Lent first began as a time of instruction and preparation for those being initiated into the church through Baptism. So, during Lent, we focus more fervently on what it means to be a baptised Christian and how, responding to that invitation by God to come closer, has an effect both on our relationship to God and one another.
This Baptismal imagery flows through the Easter Vigil, the most important celebration of the Christian year. Amongst many other things happening this Lent, we are inviting people to make a commitment to participate in the liturgical celebrations of the Holy Triduum, particularly the Easter Vigil.
St Paul says ‘When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life. (Romans 6:3).
We hope these prayers will offer some help for you in your time of pain and sadness.
Here you will find
prayers of comfort and assurance,
prayers that help to express anger or hurt or pain,
prayers to strengthen and console,
prayers, too, for your departed loved one and to commend them to God.
May the love of God
and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ
and gently wipe away every tear from our eyes.
And may Almighty God bless us,
the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord, in our grief we turn to you.
Are you not the God of love
always ready to hear our cries?
Listen to our prayers for (insert name)
whom you have called out of this world.
Lead him/her to your kingdom of light and peace
and count him/her among your saints in glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers of Trust
in darkness and light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us to trust your love,
to serve your purpose
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
hear our prayers and comfort us;
renew our trust in your Son,
whom you raised from the dead;
strengthen our faith
that (insert name, and) all who have died
in the love of Christ
will share in his resurrection;
who lives and reigns with you, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers of Hurt and Anger
you know our hurts and share our sorrows.
We are hurt by our parting from (insert name) whom we have loved:
when we are angry at the loss we have sustained,
when we long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear,
turn our grief to truer living,
our affliction to firmer hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Father, the death of (insert name)
brings an emptiness into our lives.
We are separated from him/her
and feel broken and bewildered.
Give us confidence that he/she is safe
and his/her life complete with you,
and bring us together at the last
to the wholeness and fullness of your presence in heaven,
where your saints and angels enjoy you for ever and ever. Amen.
When Lonely or Afraid
Risen Lord Jesus,
draw near to us as we walk this lonely road.
Pierce our weary sorrow
and gladden our heavy hearts as you go with us,
and bring us in the end to your heavenly table. Amen.
whose Son Jesus Christ said,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid”,
take away our fear of death;
bring us to the place that he has gone to prepare for us;
and give us his peace for ever. Ame
Click on each image below to browse through our Lenten Booklet, Come to the Water! to find out more about how we are celebrating Lent, Holy Week and Easter in the Parish!
As we get closer to Lent, we'll be expanding this section of the website to help you get the most from the season known as 'the Spiringtime of the Church!'
These words are read at the First Mass of Easter at the Easter Vigil. We gather around the font, drawn to the water, recalling the first time we were called near, when we first took the plunge!
There, at the water’s edge, we reaffirm our baptismal vows. Through our baptism we have begun a new life, which we are always living out and trying to live out better.
This Lent and Easter, there is an invitation for people to come to the waters of baptism after a period of preparation, and for those already baptized to receive preparation for first Holy Communion.
For those of us already baptized, and already used to accepting the call of Jesus to receive the sacrament of his body and blood regularly, it will be a joy and privilege to accompany our friends to the water’s edge, and to the table of the Lord.
The message of Isaiah,
from which we take the theme for Lent this year,
has flowed through the lives of generations of people
who have sought to come close to God.
Downlood a copy of the booklet to read on your tablet or smartphone by clicking on the picture below
‘Come to the Water’
‘Oh, come to the water
all you who are thirsty;
though you have no money, come!
Buy corn without money, and eat,
and, at no cost, wine and milk.
Why spend money on
what is not bread,
your wages on what
fails to satisfy?
Listen, listen to me,
and you will have good things to eat
and rich food to enjoy.
Pay attention, come to me;
Listen, and your soul will live.’