Loving God, we stand in awe at the power of creation seen in
volcano and tsunami, recognising the smallness and weakness of
our own existence. Yet you tell us that each person is special and
important to you, and in that confidence we hold before
you the people of Tonga as they deal with the
aftermath of the volcanic eruption.
We give thanks for the moves within the Pacific and the
wider international community to provide support for Tonga.
And although now everything is dismal and grey from volcanic ash,
may the people of Tonga be able to hold on to the hope
of the return of colour and joy to their land
I pray today for all people
who are dying.
Give to your loved ones
peace as they let go of
their earthly life.
Comfort them and give
your strength to them.
Help them when they are
afraid and bring them through
death to the risen life of Christ
where they will be happy with
Mary, mother of Jesus and
our mother pray for all God’s
dying people and bring them
safely into life everlasting.
Venerable Mary Potter pray
for the dying and be close
to them at the hour of
Heavenly Father, we thank you for leading us to become Associates of the Little Company of Mary. Help us to share in the mission of the Sisters and to unite ourselves daily with them in living lives of faith, hope and love in the service of the suffering and dying members of Christ’s body.
We offer ourselves this day in union with Jesus, through the hands of our Holy Mother. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may bring the healing presence of Jesus to all we come in contact with.
Help us grow in holiness so that in all the joys and sorrows in our lives we may see only your loving hand. Under the protection of the Maternal Heart of Mary and the guidance of Venerable Mary Potter, may we be united as Associates in this Life and the Life to come. Amen.
(Written by Patricia Armstrong, LCM Associate Melbourne) – Pat died in January 2020
Mother Mary Potter – Foundress of the Little Company of Mary (with Ecclesiastical approval November 1972)
Maternal Heart of Mary, more loving and suffering than the hearts of all mothers, implore God’s mercy for the dying, that sinners ere they die may be washed in the Precious Blood shed by the Son Jesus, Who made Himself their Brother. May God’s Spirit quicken their hearts by His love.
Jesus look with an eye of mercy upon all the infants born into the world today. Remember how You suffered and died on Calvary for them. Remember how Mary loves the souls for whom You shed Your Precious Blood. Bring to them the cleansing waters of baptism and save them.
Mother Mary, pray for thy children, Pray that God may take to Himself today souls now in His grace who tomorrow might sin.
O! Mother of Christians, Mother of mankind, since Jesus was born and died for all mankind, pray for all upon this earth that they may all indeed be thine by being Christ’s, that grace may be brought to all, that none may die without baptism, and that those who have lost the innocence given them in baptism may be cleansed by contrition and penance ere they die. Mother, inspire thy children to imitate thee, to live a life of devotion to others, a life of love for God and man. May none in God’s Church stand idle all day, saying, “No man hath hired them;” but send them sweet Mother, into God’s vineyard, to work for the good Master Who has promised to those who work a reward so great.