The Diocese of Shrewsbury will be distributing prayer cards throughout Lent to help the faithful to renew the practice of offering each day to God in the prayer, 'The Morning Offering'.
The initiative will be announced by the Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, in a pastoral letter to be read out in churches of the Diocese of Shrewsbury over the weekend of the First Sunday of Lent (March 5) as part of the diocesan Year for Mission.
In his pastoral letter, Bishop Davies will recall Catholics to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council that lay people are called to "consecrate the world itself to God" by offering all their daily work and relaxation, their married and family life and even their hardships, explaining that the "Morning Offering" has an important part in forming the personal mission of each day.
The Bishop will say that the Morning Offering is a prayer which "forms the beginning of our daily mission and charges everything in our day with purpose" and that it will help to prepare Catholics to accept "the mission of every new day."
He will say that the prayer cards will act a reminder during the season of Lent of how Catholics can offer their days to God with this one-minute prayer.
Bishop Davies will say: "There are numerous forms of this daily offering, some of them composed by saints; the precise wording is less important than the intention. By making this offering, each of us sets out anew to serve the Lord our God and Him alone as sons and daughters who recognise the Divine mission entrusted to us.
"By offering the small things of each day, you carry out the mission of making the world an offering to the glory of God."
The Bishop will say: "Together we are taking many steps in this 'Year for Mission' to build-up the mission of our parishes and the Diocese as a whole, but all would be in vain if we were to lose sight of the personal mission entrusted to us. May Lent be an opportunity for us to be renewed in this prayer - our daily offering - by which we accept the mission of every new day."
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