May 10, 2010

Remember to keep Archbishop Gomez in our prayers every day, and Cardinal Mahony too, and all our L.A. bishops. Here are prayers for bishops...

I'm sure you're a good pray-er and already praying daily for Archbishop Gomez, Cardinal Mahony and all our L.A. bishops. But maybe someone else needs to hear a reminder like this.

So, let us pray / oremus / oremos!

Click on this post's title to read about Archbishop Gomez.

Here is a prayer for bishops that was posted on the Catholic Answers forum in 2004:

Lord Jesus Christ, you sent your Apostles to proclaim the Good News with Peter at their head and you strengthened them with the Holy Spirit. Remind us that our bishops are appointed by that same Spirit and are the successors of the Apostles as Pastors of Souls.

Together with the Pope and under his authority they have been sent throughout the world to continue your work. Help our bishop to teach all members of his diocese, to sanctify them in the truth, and to give them your nourishment.

Make us obey his teachings and love him as the Church obeys and loves you. May we remain united with him, growing in faith and love, and attain eternal life with you. Amen.

Here is a Knights of Columbus prayer, from the same 2004 source:

Heavenly Father, in these trying times when the spirit of the age threatens Christian values, give our (arch)bishop holiness of life and wisdom to direct and guide our (arch)diocesan family so that we may grow in your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

And here is a Diocese of Orange (County) prayer for bishops, from the same 2004 source:

Heavenly Father, in (Arch)Bishop N., you send us a shepherd in the model of your Son.

Hear our prayer for (Arch)Bishop N., as he asks your grace in this time of need.

Purify him, Lord. Make him strong, loving and wise. Remake his shepherd's heart once again: conformed to the Sacred Heart of your Son, who knows his sheep, whose sheep know him, and who alone can lead us through the valley of death.

Fill (Arch)Bishop N. with your heavenly gifts. May he show Christ's compassion to all who are in pain. May he be the sure path to God for all who are lost. May he preach the unwavering Gospel to the victims of lies and sin.

May he show patience and sound teaching to those confused and afraid. May he show Christ the teacher to those who know no hope. May he show Christ's healing to those caught up in sin's deceit. May he be the gentle good shepherd to the victims of violence and abuse.

Make him a good shepherd, Lord. May he repent of his sins and accept your mercy. May he consecrate himself to the truth with the strength of your grace. May he worthily celebrate the Sacred mysteries and wisely govern and protect your Holy Church. May he know the peace of those who do your will and the fortitude entrusted to him by Holy Orders. May he know his sheep, and knowing him, may they be led to you, through Christ Jesus, your Son, who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever. Amen.


Blogger Michael said...

I will soon be moving to L.A. Can you perhaps suggest some places where one can attend Mass with minimal liturgical abuses and/or better than average music? I am awayre of the TLM in ALhambra but am curious as to what else might be out there. Thank you!

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