Monday, 21 November 2011

Marian Year draws to a close

Today Bishop Mark was with us to formally close the Year of Prayer with Mary. The Cathedral was packed with clergy and people from across the diocese. At the end of Mass, gathered before the statue of Our Lady Help of Christians, Bishop Mark rededicated the Diocese to the intercession of Our Lady Help of Christians using the following prayer:


Prayed at Shrewsbury Cathedral

at the closing of the Diocesan Year of Prayer with Mary

21st November 2011

“Blessed are you who believed” (Luke 1:45) that “nothing is impossible to God” (Luke 1:37) and have led all generations to say “the Almighty has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49). To you the Help of Christians we turn in this hour following the example of the first generation of this Diocese knowing that you see our need (John 2: 4). In each generation, you invite us to do whatever Christ the Lord tells us (John 2:6) with unconquerable faith.

So once more we look to you Holy Mother of God as “the great sign” of hope (Rev. 12:1) in the midst of the Church’s struggle and the promise of her victory. We ask you, Mother of the Church, to pray with us constantly as you prayed together with the infant Church for the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14), for the courage of a new evangelisation, for renewed faithfulness in all our vocations and for those new vocations on which the future of our Diocese depends. To you who were given from the Cross as mother to all the disciples of your Son (John 19:27) we once more entrust ourselves and this Diocese. To your Immaculate Heart (Luke 2:19) we entrust this moment so full of hope and fraught with dangers, that we each increase in faith and in faithfulness so we may say with you, “let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). For, from the founding of this Diocese to this hour, it is a thing unheard of that anyone ever implored your help or sought your intercession and was left unaided.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,

that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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