Daily Prayers

September 20, 2017

In the first Letter of Peter we read: “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”
Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs. These Korean priests and more than 90 Korean lay men and women were tortured in the late 19th century, but remained steadfast in their faith. If you know anyone who is Korean, wish them a happy feast day today.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, through the intercession of these Korean Saints and Martyrs, give us the strength to stand up proudly and live our faith, no matter what people around us may be saying or doing. Increase religious tolerance and respect in our world so that acts of terror in the name of religion will cease.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

September 19, 2017

Today is the feast of Saint Januarius, Bishop of Naples, Italy in the third century who, after hiding many Christians from the persecution of Diocletian, was caught himself and beheaded. If you know anyone from Naples, wish them a happy feast day today.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, give us the faith of the martyrs who, like Saint Januarius, were willing to die rather than give up their faith in you. Help us to be willing to sacrifice for others so that we can spread your love.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

September 18, 2017

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Jesus is warning us of the danger of placing material goods over our spiritual and emotional well-being. If our relationships with people and with God are not right, all the money in the world will not make us happy.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, help us to grow in our appreciation for one another and for you. Teach us to value what is truly important, so that we will become the people you have created us to be.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…. pray for us.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

September 15, 2017 

In the Gospel of John, Jesus looks down from the cross at the figures of Mary, his mother, and John, his beloved disciple and says, “Son, behold, your mother.” Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary, who stood by her son in his moment of greatest suffering, is given to us by Jesus, as our mother. In a very special way, our school community can relate to this spiritual reality.  United by our connection to Saint Mary’s, we are never alone in our own suffering.

Let us pray.

Lord, thank you for the gift of your sweet mother.  May the model of her compassion form us as we grow this year.  When we are hurting, help us to turn to you and to one another.  When we see pain in our brothers and sisters, give us the compassion necessary to reach out in love.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Our Lady of Sorrows…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

September 14, 2017

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  Originally looked upon as a symbol of complete and utter failure, Jesus changed the cross into a symbol of victory over sin and death.  Jesus carried His cross, died upon it and rose from death to give hope to all who suffer. How can you find hope in the struggles that are the crosses you bear?

Let us pray.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Lord, give us the strength to carry our own crosses today.  Help us to share your love with each other in order to make our crosses lighter and give us all the ultimate victory.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

September 12, 2017

Today is the feast of the Holy Name of Mary.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a model of faith. She said yes to God, even when she was afraid and confused. She stood at the foot of the cross, and as her heart was breaking, accepted the will of God. Our school takes Mary’s name as our own. We can look to Mary as our inspiration and our role model.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blest is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to …pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
September 11, 2017

On September 11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m., a hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.  At 9:03 a.m., a second hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston, crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center and exploded.  Then, at 9:43 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, killing all 58 passengers, four flight attendants, and both pilots on board, as well as 125 occupants of the Pentagon.  Twenty minutes later, Flight 93, hijacked and planned to crash into the capital building in Washington, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.

Today on the first floor in Immaculata and Marist Halls you can find a memorial with the names of alumni, family members and others with connections to the Saint Mary’s family who were lost on 9/11. Today we honor them and all who were lost on that day.

Let us pray.  

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Dear Father in Heaven, on this day we are reminded of the broken hearts that resulted from the tragedy of 9/11.
We remember the enormity of that tragedy.
We remember its senselessness.
We remember the devastation caused by it.
Yet, we also remember the examples of your love made present by the actions of so many.
Lord, protect us from all evil; from those who offend and those who take offense.
Continue to heal our world, our nation and especially the families who have suffered the loss of loved ones.
Bring wholeness to those who are hurting.
It is hard, Lord, not to hate, not to harbor vengeance.  Yet you call us to love.
Give us your peace.
May your peace settle once again upon our land and the world.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, victim of violence, bringer of peace and reconciliation.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.