BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Almighty Father, you have created all men and women in your own image and likeness. As we pray for the needs of the Church and the world, we pray for all those people who do not yet know you, that they may come to recognise you as the one true God and Father.

READER:
The task of proclaiming the Gospel is one of the primary tasks of the Church: Pope, bishops, priests and people. We pray that we may be given the grace to faithfully proclaim the joy of knowing Christ: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for our parish: may we demonstrate our faith, not only by our words and actions, but by our love, our concern and our perseverance in hope: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us remember all those confined to home because of age and sickness: may they make a conscious decision to unite their sufferings with those of Jesus Christ offering them up for the work of missionaries, thus uniting themselves in a unique way with the missionary work of the Church: (pause) Lord hear us.

May all Christian parents lead their children to a deep personal love of Jesus Christ. May they inspire in them a desire to stand up for their faith and a wish to share that faith with others: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray with Mary, Mother of the Missionary Church, as we pray together: Hail Mary … etc.

Let us pray in silence for our own personal intentions.

PRIEST:
Heavenly Father, we cannot see the day when your Son, Jesus Christ, will be known and loved throughout the world, however, we ask you to make us strong in his love today so that his Body may be strong and may grow towards the day of his coming to claim the world as his own. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Home Mission Sunday

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
It is not easy to be a Christian and Christ himself is very demanding in what he asks of his disciples. We make our prayers to the Lord that he will give to the Church all the graces she needs to make true disciples of all her followers.

READER:
We pray for the leaders of the Church: may they lead us by the example of their own lives, especially in their care for the poor and the sick: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for those who work for civil rights: may they seek to abolish slavery in all its forms and be given the grace and courage to speak out boldly against oppressive systems and governments: (pause) Lord hear us.

For those who reject God because of suffering in their lives and in the lives of their loved ones: may they learn that all suffering is an opportunity for growth in their lives, especially when they understand its place in the Christian life: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for a deeper personal commitment to the person of Jesus Christ: may all Christians respond to the grace by which they put Christ first and foremost in their lives. May they give consideration only to those things which lead them to follow Christ more closely: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary who followed her Son wherever he went as we say together once more: Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence for our own needs to God, who gave us his only Son.

PRIEST:
God our Father, no created thing can ever come between us and your love for us and it is in this knowledge that we make our prayers in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Our faith in the power of Jesus Christ helps us in life, especially in difficult times. We pray in faith to the Lord for his grace for the needs of the Church and world.

READER:
We pray for the leaders of the Church: may they grow strong in a faith built on Christ. May nothing threaten or shake their trust in God and may they communicate that faith to the rest of the Church: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for those who work for human rights: may they continue to bring to our attention the plight of those who are oppressed because the dare to stand up to unjust systems and governments: (pause) Lord hear us.

For those who suffer family divisions because of their faith: may their love for Christ and his Church be manifested in their lives. May those who reject them learn to accept them and their Christian belief: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for a deeper understanding of our faith: may we keep our eyes always fixed firmly on the person of Christ, who gave himself up for our sakes. May we share with him in his Father’s glory: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray with Mary, Mother of the Lord, as we say: Hail Mary etc.

Let us pray in silence for our own intentions to God who knows our every need.

PRIEST:
God our Father, you have given us the gift of faith and in that same faith we make our prayers to you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Jesus Christ has given us the example of a life of humble service. Let us ask the Lord for the graces which he has won for the Church and world.

READER:
We pray for our Holy Father, bishops and priests: may they fulfil their role in the Church by their humble service of the gospel, which is their duty and privilege to proclaim: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for the government of our nation: may the protection of human rights and the welfare of the people be their constant care and concern: (pause) Lord hear us.

For a true spirit of humility: may we take to heart the lesson that our greatest treasures are our human dignity and Christian faith, given to us by Christ: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for the service of the poor and needy in the community: may we refrain from passing judgement on people according to rank or social position. May we seek always to see the person of Christ in those deprived of much of the world’s goods: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, the humble servant of the Lord, as we say: Hail Mary … etc

We pray in silence for a moment or two, making our personal petitions to God who always has a special place in his heart for the weak and lowly.

PRIEST:
God our Father, we make our prayers, not trusting in our own strength, but rather in the power of your saving help. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST:
Our Lord warns us always to be vigilant and ready to carry out God’s will in all things. Let us pray to the Lord for the grace to be ready to do his will every moment of our lives.         

READER:
Let us pray for the Church: may she never cease to work for the Lord so that whenever he comes, he will find her vigilant in her task of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for the leaders of society: may they be diligent in promoting Christian values, especially those of the family: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us remember those who have abandoned the practice of their faith: may they be moved by the Holy Spirit who will enkindle in them the fire of his love. May he renew in them their faith in Christ and his Church: (pause) Lord hear us.

May we be given the grace to use the present moment to the full. May we not be too preoccupied with the future, or look back at the past with nostalgia or regret, but live each present moment in the power of God’s grace: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, ever vigilant to God’s will: Hail Mary …etc.

We make our personal petitions in silence, in the firm knowledge that God is our Father and loves us dearly.

PRIEST:
God our Father, we have placed our needs before you. Your care of us in the past assures us of a loving answer. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord Amen.

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C