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Prayer for Peace: Merciful Like the Father


On this New Year’s Eve, the sisters gather for a Holy Hour, a Vespers Vigil for Peace from 7:00-8:00PM.  This year, our prayer for this vigil is a reflection of Pope Francis’ call to live the mercy of God.  The Psalms, Scripture readings, and readings from holy men and women of the Church in our prayer are all based in the mercy of God.  The long periods of silence between readings invites us to reflect on that mercy.

We invite you to join us in this prayer, a Holy Hour for Peace and Mercy whether you are near or far…

~ We open with song reminding us of God’s mercy…Theres a Wideness in Gods Mercy Pope Francis Holy Door Mercy St Peters Basilica

~ The Face of God’s Mercy…

* Psalm 25
* Luke 10: 25-37, The Parable of the Good Samaritan

* Time for Reflection and Meditation:
* Sr. Penny’s Christmas’ Vespers Address

The adult Jesus shows us that mercy is tender concern for other; it is healing for the broken; mercy welcomes the out cast; it feeds the hungry; it finds the lost. Mercy consoles the sorrowful; mercy dies to self and shares life with another. Mercy teaches truth and invites conversion. Mercy speaks hope to the desperate and welcomes the stranger, the immigrant. Mercy overcomes all division. Mercy loves in the face of hatred and violence. Mercy forgives. Mercy saves. Mercy loves.

* Misericordiae Vultus

The Lord Jesus shows us the steps of the pilgrimage to attain our goal: “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6: 37-38). The Lord asks us above all not to judge and not to condemn.

~ Opening Our Hearts to God’s Mercy…

* Call and Response:Jubilee Year of Mercy Official Image

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Revealed in the mystery of the Trinity, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Expression of the greatest love of God, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Revealed in the Creation of all the earth, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Embracing the whole universe, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Flowing from the unconditional love of Christ, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Revealed through Your Word and Sacrament, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Healing for the sick and suffering, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Compassionate solace for all anguished hearts, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Hope and encouragement for souls afflicted with despair, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Peace for the dying, We trust in You.

Leader: Mercy of God
All:  Always and everywhere accompanying all people, We trust in You.

* Time for Reflection and Meditation:
* Sr. Penny’s Christmas’ Vespers Address

Let’s savor this thought–God became one of us because He wanted to, He chose to. The only explanation for His desire, His choice is mercy, love–the very nature of who God is. God came to our earthly home because He wants to take us home to Himself some day. He became human so that we might one day become divine. No matter how many times we hear this truth, it is stunning!

* Misericordiae Vultus

We want to live this Jubilee Year in the light of the Lord’s words: Merciful like the Father… In order to be capable of mercy,therefore, we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the Word of God. This means rediscovering the value of silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us.

~ Reaching Out in Mercy…

* Reflection and Meditation:
* Rule of Benedict: 34: 1-5

Let us follow the Scripture, “distribution was made to each according as anyone had need” (Acts 4: 35). By this we do not mean that there should be respecting of persons (which God forbid), but consideration for infirmities. She who needs less should thank God and not be discontented; but she who needs more should be humbled by the thought of her infirmity rather than feeling important on account of the kindness shown her. Thus all the members will be at peace.

* Misericordiae Vultus

Jesus affirms that mercy is not only an action of the Father, it becomes a criterion for ascertaining who His true children are.

~ Closing Prayers…

Send Your Spirit and consecrate everyone of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and Your Church, with renewed enthusiasm,
may bring Good News to the poor, proclaim liberty to captive and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of You, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy;
You who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

Our Father…

God of Mercy and Love fill our hearts anew with your compassion, fill our thinking with Your grace and understanding.
Guide our judgement of others made in Your image.
Help us to be instruments of Your peace.
Draw into closer unity, people of all races in this and every land that we all may grow in respect and understanding of each other.
Grant to us such transformation of our lives in this Year of Mercy
that we may make peace with our enemies and that together we might make this world a place of passion and hope for all.
We pray in the name of Jesus and through the power of Your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

~ We close with song calling for God’s peace… “Grant Us Peace”

Dona Nobis Pacem Grant Us Peace New Years Prayer Yankton Benedictines Sacred Heart Monastery Sisters

Blessings to you,

Return to “One Heart and One Soul”

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