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Saints Perpetua and Felicity (7th March) were martyred at the beginning of the 3rd century in Carthage.  Perpetua’s father had tried to discourage her from being a Christian, well aware of its dangers.  Pointing to a water jug, she asked her father, "See that pot lying there? Can you call it by any other name than what it is?’  Her father answered, "Of course not." Perpetua responded, "Neither can I call myself by any other name than what I am—a Christian."  Both were mothers, Felicity giving birth in prison not long before her martyrdom.

 

St John of God (8 March) was born in Portugal in 1495 into a poor but devout family.  After serving as a soldier he devoted his life to serving the poor and sick, founding a hospital in Granada with a circle of disciples.  which later became the Order of Hospitallers.

 

St Frances of Rome (9 March) was born in 1384 and was married at the age of 13 years.  Although she had wanted to be a nun, she remained happily married for 40 years and had three sons.  She distributed gifts to the poor and ministered to the sick, and was a mystic and contemplative.  After her husband’s death she retired to a convent she herself had founded and where she died in 1440.

 

St Cyril of Jerusalem (18 March) was bishop of Jerusalem in the fourth century, renowned for both pastoral zeal and active in addressing heretical teachings with orthodox Christian doctrine.

 

St Vincent Ferrer (5 April) was a Dominican monk, and set out on a mission of preaching.  For 20 years he travelled through Western Europe, with thousands flocking to hear him.

 

St John Baptist de la Salle (7 April) was born in France in 1651.  He became a priest and devoted himself to the education of children, and founded schools for the poor.

 

We hope these prayers will offer some help for you in your time of pain and sadness.

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  • 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

console us

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

Gracious Father,

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,

 

Merciful Father,

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

Father,

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.

 

Eternal God,

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

HOLY FOLK!

Come to the Water

 

During Lent, there are welcome moments of celebration

such as the lovely feasts of St Joseph,

Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary  and the Annunciation of the Lord.

 

There are also other saints scattered throughout the season,

the most well known, perhaps, being St Patrick.

 

But what of the other less known saints of Lent?