"Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people (1 Pet. 2:9; cf. 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism."
(Sacrosanctum Concilium 16)
"Stay with us, Lord..."
These are musical settings of the Bishop's Prayer, which are available to download for use in parishes and communities - please make sure you acknowledge authorship and include the copyright details in copies!
A new setting by Patrick Geary, of Saint Cuthbert's, Withington:
Martin Grady and Rupert Sheen of Our Lady and the English Martyrs Urmston have produced this musical setting of the Bishop's prayer:
Martin Barry, Cathedral Choirmaster, has produced this setting:
There is also this Taize-style refrain setting:
Also available is a set of litanical prayers for use, for example, after communion or private devotions:
If you have any musical settings, prayers, reflections or even artwork based on the Bishop's prayer, please feel free to send a copy through to the Liturgy Office to be shared around the Diocese!