Listening to the God Who Speaks. A focused period of Scripture reflection and prayer presented by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales and the Bible Society, begins today, the Feast of the Annunciation - 25 March until Easter Sunday - 12 April.
Fleur Dorrell writes: "By spending some time each day from 25 March - 12 April asking God to speak to us more deeply, we're confident that new discernment will begin to emerge for our campaign.
While we are already committed to Lenten reading, prayer and reflection - this isn't designed to be an added burden. We wish to infuse all that we already offer in prayer with an intent to listen to God speak to us all more pro-actively in the light of this new crisis.
We'd like to welcome feedback about emerging God who Speaks themes from 13 April - 13 May inclusive. This feedback will shape our next phase with the campaign.
Please email your feedback to Fleur on: [email protected]
If we trust in God and the Holy Spirit to guide us through this crisis, ask Mary to protect us, and be accompanied by Jesus as he journeys to his death and resurrection, then there will be many fruits for us to share this year and beyond.
Even though many aspects of our lives will change as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, please be assured of our continued commitment to our God who Speaks campaign.
This global crisis may become the most significant element of our campaign as we reflect on this year's turning point for everyone in England and Wales.
We therefore want to discern the next stage of our journey together by:
Listening to the God who Speaks in a profoundly radical way.
Deepening our faith in God and in each other through increased Scriptural reflection.
Building on our relationships across all dioceses and creating a renewed Church community together spiritually and scripturally.
Exploring, learning and being more creative in the use of all digital media."
Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
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