CHRIST CHILD PRAYER


Remember in this sacrifice of Your own and only Child,
all children, everywhere throughout the world,
and grant that, like Your Son,
as they increase in years,
they may grow in grace and wisdom before You,
and in the sight of all,
for the improvement and saving of the world.
Jesus, the Friend of little children,
bless the little children of the world.
Amen

PRAYER FOR THE CANONIZATION OF MARY VIRGINIA MERRICK

Lord God, in your special love for children, you chose to raise up Mary Virginia Merrick to be the servant of the poor children. In laboring to serve the young and those without hope because of the crushing weight of poverty, she proclaimed the love of your Son. She made her life's work a demonstration that "nothing is ever too much to do for a child."
Grant that her example of selfless charity and courageous virtue in the face of her own suffering will inspire us to be as generous in the service of others. We humbly ask that your servant Mary Virginia Merrick be numbered among the Church's canonized saints for the edification of your holy people, in accord with your most holy will. Through her intercession, please hear and answer my request (state intention). Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                 Published “With ecclesiastical approval”, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

How blessed we are that the cause for beatification of a woman from this archdiocese has approval to move forward. Mary Virginia Merrick is a true example of how one person can overcome obstacles to live out Christ's love for others and transform lives."
                                           - Theodore Cardinal McCarrick,
                                           Archbishop of Washington, D.C. 2003


PRAYER FOR WORKING WITH THE POOR

Lord, our God, give us the eyes to see your face
the ears to know your voice among ordinary people, both the good and the bad.
Let us not be fooled by the wrapping: by dull brown paper or tawdry ribbon,
but grant us the insight, the patience and gentleness, to unwrap, to uncover,
the gifts that lie hidden in all your people.
Help us to share the pain of others, to learn what it means to be fully human.


PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL FOR 2011 CONFERENCE MASS

Following the three general prayers –

For our National Board and Chapter Leaders, guide them to always say I will and give them the tools for the task to serve you and be entirely yours…

For all Chapter members working in fellowship with the Holy Spirit as they strive for the perfection that lies in loving without measure…

For each and every child who is linked to the Christ Child, wash their soul.  Let them share a light heart and a cheerful mind as you hold them with your hand…

For all here today, for those who have gone before us, and for those who have yet to be, in the quest to follow Mary Virginia Merrick, grant that we may serve you on earth and meet you in heaven…

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