A booklet of more than 60 prayers on a wide range of Mercy-related topics has been published by Tiaki Manatū, the Trust that oversees the ministries of the Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand.
Most of the prayers began life as part of a reflection prepared each month by mission writer Dennis Horton. The prayers have been compiled by Sister of Mercy Cheryl Connelly rsm, whose art work introduces each theme.
The book is entitled Inoi Taketake: Prayers for stepping forward. Taketake means an idea that sets the tone or direction for whatever is to follow. “The English title hints at Catherine McAuley’s advice about getting on by ‘taking short, careful steps, not great strides’,” notes the introduction.
Themes include the works of Mercy, honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi, caring for our common home, Mercy values and a set of prayers for opening and closing meetings.
“We hope that busy Mercy people will find this resource helpful,” said Dennis Horton at a ceremony to launch the book in Wellington on March 16. “The prayers can be easily copied, either in full or even using a fragment that catches the eye or imagination for a particular occasion.”
The book includes three traditional prayers in te Reo Māori. “If the book proves popular, other editions can certainly follow. The next volume may include prayers in Samoan and Tongan,” Mr Horton said.
“It’s hard to think of any important occasion in our Mercy world that should pass without a moment of prayer, asking God to bless our plans and projects, our hopes for our world and our desire to make it better for those who are in any sort of need.”
Copies are available at $10 each; a portion of the price goes to support a plan by Sisters of Mercy to provide a house and services for homeless women in Auckland. Those interested in purchasing a copy should phone Sisters of Mercy Ministries, (09) 360 8009.