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Peter Arnez wrote:

Hi, guys —

I hear this prayer said occasionally at Church but I have never been able to identify it. I have looked all over the internet, and cannot find it!

I have a rough recording on my cell phone that I was able to transcribe as follows. Can you identify the prayer? I love this prayer and want to memorize it!

Oh, Lord our God, you are the giver of every good gift.

We thank you for your constant love and care for us.

We praise you for the beginning of life. Renew today all that is in our hearts and minds, that we may be deeply rooted in your love and in your life.

Teach us how to pray, to walk, and live in your presence.

Make us love in the nourishment that comes from hearing your Word and celebrating your Sacraments.

Help us to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ; to proclaim freedom in your presence, to shelter the unprotected, to bring comfort and healing to the sick.

Let the dead wood of our sins be transformed into rich soil, so that new life in Jesus may grow.

Make us, the people of God, of St. John Vianney parish community, and of the diocese of Sacramento into a new people, living each day by day faith,
looking forward to a new future in your hope, of all that is provided in your life.

Send out your Spirit on us Lord, so that we will be recreated and through us renew the face of the earth.

Amen.

Yours in Christ,

Peter Arnez

  { Can you identify this prayer? }

John replied:

Hi, Peter —

Thanks for the question.

This is obviously a prayer written by and for this particular parish. It's not an official prayer of the Church, and hopefully it is either said before the Mass begins, after it's over, or during the prayers of the faithful.

Other than that, there is not place for it in the Liturgy. It is a beautiful prayer and it can be adopted by any parish by simply changing the name of the parish and diocese.

John

Mike replied:

Hi, Peter —

Thanks for sending the nice prayer.

In return I wanted to share with you our parish prayer.
It was written by our previous pastor.

Our Father in heaven, your family of St. _____________, praises you.
We thank-you for the gift of life. We praise You for Jesus, Your Son, Who makes us a new creation.

Pour out Your Holy Spirit that we may repent of sin and dedicate our lives to You.
Fill us with faith, hope and love. Increase our hunger for Your Word and Eucharist.

Make our hearts joyful with the awareness that we are your family.
Bring forward the fruit of holiness in our lives for Your glory.
Grant us wisdom, courage and strength to share Your life in Word and deed with all Your people.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord, with the intercession of Mary,
our Mother, and ___________, our Patron.

Amen

Kudos to Fr. Daniel Twomey.
Mike

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