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Prayers For The Beatification Of Venerable Margaret Sinclair.
With Ecclesiastical Approval.
(For Private Use At Home.)
Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves Me must follow Me, and where I am, there will My servant be also. Whoever serves Me, the Father will honour.
(Reflect In Silence On The Life Of Margaret.)
Prayer To The Venerable Margaret Sinclair.
Margaret, our sister and guide, you were consecrated to the service of Christ and His Church under the title of Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds. The Church honours you for your holiness of life, your dedication to prayer, your mercy and compassion to those in need of help, your faithfulness to Christ and fortitude in suffering. Listen to me now in my need, as I ask for your help. (Here state your intention.)
May God grant your Church a sign that you are a saint in Heaven by granting me this favour which I now most earnestly request through your intercession. Amen.
Margaret, you lived a life of faith. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You gave yourself in prayer. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You were generous to those around you. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You were clothed in humility. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You worked for justice. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You showed compassion to the needy. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You desired to save souls. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You treasured the Eucharist. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You honoured Our Blessed Lady. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You offered your life to God. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You united your sufferings to Christ. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
You longed for the joys of Heaven. R. Inspire me & pray for me.
Margaret, hear my heartfelt prayer, pray with me and for me to God, that if it be God’s most Holy Will, my request may be granted, and that I may live in God’s Grace always. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be… Venerable Margaret Sinclair, Pray for us.
Margaret, our kin, our sister and our neighbour,
one of our own, you walked our streets and closes,
now at your shrine we celebrate your resting at home among us.
Here in this church you knelt in adoration;
in the Lord’s presence offering your praises,
eager to meet your God and be united in sweet Communion.
Margaret, we praise your life of quiet witness,
following Jesus in your daily living,
bringing His love and presence to the work-place: showing His goodness.
In death you shared the Passion of Our Saviour,
bearing your pain with cheerfulness & patience.
In His Five Wounds you sought your inspiration to remain faithful.
Almighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
to You we pray that Margaret may be worthy
soon to be numbered with Your Saints in glory, singing Your praises.
+ Sign Of The Cross.
O God, You called Margaret Sinclair to holiness of life, that she might love and serve You. I call out to You in the communion of Saints seeking Your mercy and Your help. Through the prayers of the Venerable Margaret, grant me Your grace and an answer to my prayer. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Address To Margaret.
Margaret Sinclair, the Church honours you as Venerable, for your holiness of life, dedication to prayer and fortitude in suffering. You always kept in mind those who were in need: do not forget me in my need, as I ask for your help. Intercede for me, hear my prayer:
(Here state your intention.)
Pray to God for me, for myself and those whom I love today and always. Amen.
Prayer For The Beatification Of Margaret Sinclair.
God Our Father, Your image and likeness in each of us is obscured by sin and restored by Your Son, Jesus Christ. In Margaret Sinclair, We see the fruits of the Redemption He won for us and are inspired to a life of grace. Grant that she may be recognised by Your Church as a Saint whose life we may imitate, whose devotion to prayer we may emulate; whose union with Your Son we may attain. We ask this through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…
A Child’s Prayer.
Margaret Sinclair, God’s cheerful Servant on earth, help me to imitate the virtues which made you a great friend of Jesus and His Blessed Mother.
Please grant a sign that you are a Saint in Heaven by obtaining for me the favour which I now most earnestly request.
(Here tell Margaret your request.)
Margaret Sinclair, hard-working girl Servant of God, pray for us. Amen.
Three Hail Mary's and the Invocation Margaret Sinclair, Pray for us.
Prayer For Her Beatification.
Let us pray, O Lord Jesus Christ, Who did endow Your lowly and ever cheerful virgin, Margaret Sinclair, with a share in Your sufferings and in Your zeal for the salvation of men, grant that through her glorification, we too may arrive at a share in Your glory, who lives and reigns, God,
world without end. Amen.
On the First Monday of every month at 19:00, Mass is celebrated in
5 South Grey’s Close,
Edinburgh, EH1 1TQ
to pray for the Beatification of The Venerable Margaret.
Any information about graces & favours received should be sent to the
Vice-Postulator at St. Patricks.
December 23, 2014 at 9:50am · Edited
A SAINT IN THE MAKING:
Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh has launched a fresh bid to have the Venerable Margaret Sinclair declared a saint.
Among a range of initiatives, Archbishop Cushley is instituting a new regular Mass at the tomb of Venerable Margaret in St Patrick's Church, Cowgate, on the first Tuesday of each month beginning 6 January at 7pm.
He has also appointed Father Joseph McAuley, the parish priest of St Lucy's Church in Cumbernauld, as his delegate to spearhead the new campaign that could see Margaret declared "blessed" and then "saint".
"As my delegate Father McAuley will be working closely with me to promote Margaret's Cause and to spread the message of this fascinating young woman", said the Archbishop.
"Margaret led an exemplary life as a lay person, who was very much a modern woman, a woman of her times, and who was also an exemplary religious sister albeit briefly before she died at the age of 25".
Margaret Sinclair was born in Edinburgh's Cowgate in 1900. One of six children, whose father was a City Corporation dustman, she was brought up in poverty in a two-room tenement basement.
She left school at 14 and worked as French polisher during which time she became an active member of her trade union, later finding work with McVitie's Biscuit factory.
In 1923 Margaret entered the enclosed order of Poor Clares in Notting Hill, west London, taking the name Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds.
She brought relief to the poor of that city for a short time before she died of tuberculosis in 1925.
During a visit to Scotland in 1982, Pope John Paul II described her as "one of God's little ones, who through her very simplicity, was touched by God with the strength of real holiness of life, whether as a child, a young woman, an apprentice, a factory worker, a member of a trade union or a professed sister of religion".
“Margaret was a person who prayed in an intimate personal way with Jesus,” said Father Joseph McAuley, “to this very practical Christianity also has to be added her deep humility and her heroic endurance of suffering.”
Father McAuley says he was both delighted and surprised to be asked to take on the mission of promoting the cause of Venerable Margaret.
“Within myself I wondered how the good bishop could have known I had a devotion to Venerable Margaret. I recall very many years ago being introduced to this devotion by my mother and recall praying in the family at one point for some intention”.
“Thereafter whilst I would occasionally be reminded of her cause I did not pray to her. This had changed as the result of a visit to the parish of St. Benedict’s in Drumchapel, Glasgow, where the parish community prayed the novena prayers to her each day after morning Mass. As a result over the past 10 years or so I began praying to her each day”.
In order for Margaret Sinclair to be declared “Blessed” a miracle now needs to be attributed to her Heavenly intercession.
Both Archbishop Cushley and Father McAuley are keen to get people praying to Margaret for favours. This will involve a new information drive throughout schools and parishes.
“Almost immediately after her death in 1925 a devotion to Margaret spread and spread rapidly and was very strong for many decades,” said Archbishop Cushley.
“This is something that Father McAuley and I are hoping to build upon and strengthen to spread in the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, throughout Scotland and, please God, beyond”.
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