"Be persevering in your prayers, and be thankful as you stay awake to pray. Pray for us especially, asking God to throw open a door for us to announce the message and proclaim the mystery of Christ".
Don't forget us please!
As an Agency we ask you to support our work through prayer, even if you are only able to offer the odd Our Father, for our work and the work of all those involved in evangelisation in this country. No prayer goes unanswered, however humble and insignificant you may feel it to be.
Thank-you and God Bless you.
Director of Case, Mgr.Keith Barltrop, ending a prayer vigil in Walsingham, 31st October 2003, by consecrating the new Agency to Our Lady. (Excuse the lack of smiles, it was 5.30am!).
The power of prayer can never be under-estimated. Jesus tells us in the Gospels, that prayer really can change things; our families, communities, even ourselves. What we fundamentally learn from Jesus' example, is that any evangelisation initiatives or projects must be soaked in prayer.
Perhaps in your own parish you might be able to offer prayers, as a community, for the work of evangelisation. This is something everyone can do from the youngest, to the sick and elderly.
You might want to consider:
1) Mass Offerings: having regular Masses said for related intentions. The Mass is the summit of all our lives - God becomes man and invites us to consume Him for our salvation and the salvation of the world.
2) Holy Hour: offering a weekly or monthly Holy Hour for England and Wales, for the community in which you live and work, for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.See www.ukvocation.org and www.ACFP2000.com
3) Rosary: the year of the Rosary ended in October. Why not continue with the momentum by offering the mystery named, "The descent of the Holy Spirit", for all those involved in missionary work?
4) Novena: imploring the intercession of our loving Mother, Mary, for her help and protection. This could either be done as a group or individually. Any good Catholic prayer book will include Novenas.
5) Fasting: this is an ancient practice in the Church which is believed to help us attain freedom of heart. As Jesus suffered on the cross, it is a small way through which we can share in the redemptive suffering of Jesus crucified. Consult your priest or spiritual director before doing this however. Children, the elderly and the sick should not fast.
6) Pilgrimage: consider offering a pilgrimage to a holy place for the conversion of England and Wales. In 2003, our national shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham, Norfolk, was voted Britain's most popular place of pilgrimage. See: www.walsingham.org.uk
7) Our Lady of the Guild of Ransom: Consider joining this beautiful organisation whose members offer prayer to Our Lady for England and Wales, work to promote Catholic culture and our heritage, and offer financial support to poor parishes. Contact: Mgr. Anthony Stark. Tel: 0208 9472598.
8) Prayer Vigils: Offering prayer during the night affords special graces. It is a great sacrifice on the part of those who do it and is something the scriptures tell us Jesus did. The Tyburn Sisters, Marleybone, London, offer night time adoration. Their web address is: www.tyburnconvent.org.uk. Regular night prayer vigils are also held at the National Shrine to Our Lady, in Walsingham. See web address above.
9) In need of prayer yourself? Perhaps you or someone you know is in need of prayer. Why not consider ringing the "SOS Prayerline" which runs 7 days a week from 7pm - 11pm? Volunteer helpers are available to listen to you and pray for your intentions before the Blessed Sacrament. Tel:0207 434 9211.
There are many other possibilities......May the Lord bless you abundantly for your generosity of mind and heart.