2012 Ash Evening Reflection


Evening Prayer for Ash Wednesday


God’s compassion calls us to Metanoia
(change) and Healing’

As we begin our Lenten journey towards the glory
of the Resurrection, Christ invites us to take a look
into the cluttered recesses of our hearts,
and to let go of all that is superfluous
in order to create a space for God to fill.


Ash Wednesday is a day of reflection on what needs to change in our lives, reminding us to repent and get our lives centered, our priorities straight and our hearts clean. It offers us a new chance to say ‘yes’ to the Lover of our Souls who created us and made us in his own image. It is the time for a restoration that will reveal the beauty of God’s design for us, showing once again the scale, proportion and priorities intended by our Maker. It is a season of hope, and with ashes on our foreheads and hope in our hearts we go forth to love and serve; for by God’s grace in Christ, we do not have to stay the way we are.    
Stuart Malloy,   Copyright © Christian Resource Institute
(adapted & abridged)



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2012 Holy Thursday Morning closing Prayer


Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday

Closing Prayer

Loving God, you gather us in the upper room with your Son, our Savior and Brother, to be washed and fed by your Love. At this supper Jesus told us to “Love one another” which is the heart of his sacrifice for us. We ask that we may continue to see the Eucharist as the heart of ourlife and love in serving others. Guide us always in the fullness of this way of life. We ask this through your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ and in your Spirit.  AMEN


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2012 Holy Thursday Morning Intercessions


Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday



As we celebrate the gift of the Lord Jesus to us, we intercede for
our Church and our world:

That we and all Christians be faithful to the commandment of Jesus to love others, we pray…


That our Holy Father, all priests and religious, through their love and humility, may continue to touch others with peace, love and forgiveness, inspiring them to follow Christ more closely,
we pray…


That world leaders may recognize and follow the ways of peace and unity in their own countries and in their relations with other countries,
we pray…
That families may recognize the power and blessings of small and difficult tasks done with love and patience for one another,
we pray…
That priests who have served us and our Institute especially through the Eucharistic celebrations, may be blessed in a special way,
we pray…


For all who preceded us into the heavenly kingdom,
we pray and give thanks.
Our Father…

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2012 Ash Morning Canticle of Zechariah



Morning Prayer for Ash Wednesday


O God, you are merciful to all, and you overlook

people’s sins, so that they may repent.

Wisdom 11:23-12:1


Canticle of Zechariah


Blessed are you God of Israel,
for you have visited and redeemed your people;
and have raised up a horn of salvation
for us in the house of your servant.
As you spoke through the mouths
of your holy prophets from of old, AshSymbol1
that we should be saved from
our enemies and from the hand of all who oppress us.
To perform the mercy
promised to our ancestors 
and to remember your holy covenant,
The oath you swore to Abraham and Sarah, 
to grant us deliverance from evil, that we
might serve you without fear,
in holiness and righteousness a
All the days of our lives.
And you child, will be called
the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Holy One
to prepare God’s ways,
to give knowledge of salvation
to God’s people,
in the forgiveness of their sins.
Through the tender mercy of our God,
when the day shall dawn upon us from on high,
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.     Glory to you . . .


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2012 Holy Thursday Morning Reflection


Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday


At the table that night, Jesus demonstrates in an
unforgettable way, the value of every single human being.
Before speaking  lovingly to his friends about their distress
and comforting of the Spirit, Jesus gets down on his knees
to wash his disciples’ feet.

This most insignificant action is the most meaningful of all. It doesn’t stop with his washing their feet. What Jesus did was to give us an example. Washing their feet was an example of His love and forgiveness. The example tells us that we are invited to wash the sin and offenses of others with our forgiveness. In doing so we are also washing our own sinfulness and are further forgiven. Forgiveness is born of love and begets Love.
When we “wash each other’s feet”
we are following Jesus, washing the whole of humankind;
believers and unbelievers, rulers and the ruled, rich
and poor. After this we can break bread,
sharing it over the world and all humanity until we are
with Jesus in the kingdom to come. (Adapted from Deacon Steve Politte)

Silent pause to reflect

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2012 Holy Thursday Morning Second Psalm


Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday

Second Psalm

“Fully aware that the Father had put everything into
his power and that he had come from God
and returning to him, Jesus rose from supper
and placing a towel around his waist,
began to wash the disciples feet.”

Reader 1: Simon Peter said to him,
“Master are you going to wash my feet?”


Reader 2: “What I am doing you do not understand now but will understand later.”
Reader 1: “You will never wash my feet.”


Reader 2: “Unless I wash you,
you will have no inheritance with me.”


Reader 1: “Master, then not only my feet,
but my hands and head as well.”


Reader 2: “Whoever has bathed has no need except
to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over.”

All:  Lord Jesus, in washing your disciples feet you were
showing your love. This action, normally done by the
servant of the house, showed that you humbled yourself 
and that the “greatest must be the least.” You also showed
forgiveness when you washed the feet of the one who
would betray you. Help us to remember that we are called
to serve God and each other. Help us to forgive even 
our enemies. 


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2012 Holy Thursday Morning First Psalm


Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday

First Psalm

                       Psalm 116

Antiphon: “I have given you a model to follow, so that as
have done for you, you should also do.”

I love the Lord, who listened to my voice in supplication.  
I was caught by the cords of death, I felt agony and dread.  
Then I called on the name of the Lord, “O Lord, save my life!”

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Return my soul to your rest; the Lord has been good to you.  
My soul has been freed from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
How can I repay the Lord for the good done for me? 
I will raise up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.  
I will pay vows to the Lord in the presence of his people.

Lord, I am our servant. You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer a sacrifice of Thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.



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2012 Holy Thursday Morning Song

Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday

Morning Song



Dan Schutte in “Glory In the Cross”

(or, any other appropriate hymn)


I, your Lord and Master, now become your servant

I, who made the moon and stars, will kneel to wash your feet.

This is my commandment to love as I have loved you.

Kneel to wash each other’s feet, as I have done for you.


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You have heard the voice of God in the words that I have spoken.

You beheld heaven’s glory and have seen the face of God.


I must leave you now only for a moment.

I must go to my father to make you a home.

On the day of my return I will come to take you with me

To the place I have promised where your joy will have no end.


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Vocations Fair in Providence

Vocations Fair in Providence – January 14, 2012

md Vocation poster As a part of National Vocations Awareness week 2012 a lay woman, Susan Kennedy, and some of her friends organized the first annual vocations fair in recent history for the Providence diocese in the hall of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. It was an all-day event with 28 men’s and women’s congregations as well as other organizations represented.

January 14, 2012



     As a part of National Vocations Awareness week 2012 a lay woman, Susan Kennedy, and some of her friends organized the first annual vocations fair in recent history for the Providence diocese in the hall of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. It was an all-day event with 28 men’s and women’s congregations as well as other organizations represented.

     Srs. Sheila Lehmkuhle and Loan Nguyen went to present the charism and life of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary to all who were interested and participated in a panel of 5 women religious sharing their vocation story. This was followed by a time for questions and answers. The high point of the day was a noon Mass for the intention of vocations and time for quiet prayer in adoration. Fr. John Codega presided at the Mass and inspired us in the continued living out of our own vocations.

      FMM sisters from nearby communities came to give their support and share in the excitement. It was an enthusiastic and joyful gathering full of hope for the future. Ms Kennedy elicited feedback to see how to improve on the event for next year and make it more accessible to young people. Please keep in your prayers the intentions all of the young people who attended this event and are discerning their response to God’s call for their lives.

     Two (2) posters are available for vocation promotion purposes. Please feel free to download, print and post them in schools, parishes, etc. or distribute them to young women whom you think might be considering religious life.

md Vocation poster

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