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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What Sadness ~ Two Prayers



Father Jacques Hamel, age 86, was murdered today while offering morning Mass at the Church of St Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy, France.


Prayer for a Deceased Priest

Lord,
you gave Jacques your servant and priest
the privilege of a holy ministry in this world.
May he rejoice for ever in the glory of your kingdom.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
 Amen.


Prayer in Time of War or Civil Disturbance

God our Father, 
maker and lover of peace,
to know you is to live
and to serve you is to reign.
All our faith is in your saving help;
protect us from men of violence
and keep us safe from weapons of hate.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for keeping what is important in the forefront. May Fr. Hamel rest in peace. Amen.

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  2. Sometimes I gets lost inside my own mind thinking about all this sadness. Innocent lives taken for no reason other than the pure insanity of others. What has infected the thinking inside people's brains to lead them to senselessly kill? Everyday there seems to be another report, almost expected now.

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    1. The way Christianity is presented today is "deeds" - "I did my good deed for the day," a woman told me once. Like - that's it - do a good deed and then be done with it. But knowing Christ has as much to do with our thinking - our thoughts. We don't pay much attention to that. "Dash your thoughts against Christ the Rock," Saint Benedict directs his monks. In other words, our thoughts need to be observed and checked and guided - because unattended they can take us to a very fearful, or despairing, or even dangerous place. So thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  3. Thank you for these prayers, Father. I will say this Prayer in Time of War or Civil Disturbance every day. I makes me feel better to know we are all praying together.

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    1. That's right - many people will be praying alongside and all around you. This is one way in which the internet is wonderful.

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