Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Thursday, 28 May 2009

May the Lord Bless you and keep you

May the Lord bless you and keep you may the Lord let His face shine on you

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Come Holy Spirit


Thinking about this prayer with Pentecost coming up this Sunday I was reminded of the picture the group was given on 5th August 2008 as follows:

God our Creator showed me His gift to us.

He showed me the earth as He created it.

I could see snow capped mountains, sunlit valleys, rivers and lakes, beautiful meadows and flowers, green fields and forests, turquoise oceans and brilliant white shores with fluffy white waves lapping against them.

Creation in all its beauty.

I could see Jesus sitting on a rock dressed as a Rabbi, teaching multitudes of people. God our Creator said “My Son is my gift to you. The Way the Truth and the Life.”

Then I could see the Cross with Jesus crucified. God our Creator said “I gave you my Son, King of Salvation, Saviour of the World, come see what you have done.”

I could see the earth in grave darkness, bombed cities, soldiers fighting, and hate greed and lust. Polluted rivers, black oceans, shores covered in dirt. The western wealth and food waste. Poverty, the dying in the third world. A dying earth.

God our Creator then showed me a pocket of people deep in prayer.

I was also given the reading Genesis 18 v 20 -33 and the following from a booklet ‘The Way of the Cross’:

The Spirit of Christ, Creator, Comforter is living still, crying within us and all around us, crying to all humanity for the healing of Creation, for justice, compassion and peace. ALLELUIA.

Let us pray:

Lord we pray for the restoration and healing of the world, for justice, compassion and peace.

Lord restore your world.

Lord restore your people.

We pray against all evil in the world and in particular … add here any particular intention i.e. illegal drugs trade, wars, poverty, abortion, unemployment, etc..

Come Holy Spirit renew the face of the earth. Amen.

See also Psalm 85

Friday, 22 May 2009

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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

The Vineyard

Notes of our meeting on 12 May 2009

Picture of a walled garden in the desert.

Within the garden are fruiting vines and a watchtower from which those who want to destroy the vineyard can be spotted.

In the watchtower is Our Lady keeping watch over the vineyard (the Church) she sees those who wish to destroy the vineyrd and a dark cloud appears over the Vineyard but the cloud is a cloud of angels ready to protect the vineyard.

This picture is followed by a picture of the Cross on the altar which changes into the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Our Lady and all the angels prostrate themselves before the Lord.

Galatians 3 v 14-21

Mark 3 v 13 -15


Breathe on me, Holy Spirit,
That I may have your life.

Rest on me, Holy Spirit,
That I may have your peace.

Live in me, Holy Spirit
That I may have your friendship.

Counsel me, Holy Spirit,
That I may have your wisdom.

Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
That I may have your fire.

Purify me, Holy Spirit,
That I may have your love.

from Lord, Send Me Your Spirit - Patrick Sayles - The Prayer Trust

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Good Shepherd

Notes of our meeting on 5 May 2009

Picture of Jesus the Good Shepherd leading us (his sheep) to the empty Cross covered in His blood. The sheep dip their heads in the blood and on their heads is left the sign of the Cross.

Mary our Mother is with us and protects us under her mantle.

1 John 3


Lord Jesus Good Shepherd lead us and guide us.

We thank you for the Victory of the Cross; thank you that we are sealed with the Sign of the Cross.

Help us to live in the Victory of the Cross.

Help us live in the resurrection life you have won for us.

Fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may live this life to the full.

We thank you for the protection of your Mother and our Mother Mary