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Jubilee of Mercy

Pope Francis: “…the Jubilee will be celebrated both in Rome and in the Particular Churches as a visible sign of the Church’s universal communion.”  The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St Peter (Rome) on 8th December AD 2015 marks the official start of the Jubilee of Mercy.  At the request of the Holy Father, from that moment (in every Catholic Church) the faithful are called to celebrate and live the Jubilee, particularly through the sacred liturgy and most especially in the Sacraments of the Holy Mass and Reconciliation (also known as Confession).  Our Parish, and those listed, have sought to begin our preparations for this great Year of Mercy in prayer and have therefore commissioned a unique prayer card.  This will be available soon in each of our churches and will be used at every Sunday Mass, however, you can download a copy now!  The short petition is from the (optional) Closing Prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Prayer Text

Jubilee of Mercy

Eternal God, in whom mercy is
endless and the treasury of
compassion inexhaustible, look
kindly up us and increase Your
mercy in us, that in difficult
moments we might bot despair
nor become despondent, but with
great confidence submit ourselves
to Your holy will, which is Love
and Mercy itself.

Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

This is called “the Lord’s Prayer” because it comes to us from the Lord Jesus, the master and model of all prayer.   As Jesus was praying one of His disciples said to Him: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1.).  In response to this request the Lord entrusted to His disciples and to His Church this fundamental Christian prayer.  The Lord’s Prayer is considered a summary of the whole Gospel, that is, the Good News of salvation revealed in the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus.  In this prayer Jesus teaches us through His own words to pray for the gift of the new life of the Kingdom; thus the request for “daily bread” refers both to earthly nourishment and also to the Bread of Life: the Word of God & the Body and Blood of Christ.  Since our prayer sets before God our desires we should not offer this prayer mechanically but rather from the depths of our heart; the one who offers this prayer must do so in humility acknowledging the divine origin of the prayer.  In the early Church the first Christians offered this prayer three times every day.  St Thomas Aquinas referred to this as the “most perfect of prayers”.

Prayer Text

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Amen

The Glory Be

This simple yet profound prayer is more commonly known by its name Latin name: Gloria Patri.  Whilst few in its words it is a confession of the nature of God and the worship that belongs to Him alone.   This unassuming act of Faith is a submission to the nature of God.  It is a doxology and is best thought of as a hymn of praise which encapsulates the essence of the Catholic Faith: that God is a Holy Trinity of persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).  Each Person of the Trinity is to be equally worshipped and adored.  The Gloria Patri is at the heart of the Holy Rosary and Morning Prayer which is offered each day in the Parish.

Prayer Text

The Glory Be

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

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The Apostles Creed

From the first days of the Church the Faith was expressed and handed-on in through summaries or formula which contained the essential elements of belief.  The Apostles’ Creed (gathered from Sacred Scripture) presents the Faith in its entirety and is so called because it is an authentic summary of the Faith of the Apostles.  It is the ancient baptismal creed of the Church of Rome and its great authority arises from this fact: it is “the Creed of the Roman Church, the See of Peter the first of the apostles, to which he brought the common faith” (St Ambrose).  As St Ambrose proclaimed: “This Creed is the spiritual seal, our heart’s meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul.”  The Apostles’ Creed is recited each day in the Parish at the Holy Rosary and also, as appropriate, at Mass (replacing the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed).

Prayer Text

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen

The Hail Mary

In all prayer it is the Holy Spirit who unites us to Jesus in His glorified humanity; therefore in a special way we too are united with Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Our Lady gave her consent in faith at the Annunciation and maintained it without hesitation at the foot of the Cross.  Ever since, her motherhood has extended to the brothers and sisters of her Son “who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties” (Lumen gentium, 62).  Mary is therefore the Mother of Jesus and the mother of all Christians.  Due to Mary’s singular cooperation in salvation history we welcome Jesus’ mother into our homes and into our hearts (just like the beloved disciple).  We thus long to pray in communion with Our Lady and to thereby entrust our petitions to her.  The very life of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary, the Mother of God.  This is a profoundly biblical prayer consisting of scriptural texts from the Gospel according to St Luke (1: 28, 42) and is a beautiful expression of the Church’s respect and devotion to the Mother of the Lord.

Prayer Text

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.

Amen

Angelus

This prayer, commonly recited at 7:00am, 12:00noon and 6:00pm, focuses on the wonder of the Incarnation and the singular role that Mary played in the redemption of humanity won through the life, death and Resurrection of her Son.  The Angelus is, in short, a three-fold meditation on the Incarnation in which we acknowledge Our Lady’s obedience to the will of God as proclaimed in the angelic message.  This ancient prayer condenses the whole history of the Incarnation whilst losing nothing of its majesty; it is an appeal to the Mother of the Lord to assist us with her intercession so that we might more closely follow her Son, Jesus Christ.  In this prayer we venerate Our Lady for worship is due to God alone.  This prayer is offered before the Vigil Mass and in so doing we ask Our Lady to draw us closer to her Son, Jesus Christ, whom we will encounter in the Sacred Scriptures and in Holy Communion.

Prayer Text

Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary…

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary…

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen

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Regina Caeli

This prayer replaces the Angelus for the season of Eastertide (Easter Sunday until Pentecost) as it focuses on Our Lady’s joy at the Resurrection of her Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead.  As a Marian petitionary hymn it is most commonly sung in Latin:

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

  1. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
  2. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Prayer Text

Regina Caeli

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. / For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.

Has risen, as he said, alleluia. / Pray for us to God, alleluia.

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. / For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen

The Parish Litany

This is most frequently used at the conclusion of Morning Prayer and at the end of the Sunday Mass in Wendover.  The first part of this simple prayer finds its origins in the Litany of the Sacred Heart and thereby in the desire to consecrate oneself to Christ.  The prayer brings together our desire to grow in Faith as a community and therefore to be united with the family of the saints and angels; it also reflects the dedication of our two churches (Our Lady and St Anne), the patronage of the universal church (St Joseph) and the history of the Parish (St Damien, member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary).

Prayer Text

The Parish Litany

To the hearts of Jesus and Mary: Honour and glory!
Our Lady of Missenden: Pray for us!
Saint Joseph: Pray for us!
Saint Anne: Pray for us!
Saint (of the day): Pray for us!
Saint Damien: Pray for us!
All holy men and women, Saints of God: Pray for us!