The suffering and death of Jesus Christ is a mystery of salvation which we will never fully understand. Let us ask the Lord to give us a deeper faith so that we may grasp more fully the meaning of suffering in our lives and in our world.     

Let us pray for the leaders of the Church: may their patient endurance in the face of hostility and suffering be a sign to all Christians of the ultimate triumph of the Resurrection. Lord hear us.

May those who work for peace, mutual understanding and respect be prepared to pay the price that may be asked of them. May those who lose friends, and even suffer imprisonment because they speak up against violence, find the strength of endurance. Lord hear us.

For those who are confined to their beds on account of sickness: may they be given the gift of patience and use their sickness to God’s glory by uniting it with the sufferings of Jesus on the Cross. Lord hear us.

Let us pray for refugees from war-torn countries: may they find safe refuge in their new homes. May they find the courage to start their lives afresh, putting aside any destructive bitterness and hatred in their hearts. Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary who stood by the Cross of Jesus: Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence for our own petitions to God, who has compassion on us.

God our Father, we offer our prayers and our sufferings to you. We do this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B