Monday, 17 March 2014

Prayer for Monday 17th March

Today from our church family we pray for Sylvia Boss.

Collect for St Patrick:
Almighty God, who in your providence chose your servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people: keep alive in us the fire of the faith he kindled, and strengthen us in our pilgrimage towards the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We celebrate today the feast of St Patrick, the apostle of Ireland. As a boy growing up in the western Britain, Patrick was captured by Irish pirates and taken into slavery. During his years of servitude, Patrick began to pray, and gradually came to know and love God. He eventually escaped slavery, and after many hardships made it back to his home. After receiving the basic Bible training needed for the priesthood, he chose to return to the land where he had suffered so much to preach the Gospel. Even at the height of his success as Bishop of Armagh, he never forgot his former status as unlearned exile, slave and fugitive, and emphasized the need for complete reliance on the God who can bring good out of the darkest of situations. Lord, help us to trust in you today, and to know that you are always in control. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.