Prayer for the Week

Week beginning Sunday 4 December 2022

O God, make the door of this house wide enough to receive all
who need human love and friendship,
but narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and malice.
Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling-block
to children, nor to straying feet,
but strong enough to turn away the power of evil.
O God, make the door of this house
a gateway to your eternal kingdom.
Grant this, through Christ our Lord.

Thomas Ken (1631-1711), slightly adapted


Week beginning Sunday 27 November 2022
(Advent Sunday)

O Christ our Morning Star,
radiance of the Father's love,
you are the brightness that disperses the shadows of our hearts:
come, cleanse and renew us in your glory,
for your love’s sake.

Paraphrase of the Fifth Advent Antiphon, Western Rite