Arrival Prayers (10am)
I will go into the house of the Lord,
even to the God of my joy and gladness!
Let us listen to the Gospel of the Lord (Luke 1:26 –38)
The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’
She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’
Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’
‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.
Let us pray.
We beseech you, O Lord,
pour your grace into our hearts that as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel
so by his cross and passion
we may brought to the glory of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
O Mary, recall the solemn moment
when Jesus, your divine Son,
dying on the cross,
confided us to your maternal care.
You are our mother,
we desire ever to remain your devout children.
Let us therefore feel the effects of your
powerful intercession with Jesus Christ.
Make your name again glorious in that place
once renowned throughout our land
by your visits, favours, and many miracles.
Pray, O holy Mother of God,
for the conversion of England and Wales,
restoration of the sick,
consolation for the afflicted,
repentance of sinners, peace to the departed.
O blessed Mary, Mother of God,
Our Lady of Walsingham,
intercede for us. Amen.
Blessed is she who believed
That the promises made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.
Almighty God, grant us the grace
to magnify your holy name
and make us ever open to the
guidance of your Holy Spirit,
that we may come at the end of
our pilgrimage on earth to our eternal home,
there with Mary and all the saints
to praise you for ever.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.