Gathering Prayer

The candle, the fire, this wondrous light
gathers us in its glow and its mystery;
casts light on the sacred words with which
we have been gifted in Mercy;
sparks to life cold fuel and waiting wood;
reaches the recesses of darkness and of need;
encourages us to the hearth of a trustful sharing.

Light of Christ, flame of our hearts,
lead us kindly
that we may lead others kindly.
Catherine McAuley, lady of light,
hold high that flame
on the road before us.
We believe in the light.
We are called by the fire.
We share the one flame.