BIDDING PRAYERS 

PRIEST:
Jesus calls us to be his followers so that, like Peter and Andrew, we can become fishers of men and women. We make our prayers in his name to God our Father that he will give us the grace to enable us to live up to our vocation.

READER:
We pray for Christian unity in the Church: may the leaders of the various Christian denominations strive to put aside their differences for the sake of the Lord Jesus. May they move towards true unity in belief and practice. Lord hear us.

Let us pray for those in charge of public affairs: may they look to Christ as their light in understanding that a person’s full destiny is not limited to the material things of this world, but exceeds the deepest longings of the human spirit. Lord hear us.

For those with no Christian vision of life: may they hear the voice of the Lord calling them to follow him and, leaving the darkness of their doubts, may they be welcomed into the light of the faith. Lord hear us.

May this community continue to grow in unity of mind and heart. Let us accept with glad hearts the changes in the Church, especially when they assist in a greater spread of the Gospel. Lord hear us.

We join our prayers with Mary who ministered to her Son as we say together: Hail Mary … etc.

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

PRIEST:
God our Father, you have called us into your own wonderful light and life. May we always be prepared to follow you wherever you may lead us. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A