Approximately once a month St Paul’s offers Shrine Prayers on a Sunday evening. Here is a short summary of the beauty behind Shrine Prayers.
Why are they called Shrine Prayers?
The term ‘Shrine Prayers’ comes from the fact that this service is inspired by the daily prayers said at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. St Paul’s, Harringay has its own statue of Our Lady of Walsingham that directs our hearts and minds to this very sacred place in England. In asking Our Lady of Walsingham – Jesus’ mother – to pray for us, we are being directed to Jesus Christ himself.
Is it right to ask Mary to pray (intercede) for us?
Christians often ask their friends or their clergy for their prayers. Indeed, Christians are expected to pray, in other words to intercede, for one another. This special and intimate relationship through prayer transcends the worldly boundaries of space and time. The saints who have gone before us, who now happen to occupy a different relationship with God than when they had earthly lives, continue to pray to God. Jesus’ mother, in her unique role as the Mother of God, is particularly positioned to pray for others to God in the name of Jesus Christ. By asking Mary and the saints to pray for us, we are affirming our belief that life continues even when this earthly life comes to an end.
Can I add names on the intercession list for Shrine Prayers?
Yes, all are welcome to add names of people who need prayers. You will find prayer cards in the back of the church. Just fill them out and leave them in the marked space. All the names will be added to the intercessions list for Shrine Prayers.
What if I have never done Shrine Prayers?
No worries! All are welcome to participate in Shrine Prayers. Shrine prayers are easy to follow. A leader will lead the prayers, and everyone else responds in an easy-to-follow way. A simple guide is provided for anyone who would like some help. For Shrine Prayers, we pray using the rosary. If you have never prayed with rosary, you will quickly and easily learn how it works at Shrine Prayers. Extra rosaries are available for anyone who would like to borrow one.