What Is prayer?
Prayer is a communication process that allows us to talk to God.
There is no special way to pray. No special position to be in. You can pray with others or alone. You can pray in church, at work, walking down the street, in the park or on the bus. Anybody can pray, anytime, anywhere. God is always listening.
Each week our congregations pray for those living and working in particular areas within both parishes. The details of the parts of the community to be included in our prayers for the month of April are listed below:
|Date||St James||St Margaret|
|1st April||Ederoyd Crescent||Barberry Ave|
|8th April||Ederoyd Drive, Ederoyd Grove||Rowan Avenue|
|15th April||Ederoyd Mount, Ederoyd Rise||Evelyn Ave|
|22nd April||The Fairway, Thorne Close||Silverhill Drive|
|29th April||Galloway Court||Baring Ave|
Please include these people in your prayers.
The church has also selected certain saints, and suggests that we ask them to pray with us or on our behalf to God, on particular days throughout the year.
Here are two prayers which you may wish to use in the month of April
23rd April is the feast day of St George, patron Saint of England
George was born the son of a Roman officer and a Greek native of Lydda. Both were Christians from noble families and George was raised to follow their faith.George served in the army of the Emperor Diocletian. George refused to abide by the order of Diocletian to arrest every Christian the army passed and that every other soldier should offer sacrifice to the Roman gods. Diocletian ordered his execution .
In preparation for his death George gave his money to the poor and was subjected to torture. He was lacerated on a wheel of swords and required resuscitation three times , but still George refused to turn from God. On April 23rd 303AD George was decapitated .
St George is revered by both Muslims and Christians
St George, Heroic Catholic soldier and defender of you faith, you dared to criticise a tyrannical Emperor and were subjected to
horrible torture. You could have occupied a high military position but you preferred to die for your Lord.
Obtain for us the great grace of heroic Christian courage that should mark soldiers of Christ. Amen
In 2018 due to the usual feast day falling in Holy Week the church remembers the announcement by the archangel Gabriel to Mary on 9 April.
The angel announced to Mary that she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God. The feast is observed on this date nine months before Christmas . The origins of this feast can be traced back to 431 AD when it was celebrated in the Eastern church and was adopted in the Western church in 496 AD.
Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary , Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
We should also remember that Jesus taught his disciples how to pray using this prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name:
thy kingdom come; they will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen
Further topical prayers can be found on the Diocese of Leeds website