At the Annunciation, God sent His messenger, the archangel Gabriel, to announce to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would bear the Incarnate Son of God, and it would be Jesus who would take human flesh from her, to bring salvation into the world. When Mary heard these words, she was filled with awe and wonder, and she asked for clarification: “How can this be…?” When Gabriel told her that it would be by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded by saying, “Let it be unto me according to thy word.”
Fr Richard Pain was consecrated as Bishop by the Holy Spirit on 21st September at Llandaff Cathedral. Please continue to pray for him ahead of his installation as Bishop of Monmouth in October.
Heavenly Father, you shepherd your people
and by your Holy Spirit make us one in Christ.
Bless Richard our Bishop that,
with wisdom, truth and love,
he may foster renewal
of vision, faith and mission in this Diocese
and be a focus of unity in parish, clergy, people and community.
Sustain him with the loving care of Jesus,
that he may sense and share
your strength in weakness,
know and minister your power to heal and console and, by the Spirit’s grace,
restore and reconcile us to you
and to one another in the mystical Body of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
God our Father,
Lord of all the world,
we thank you that through your Son
you have called us into the
fellowship of your one, holy,
catholic and apostolic Church.
Hear our prayer for this Diocese
and give to your servant Richard,
our Bishop Designate,
the needful gifts of the Spirit’s grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Venerable Richard Pain, who is currently Archdeacon of Monmouth was elected at an Electoral College held at the Cathedral in Newport on Tuesday 23rd July 2013. Fr Richard will be the Tenth Bishop of Monmouth and will be consecrated by Episcopal Ordination on the Feast of St Matthew, 21st September 2013.
Please pray for him and for our Parish and Diocese.