Then Jesus went into the temple and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. (Matthew 21:12)
Jesus, please come into the Episcopal Church with the full power of your Holy Spirit and overturn and drive out everything that doesn’t belong there.
And he said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'” (Matthew 21:13)
Holy Spirit, please restore a life of prayer to your people in the Episcopal Church.
Then the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. (Matthew 21:14)
Father, please bless the healing ministry that takes place throughout this diocese.
But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant (Matthew 21:15)
Jesus, even now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are indignant over what you are doing to restore your church and people.
and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise’?” (Matthew 21:16)
Holy Spirit, please help us teach the children in our parishes and at the diocesan summer camps at Beaver Cross to praise you.
Then he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and he lodged there. Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:17-22)
Jesus, bring us all to believing prayer so that the mountains that scar the face of the Episcopal Church may be cast into the sea.
Monday: 106:19-48; Numbers 22:1-21; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 21:12-22
Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, ; Numbers 22:21-38; Romans 7:1-12; Matthew 21:23-32
A Novena of Prayers for the Increase of Vocations to the Consecrated Life in the Community of St. Mary, Eastern Province
St. Mary’s Convent, 242 Cloister Way
Greenwich, NY 12834-7922
(518 ) 692-3028
Having planted a new convent in Malawi, Africa, the Sisters of St. Mary in Greenwich, NY, now invite Associates, parishes, clergy and friends to join them in praying for new vocations in America, waiting on God much as the disciples did in the Upper Room in the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost. The following Prayers and Collects may be used as part of a Novena (a Nine-day Cycle) of Prayer or may be incorporated into daily prayer for C.S.M.
The Sisters of St. Mary are looking for a few good women who are…
* committed to giving themselves unreservedly to Jesus as Lord and Savior in the Anglican tradition;
* between the ages of 21 and 50 and are in good physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual health;
* single and unhindered by familial, financial or other personal obligations,
* seeking to know and serve God alone, first in a life of corporate and personal prayer and then by sharing in the ministries and outreach of the Community;
* prepared to consider a lifelong commitment to personal conversion, sanctification and service within stable community life, under the monastic vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience;
* open to learning responsible, adult obedience, accepting a common Rule and the wisdom and judgment of others in community life.
If this description brings someone to your mind, pray that the Holy Spirit may open her heart to considering religious vocation in the Community of St. Mary, and, if appropriate, invite her yourself to explore this possibility.
A Novena for Vocations to the Community of St. Mary
Prayers to be Said Daily
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
(Matthew 5:8 )
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
Collect for the Community of St. Mary:
Almighty God, who chose the blessed Virgin Mary to be the Mother of your Incarnate Son, grant to us your servants who bear her name so to yield ourselves to the operation of the Holy Spirit that we may be acceptable in your sight and may bring forth to you the fruit of good works, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
First Day: For an Increase in Numbers and Sanctification
O Father and lover of souls, pour upon your Church the spirit of religious vocation and grant the Community of St. Mary an increase in numbers and sanctification of Sisters, to your glory and for the benefit of your whole Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.