Catholic Prayer: Blessing for the New Year
On New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the household gathers at the table or at the Christmas tree or manger scene. Many people make New Year’s Day a day of prayer for peace. The calendar of the new year may be held during the blessing.
All make the sign of the cross. The leader begins:
Let us praise the Lord of days and seasons and years, saying: Glory to God in the highest!
And peace to his people on earth!
The leader may use these or similar words to introduce the blessing:
Our lives are made of days and nights, of seasons and years, for we are part of a universe of suns and moons and planets. We mark ends and we make beginnings and, in all, we praise God for the grace and mercy that fill our days.
Then the Scripture is read:
Listen to the words of the book of Genesis
God said: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.” And so it happened: God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed—the fourth day.
The reader concludes:
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
After a time of silence, members of the household offer prayers of thanksgiving for the past year, and of intercession for the year to come. On January 1, it may be appropriate to conclude these prayers with the Litany of Loreto since this is the solemn feast of Mary, Mother of God. In conclusion, all pray the Lord’s Prayer.
Then the leader begins:
Let us now pray for God’s blessing in the new year.
After a short silence, parents may place their hands on their children in blessing as the leader says:
Remember us, 0 God;
from age to age be our comforter.
You have given us the wonder of time,
blessings in days and nights, seasons and years.
Bless your children at the turning of the year
and fill the months ahead with the bright hope
that is ours in the coming of Christ.
You are our God, living and reigning, for ever and ever.
Another prayer for peace may be said:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
R. Amen. —St. Francis of Assisi
The leader says:
Let us bless the Lord.
All respond, making the sign of the cross:
And give Him thanks.
Then the following verse may be sung to a tune such as “The Old Hundreth” (Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow). It may be appropriate to exchange a greeting of peace or to join in toasts for the old and new year.
Great God, we sing that mighty hand
By which supported still we stand;
The opening year your mercy showed;
That mercy crowns it till it close.
The Priest of the Roman Catholic Church in Gaza, Monsignor Emmanuel Musallam sent God his wish during the prayer of the new year 2009. He said he wished to see the Israeli criminals Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, and Tzipi Livni trialed as a war criminals. In Gaza the Christian population is about 3355 Palestinians.
The Palestinians newspapers published that Monsignor Emmanuel Musallam was obliged to cancel the traditional night prayers for the new year in Gaza. He asked: How will the voices of our prayers arise to glorify God? And how will the songs of joy of the New Year 2009 be sung while the sounds of the Israeli bombs shock the earth and the sky of Gaza? How will the songs of the new year arise while and the Israeli airplanes arise above everything?
Priest Musallam said that he cancelled the nightly prayer to worship God in Gaza, and that new prayer times had been invented during the day, but that no one came to pray in the Church. The Israeli criminals are murdering anybody who goes out to pray, to buy bread, or to walk in the streets. This is a clear horror and a war crime, added Monsignor Emmanuel Musallam.
“We had lived for years under the criminal Israeli siege, but now the siege of Gaza became a hurricane of war crimes and crimes against humanity. I hope the day will come when we see the trial of Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, and Tzipi Livni, as war criminals broadcast in the TV stations. This is my wish during the prayer of the new year 2009”.
Iyad Aziz Al-Sayegh, a Roman Orthodox and the Managing Director of Al-Ahli Al-Arabi Hospital in Gaza, said “there is no taste of the Christmas and New Year in Gaza: We are living a terrible and frightening horror in Gaza; We are living a continuous state of mourning. We have not seen a truculent horror attack like this before.”
He added: “We have not decorated our Christmas tree this year, as we are barely keep our lives”, adding that he lives in finest Al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza, where the elegant buildings have been turned to ashes and rubble, and that the city has become a town of ghosts without electricity or water”.
New year prayers are an internal part of the new years eve and should be performed by every individual. There is a huge collection of New Year prayers available on the internet. You can get number of prayers along with lyrics on the internet.
Whether be any special event or occasion, a prayer to lord is a must as it gives you the strength to move forward with the new beginnings in life. The lyrics of the prayer should include thanks to the lord who has always helped you in every sphere of life and blessed you with all the basic necessities needed to live a peaceful life. Making resolutions at the beginning of the year is a regular practice that most of the people follow but there are some who just start the beginning with a prayer to lord thanking him for whatever he has given and asking for blessings to further to lead a peaceful life.
However, every family and every individual has a different style of welcoming new beginnings in their life; some welcome it by praying to go whereas some simply let it go. The New Year is full of uncertainties and crowded with fears, therefore it is very important to pray lord asking for the blessings and the strength, power to handle the difficult tasks and progress in future. We pray to lord that this new year may bring us closer to him, giving him more time than the other materialistic things. The New Year prayer consists of thanks and helping us celebrate the gifts that lords has graciously gifted us.
Catholic New Year Prayer
Catholic new year prayer is mainly dedicated towards thanking the lord for whatever he has graciously given us whenever in need. The prayer depicts the love and trust that we have in the almighty. The catholic new prayer is followed by the following wordings:
Let us accept you in our lives, in the way it pleases you,
As Truth, to be spoken,
As Life, to be lived,
As Light, to be lighted,
As Love, to be followed,
As Joy, to be given,
As Peace, to be spread about,
As sacrifice, to be offered among our relatives, friends, neighbors and all people.
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