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E to mātou Matua i te rangi,
kia whakatapua tōu ingoa,
kia tae mai tōu rangatiratanga,
kia whakaritea tōu hiahia i te whenua
kia pērā anō i tō te rangi.
Homai ki a mātou aianei he taro mā mātou mō tēnei rā.
Whakakāhoretia ō mātou hara, me mātou
e whakakore nei i ngā hara o te hunga
e hara ana ki a mātou.
Kaua mātou e tukua kia whakawaia,
Engari whakaorangia mātou i te kino
From Prayers in Common Use, Ko Ngā Karakia o Ia Rā
O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you. Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence! You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
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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
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