Bishop Peter has called us all to share a Year of Prayer and Vocation from the First Sunday of Advent 2017.
It is an opportunity for us to deepen our prayer life and reflect on how each one of us is invited to respond to our baptismal vocation in our daily life.
We are invited to share in this special time of prayer and reflection across the diocese as the local Church of our diocese of Northampton. By committing together to this we will be supporting one another as members of the Body of Christ in this part of God’s world.
We hope that to will be a blessed time for us all.
To help us participate in this we offer you a few simple resources which will follow the Calendar of monthly intentions which you can find here.
For each month there will be a downloadable page for:-
- parish prayer
- school prayer
- personal reflection.
For these, see the monthly pages in the menu opposite. We apologise that the material for August has been delayed. Generally we hope to provide the resources for each month in advance so that you can do forward planning.
We have been asked if the photos used in the prayer sheets can be made available separately. Click on the titles to download the JPG's. These have had to be downsized a bit to be available as downloads. If you need bigger / hi-res images, please ask the Webmaster.
Sea of Galilee
St Francis of Assisi
Steps at Mount St Bernards
Blessed Cyprian Tansi
Sand and stones
Walsingham Slipper Chapel
Walsingham Chapel side entrance
Crowds at Birmingham New Street
Out of Darkness into Light
God calls us poster
steps at the House of Caiaphas
A talk given by Bro. John Mayhead OSB at Turvey in Advent is available here. The Advent personal prayer sheet itself is here.
A set of Homily Notes for each month of the Year of Prayer and Vocation has been contributed by Fr Ken Payne of St Aidan's, Little Chalfont, and can be downloaded here. (MS Word document.)
Other links and resources will be available when possible. We welcome any thoughts and suggestions.Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mgr Kevin McGinnell
Diocesan Spirituality Network
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During this year we are invited, as a diocese to renew our commitment to personal prayer. As we set out together let us ask God for the grace each day to hear and follow his call.
Here is the prayer of Richard of Chichester which has been printed on the bookmarks and will be used throughout the Year.
Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us.
For all the pains and insults
which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer,
Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
You can download the Order Form for the large Banner, and fridge-magnet, as resources supporting this inititative. Click here for this (PDF).