Although we cannot physically attend the shrine in July, we are invited to participate spiritually. Please send them your intentions and let’s storm heaven together! You are welcome to send a donation as well but this is not essential of course.
December 5th is the beginning of the Novena of St. Lucy. Her feast day is December 13th. The catholic church in Arborfield has been named after her and so you are invited to pray together in this novena!
This prayer is to be prayed daily:
O St Lucy, you preferred to let your eyes be torn out instead of denying the faith and defiling your soul; and God, through an extraordinary miracle, replaced them with another pair of sound and perfect eyes to reward your virtue and faith, appointing you as the protector against eye diseases. I come to you for you to protect my eyesight and to heal the illness in my eyes.
O St Lucy, preserve the light of my eyes so that I may see the beauties of creation, the glow of the sun, the colour of the flowers and the smile of children.
Preserve also the eyes of my soul, the faith, through which I can know my God, understand His teachings, recognise His love for me and never miss the road that leads me to where you, St Lucy, can be found in the company of the angels and saints.
St Lucy, protect my eyes and preserve my faith. Amen.
(Say: 3 “Our Father”, 3 “Hail Mary”, 3 “Glory be”.)
O! Glorious St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr, you greatly glorified the Lord by preferring to sacrifice your life rather than be unfaithful. Come to our aid and, through the love of this same most loveable Lord, save us from all infirmities of the eyes and the danger of losing them.
Through your powerful intercession, may we spend our life in the peace of the Lord and be able to see Him with our transfigured eyes in the eternal splendour of the Celestial Homeland. Amen.
St Lucy, pray for us and for the most needy, to Christ our Lord. Amen.
This prayer taken from http://catholicgo.org/novena-prayer-to-st-lucy-protector-of-the-eyes/
Want to know more about St. Lucy? https://novena.com/2013/12/10/saint-lucy/
Here is a great daily novena of the Presentation of Mary in the temple, the one prayed by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Prince Albert. The feast is on the 21st. To Jesus through Mary!