UNITED IN PRAYER
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All Saints – Solemnity
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Take a moment to still yourself. Take a deep breath and ask God for a renewed sense of presence with you in this moment.
Almighty ever-living God, by whose gift we venerate in one celebration the merits of all the Saints, bestow on us, we pray, through the prayers of so many intercessors, an abundance of the reconciliation with you for which we earnestly long. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sing or listen
First Reading – Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 23(24) Listen Here
Second Reading – 1 John 3:1-3
Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
‘How happy are the poor in spirit;
Happy the gentle:
Happy those who mourn:
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right:
Happy the merciful:
Happy the pure in heart:
Happy the peacemakers:
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:
‘Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.’
This section is designed to be adapted depending on how you are gathering to pray. There are links to external resources for children and young people. There is also a reflection which can be used by individuals or adapted to be used in groups.
Christ near, Christ here,
Christ be with me, Christ beneath me,
Christ within me, Christ behind me,
Christ be over me, Christ before me.
(St. Patrick’s Breastplate)