November 2018 Prayer Diary 

It may be a good idea to print out this list, so that you can have it handy! I stick mine onto the fridge door.

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Thursday 1st November All Saints Day

Pray for all those who are an example to us in our lives for saints from times past and those who influence us today. Give thanks to God for our chaplaincy at St Pargoire.

Friday 2nd November: All Souls Day

Pray for those who have lost a loved one that they might be comforted.

Saturday 3rd November

Pray for refugees everywhere and for all those who have had to flee from violence.

Sunday 4th November: 4th Sunday before Advent

Pray for those who are working in the refugee camps, and especially for the doctors and nurses who work under such extreme pressure.

Monday 5th November

Pray for the people of the Yemen that they might find the food and medical care they need.

Tuesday 6th November

For reconciliation between nations, for an end to fighting and bitterness, especially pray for peace between Israel and the Palestinians

Wednesday 7th November

Pray for peace within a nation. Pray for healing of division and hatred and discrimination.

Thursday 8th November

Pray that we ourselves may be open to the needs of all around us.

Friday 9th November

Pray for those who are lonely or depressed or grief stricken that they may know your presence with them.

Saturday 10th November

Pray for Christians who suffer for their faith, especially in countries where Christians cannot worship freely

Sunday 11th November: 3rd Sunday before Advent: Remembrance Sunday

Pray for all those who lost their lives in wars and let us remember the centenary of the end of the First World War

Monday 12th November

Pray for those who are out of work and looking for a job.

Tuesday 13th November

Pray for those who have to use a food bank like Restos du Coeur.

Wednesday 14th November

Pray for those going to the Prayer group at Montrouge and for our Chaplaincy Council who are meeting today that their decisions may be according to your will.

Thursday 15th November

Pray for all those who are exploited, sexually, economically, physically and all victims of violence wherever they may be.

Friday 16th November

Pray for all those with learning difficulties and those who care for them.

Saturday 17th November: St Hugh (see article)

Pray for our bishops, Bishop Robert and Bishop David

Sunday 18th November

Pray that we may hear God in quietness and be aware of what He is saying to us

Monday 19th November: 2nd Sunday before Advent and St Hilda, Abbess of Whitby (see article)

Give thanks for the contribution of women to the life of the church especially women clergy and bishops.

Tuesday 20th November

Pray for our Church Wardens, Patricia and Nigel and let us give thanks to God for their work.

Wednesday 21st November

Pray for our priest Roger and pray that the Holy Spirit may support him in his ministry amongst us.

Thursday 22nd November (see article)

On St Cecilia’s day, pray for the group who choose our hymns.

Friday 23rd November

Pray for the work of CSF and for all those who have to face cancer and all life-threatening illnesses.

Saturday 24th November

Pray for the nation of France, for the government in Paris and for all those who hold office in our department and for our Mayors.

Sunday 25th November: Christ the King; Sunday before Advent

Pray for Julie Johnson as she is licensed as a Reader and pray that we may all grow in the love of Christ.

Monday 26th November:

Pray for our friends in Simply Church.

Tuesday 27th November

Pray for the Eglise Reformée in St Pargoire and indeed everywhere in the Hérault

Wednesday 28th November

Pray for those in prison for their beliefs, their political and religious ideas.

Thursday 29th November

Pray for God’s help in the forthcoming season of Advent as we prepare for the season of waiting for God’s glorious incarnation

Friday 30th November: St Andrew (see article)

Pray that we may receive the grace to obey the call of Jesus just as St Andrew did.

 Pray for the development of Anglican and Catholic relations here in the Hérault.

Pray for those who are being trafficked and used as slaves.

If you have any comments or would like to include a prayer in this prayer diary, please do contact Julie at juliejohnson34@gmail.com or on 0467 281025  

St Hugh of Lincoln   17th November

St Hugh was born in France into a noble family sometime between 1135 and 1140. He became a Carthusian monk at an early age. The Carthusians were a monastic order famous for the rigid austerity of its rules and the earnest piety of its members. He was ordained a priest and in 1170 was sent by the order to be the head a monastery in Somerset, the first Carthusian monastery in England,

Henry 11, as part of his penance for the murder of St Thomas Becket founded another Carthusian monastery or charterhouse but the building work was going very badly and eventually Hugh was chosen as its prior. He organised the building and demanded more money from Henry 11.

Eventually he was appointed bishop of Lincoln and at a time when the king was trying to have power over the church. Hugh showed independence from the authority of the crown but at the same time he was diplomatic.

As a bishop, he was exemplary, constantly in residence or travelling within his diocese, generous with his charity, scrupulous in the appointments he made. He raised the quality of education at the cathedral school. Hugh was also prominent in trying to protect the Jews, great numbers of whom lived in Lincoln, in the persecution they suffered at the beginning of Richard I's reign, and he put down popular violence against them.

St Hugh in Carthusian habit from an altarpiece in Abbeville, France

Lincoln Cathedral had been badly damaged by an earthquake in 1185, and Hugh set about rebuilding and greatly enlarging it in the new Gothic style. Along with Bishop Herbert of Salisbury, Hugh resisted the king's demand for 300 knights for a year's service in his French wars; the entire revenue of both men's offices was then seized by royal agents

As one of the premier bishops of the Kingdom of England Hugh more than once accepted the role of diplomat to France for Richard and then for King John in 1199, a trip that ruined his health and he died in 1200.

Hugh was canonised by Pope Honorius III on 17 February 1220,[1] and is the patron saint of sick children, sick people, shoemakers and swans


St Hilda, Abbess of Whitby: Feast Day: 19th November

Hilda (known in her own century as "Hild") was the grandniece of King Edwin of Northumbria, a kingdom of the Angles. She was a nun and established several monasteries. Her last foundation was at Whitby. It was a double house: a community of men and another of women, with the chapel in between, and Hilda as the governor of both; and it was a great centre of English learning, one which produced five bishops.  

The Celtic peoples of Britain had become Christians well before 300 AD, but in the 400's and 500's a massive invasion of Germanic peoples (Angles, Jutes, and Saxons) forced the native Celts out of what is now England and into Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. The invaders were pagans, and missionaries were sent to them in the north and west by the Celts, and in the south and east by Rome.

Roman and Celtic traditions differed, not in doctrine, but on such questions as the proper way of calculating the date of Easter, and the proper style of haircut and dress for a monk. It was, in particular, highly desirable that Christians, at least in the same area, should celebrate Easter at the same time; and it became clear that the English Church would have to choose between the old Celtic customs which it had inherited from before 300, and the customs of Rome that missionaries from there had brought with them. In 664 the Synod of Whitby met at that monastery to consider the matter, and it was decided to follow Roman usage. It shows the importance of St Hilda and her monastery that Whitby was chosen for this Synod. Hilda herself greatly preferred the Celtic customs in which she had been reared, but once the decision had been made she used her moderating influence in favour of its peaceful acceptance. Her influence was considerable; kings and commoners alike came to her for advice. She was urgent in promoting the study of the Scriptures and the thorough education of the clergy. She died in 680 and her saint’s day is celebrated on 19th November.

Hilda herself greatly preferred the Celtic customs in which she had been reared, but once the decision had been made she used her moderating influence in favour of its peaceful acceptance. Her influence was considerable; kings and commoners alike came to her for advice. She was urgent in promoting the study of the Scriptures and the thorough education of the clergy. She died in 680 and her saint’s day is celebrated on 19th November.

St Cecilia: Feast Day 22nd November

It is believed that St Cecilia was born in the 2nd or 3rd Century AD, although the exact dates of her birth and martyrdom are unknown.   A religious romance telling the love story of St Cecilia and Valerian appeared in Greece in the 4th Century. It is thought that she was the daughter of a wealthy Roman family, a Christian from birth who was promised in marriage to a pagan called Valerian. Cecilia, however, had vowed her virginity to God. On her wedding night, she heard heavenly music and she told Valerian that an angel was present who would guard her virginity. The story goes on to say that Valerian saw the angel and was converted. Cecilia went on the make many more converts to Christianity until she was eventually martyred.

From this bit of information in her biography, St Cecilia has become the patron saint of music, especially church music, as well as that of musicians, composers and instrument makers. Her feast day is on November 22nd.

St Andrew 30th November

The New Testament states that Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter. Both he and his brother Peter were fishermen by trade, hence the tradition that Jesus called them to be his disciples by saying that he will make them "fishers of men".  At the beginning of Jesus' public life, they were said to have occupied the same house at Capernaum. The Gospel of John states that Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist, whose testimony first led him, and another unnamed disciple of John the Baptist, to follow Jesus. Andrew at once recognised Jesus as the Messiah, and   introduced him to his brother

In the gospels, Andrew is referred to as being present on some important occasions as one of the disciples more closely attached to Jesus.  Andrew told Jesus about the boy with the loaves and fishes (John 6:8), with Philip told Jesus about the Greeks seeking Him, and was present at the Last Supper.

Andrew is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at the city of Patras (Patræ), on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. Early texts, such as the Acts of Andrew  describe Andrew as bound, not nailed, to a Latin cross of the kind on which Jesus is said to have been crucified; yet a tradition developed that Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X-shaped cross, or "saltire"), now commonly known as a "Saint Andrew's Cross" — supposedly at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been.  

About the middle of the 10th century Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland. Several legends state that the relics of Andrew were brought by divine guidance from Constantinople to the place where the modern town of St Andrews stands today 

Prayer for Reconciliation after the EU Referendum (from Church of England website)

Eternal God, Light of the nations,

in Christ you make all things new:
guide our nation in the coming days through the inspiration of your Spirit,
that understanding may put an end to discord and all bitterness.
Give us grace to rebuild bonds of trust
that together we may work for the dignity and flourishing of all;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There is also this Litany of Reconciliation which can be used for private prayer

A Litany of Reconciliation

Holy God, in whom we live and move and have our being,
we make our prayer to you, saying,
Hear us, Lord of life.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Guide our nation in the days and months ahead
to walk the paths of peace and reconciliation.
Hear us, Lord of life.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Give to our leaders wisdom and sensitivity
to work for unity and the common good.
Hear us, Lord of life.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Mend broken relationships
and restore to wholeness whatever has been damaged by heated debate.
Hear us, Lord of life.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful
and lift up all who are dejected.
Hear us, Lord of life.
Lord, graciously hear us.

With you, Lord, is the well of life
and in your light do we see light.

Hear us, Lord of life and peace:
and make us whole.

With you, Lord, is the well of life
and in your light do we see light.

Hear us, Lord of life:
Heal us and make us whole.

A period of silence follows.

Lord our God,
accept the prayers of your people
and in your mercy look with compassion upon our nation,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

If you have any comments or would like to include a prayer in this prayer diary, please do contact Julie at juliejohnson34@gmail.com or on 0467 281025