2020 – Year of Reflection and Prayer

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Year of Reflection & Prayer

2020 has been designated a ‘Year of Reflection & Prayer’ in the Archdiocese of Armagh. Please keep our diocese in your prayers during the year so that together we may be guided by the Holy Spirit as we reflect on how best to keep the mission of Christ alive in our local church in the years to come.

Archbishop Eamon Martin and Auxiliary Bishop Michael Router will launch the ‘Year of Reflection and Prayer’ in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Thursday 30th Jan. at 7.30pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

To begin this Year of Reflection & Prayer in our parish, we will celebrate a Novena to St. Brigid (feast day on 1st February) from Thursday 23rd January to Friday 31st January inclusive. The Rosary before our weekday Masses will be part of the Novena and we will pray special Novena prayers at all Masses during the Novena.

These Novena prayers for each day are below and you can watch our Masses each day in this website. Just click here: Live Broadcast

St. Brigid of Ireland

Day 1 (23rd January 2020)
Today we pray for all people of the Archdiocese of Armagh, we pray that God will guide us as we journey through this year of prayer and reflection.

Novena Prayer

O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and the Archdiocese of Armagh,
We pray for your intercession as we in the Archdiocese of Armagh embarks on this year of Reflection and Prayer.
St. Brigid pray that we will place our trust in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to guide and enlighten us as we discern Gods call for us in our lives and the life of your church.
We pray that like you we will look after the poor, the sick and all those in great need. We pray for peace in our World, Country, homes and hearts. Amen.

[Mention your personal petition here…]

Saint Brigid of Armagh,
Pray for us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit………
Today we pray the Rosary of the Mysteries of Light

Concluding Prayer
God our Father,
Your people in the Archdiocese of Armagh wish to reflect on how best to meet the pastoral needs of your Church in this place and time and to search for ways to respond adequately to those needs.
We Pray to better understand our calling as your people. Help us to be eager and courageous witnesses to the joy of the Gospel by the lives we live and the service we give.
As we pray may we become ever more aware of your Spirit as our guide, comforter and inspiration so that our future plans and actions truly lead to everyone coming to know the joy of a personal encounter with You.
May we follow the example of your Son, Jesus, and place in You our trust.
May we listen to Your voice,
May we come to know Your will.
And then, when we are renewed and refreshed by this time of quiet discernment under Your Loving Gaze, send us to work towards building Your Kingdom.

We join our prayers to those who by their compassionate love, teaching and witness have shared the gift of faith with us as we ask the Saints of Armagh to walk with us and help light the path as we continue our pilgrim journey.
St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Malachy, St. Oliver Plunkett pray for us.
Naomh Mhuire, Máthair Dé, Guí Orainn
Amen


Day 2
Today we pray for peace and reconciliation in our country, diocese, homes and hearts.

Novena Prayer

O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and the Archdiocese of Armagh,
protect the Irish Church
and preserve the true Faith in every Irish heart,
at home and abroad.
Obtain for us the grace to walk faithfully
in the path of Christian perfection during life,
and so to secure a holy and happy death,
with life everlasting,
in thy blessed company,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.
[Mention your petition here…]

Saint Brigid of Armagh,
Pray for us.
Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Concluding prayer
God our Father,
Your people in the Archdiocese of Armagh wish to reflect on how best to meet the pastoral needs of your Church in this place and time and to search for ways to respond adequately to those needs.
We Pray to better understand our calling as your people. Help us to be eager and courageous witnesses to the joy of the Gospel by the lives we live and the service we give.
As we pray may we become ever more aware of your Spirit as our guide, comforter and inspiration so that our future plans and actions truly lead to everyone coming to know the joy of a personal encounter with You.
May we follow the example of your Son, Jesus, and place in You our trust.
May we listen to Your voice,
May we come to know Your will.
And then, when we are renewed and refreshed by this time of quiet discernment under Your Loving Gaze, send us to work towards building Your Kingdom.

We join our prayers to those who by their compassionate love, teaching and witness have shared the gift of faith with us as we ask the Saints of Armagh to walk with us and help light the path as we continue our pilgrim journey.
St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Malachy, St. Oliver Plunkett pray for us.
Naomh Mhuire, Máthair Dé, Guí Orainn
Amen


Day 3
Today we pray for our brothers and sisters who find themselves in need, we pray for the poor, the homeless and all who have fled their own countries looking for a new life.
Novena Prayer

O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and the Archdiocese of Armagh,
protect the Irish Church
and preserve the true Faith in every Irish heart,
at home and abroad.
Obtain for us the grace to walk faithfully
in the path of Christian perfection during life,
and so to secure a holy and happy death,
with life everlasting,
in thy blessed company,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.
[Mention your petition here…]

Saint Brigid of Armagh,
Pray for us.
Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Concluding prayer
God our Father,
Your people in the Archdiocese of Armagh wish to reflect on how best to meet the pastoral needs of your Church in this place and time and to search for ways to respond adequately to those needs.
We Pray to better understand our calling as your people. Help us to be eager and courageous witnesses to the joy of the Gospel by the lives we live and the service we give.
As we pray may we become ever more aware of your Spirit as our guide, comforter and inspiration so that our future plans and actions truly lead to everyone coming to know the joy of a personal encounter with You.
May we follow the example of your Son, Jesus, and place in You our trust.
May we listen to Your voice,
May we come to know Your will.
And then, when we are renewed and refreshed by this time of quiet discernment under Your Loving Gaze, send us to work towards building Your Kingdom.

We join our prayers to those who by their compassionate love, teaching and witness have shared the gift of faith with us as we ask the Saints of Armagh to walk with us and help light the path as we continue our pilgrim journey.
St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Malachy, St. Oliver Plunkett pray for us.
Naomh Mhuire, Máthair Dé, Guí Orainn
Amen


Day 4
Today we pray for our brothers and sisters, sons and daughter who are searching for meaning in their lives. We pray for all who have lost hope, the lonely and especially for the vulnerable people in our communities who are feeling suicidal.

Novena Prayer

O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and the Archdiocese of Armagh,
protect the Irish Church
and preserve the true Faith in every Irish heart,
at home and abroad.
Obtain for us the grace to walk faithfully
in the path of Christian perfection during life,
and so to secure a holy and happy death,
with life everlasting,
in thy blessed company,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.
[Mention your petition here…]

Saint Brigid of Armagh,
Pray for us.
Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Concluding prayer
God our Father,
Your people in the Archdiocese of Armagh wish to reflect on how best to meet the pastoral needs of your Church in this place and time and to search for ways to respond adequately to those needs.
We Pray to better understand our calling as your people. Help us to be eager and courageous witnesses to the joy of the Gospel by the lives we live and the service we give.
As we pray may we become ever more aware of your Spirit as our guide, comforter and inspiration so that our future plans and actions truly lead to everyone coming to know the joy of a personal encounter with You.
May we follow the example of your Son, Jesus, and place in You our trust.
May we listen to Your voice,
May we come to know Your will.
And then, when we are renewed and refreshed by this time of quiet discernment under Your Loving Gaze, send us to work towards building Your Kingdom.

We join our prayers to those who by their compassionate love, teaching and witness have shared the gift of faith with us as we ask the Saints of Armagh to walk with us and help light the path as we continue our pilgrim journey.
St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Malachy, St. Oliver Plunkett pray for us.
Naomh Mhuire, Máthair Dé, Guí Orainn
Amen


Day 5
Today we pray for all who are sick and those in our communities who are dying.
Novena Prayer

O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and the Archdiocese of Armagh,
protect the Irish Church
and preserve the true Faith in every Irish heart,
at home and abroad.
Obtain for us the grace to walk faithfully
in the path of Christian perfection during life,
and so to secure a holy and happy death,
with life everlasting,
in thy blessed company,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.
[Mention your petition here…]

Saint Brigid of Armagh,
Pray for us.
Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Concluding prayer
God our Father,
Your people in the Archdiocese of Armagh wish to reflect on how best to meet the pastoral needs of your Church in this place and time and to search for ways to respond adequately to those needs.
We Pray to better understand our calling as your people. Help us to be eager and courageous witnesses to the joy of the Gospel by the lives we live and the service we give.
As we pray may we become ever more aware of your Spirit as our guide, comforter and inspiration so that our future plans and actions truly lead to everyone coming to know the joy of a personal encounter with You.
May we follow the example of your Son, Jesus, and place in You our trust.
May we listen to Your voice,
May we come to know Your will.
And then, when we are renewed and refreshed by this time of quiet discernment under Your Loving Gaze, send us to work towards building Your Kingdom.

We join our prayers to those who by their compassionate love, teaching and witness have shared the gift of faith with us as we ask the Saints of Armagh to walk with us and help light the path as we continue our pilgrim journey.
St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Malachy, St. Oliver Plunkett pray for us.
Naomh Mhuire, Máthair Dé, Guí Orainn
Amen


Day 6
Today we pray for our young people, that God will fill them with great hope, joy and courage in proclaiming the Good News.
Novena Prayer

O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and the Archdiocese of Armagh,
protect the Irish Church
and preserve the true Faith in every Irish heart,
at home and abroad.
Obtain for us the grace to walk faithfully
in the path of Christian perfection during life,
and so to secure a holy and happy death,
with life everlasting,
in thy blessed company,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.
[Mention your petition here…]

Saint Brigid of Armagh,
Pray for us.
Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Concluding prayer
God our Father,
Your people in the Archdiocese of Armagh wish to reflect on how best to meet the pastoral needs of your Church in this place and time and to search for ways to respond adequately to those needs.
We Pray to better understand our calling as your people. Help us to be eager and courageous witnesses to the joy of the Gospel by the lives we live and the service we give.
As we pray may we become ever more aware of your Spirit as our guide, comforter and inspiration so that our future plans and actions truly lead to everyone coming to know the joy of a personal encounter with You.
May we follow the example of your Son, Jesus, and place in You our trust.
May we listen to Your voice,
May we come to know Your will.
And then, when we are renewed and refreshed by this time of quiet discernment under Your Loving Gaze, send us to work towards building Your Kingdom.

We join our prayers to those who by their compassionate love, teaching and witness have shared the gift of faith with us as we ask the Saints of Armagh to walk with us and help light the path as we continue our pilgrim journey.
St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Malachy, St. Oliver Plunkett pray for us.
Naomh Mhuire, Máthair Dé, Guí Orainn
Amen


Day 7
Today we pray for our country’s leaders and those responsible from making important decisions that affect the most vulnerable in our society.
Novena Prayer

O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and the Archdiocese of Armagh,
protect the Irish Church
and preserve the true Faith in every Irish heart,
at home and abroad.
Obtain for us the grace to walk faithfully
in the path of Christian perfection during life,
and so to secure a holy and happy death,
with life everlasting,
in thy blessed company,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.
[Mention your petition here…]

Saint Brigid of Armagh,
Pray for us.
Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Concluding prayer
God our Father,
Your people in the Archdiocese of Armagh wish to reflect on how best to meet the pastoral needs of your Church in this place and time and to search for ways to respond adequately to those needs.
We Pray to better understand our calling as your people. Help us to be eager and courageous witnesses to the joy of the Gospel by the lives we live and the service we give.
As we pray may we become ever more aware of your Spirit as our guide, comforter and inspiration so that our future plans and actions truly lead to everyone coming to know the joy of a personal encounter with You.
May we follow the example of your Son, Jesus, and place in You our trust.
May we listen to Your voice,
May we come to know Your will.
And then, when we are renewed and refreshed by this time of quiet discernment under Your Loving Gaze, send us to work towards building Your Kingdom.

We join our prayers to those who by their compassionate love, teaching and witness have shared the gift of faith with us as we ask the Saints of Armagh to walk with us and help light the path as we continue our pilgrim journey.
St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Malachy, St. Oliver Plunkett pray for us.
Naomh Mhuire, Máthair Dé, Guí Orainn
Amen


 

Day 8
Today we pray through the intercession of St. Brigid, that the local church may bear Witness to Christ through our fidelity, truth and charity.
Novena Prayer

O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and the Archdiocese of Armagh,
protect the Irish Church
and preserve the true Faith in every Irish heart,
at home and abroad.
Obtain for us the grace to walk faithfully
in the path of Christian perfection during life,
and so to secure a holy and happy death,
with life everlasting,
in thy blessed company,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.
[Mention your petition here…]

Saint Brigid of Armagh,
Pray for us.
Today we pray the Rosary of the Mysteries of Light

Concluding prayer
God our Father,
Your people in the Archdiocese of Armagh wish to reflect on how best to meet the pastoral needs of your Church in this place and time and to search for ways to respond adequately to those needs.
We Pray to better understand our calling as your people. Help us to be eager and courageous witnesses to the joy of the Gospel by the lives we live and the service we give.
As we pray may we become ever more aware of your Spirit as our guide, comforter and inspiration so that our future plans and actions truly lead to everyone coming to know the joy of a personal encounter with You.
May we follow the example of your Son, Jesus, and place in You our trust.
May we listen to Your voice,
May we come to know Your will.
And then, when we are renewed and refreshed by this time of quiet discernment under Your Loving Gaze, send us to work towards building Your Kingdom.

We join our prayers to those who by their compassionate love, teaching and witness have shared the gift of faith with us as we ask the Saints of Armagh to walk with us and help light the path as we continue our pilgrim journey.
St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Malachy, St. Oliver Plunkett pray for us.
Naomh Mhuire, Máthair Dé, Guí Orainn
Amen


Day 9
Today we pray for all baptised Christians that we may have the courage to follow the call of God in our lives today and to become his intentional disciples.
Novena Prayer

O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and the Archdiocese of Armagh,
protect the Irish Church
and preserve the true Faith in every Irish heart,
at home and abroad.
Obtain for us the grace to walk faithfully
in the path of Christian perfection during life,
and so to secure a holy and happy death,
with life everlasting,
in thy blessed company,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.
[Mention your petition here…]

Saint Brigid of Armagh,
Pray for us.
Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Concluding prayer
God our Father,
Your people in the Archdiocese of Armagh wish to reflect on how best to meet the pastoral needs of your Church in this place and time and to search for ways to respond adequately to those needs.
We Pray to better understand our calling as your people. Help us to be eager and courageous witnesses to the joy of the Gospel by the lives we live and the service we give.
As we pray may we become ever more aware of your Spirit as our guide, comforter and inspiration so that our future plans and actions truly lead to everyone coming to know the joy of a personal encounter with You.
May we follow the example of your Son, Jesus, and place in You our trust.
May we listen to Your voice,
May we come to know Your will.
And then, when we are renewed and refreshed by this time of quiet discernment under Your Loving Gaze, send us to work towards building Your Kingdom.

We join our prayers to those who by their compassionate love, teaching and witness have shared the gift of faith with us as we ask the Saints of Armagh to walk with us and help light the path as we continue our pilgrim journey.
St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Malachy, St. Oliver Plunkett pray for us.
Naomh Mhuire, Máthair Dé, Guí Orainn
Amen


Prayer texts by Anne Coyle

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