Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Happy Australia Day!
On 26 January 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain and the first governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove, and raised the Union Jack. And thus started the colony that eventually became the great country of Australia.
Today would be a particularly appropriate day to pray for the conversion of our country:
O God, Who hast appointed Our Lady, Help of Christians, St Mary McKillop, St Francis Xavier, St Therese of the Infant Jesus Patrons of Australia, grant that through their intercession our brethren outside the Church may receive the light of faith, so that Australia may become one in faith under one Shepherd. Through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary McKillop, pray for us.
St Francis Xavier, pray for us.
St Therese of the Infant Jesus, pray for us.