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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Akathist to Our Lady of Guadalupe


Akathist to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Click here to begin the prayer which can be advanced using the arrows at the top or sides of the page or by swiping the pages themselves .

 I would suggest opening to full screen.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Guadalupe Akathist Invitation


Pope Francis visited Mexico City and the
 Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
in February of 2016. 

The framed tilma
containing the image of the Guadalupe
 can be swung back into a room
where individuals and small groups
can gather for prayer after
the basilica closes each evening.

I have created my own
Akathist to the Virgin Mary ~ Guadalupe
and am pleased to offer it to you 
for your personal prayer. 

Perhaps the next best thing
to sitting prayerfully with the Pope before
the tilma's inexplicably wondrous image.

The Akathist-prayer will be published here
 on the Pauca Verba page tomorrow,
Sunday, January 23.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Intercessions ~ Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week in Texas,/ a Jewish rabbi and three congregants were held hostage during an eleven hour standoff./ We pray for our nation to be healed of this kind of hatred,/ terror and violence./ Bless the helpers,/ keep us from despair and the fatigue of insecurity./We pray to the Lord.

January 18-25 is called the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity./ Pope Francis asks for the churches to keep their eyes on Jesus and to remain close to one another in prayer./ We ask for the healing of old wounds,/ disastrous historical mistakes and sins./ For the putting away of useless resentments./ We pray to the Lord.

In early January,/ sixteen infants were baptized by Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican./ May we treasure the reality of our own baptism/ when we met Jesus for the first time in the water making us disciples who want to learn from Jesus how to live authentic Christly lives./ We pray to the Lord.

Recently at Mass we heard the account of the Wedding at Cana./ The wedding symbolizes God's nuptial  love for us,/ but the wine of joy has run out./ God doesn't desire the bloody offering of countless dead animals,/ but hearts open to God's unconditional love./ May we not grow tired of living in this love./ We pray to the Lord.

In the cold time of the year we pray for those who are homeless,/ hungry,/ unemployed,/ fearful./ For the sick and those in hospitals who care generously for those suffering from covid./ We pray for people around the world suffering from wars and natural disasters,/ where tensions are high and people are feeling insecure./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for politicians and leaders around the world./ For those who have forgotten their role as public servants,/ who have become obstructionist,/ who desire prominence and attention,/ who pander to groups that make them rich./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray as well for veterans who have returned from war,/ who are traumatized and damaged physically,/ emotionally,/ relationally,/ spiritually./ It is not sufficient to thank them and call them heroes,/ but we pray for their healing and restoration./ We pray to the Lord.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Heads up!

A cyber-invitation to everyone ~

I have composed my own Akathist to

the Virgin Mary ~ Guadalupe

which I will publish here this coming Sunday, 

January 23.

You might spread the word around to

those you know who love her

and who would be eager to pray.