THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.

 Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

 December 24th 2017

 Mary, the Ark of God’s Covenant

“Rejoice so highly favoured; the Lord is with you.” The Angel addressed these words to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and our Mother. But they are also addressed to each of us who have the wonderful privilege of knowing Jesus through our Baptism. They have a very special significance for couples who are privileged to have each other and to be united in the Sacrament of Marriage. In the course of this week of Christmas, be aware of all the good that is in your love relationship, how highly favoured you are to have this person as your wife/husband. Be aware also of the goodness of each one of your children and how privileged you are to have them. As you celebrate the Eucharist during this week leading up to Christmas, make a special effort to appreciate the people of your faith community. And know that your love makes Christ present.

Morning Prayer, when together

Lord, fill our hearts with your love.

And as you revealed to us by an angel

the coming of your Son in our flesh,

so lead us through his suffering and death

to the glory of his resurrection.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 During the day, when apart

Lord, may the power of your Spirit

which sanctified Mary the Mother of your Son

make holy our love for each other.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 Evening/Night Prayer together

Lord, as Christmas draws near

make us grow in faith and love.

May we celebrate the coming of Christ our Saviour

with joy and gladness in our marriage and family.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 

Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: How can you arrange to have special time for you as a couple on Christmas Day and the other days around it?

For others: Is there anyone you should make a special effort to contact at Christmas? How will you do it?

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