Order Prayers

Opening Prayers

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Be present with us, O Holy Spirit, for it is in your name that we are specially gathered together. Come to help us in our affairs, and be pleased to enter into our deliberations. Instruct us in what we should do. Let it be You, first of all, who inspire our suggestions. May You who love justice, let us not offend against justice or charity. Grant also that we may act intelligently.

Keep us by the gift of your grace in harmony with your will, so that we may act as one with You, who with the Father and the Son live and reign, God for ever and ever. Amen.


International Alliance Prayer

O God, Father of all mankind, send your Holy Spirit upon us, your Knights, dedicated to your service throughout the world. Help us to know the work you wish us to do. Give us the strength, courage and perseverance to undertake it and bring it to completion.

May we always keep before our eyes Jesus Christ, our Saviour, the ideal of the Christian Knight and do all things for love of him. Mary our Mother, have us always in your keeping. Amen.


Family Commitment Prayer

Heavenly Father, we believe your Son is risen and present within our homes. We thank you for this. We also believe, on the word of your Son, that anything we ask from you in his name you will grant (John 16:23). We gain confidence from this. With trust in the loving presence of your Son, and in his name: we ask you to strengthen us in the sincere commitment we make to practise regular family prayer in our homes, and to strengthen the family in our society.

We make this prayer to you through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Closing Prayers

The Knights' Prayer

O God, bless all fellow Members of the Knights of the Southern Cross and their families.

Bless all our activities and inspire us at all times to work for Your greater glory and the salvation of all.

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Prayer

Most loving God, we thank you for the example of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, who in her living of the Gospel witnessed to the human dignity of each person. She faced life's challenges with faith and courage. We pray through her intercession for our needs.

(pause to silently reflect on own intentions)

We make this prayer through Jesus the Lord. Amen.


The Divine Praises:

Prayer Leader: Blessed be God
Members: Blessed be his Holy Name

Prayer Leader: Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man
Members: Blessed be the name of Jesus

Prayer Leader: Blessed be His most Sacred Heart
Members: Blessed be his most Precious Blood

Prayer Leader: Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
Members: Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, our Helper and our guide

Prayer Leader: Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy
Members: Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception

Prayer Leader: Blessed be her glorious Assumption
Members: Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother

Prayer Leader: Blessed be St Joseph, her most chaste Spouse
Members: Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints


Prayer for Vocations:

Prayer Leader: Holy Mary, Mother of God, and Mother of the Church
Members: Obtain for us many holy priests and religious

Prayer Leader: Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia
Members: Pray for us

Prayer Leader: Blessed Mary MacKillop, Patroness of our Order
Members Pray for us

Hail Mary: For all departed members and their families, and an awareness in our society of the rights of the dignity
of all human life from conception to natural death.


Dismissal:

Prayer Leader: The Lord bless us and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life
Members: Amen

Prayer Leader: Let us go in Peace to love and serve the Lord
Members: Thanks be to God

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