On Friday, January 17, the Corpus Christi Cathedral held its annual multicultural Mass, which we joyfully celebrated with our diocesan church family. Afterwards, we hurried downstairs to St. Joseph Hall for the festivities: An abundance of ethnic foods, lively entertainment provided by the youngsters, and delightful conversations with friends and acquaintances alike.
How funny to hear the bishop tease, “Are you still eating?” as he passed our table on his way out at evening’s end!
Prayers for Christian unity (Sisters of the Holy Family; January 18-25, 2014)
Day 1… Merciful God, together with all those who call on the name of the Lord in our brokenness, we hear your call to be saints. Yet you have made us a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. By the power of your Holy Spirit, draw us together in the communion of saints and strengthen us to do your will and to proclaim the mighty acts of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
Day 2… Most loving and gracious God, we give thanks for the gifts of your grace that we experience not only in our own tradition, but also in the traditions of other churches. By the grace of your Holy Spirit, may our gratitude continue to grow as we encounter one another and experience your gift of unity in new ways. This we pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Day 3… Faithful, open-handed God, we bless you for giving us all the spiritual gifts we need to come to the measure of the full stature of Christ: for wisdom, for gifts of service, and for bread. Help us be signs of your abundance gathered in unity to bring the gifts of your everlasting kingdom to every place of pain and lack. Filled with the Spirit, we pray in the name of the One whose gift was the bread of his life broken for us now and forever. Amen.
Day 4… Faithful God, we give thanks for your steadfast love and your devotedness that extends to the clouds. As we wait in joyful hope, working and praying together for the full visible unity of your church, fill us with confidence in your promises. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Day 5… Father of love, you have called us into the fellowship of your son and appointed us to bear fruit in our witness to the gospel. By the grace of your Spirit, enable us to love one another and to dwell together in unity so that our joy may be complete. Amen.
Day 6… Loving God, you give us prophetic witnesses in times of conflict and division. When we seek you, Lord, send us your Holy Spirit to make us artisans of reconciliation united in the same mind and the same purpose. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.
Day 7… We give you thanks, O God, that you bless each and every member of the body of Christ with the gifts of your Spirit. Help us to be supportive of one another, to be respectful of our differences, and to work. Amen.
Day 8… Gracious God, you sent your son Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit to redeem your people. Unite us in our diversity that we might affirm and proclaim together the good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ for a world in need of his gospel. Amen.
Links of interest… Catholic Communications Network… Corpus Christi Cathedral: about / facebook / home / landmark / marker / parishes online / TV Mass / TX State Historical Association / website… Sisters of the Holy Family: about / blog / Christian unity / national migration week / prayer for migrants… South Texas Catholic…
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