Though we cannot gather together in St Peter’s this morning, we can still gather in spirit.

Below are Monday assembly prayers in praise of Mary, mother of us all and our protector in times of need.

 

Opening

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

 

The grace for which we pray:

We recall the wonderful example that Mary, the Mother of our Lord, gives us. She is the one whose “yes” to God made possible the coming of Christ. Her life reveals the power of God to transform all our lives. Let us join in her hymn of praise to Him who is Creator and Lord of all.

 

The Magnificat  Luke 1.46-56

My soul glorifies the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

He looks on his servant in her lowliness;

henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

 

The Almighty works marvels for me.

Holy his name!

His mercy is from age to age,

on those who fear him.

 

He puts forth his arm in strength

and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones

and raises the lowly.

 

He fills the starving with good things,

sends the rich away empty.

 

He protects Israel his servant,

remembering his mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers,

to Abraham and his sons for ever.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Intercessions

- We pray for the Stonyhurst community, scattered but not divided. May their petitions to the Lord be heard in this time of need.

- We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus, in whatever way that might be. May they have strength, courage and comfort.

- We pray for the older and the vulnerable members of our societies. Over the coming weeks may they have access to the nourishment they need both physical and emotional. 

- We pray in a moment of silence for our own needs. 

 

Let us commend to Mary our special prayers and intentions, asking her to pray with us to her Son:

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the furit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

 

Final Prayer

Loving Father,

you have given us the Blessed Virgin Mary,

the Mother of your only son,

to be our Mother also.

By the grace of her Son,

may we who call her blessed

know the power of her intercession.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Our Lady of Stonyhurst, pray for us.

St Ignatius, pray for us.

St Aloysius, pray for us.

 

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