“I Want to See.”
by Blind Beggar Bart

A Family Prayer in the Year of Mercy

All: Our Father in Heaven, as we come together to face the coming year,
Help us to heed the call of our parents *:
That we love and help one another,
Just as Mary in today’s Gospel kept in her heart the life of her son Jesus **
So too help us reflect on the prayer of St. Francis ***:

Leader: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
All: That we may always sincerely seek to keep peace among us and in our hearts.
Leader: Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
All: That we may learn to love beyond those whom we already love, and offer our love to all.
Leader: Where there is injury, pardon;
All: That we may be quick to forgive each other without expectations.
Leader: Where there is doubt, faith;
All: That we continue to put faith on You and on each other, despite disappointments.
Leader: Where there is despair, hope;
All: That we support and encourage each other in times of isolation and difficulties.
Leader: Where there is darkness, light;
All: That we may be more open to listen to counsel and seek Your guidance always.
Leader: And where there is sadness, joy.
All: That we would come together to share our joys and offer consolation in times of sadness.

Leader: O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
All: That we may learn to console each other without expectations.
Leader: To be understood as to understand;
All: That we may learn to be more understanding of each other, and less of asking to be understood.
Leader: To be loved as to love.
All: That we may increase our capacity to love one another, beyond ourselves, beyond our loved ones. 

All: For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life… 

More than anything in our lives, remind us first and foremost to fulfil our duty as sons and daughters of Heaven. ****

All these we ask you Father in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, in unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever, Amen.

Mary Mother of God, Pray for us. *****

Note, after the prayer above, the following could be done: 
1. Express thanksgiving for the past year and petition for the new year and all respond with “Lord hear our prayer.”
2. Greet each other with a sign of peace.

* This prayer was originally in response to the admonition of parents to their children for the new year.
** From the Gospel reading for January 1, 2013.
*** January 1 is the World Day of Prayer for Peace. The prayer of St. Francis is typically used as a prayer.
**** From the 2nd reading for January 1, 2013.
***** January 1 is also the Solemnity of the Feast of Mary Mother of God.

Blessings in the new year! -BBB, 1/10/2016 Feast of the Baptism of our Lord.

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