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Our Morning Offering – 13 September – My Lord, I am Unworthy! by St Bonaventure

Our Morning Offering – 13 September – Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Lord, I am Unworthy!
Prayer before Holy Communion
By St Bonaventure (1217-1274)
Doctor of the Church

My Lord,
Who are You
and who am I,
that I should dare to take You
into my body and soul?
A thousand years
of penance and tears
would not be sufficient
to make me worthy
to receive so royal a Sacrament even once!
How much more am I unworthy of it,
who fall into sin daily,
I, the incorrigible,
who approach You so often
without due preparation!
Nevertheless, Your mercy
infinitely surpasses my unworthiness.
Therefore, I make bold
to receive this Sacrament,
trusting in Your love.
Amen

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Our Morning Offering – 21 June – Prayer Before Holy Communion or Act of Spiritual Communion

Our Morning Offering – 21 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

For those of us who will be blessed by attending Holy Mass today.

And for those of us still facing closed and locked Churches, we pray to the Sweet Eucharistic Heart of Our Beloved Lord, an Act of Spiritual Communion.

Prayer Before Holy Communion
By St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Church

O Lord, my God,
I am not worthy,
that You should come into my soul
but I am glad that You will come to me,
because in Your loving kindness,
You desire to dwell in me.
You ask me to open the door of my soul,
which You alone have created,
so that You may enter into it,
with Your loving kindness
and dispel the darkness of my mind.
I believe that You will do this
for You did not turn away Mary Magdalene
when she approached You in tears.
Neither did You withhold forgiveness
from the tax collector,
who repented of his sins,
or from the good thief,
who asked to be received into Your kingdom.
Indeed, You numbered as Your friends
all who came to You with repentant hearts.
O God, You alone are blessed always,
now and forever.
Amenprayer-before-holy-communion-by-st-john-chrysostom-24-june-2018-solemnity-of-the-birth-of-john-baptist and 21 june 2020 12th sun year A

Act of Spiritual Communion
By Servant of God Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930)

At Thy feet, O my Jesus,
I prostrate myself
and I offer Thee repentance of my contrite heart,
which is humbled in its nothingness
and in Thy holy presence.
I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love,
the ineffable Eucharist.
I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling
that my heart offers Thee.
While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion,
I wish to possess Thee in spirit.
Come to me, O my Jesus,
since I, for my part, am coming to Thee!
May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death.
I believe in Thee,
I hope in Thee,
I love Thee.
Amenact of spiritual communion by servant of god vard merry del val 21 june 2020

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Sunday Reflection – 9 February – You receive me as a partaker of Your divinity.

Sunday Reflection – 9 February – Fifth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year A

Prayer of St. John Damascene (675-749)
Father and Doctor of the Church

God, my God, inextinguishable and invisible fire, You make Your angels flaming fire.

Out of Your inexpressible love You have given me Your divine Flesh as food and through this communion of Your immaculate Body and precious Blood, You receive me as a partaker of Your divinity.

Permeate all my body and soul, all my bones and sinews.

Consume my sins in fire.

Enlighten my soul and illumine my mind.

Sanctify my body and make Your abode in me, together with Your blessed Father and all-holy Spirit, that I may always abide in You, through the intercession of Your immaculate Mother and all Your saints.

Amen

consume my sins in fire ... and make your abode in me - st john damascene 9 feb 2020

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Sunday Reflection – 29 December – ‘I should like to see His face, His garments, His shoes.’

Sunday Reflection – 29 December – Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the Fifth Day of the Christmas Octave (excerpts from various homilies of St John Chrysostom).

“What excuse shall we have, or how shall we obtain pardon, if we consider it too much to go to Jesus in the Eucharist, who descended from Heaven for our sake?

This Fountain [of the Holy Eucharist] is a fountain of light, shedding abundant rays of truth.   And beside it, the angelic powers from on high have taken their stand, gazing on the beauty of its streams, since they perceive more clearly than we, the power of what lies before us and its unapproachable dazzling rays.

The wise men adored this body when it lay in the manger…they prostrated themselves before it in fear and trembling….Now you behold the same body that the wise men adored in the manger, lying upon the altar…you also know its power.

How many of you say – I should like to see His face, His garments, His shoes.   You do see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him.   He gives Himself to you, not only that you may see Him but also to be your food and nourishment.  You can call happy those who saw Him. But, come to the altar and you will see Him, you will touch Him, you will give to Him holy kisses, you will wash Him with your tears, you will carry Him within you
like Mary Most Holy.you-can-call-happy-st-john-chrysostom-20-april-2018 and sun refl 29 dec 2019.jpg

When you see (the Most Blessed Sacrament) exposed, say to yourself:   ‘Thanks to this Body, I am no longer dust and ashes, I am no more a captive but a freeman, hence, I hope to obtain heaven and the good things that are there in store for me… eternal life, the heritage of the angels, companionship with Christ; death has not destroyed this Body which was pierced by nails and scourged, . . . this is that Body which was once covered with blood, pierced by a lance, from which issued saving fountains upon the world, one of blood and the other of water. . .  This Body He gave to us to keep and eat, as a mark of His intense love’.”

Prayer Before Holy Communion
By St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Church

O Lord, my God,
I am not worthy,
that You should come into my soul
but I am glad that You will come to me,
because in Your loving kindness,
You desire to dwell in me.
You ask me to open the door of my soul,
which You alone have created,
so that You may enter into it,
with Your loving kindness
and dispel the darkness of my mind.
I believe that You will do this
for You did not turn away Mary Magdalene
when she approached You in tears.
Neither did You withhold forgiveness
from the tax collector,
who repented of his sins,
or from the good thief,
who asked to be received into Your kingdom.
Indeed, You numbered as Your friends
all who came to You with repentant hearts.
O God, You alone are blessed always,
now and forever.
Amen

St John Chrysostom (347 to 407)
Father and Doctor of the Church
Bishop of Constantinopleprayer before holy communion by st john chrysostom - 24 june 2018 - solemnity of the birth of john baptist.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 6 October – ”O Blessed Host”

Our Morning Offering – 6 October – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

”O Blessed Host”
Prayer before Holy Communion
By St Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)
Diary 159

O Blessed Host, in golden chalice enclosed for me,
That through the vast wilderness of exile I may pass –
pure, immaculate, undefiled.
Oh, grant that through the power of Your love
This might come to be.

O Blessed Host, take up Your dwelling within my soul,
O Thou my heart’s purest love!
With Your brilliance the darkness dispel.
Refuse not Your grace to a humble heart.

O Blessed Host, enchantment of all heaven,
Though Your beauty be veiled
And captured in a crumb of bread,
Strong faith tears away that veil.
Ameno blessed host - st faustina 6 oct 2019 sun 27C.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 8 September – My Lord, I am Unworthy!

Our Morning Offering – 8 September – Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My Lord, I am Unworthy!
Prayer before Holy Communion
By St Bonaventure (1217-1274)
Doctor of the Church

My Lord,
Who are You
and who am I,
that I should dare to take You
into my body and soul?
A thousand years
of penance and tears
would not be sufficient
to make me worthy
to receive so royal a Sacrament
even once!
How much more am I unworthy of it,
who fall into sin daily,
I, the incorrigible,
who approach You so often
without due preparation!
Nevertheless, Your mercy
infinitely surpasses my unworthiness.
Therefore, I make bold
to receive this Sacrament,
trusting in Your love.
Amenmy lord i am unworthy prayer before holy comm by st bonaventure 8 sept 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 11 August – O Lord, how sweet is Your goodness.

Our Morning Offering – 11 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

O Food of Life, Nailed to the Cross
By Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)

It is Your will that we proclaim Your Death
in the eating of the Bread of Life.
What more could You give to us,
who deserve to die through the eating
of the forbidden fruit,
than life through the eating of the Bread?
O Food of Life, nailed to the Cross,
who can grasp the bountiful gift
which You offer – the gift of Your very self as food?
Here is generosity beyond all measure,
when the Giver and Gift, are one and the same.
O Food, which truly nourishes and satisfies,
not our flesh but our soul,
not our body but our spirit.
O Memorial, worthy to be cherished
in our inmost soul,
to be deeply engraved on our mind
and, lovingly preserved in the tabernacle of our heart.
Its remembrance is a joy forever
and a cause for tears that well up
from a heart filled with overpowering joy.
Ameno food of live nailed to the cross - card nicholas of cusa 11 aug 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 2 August – Lord Jesus, Come and Reign!

Our Morning Offering – 2 August – The Memorial of By St Peter Julian Eymard SSS (1811-1868) “Apostle of the Eucharist”

Lord Jesus, Come and Reign!
By St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

O Yes, Lord Jesus,
come and reign!
Let my body
be Your temple,
my heart,
Your throne,
my will,
Your devoted servant,
let me be Yours forever,
living only in You
and for You!
Amenlord jesus come and reign - 2 aug 2019 by st peter julian eymard.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 21 July – Dear Lord, I Approach You

Our Morning Offering – 21 July – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Dear Lord, I Approach You
(Prayer before Holy Communion)
By Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Dear Lord,
with simplicity of heart,
in good and stable faith
and at Your command,
I approach You,
full of confidence and adoration,
truly believing that You are present
in this Sacrament, God and Man.
It is Your will that I receive You
and bind myself to You in love.
Most merciful Lord,
I beg of You that special grace,
that my soul may melt and overflow
with Your love,
never concerning myself again
with any other comfort but Your own.
Amendear-lord-i-approach-you-by-thomas-a-kempis-9dec2018

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Our Morning Offering – 14 July – Prayer before Holy Communion

Our Morning Offering – 14 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Prayer before Holy Communion
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O my God, holiness becomes Your House,
and yet You make Your abode in my breast.
My Lord, my Saviour, to me You come,
hidden under the semblance of earthly things,
yet in that very flesh and blood
which You took from Mary,
You, who did first inhabit Mary’s breast,
come to me.
My God, You see me;
I cannot see myself…
You see how unworthy, so great a sinner is,
to receive the One Holy God,
whom the Seraphim adore with trembling…
My God, enable me to bear You,
for You alone can.
Cleanse my heart and mind from all that is past…
give me a true perception of things unseen,
and make me truly, practically,
and in the details of life,
prefer You to anything on earth,
and the future world,
to the present.
Amenprayer-before-holy-communion-by-john-henry-newman-8-july-2018

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Our Morning Offering – 7 July – May I be Worthy to Approach

Our Morning Offering – 7 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

O Lord, my God,
May I be Worthy to Approach
Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

O Lord, my God,
grant Your servant the blessing of Your kindness,
that I may be worthy to approach
Your sublime Sacrament with true devotion.
Rouse me from the sloth
and idleness, which have gripped me,
that my heart may more readily be lifted up to You.
Come to me with Your saving Presence
and let me, in spirit, taste Your sweetness,
which lies hidden,
in the most Blessed Sacrament
as in a plentiful fountain.
Give light to my eyes too,
that I may gaze upon this great mystery
and strengthen me to believe it
with persevering faith.
It is You Who effect this work,
no human being has such power.
It is Your holy institution and not human invention.
No human beings are able to grasp and understand
these things of themselves,
for they are far above
even the keen intelligence of the Angels.
And shall I, a wretched sinner,
mere dust and ashes,
be able to probe and grasp
so sacred and incomprehensible a mystery?
Amen

Book 4, Chapter 4o lord my god may i be worthy to approach thomas a kempis 7 july 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 24 March – How Great is Your Goodness, Lord

Our Morning Offering – 24 March – The Third Sunday of Lent, Year C

How Great is Your Goodness, Lord
By Archbishop Baldwin of Canterbury (c 1125-1190)

How great is Your goodness, Lord,
who does not shrink from letting
Your servant, place You upon his heart!
How great my own worth,
since You have chosen me
to have part in Yours,
to have You abiding in me,
to love You, as You deserve,
above myself.
Lord, take from me this hard heart
and give me a new, clean heart
of flesh and blood.
You who make my heart pure,
take possession of mine
and make it Your home.
Hold it and fill it,
You who are higher than my topmost height,
more inward than my inward being.
You, the seal of holiness,
beauty of beauties,
engrave on my heart
Your image
and the imprint of Your mercy.
Be, O God,
my eternal love
and my inheritance.
Amenhow great is your goodness lord archbishop baldwin of canterbury 24 march 2019 prayer before holy communion.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 10 March – St Anselm – Prayer before Holy Communion

Our Morning Offering – 10 March – The First Sunday of Lent

Prayer Before Holy Communion
By St Anselm (1033-1109)
Doctor of the Church

O Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
who according to the will of the Father
and with the co-operation of the Holy Spirit,
has by Your death given life to the world,
I adore and revere this Your Holy Body
and this Your Holy Blood,
which was given over
and poured forth for the many,
unto remission of sins.
O merciful Lord,
I beg of Your mercy,
that through the power of this Sacrament,
You will make me one of that many.
Through faith and love, make me feel
the power of these Sacraments,
so I may experience their saving power.
Absolve and free from all sin
and punishment of sin, Your servants,
Your handmaidens, myself,
all who confessed their sins to me,
those whom I have promised
or am obliged to pray for
and so too those who themselves hope
or beg to be helped by my prayers with You.
Make our Church rejoice
in Your constant protection and consolation.
Amenprayer before holy comm by st anselm from adoration pg 156 10 march 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 17 February – Suscipe Sancte Pater

Our Morning Offering – 17 February – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Suscipe Sancte Pater
1903 Mass Ordinary by Solesmes Abbey

All that we have, O Lord,
comes from You
and belongs to You.
It is just, therefore,
that we return it to You.
But how wonderful are You
in the inventions
of Your immense love!
This bread, which we are offering
to You, is to give place,
in a few moments,
to the Sacred Body of Jesus.
We beseech You, receive, together
with this oblation,
our hearts, which long to live
by You
and to cease to live
their own life of self!
Amensuscipe sancte pater - 17 feb 2019 sun 6C.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 13 January – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Our Morning Offering – 13 January – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

O Most Sacred, Most Loving Heart of Jesus
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O Most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus,
You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist
and You beat for us still.
Now, as then You say,
“With desire I have desired.”
I worship You the,
with all my best love and awe,
with my fervent affection,
with my most subdued, most resolved will.
You, for a while, take up Your abode within me!
O make my heart beat with Your Heart.
Purify it of all that is earthly,
all that is proud and sensual,
all that is hard and cruel,
of all perversity,
of all disorder,
of all deadness.
So fill it with Thee,
that neither the events of the day
nor the circumstances of the time,
may have power to ruffle it
but that, in Your love
and Your fear,
it may have peace.
Amen.o most sacred most loving heart of jesus bl john henry newman - 13 jan 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 9 December – The Second Sunday of Advent

Our Morning Offering – 9 December – The Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Lord, I Approach You
(Prayer before Holy Communion)
By Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Dear Lord,
with simplicity of heart,
in good and stable faith
and at Your command,
I approach You,
full of confidence and adoration,
truly believing that You are present
in this Sacrament, God and Man.
It is Your will that I receive You
and bind myself to You in love.
Most merciful Lord,
I beg of You that special grace,
that my soul may melt and overflow
with Your love,
never concerning myself again
with any other comfort but Your own.
AmenDear Lord, I Approach You by thomas a kempis 9dec2018

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Our Morning Offering – 4 November – Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 4 November – Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – The Memorial of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

Prayer Before Holy Communion
Veni Domine Jesu!
By Fr Henry Augustus Rawes OSC (1826 – 1885) Oblate of St Charles
(1940 Prayer Book)

O Jesus, hidden God, I cry to You,
O Jesus, hidden Light, I turn to You,
O Jesus, hidden love, I run to You,
with all the strength I have, I worship You,
with all the love I have, I cling to You,
with all my soul, I long to be with You
and fear no more to fail, or fall from You.

O Jesus, never-ending love, Who seeks me,
You who die for longing love of me,
King, in all Your beauty, come to me,
white-robed, blood-sprinkled Jesus, come to me
and go no more, dear Lord, away from me.

O sweetest Jesus, bring me home to You,
free me, dearest God, from all but You.
From all the chains that keep me back from You,
call me, most powerful love, I’ll follow You,
You are my all and I love only You.

O hidden love, who now is loving me,
O wounded love, who once was dead to me,
O patient love, who wearies not of me,
O bear with me, till I am lost in You,
O bear with me, till I am found in You,
amen.

(Fr Henry Augustus Rawes (11 December 1826 – 24 April 1885) was a Catholic hymn writer and preacher.
Born at Easington, near Durham, England, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and entered the Anglican ministry in 1853.   Converted to Catholicism in 1856.   One of the original members of the Oblates of Saint Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), whose feast day it is today.   Ordained a priest in 1857.   He was Superior of the Oblate congregation from 1880 until his death.   Founded the Society of Servants of the Holy Ghost.  Translated the treatises of Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Blessed Sacrament and the Lord’s Prayer.   He wrote several books of devotion and sermons and many hymns, noted for poetic beauty. He died at Brighton.)veni domine Jesu - prayer before holy comm fr rawes - 4 nov 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 28 October – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 28 October – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Make Me Pure
(Prayer for the Sanctification of our bodies by Christ’s Body)
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O my God,
teach me to live as one
who truly believes
in the great dignity,
the great sanctity
of this material body
in which You have lodged me.
And, therefore, dear Saviour,
I come often and earnestly,
to be a partaker of Your Holy Body and Blood,
so that by Your unutterable holiness,
I too may be made holy.
O my Lord Jesus,
I believe that our bodies
are the temples
of the Holy Spirit.
Should we not venerate that body
which You feed miraculously
with Your risen Body
and which the Spirit of God,
Your Spirit, inhabits.
O my God, who was nailed to the cross,
‘pierce my flesh with fear of you’
crucify my soul and body
in all that is sinful in them
and make me pure,
as You are pure.
Ameno my god teach me to live as one - bl john henry newman - make me pure - prayer for santification of our bodies by christ's body - 28 oct 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 21 October – Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 21 October – Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Prayer before Holy Communion
By St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

Oh Yes, Lord Jesus,
come and reign!
Let my body be Your temple,
my heart Your throne,
my will Your devoted servant;
let me be Yours forever,
living only in You and for You!
Amenprayer before holy communion - st peter julian eymard - 21 oct 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 7 October – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 7 October – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Your Sacred Table
A Prayer Before Holy Communion
By St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church

Divine Saviour,
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good
and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts.
Amenyour sacred table - prayer before holy comm - st francis de sales - 5 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 12 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 12 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Your Sacred Table
A Prayer Before Holy Mass and Communion
By Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church

Divine Saviour,
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts.
Amenyour sacred table - prayer before holy comm - st francis de sales - 5 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 8 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 8 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Prayer before Holy Communion
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O my God, holiness becomes Your House,
and yet You make Your abode in my breast.
My Lord, my Saviour, to me You come,
hidden under the semblance of earthly things,
yet in that very flesh and blood
which You took from Mary,
You, who did first inhabit Mary’s breast,
come to me.
My God, You see me;
I cannot see myself…
You see how unworthy, so great a sinner is,
to receive the One Holy God,
whom the Seraphim adore with trembling…
My God, enable me to bear You,
for You alone can.
Cleanse my heart and mind from all that is past…
give me a true perception of things unseen,
and make me truly, practically,
and in the details of life,
prefer You to anything on earth,
and the future world,
to the present.
Amenprayer before holy communion by john henry newman - 8 july 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 24 June – The Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Our Morning Offering – 24 June – The Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Prayer Before Holy Communion
By St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Church

O Lord, my God,
I am not worthy,
that You should come into my soul
but I am glad that You will come to me,
because in Your loving kindness,
You desire to dwell in me.
You ask me to open the door of my soul,
which You alone have created,
so that You may enter into it,
with Your loving kindness
and dispel the darkness of my mind.
I believe that You will do this
for You did not turn away Mary Magdalene
when she approached You in tears.
Neither did You withhold forgiveness
from the tax collector,
who repented of his sins,
or from the good thief,
who asked to be received into Your kingdom.
Indeed, You numbered as Your friends
all who came to You with repentant hearts.
O God, You alone are blessed always,
now and forever.
Amenprayer before holy communion by st john chrysostom - 24 june 2018 - solemnity of the birth of john baptist

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Our Morning Offering – 17 June – The Month of the Sacred Heart, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Our Morning Offering – 17 June – The Month of the Sacred Heart, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

I Pray You Lord
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

I pray You Lord,
in Holy Communion,
to give me the grace
of a cheerful heart,
an even temper,
sweetness, gentleness
and brightness of mind,
as walking in Your light
and by Your grace.
I pray You to give me the spirit
of overabundant, ever-springing love,
which empowers and sweeps away,
the vexations of life
by its own richness and strength
and which, above all things,
unites me to You,
who are the fountain
and the centre of all mercy,
loving kindness and joy.
AmenI pray you lord - bl john henry newman - 17 june 2018 - prayer before holy communion

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Sunday Reflection – 13 May – The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – “O Blessed Host”

Sunday Reflection – 13 May – The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord “O Blessed Host”

” Blessed Host” Eucharistic Prayer before Holy Communion
By St Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)
Diary 159

O Blessed Host, in golden chalice enclosed for me,
That through the vast wilderness of exile I may pass –
pure, immaculate, undefiled;
Oh, grant that through the power of Your love
This might come to be.

O Blessed Host, take up Your dwelling within my soul,
O Thou my heart’s purest love!
With Your brilliance the darkness dispel.
Refuse not Your grace to a humble heart.

O Blessed Host, enchantment of all heaven,
Though Your beauty be veiled
And captured in a crumb of bread,
Strong faith tears away that veil.eucharistic prayer before holy comm - st faustina - o blessed host - 13 may 2018 - sunday reflection.jpg

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Our Morning Offering -22 April – The Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B

Our Morning Offering -22 April – The Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B

Give me Yourself, O My God
By St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of Grace

Give me Yourself, O my God,
give Yourself to me.
Behold I love You
and if my love is too weak a thing,
grant me to love You more strongly.
I cannot measure my love
to know how much it falls short of being sufficient
but let my soul hasten to Your embrace
and never be turned away,
until it is hidden in the secret shelter
of Your presence.
This only do I know,
that it is not good for me
when You are not with me,
when You are only outside me.
I want You in my very self.
All the plenty in the world
which is not my God is utter want.
Amengive me yourself o my god - prayer of st augustine - act of petition - 22 april 2018 - 4th sun of easter year B

 

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Our Morning Offering – 11 February – 6th Sunday of Year B

Our Morning Offering – 11 February – 6th Sunday of Year B

Your Sacred Table – A Prayer Before Holy Communion –
By Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church

Divine Saviour,
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts.
Amen.your sacred table - prayer before holy comm by st francis de sales - 11 feb 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 8 October : Just as It Is – a Prayer before Holy Communion By Karl Rahner SJ

Our Morning Offering – 8 October

Just as It Is – a Prayer before Holy Communion
By Karl Rahner SJ

Come Lord enter my heart, You who are crucified,
who have died, who love, who are faithful,
truthful, patient and humble.
You who have taken upon Yourself, a slow and toilsome life
in a single corner of the world,
denied by those who are Your own,
too little loved by Your friends, betrayed by them,
subjected to the law, made by the plaything of politics
right from the very first,
a REFUGEE CHILD,
a CARPENTER’S SON,
a creature who found only barrenness and futility
as a result of His labours,
a man who loved and found no love in response,
You who were too exalted for those about You to understand,
who were brought to the point of feeling Yourself forsaken by God,
You who sacrificed all,
who commend Yourself into the hands of Your Father,
You who cry, ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’
I will try to receive You as You are,
to make You the innermost law of my life,
to take You, as at once, the BURDEN and the STRENGTH of my life.
When I receive You, I accept my everyday just as it is.
I do not have any lofty feelings in my heart to recount to You,
I can lay my everyday before You, just as it is.
For I receive it from You Yourself,
The everyday and its inward light,
The everyday and its meaning,
The everyday and the power to endure it,
The sheer familiarity of it,
which becomes the hiddenness of Your Eternal Life.
Amen.just as it is by karl rahner sj