifton is streaming Mass live each day at 9.30am. Simply go to www.cliftoncathedral.org and press ‘Live Stream.’ Alternatively you may go to www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/  This will give you a menu of all live services within the next two hours. Fr Michael continues to offer Mass privately each day and you are all remembered at the altar at this time. Keep Safe!

“Seven times a day I praise you.” The Divine Office

The Divine Office / Liturgy of the Hours is a good way to unite with the Church throughout the world as we sanctify the day that God gives to us. Perhaps you might like to pray Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer or Night Prayer in union with the Church at this time when we are unable to gather in our Churches. We are still the Church at home and we are still able to unite our prayers with those of our brothers and sisters in Christ. These prayers are availble each day, together with the daily readings of the Mass at Universalis.com. A great resource!