Posts Tagged ‘Fr James Lyons’

Laughter the best medicine

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Celebration colours; photos or other mementos that recall happy times, fun and laughter. Prayer O God, creator of all. I see you at the birth of time excited and joyful, thrilled by the splendour and beauty of what was about to be. Even before that moment you could not contain your delight, knowing the gifts Read more

Breaking the fall

Monday, April 20th, 2020

With the Cross, a memento or symbol of a time when you were encouraged or helped out of, saved from a difficult situation. Prayer to begin Today, enter this time of prayer with your own words.  Speak to God from the feelings in your heart at this moment.  Then, clear your mind and listen.  Believe Read more

New life, new hope

Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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Alleluia! A word that has been, like us, in lockdown!  It’s out again as Lent retreats and bursting with life. We give you thanks and praise, O God. Alleluia!  He is risen! Death, though it separates us from those we love, cannot destroy love or separate us forever. The resurrection of Jesus is our victory Read more

In Isolation

Monday, April 6th, 2020
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Alongside your crucifix and lighted candle (or lamp), place a world atlas. If you do not have an atlas, write the name of as many countries you can recall and lay the list in the centre of your sacred space. Giving thanks for this new day God of the universe. All life comes from you Read more

Day two – no touching

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

With the crucifix, place photos of family, friends, places you’ve visited.  Some flowers perhaps, or images of nature/creation. Give thanks for this new day Creator, Life-giver. You love the world so much that, in Jesus, you promise to be with us till the end of time. I am grateful that your presence continues for we Read more

In Reverse: Prayer in a time of isolation

Monday, March 30th, 2020

New Zealand is in “Lock Down”. Life as we have known it is completely changed as the nation, along with the rest of the world, wages war against an invisible but deadly enemy, Coronavirus, or COVID-19. You may have already been “self-isolating”; the “Lock Down” extends that directive to nearly everyone. Only essential services remain Read more

Day One – the water of life

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Setting: Make a prayer space in your room.  Whatever else you place there, put a crucifix, a bowl of water and a lit candle.  Begin your prayer with the Sign of the Cross, then – Give thanks for this new day: God of life and light, I thank you for another new beginning. For the Read more

Priests compose songs to commemorate Christchurch Mosque tragedy

Monday, March 16th, 2020

To mark the first anniversary of the Mosque shooting tragedy, Father James Lyons and Fr Chris Skinner have worked with each other to record two commemorative songs. Lyons sent a link to the songs to the prime minister with a note saying: “We think these songs could play a part in this current time of Read more

Cardinal Dew gives Pope Francis a prayer book

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Cardinal John Dew has given Pope Francis the first copy of a home-grown book that reflects the spiritual dimension to family living in Aotearoa-New Zealand.  Flowing from the writings of Pope Francis on family relationships, There is a time for… contains prayers and reflections by New Zealanders of all ages. “When presenting it to the Read more

Man who lay dead for weeks has cathedral funeral

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Jimmy Grant, 78, who may have died as long ago as January, was farewelled during a Sunday Mass at Wellington’s Catholic cathedral on March 13. His body was found at his Mulgrave St apartment, near Parliament, on March 2. When his body was found, police also found a newspaper, a Bible and Mr Grant’s cat’s Read more