Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count
equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of
a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he
humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore
God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every
name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth
and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
Holy Mother of God,
hear the prayers of the Church
especially those wearied by life
and overcome by the
they bear for their children.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
intercede for them
from your place in
that the mercy of your divine Son
might lighten their
and give them strength.
Glory to the Father….
Sunday is a time to take stock. We look all
around us at Church and see them: all the people whose kids never seem to scream
and who look like they haven’t a problem in the world! But what if we really
knew them? We would see the �secret sufferings’ that mirror our own. That’s the
meaning of Sunday, after all. It is the gathering of those who have looked at
the their own brokenness through the lens of the cross, and live! Sunday is the
perfect day to pray for all God’s broken children and especially those who are
tempted to break the lives of others.