Prayer Service: Leaning in to Continue Jesus’ Service with the Poor


This prayer service will help focus students on continuing the work Jesus did with the poor.

By Jean Grant

LEADER:   One of the blessings of Lent is the opportunity we have to manage the food we eat. Through fast and abstinence we can begin Lent with a cross of ashes on our foreheads as an outward sign of our intense struggle and sacrifice. In church history, pre Vatican Council II, restrictions and rules were firm, inflexible, and punitive. Not following the regulations led to sin and the necessity to confess our shortcomings.

READER 1:  Since Vatican Council II, we have gathered at the Mass, around the altar of the Lord, to share the Meal of the Eucharist in our own hands, and communicated in our own language. While following the guidelines of the past, our focus is more interactive with the needs of our fellow neighbors.  We don’t just give up food or treats but seek a way to share with the less fortunate or poor.  Neighbors extend around the globe. We reach beyond ourselves to cure our blindness, heal our selfishness, and tear down walls and barriers. Beneath penance is always Jesus’ loving presence.  Plan to continue Lent dynamically energized by saintly possibilities.

READER 2:  Renew your spirit and rededicate yourself with a sincere heart through prayer:

  • For those who provide food for the starving,

ALL: Make me a channel of your peace.

  • For those who have offered up their coins for over 40 years for Catholic Relief Services rice bowls,                

ALL: Make me a channel of your peace.

  • For the continued presence of Jesus in our lives and those who are dedicated to spreading the Word about his death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension,

ALL: Make me a channel of your peace.

  • For those who affirm the actions of others, or can imagine Jesus patting them on the back for helping him to carry his cross,

ALL: Make me a channel of your peace.

  • For the poor, homeless, and needy that in heaven they will see how they brought us closer to Jesus,                   

ALL: Make me a channel of your peace.

  • For people who still stand by and watch the distress of the helpless “as they divide his garments by casting lots”  (Luke 23:24),

ALL: Make me a channel of your peace.

  • For the example in nature of the pelican, as they represent charity at its fullest.  If they cannot find food for their young, they pierce their own body and give their own blood for nourishment,                                                   

ALL: Make me a channel of your peace.

ALL: AMEN.

Jean Grant is a retired teacher from St. Charles, Missouri.

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One thought on “Prayer Service: Leaning in to Continue Jesus’ Service with the Poor

  1. Thank you for the Lenten “Petitions” -at least that is what I will use them for during our school Mass.
    I would appreciate more such ideas for during the school year. Simple, yet profound, following the season at hand.
    God bless your work.
    Sr. Barbara

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