BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
On this great day, when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, let us ask God our Father to renew each one of us, the members of his Body, through his Spirit, so that all may be filled with his power.

READER:
We pray for the leaders of the Church: that they, like the Apostles, may be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and may speak to the world of his unending love for everyone: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for a spirit of peace and joy in the world: that the face of the earth may be renewed and the coldness of conflict and discord in society be dispelled by the cleansing fire and warmth of the Holy Spirit: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for those who have grown lukewarm in their faith: may they find new life and inspiration through the power of the Spirit: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for our own community: may we never be afraid to follow where the Holy Spirit leads so that we may discover a greater knowledge of truth and a life filled with love: (pause) Lord hear us.

The Holy Spirit came down on Mary and with her we pray: Hail Mary…etc.

Renewed in the Holy Spirit, we make our own prayers to God our Father.

PRIEST:
God our Father, your Spirit renews our world. May he fill us with your love and enable us to do your will. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Pentecost Sunday

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Through Christ, our model of prayer and suffering, we make our petitions to God our Father for all the needs of our Church and world.      

READER:
Let us pray for the Church and all her members: may she continue to pray without ceasing in the midst of trials and tribulations, conscious that the Spirit of her Risen Lord is always with her. Lord hear us.

We pray for all those who work for the protection of human rights: may all Christians proclaim that basic human freedom is due to the fact that we are made in God’s image and likeness. Lord hear us.

Let us pray for the salvation of the world: may those who suffer in the name of Christ be given strength and courage to stand firm in their faith. Lord hear us.

For the spiritual renewal of our community: may we all be open to the Holy Spirit who alone can renew us and teach us to pray in praise and thanksgiving for all the Lord has done for us. Lord hear us.

In union with our Blessed Lady, we pray together: Hail Mary …

In the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray for our own special intentions.

PRIEST:
God our Father, may all our prayers and sufferings come before you as a sign of the offering of ourselves to you for the good and the salvation of the world for which you gave your life. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
We pray to God our Father for all the graces for the Church and the world, through Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

READER:
We pray for the Church, the sign of Salvation: may she always point the way to the person of Jesus Christ, who alone is the Saviour of the world: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for the leaders of our society: may they never consider themselves as the most important members of society, but see themselves rather as servants in the world of which Christ alone is Lord: (pause) Lord hear us.

For those who are worried or in great distress: may Christ’s words in today’s Gospel: “Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God still and trust in me”, console and encourage them in their time of trial: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for an increase in vocations: may young men and women be encouraged to offer themselves as priests and religious for the service of God’s people: (pause) Lord hear us.

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

In silence now, we pray to our heavenly Father for our own personal intentions.

PRIEST:
God our Father, may we be one with you by following your Son, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We make this prayer and all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

5th Sunday in Easter Time - Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
One of the fruits of Easter is the coming of the Holy Spirit into our world. We ask God our Father to help us to be open to the Spirit as we make our prayers to him.

READER:
We pray for the leaders of the Church: may they always be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and so, through Him, grow in the fullness of wisdom and truth: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for the world in which we live: may all Christians realise that the world is continually changing, for better or for worse. It will only be for the better if, by being open to the Holy Spirit, everyone makes a positive Christian contribution to the society around them. May we work at doing just that:

(pause) Lord hear us.

We remember those whose faith has become weak: may their faith find a renewed awakening through the power of God’s Holy Spirit and may the dying embers of their love of God be fanned into a flame once again: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for a spirit of Christian unity: may all Christians ask the Lord to send his Holy Spirit among us to heal the wounds of our division and strengthen our common faith: (pause) Lord hear us.

We make our prayers with Mary, Mother of the Risen Lord, as we say: Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence to our heavenly Father for our own intentions.

PRIEST:
God our Father, you have not left us orphans but sent us the Holy Spirit in whose power we make our prayers to you. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 6th Sunday in Easter Time - Year A

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Christ the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep, has risen again to bring us new life. Let us ask God our Father to bless all those whom he has appointed to guard and guide us in our journey through life.

READER:
We pray for the leaders of the Church: may they, like the Good Shepherd, lead those they are committed to serve to greater holiness of life. May they help them to grow to spiritual maturity through the proclamation of God’s holy word and the Eucharist: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for those in charge of spiritual affairs: may they never hinder anyone from exercising freedom of conscience in the practice of their religion. May they seek, in all things, to provide a suitable setting in which Christ’s saving Gospel may be preached: (pause) Lord hear us.

For those communities deprived of spiritual leadership and support: may they never lose sight of Christ as the Good Shepherd who is never absent from those who believe in him: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for missionaries everywhere, especially those whom we support by our prayers and financial assistance: may they continue the work of the Good Shepherd who came that everyone might have life: (pause) Lord hear us.

We join our prayers with Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd, as we say:   Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence for our own intentions.

PRIEST:
God our Father, may we never stray far from you, but always seek to follow where you are leading us. We make these, and all our prayers, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

4th Sunday in Easter Time - Year A