Lenten Prayer Tree

‘Like a tree planted in the house of the Lord, I trust
in the goodness of God for ever.’
(Psalm 52)

Intentions can be left on our Lenten Prayer Tree and will be remembered in prayers and Masses throughout Lent. When you add your intention to the tree, pray also for others and their intentions.


Lenten Prayers

We pray for all in need; may we, as God’s people, show care and mercy by responding to the needs of those who are less fortunate.

We pray for all who are sick; may the Lord continue to bless them and may they be comforted by the care and kindness of those who surround them.

Let us ask God for the great gift of peace for the peoples of Syria, and for all situations of conflict and violence in the world. May we ourselves be men and women of peace.

We pray for the people of this country; may all people work together to build a more equal and just society at home and abroad.

We pray for our emigrants; may the Lord keep them safe from all harm, and bless them with peace, laughter, wisdom, love and joy; and that we may be reunited in the fullness of love.

We pray for all who are preparing for baptism this Easter; may Lent be a time of enlightenment and purification for them, and for those who journey with them.

We pray for the Church and its leaders; that they may inspire all people to seek the face of God.

We pray for those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith; that they may enjoy the heavenly banquet with the angels and saints in heaven.

Lord, during this Lenten season,
Nourish me with your Word of life and
Make me one with you in love and prayer.
Fill my heart with your love and
Keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ.
Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness.
Give me new life by your Sacraments, especially the Mass.
I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

Today, Lord, I choose life,
I choose your love and the challenge to live it and share it,
I choose hope, even in moments of darkness,
I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God,
I choose to let go of some part of my burdens,
day by day handing them over to you,
I choose to take hold of your strength and power ever more deeply in my life.
May this truly be for me a time of new life, of change, challenge and growth.
May I come to Easter with a heart open to dying with you
and rising to your new life, day by day. Amen.

Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life.
Reawaken in us respect for every human life.
Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator.
Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift from God. Amen.
Choose Life: Prayer for the Child in the Womb

Almighty and everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Saviour as a model of humility.
He fulfilled your will by becoming man
And giving his life on the cross.
Help us to bear witness to you
By following his example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in his Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.

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Meditation on the Stations of the Cross
1. Jesus is condemned to death. Do I ever criticise others, blame others? Do I recognise my own fault before I look for the faults of others?
2. Jesus takes up the Cross. Do I accept crosses or burdens in my life without complaint? Do I ever load burdens onto others?
3. Jesus falls the first time. When I fall or make mistakes do I get up again or am I inclined to give up?
4. Jesus meets his mother. Do I recognise the hurt even unintentional that my life can cause to others especially those I love the most?
5. Simon helps Jesus carry the Cross. Am I always grateful to those who offer me help or who share a burden with me?
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. Do I always recognise Christ’s image in others and can others see the image of Christ in me?
7. Jesus falls the second time. If at first I don’t succeed do I keep trying – do I persevere?
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. Even when I’m weighed down by the difficulties of my own life am I always ready and willing to help others and to put their needs before my own?
9. Jesus falls the third time. Am I ever the cause of others falling or do I comment on the faults or failures of others?
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments. Am I willing to deprive myself of attachment to material things to give more time to God?
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross. Can I bear pain without always seeking instant relief? Am I ever guilty of causing pain to others?
12. Jesus dies on the Cross. Am I willing to die to my own sinfulness and selfishness? Do I always want my own way?
13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross. Have I a devotion to Mary in my life? As Jesus gave us His Mother from the Cross do I accept Mary as my Heavenly Mother who intercedes for me?
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb. Do I live my life in such a way that I can be confident the grave will not be the end for me but that I will share in Christ’s Resurrection?
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