BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
God has called us in Jesus Christ to be the light of the world. We make our prayers to him, confident that he will give us all the graces necessary to fulfil our Christian mission.         

READER:
We pray for all Christians: may the light of their faith dispel the darkness of doubt around them. May the warmth of their Christian love overcome the world’s hostility and apathy to the saving gospel of Christ: (pause) Lord hear us.

May the leaders of society fulfil God’s will in the service of the public. May their office become a visible expression of their Christian faith: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us remember all missionaries who work in difficult circumstances: may they be renewed in mind and heart and find support in our generosity so that they may continue to preach the Gospel in a spirit of joy: (pause) Lord hear us.

For a greater awareness of the Holy Spirit: may all Christians come alive to the workings of the Holy Spirit. May they find release from the fears which hinder them from living a fully Christian life: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, Mother of the Messiah, as we say: Hail Mary … etc.

We make our own petitions in silence under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

PRIEST:
God our Father, you have called us to be your light in the world. May we be your faithful witnesses through the light of your love shining within us. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
The Baptism of Jesus is one of the most important events recorded in the New Testament. May we, like Jesus, be open to the Spirit as we make our prayers to God our Father.         

READER:
Let us pray for the Church: may she always remain open to the power and promptings of the Holy Spirit. Through her closeness to the person of Christ, may she remain special to the Father: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for the world’s leaders who are always in need of our prayers and support. May they strive for a world free of tyranny, deceit and injustice, a world in which hunger and homelessness are no more: (pause) Lord hear us.

We remember the Jewish people, the people of God’s favour and promise: we ask that they may live in true peace and harmony with all nations, especially with their immediate neighbours. May those working for peace not be deflected from their course by those who would try to sabotage their efforts: (pause) Lord hear us.

May the members of this community renew their baptismal commitment through the power of the Holy Spirit and so be filled with joy and hope:(pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, Mother of the Lord, as we say together: Hail Mary…etc.

Aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our midst, we make our own prayers to God in silence.

PRIEST:
Lord God, you have shown us your favour by calling us to share the life of Jesus your Son. Help us to be faithful to your call by preparing the ways of justice and peace for all the peoples of the world. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Baptism of the Lord

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Today we celebrate the revelation of the Son of God to the whole world. Let us pray that people everywhere will come to recognise his presence in their midst.     

READER:
Let us pray for the Church of God: may she reveal ever more fully God’s abiding love for everyone by drawing closer to the person of Christ: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for the peace and well-being of the world: may all leaders follow the star which leads to true peace and justice: (pause) Lord hear us.

For those who suffer from lack of direction in their lives: may the manifestation of Christ’s birth point out to them the way forward. May it give them hope in the knowledge that Christ came as a visible sign of God’s love for everyone: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for our communities and families: may we welcome Christ into our lives and, like the three wise men, remain for ever pilgrims who keep our eyes firmly fixed on Christ as our guiding star: (pause) Lord hear us.

We make our prayer with Mary, Mother of Christ, as we say together: Hail Mary … etc.

In the presence of our Lord we make our personal petitions in silence.

PRIEST:
God our Father, you revealed your love for us in the person of your Son, Jesus Christ. May we, through our closeness to him, reveal your love to all whose lives we touch. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epiphany

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
It was God the Father’s will that his Son should share family life. Let us pray to the Lord that he will continue to enrich our homes with his love and grace.

READER:
Let us pray for the family life of the Church: may we always remember that in Jesus Christ we are all brothers and sisters, and so, may we learn to live in peace and harmony with one another: (pause)  Lord hear us.

We pray for the family of the whole human race: that all may come to realise that Christ is the true peace of our world. We ask that, in his name, all conflicts of race, colour, creed and social distinction be resolved: (pause) Lord hear us.

We remember those whose home life is broken or whose marriage has proved unhappy. May they pick up the threads of their lives again and see their loneliness as a call from God to turn to him in their distress: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray that all God’s people who are parents, sons or daughters may come to a deeper love and understanding of one another: (pause) Lord hear us.

We make our prayer with Mary, Mother of the Church, as we say together: Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence for our own personal needs as members of God’s family.

PRIEST:
God our Father, we celebrate the gift of your Son who shared our human family with Mary and Joseph. May we be one with them in peace, harmony and love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Feast of the Holy Family