Quarter Hour Prayer**
L. God, eternal truth,
A. We believe in you.
L. God, our strength and salvation,
A. We hope in you.
L. God, infinite goodness,
A. We love you with all our heart.
L. You have sent the Word as Savior of the world,
A. Make us all one in him.
L. Fill us with the Spirit of your Son,
A. That we may glorify your name. Amen.
Almighty and Ever-living God, fountain of all knowledge,
You created me to know you, to love you and to serve you.
I heartily thank you for bringing me to this grace-filled moment
Where all I have studied and prepared for shall be put to the test.
As I take the licensure exam, Lord, sent forth your Spirit.
Clear my thoughts from all distractions,
Give me clear memory,
Relax my mind and body.
I offer this licensure exam to your greater glory.
For I know very well that whatever comes out of this,
It is all your grace.
May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief
Vanish before the light of the Word
And the Spirit of grace, and may the Heart of Jesus
Live in the hearts of all.
(Note: While I was checking out my old documents, I saw a prayer I made few years ago when I was still the parish priest of Parokya San Miguel in Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay (Diocese of Ipil). This is a peaceful place of tri-people: Christians, Muslims and the Subanen indigenous people. I prepared this prayer for the invocation during the annual Araw ng Mabuhay which is every January 25th of the year. I am posting it here because in less than two weeks from now, the beloved town I served will once again have their Araw ng Mabuhay)
PAG-AMPO SA ARAW NG MABUHAY
Dalaygon namo nga Dios, Amahan sa tanang katawhan
Tinubdan sa mga gasa sa kinaiyahan
Nga maoy nagmatuto kanamo para kami mabuhi,
Daghang salamat Amahan sa gasa sa kadagatan, sa gasa sa hangin,
Sa gasa sa kayutaan, sa gasa sa katawhan,
Sa gasa sa pakig-ambit, sa gasa sa kalinaw, sa gasa sa panaghiusa,
Sa gasa sa kalambuan.
Tabangi kami Ginoo nga sa among pang-adlaw-adlaw nga pagkinabuhi
Mamahimo kaming takos sa pag-amping niining mga gasa
Kay kami mga piniyalan lamang.
Pinaagi niining tigom namo karon sa Araw ng Mabuhay
Hinaot nga kini mamahimong okasyon alang kanamo
Nga maedukar sa pag-amoma sa atong kinaiyahan
Ug mahagit sa pagwagtang sa mga
butang nga makadaot sa atong mga lungsuranon
labaw na sa atong mga kabatan-onan,
mga butang susama sa druga, illegal nga pagpanagat, kriminalidad,
pagpamutol sa mga kahoy
ug uban pang pagpasipala sa yuta, sa hangin ug sa atong katubigan.
Hinaot unta Amahan nga kining among tigom karon
Mamahimong hiniusang lihok – lihok Mabuhaynon, lihok lungsuranon,
alang sa edukasyon, kaayuhan ug malahutayong kalambuan sa
tanang lumulupyong Muslim,
mga Kristiyanos ug
God of hope, who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought peace into this world,
be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought joy into this world,
be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope, the rock we stand upon,
be the center, the focus of our lives always, a
nd particularly this Advent time.
September 14 is the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.
Also the National Day of Prayer for Peace in Iraq and Syria.
Jesus, you taught nothing but love and compassion
Yet, you suffered as a refugee fleeing for your life.
You suffered the brutality of the cross.
We pray for your people in Iraq and Syria,
especially our brothers and sisters in faith,
Who this day flee for their lives,
and who face death, losing their children, mothers, fathers.
Give them courage and bring them hope and protection.
Help them to flee swiftly and bring them to places of safety.
We pray against those who perpetrate this cruelty,
May they be stopped. May they be convicted of this evil.
May they be removed from all power.
May their hearts be turned to fervent sorrow.
Jesus, Prince of Peace, have mercy upon them.
Jesus, Prince of Peace, give us a voice for peace.
This week, I received three different texts about the death of our dear SVD missionaries. On Easter Sunday, Fr. Hermogenes Bacareza, SVD died. Then, Fr. Erasio Flores, SVD. And just today, Fr. Vicente De la Cruz, SVD.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Savior of the world,
we pray for your servant
Fr. Vicente De la Cruz, SVD
your missionary priest.
We recommend him to your mercy and love.
For his sake, you came down from heaven;
Receive him now into the joy of your kingdom.
For though he has sinned, he has not denied the
Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
but has believed in God and has worshiped and served God
as an SVD missionary priest,
a living witness of the Incarnate Word to the whole world.
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Vicente De la Cruz, SVD
and may all the faithful departed through the mercy of God
rest in peace.