Reflections

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Prayers

Our Lady's Crown Prayer

Most Glorious Queen of Heaven and Mother of God, 

You whom the Blessed Trinity has crowned with unequalled glory.

You are the Sovereign Queen over all God’s Creation.

I place myself and all my loved ones under the power, protection and sovereignty of your Crown[1].

Under the protection of your crown I will fear no other crown and through your immense intercessory power 

I ask you to spare us all from 

the effects of the corona virus.

 

Dearest Mother and Queen,

(more Mother than Queen[2]),

we, your children in Christ Jesus,

 ask you to obtain for us 

an end to the spread of this virus.  Amen.

 

(Now Pray the Memorare):

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer.  Amen.

 

[1] Corona comes from the Latin word for crown.

[2] An expression from the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux.  Our Lady is Queen because she is firstly the Mother of Jesus our King, which is her highest honour.  And so, while she is our Queen, above all she is our Mother.

St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the hour of conflict.

Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God restrain him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,

by the power of God, thrust Satan down into hell

and with him all the evil spirits

who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen. 

Prayer for Preparation to Study

Lord, I know you are with me and love me.
Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study.
Help me to focus on my books and notes,
keep me from all distractions so that I will make the best use
of this time that is available to me.

Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying ,
and help me to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study
and for the many gifts and talents you have given me.
Help me always to use them in such a way
that they honour you and do justice to myself.  Amen

A Daily Prayer

May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over and our work is done.
Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest and peace at the last.
Amen.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.

I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

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