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Mass in the Middle of the Night on January 18 at 11 p.m. EST

The next Mass in the Middle of the Night will be held on Wednesday, October 28 at 10 p.m. EST. It will be broadcast on Facebook Live on the Oratory of St. Catherine of Siena’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Oratory-of-St-Catherine-of-Siena-264477326928667)

As always, if you like or comment on this post, a candle will be lit for you at the Mass. Also, feel free to email the chaplain at beguine2@yahoo.com with private prayer concerns.

In addition to this, if you would like to light a candle of your own or add a prayer sometime during the middle of that night, you can unite with the intention of the eucharist.

One possible prayer is from the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer:

“Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Night can be a hard time in a time of uncertainty, and our own private darkness can make things challenging. but Christ is here in the midst of us.

October Mass in the Middle of the Night at 11PM EST

The Oratory will be holding a Mass in the Middle of the Night at 11 pm (EST) this Wednesday the 22nd. Its intention will be for all who are struggling.

This coronavirus pandemic and national turmoil that we are all facing can be devastating. It can also have deep spiritual and emotional effects. It is causing fear, grief, and inner darkness.

For many of us, the exterior struggle makes our internal struggles even worse. And the night intensifies all our our feelings of pain and loneliness.

One feature of the Mass in the Middle of the Night will be the lighting of candles. If you would like to be remembered in the Mass, or you know someone whom you would like included, or if you would simply like a candle lit for you for any reason, please like this post, or comment below. You are also welcome to send a private message to the Chaplain at beguine2@yahoo.com.God is with us in the darkness.

Sat. Night Prayer Mass for Andorra, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, and Vatican City

Join with the Oratory in praying for countries in Southern Europe, using the World Council of Churches’ resources (https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/prayer-cycle/week-6-ad-it-mt-pt-sm-es-va)

If you’re interested in joining in the intention, you can write a comment on this blog post, like or comment on the Oratory’s Facebook page, or send an mail to the chaplain at beguine2@yahoo.com. A candle will be lit for all who do so at a mass at the Oratory on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 pm EST.

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With them we pray:

We are thankful for:

  • the rich historical legacies and distinctive cultures in these countries.
  • the faithful witness of the churches in the midst of empire building and colonization
  • the many and diverse waves of migrants who have come to these lands.
  • the hospitality that long has been shown to those arriving on their shores.

We pray for:

  • the preservation of the fragile environments and shorelines in this region.
  • an end to economic and political turmoil.
  • stable governments that end corruption and serve the common good.
  • policies that relieve disparities between those who are rich and poor.

 

Sat. Night Prayer Mass for Northern Africa (10 p.m.)

Join with the Oratory in praying for the countries of

Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Tunisia

using the resources of the World Council Church’s Ecumenical Prayer Cycle.  (https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/prayer-cycle/week-5)

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With them, we pray for:

  • all the people of these countries: Muslims, the tiny remnant of Christians, those of other faiths who continue bearing witness to their faiths and for all people of good will.
  • an end to political violence.
  • an end to how dominating powers have fought over these lands and their resources through the years.
  • for those suffering exploitation and mistreatment as they travel through these countries.

If you’re interested in joining in the intention, you can write a comment on this blog post, like or comment on the Oratory’s Facebook page, or send an mail to the chaplain at beguine2@yahoo.com. A candle will be lit for anyone who joins in.

A short prayer resource will be posted shortly for anyone who is interested.

 

Intercessory Mass for Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru on October 28, at 10 p.m.

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Join with the Oratory in praying for the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru, using the resources of the World Council Church’s Ecumenical Prayer Cycle.  (https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/prayer-cycle/bolivia-brazil-chile-peru)

If you’re interested in joining in the intention, you can write a comment on this blog post, like or comment on the Oratory’s Facebook page, or send an mail to the chaplain at beguine2@yahoo.com. A candle will be lit for anyone who joins in.

A short prayer resource will be posted shortly for anyone who is interested.

 

 

 

 

Prayer Resource for Praying For Israel and Palestine

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Praying for Israel and Palestine .

Click on the link above for a short set of resources for joining in the prayer for Palestine and Israel. It includes a list of things to be thankful for and to pray for, a scripture reading, a litany from the Anglican Cathedral of St. George, and a prayer from the former Roman Catholic patriarch Michael Sabbah.

You are welcome to use it for your own devotions, but it should not be used for commercial purposes.

A copy of this can be obtained as a Word document by emailing Mother Sandra at beguine2@yahoo.com

Mass for the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel: September 21 at 10 PM

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Instead of joining in the World Council of Church’s Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer this week, the Oratory is uniting its Saturday night intercessory mass to the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, also sponsored by the WCC. According to their website:

“During this week which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.”

Resources and prayers are available at their website: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/events/world-week-of-peace-in-palestine-and-israel

Pray that there may be a secure and just peace in this turbulent area

Intercessory Mass for Ghana and Nigeria at 10 PM on Sept. 14

The Oratory will celebrate an intercessory mass for Ghana and Nigeria on Saturday, September 14th at 10 PM, using materials from the Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer created by the World Council of Churches. (https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/prayer-cycle/ghana-nigeria). If you are interested in joining your intentions to this mass and having a candle lit in your name, please comment below, like or comment on the Facebook post, or email the Chaplain at beguine2@yahoo.com. All are welcome to join in, since intercessory prayer is part both of our privilege and responsibility as Christians.

 

 

Intercessory Mass for Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, and Togo on Sept. 7, at 10 PM

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Intercessory prayer allows Christians of all types and places to join together, lifting our hearts and our souls up to God for the world.

On Saturday, September 7, at 10 PM EST, the Oratory will offer an intercessory mass for the countries of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, and Togo. Resources from the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Cycle of prayer for the world will be used.  (https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/prayer-cycle/benin-cote-d-ivoire-togo)

It is not necessary for you to be physically present at the mass in order to join in. A candle at the mass will be lit in the name of anyone who comments below, likes or comments on the Oratory’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Oratory-of-St-Catherine-of-Siena-264477326928667/), or contacts the chaplain, Mother Sandra, at beguine2@yahoo.com.

As Christians, we need to remember that the world is much larger than the small portion of it that we see around us. It has much to offer us; and we each have much to offer it.

 

 

 

 

August 31 Mass For Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal 10 PM

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On Saturday, August 31, at 10 PM, the Oratory will continue to join in with the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer by celebrating a mass in which the nations of Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal will be offered up in prayer. While the form of the mass will be drawn from the Book of Common Prayer, the collect and prayers of the people will be drawn from churches in those countries.

If you are interested in joining in with the intention for these countries, you are welcome to comment below, send a private message to the chaplain, Mother Sandra, or like the Facebook posting.

For more resources, you can check out the World Council of Churches website for the cycle at https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/prayer-cycle/cv-gm-gn-gw-sn.