Day 4: Prayer for Christian UnityJan 21st, 2012 | By Guest Author | Category: Blog Posts
A Prayer for Unity through the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word….”
Merciful Father, grant us an increase in humility, a humility likened to that of our Blessed Mother. May we be quick to respond joyfully to Your voice, Your call, Your leading. May we humbly recognize when we are following our own voice, our own call, our own leading. Grant us the grace needed for the virtue of humility that through it we may ever strive for the perfect unity for which our Lord’s suffering Heart longs….
“Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country…and greeted Elizabeth.”
Gracious Father, we ask You to increase charity in our hearts so that we would truly love others. May we desire the Good for them always. As our Blessed Mother joyfully brought Christ to Elizabeth, help us to determine to bring Christ, the true Good, to those about us. Forgive us when we act contrary to charity and grant us the grace to do this no more.
“And she gave birth…and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the Inn.”
Loving Father, help us to recognize our poverty. Our lowly hearts are like the poor stable that received the Infant Jesus. We have so little to give. We humbly acknowledge how poor and unadorned is our soul – so unfit to house the Blessed Trinity! Keep us ever mindful of our poverty that we may receive the grace of depending on You always. In our poverty alone, we would drive others away. But by Your grace, we can be one body, adorned with glory and ready to meet You when You come again.
“they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord …”
Holy Father, we desire to live always in Your perfect will. As Mary and Joseph joyfully obeyed the law and brought the Christ Child to the temple, may we experience the joy of obedience to You, never counting the cost, never mindful of the sacrifices, but ever ready to do what You command.
“After three days they found Him in the temple….”
Glorious Father, so long have we desired to find Christ. So long have we sought for Him, just as Mary and Joseph searched for Him when it appeared that He was lost. As He was found by them in His Father’s house, may we too find Him in His Father’s house – which is now the Church. Lead us to this Church where we may be one body, have one faith, and one Lord.
May our prayers rise up to You, Eternal Father, as a sweet offering. Abundantly send us Your graces, as we are in great need of them! Help us to be one body. . .
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our thanks to Carol Cross, convert and donor of great spiritual sacrifices to Called to Communion, for accepting our request to write a prayer for this occasion.