100 Days of Prayer
Prayers for Week 5
St Swithun Wells (1536-1591), Martyr. Feast Day 10th December
St Swithun Wells was born in Hampshire. A well-educated man, he enjoyed music, sports and poetry. Swithun assisted priests find safe houses from one place to another. He moved to Gray’s Inn Fields, London with his wife, which he made a house of hospitality. In 1591, Edmund Gennings and Polydore Plasden celebrated Mass in the house and were arrested; Swithun Wells was not there at the time. Upon returning he was arrested and pleaded that he was not in attendance, but wished he was. He was sentenced and executed outside the address on the 10th December.
Dear Lord, we give thanks for the bravery of
St Swithun Wells, in protecting Priests at a time of persecution.
We pray that we can be more like St Swithun,
and welcome everyone we meet
in a hospitable way. We ask this through Christ, your Son, Our Lord.
St Swithun Wells… Pray for us.
St Richard Reynolds (1492-1535) Bridgettine Monk and Martyr. Feast Day 4th May as part of the 40 English Martyrs.
St Richard was born in Devon and was educated at Corpus Christi, Cambridge. He was praised by Cardinal Reginald Pole for his Latin, Greek and Hebrew. He then joined the Bridgettine Community of Syon, Isleworth. St Richard was martyred on the 4th May after refusing to sign an oath of supremacy to King Henry the VIII.
Dear Lord, as we reflect on St Richard Reynolds,
we pray in thanksgiving for his mission here on earth.
We give thanks for his bravery at a time of persecution
and the courage show; may we be filled with this
same courage when encountering difficult situations.
We ask this through Christ, Your Son, Our Lord.
Saint Richard Reynolds… Pray for us.
Lord Jesus, we sit at your feet today
and give you all that we are.
We give you all those achievements
and high moments of the past week
as well as the struggles and low points.
May we be able to more closely align our hearts
with yours and live more fully alive in you.
Give us grateful hearts this Sunday, God,
and help us to live in the truth of your resurrection joy.
Remind us today that you offer us new life
and help us to choose to follow you
and the call you give us each and every day.
May we be more attentive to your voice
in our hearts and able to respond
with openness and generosity.
St Columba of Cornwall. Tune in at 7pm to our Facebook Page to hear about St Columba of Cornwall.
Sr Frances Kelly CSN.
Lord you have gathered us together today in your name.
We have brought alive through prayer and discussion
the life of your beloved Virgin and Martyr
St. Columba of Cornwall, a woman of faith, courage and love.
We ask St Columba of Cornwall to intercede for us as we continue the journey of life.
To send love into our hearts that our lives be changed by the power of your spirit to do good works here in earth.
We ask this in Jesus name.
St Columba of Cornwall... pray for us
St Thomas Becket.
Tune in at 7pm on our Facebook Page to hear about St Thomas Becket from Sr Linda Pergega FDC.
Almighty God, by Your grace,
St Thomas Becket lived his life authentically to his vocation and without fear of what man can do to him, for You were with him.
May his prayers give us the courage to proclaim our faith by the witness of our lives even to a Martyrdom.
Through his intercessions, make us willing to renounce
the goods of this world for Christ so that we may find it in heaven.
Through our Christ our Lord.
St Thomas Becket… Pray for us.
Blessed Christopher Wharton
Tune in at 7pm on our Facebook Page to hear about Blessed Christopher Wharton from Mr Carl Fisher.
Lord, Thank you for your call to follow you in this life.
Help us each day to listen with the ears of our heart to find and discover you great plan for our lives.
Lord, help us to be brave in our response, to say yes to follow you.
Help us to be brave like Blessed Christopher and live our lives for you.
Lord you have sent countless inspirational witnesses to your Church,
Help us all to be inspired by their words and actions of faith.
Lord today we give to you all that we are and all that we will become by the power of your grace.
Use us like you used Blessed Christopher, to bring comfort, hope, peace, love and joy to this world.
We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord.
Blessed Christopher Wharton… Pray for us!
St Blaise… Pray for us!
All you holy men and women Pray for us!
Saint Margaret Clitherow
Tune in at 7pm on our Facebook Page to hear about St Margaret Clitherow by Jade Broadley, Youth 2000.
Lord, we thank you that we are able to live our faith in freedom.
We pray for those who suffer and are persecuted for their belief in You.
With the intercession of St. Margaret Clitherow, we ask for the same courage.
The courage to live out our faith with integrity, perseverance and humility,
and the courage to share our faith with those around us.
St. Margaret Clitherow, pray for us.
Tune in at 7pm on our Facebook Page to hear about St Chad by Deacon Owen Gresty, Vocations Promoter, Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Heavenly Father, your bishop, Saint Chad,
lived a life of humble service dedicated to sharing the Good News
so that all might know your glory.
Through his intercession, we ask that we too may always be diligent
in performing in deed what we have learnt through the Scriptures
should be done and may come to join him in praising you
with all the saints in the glory of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.
St Chad… Pray for us.