Who are the Ray Of Light Intercessors?
The Ray of Light is a spiritual Lighthouse of intercessory prayer. Our call and vision is to work with the Holy Spirit within the Catholic Church, using all the treasures of the Catholic Church, to bring the Light of God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven … to bring light into darkness… order out of chaos… to bring God’s people back to Him… through missionary intercessory prayer.
The “Ray of Light” is the Ireland branch of “The Catholic Charismatic Intercessors of the Fellowship of the Burning Bush” (FBB), an international apostolate of missionary intercession founded in 1982 in the USA. Together with the other branches of FBB (like in Mexico, Kenya, U.S.A., Papua New Guinea, Japan, and Europe), we form a spiritual, pilgrim “House of Prayer” united together in intercession in the Holy Spirit for the Church and the Nations.
In 1986, we were first formed in Cork. Since then, other groups have sprung up throughout the land … for example, in the Archdioceses and Dioceses of Ferns, Cashel, Armagh, and Dromore. Besides local parish intercession groups, we have sponsored various retreats, all-night vigils, 3-hour prayer watches, and intercession training seminars. These intercession events provide opportunity for all groups in the Church to join TOGETHER in a deeper and more focused intercession for the needs of the whole Church.
Over the years, intercessors from the Ray of Light have met together on the last Saturday of the month in different places throughout all of Ireland. We unite in intercession to represent all our people before God, to seek God and catch His vision and plan for our people in this land, and to open a way by prayer that His Will might be done and that His Kingdom might come here on earth as it is in heaven. This is also an opportunity to join in more intense, focused national prayer for the whole Church together with FBB around the world. Over the years, members of Ray of Light have also joined the international FBB missionary outreaches of intercession for the Church in various nations.
On the front of this leaf let you will see the logo of the Ray of Light.
First, we have the Holy Spirit and a Cross, a Celtic Cross. The circle of the Celtic Cross represents eternity as well as the Sun, a symbol of THE ETERNAL SON OF GOD, who comes to us in the most Holy Eucharist. In the midst of this circle are the two hearts of Jesus and Mary. And then, at the center of the two hearts are four blocks of turf, which represent the four provinces or Archdioceses of Ireland. Ireland is placed in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and there catches the fire of God’s Divine Love from the Holy Spirit. The Light of the Lord Jesus Christ from this Divine Fire within the two hearts within the Eucharist within the Irish Cross goes out once more as from a spiritual lighthouse to all nations. The way this happens is represented by the two hands raised up in the position of worship and intercession. It reminds us of the fire Saint Patrick lit on Slane Hill, the Easter Resurrection Fire, that burns forever in the Heart of the Holy Trinity – God … and from which Ireland has been empowered to become a missionary nation even to this day. The missionary call is still on Ireland to bring the Light of Jesus to the nations through a renewed power of the Holy Spirit. And we in the Ray of Light seek to answer that call by serving God and His People through our missionary intercession.
How do we Pray?
The Scripture of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple catches the heart of the meaning of the Ray of Light…as well as how we pray.
“Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to Israel's comforting and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple and when the parents brought in the Child Jesus to do for Him what the Law required, Simeon took Jesus into his arms and blessed God; and he said: 'Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, A LIGHT TO ENLIGHTEN THE PAGANS AND THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL'. (Luke 2:25-34)
As the Lord reminds us, we really don’t know how to pray (Rom. 8:26 - 27). But, PRAISE BE TO GOD! He has sent His Holy Spirit into our hearts, and He knows how to pray according to the will of God. Just as Simeon was led by the Spirit, we seek to submit to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead us in our intercession, and also to guide us as we choose our location to pray every month.
And as Jesus entered the temple, and was lifted up and presented to the Father, so we, in our praise and worship, enter the Heart of the Most Holy Trinity, lift Jesus up, welcoming Him in every situation, and present all to the Father through Him. Psalm 23 says that God is “enthroned on the praise of His people.” Through praise and worship, God’s Kingdom Rule goes into operation, and the prophetic vision and declaration of God are released, just as they were through Simeon, who proclaimed Jesus as “a LIGHT to bring revelation to the Gentiles and the Glory of His People Israel.” We in Ray of Light want to lift up Jesus, The Light of the World, through our worship and intercession, in order that all people may see … that their minds may be enlightened … for He is “the True Light that enlightens the minds of men” (John 1:9) … and when He is lifted up He promises to “draw all men to Himself.” (John 12:32)
Through our missionary service of intercession, we stand in the Gap with Jesus our High Priest and Intercessor, bringing all people to God and being a bridge through which God can reach out to all people. Like Simeon, we are called to BLESS … to bless God, to bless the Holy Family of God, the Church, and through the Church to bless all the nations.
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