Be Merciful, just as our Heavenly Father is Merciful and Spread the Peace

Adoration Service Sunday the 20th November 2016 at 4pm at The Convent Chapel, Poor Clare Monastery, Brooklyn Road, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 9ES.

Final Adoration Hour during this year of Mercy: We are not here to Fix. We are here to Love

“The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.”  – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

“Our hours of adoration will be special hours of reparation for sins, and intercession for the needs of the whole world, exposing the sin-sick and suffering humanity to the healing, sustaining and transforming rays of Jesus, radiating from the Eucharist.”  – Saint Teresa of Calcutta      

The Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour have held three hours of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

  • The first hour was to celebrate the beginning of the Year of Mercy, and to give thanks and praise to God, for the love, forgiveness and Mercy he shows to us all.
  • The second, an hour dedicated to pray for God’s mercy on all those who are suffering in our world.
  • Thirdly, the prayer was for all those suffering with their mental health, particularly those whose hold on life is fragile.
  • The final Adoration hour during this year of mercy will be to pray and give thanks for all the above intentions.

In a recent Homily, I spoke of the realisation that I went through in my role as a Mental Health Chaplain. I realised that I am not there to Fix people but I am there to be; a place of safety, a place of comfort, a place of trust, a place of mercy and a place of peace for people. We are all called to become places of Peace and Mercy for those most in need. One of the most powerful ways we can do this is through prayer, and what more beautiful and intimate way is there of doing this than in the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist?

So please, if you have been before, come again. If you have never been before come for the first time. Through our prayers and our time with the Lord, we can change things for so many who are in need, but just as importantly we can change things for ourselves and reignite our own personal relationships with Jesus Christ.

Let us come together as God’s children and Be Merciful, just as our Heavenly Father is Merciful, and Spread the Peace.

-Rev. Martyn Swaby, Deacon, Chaplain Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour RC Church, Brooklyn Road, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 9ES.

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