A sacred place for worship and reflection for both the Jersey City and Saint Peter’s University communities.

Justice

Posted on September 17th, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Almighty God,
you have called us to serve you as the one and only God.
Take pity on our human condition, and
Save us from the seduction of riches.
Let the sincerity of our worship
Be matched by our commitment to justice.
In a world where money rules supreme,
May you alone be our Master, and
May we take delight in serving one another.
Amen.

Forgiveness

Posted on September 10th, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

O God of compassionate love,
You tell us that you are like —
A shepherd, who carries his lost sheep home…
A woman, who sweeps the house to find a single coin…
A father, who watches with hope for his son to return.
Likewise in Jesus you come searching for us.

May we never forget how much we are loved.
May we never refuse to love others as much.
May the world rejoice in your endless patience
And wondrous forgiveness.

This we pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Banquet

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

O God of compassion,
Not for a place of honor
Did Jesus come among us,
But to invite to the wedding feast
The poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.
By the power of your Spirit
Help us to recognize Jesus
In the little, the lowly and the suffering,
Seeing in them our sisters and brothers
Whom you welcome to your table.
Amen.

Pilgrims

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

O God of our ancestors,
Kindle in our hearts the same faith
Which inspired Abraham and Sarah
To live as pilgrims on the earth.
Keep our lamps burning brightly,
Our hearts ever watchful
For the hour of your Son’s return,
That we may open the gate
As soon as he knocks.
And then — O glorious surprise! —
He will admit us to the heavenly banquet.
Amen.

Generosity

Posted on July 30th, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Almighty and bountiful God,
The beginning and the ending of our lives
Are in your loving hands.
Do not let greed or self-importance rule our lives.
Help us to measure the worth of our lives
Not by the quantity of our possessions
But by the love which we freely place at the service of others.
In this way we grow rich in the things which are pleasing to you.
Amen.

The Prayer of Jesus

Posted on July 23rd, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Almighty God,
Reveal to us the mystery of love
Which Jesus taught to us,
When — as our brother and savior —
He taught us how to pray.
Give us your Holy Spirit
So that our prayer may be filled
With childlike trust and unwavering perseverance
And that we may grow in your love,
Confident that you are with us always.
Amen.

A PRAYER FOR PEACE

Posted on July 9th, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Almighty God,
You are always full of care for us.
In your mercy,
Grant that the members of the human race,
To whom you have given a single origin,
May form in peace a single family,
And always be united by bonds of justice and love.
This we pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Independence Day

Posted on July 2nd, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

O God, eternally alive and forever the source of life, we give you thanks for your never-ending goodness, and especially for the gift of your love in Jesus Christ. He spoke to us a message of peace and taught us to live as members of the same human family. In the history of our country his message took shape in the vision of our ancestors, as they fashioned a nation where people might live together in justice and harmony. Their vision continues to be a challenging task for today and tomorrow. We thank you, almighty God, for your blessings in the past and for all that, with your help, we must yet achieve. Give us your Spirit, that we may work together to build a future with liberty and justice for all.

Eleventh Sunday, Ordinary Time

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

O God, your mercies cannot be counted,
Nor do you tire of offering us forgiveness.
Our sins, which were many, you have forgiven.
May we, therefore, show great love —
Not only to you, the source of all mercy —
But to all our sisters and brothers,
Sinners embraced by your love.
This we pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Tenth Sunday, Ordinary Time

Posted on June 4th, 2016 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Almighty God,
You sent Jesus among us as the prophet of your compassion,
With healing in his touch, and power in his word.
Raised up by this Savior from this world’s distress.
May we glorify you,
And share with others your gift of life restored.
Amen.