New Year's Prayer & Blessing

  • Published on:  12/29/2020
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    +In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    Almighty and eternal God, a thousand years in your eyes are merely a day gone by, even still from age to age you have been our refuge, you remember us and keep us. As we begin a new year, grant us the grace to remember the blessings of years past, and fill the months ahead with the bright hope that is ours in the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

    *Let us remember the past year as tough as it may have been,
    with gratitude, and praise God saying:*

    ▶︎ TE DEUM ◀︎
    You are God, we praise you.
    You are the Lord, we acclaim you.
    You are the eternal Father, all creation worships you.
    To You the angels and the powers of heaven,
    Cherubim and Seraphim, sing to you in endless praise:
    Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of power and might,
    Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

    *Having thanked and praised God for the past year, let us now look to the future and invoke the Holy Spirit that everything we do may begin and end with God’s gracious assistance.*

    Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
    and in our souls take up Thy rest;
    come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
    to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
    O comforter, to Thee we cry,
    O heavenly gift of God Most High,
    O fount of life and fire of love,
    and sweet anointing from above.
    Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
    Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
    Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
    Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
    Kindle our sense from above,
    and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
    with patience firm and virtue high
    the weakness of our flesh supply.
    Far from us drive the foe we dread,
    and grant us Thy peace instead;
    so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
    turn from the path of life aside.
    Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
    the Father and the Son to know;
    and Thee, through endless times confessed,
    of both the eternal Spirit blest.
    Now to the Father and the Son,
    Who rose from death, be glory given,
    with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
    henceforth by all in earth and heaven.

    The Lord bless you and keep you;
    the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
    the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
    In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
    May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
    May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Zion.
    May he remember your every offering,
    And graciously accept your sacrifice of praise.
    May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.
    May the Lord answer all your prayers and may you rejoice
    +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    Background music:
    Te Deum (English Version)
    Exult O Daughter of Zion — Communion Antiphon Mary, Mother of God
    Veni Creator Spiritus