Thursday, 15 January 2009

Praying for.....

There is a sense of anticipation and hope in the air as we all await the announcement of the successor to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O' Connor. In this situation one can speculate as much as one likes, but the most useful thing to do is to pray. The Prayer for England isn't heard in churches much, these days, but it remains one of my favourites.


O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England your Dowry, and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in you. By you, it was, that Jesus our Saviour and Hope, was given to the world; and He has given you to us that we may hope still more. Plead for us your children, whom you did receive and accept at the foot of the Cross,O sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of your Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with you in our Heavenly home.

I don't know of a similar prayer for Wales, but in praying for the Westminster succession, Wales is included, naturally.


  1. Dear Kate

    Welcome to the blogging world!

    We pray the prayer for England every night before bed - even though we presently live in Wales.

    We can't seem to find a prayer for Wales either, even on the Our Lady of Cardigan website. We usually just end up tagging on to the end ... 'and for Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the outlying isles also!'

    May God Bless you, your new blog and your family!
    In Christ
    Alan and Angeline

  2. Great idea -- thanks for sharing that lovely (but, as you say, neglected) prayer.