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Intercessions written by Parishioners of Christ the King Church, Thornbury


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Second Sunday In Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to Almighty God with our own needs and the needs of the world, praying particularly that he will send us grace and peace.

Reader:

We pray that all members of the church will be servants to one another, paying attention to each others needs and supporting those in difficulties. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for everyone involved in education, teachers and support staff, catechists and youth workers, and leaders of uniformed organisations, that they will help young people to fulfil their potential and become confident, cheerful and caring members of the community. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that we may be faithful followers of Jesus, attentive to his teaching and living according to his gospel. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are sick, at home or in hospital, and for the elderly and housebound, may they all experience Christ's healing love. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who have died, that they may rejoice with the Saints in the eternal happiness of heaven. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Blessed Lady to pray with us as we say Hail Mary…

Now we pray for a while in silence, remembering our own intentions.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, we ask you to hear our prayers and to grant us peace in our day, we make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Trustfully we bring all of our needs to God in prayer.

Reader:

We pray for the Pope and for all who lead the many Christian denominations that their teaching may always be focused on Christ's teaching. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all Christians that the unity for which Christ prayed may be made visible. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

May new avenues of service open for us and may we grow closer to one another in the love of the Lord. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for families, especially those with problems, that strengthened by your continual blessings they may be sources of love, security and care for all their members. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died that they may be brought speedily to the vision of your glory. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Lady to help us with her prayers Hail Mary…

Let us pray in silence for our own intentions…

Priest:

Lord hear and grant all these prayers which we make through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

Reader:

Jesus’ sermon on the mount today is an inspiration for our future and a measure for our past. May our young people so grow in faith that, inspired by Jesus’ words, they change the world through the witness of their lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God’s words of loving kindness and humility are gradually transforming the world. We pray for the strength of love to make them a meaningful part of our own lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As we gather our strength for these seven weeks of Lent, we prepare to engage with those big questions about where we stand in our lives, and how they are serving your world plan. We ask God to give us strength in this live-giving engagement throughout this weeks – and also throughout our lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all children awaiting a permanent and loving home through fostering or adoption. May many generous and compassionate people be found who will open their hearts and their homes to meet the needs of these little ones. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the repose of the soul of those for whom this mass is being offered and also for Brian Caherty who died on Friday. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

And now let us ask Our Lady to join her prayers to ours as we say Hail Mary …

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts.

Reader:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Christ is the light of the world. We now ask our heavenly Father to listen to our prayers as we place all our hope in Him:

Reader:

We pray for the needs of the church, and especially for John Paul, our Pope, Declan, our Bishop, and for priests and clergy everywhere. May they continue to be shining examples of God’s love throughout the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for ourselves that we may be ready to follow Christ wherever he leads us, even if the direction is unexpected or demanding. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that all nations may rejoice in the light of goodness, may turn away from quarrels and injustice, and reject the darkness of evil. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that in the brightness of love, Jesus Christ may be revealed, turning those with doubt to faith, those in despair to hope and those in sorrow to joy. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that no opportunity may be lost to share in the peace of Christ with those we meet in our daily lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that Our Blessed Lady, will intercede for us in our prayers as we say Hail Mary…

We pray now for our own private intentions, and for the needs of our own families and friends in both this world and the next…

Priest:

Merciful Father, listen to the prayers that we make to you today in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sixth Sunday of the Year

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

Reader:

We pray for our Holy Father and the bishops of the church, that through their teaching and preaching they may challenge us to follow Christ's way of love. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the young people who became full members of our church through the Sacrament of Confirmation last Friday night, that they may experience the power of the Holy Spirit in all that they do (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that all married couples in our community may experience the warmth of God's love in their relationships. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that in the coming season of Lent we may experience a spiritual renewal in our lives as we unite ourselves with the sufferings of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those in any kind of need particularly the poor, the suffering, the persecuted and the homeless, may they experience through the kindness of their neighbours the healing love of our Saviour. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those that have died and gone before us in faith, may they rise to new life with the saints for ever in heaven. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

And now let us ask Our Lady to join her prayers to ours as we say Hail Mary …

Let us pray for a few minutes in the silence of our hearts.

Priest:

God our Father, keep us ever faithful to the teachings of your Son and listen to our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever.

Seventh Sunday of the Year

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

For the church that it may grow in God's love, and for an end to the division among Christians. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For all families, for parents without partners, for the single, widowed, divorced and separated, that their lives be full of love and kindness, (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For those who are angry and bitter with their neighbours, that they may realise that giving into feelings of resentment and hatred only separates them from God, (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We remember in a special way the sick and the elderly. May they be encouraged by the words and comforted by the actions of those who care for them. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the dead that they may share in the peace and happiness of God's kingdom. (pause)Hear our prayer. Lord, in your mercy,

And now let us ask Our Lady to join her prayers to ours as we say Hail Mary …

Let us pray for a few minutes in the silence of our hearts.

Priest:

God our Father, you know what is good for us. Rid our hearts of all bitterness and bless our efforts to love all people. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ninth Sunday of the Year

Priest:

To the God of love and justice we offer our prayers this day:

Reader:

We pray for Pope Benedict, Bishop Declan, Father Alex, Father Charles and all religious leaders, may they continue to be guided by you in their vocations. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. 

We pray for the faith to follow God’s ways. In a materialistic and secular world, we pray that we may hold dear to what is of real and lasting value. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray to the God of all for greater compassion and an end to religious and racial intolerance. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray to the God in whom we trust for all who are anxious, and all who are worried by the needs and demands of our world. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for a greater longing and devotion to Christ’s sacrificial banquet in this Year of the Eucharist. May the gift of the Eucharist shine as the light and strength in our daily lives. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died and those who mourn for them, we remember especially the school children that died in the coach crash in Ireland this week. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As we conclude this month of May, we now ask Mary to intercede for us in all our prayers as we say Hail Mary…

Let us now pray silently for our own intentions.

Priest:

God our Father, we ask you to listen to the prayers of your people, conscious of our sins and in need of your redeeming love. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer mindful of all our needs.

Reader:

Jesus tells us that he came to call sinners. Let us remember that we are those sinners, and daily ask God's forgiveness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

May our Pope, Cardinals, Bishops and clergy, remember that they, like Pope John Paul are the servants of the servants of God, and bring to their tasks humility and love. Let us pray for them, that the grace of the Holy Spirit may guide them daily. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Abraham's joy in life, his son, came in his old age. Let us remember to treat the elderly with respect for the knowledge of their years, and to understand the limitations of the flesh which comes with age without irritation and condemnation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Illness and pain drain the sufferer, mentally and physically. Let us pray to God to help those who are sick and hurt, wrapping them in the comforting blanket of care, love and prayer. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We remember all those who mourn – especially those in our own families and parish. May the healing power of God's grace pour down upon them, easing their grief and showing them the love and support of community. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Mary, Mother of Jesus the Christ, as we say Hail Mary ...

We now pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make then in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer mindful of all our needs.

Reader:

The image of the Good Shepherd runs continually through our Gospels. May we turn with joy to the safe fold which is God's Church, and to Him who has promised us salvation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In all our lives there are times of darkness, when prayers become merely words, and we seem to have to search and search to find God. When those times come, let us place our trust in Him, knowing that if we wait and continue to pray, Jesus will find us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for family life. May we support each other, love each other and mitigate the irritations of close living with affection. May our family units be safe havens in which all members can grow and mature. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who have no family. May they find the love, which all of us seek, in God -but also in our community, each of us reaching out to those in need. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those making their first Holy Communion next week, remembering our own first Eucharist, and the prayers and dedications we too made. May God bless them, may they remain close to Him always, with Mass and Holy Communion a way of life, and a life-long source of comfort and grace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for Salvatorian Priests, Brothers, Sisters and Lay People throughout the world that they remain ever faithful to the vision of Father Jordan that all people come to know the Divine Saviour. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the Beatification of Father Francis Jordan, that the Church will soon will give official recognition of his holiness and zeal. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn our prayers to Mary, our Heavenly Mother, as we say Hail Mary ....

Let us pray for a few moments in silence.

Priest:

God our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make then in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Priest:

As children of our loving Father let us pray now for the needs of the Church and of the world.

Reader:

We pray for the courage to declare ourselves for Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour in the presence of men, so that those who we meet may know how valuable they are in the sight of God. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all victims of violence and terrorism, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. We pray for prisoners of conscience, that God will vindicate them and rescue them from their enemies. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick of the parish, for our friends and family members who are ill or distressed. We pray for those who are lonely or depressed, anxious or in debt. May the Lord use us to bring comfort to them, and some relief from affliction. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who are indifferent to the Gospel, or blind to the reality of the spiritual world. May the grace of God enlighten the eyes of their hearts, to see what hope his call holds for them. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We continue to pray for the children who made their first holy communion last week, that they will continue to grow strong in faith and stay close to you Lord. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn now to our Lady and ask her to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own needs to the Lord in a time of silent prayer.

Priest:

We thank and praise you Father for hearing our prayers, which we make in faith and in the name of your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

As children of our loving Father let us pray now for the needs of the Church and of the world.

Reader:

We pray for the unity of all Christians in faith and charity. May the Holy Spirit overcome all the barriers and obstacles separating the churches so that the world may see and believe in the one Lord of all. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the forthcoming G8 Summit in Scotland, that the leaders of nations gathered there may be granted true wisdom about the problems of world development and trade, the future of Africa, and climate change. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the people of Zimbabwe and Burma and all victims of dictatorial regimes. We pray for all those made homeless, imprisoned or persecuted in these countries. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for ourselves, that we may have the courage to follow Christ’s call in our daily lives, and take up our cross and follow him where he calls us to be. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick or suffering, for those depressed or anxious, those in hospital or recovering from operations, especially Clare Williams. We pray for nurses, doctors and medical staff, and all those looking after the sick, that Christ will strengthen and develop their gifts of healing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn now to our Lady and ask her to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own needs to the Lord in a time of silent prayer…

Priest:

Father you inspired the prophets and saints to pray for miracles through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Hear and answer our prayers for those in need today, we humbly pray, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

With complete faith and trust we pray to the Father for all our needs:

Reader:

Grant the gift of peace to our troubled world, give to your people peace of mind and freedom from anxiety. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Help us to bring your compassion to the poor, the sick, the lonely and the unloved. May we always be aware of the marginalized members of our community and their special needs. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Guide our thoughts, our words, our actions so that all we do is done in humility and with a generous spirit. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

On Thursday we celebrate the feast of St. Benedict, Patron saint of Europe, and so we particularly remember our Holy Father, the Pope. May he continue to be inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the deceased members of our parish – may they find their rest in Christ. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Let us now turn to Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners, and seek her intercession as we say Hail Mary …

In the silence of our hearts we pray for our own needs and Intentions.

Priest:

Lord God, we offer you our prayers in love and thanksgiving, through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Let us ask God our Father to listen to our prayers as we turn to Him with confidence and in trust.

Priest::

Help us to keep your commandments, so that all we do in the week ahead may be pleasing to you. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all nations – that human rights and freedom may be respected, and that the world’s resources may be generously and justly shared. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for our young people leaving school. May they be granted the wisdom to make the right decisions in their new way of life. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Friday is the feast day of St. James the Apostle and patron saint of pilgrims. May the Holy Spirit guide all pilgrims safely in their journey of faith and in the attainment of their goals. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us always remember the elderly, the sick and housebound members of our parish. May they find the Lord’s compassion through our prayers and actions. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We remember all who have died, particularly Bernard Fitzgerald whose funeral will take place here on Tuesday – may they be shown mercy and find their rest in Christ. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We now turn to Our Lady, Help of Christians, to intercede for us as we say Hail Mary…

In silence let us pray for our personal needs and intentions.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, grant these our prayers which we offer you in the name of Jesus Christ your Son Our Lord . Amen

Seventeen Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Let us pray to the father to grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Reader:

Let us pray that world leaders govern with wisdom and integrity and place the preservation of all human life to the forefront of their objectives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the lonely, the unloved and those without friends – may the Lord visit them with His love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Grant us the discernment to know the needs of our neighbours, bless us with the courage to help those most in need. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for the beauty of creation - exemplified by our beautiful Prayer Garden – may it continue to be enhanced to your greater glory. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

With gratitude for the completion of another school year, we pray that all teachers, parents and children enjoy the rest and relaxation they so richly deserve. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit continues to guide the Pope, bishops and clergy in their work of unity, of love and of peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who have gone before us in faith – may they find their reward in your heavenly kingdom. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In complete trust we seek the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Seat of Wisdom, as we say Hail Mary.

In the privacy of our hearts let us now pray for all those we love and care for.

Priest:

Listen with favour to our prayers and grant us the grace to follow your way in all that we do .We make our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We are gathered to celebrate the great love of God that gives us life, sustains us with the food of the Eucharist and is made visible in Christ our Lord. We pray to our Father in heaven for ourselves and for the needs of the whole world.

Reader:

We pray for the Church, for her people and for her ministers. May we all help to spread the love of Jesus throughout the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those people in our world affected by war and by hatred. May the Lord help all sides to stop their fighting and seek ways to live together in peace and harmony. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the work of CAFOD and for all those at home, here in the Parish of Christ the King and overseas, who work to bring relief, aid and reconciliation to poverty-stricken communities. (pause)Hear our prayer. Lord in your mercy,

We pray for all those who are unwell and for all those who are unhappy. May the Lord comfort them and give them strength, courage and patience. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died, remembering especially members of our own families and of the Parish, that the Lord will welcome them into his heavenly kingdom. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We offer these our prayers and the prayers of all God’s people, living and dead, to the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, as we say together: Hail Mary…

We now pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts.

Priest

God our Father, the loving shepherd of your sheep, Hear our prayers and look with kindness and compassion on us and on all who call to you with faith and hope. We make these and all our prayers through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him to grant our petitions.

Reader:

We pray for our Holy Father and the bishops of the church. May the power of the Lord's presence continue to guide them in the storms and crisis that face the church. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for an increase in the gift of faith so that we may have the courage to trust in your presence amidst the problems of daily life. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who drifting aimlessly on the stormy seas of life. May they find in the church a haven of peace. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who, like Peter, hear the call of Christ. May they have the courage and faith to follow Jesus all their lives. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who are suffering in both body and mind, help us to bring compassion to them by being channels of His loving care. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the faithful departed. May they find eternal peace in your presence, Lord. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Priest:

God our Father, increase our faith so that we may enter more fully into the life of your church, and so accomplish your holy will. We ask these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Twentieth Sunday of the Year

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him to grant our petitions.

Reader:

Let us pray for the church that the eucharist may unite all its members in a brotherhood of service. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray that through the worthy reception of Christ in communion we may deepen our love for the people of our neighbourhood. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all strangers who live amongst us. May they find welcome in our community and be happy with us. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all parents who have children in difficulty. May their prayers be answered like the prayer of the Canaanite woman. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who are sick in mind and body. May they be strengthened by the reception of the body and blood of Christ in the eucharist. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who have died. May they share in the eucharistic banquet with our Father in Heaven. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Priest:

Almighty Father, grant that by receiving your Son Jesus, we may come to share his life with others and break down the walls of separation among us. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Twenty First Sunday of the Year

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him to grant our petitions.

Reader:

We pray for our Holy Father. May he be inspired by the Holy Spirit as he continues the work of St.Peter in guiding the church through difficult times. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for bishops, priests and all who maintain positions of responsibility in the community. May they grow in the love of God and willingly accept the responsibility entrusted to them. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all believers, especially in times of trial. May they never lose sight of Christ as the cornerstone and foundation of their lives. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for our own community. May we ourselves be guided, like Peter, not by flesh and blood, but by the Spirit who comes from the Father. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and aged. May they be supported and loved by their families and friends. (pause)Hear our prayer. Lord, in your mercy,

We pray for all those who have parted from this life. May they find eternal rest in the kingdom of God. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, enable us to place our lives in your hands. Purify our hearts and keep us always faithful to your command. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary

Priest:

As the summer holidays draw to a close, let us turn to God to ask his help with the challenges that await us in the coming season.

Reader:

Let us pray for our children and teachers as they embark on the new academic year. May our schools be places where a love of learning prevails, teaching us to think with new minds, to know what is good and to learn what it is that God wants. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for ourselves that as we accept the challenges of our everyday lives, we may be overpowered by God and be unable to resist the truth no matter how uncomfortable or foolish it makes us feel. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for our world leaders. May they have the gifts of wisdom and discernment and learn to think in God’s way and not man’s in the decisions they make on our behalf. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the one billion people on this earth who do not have access to clean water. May the outcome of the Johannesburg summit lead to an addressing of this situation in a world where so many of us live in luxury whilst others lack the basic necessities of life. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to our Lady, the mother of Jesus to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary....

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

Lord, we pray that you will grant our prayers in the name of Jesus your son who took up his cross knowing the suffering he would have to endure for our sake.

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

As we hear St. Paul’s summary of the commandments, “Love your neighbour as yourself,” let us bring our own petitions to God.

Priest:

We pray that we may truly learn to love ourselves. Let us respect, value and care for our bodies, minds, feelings and innermost thoughts, holding them in high regard as part of the miracle of God’s creation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us learn to love our neighbour as ourselves: to see each other as fellow human beings, made in God’s image, but with our own distinctive virtues, abilities, flaws and problems. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray that we may settle our disputes wisely and justly, remembering that what is bound in Jesus’ name here on earth, reflects and is reflected in God’s kingdom to which we aspire. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As we approach the anniversary of the September 11th atrocities, let us pray for all victims of terrorism, including those who feel driven by unjust structures or lack of love to resolve their grievances in this way. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On this Day of Prayer for Racial Justice let us pray that men and women of different religions, cultures and races may recognise one another as brothers and sisters, seeing in you the light that shines in the darkness of conflicts and disunity. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to our Lady, the mother of Jesus to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary....

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

Lord, we pray that our prayers be granted in the name of Jesus your Son who is here with us as we gather in his name. Amen

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We come before the Lord of mercy and compassion and ask him to answer our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

We pray for the church and its mission of forgiveness, mediation and reconciliation; that it will bring love and healing to all difficult situations. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those in prison, those on remand, or in detention or those serving sentences; that they might be dealt with justly by those in authority, and supported and accepted by the community. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We continue to pray for those affected by the hurricane in the U.S.A.; that the relief operation will increase and conditions improve. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for this parish and our local community; may we accept each other and forgive others the hurts that they do to us as we try to live in peace and harmony. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Comforted by St Paul's words we remember those who have died and pray that they may rest in peace and enjoy God's presence for ever. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Blessed Lady to support us with her prayers as we say - Hail Mary.

In silence we remember our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

Loving and merciful Father, we give you thanks for all your blessings, listen to our prayers and grant us what we need, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Loving Father, we call on you from our hearts for the needs of all gathered here today and for the needs of the world.

Reader:

We pray for a deeper understanding of God’s generosity and love: may we not be envious of the gifts and good fortune of others but contented that God will give us all that we need. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have turned away from God and taken up wrong doing, that they may recognise their need for repentance and come back to the Lord who is rich in forgiving. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those suffering from illness, poverty, or homelessness, or who are in difficult circumstances and have nowhere to turn; that they may experience God’s healing love and compassion. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who, mirroring the generous love of God, have helped us during our lives or whose generosity benefits our parish. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for God’s blessing upon the members of our families with their particular needs and difficulties, on our own lives and spiritual growth; may we learn to trust more in God than in ourselves and be alert to his guidance each day. (pause)  Lord, in your mercy. – Hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, our Mother, to intercede for us as we say - Hail Mary.

In the silence of God’s stillness we remember any we know who especially need our prayers.

Priest:

Merciful Father, hear these prayers and the prayers of our hearts and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to the Lord of mercy and love to offer our prayers of petition for the needs of all peoples.

Reader:

We pray for the church and its mission to the world: may it be a sign of Christ’s presence, calling all to repentance and to the joys of the kingdom. (pause) Lord, hear us: -- Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for our parish: that it may be open and welcoming to all newcomers, generously encouraging their participation in all areas of parish life and the use of their talents to enhance our community life. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all who have to move to new locations: that they will have the courage and energy to explore new opportunities and be accepted and supported by their new neighbours. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for ourselves that prejudice and jealousy may not get in the way of our Christian values, may we always consider the other person to be better than ourselves, and think of other peoples’ interests before our own. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died or whose anniversaries occur at this time; may they dwell in everlasting peace and joy in God’s heavenly kingdom. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We ask the intercession of Our Blessed Lady as we say:  - Hail Mary.

Let us now pray for a while in silence…

Priest:

Heavenly Father, we bring you these prayers in faith, grant us what we need, give us your help and blessing, and guide us in the right path. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, who is Lord, for ever and ever. Amen.

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

With confidence we bring our petitions to God, our Heavenly Father.

Reader:

We pray for our Holy Father Pope Benedict and all the bishops and priests of the church may they be good shepherds to the flock entrusted to them. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for Christians everywhere may they be the salt of the earth and a light to the world showing forth the love of the Father to all his people  (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray that all Christians remember that the blessings they have received the gift of faith the graces showered on us carry with them the obligation to bear fruit as we hear in the first reading I expected my vineyard to yield grapes why did it yield sour grapes instead Lord help us to understand that the gifts we receive are to be shared with others  (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray that the God of peace be with us all. Make us understand that this is only possible when we fill our minds with everything that is true everything that is good and pure everything that can be thought virtuous and worthy of praise  (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

In our gospel reading we are reminded that the prophets of old were rejected some stoned some killed. To-day in many parts of the world the followers of Jesus suffer rejection, torture and imprisonment. In our own godless society the truths of the gospel are ignored help us dear Lord to preach your Good News through the example of our lives. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for all or deceased relations and friends those lately dead and those who have no-one to pray for them grant them eternal rest  (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

October is the month of the Holy Rosary and on Friday we celebrate the feast of the Holy rosary in the presence of Our Blessed Lady we meditate on the mysteries of her son's life kneeling at her feet she turns the pictures of her family album let us deepen out knowledge and love of Jesus through a devout and frequent recitation of the Holy Rosary  (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us pray together the Hail Mary trusting that Mary will intercede on our behalf Hail Mary…

Let us pause now for a few moments of silent prayer.

Priest:

If there is anything we need pray for it with thanksgiving in your hearts Thank you Father God for listening to our prayers which we make through you son Jesus Christ.

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

God is the source of all that we are and all that we have – we remind ourselves of this as we ask him for all our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

We pray for priests, catechists and teachers and all who help us to a greater understanding of our faith and a closer relationship with the Lord. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us remember those affected by the economic crisis: those who have lost their jobs or seen their pensions disappear, those who have lost their homes and those having difficulty getting food or heating, we pray for them and for the agencies giving help and support. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and housebound, for the anxious and depressed, and all who are in distress that they may be helped by those around them and comforted by God’s grace. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for ourselves that by following the teachings of Christ and by loving God and our neighbour we may lead good and holy lives. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who have died that they find peace with the Lord, and let us also pray for those in mourning, especially parents shocked by the death of a child; may they be comforted by happy memories and by the love and care of family and friends. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Lady, Queen of the Rosary, to pray with us as we say, Hail Mary.

Now, in silence, we remember those who especially need our prayers.

Priest:

Loving Father, listen to our petitions and grant us what we need, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We acknowledge the power and majesty of God and admit our lowliness as we earnestly pray to him for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

For the worship of the Church. We pray that all involved in the planning and leading of our worship, priests, deacons, Readers and musicians may renew our sense of wonder, joy and love of God. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For rulers. We pray for monarchs and heads of government, that all in power and authority may act with humility and integrity and work together for the good of the world. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For the needy. Let us pray that we will be aware of those in need; the sick, the poor, the bereaved, may we be moved to be generous to those who need our help. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For our benefactors. We pray for all those who have helped us during our lives and for those whose generosity benefits our parish. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, the Mother of God to help us with her prayers as we say, Hail Mary.

In a moment of silence, we make our personal requests to the Lord.

Priest:

Almighty and merciful God, look upon us as we pray and grant us your blessings, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask for all our needs.

Reader:

We pray for our Pope, the cardinals, bishops and all the clergy, that they may be true and humble conduits of the love and grace of God to all people, especially the poorest in society. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Mankind has spread over most of our globe. We pray for all those affected by the effects of our dynamic world - earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes etc. May God give strength to those bereaved, those injured, mentally and physically, and those struggling to help all of them. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray that those of us born in the wealthy, industrialised world will thank God for the blessings we take for granted, food, clean water and shelter. May we always remember those less fortunate than ourselves, and give generously of our prayers, our time and consideration, and our money. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for our families, that we may appreciate the blessings that family life imparts, cope with the irritations it sometimes brings, and remember those we have loved who have died and gone to God. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for our parish, remembering especially those who are sick, those imprisoned, and those who have died. May God give strength to the sick, justice and forgiveness to those imprisoned, and life eternal to the dead. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We turn, then to Mary, Mother of God, and say Hail Mary…

We now pray for a few moments in silence.

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers for we make them in the name of Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

In today’s Gospel, Jesus has warned us against being proud or superficial. The prophet Malachi spoke to us in a similar way in the First Reading. Conscious of our failings, we humbly ask for God’s grace to listen to the prayer that we make today.

Reader:

We pray for our Church, for Benedict, our Pope, and Bishops and Priests everywhere. May they, like St. Paul, continue to proclaim the Good News to the world through the gift of the Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for all people who have yet to hear God’s word or be touched by His loving care. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who hold positions of authority, all leaders in areas of political unrest, all decision and policy makers. We pray that wisdom, common sense and respect will encourage just and peaceful government. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray too for ourselves, that we may continue to remain faithful to the path that Jesus invites us to follow. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and all those who suffer in mind, body or spirit that they may experience comfort and consolation through their faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Finally, as we enter the month of November, we pray for all our Parishioners, Friends and Relatives who have died and gone before us in faith. May they rest in eternal peace. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We now ask Mary, our Blessed Lady, to intercede for us in our prayers as we say: Hail Mary…

We now pray silently to God for our own private intentions…

Priest:

Lord God, our Heavenly Father, accept the prayers your children make today, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

On this Remembrance Sunday, let us turn to the God of the living who conquers death, even for those who dwell in its midst. Strengthened by God’s promises and nurturing love, we have the courage to make our prayers to the Lord.

Reader:

Let us pray for ourselves. May our talents be used positively and joyfully, as we celebrate them as your unsolicited gifts, and exercise them for the good of others. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who labour in domestic surroundings. May their work be recognised as essential to our lives, and may they enjoy a share in what their hands have worked for. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all pregnant women awaiting the birth of their children. May their pregnancies be calm and uncomplicated and, like a perfect husband, may you be constantly with them through the pains, labours and ecstasies of childbirth. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who have died in war and armed conflicts, whether in active service or just caught up in the struggle, we remember that to God all are alive and remain children of the resurrection. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those affected by the recent earthquake especially as winter approaches. May this season not exacerbate their problems, but, through their own efforts, with help from the rest of humanity, and your constant care and protection, may they come through the cold, the darkness and the privation to a safer and more secure life. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all the church, clergy and laity, that striving to be the perfect Bride of Christ she may continue to 'hold out her hand to the poor', and 'open her arms to the needy'. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn to Our Lady, who knew poverty, suffering, flight and exile and say: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

Lord, we pray that you will grant our prayers in the name of Jesus, your Son, who brought life and hope to the world, through the work of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

On this Remembrance Sunday, let us turn to the God of the living who conquers death, even for those who dwell in its midst. Strengthened by God’s promises and nurturing love, we have the courage to make our prayers to the Lord

Reader:

Let us pray for ourselves. May our talents be used positively and joyfully, as we celebrate them as your unsolicited gifts, and exercise them for the good of others. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who labour in domestic surroundings. May their work be recognised as essential to our lives, and may they enjoy a share in what their hands have worked for. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all pregnant women awaiting the birth of their children. May their pregnancies be calm and uncomplicated and, like a perfect husband, may you be constantly with them through the pains, labours and ecstasies of childbirth. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who have died in war and armed conflicts, whether in active service or just caught up in the struggle, we remember that to God all are alive and remain children of the resurrection. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those affected by the recent earthquake especially as winter approaches. May this season not exacerbate their problems, but, through their own efforts, with help from the rest of humanity, and your constant care and protection, may they come through the cold, the darkness and the privation to a safer and more secure life. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all the church, clergy and laity, that striving to be the perfect Bride of Christ she may continue to 'hold out her hand to the poor', and 'open her arms to the needy'. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn to Our Lady, who knew poverty, suffering, flight and exile and say: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

Lord, we pray that you will grant our prayers in the name of Jesus, your Son, who brought life and hope to the world, through the work of the Holy Spirit. Amen

First Sunday of Advent

Priest:

We look towards the mountain of the Lord, eager for his coming and we turn to God in trust and certainty that He will listen to our prayers.

Reader:

As we begin our Advent preparations and a new liturgical year, we pray that we may take this opportunity to ‘give up the things we prefer’ and re-establish honesty, integrity and truth.  (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that during these weeks of preparation we may seek to be reconciled to you, and to each other; to heal division and disharmony and to be faithful messengers of your word.  (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Wednesday 1st December is World AIDS Day. We pray especially for all those who suffer from, are affected by, or have died from Aids and the anguish, suffering and prejudice that Aids can bring. We also remember those who minister and care for them.  (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In this year of devotion to the Eucharist, we remember in receiving Christ in communion that we are truly present at the Last Supper and the Banquet of Heaven. May the Eucharist we share change our lives so that we may demonstrate love, reconciliation and universal brotherhood in our daily lives.  (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In these troubled days, we pray for peace, justice and harmony throughout the world and that the coming of the saviour child may be a sign of hope and bring about true and lasting peace.  (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On our journey of faith, we recognise our need for salvation. Help us to be ready and alert to the Lord’s coming through regular prayer, devotion and receiving of the sacraments.  (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, the mother of our Saviour to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say together: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for a few moments in silence.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, we ask you listen to our prayers and grant us the grace to be alert, ready and prepared as we look forward to a new dawning with the birth of your Son at Christmas. Amen.

Second Sunday of Advent

Priest:

As we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent, we place our confidence in you, Lord, to answer our petitions.

Priest:

In the first Reading Isaiah preaches that God does not judge by appearances or listen to hearsay. Let us pray that we will be able to follow Isaiah’s teaching when we meet people, and try to be non-judgemental in our relationships. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We hear St Paul in his Epistle, urge us to be more tolerant and to treat people in the friendly way Jesus did. Let us pray that tolerance and peace become enshrined in our world, and that enmity, retribution and war, especially in Israel and Palestine. can be overcome with God’s healing grace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In the Gospel we hear how John the Baptist commands us to “Prepare a way for the Lord” Let us pray that we may prepare ourselves spiritually, as well as we can, for the coming of the Christ Child. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us remember those people who are sick, physically or mentally. Let us pray that they may be comforted by those who care for them, that they do not suffer alone, and that God’s love will nourish and heal them. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Our Parish serves Eastwood Park Prison, providing Mass, friendship and counselling. Let us pray that all prisoners and staff may benefit from the work there, and that God will give our priests and volunteers the skills, strength and patience, to undertake this difficult work. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Blessed Mary, whose Immaculate Conception we celebrated on Saturday, to pray for us. Hail Mary…

Let us pray in silence for our own needs

Priest:

Lord we pray that you will grant our prayers in the name of Jesus who brought life and hope to the world.

Third Sunday of Advent

Priest:

As we celebrate the Third Sunday of advent, we place our confidence in you Lord, to answer our petitions:

Reader:

In the first reading, Isaiah tells us that God is coming to save us, to give us everlasting joy. Let us pray that we will be able to trust in God’s goodness and have faith that all will be well. (pause) Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer.

We hear St James in his Epistle, urge us to be patient and not lose heart. Let us pray that we may not lose heart when we experience setbacks, and help us to overcome these difficulties with God’s help. (pause) Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer.

In the Gospel we hear John the Baptist tell us to “prepare the way”. Let us pray that we may prepare ourselves spiritually, as well as we can, for the coming of the Christ child. (pause) Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer.

Let us remember our children and young people, and those who teach them at our school. Let us pray that our teachers and their pupils may enjoy the end of term festivities, and come back refreshed from their Christmas holidays. (pause) Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer.

The Thornbury Clergy will be very busy over the next few weeks, ministering to their people. Let us pray that all priests and ministers will be able to give of their best at this time, and that their congregations, and ours, give them all the support we can. (pause) Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer.

Let us ask our Blessed Lady to pray for us Hail Mary…

Let us pray in silence for all our needs…

Priest:

Lord we pray that you will grant our prayers in the name of Jesus. Amen

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer to ask for all our needs.

Reader:

On this final Sunday of Advent, let us pray for the Church. May its message of hope and redemption shine out amongst the dark and gloom. (pause) Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all those who are without a home for whatever reason. May God’s love shelter them and bring them warmth and joy. (pause) Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all new families and families with young children. May they experience the joy of your gifts at this time of Christmas may they have the patience and fortitude to endure the trials and challenges that such gifts bring. (pause) Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

As the holiday season starts, let us pray for all those who are travelling. Guide and protect them, wherever they may be and bring them safely to their destination. (pause) Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

May Our Lady who accepted your will, intercede for us as we say Hail Mary

In the silence of our hearts, let us pray for our own intentions…

Priest:

Father, we ask you to hear and answer all our prayers which we make in faith through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Christmas Day

Priest:

On this blessed day we turn to God in prayer.

Reader:

Now we celebrate the birth of a baby boy over two thousand years ago. Let us pray that we may follow the example of the shepherds long ago, and glorify and praise God in our hearts, with our voices and in how we live our lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Many people will be travelling over the Christmas holidays. Let us pray that we ourselves show concern for other travellers, and do all we can to avoid accidents. We also pray for the Emergency Services who are always there when needed. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Not everyone will be able to enjoy Christmas, perhaps through illness, poverty, unhappy relationships, or other difficulties. Let us pray that we may try to help those in need, and to be as thoughtful and caring as we can, in our relationships. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Many people will not be at home this Christmas, those in hospital and residential accommodation, those in prison, and of course the homeless. Let us pray that those who care for people far from home, may be able to let the Spirit of Christmas shine through their lives and their caring. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We are grateful for the concern and support of our priests, Father Alex, Father Tom and Father Charles. Let us pray that they enjoy good health and that we try to help them to enjoy a happy Christmas. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask our Blessed Lady to pray for us as we say Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Feast of the Holy Family

Priest:

On this Feast of the Holy Family we turn to our Father and ask him for our needs.

Reader:

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Let us pray that we may be supportive and forgiving in our own families. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We hear so much of violence and aggression, in Asia, in the Middle east, in Africa, in Northern Ireland. Let us pray that the Peace of Christ will overcome the hate and resentment, and that people will learn to respect each other. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In St Paul’s Epistle, he urges us to bear with one another and to forgive and “put on love”. Let us pray that we will be more tolerant and non-judgemental in our behaviour towards other people. (pause)Hear our prayer. Lord in your mercy,

Many people feel low at this time of the year with more darkness than daylight. Let us pray that people who are lonely or depressed may be warmed by the Light of Christ. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Religious leaders all over the world have a crucial role in reconciling conflict. Let us pray that they may be successful in their prayers, as well as their actions, for peace everywhere. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary, mother of the Christ Child, to pray for us: Hail Mary…

Let us pray in silence for our own intentions.

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Baptism of the Lord

Priest:

The Father anointed his beloved Son with the Holy Spirit and gave him power to bring healing and peace to all people: we ask for this healing for ourselves and for the sick and the oppressed in the world.

Reader:

We pray for the church, for ordained ministers and for lay people, and especially for those preparing to receive Baptism and the other sacraments, and for those who are giving instruction in the faith: may they all be guided by the Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Let us pray that nations will embrace the true justice of which the prophet speaks; and all peoples will be able to live in peace and prosperity. (pause) Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for ourselves, remembering that through Baptism we are all daughters and sons of God; and we ask for an enrichment of our faith and an openness to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our every day lives. (pause) Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We pray for anyone whose faith is faltering, and for those baptised in this church who no longer come to worship. (pause) Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We pray for Sally Cunningham and all who have died recently, and we ask God's blessing on families trying to cope with their loss: may those who mourn be comforted by happy memories and by the love and care of relatives and friends. (pause) Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, our Mother, to support us with her prayers as we say Hail Mary…

Now we pause to think silently of our own petitions to the Lord.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, hear the prayers of your children and grant us your help in proportion to our needs: we make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.

Epiphany of the Lord

Priest:

The good news of Jesus' birth is for all peoples: Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor; so we pray to our heavenly Father for our needs and the needs of all peoples in the world.

Reader:

We pray for the church, and its ministry to the world, and especially for missionaries who bring the light of the Gospel to those in darkness. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for the leaders of nations that they may be enlightened by God's grace and realise that respect for each other and cooperation in times of trouble will be the foundation of justice and peace in the world. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the Jewish people and for all the peoples of the Holy Land: may they be inspired to find a peaceful solution to their conflicts. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray that we will do our part to save the poor when they cry, and the needy who are helpless, both in our own communities and in countries affected by wars or natural disasters. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that the light of faith will shine from all the newly baptised, and that they and their families will be blessed with peace, joy and holiness. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for ourselves that we may joyously follow our Infant King and bring the light of his love to all we meet. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Now we ask Our Blessed Lady to help us with her prayers as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a while in silence, for our own special needs.

Priest:

Loving Father, we offer you our prayers, grant that what we need we may obtain through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

First Sunday of Lent

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

Reader:

Beginning these forty days of Lent, we ask for Christ’s help to dig deep and face up to what we are doing and not doing in our own lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In these forty days of Lent, we ask for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom in discerning how to better serve our loving maker. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Following these forty days of Lent we ask for the Father’s strength in following through to live a more lovingly and generously Christian life. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the repose of the soul of those for whom this mass is being offered as well as the members of our families, our parish and our Order who have gone before us. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

And now let us ask Our Lady to join her prayers to ours as we say Hail Mary …

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts.

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Second Sunday of Lent

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

Reader:

Abraham so trusted God that he left his homeland and friends, and completely changed his life. We pray for the wisdom to see what we must change in our lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Both in our midst and throughout the world are migrants who have travelled in hope and goodwill. We thank you for their gifts as we pray for your generous empathy in welcoming and loving them among us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Every day we set forth in another stage of our lives. Every day, we pray, may we serve you better. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the repose of the soul of those for whom this mass is being offered as well as the members of our families, our parish and our Order who have gone before us. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

And now let us ask Our Lady to join her prayers to ours as we say Hail Mary …

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts.

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Third Sunday of Lent

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

Reader:

Moses, the great leader, led his people for forty years, through thick and thin. Let us pray for our own leaders: those of the universal church, those in offices of state, and those in education, science and arts: That they may, wittingly and unwittingly, carry out your loving will.. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Every day is another step in the pathway of our lives; We pray that each day to come may take the stream of love which you pour into your creation a little further into the world down that pathway. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As we approach the mid-point of this Lenten-tide, we ask the Holy Spirit to direct our steps in the service of the saviour of the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the repose of the soul of those for whom this mass is being offered as well as the members of our families, our parish and our Order who have gone before us. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

And now let us ask Our Lady to join her prayers to ours as we say Hail Mary …

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts.

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Priest:

Let us turn to God who brings sight to the blind for all our needs.

Reader:

Let us give thanks for the gift of sight through which we can appreciate the beauties of God's creation. Let us pray for all those who are having problems with their vision that they will find solace and healing. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the ability to look not just at appearances as humanity looks, but at the heart as God looks. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Teach us to look into our own hearts that we may see clearly how we can use our gifts and talents and discover what God wants of us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On this Mothering Sunday let us pray for all mothers, that they may nurture their children in loving appreciation of God's creation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Mary our mother to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary...

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers in the name of Jesus your Son who is the Light of the World.

Palm Sunday

Priest:

Let us turn to God, who provides us with speech and the ability to listen, for all our needs.

Reader:

Let us pray for ourselves as the Church, the body of Christ, that we do not 'cling to equality with God' but by rejecting power, violence and oppression, help bring the crucified poor of the world down from the cross. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for our families, friends and neighbours, that we may learn to deal with the little deaths, failures and setbacks of our daily lives, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, which is the sign of the cross. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

When we betray ourselves and each other, we reveal our fear of rejection, diminishment and death. Help us stand as firm witnesses to all that is good and realise that death does not have the last word. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

The Eucharist replays the drama of the Passion. Help us understand that through it a broken creation is transformed into the healing power of its creator. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Mary who stood at the foot of the cross to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary...

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Maundy Thursday

Priest:

On this anniversary of the inauguration of the Eucharist, let us turn to God for all our needs.

Priest:

On this Eve of Passover, let us pray for people of all traditions, that by living good and compassionate lives they may draw closer to God in their faith journeys. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Just as the gift of the Eucharist came on the same evening as the betrayal, so let us recognise the signs of faith, hope and charity even in the darkest times. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us follow the example of Christ. Though Lord and Master, he humbly washed the feet of his disciples. From Christ's example let us learn how best to exercise authority which is not to lay down rules, but to serve our fellow beings. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

The Eucharist keeps alive the drama of the Passion. May we rejoice in this continual celebration of mercy and love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Mary who stood at the foot of the cross to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Easter Sunday

Priest:

On this blessed day, we rejoice in Christ’s Resurrection and our Redemption from sin and death – how wonderful is God’s care for us! Let us turn to him and pray for the church and for the world.

Reader:

We pray for the Church: for our Pope, for bishops, priests and religious, that they will be filled with Easter joy and renewed in faith and hope. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for peace among nations, and especially for an end to conflict and suffering among the people of the Holy Land. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have been baptised this Easter, may they know true peace and joy and be faithful to their promises. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for ourselves, that we may walk in Easter light, and bring the light of Christ into the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who suffer in mind, body or soul, that Christ who has risen with healing in his wings will comfort and sustain them. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have passed over from the darkness of death into the glorious light of heaven, may they rest in peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary, the Mother of our Saviour, to support us with her prayers as we say - Hail Mary.

Now, in the silence of our hearts, we pray for our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, filled with Easter joy, we make our petitions for those in need; hear and answer our prayers through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter

Priest:

In faith and in trust let us pray to God our Father for all our needs.

Reader:

We pray that the joy of Christ's resurrection may be revealed to all nations. We think especially of Iraq and Sudan where conflict has robbed many of their normal aspirations. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that the joy of Christ's resurrection may inspire our young people to seek their vocation in the religious life. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that the joy of our new birth may fill us all with missionary zeal. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that the whole Church be guided and governed by your Holy Spirit; -let all who call themselves Christians be led into the way of truth and hold the faith in unity of spirit. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We commend to your fatherly goodness all who are afflicted or distressed;- comfort and relieve them according to their needs, and grant them the love and consolation of your Spirit. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us commend ourselves and our loved ones to Our Lady's care as we say Hail Mary…

In the silence of our hearts let us bring our own intentions to the Lord.

Priest:

Almighty God we ask you to answer all our prayers which we make in faith through our Lord, Jesus Christ Amen

Third Sunday of Easter

Priest:

Let us turn to our Risen Christ and ask Him to hear our prayers.

Reader:

In the First Reading, Peter tells the crowd what David said of God: ”He will fill us with gladness through his presence”. Let us pray that we will be filled with gladness this Eastertide. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

The Second Reading reminds us of the resurrection which gives us faith and hope in God. Let us pray that our faith and hope survive any wounds and difficulties we encounter, and that we survive enriched by God’s love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As we say the Rite of Peace, we are reminded that Jesus gave us his peace. Let us pray that all people may hear his words and that we may have peace, especially in the Middle East. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Schools will re-open this week, with exams and assessments to come. Let us pray that children and young people will have a successful summer term. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all who are sick, whether in spirit, mind or body. Grant them comfort, Lord, and your healing touch. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary to pray for us. - Hail Mary.

Let us pray silently for our own needs.

Priest:

Father, we make our petitions, confident that our prayers will be heard and answered. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Priest:

Trusting in God's great love and mercy we bring our needs to Him in prayer.

Reader:

Today, on Vocations Sunday, we pray that generous young men and women will respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to serve the Church as priests and religious sisters. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the families of this parish; may our homes be places of respect, loving kindness and good humour. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the children of this parish; may they be encouraged by their parents and teachers to reach their full potential. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for youth leaders in clubs and uniformed groups; may they help to develop in our young people the virtues of justice, self-control, prudence and courage. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for unity and understanding between Christians. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, to pray for us as we say Hail Mary…

In silence we remember our own intentions…

Priest:

Father we ask you to answer all our prayers because we make them in faith through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Priest:

We are a chosen people and through baptism, a royal priesthood, let us bring our needs and the needs of the world to our loving Father in prayer.

Reader

Let us pray for the newly baptised and all who have been baptised that we may remain faithful to our baptismal promises. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all lapsed Christians that they may return to the practise of their faith. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have celebrated their wedding anniversaries recently, may their love and companionship continue and strengthen. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for leaders and for those who govern that they may be given knowledge, wisdom and understanding so as to rule justly. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the deceased members of our families, our parish, the Salvatorian Order and our friends, may they be welcomed into heaven. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Our Lady to pray for us as we say Hail Mary…

Now let us pray in silence for our own intentions.

Priest:

God our Father we ask you to answer all our prayers because we make them in faith through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sixth Sunday in Easter

Priest:

In love for God our Father let us bring all our needs to Him in prayer.

Reader:

We pray for all who are, or who feel they are, marginalised in society. We think especially of the unborn child, single mothers, widows and orphans; may they be valued and comforted in their loneliness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for farmers and gardeners that they may be valued for the important job they do in producing our food. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the unbaptised; make missionaries and evangelists of us all so that the love we express in our lives will attract them to Christ. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for missionary priests and nuns in lands far from home, may their labours be blessed with the joy of knowing that they do your will. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the well-being of planet Earth and its peoples; help us to live more simply so that others may simply live. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Our Lady to pray for us Hail Mary…

Now let us pray for a while in silence, remembering our own intentions

Priest:

God, our Father we ask you to answer all of our prayers because we make them in faith through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Priest:

Let us turn to our Risen Lord, and ask him to hear our prayers for the Church and all the peoples of the earth.

Reader:

Lord we pray for the Church throughout the world, that it will not become worldly and complacent, but continue to proclaim the good news of your Resurrection and Kingdom in season and out of season. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all bishops, priests and leaders of the Church, that they will not be led by the spirit of the world, but by the Spirit of Truth that comes from you. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As we look forward to the Feast of Pentecost, we pray for our parish that we may have a new vision of your power, a new faithfulness to your Word and a new consecration to your service, so that your love will continue to grow among us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On this World Communications Day, we pray for all those who work in radio, TV films, the Press and all the other fields of communication. We pray that journalists and commentators may be led by the Spirit of Truth to maintain the highest professional standards, seeking to tell the truth without fear or favour. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all missionaries, evangelists, catechists and communicators who are seeking to proclaim Christ in all sorts of places and situations. We pray especially for those imprisoned or suffering for the faith, that they will be steadfast and faithful to the Gospel, and that all false charges against them will be dropped. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Now let us turn to Mary, who supported the early church with her prayers in the Upper Room, to ask her support today with our prayers. Hail Mary…

Now let us add our own prayers and petitions to our Lord.

Priest:

Good and gracious God, you do infinitely more for us than we can ask or even imagine. Hear these prayers; be our Saviour again, now and forever. Amen.

Feast of the Ascension

Priest:

As Christians gathered together in faith, let us be still and pray together.

Reader:

Let us pray for everyone who cares or has responsibility for children. May all that they do, have a positive influence on the growth and development of those in their charge. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the families of those who have recently died. In our own community, we think particularly of Pam Davidson following the loss of her husband, John. May they draw strength from your gentleness as they come to terms with their loss. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Our parish cannot function without the efforts of the many parishioners who contribute in so many ways, often behind the scenes and unnoticed. We give thanks for them and all their hard work. May they be an inspiration to others who are looking for ways to share their own personal talents. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Jesus showed a special affection for the discarded and marginalised. In our relatively comfortable existence, may we strive to be like Him in our daily lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We are bombarded by political spin and confrontation from the arenas of our local and national, government bodies. May those in authority not lose site of the reasons why they were elected and may they work tirelessly for the benefit of those who they represent. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In this month, which is special to our blessed Lady, we join our prayers with hers as we say Hail Mary …

Let us spend a few moments in silent prayer. (Please remain at the lectern until Father has said the following prayer).

Priest:

We have faith in Your love and mercy. Lord hear and grant our prayers, through Christ Your son.

Pentecost Sunday

Priest:

Gathered together in God’s love, let us bring our petitions before Him.

Reader:

God has granted to us the gift of His Holy Spirit. May we be open to the way that He will guide our lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church, particularly its leader Pope Benedict. May his leadership inspire us to be shining examples of the Catholic faith. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We have been charged with the care of this great planet and whilst there are many things that are outside our control, there are things we can influence. Whatever we are doing, may we always act with a view to the impact on generations to come. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Borneo has recently suffered a major disaster, leaving people dead or injured, homeless and hungry. Let us pray that they will find solace in God’s love and that our hearts will be moved to support them in any way we can. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Warring factions seem to be ever-present throughout the world, their activities bringing misery to thousands of innocent people. Let us pray for a spirit of peace to descend, to change men’s hearts and to bring to an end the seemingly endless violence. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In this month, which we dedicate to our blessed Lady, we join our prayers with hers as we say: Hail Mary …

Let us spend a few moments in silent prayer. (Please remain at the lectern until Father has said the following prayer).

Priest:

Merciful Father, accept these prayers, which we make in the name of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Trinity Sunday

Priest:

To the God of love and peace we offer our prayers this day:

Reader:

We pray that through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, our church may continue to flourish and survive the challenges of our modern world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who find it difficult to pray and those who have little or no faith to call their own. May the love of Jesus permeate through their hearts. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that we, like Moses, may find it appropriate to intercede to God our Father for the needs of others and for the forgiveness of our own weaknesses and failings. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We continue to pray for all studying for exams at schools and colleges. May they be strengthened by God’s love at this stressful time. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick, the lonely, those imprisoned and those in pain. May they know the touch of God’s hand at their side. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We now ask Mary to intercede for us in all our prayers as we say Hail Mary…

Let us now pray silently for our own intentions.

Priest:

God our Father, through the intercession of your Son and the Holy Spirit, we ask you to listen to the prayers of your faithful. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Feast of All Saints

Priest:

We turn now to God our Father, sharing the faith of all the saints of every time and place who have gone before us to the heavenly Jerusalem, and ask Him to listen with love to our prayers

Reader:

We pray that our personal journey of faith may be guided by the teachings and wisdom of Saints Basil, Jerome, Gregory, Augustine, Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena and all other Doctors of the church. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for the courage, faith and conviction shown by the martyrs of your church and especially the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Help us to remain always faithful to the gift of faith you have given us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray that we may share the missionary enthusiasm for our faith following the example of Saints Paul, Timothy, Patrick, Barnabas and Mark. Give us strength to proclaim your Gospel message of faith, hope and love in all that we do. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for all those saints from among our own friends and family, together with all those whose example and daily living has influenced the faith we hold, that they may now be at rest and enjoy peace in your sight in the heavenly kingdom. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for all those who are persecuted, down-trodden and oppressed because of their faith in you. Grant that your church may protect and guide them in their work of spreading your Gospel. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We now turn to Our Lady, Queen of all saints as we say: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for a few moments in silence before the Lord.

Priest:

God our Father, Hear our prayers and look with kindness on us and on all who call to you with faith and hope in the name of Jesus your Son. Amen.

Feast of Christ the King

Priest:

Christ is our Lamb as well as our Shepherd, our Suffering Servant as well as our Triumphant King. On this our great patronal feast we recognise the many aspects of your Kingship as we bring our requests to the Lord:

Reader:

As this is our feast day, let us pray for all members of our parish. Give us the grace to minister to and be reconciled with each other as we work towards establishing your reign here on earth in communion with your Kingdom in heaven. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Let us pray for the young people of our parish. In their lifelong search for meaning, purpose and truth, they may stray, be scattered, wounded, weakened, but let them be encouraged, for You always have them in view and Your goodness and kindness will follow all the days of their life. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

When Lord, in our local community, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger, or naked, sick or in prison? As you judge us Lord, forgive us for our blindness, and give us the grace to see. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Adam is the representative of humanity, in whom all die; Christ, the representative of the new creation, through whom all live. In this month of the Holy Souls, we pray for all past parishioners who have gone to their rest in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection. May they sleep in the peace of Christ. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

O God, who 'remains all in all', accept our world as our humble gift back to you. Redeem its social, political, corporate and environmental evils. Help us nurture your marvellous creation, so that it may bring forth further fruits to enrich your Kingdom. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We turn now to Mary, the handmaid of the Lord, Seat of Wisdom, and Queen of Heaven as we say: Hail Mary….

Let us now pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, we make these requests in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and King, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.


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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Christ calls each of us by name. In this celebration we listen to what he has to say to us, prepared to use in his service the body that he has given us for the glory of God. We say with him “This is my body which is given up for you.” We turn to him in prayer.

Reader:

We pray for our young people: that they may hear your call more clearly again than their forebears, and carry your message wherever they go. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for your service: that those who discern a vocation may receive courage, wisdom and humility to serve you in love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for Missionaries everywhere: that your good news be taken up in people’s hearts and deeds throughout the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for ourselves: that we may have the peace of heart to listen deeply to your message, and the trusting faith to commit ourselves to you. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick, the weak, the elderly and all those who especially need your grace and comfort: that they may receive it abundantly. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn to Mary, our Mother, and ask her to join her prayers to ours as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts for ouur own special intentions…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus, who is Lord for ever and ever.

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for our needs.

Reader:

Like Jonah, Christ preaches repentance. He calls us to change our ways. We are not to become engrossed in the world, but to believe in the good news and to live for the kingdom of God. We turn to him in prayer.

We pray for your renewal: that we may be able to take stock of our lives, measure it against your message, and really improve ourselves. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Newcomers to the Church are special people: they took stock, and then they acted. We pray that they may be an inspiration to us all. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for world leaders in this time of crisis: that they have the boldness to be compassionate to the weak and the poor. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for our families: that they may be a conduit of your grace into this busy world, gaining strength from your word, and showing it forth in their upright and caring lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for each of us in times of difficulty: that your grace accompany us through to better and calmer times. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn to Mary, our Mother, and ask her to join her prayers to ours as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts for our own special intentions…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus, who is Lord for ever and ever.

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Trustfully we bring all of our needs to God in prayer.

Reader:

We pray for the Pope and for all who lead the many Christian denominations; that their teaching may always be focused on Christ's teaching. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all Christians; that the unity for which Christ prayed may be made real. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who govern; that their actions in solving global problems may be rooted in justice and peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for peace; in Israel/Palestine, in the Republic of Congo and in Sri Lanka. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for families; that strengthened by God's continual blessings they may be sources of love, security and care for all their members. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died; that they may enjoy the vision of the glory of God. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Lady to help us with her prayers Hail Mary…

Let us pray in silence for our own intentions

Priest:

Lord hear and grant all these prayers which we make through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Trusting in God's love for us we bring our needs to Him in prayer.

Reader:

We pray for the family; may our homes be the nursery of love, care, work, friendship, loyalty and all that is good. Lord, help us to walk with you in humility. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

On this day of prayer for students and teachers we think of the children and teachers in the local primary schools, especially our own parish school, those in The Castle and Marlwood schools, those in our two Bristol based Universities and in the many other places of learning in our area;, may each student be helped to develop all their talents and skills and each teacher find fulfilment in this important profession. Lord, help us to respect one another. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for the people of Northern Ireland, that the process of reconciliation does not re-open old wounds. Lord, help us to care for one another. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for the lonely and the poor;, that they may have good friends and neighbours to help them through the difficult days of winter. Lord, help us to bring some joy into the lives of others. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for Missionaries as they seek to share the blessings of the Good News with all to whom they preach;, strengthen them in the knowledge that they do your will. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for those who are sick and place them in the care of Our Lady of Lourdes whose Feast Day on Wednesday is the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Hail Mary…

In silence let us bring our own petitions to the Lord.

Priest:

We thank you Lord for all your blessings and ask you to hear and answer our requests which we make through Jesus Christ, your son. Amen

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Trusting in God's love and mercy we bring our needs and our concerns to Him in prayer.

Reader:

We pray for the members of our parish family;, may our ambitions for our young people be rewarded with vocations to the religious life and to the priesthood. Lord raise up holy priests, deacons, brothers and sisters from among us. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for the victims of crime and violent weather, thinking especially of those caught up in the Australian wild fires in the State of Victoria and flooding in the State of Queensland, of those menaced by bad government in Zimbabwe, of those who suffer from domestic violence and of those effected by the credit crunch;, may their sufferings be lessened by the love and kindness of others. Lord help us to live more simply. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for those who travel during rush hour on the M4, M5, and A38;, may they be always attentive to road conditions so that they cause no harm to themselves or any other road user. Lord make us more patient and considerate. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for those who work in health care;, may they be attentive to developing their healing skills and have a profound and constant respect for life. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for those who mourn that they may be comforted by their faith in the Resurrection and the love of friends and family. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Let us ask Our Lady to help us with her prayers, Hail Mary...

In silence let us bring our own petitions to the Lord.

Priest:

We thank you Lord for all your blessings and ask you to answer all of our requests which we make through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord. Amen.

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Trusting in God's love we bring our needs and concerns to Him in prayer.

Reader:

Let us pray for those who govern our country and for Members of Parliament and unelected advisers who guide and influence government, that they may have the knowledge and understanding to manage the present economic crisis wisely. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for all who are affected by the present down turn in the economy, especially those made redundant, the unemployed, the homeless and those burdened by debt, that they may be treated justly by employers and all in authority. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for those in our parish family who reach out to the disadvantaged around us. We think especially of those who go in to visit women prisoners at Eastwood Park Prison, those who visit seafarers at Sharpness Docks and those who visit the sick, the elderly and the housebound; may their love and dedication bring joy into the lives of those they meet and may they be certain in the knowledge that they follow Jesus commandment of love. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Let us pray for those in our parish family who reach out to orphans in Romania, to children and their teachers in Congo and to all who are helped by CAFOD; may their love and dedication inspire us to be generous to the causes that they champion and may they be blessed in the knowledge that they do God's Will. Lord, make missionaries of us all. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

We ask Our Lady to help us with her prayers Hail Mary..

In silence we bring our own requests to God.

Priest:

We thank you, Lord, for all your blessings and ask you to hear and answer all of our prayers which we make through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest

As children of our loving Father let us pray now for the needs of the Church and of the world.

Reader:

We pray for all married couples in our parish community, that their faithfulness to each other may reflect the eternal faithfulness of Christ to the Church. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all victims of violence and terrorism. We pray for prisoners of conscience, that God will vindicate them and rescue them from their enemies. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick of the parish, for our friends and family members who are ill or distressed. We pray for those who are lonely or depressed, anxious or in debt. May the Lord use us to bring comfort to them, and some relief from affliction. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those preparing to be received into the Church at Easter. May God grant them courage, wisdom and discernment as they seek his will in their lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the children who will soon make their first holy communion, that they will continue to grow strong in faith and stay close to you Lord. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We turn now to our Lady and ask her to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own needs to the Lord in a time of silent prayer.

Priest:

We thank and praise you Father for hearing our prayers, which we make in faith and in the name of your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God with confidence as we pray.

Reader:

We pray that all people will find reason to rejoice in the resurrection and in its weekly celebration in Church. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that those in public life will support the sacredness of Sunday and restrain those elements in our society which seek to make Sunday just the same as any other day. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that people everywhere will find space for the sacred in their lives and open their hearts to the God who loves them. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the people of Mozambique who are experiencing so much loss through the great flood. We pray that they may be consoled in their suffering by prompt action by governments in the provision of aid and accommodation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who are sick, may they experience the power of Christ’s healing love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who have died asking the Lord to open to them the gates of heaven and welcome them into his Kingdom. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, our Mother, to join her prayers with ours as we say Hail Mary…

Let us pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts.

Priest:

Lord, you know the needs of your people. We bring to your love all those with special needs and desires, particularly those who are near to us, and those who have given up hope in your love. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Let us turn to God our creator and sustainer for all our needs.

Reader:

Let us pray for the Church. May it be like a noble cedar giving shelter and rest to all creation, and in whose shade new ideas and new life may spring into being. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for our parish community. May the fellowship in which we live provide fertile ground in which the seeds of God’s love will take root and grow. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for our families. May the care and nurture we provide in our families encourage the flourishing of God’s love from generation to generation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all gardeners and all those who cherish the earth. Through their hard work in tending and nourishing the earth from which all bodies spring, the beauty of God’s creation is brought to fulfillment. In their harvest, whether of flowers, strawberries, grapes or tomatoes, may they proclaim your love and glory. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Our Lady, in whose loving care Our Lord found shelter and comfort, to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our loving Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers through the grace of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

With our faith nourished by the words of Sacred Scripture, let us voice our needs in prayer to the Lord our God.

Reader:

We pray that the Church throughout the world may be united in prayer for the ongoing conversion of those who still do not know Christ, and that those who preach and teach the Word of God in our world may boldly proclaim the promise of salvation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

On this day on which we conclude the Jordan Year we pray for the Salvatorians throughout the world that they may be effective in their work of Evangelisation. We also pray that the Church will recognize Father Jordan’s holiness and great vision through Beatification. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for a fuller appreciation of the gift of ministry within the Church and an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for people affected by hatred and racism, especially in Northern Ireland, and that our Christian faith will help us to demonstrate care and compassion for the poor and vulnerable in our society. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all fathers that this Father’s Day may encourage and strengthen them to be faithful in their calling to give themselves in love to their families. (pause)hear our prayer. Lord in your mercy,

We pray that all who have gone before us in death may be welcomed into the heavenly kingdom. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, Mother of the Saviour, to intercede for all God’s people as we pray together Hail Mary…

We now pray quietly for a few moments for our own intentions.

Priest:

Father, you give us all we need. As you answer these prayers, increase our gratitude and our faith. We pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year

Reader:

We pray for our Holy Father, the Bishops and the clergy, that they may be ever open to the challenges of Christ and be an inspiration to all who look to them for leadership. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the church may become a community of love where all are welcome and no person feels rejected. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all God's people who have died with Christ in baptism and for those who journey still in search of truth, (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for everyone in our parish community. Inspire them to search for the good in one another and to show the generosity of an open heart towards all who are lonely and in need of company. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who hear the call of Christ. May they receive the strength and courage of the Holy Spirit to take up the challenge of their vocations, (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who are in prison, especially the women in Eastwood Park. Despite the loss of their liberty and the many hardships they undergo may they experience the true liberty and peace that comes through faith in Christ and fidelity to his laws, (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick at home and in hospital. May they experience the power of Jesus’ healing love. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died, especially Martin Scott. May the Lord welcome them into his kingdom of love and peace. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, Mother of the Saviour, to join her prayers with ours as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts…

Priest:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for listening to our prayers. You know our needs better that our words can express. Grant what is for our good and your glory through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn now to God our heavenly Father, who created us in his own image and likeness, to hear our prayers:

Reader:

Father, we pray for the Church, that it may continue to be an active messenger of the Christian faith and make the message of your saving love alive in the world today. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.Lord, we pray for peace, that your Spirit may breathe hope and love upon all the troubled nations of the world to bring an end to all war, hatred, abuse, violence and oppression. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for the people of this parish, that we may all recognise the gifts and talents with which we have been blessed and that we may use them for the good of everyone we meet. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for those who are in need, that we may all share more fairly the abundance you have created and that disease, famine and poverty may be eradicated. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for faith, that we may be strengthened to turn the other cheek to insult, hardship or derision and continue to actively work to spread your Good News and love to all. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray those who have died that they may see your radiant glory and come to live with your Son and the Holy Spirit eternally with you in heaven. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We turn now to Mary, Help of Christians, and ask her to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say together: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for a few moments in silence for our private needs and requests.

Priest:

God our Father, we have lifted up our eyes to the heavens and ask you to hear our prayers which we make in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son. Amen

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn now to God our Heavenly Father, the creator and redeemer of all, to hear our prayers:

Reader:

Today is Sea Sunday. We pray for fishermen, seafarers, lifeboat crews and all whose work involves them with the sea, as well as those who enjoy the sea for recreation, that the Lord may keep them safe and in his care. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the work of the Apostleship of the Sea, that we may all support them in their work of making visible the care and concern for seafarers who come to our ports and shores. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are separated from their families and loved ones, and those who are on their own, that they may experience the warmth of your loving care and companionship. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our parish, its ministers, people and organisations, that we may all work together and be recognised as your disciples by actively going out living the Good News you gave us as example. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for a better world, that we may share more fairly the abundance you have given, that wealth may be distributed more equally and that we may never take even the most basic things for granted. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for prisoners everywhere, for those who are persecuted and down-trodden, that they may turn to you in hope and that mankind might learn to be more tolerant, fair and just in its dealings with each other. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Our Lady, Star of the Sea, to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say together: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for a few moments in quiet reflection.

Priest:

God our Father, we call on you that you may be near us and hear our prayers and requests which we ask in hope and faithfulness, through Christ your Son. Amen

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We now turn to Christ, the Good Shepherd, who inspires us with faith, hope and love, and ask him to listen to our prayers with compassion and gentleness.

Reader:

Lord, you are the shepherd who leads all people to the Father. Heal all divisions, bring back all who have fallen by the wayside or struggle with their faith and pour down your Holy Spirit that there may be greater understanding and co-operation between differing faiths. (pause) Lord hear us; Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for all who work on the land or care for the world you have created. May their talents and labours be rewarded with an abundant harvest and may we all share equally the wealth of your creation. (pause) Lord hear us; Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for a sense of balance in our lives, that we may find time to rest and pray, as well as to work and play, so that we may be revived in strength and hope in your presence and continue to be fruitful labourers in your vineyard. (pause) Lord hear us; Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for those whom you have blessed with the skills to care for the sick, to comfort the dying, care for prisoners, to befriend the lonely and those who work with the depressed, desperate and down-trodden. May you continue to bless and guide the work of their hearts and hands. (pause) Lord hear us; Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for teachers, students and pupils as our schools, colleges and universities conclude another academic year. We pray that they may be rested and refreshed in mind, body and spirit and enabled to use their gifts and talents for the benefit of others. (pause) Lord hear us; Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for all who have died and all who mourn. May those who have gone before us experience the joy of your heavenly kingdom and may those who are left be consoled by your tender compassion and love. (pause) Lord hear us; Lord, graciously hear us.

We turn now to Mary, the Mother of our Lord, and ask her to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say together: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray silently for our private needs and intentions.

Priest:

God our Father, the loving shepherd of your sheep, hear our prayers and look with kindness and compassion on us and on all who call to you with faith and hope in the name of Jesus your Son. Amen

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year

Reader:

We pray for the leaders of the Church especially John Paul our Pope and Mervyn our Bishop. May they always lead us and guide us in fidelity to the Gospel. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who experience physical hunger that their brothers and sisters in the human family come to their aid and that governments and the world’s economic institutions work to eliminate famine. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who experience spiritual hunger that they might turn to the Lord and find in him the consolation they yearn for. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in any kind of need, the poor, the homeless, the exiles, and those who are sick in mind or body. May the Lord, protector of the weak, be their support and source of justice. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died and gone before us in faith. May they experience in all its fulness the power of Christ’s resurrection. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary our Mother to join her prayers with ours as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts…

Priest:

Lord, Deepen the bond of love between us by our sharing in this Eucharist and listen to our prayers for we make them in the name of Jesus, your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever, Amen

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

Is our world too rich in material "things" and to pour in committed caring? Let us pray for God to make as a channel of his loving kindness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Saint Paul tells us to put on the new self. This demands a true commitment to change. Let us pray to the Lord for the resolution to think this challenge through and make it stick. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God offers us the bread of eternal life. Let us pray for a moment to think what that means, and for the strength to recommit to it in our lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holidays offer us a chance to step back from our daily lives, period them from different angles and ask God's help to improve. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We think of the sick and those close to death and we commend them to God’s loving kindness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary to pray with us as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts for all our own personal intentions…

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

Elijah wished he were dead, yet God gave him the strength, food and water to walk for forty days to Mount Horeb, and carry on from there to become one of God's greatest prophets. Let us pray for the openness to receive God as he seeks to pour grace into our lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Saint Paul points us in the direction of the daily virtues: being friends, kind and forgiving. Let us pray that the humility, love and perseverance to act on this in our own lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In St John’s Gospel Jesus describes himself as the "living bread". Let us pray for the wisdom to draw life from this deep and challenging image to rejoice in our fellow Christians and to join together in celebrating your word and proclaiming it around the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us also pray for the courage to live and proclaim God’s Word in our daily lives, at home and at work. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died and particularly for the members of our own families, our parish and our Order. May they rest in peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary to pray with us as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts for all our own personal intentions…

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

God has given us the example of Mary to be the model for all Christians. May we follow her example of obedience and love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We are one in the spirit: God has given each of us a soul and his sacraments. Let us pray to be open to his flow of goodness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We are one in the Lord: God has given the world one true Church. Let us ask the Lord for an ever-increasing flow of wisdom and discernment to her bishops. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray that all humanity may join together in the oneness of the Lord and his Word

For the Church's missionaries around the world, we pray to the Lord. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We think of the sick and those close to death and we commend them to God’s loving kindness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary to pray with us as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts for all our own personal intentions…

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

The Jews consciously chose to commit themselves to God. This is a big decision, and again a daily decision. Let us pray for the grace to ever renew and strengthen our own commitment to God. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Commitment is required in many different ways at each stage of our lives. Let us pray for the serenity and wisdom to make the right choices. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Commitment in marriage is under attack as never before. Let us make Catholic marriage a beacon of love, patience, strength and compassion to the world and let us pray for the strength to uphold it in our lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Commitment to the religious life is another wonderful and difficult thing. Let us pray in gratefulness for all the Salvatorians and their work throughout the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died and particularly for the members of our own families, our parish and our Order. May they rest in peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary to pray with us as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts for all our own personal intentions…

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

St James tells us that all good comes from God, the loving creator of this world. Let us pray for the wisdom to understand this more fully every day. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Goodness and kindness are things that can be passed on without measure. Let us pray for them to flow abundantly in our lives. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Kindness is sometimes hard to accept in this proud world. Let us pray for the humility to accept other people's kindness with grace. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Next month Brother Paul Harris makes his first religious profession. Let us pray for him with all our hearts. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We think of the sick and those close to death and we commend them to God’s loving kindness. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary to pray with us as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts for all our own personal intentions…

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Just like the friends of the man who was deaf and dumb we do not hesitate to ask God our Father to answer our requests.

Reader:

We pray for the leaders of the Church. May they be fearless in speaking the truth and give witness in their lives to the words they proclaim. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that our parish community may be drawn closer together in promoting a truly Christian atmosphere among us. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for Christian Missionaries throughout the world that they may be zealous and gentle servants of the Gospel. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all of us here in eucharistic worship. May we have the courage to speak the truth with love and accept criticism honestly. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick, the aged and the housebound especially Tony Grove. May they experience God’s healing power in the love and compassion of those who care for them. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who have died especially the members of our own families and parish. May the Lord welcome them into everlasting life. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, our mother, to join her prayers with ours as we say Hail Mary…

Let us pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts…

Priest:

Heavenly Father, grant us the grace to lead truly Christian lives. Increase the love of our neighbour in our hearts and keep us ever sensitive to one another's needs as we live our lives together. We ask you to listen to all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to the Lord who does all things well and ask him to help us in our need.

Reader:

We pray for all who have dedicated their lives to the church, may the Lord inspire more holy men and women to offer themselves for the priesthood and religious life (pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the leaders of nations, that they will act justly towards all classes of people and fulfil their promises to the world’s poor. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those in need, especially those who are out of work, those in danger of losing their homes and those whose health is affected by stress and worry. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for all students as they go back to school or college and for their teachers and carers, may they face the new academic year with renewed enthusiasm and purpose. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for Brother Paul Harris in this special week when he makes his first profession, that the Lord will give him many graces and blessings during his years of study for the priesthood. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Blessed Lady to support us with her prayers as we say, Hail Mary.

Now, in silence, we think of our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

Loving Father, hear these prayers and the prayers of our hearts and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God unafraid to ask him for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

We pray for the Pope, the Bishops and all the Clergy, that their responsibilities to those they serve in God's name may not weigh too heavily on them, but be a duty of love. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Peace is a continuing theme throughout the Gospel, the peace which comes from opening our hearts both to God and to our fellow men. We pray that God may pour His healing love into our lives, and that the turmoil and strife of this world may not swamp it, but like oil, it may sooth our souls. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Last Sunday our church began the "Whole Community Catechesis". Let us pray that this innovative approach will show us a new way of thinking and living our faith, strengthening our love of God. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the Gospel today, we are reminded that it is in serving others that we come closest to God. Let us pray that we, as a community, learn to work together, continue to pray together, and put the needs of others before our own. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for doctors, nurses and all those involved in the care of the sick, thanking God for their healing skills and for the immense service they render to those made vulnerable through pain and illness. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick. May they bear their suffering with fortitude, borne up by God's healing grace. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the dead. May the peace of God's love rest upon them, as they know the unending joy of eternal life. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We offer our prayer to Mary, Queen of Heaven, as we say Hail Mary ....

Let us now pray for a moment in silence.

Priest:

Loving Father, hear these prayers and the prayers of our hearts and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest

We turn now to our loving Father and ask for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

We pray for our Holy Father and the bishops of the Church, that they will have the courage and strength to respond generously in guiding the faithful under their care. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that as a community, we may base our lives on the mercy and compassion of Christ and not on outward appearances. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for Roger Adlard received into full membership of the Church today, may he continue to grow in faith and love throughout his life. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who respond to God's call and ask that they may be given the courage and strength to follow in Christ's footsteps. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who work on the land, may their labour be blessed by God and may they be given suitable weather for the growth and harvesting of their crops which will provide food for themselves and for others. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick in both mind and body. May they experience the love and compassion of Christ in those who take care of their needs. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died. May they experience the everlasting joy of God's heavenly kingdom. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We now turn to Our Lady and ask her to intercede on our behalf as we pray, Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Let us turn in prayer to God our Father who watches over his family with loving care.

Reader:

We pray that all married couples will be so blessed with mutual respect and love that they will lead happy and generous lives. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are trying to preserve their marriage through difficult circumstances, and for those who are separated or divorced. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that all children may grow up in a loving family, and that families may be found for the children waiting to be adopted. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are hoping for the gift of children, for those caring for sick family members, and for those recently bereaved. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the work of CAFOD that, through its service, people in need, all over the world, may experience our solidarity and support. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those of our Parish who are sick, Tony Grove, and Mary Donaldson,

May they experience God’s healing love. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who have recently died, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time, may they rest in peace. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, our Mother, to pray with us as we say: Hail Mary

Let us now pray in silence for our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

God our Father, look with love on families everywhere, may they praise you when they are happy and turn to you in times of sorrow. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God and pray for the wisdom to help us have good priorities in our lives that reflect the teaching of Jesus, and the values of the kingdom of God.

Reader:

For the Pope, Bishops, Priests and Religious, that having left everything to follow the Lord, they will grow rich in the fruits of the Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for the poor and those in trouble, that they may find generous friends in the rich and powerful. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

For ourselves, that we may be guided by Gospel teaching in our attitude towards wealth, tempering our need for money and security with a desire to be generous as God commands. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for the peace of Jerusalem, that the tragedy, pain and unjust divisions of the Holy City may soon come to an end. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for those who are sick, at home and in hospital, may their illness be cured and their spirits strengthened. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray that all those who have died may find the fullness of joy in God’s presence. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We ask the intercession of our Blessed Lady as we say-Hail Mary

Now we pray in the silence of our hearts for our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

God of love, you are the giver of all good things. Fill us with confidence in you that we may be faithful witnesses to your kingdom. We make all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for our needs.

Reader:

That leaders of nations may seek the guidance of the Lord to better serve their people with integrity and justice. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

That the victims of war, poverty or injustice may be assisted and comforted by those who serve in the name of Jesus. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

That we see each other as you see us, and so see you as you really are. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

That Jesus who sympathises with our weaknesses may grant forgiveness and healing to us all. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

That all priests and ministers of the Gospel continue to preach with vigour and honesty to inspire us to turn away from sin to a new life in God’s love. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

That all members of our parish who are ill, housebound or bereaved may find true peace and contentment in your boundless love. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We now turn to Our Lady, the Handmaid of the Lord, in prayer as we say : Hail Mary etc.

Priest:

God our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask God for all our needs.

Reader:

We pray that the Church may faithfully carry out its mission to gather people to God by proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That those in public office recognise their responsibilities to all the citizens of this country, and may they always seek ways of promoting the common good. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That our eyes be opened to see more clearly the dignity of every human life, whether healthy or sick, born or unborn. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That the witness of The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, whose anniversary we celebrated this week, strengthen our Faith. May we always be inspired by their example and sacrifice. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That those who are sick or housebound be comforted and assured of our ongoing prayers for them. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask God to lead those who have died into his own wonderful light, and in his mercy show them the radiance of his glory. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We now turn to Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, and seek her intercession as we pray Hail Mary…

We now turn to God in silent prayer…

Priest:

God our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Let us turn now to God in prayer and ask for all our needs.

Reader:

We pray that we may be constant in keeping God’s commandments and may the desire to serve God be written in our hearts. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that our hearts are set on fire with love for Christ, that in its flame, we may love him with all our hearts, all our minds and with all our strength, and by keeping his commandments we may glorify God, the giver of all good gifts. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that we may love and serve our neighbours as ourselves, that we notice the needs of others around us more readily, that we are more generous towards them, deepening the spirit of our fellowship and good will. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that we may have the spirit of charity in all our dealings with others, so that your light may shine out in all we do and say. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask intercession of all the Saints as celebrated this week, on the Feast of All Saints, may they help us to open our hearts and minds to prayer, and make us more worthy of our calling. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray and remember, especially during this month, of Holy Souls all the faithful departed, may they be granted eternal rest and peace in the loving presence of God, our Father. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Our Lady, most Holy Queen to intercede for us as we pray Hail Mary..

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord forever and ever. Amen

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Let us turn to God and ask him for our needs.

Reader:

We pray for World peace and a renewed commitment worldwide to work for justice and peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray on this Remembrance Sunday for all the victims of war, for all those who have died in conflicts, been injured or traumatised, give thanks for their lives and may they be called into the light of Heaven. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those Countries torn apart by war and hatred, or brutalised by oppression or persecution, that they find the path to peace and harmony. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the rulers and leaders, especially nations of unrest, serve their people with integrity and justice. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the work of CAFOD and other agencies that work in areas of war and unrest. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all members of our parish, who are sick, lonely or bereaved, may they find strength in their faith. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Our Lady, comforter of the afflicted to pray with us now as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts…

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord forever and ever. Amen

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn now to God, the light of truth, that he may guide us to the way of Christ and hear our prayers.

Reader:

We pray that the church may grow and flourish, and God’s love may be bought into places of darkness and offer many the light of hope. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the households of our parish, that they may be guided in everyday decisions and comfort them in times of difficulty, and heighten our awareness of one another’s needs. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray during this month of the Holy Souls, for those who have died, and give thanks for their lives. Give comfort to all those that grieve. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are ill in body, mind or spirit, may they find strength in God’s love and healing. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for global injustices, especially people who are suffering due to destructive conflicts. May their faith give them comfort and hope. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

On Prisoner’s Sunday we pray for prisoners that they may abandon crime and seek

out the light of God’s truth. We pray for their families that they may receive the compassion and support they need and that the wounds of separation imprisonment can bring, will be healed. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all victims of crime (pause) that they may find the healing and courage to forgive those who have hurt them and to trust the world again. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We turn to our blessed lady, comforter of the afflicted to pray with us now as we say Hail Mary.

We pray for a few moments for our own private intentions…

Priest:

God our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

First Sunday of Advent

Priest

As we begin Advent let us ask God for His Blessing and for the following needs.

Reader:

As Advent begins, let us keep Jesus' command to his disciples, "Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come." Let us pray that we live our lives preparing for Christ's Birth and for His Second Coming. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

In the First Reading Isaiah says we are the work of God's hands. Let us pray that we will try to be worthy of our maker and not be rebels against God. (pause)Lord, graciously hear us. Lord, hear us,

Another terrorist attack in Kenya has shown us, once again, how conflict and death and injuries seem to be always with us. Let us pray that Your Peace, Lord, will overcome hostility, war and death. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We should remember, at this time of wind and cold, those who are sick and those who are housebound. Let us pray for them and do all we can to help them. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

St Paul tells the Corinthians he is grateful for all the graces he has received through Jesus Christ. Let us pray that, as St Paul says, He will keep us steady and without blame until the last day. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us ask Jesus' mother to pray for us. Hail Mary

Let us pray for our own needs in silence.

Priest:

We ask God to listen to the prayers of his people and to give us His blessing.

Second Sunday of Advent

Priest:

Let us turn to God for all our needs.

Reader:

Let us pray for the church, that, during this advent season, it may be a model of holiness, inspiration and life in a world where right values often seem confused and compromised. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for our parish. May the fellowship and friendship usually expressed in the sending of Christmas cards, become a source of practical help as we contribute to the reroofing of Father Floribert’s school in the Congo. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

At this dark time of the year, let us pray for all those who cry out of the depths in despair: the sick, the lonely, the homeless, the unloved, the imprisoned, the depressed. May they experience the compassion of Christ and see the hope that is promised in the Christmas message. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who have died. As they lived in the hope of Christ, may they now share in the joy of his glory. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for ourselves. May all the defeats and setbacks and of our daily lives, small and large, be turned around and made sources of life, learning and wisdom. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Mary our Mother to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers through the grace of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ who is our help and compassion and with us in all our needs.

Third Sunday of Advent

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer to ask for all our needs.

Reader:

Father, on this Gaudete Sunday, as we wait and prepare joyfully for the coming of your Son, may we sing your praise not only with our lips but also in our lives. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for prisoners and captives wherever they may be. Help them to know your justice, your mercy and your infinite love. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for the lonely, the bereaved and the housebound. May they experience the comfort and solace of your love. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for all those who have lost, or fear losing their jobs. May we remember that in your sight only jobs, not human beings, are made redundant. (pause)Lord, graciously hear us. Lord, hear us,

May Our Lady whose Magnificat we have heard, intercede for us as we say Hail Mary

In the silence of our hearts, let us pray for our own intentions

Priest:

Father, we ask you to hear and answer all our prayers which we make in faith through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask Him for all of our needs.

Reader:

We pray for the Church that we, and all God's people, may grow in faith, in trust and in love as we receive the promise of salvation which was, and is, brought to us in Jesus Christ. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have not heard, or have not understood, the Good News; may we have the strength to live according to the Good News and so bring it to all we meet. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are far from home and for those who, through war or natural disaster, have no home; may they receive help in all their needs and so come to a share of joy. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick of this parish and for our families and friends that they may be healed. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As the school holidays approach we pray for families with children; may their time together be a source of great blessing. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Mary, the handmaid of the Lord, and ask her to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

Father, we ask you to hear and answer all our prayers which we make in faith through Jesus Christ, your son, our Lord. Amen

Christmas Day

Priest:

As we celebrate the mystery of the Word made flesh, let us turn to him who became as we are, so that we might become like him, and present Him with all our needs

Reader:

We pray for the church. May it always shine with the light of goodness and truth, witnessing to your incarnation in a world which often fails to recognise that God is truly with us. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for families everywhere, those together and those separated. May your love and example help us heal our differences and reaffirm our bonds of kinship and love. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for those who are alone and feel unloved. May they find compassion and kinship in your universal family (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Bless, our meals, our gatherings, our celebrations and our songs. In joining in the old Christmas spirit let us find a new song as we continually rediscover your love. Let our voices join with the angels in singing your praise. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for those who have died in the past year. May we remember them fondly reminding ourselves that they are now fully embraced in your love. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

May Our Lady who welcomed shepherds and angels to the stable, intercede for us as we say Hail Mary

In the silence of our hearts, let us pray for our own intentions

Priest:

Father, we ask you to hear and answer all our prayers which we make in faith through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Feast of the Holy Family

Priest:

On this feast of the Holy Family, let us turn to God in prayer to ask for all our needs.

Reader:

Let us pray for our family the church. May its example and teaching continue to reflect the values of mutual love and support revealed in the image of the Holy Family. (pause) Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayer

Let us pray for our parish family. May we be sustained by the love of God, be blessed with the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and enjoy the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in our dealings with each other. (pause) Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayer

Let us pray for all parents. Grant them patience, understanding, forgiveness and endurance in their lifelong task of caring for and nurturing their children. (pause) Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayer

Let us pray for children of all ages. May we accept the good guidance and gifts of unconditional love, care and compassion from our parents, so that we may become mature and virtuous people who share in and spread God’s love throughout the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayer

Let us pray for the older members of families throughout the world. May they enjoy a fulfilled old age, and be valued for their experience, wisdom and insight, as they take their place at the heart of our community. (pause) Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayer

May Our Lady intercede for us as we say Hail Mary

In the silence of our hearts, let us pray for our own intentions

Priest:

Father, we ask you to hear and answer all our prayers which we make in faith through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Baptism of the Lord

Priest

Jesus is the Father's beloved Son. Therefore, in his name, we bring our prayers to the Father.

Reader:

That the Spirit will guide and inspire those who have been called to lead and serve the members of the Church, our bishops, priests, deacons, religious and lay leaders. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for peace throughout the world and that politicians and other leaders find alternatives to violence. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

That the Lord will hear and answer the prayers of all those who hunger and thirst for justice in our community and in those places where justice does not prevail. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

That all those in positions of civil or religious authority will work for the common good and not for personal power or prestige. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

That all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one may find comfort in their faith until the Lord wipes away their tears in their heavenly home. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

Joining our prayers with those of the Mother of Our Lord we say, Hail Mary ….

For all of the intentions which we hold in our hearts and which we recall in silence.

Priest

Gracious God, send your Spirit upon all baptised Christians so that they may bear witness to the love of God each and every day of their lives. We ask this in the name of Christ, your Son our Lord. Amen

Epiphany of the Lord

Priest

We celebrate Christ, the incarnate wisdom of God, who has come to dwell in our midst. We turn to him in prayer.

Reader:

Each newborn baby is a miracle. Christ’s coming as a baby was an amazing message of love. We pray that God helps us to keep this sense of wonderment fresh in us as a living force for good in all we do. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As Christ came to dwell as a newcomer in the world, so have migrants arrived in countries great and small. We pray that the human encounter may open all hearts to your generous saving word. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As Christ came to dwell in our midst, so too have newcomers in our midst in Thornbury, from elsewhere in England, or from further afield. We pray that we may recognise Christ in them and serve him through them. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We are pilgrims in life, arriving in the cradle, travelling through life until at the end we meet Christ’s holy face. We pray for his companionship as we move on from year to year. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the leaders of the universal Church: that they may with ever greater wisdom and courage take your Word forward this year. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn to Mary, our Mother, and ask her to join her prayers to ours as we say Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts for ouur own special intentions…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus, who is Lord for ever and ever.

First Sunday of Lent

Priest:

Father, you do not hold our faults against us but welcome the sinner who turns to you seeking wholeness and forgiveness. We turn now to you in confidence and faith to ask you to listen to our prayers with mercy and compassion.

Reader:

We pray for this parish gathered here in prayer, that during these weeks of Lenten preparation we may seek to be reconciled to you and to each other and prepare fully to enjoy the glories of Easter. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for a spirit of self-giving, that we may show greater concern for the needs of others, and by our fasting and self-discipline, may we be moved to provide and care for all in need. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who hold positions of authority, that they may be mindful of the needs and dignity of all and work to make our world a place of fairness, honesty and peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for a sense of discipline in our lives. As Jesus gave himself willingly to the will of the Father, we pray that during this Lent we may remain faithful to our Lenten promises. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for prisoners, the homeless, the rejected, the down-trodden and for those who feel that nothing matters anymore. Enable each of us to reach out and support all in need by visibly demonstrating the love and peace you brought to the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who suffer illness, the infirm and the dying and those who care for them, that they may find lasting comfort in God’s merciful love. We remember especially those who have died recently and all whose anniversaries occur at this time. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, Queen of Peace, to intercede for us and for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say together: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for a few moments in silence for our personal intentions.

Priest:

God our Father, you listen to the prayers of your people in every time and place. We place our trust in you and ask your merciful blessings in the name of Christ Jesus, Your Son. Amen

Second Sunday of Lent

Priest:

We turn to God our loving Father and ask him for all our needs.

Reader:

In these times of financial instability, we pray for world leaders, including those in our own Church, that they may use all the resources available to help their countries, but in particular those most seriously affected by matters over which they have little control. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Our hospital workers spend long hours looking after people who are at their most vulnerable through illness and pain. We thank God for their hard-won skills, and for the dedication which they daily show. We pray too for the carers in our community, without whom life for so many who are elderly or suffering from physical or mental infirmity, would be infinitely more difficult and unpleasant. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Our community is helped and protected by the Police, Fire and Ambulance services, people who daily risk danger, injury and abuse in the course of their jobs. We ask that God watches over them, helping their work and keeping them safe. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Marriage, at its best, is a source of mutual love and companionship, yet all married people are at times “out of step”. We pray that God will sustain them with his perfect love, giving them the perseverance to keep going through the darker times, ‘til they come again into the light of friendship. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray, as always, for those among us who are sick, and those who have died. May God hold them all in his immense and loving heart. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn with confidence to Mary, Mother of God, as we say Hail Mary ….

Let us pray for a few moments in silence.

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord forever and ever. Amen

Third Sunday of Lent

Priest:

We turn to God our heavenly Father, in whose image and likeness we have been created, to ask Him to hear the prayers we now make for ourselves and the needs of others:

Reader:

Lord, we pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, for clergy and religious everywhere, and all who teach God’s word that they may constantly proclaim your message of hope and the need for repentance and ongoing conversion. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for everyone gathered here and all who seek you with a sincere heart, that during this holy season of preparation we may become more awake to a life in Christ and so seek reconciliation, forgiveness and peace with you and with each other. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for the children of this parish and especially for those on their journey in faith who recently shared the sacrament of reconciliation with you for the first time. Bless them, their families, their friends and all who encourage and guide them as they now prepare for their first Holy Communion. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for all catechumens as they prepare for baptism this Easter, that they may be blessed with a deeper understanding of the Gospel message and be true messengers of your word as they come to share a new life in Christ. We pray too for their families, friends, catechists and ministers. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for those who serve God through their work with others; for all who care for the sick, provide comfort to the dying and console the bereaved; those who give support to prisoners, the lonely and troubled, that they, and those whom they serve, may experience your forgiveness, love and compassion. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray that our Lenten observances and prayers may help us to renew our commitment to the true values in life and grow in humility so that we may actively work to spread your Gospel of repentance, reconciliation and love to all we meet. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn now to Our Lady, Help of Christians, and ask for her intercession for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say together: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for a few moments in silence for ourselves and for those who have asked for our support and prayers.

Priest:

God, our Father, look with mercy on the prayers of your people who seek to turn away from sin and be more faithful to the Gospel in the name of Jesus, your Son, now and for ever. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Priest:

During this season of Lent, we are invited to be renewed in mind, purified in spirit and more responsive to the needs of others. We turn now to the Lord and ask Him to fill us with grace on our journey of conversion.

Reader:

Today is Mothering Sunday. We pray for our own mothers and for mothers everywhere and gratefully remember the inspiration, love, care and comfort they have given to us. (pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray that during these weeks of Lenten preparation we may search for a deeper appreciation of your word in the scriptures and find renewal of our hearts and minds through prayer. (pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for our catechumens, that their preparations for baptism this Easter may inspire them to be true messengers of the commandments to love you above all else and to love our neighbour as ourselves. (pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray that the peoples of the world may be enabled to rise above bitterness, injustice and intolerance and work earnestly towards harmony, peace and reconciliation. (pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for the needs of prisoners, the rejected, the down-trodden, the dispossessed and displaced peoples of the world, that we may pray and work tirelessly for their freedom. (pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for those who mourn the death of loved ones, and for those who miss the companionship and care of those dear to them. We remember especially those who have died recently and all those whose anniversaries occur at this time. (pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

On this Mothering Sunday, and as we recall yesterday’s feast of the Annunciation, celebrating Mary’s faithful acceptance of the role God had chosen for her, we now ask Mary, the Mother of God, to join our prayers to hers as we say together: Hail Mary…

We now take this opportunity, in silence, to bring our own prayers before the Lord.

Priest:

Father, you know all our failings and weaknesses. We ask you to listen to our prayers and grant us the strength and energy to be faithful to the mission you have given us. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Priest:

We turn to the Lord our God and ask him to listen to all our prayers.

Reader:

For the whole church of Christ: that it may be seen more clearly as the place of reconciliation: of generous service to the needs of the entire human family. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the men and women who brought our faith to life and continue to nourish it, parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers, priests and bishops, (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For our community, that as we struggle to live our lives in the shadow of His Cross, Christ will be our strength and help us to grow in wisdom and in love, (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for peace in the world and ask God to move the hearts of those in power to disarm weapons, silence guns, and put out ancient hatreds. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the sick in mind and in body, and for all who seek healing, in their lives and in their hearts, that in Christ's name, they be raised to new life, (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who have died in the peace of Christ, that God may call them to the company of all the saints. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask Mary, Mother of the Saviour, to add her prayers to ours as we say, Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in the silence of our hearts for all our own special intentions.

Priest:

God our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Palm Sunday

Priest:

As Jesus enters victoriously into Jerusalem to do His Father’s will, we turn to the Father united with our crucified Saviour and pray:

Reader:

That the suffering and death of Jesus Christ will strengthen the Church in steadfast holiness and give her new growth. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who are to be baptised and received into the Church at the Easter Vigil, that these final days of preparation will be an occasion of transforming grace. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That civil authorities will use their power to protect the poor, oppose injustice, preserve freedom and promote lasting peace. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That Christians everywhere will live this Holy Week with special reverence, awareness and devotion. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That God will shelter all persecuted Christians and make their witness effective for all. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That our Lenten discipline will continue to transfigure the way we live in ever deeper conformity to Christ. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary to join our prayers with hers as we say, Hail Mary …….

Let us spend a few moments in silent prayer.

Priest:

Merciful Father, by the Holy Cross of Christ, your Son has redeemed the world. Help us to take up His cross and be united with Jesus in His passion, with Mary His Mother, for Jesus is Our Lord, now and forever. Amen

Easter Sunday

Priest

As we celebrate once more the freedom and joy brought about by the Resurrection of Jesus, let us turn with confidence to our Father in heaven:

Reader:

For the Church. That, in the knowledge of Christ’s triumph over death, we may live our lives in a way that bears witness to our Risen Lord. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who are oppressed, that they will be released from the burden of injustice through the power of the resurrection. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those in authority. That they will be open to the guiding spirit of Christ, risen from the dead. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the newly baptised. That they will find in the Church the meaning and happiness for which they yearn. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For each one of us. That we will be granted the grace to be true to our Catholic faith. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For our clergy. That the event of Easter will strengthen them in their vocation, enabling them to lead us in faith through their words, their actions and their interpretation of Scripture. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We join our prayers with those of Our Lady as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us spend a few moments in silence to offer our own private petitions.

Priest:

Bless us Father with the assurance of Your Son’s risen presence in our lives, for Jesus is Lord, now and forever. Amen

Second Sunday of Easter

Priest :

We give thanks to the Lord because He is good. Turning in faith to the all merciful Father, we bring our petitions before him:

Reader:

At some stage on our faith journey we will encounter doubt and uncertainty. May we be strengthened in our faith and persevere through the dark times. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the Church, that it will be of “one heart and mind”, setting an example of openness and generosity, always witnessing the truth of the Gospel. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We are blessed in this country, in that we live in a state of relative peace, yet our armed forces are more active than they have ever been around the world. May those in authority strive to ensure that all peoples are able to live peaceful lives and may we keep in our hearts the soldiers, sailors and airmen who are involved in the conflicts. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for our own parish community, that it will be a place where the love of God is cherished and readily shared with others. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Our priests, deacons and of course Sr. Josephine do tremendous work not only here in the parish, but further afield too. May they be strengthened on their journey of faith and may we be ever conscious and supportive of their efforts. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all Christians who work in areas where the conditions of the poor, the weak, and the women and children are most tragic. That they may be signs of hope, thanks to their courageous testimony to the gospel of solidarity and love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary to join our prayers with hers as we say: Hail Mary ….

We pray in silence now for our own special needs and intentions..

Priest:

Loving Father, the resurrection of your Son gives a new birth to a living hope. Let us live that hope always, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter

Priest:

Through the Easter mystery, God has shown that life can come from what we perceive to be the worst of circumstances. Reassured, let us ask him for the things we need:

Reader:

It is often easy to become absorbed in our day to day activities, whether they are for work or pleasure. They are often necessary and are good for us but let us pray for the grace to recognise the presence of Jesus in everything we do. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the missionary witness of the Church, that all will come to recognise Jesus Christ in the breaking of bread. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Acknowledging that those in national and local government face the challenge of pleasing all of the people all of the time, let us pray that in carrying out their duties, they will show Christian compassion to the poor, the marginalised and the oppressed. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Around the world there are people who are intent on exploiting others, whether by physical violence or psychological manipulation. Let us pray that God’s freely available gift of peace will become the single most powerful motivator for everyone. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all farmers. That their labours will deliver abundant harvests and that in these uniquely difficult economic times, the prosperous nations will be sensitive to those who struggle. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for our own parish of Christ the King, that the graces of this Easter season will bless us with new growth in holiness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary to join our prayers with hers as we say: Hail Mary …….

We pray in silence now for our own special needs and intentions.

Priest

Loving Father, in the resurrection of your beloved Son, you have made known to us the paths of life. Fill us with joy in your presence through Jesus who is Our Lord, now and forever. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Priest:

Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd, let us come together as His flock and turn in prayer to God, the father of us all.

Reader:

We pray for the Pope and all the bishops of the church, that they faithfully follow the teachings of Jesus in wisdom and integrity. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our parish, that by the example of it’s continuing witness and devotion to the Gospels it will remain a keystone of our community. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those members of our society who may be suffering in mind or body, that they may experience the comfort and care of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, that the Lord may call more young people to His service to become shepherds of His flock. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died, especially members of our parish community whose anniversaries occur at this time, may they enjoy eternal life in the glory of God’s kingdom. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In this month of May, we especially honour our Lady, Mother of the church and seek her intercession as we pray Hail Mary…

In the silence of our hearts we now pray for our own personal needs and intentions

Priest:

God our Father, as You care for us with compassion answer our prayers and grant us Your grace through Jesus Christ your son ,the true Shepherd. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Priest:

As we continue this Easter season let us turn to Christ our Risen Lord as together we make our prayer to God the Father of us all.

Reader:

We pray for the universal church, may it always remain a beacon of hope in an increasingly secular world (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for peace in a troubled world, that all people enjoy security of mind and body, and freedom from anxiety. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the family of parishes in our Diocese of Clifton, may we continue to enjoy the gifts of unity and love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that our love for one another be expressed in our actions of visiting the sick, the housebound and of helping those in need. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for Christian unity, that those who profess to follow Christ’s commands may everywhere be one, so that all people may believe in the love of the Father (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died, especially those whose anniversaries occur at this time, may they be granted the fullness of life and joy in heaven (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We now turn to Our Lady, Help of Christians, and seek her intercession as we say Hail Mary…

Let us pray for a few moments for our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, the vine grower, we ask that your Spirit may work through us as we seek to harvest much fruit for your kingdom. We make our prayer through your Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Priest:

We give thanks to Christ our Lord, who loves and cares for us and turn to Him in trust as we pray.

Reader:

For the church – that inspired by the Holy Spirit it continues to demonstrate in words and actions the love of Christ to all peoples. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For missionaries – may they be guided by the Holy Spirit as they proclaim the Good News to our brothers and sisters who live in ignorance of His saving love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those Christians persecuted for their faith – may they be comforted in this Easter season by the One who suffered for all on the cross. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

That through the Holy Spirit we are granted the wisdom to follow Christ’s command to love one another and see Him in all the people we meet in our daily lives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who are ill at this time, especially members of our parish – may they experience Christ’s healing love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Next Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Ascension, when Our Lord was taken up to His heavenly kingdom – may we follow where He has led and find hope in His glory. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We turn to Mary, the Mystical Rose, and seek her intercession as we say Hail Mary

In the silence of our hearts we bring our own needs and intentions to the Lord

Priest:

Father you sent Jesus to show us how to live and care for each other, accept these prayers we offer in the name of Christ your Son our Lord. Amen

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Priest:

We put our faith in God's love for us and confidently pray to him for our needs.

Reader:

We pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the church and on this community, may we always witness to the truth and resist worldly attractions (pause)Lord, graciously hear us. Lord, hear us,

We pray for all leaders and those in positions of power: may the Spirit of truth lead them to act with justice and integrity, and alleviate the suffering of those caught up in conflict. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for ourselves that we may love one another as God commands:, especially any we have hurt or offended, or any who have hurt or offended us. (pause)Lord, graciously hear us. Lord, hear us,

Let us pray for those who are finding life difficult at the moment, for those coping with personal tragedy or mourning, for all who are ill or frail: that God's spirit, alive in his people, will work his healing love. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for our loved ones who have died: may they enter the Lord's safekeeping and rest in the peace and joy of heaven. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We ask Our Blessed Lady to support us with her prayers as we say, Hail Mary...

In the silence of God's stillness, we name any we know who especially need our prayers.

Priest:

Loving Father, we bring you these prayers, help us with what we need and grant us your blessing, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Pentecost

Priest:

The Spirit of God continues to invite us as a people and enables us to pray for the needs of others. Drawn together in love we offer our prayers to the Father

Reader:

Baptise the whole church with fire, that the divisions may cease and that it may stand before the world as a pillar and buttress of your truth. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Grant us all the fruits of the Holy Spirit : brotherly love, joy, peace, patience, goodwill and faithfulness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

May the Holy Spirit speak by the voice of your servants, here and everywhere, as they preach your word. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Send your Holy Spirit, the comforter, to all who face adversity, or who are the victims of men’s wickedness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For those who have died, especially those we have known, have mercy on them and bring them to eternal life. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We now turn to Our Lady, Mother of the Church, and seek her intercession as we say Hail Mary…

In the silence of our hearts we pray for our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit you sent your Son into the world. Through the church may Christ be born again today in the hearts of all people. Grant this through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Trinity Sunday

Priest:

Let us turn to the Holy Trinity for all our needs.

Reader:

Let us pray for the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ to inform every aspect of our lives. May we conduct ourselves with dignity and respect, recognising Christ in ourselves and others, and realising that in sharing Christ’s suffering, we are coheirs of God’s glory. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the love of God in our families. May we value the role each of us plays as we share in the everyday business of family life. Let us realise that living in loving relationship is at the heart of the Trinity and through it we may glimpse the nature of God who sustains us in His love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in this our parish and in all communities in which we share. In this sharing may one community not hesitate to reach out to another, so ultimately we are all embraced in the commonness of our humanity and the love of God. Thus, may all nations become your willing disciples. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Our Lady, the mother of God, in whose life the wisdom of the Trinity was made manifest, to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our loving Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers through the grace of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Priest:

On this feast day of Peter, your custodian, and Paul, your evangelist, let us turn to God for all our needs.

Reader:

Let us pray for the Church. May we be truly the rock on which your bindings and loosings are made real. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the Pope, Bishops and clergy. May these temporal custodians of the keys to your kingdom be guided by your justice, mercy and love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all prisoners. Help them accept the judgments and patiently endure the punishments they have been given, and guided by your goodness, may they find their freedom in your love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for ourselves. Like Paul, may our lives be a libation, an offering to you in which our talents and abilities are fully exercised. May we too run our races to the finish and so claim the crown of your righteousness. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Our Lady, the mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our loving Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Feast of Christ the King

Priest:

On our Patronal Feast we turn to God with all our needs.

Reader:

We pray on this our special day, for the deepening of faith amongst Christians, as we celebrate the church’s work throughout the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

On this feast of our parish we pray for the clergy who minister to us, may we be united in the love of Christ our King the Saviour. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our own community that we may serve Christ in caring for one another and encourage one another in our faith, so the light of Christ may shine in our hearts. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those amongst us who are feeling vulnerable, lonely or depressed. May they find through this community celebration a sense of acceptance and respect, which gives hope. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those nations which are experiencing war, terrorism and violence. May they be delivered from such evil and together find the path to peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray on this feast for those in our parish who have died, may they enjoy the eternal peace of heaven. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray to Mary, our mother to intercede for us as we say

Hail Mary..

Priest:

God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Feast of All Saints

Priest:

Those who seek the face of God shall receive blessings from the Lord: with confidence therefore – we seek our Heavenly Father to ask for his blessing on all those in need.

Reader:

For the Church: we pray for the church, that it will be constantly regenerated by the holy people of God dedicating their lives to ministry and service. (pause)Lord, graciously hear us. Lord, hear us,

For peace in the world: we pray that the leaders of nations will seek for peace and justice in the world; helping those countries which are in turmoil to find order and stability and allowing them to benefit from their natural resources. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us..

For the needy: let us pray for the poor in spirit, for those who are suffering from illness of mind or body, and for those undergoing persecution, torture or imprisonment; may God use our hands to comfort and care for them. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

For our community: we pray for ourselves that we may be true brothers and sisters in Christ; supporting and encouraging each other in our everyday lives and in the strengthening of our faith. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

For those who have died and their families: the pain of bereavement has touched many in our community, let us ask the Lord to receive their loved ones into the joy and gladness of our heavenly home, and to comfort those who mourn. (pause) Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.

We ask Our Blessed Lady, Queen of all the Saints, to pray with us as we say, Hail Mary.

Let us pray for a while in silence, remembering our own needs and the needs of our families.

Priest:

Loving Father, hear the prayers that we make in faith and grant us your blessing. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer for the needs of the Church and the world.

Reader:

Let us pray for justice in the world, justice, especially, for the poor and helpless, that we, members of the richer nations, may be generous with all that we have, materially and spiritually. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that we, as Christians, may show by our example, that religion is a force for good, not evil, in this world, that loving our neighbour, as Christ taught us, is a priority in all our lives. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the people of Haiti, following this dreadful earthquake, that they will be helped in coping with their losses, and helped in the rebuidling of their lives, both by God and by humanity. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those working in the emergency services, here during the recent spell of bad weather, and those helping in Haiti and other hazardous parts of the world, thanking God for their dedication and selflessness in the face of personal danger. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Despite the awful things we see daily in new bulletins, our world is very beautiful, something which the silent brightness of the recent snow here has highlighted. Let us thank God for this world, and let us all do what we can to preserve it for following generations. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those we know who are sick, and those who have died, especially in our own community and families. May God bless them, and us. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We offer our prayers to God through the intercession of His blessed mother, as we say, Hail Mary…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to allour prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Third Sunday of the Year

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer for the needs of the Church and the world.

Reader:

Let us pray for Christian unity. May we remember that all Christians are linked by our belief in Christ the Redeemer, Christ the bearer of our sins, Christ the Son of God. May the doctrinal differences between us be subsumed by our love for Him, and for all our neighbours, that we may love them as we love ourselves. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for unity between nations, that we may work together to improve the lot of poorest amongst us, and remember that much as we may love our individual countries, we are first of all members of humanity, and through Christ, children of God. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Marriage too is a union. Let us pray for all those embarking on lives together, that their union may strengthened daily, making one of two, secure in love, respect and friendship. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the people of Haiti, two weeks after their terrible ordeal, that the aid flooding in will be used well and quickly by those charged with helping this afflicted country. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We thank God for the generosity of all who have given charitably to the many appeals for those suffering in our world, following Christ’s instructions to do unto others as you have them do unto you. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

The sick and the dying are part of all our lives. May God give them healing and peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Mary, Mother of God as we say, Hail Mary …

Let us now pray for a few moments in silence, for our own intentions…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Christ is the Light of the world, it is through Him that we come in prayer to the Father of us all.

Reader:

We pray for the Pope, the bishops and all the clergy. Grant them the gift of eloquence, that your church may be both courageous and faithful in it’s proclamation of your word. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for our civic leaders and those who govern – may they do so with wisdom and integrity. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for missionaries who work in distant lands to make your word known to all peoples. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for Lewis Linehan (of our parish) in his own personal mission in Tanzania. May your Holy Spirit continue to guide and inspire him in all his work. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick at home or in hospital, may they experience your healing love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On Thursday we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, let us now turn to her in love and confidence as we seek her intercession and say : Hail Mary etc.

In the silence of our hearts we pray for own personal needs and intentions.

Priest:

Father you have called us to follow you. As you hear our prayers make us faithful in responding to your call. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We trust in the Father, our source of help and hope, as we pray to Him in faith and confidence.

Reader:

May those who govern and lead do so honourably and with honesty and impartiality. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We seek your guidance for the pope and bishops, that through their example and teaching we may grow in love and harmony. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for all who are homeless, open our eyes and our hearts to their suffering and forgive our indifference to the misery around us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Let us pray for the poor, grant us a generosity of spirit and increase our awareness of those most in need (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for our sisters and brothers who may be sick in mind and body, and also for those who care for them. Envelop them in your healing love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Let us pray for those who have died, may they find their rest and fullness of redemption through your son Jesus Christ. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We now turn to Our Blessed Lady, Mother of the Church, and seek her intercession as we say, Hail Mary etc

Let us spend a few moments to pray for our personal needs and petitions.

Priest:

Father, look with favour on these the prayers of your faithful, renew and enlighten us by your heavenly grace. We make our prayer through our lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

As we pray to you Lord, please grant that you will listen to our requests.

Reader:

In the first reading we heard how David was merciful to Saul who was in his power. Let us pray that the Lord will help us to be compassionate and considerate in our dealings with other people. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In the Gospel we heard Jesus tell His disciples not to judge or condemn others. Let us pray that God will help us to be more accepting and less judgmental. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On Monday evening there will be a Launch Service for Ecumenical Lent Groups at the Baptist Church at 7.30. Let us pray that Jesus help the service to be successful and continue the work of sharing our faith with other Christians. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday when many people make and eat pancakes. Ash Wednesday follows and we begin Lent. Let us pray that God will help us to remember those who are hungry; and will help us do all we can to alleviate famine and malnutrition, especially during Lent. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Our ministers of Communion meet each week to arrange to take Communion to people who are sick or housebound. Let us pray that Jesus will bless them and help them continue to give care, support and friendship to those in need. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Blessed Mary to pray for us Hail Mary...

Now let us pray silently for our own needs.

Priest:

We ask you Lord, to listen to our prayers and help us.

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

God has given us the victory over sin and death. We turn to him with confidence for all our needs and the needs of the church and the world.

Reader:

We pray that the Pope and the Bishops may be strengthened in their ministry of teaching and leading God’s church and especially that they might have good health into their old age. (Pause) Lord in your mercy-.Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who govern that they will have a special concern to protect the weak, the poor and the most disadvantaged in our world. (Pause) Lord in your mercy-.Hear our prayer.

We pray for the grace to lead better lives, to follow more closely the teaching of Jesus, and to help the needy and the outcast. (Pause) Lord in your mercy-.Hear our prayer.

We pray for the success of our Jubilee Mission. May we all be strengthened in faith and become a more caring community. (Pause) Lord in your mercy-.Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick and those recovering from surgery and for all who are enduring any kind of suffering. (Pause) Lord in your mercy-.Hear our prayer.

Let us ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Lady as we say, Hail Mary.

Now, in silence, we bring our own needs to the Lord.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, hear our prayer of faith and grant us what we need through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Trusting in God's love for us, let us bring all our needs to Him in prayer

Reader:

We pray for peace with justice amongst Palestinians. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for Christians throughout the Middle East that they may be able to live in peace with their neighbours of other faiths. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan; may their actions always pursue peace for those that they seek to defend. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for travellers; may they travel in safety and happily come to their journey's end. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for fathers; may they have a happy day – a thank you for all the love and care with which they nurture their family. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us renew our devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus remembering that we can trust in Him, in His love, in all, for all, in spite of all, forever. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renewing our devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we say together, Hail Mary

Now let us pray, in silence, for our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers which we make in faith through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

In the knowledge of Christ's presence, let us pray to our Heavenly Father, the God of mercy and love.

Reader:

June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the heart being the symbol of God's inexhaustible love for us. Last Friday we celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart, a heart crowned with thorns illustrating man's indifference to God's love and a heart wounded by our sins. We pray that people everywhere may be enlightened to know and to respond to that love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

“Love is not loved” was the cry of St. Francis of Assisi, may the love of God bear fruit in our lives as we joyfully proclaim our faith in Him (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In the workshop, in the market place in our factories and schools, we frequently meet people who have no faith. Lord let the light of your face shine on them so that they may know and love you. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

St. Augustine tells us that our hearts are restless until they rest in God, and in his Confessions he writes. “Too late have I loved you O beauty so ancient and yet so new. I searched for You outside myself and all the time You were within.” Teach us Lord to avoid the distractions of the world around us and thus enable us to seek you more clearly and love you more dearly day by day. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Love comes with a price, in the Gospel reading Christ asks us to take up our cross every day and St. Paul tells us to carry one another's burdens. We pray now for all who suffer, the sick, the handicapped, the lonely, the depressed, the bereaved. May they know the comfort of Your love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

May the Virgin Mary lead us to a deeper knowledge and love for her son as we say together. Hail Mary…

In the silence of our hearts let us place our own petitions before the throne of our Heavenly Father...

Priest:

Father with thanks and joy, we offer these prayers through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

The love of God in Jesus Christ has redeemed us. He calls us to follow Him and show His love to the world. Let us pray for the grace to follow Him faithfully.

Reader:

That those who shepherd the holy Church of God may always be guided by the Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

That those who lead the peace process in Northern Ireland may be guided by the Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

That those who are tormented by grief and hatred may be guided by the Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

That those who are poor, needy or homeless may be guided by the Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

That this parish and community may be guided by the Holy Spirit (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

That those who have lived guided by your Spirit may come to the joy of the kingdom of God. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Lady to intercede for us as we say Hail Mary

We now pray silently for our own intentions.

Priest:

Lord God by the guidance of your Spirit keep us safe from yielding to self indulgence and make us ever aware of the needs of others, this prayer we make through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Let us turn to God who holds all things in unity for our needs.

Reader:

Jesus tells us that the law of life is not a legal contract enforced by power, but a union of minds and hearts underwritten by love. In our increasingly litigious society, may God's spirit steer us through the squalls of the language of rights and responsibilities to a clearer recognition of Christ in our neighbour. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the whole Christian church, the mystical body of Christ. In its institutional and human failings, it is often confused, divided and limited. Through the perfection of Christ, may it, like the sea, be reconciled, united and without boundaries. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer..

Let us pray for all lawyers, that their gifts of erudition and interpretation may be used positively to calm the storms of dispute and open safe channels of communication between neighbours. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On this Apostleship of the Sea Sunday, let us pray for all those who work on the sea, that for all their travels they may still find the safe haven of your Word in their hearts. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Our Lady, Stella Maris, the Star of the Sea, to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary...

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers in the name of Jesus your Son in whom all perfection is found.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Let us turn to God, the source of all wisdom, for all our needs.

Reader:

At the end of the school year, let us give thanks for the precious gifts of education and learning. May both pupils and teachers enjoy a well-earned rest after their busy year. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all those going on holiday in the next few weeks. May they relax and re-create themselves, returning refreshed and ready for the next year. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Like Mary, teach us to recognise those times when it is the better part to sit and listen. Grant us the wisdom to balance the contemplative and active lives so that our acts are inspired by reflection, and our reflections informed by action and experience. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for ourselves when, like Martha, we are going about our daily business. May we perform our tasks cheerfully and uncomplainingly, remembering that even in the everyday, the mystery of Christ is amongst us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all expectant mothers, whatever their circumstances. May they look forward with joy and anticipation to the birth of their children. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Mary our mother to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers in the name of Jesus your Son in whom all perfection is found.

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Christ our Lord is mindful of all who need him, and does great things for love of them. Let us not be afraid to ask him for all our needs

Reader:

Lord, we know that the good things we have received have come as a gift from you; may we receive them with thankfulness and learn how to give. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Saviour and light of all people, keep missionaries in your special care; may the light of your Spirit shine brightly in them. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

You healed the sickness and pain of those who came to you in faith; bring healing and comfort to us. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Grant that the world may be filled with the knowledge of your truth; help us to carry out all you have called us to do. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

May the Lord give rest to our dear faithful departed and bring them to praise you in eternity. (pause) Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Let us ask Our Lady to pray for us, Hail Mary…

We now pray silently for our own intentions…

Priest:

These prayers we make through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Confident in Our Lord’s loving kindness, we now offer Him our thoughts and prayers for this day.

Reader:

We offer our prayers for John Paul, Our Pope, who continues to provide a source of inspiration for millions throughout the world. May he continue to be blessed and lead us in the ways of peace and true faith in God. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for our young people returning back to school and colleges. We pray for them, their parents, teachers and helpers as they start a new academic year. . (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who found it difficult to come to Church today, those who are struggling with their faith, and those who feel that they have many questions unanswered. May they find comfort and support through the gift of the Holy Spirit. . (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the old, lonely and sick members of our Parish, may they never lose hope and remain comforted by their faith in God and one another. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the many bereaved families in Beslan, Southern Russia, and for those adults and children recovering from injuries and psychological trauma of the school siege. . (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Finally we pray for those who have died, our friends and relatives and those whose anniversaries occur at this time. . (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We make these and all our prayers to God through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, as we say Hail Mary…

We now offer our own private intentions to Our Father…

Priest:

Lord God, listen to the prayers we make this day, through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

With love and faith in God, Our Father, we now offer Him our thoughts and prayers for this day.

Reader:

For our Church throughout the world, especially in those places where religious freedom is denied or discouraged, we pray for a shared commitment and trust in the faith which we profess and for the spread of the Gospel to those yet to hear it. . (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For those who are suffering at the hands of others, for those caught up in wars and bloodshed, for those who are struggling to reconcile the differences between nations, Lord we pray for your help. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

St. Paul reminds us that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”, we take comfort from this message and thank God for this commitment to all His people. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

At times we can all sympathise with the elder brother of the prodigal son, we pray that our own pride and sense of self importance will never get in the way of our understanding of the things that are ultimately most important. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Finally we pray for those who have died, our friends and relatives and those whose anniversaries occur at this time. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On Wednesday we celebrated the birthday of Mary, our Mother. Mary’s birth heralded the arrival of a new beginning, a new creation, we now pray to Our Lady to intercede for us in our prayers as we say, Hail Mary

We now offer our own private intentions to Our Father…

Priest:

Lord God, listen to the prayers of your people that we make this day, through your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Twenty-fifth Sunday in ordinary Time

Priest:

We now turn to our almighty Father in prayer to bring justice to our world, that all people may live in the joy of peace.

Reader:

For the church, that it continues to fearlessly speak out for just social practices, and remains a beacon for all who seek justice and integrity in their daily lives. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Let us remember the victims of unfair labour practices; particularly those employed in industries that provide us with absurdly cheap goods. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

For all in public office; that by their words and deeds they alleviate the plight of all people that society rejects. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

For our parish; that all projects now being undertaken are completed successfully for the benefit of the whole community. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

For the Society of St. Vincent de Paul whose feast we celebrate on Thursday; that it’s members continue taking the love of Christ to the poor and suffering throughout our country. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We remember all those who have died, in particular members of our family, our friends and our parish; may they enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Christ’s kingdom. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We now turn to Our Lady, Vision of Justice, and seek her help as we say Hail Mary…

We now pray for a few moments for our own needs in the silence of our hearts.

Priest:

Through our baptism we were made children of light. Hear our prayer O God, that we may always walk in that light and work for justice and truth, through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son. Amen

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to the Lord in trust and prayer.

Reader:

We pray for the Church, that her leaders may be faithful to the word of God. That her members may be strong in faith, and that she may be recognised in her love for all. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On Thursday we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of The Franciscans. Let us pray for all members of religious orders who work tirelessly to bring the good news to our world. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for CAFOD and all aid agencies that their work may help to build a fairer world in which human dignity is respected, and all can reach their full potential. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and housebound in our parish, may they find comfort and healing through the love of Christ, we also pray for those who care for them. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Life was your first gift to us. May all who have died in communion with you find peace and everlasting joy in their heavenly home. (Pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Our Lady Mother of us all to join her prayers with ours as we say Hail Mary…

We pause for a few moments of silent prayer.

Priest:

Heavenly Father look with favour on our prayers, and grant us your peace and forgiveness. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We now come humbly before almighty God, to make our requests and petitions to him for all our own needs, and those of the whole world:

Reader:

We pray for Benedict our Pope: strengthen him in body and spirit so that he may be able to complete the work of his ministry on behalf of the Church upon earth. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that all who hold and teach the Catholic Faith will keep to the pattern of sound teaching in the Faith handed down from the Apostles, and not stray from the way that leads to salvation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all in your world who suffer oppression, injustice and tyranny. We pray for all who have suffered violence, especially children and captives. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the work of CAFOD, for all its staff, collaborators and supporters throughout the world that they may be effective in their work to eradicate poverty and bring into being Christ’s Kingdom of love, justice and peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the people of Zimbabwe: That in this time of extreme hardship and hunger, they may find strength and be encouraged by the warmth of our love, the generosity of our hearts and the support of our actions as they work towards a brighter future. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that you would increase our faith, and open the eyes of our hearts, to see what hope your call holds for us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We turn now to our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary and ask her to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own needs and requests to the Lord in a time of silent prayer.

Priest:

God our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We bring all our petitions to God our loving heavenly Father, confident that he always hears his children’s requests:

Reader:

We pray for all those suffering as a result of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We pray for an end to violence and kidnapping, and the restoration of peace, freedom, and civil order. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for all the sick, and those confined by age or illness to their homes. We pray for those in our local hospitals, and for all doctors, surgeons, nurses and health workers. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, that those called by God may respond with generosity and love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for young people, that they may discover their value as sons and daughters of God, and find their true vocation in life with the guidance of your Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the deceased family members, friends and parishioners that they may come to the heavenly city and final happiness with God forever. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We turn now to our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary and ask her to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own needs and requests to the Lord in a time of silent prayer.

Priest:

God our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Twenty-ninth Sundfay in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We call on God our Father to hear our prayers for the Church and the world:

Reader:

We pray for the rulers of nations, that they will put the will of God above all else, and protect the human rights of the peoples and nations they serve in God’s name.

(pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all involved in the administration of justice, for all judges, solicitors, lawyers, advocates and learned counsel. May they always strive to apply the principles of the natural moral law to ensure the human dignity of all for the common good.

(pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are denied justice in this life, and pray for your divine strength and courage to overthrow systematic repression and denial of human rights.

(pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the most troubled places on earth such as Iraq, Afghanistan and the Sudan. We ask you to send your Spirit of peace to these countries and peoples, and release those imprisoned by fear, hatred and anger.

(pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those addicted to drugs, alcohol and gambling. May your Light banish these false gods and set the prisoners free.

(pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We turn now to our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary and ask her to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own needs and requests to the Lord in a time of silent prayer.

Priest:

Lord God, whose name is holy, and whose mercy is proclaimed in every generation, receive your people’s prayer, and let them sing your greatness with never-ending praise. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We call on God our Father to hear our prayers for the Church and the world:

Reader:

We pray for all who are trapped by poverty, slavery and injustice. We ask the Lord to come quickly to the aid of the humble and downtrodden to rescue them from their distress, and we ask that he may use us to help raise up those who are bowed down. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that we may not fall into a self-righteous and proud spirit, but instead seek out the company of the humble, the lonely, and those on the margins of society. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are single, that they may find companionship and purpose in life. We pray for single parents and for children in broken homes, that the Holy Spirit may come to comfort them and heal their wounds. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the most troubled places on earth such as Iraq, Afghanistan and the Sudan. We ask you to send your Spirit of peace to these countries and peoples, and release those imprisoned by fear, hatred and anger. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all sinners that they may have the grace of conversion and new life in the Holy Spirit. We pray we may also repent of our sins of hypocrisy, human respect and superstition. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn now to our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary and ask her to intercede for all the wretched and downtrodden of the earth as we say: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for our own needs and requests to the Lord in a time of silent prayer.

Priest:

Holy God, you raise the lowly and humble in heart, and put down the proud and mighty. Hear our prayers for the poor, the sick and the weak, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn now in faith and confidence to God our Father, who is merciful to all and full of compassion, and offer Him our prayers and .

We pray for the church. Guide the work of Benedict our Pope, the bishops, clergy and ministers and all who proclaim your Gospel, that they may enable and inspire us to be faithful witnesses and worthy of our Christian calling. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for world leaders and all who hold positions of authority. May they be mindful of their responsibilities and the needs and dignity of all and may your Spirit direct them to promote and enable honesty, truth, freedom, peace and justice. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for peace throughout the world. May peoples be reconciled to each other and fear and terror overturned; may violence and hatred be replaced by harmony and fellowship and killing and torture ended so that all people may be at peace with You and with each other. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for young people everywhere. Guide and direct their thoughts and actions as they work to make sense of the world around them. May they wisely use the gifts and talents you have given and may they enjoy fulfilment and contentment. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are in need. We remember the unemployed, the homeless, the outcast, the lonely, the rejected, the forgotten, those in prison or captivity and those who struggle to see a way forward in their lives. As you called Zacchaeus, may they too be comforted by the hope and joy that your voice holds. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for the sick, those close to death and those who feel overwhelmed by mental, physical or spiritual pain and suffering. May your tender mercy ease their anguish and bring them comfort. We remember especially all those saints who have gone before us, those who have died recently and all whose anniversaries occur at this time. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We now turn to Our Lady, Queen of Peace and ask her to intercede for us as we say together: Hail Mary…

In silence let us now offer our personal petitions to the Lord.

Priest:

God our Father, hear our prayers and look with kindness on us and on all who call to you with faith and hope in the name of Jesus your Son. Amen.

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

We turn to God our heavenly Father who created each of us in his own image and likeness and ask Him to hear the prayers that we now make.

Reader:

We remember today all those men and women of the navy, army and air force who have served their country and have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, that their giving may not have been in vain. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who currently serve their countries on active service across the world, that the Lord may protect and guide them, that each may act with humanity, dignity and integrity and that their efforts and sacrifice may lead to peace and co-operation among nations. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the victims of war; the homeless, bereaved widows and children, the terrorised, the down-trodden, the injured and the tormented, that they may receive the care and support they need and that the scars of mind, body and soul may in time be healed. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for peace throughout the world, that hatred, terror and fear may be overthrown and that we may all be committed to work earnestly for reconciliation and find ways to heal the injustices and inequalities that breed bitterness and conflict. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that we may be given the courage to stand by our convictions. Like the seven brothers in the Book of Maccabees, help us to be indifferent to our own suffering, in whatever form it takes, and give us the strength to promote and defend your commandments and what we know is right. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for loved ones and friends who have left this world in your friendship and have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, that they may share the light, happiness and peace of your presence and that we who are left may enjoy the comfort your mercy and love provides. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We now turn to Mary, Mother of good counsel and ask her to intercede for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say together: Hail Mary…

Let us now pause for a few moments in silent remembrance.

Priest:

Almighty Father, we celebrate with joy the triumph of your saints. May their example and prayers give light to our path as we journey through life to your heavenly kingdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priest:

Bound together in the Spirit of Christ we turn in humble intercession to the Father, mindful of his love and mercy, as we pray for the needs of the whole world.

Reader:

Today is Prisoners’ Sunday. We remember especially the prisoners within this locality and those in prisons and detention centres elsewhere. May they and their families always be treated with humanity, dignity and compassion. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who visit and minister those in our prisons and detention centres and all who have responsibility or provide support for prisoners. May their Christian example offer them hope, inspiration and comfort. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are discouraged, close to despair or who feel emptiness or lack of direction in their lives. May our prayers and encouragement enable them to turn to you to find true value in their lives. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for victims of crime that they may be healed and able to forgive. We also pray for all who feel afraid and vulnerable that they may recognise the good within others and see you in all that is around them. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for peace, harmony and respect for each other in Pakistan and other troubled areas of the world. May your Spirit guide the minds and hearts of leaders and statesmen to establish justice, fairness, integrity and good-will. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for that your word may inspire us to have the courage to live out our Christian life to the full. May the strength your Eucharist imparts enable us to bear witness to all we meet as we promote the values of your Gospel. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick, the elderly and the terminally ill. We also remember all who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur at this time. (pause) Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We now turn to Mary, Mirror of justice, and ask for her intercession as we say together: Hail Mary…

Let us now pray for a few moments in silence before the Lord.

Priest:

God our Father, we ask you to hear the prayers of your people gathered here in faith and hope and in need of your love and mercy. We ask these and all our prayers through Jesus, who is Lord, now and forever. Amen

First Sunday of Advent

Priest:

As we enter this season of Advent, we pray with confidence in God’s loving mercy, asking him for all our needs

Reader:

We pray for Pope Benedict, Bishop Declan, Priests and religious everywhere that they guide and lead our Church to faithfully prepare for the coming of Jesus at this time of year. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for those wishing to bring peace to our world, for members of our Armed Services facing challenges at home and abroad, for Government Leaders, Politicians and Policy Makers. May they be guided by the work of the Holy Spirit. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for those who are yet to recognise the presence of Jesus in their lives and those with doubts in their faith and in themselves. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for an increase in the love and way of life that we show and bring to this world. We pray for those who work at sea and for all who welcome seafarers through the Apostleship of the Sea. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for the lonely, the bereaved, the handicapped, and the isolated. May the message of love warmth and understanding that Christ brings provide comfort at a time of need. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Finally we pray for all who have died and those whose anniversary occurs at this time, especially our families, friends and former parishioners. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We now turn to Mary, the mother of our God, to intercede for us in our prayers as we say Hail Mary…

We now pray silently for our own private intentions

(Please remain at the lectern whilst the Priest concludes with the following prayer).

Priest:

Lord Our God, help us to love you above all things with a love that is worthy of you. Look kindly on the prayers of your people made this day through your son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Second Sunday of Advent

Priest:

As we move ever closer to Christmas, ready to celebrate Christ’s arrival on this earth, let us look to Him in hope and bring our petitions before Him:

Reader:

For our Parish community: that God who has begun the good work of drawing us together in faith, will continue to bring it to completion this advent. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those in public office: that they will work diligently for the cause of righteousness, freedom and peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For children who are and have been subjected to abuse and for their families: that they will receive the love and support they need, as they endeavour to cope with their ordeals. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For our clergy: that they will continue to be sustained by their prayers and reading and by the support of the parish around them. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For each one of us: that we will be open to the grace that will enable us to live the coming week in the knowledge of God’s will. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary to join our prayers with hers as we say, Hail Mary …….

Let us spend a few moments in silent prayer.

Priest:

Loving Father, fill us this advent with the affection of Christ Jesus so that we will become ever closer to you and each other. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen

Third Sunday of Advent

Priest:

As we continue this season of Advent and look forward to the celebration of the infant birth, we pray with confidence in God’s loving mercy, asking him for all our needs

Reader:

We pray for a spirit of contentment in our lives and the happiness of knowing and believing that through our baptism we are a chosen people of God. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those striving for an inner peace, for those caught up in life’s struggles, and for those pressured by the expectations of others. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick, for those in hospital and those at home. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the Faith and Light community, both in our Parish and Diocese and for all who care for them. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those most vulnerable in our society, for the exploited, for the weak. We pray especially for the women murdered recently in Ipswich and for their families and loved ones. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Finally we pray for all who have died recently, for those who have died suddenly and for those whose anniversary occurs at this time. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We now turn to Mary, the mother of our God, to intercede for us in our prayers as we say Hail Mary…

We now pray silently for our own private intentions

(Please remain at the lectern whilst the Priest concludes with the following prayer).

Priest:

Lord Our God, help us to know and love you and live by your Good News. Look kindly on the prayers of we make this day through your son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Priest:

As we strive to do God’s will, let us in faith ask for His help and support:

Reader:

For this world of ours. We are relatively comfortable and with some exceptions, we are looking forward to the Christmas celebrations. Let us remember those who are not so well off and do whatever we can to live the Christian message for them. (pause) Lord in your Mercy, hear our prayer.

For all world leaders: that they will be able to turn away from self interest and work tirelessly for the needs of the people they serve. (pause) Lord in your Mercy, hear our prayer.

For children: that they be given a Christmas full of love and respect. (pause) Lord in your Mercy, hear our prayer.

For the Church: that it will inspire our young people to recognise and heed God’s call to positions of leadership within our faith community. (pause) Lord in your Mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who are isolated and lonely: that they will be consoled by the presence of Jesus whose love will provide strength and comfort. (pause) Lord in your Mercy, hear our prayer.

For each one of us: that as we draw ever closer to the wonderful celebration of Christmas, the gift that is Our Lord will be manifest in all that we do. (pause) Lord in your Mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, to pray on our behalf as we say: Hail Mary …….

Let us spend a few moments in silent prayer.

(Please remain at the lectern until Father has said the following prayer).

Priest:

Loving Father, what faith Elizabeth had! May we experience her joy and happiness as we grow in faith and let the Holy Spirit take control of our lives. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen

Christmas Day

Priest:

On this glorious celebration of Christmas, let us bring our petitions before God, in the full knowledge that He wants want is best for us:

Reader:

For our priests: Let us give thanks that they have followed their vocations and ask that they will be sustained as they work to bring alive the presence of Jesus. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For our government and royal family: that they will be blessed this Christmas time and strengthened as they lead this nation in the ways of peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For families: that through faith in God they will be drawn together in renewed expressions of love and belonging. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who are working this Christmas: as we enjoy our holiday break, let us be mindful of all those who are employed to keep us safe and those who are tasked with keeping the machinery of our society functioning (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the poor, homeless and needy: that Jesus, who came into this world destitute and marginalised, will give them the comfort they need as they struggle to survive their ordeals (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For each one of us: that we will take into 2010 the joy, charity and faithfulness of this Christmas, with a sense of belonging and unity that is the Christian message. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, to pray on our behalf as we say: Hail Mary…

Let us spend a few moments in silent prayer.

Priest:

Loving Father, in faith we pray that you will graciously hear and grant our prayers, and we ask this through your son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Second Sunday after Christmas

Priest:

“The Word was made Flesh and lived among us”, as we continue to celebrate the birth of Our Lord, Jesus, let us pray to Him and to God, Our Father, for all our needs.

Reader:

Lord, we pray for our Church Leaders, our Pope, Bishops and Priests everywhere that they continue to be inspired by the wisdom of your love and lead us faithfully in the year ahead. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for ourselves too and we thank you for the many blessings that we have been given this Christmas time. May the misery of our Monday morning, soon give way to the knowledge of your love and care for us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray especially at this time of year for members of our families and friends who are no longer with us. Their parting from us is hard to bear, but we look forward to the day when we, like them, will be united with you once more. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for all those who need our prayers throughout the world. We pray particularly for those who have suffered as a result of the earthquake in Iran. May they find hope and comfort. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Finally Lord, we pray for all our young people and adults who will be returning to schools, colleges and universities next week. May their coming year be filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, and may they be safe and do well in all that they do. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We now ask Mary, Our Mother, to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

We now pray silently to God for our own private intentions ……..

Priest:

Father, we ask you to hear the prayers that we make in faith and grant us your blessing, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

The Holy Family

Priest:

We come together as God’s family and pray that we will be strengthened and renewed through the grace of Christ’s body and blood:

Reader:

For family members who are estranged or alienated: that the Lord will work in them, allowing healing and reconciliation to take place. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those charged with protecting society: that they will work towards a world in which family life is protected, promoted and respected. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all families: that the love and unity of the Holy family will be an inspiration to each one of us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For families that struggle each day, whether through a lack of money or sickness or any ongoing trial: that they will recognise the love and support that comes from Jesus and be strengthened in that knowledge. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For each one of us: that we will recognise and acknowledge our place in the Church family and play our part to make this special community the family that it is. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, to pray on our behalf as we say: Hail Mary …….

Let us spend a few moments in silent prayer.

(Please remain at the lectern until Father has said the following prayer).

Priest:

Loving Father, bless us with your love and let the peace of your Christ control our hearts. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen

Baptism of the Lord

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer for the needs of the Church and the world.

Reader:

We pray for the Church, her clergy and her people, that we may proudly acknowledge the daily commitment we have to our faith to others, while showing tolerance to those who choose to worship God in ways different from our own. (pause) Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us remember in our prayers those who are studying for the priesthood, especially our own Brother Paul, that their love of God and His people remains ardent and their dedication to religious life strong. (pause) Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all those in our community who are alone, especially in these cold wintry days. Let us keep them in mind and offer help where we can, remembering that a chat, kindness and general interest can make a huge difference to most people. (pause) Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for married couples, that God may give them tolerance, understanding and continuing love. (pause) Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray, as always, for those who are sick, especially those in our own community and family, that they may know God's healing strength and love. (pause) Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray also for those who have died, especially Mimi Todd who died yesterday at the age of 103. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

We turn with love to Mary, God's holy mother, as we say, Hail Mary...

Let us now pray silently for our own intentions…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to allour prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

The Epiphany of the Lord

Priest:

God our Father, you listen to the prayers of your people in every time and place. We place our trust in you and ask your merciful blessings as we pray for the needs of your church and the world.

Reader:

We pray for the church that bishops, priests, religious and laity may manifest the light of Christ’s love to the world and that we may work in the vineyard of the Lord and enable people around us to come to their own Epiphany. (pause) Lord in your love and mercy, Hear our prayer.

In considering our New Year’s resolutions CAFOD challenges each of us to reflect on our lifestyles and move to live more simply, sustainably and to continue to challenge poverty. Help us to rise to this challenge and to make a real difference in our lives. (pause) Lord in your love and mercy, Hear our prayer.

The Bishops of England and Wales have asked that this year we focus on “making the home a holy place”. We pray that our homes may be places of welcome to all and that the work of whole community catechesis may continue to flourish. (pause) Lord in your love and mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations of the world. In these times of conflict, discord and disagreement we remember the simplicity of the infant Jesus who came to serve. Grant that world leaders, and all in authority, may work together for justice, peace and that all may be treated with fairness, consideration and respect. (pause)Hear our prayer. Lord in your love and mercy,

We pray that the gifts and talents we have each been given may be used wisely and unreservedly for the good of all in order to sustain each other on our pilgrimage through life. (pause) Lord in your love and mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur at this time, together with all who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. We pray for those who mourn because of the death of loved ones, and for those who miss the companionship and care of those dear to them. (pause) Lord in your love and mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Blessed Lady to intercede for us and for all God’s people, living and dead, as we say together: Hail Mary…

In silence we now offer our own petitions to the Lord.

Priest:

God our Father, you have made manifest your Son, Jesus Christ to be the light of all peoples. We pray that his wonderful light will strengthen us in faith, in hope and in love. Amen

First Sunday of Lent

Priest:

As we begin our Lenten journey let us bring our needs and the needs of the world before the Father.

Reader:

We pray that through the ministry of the Church, people of all nations will hear the Good News and will come to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that governments may foster justice and peace among their peoples so that human rights and freedoms may be respected everywhere. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the gift of discernment, that we may come to know the needs of the disadvantaged, and for the courage to alleviate their problems whenever opportunities arise. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are imprisoned or persecuted for their faith, that by the Father’s love and our care they may find healing and strength. . (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

On this first Sunday of Lent let us acknowledge all our sins and ask the Father to grant us his forgiveness and to reconcile us to the teachings of his Son manifest in the Gospels. . (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all who have died. We especially think of Father Aelred whose funeral takes place (in Wotton) next Tuesday. May they be purified and blessed with the eternal vision of God. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In love we turn to Mary, Queen of Heaven, and with faith seek her intercession as we say, Hail Mary…

In the silence of our hearts we pray for our own personal intentions.

Priest:

Father, our source of strength, hear our prayers and grant all our needs in the name of Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord. Amen

Second Sunday of Lent

Priest:

The Lord is our light and our help-let us call on him for our needs and the needs of the world.

Reader:

Let us pray that the church will be as full of faith as was Abraham who put his trust in the Lord: may the church be vigilant and courageous in upholding the Christian faith and promoting Christian principles. (Pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for the leaders of nations as they formulate their strategies, that peace may be foremost in their minds; and we pray for the peoples who are displaced from their homes and lands that they will find a safe refuge. (Pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

St Paul exhorts his friends to follow his rule of life - let us pray that encouraged by this holy season we will lift our minds above earthly things and be strong in keeping our Lenten observances. (Pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for those in trouble: the poor, the sick, those facing redundancy; may we be alert to their needs and generous in our service towards them. (Pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pray for the children making their First Confession next Saturday, may it be an occasion of grace and encouragement for them and for their parents and teachers. (Pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Lady as we say Hail Mary…

Let us pray for a while in silence for our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, in your goodness, listen to our petitions and answer our prayer of faith. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Third Sunday of Lent

Priest:

The Lord is compassion and love, he is well aware of the sufferings of humanity - let us make known our needs to him and ask for his help.

Reader:

Let us pray that throughout this holy season of Lent we may all try to please God by repentance and prayer and by helping one another. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those troubled by the slavery of the past, and for those people who, nowadays, in different parts of the world, are held captive by those who employ them. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those taking part in the Lent groups and our parishioners making the retreat later this week, that they may enrich their spiritual lives and strengthen the bonds of fellowship in the community. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that our homes, schools and youth organisations may reflect God's compassion and love -so that our young people will grow up to be happy and confident and eager to help anyone in need. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who have died that they may be freed from their sins and welcomed into the joys of heaven with all the saints. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask Our Blessed Lady to support us with her prayers as we say: Hail Mary.

Now, in silence, we make our personal requests to the Lord, or think of anyone close to us who needs our prayers.

Priest:

Merciful Father, hear these prayers and the prayers of our heart and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain through Your Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Priest:

God sets us free from our terrors and rescues us from distress - let us call on him to aid us in our present needs.

Reader:

We pray for all Bishops, priests, deacons and religious as they carry out the nurturing role of the church; we think of teachers, missionaries, organisations like CAFOD, and the church's Children's Societies who help those most in need. (Pause)Lord, in your mercy. -Hear our prayer.

We pray for the leaders of nations, particularly those discussing with their neighbours how to bring an end to violence: may they earnestly seek for peace and stability. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy. -Hear our prayer.

We pray for the rejected and alienated of our society, that God's love, working in us, may find ways of reconciling them and welcoming them back. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy. -Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all mothers: may the Lord bless them with wisdom, patience and kindliness so that children will grow up in love and security, and homes will be places of peace and joy. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy. -Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died that they may rest in peace, and may those who mourn be comforted by happy memories and the love of their families and friends. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy. -Hear our prayer.

We turn to Mary, the Mother of God, and ask for her prayers as we say; Hail Mary…

In silence, we pray for our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

Loving Father, listen to our prayers of faith and grant us what we need, through Jesus Christ, your Son, Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Priest:

The Lord worked marvels for the Israelites - he delivered them from their bondage - let us ask him to free us from our worries and needs.

Reader:

We rejoice in Christ's complete forgiveness of our past sins: let us pray that we can forgive others and make a new start in our lives. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy. -Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the strength to strive for perfection by offering up our discomforts and disappointments to the suffering Christ, by continuing to keep our Lenten resolutions and by receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy. -Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those preparing the Holy Week liturgies, for those who will be cleaning and beautifying the church and for those who will be received into the church at Easter: that our ceremonies will reflect the wonder and joy of the Easter message. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy. -Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are sick, at home or in hospital, for the elderly and housebound, and for those weighed down with cares: that they will know Christ's healing power and will receive the support and comfort they need from their brothers and sisters in the human family. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy. -Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Our Blessed Lady to pray with us as we say: Hail Mary…

Now we make our own prayers in silence.

Priest:

Merciful Father, grant us what we ask in faith and give us your blessing, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Palm Sunday

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

Reader:

As young Christians step forth into this harsh world, may Christ’s love be their beacon, and his commitment their strength. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

As we gather our strength to celebrate this Holy Week, we ask God to give us strength to love and wisdom in going forward. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

As Christians round the world reflect and pray during this special week, we pray for greater compassion and solidarity. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We ask Mary, Mother of the Saviour to join her prayers to ours as we say, Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in silence for our own special intentions…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Maundy Thursday

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

Reader:

For the unity of Christians: In this week when we are all focussing on the last days of Jesus on earth, we pray that our common heritage may draw all Christians closer together in love and understanding. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For peace in the Holy Land: As we recall that the last scenes of Jesus’ life were enacted on the very soil which is now a battlefield, we pray for an end to conflict and suffering among the people of the Holy Land. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For a spirit of service: Let us pray for a deeper commitment to service to each other and to the poor and needy. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For a renewed devotion to the Holy Eucharist: We pray that we will deepen our reverence and devotion to the Holy Eucharist, and that our Eucharistic ministers may be strengthened in their ministry to the parish, and to the sick and the dying. (Pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For healing: Let us pray for those in our parish who are sick, at home or in hospital, that God’s healing power may sustain them and make them whole. (Pause)hear our prayer. Lord, in your mercy,

Let us ask our Blessed Lady to pray for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Easter Sunday

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

The risen Lord is the light of the world; may his light shine into the lives of all young people to make their tomorrows purer and more caring. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

In our parish, may the beacon-fire of Christ’s love fill our lives and shine out to all whom we touch. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray that Christ will pour the light of his love and acceptance into the hearts of people all over the world that they work together for his kingdom. (pause)Hear our prayer Lord in your mercy,

We ask Mary, Mother of the Saviour to join her prayers to ours as we say, Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in silence for our own special intentions…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Second Sunday of Easter

Priest:

We are Easter people celebrating the glory of the risen Christ and proclaiming to the whole world His triumph over death. Let us now pray for the church and the needs of the world he died to save.

Reader:

We pray for the church on this Divine Mercy Sunday. May the church truly be a light radiating in the darkness and a faithful herald of the Easter message so that all may experience the healing presence and mercy of the Lord. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who lead and govern the nations of this world. May your Holy Spirit guide them to be wise in their judgements and honest in all that they do, so that fear, hatred, injustice, terror and oppression may end. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for peace in a troubled world. May the death and resurrection of the Lord inspire nations to turn swords into ploughshares, to find ways to end war and conflict and to live together in harmony and co-operation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for everyone gathered here in this place. May we have the courage and faith like the disciples of your early church to put aside fear and be active in our daily lives as witnesses to your commandment to love one another always. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those whose faith is lost, tested and for those who fear they may lose it. May the Lord reveal his mysteries to them that they may doubt no more and in the breaking of bread together may we too recognise the true path of salvation. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died and those whose anniversaries occur at this time. May the light of the risen Christ draw them to him, that there sins may be forgiven and eternal peace be theirs in His presence. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

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

Let us pray for a moment in the silence of our hearts.

Priest:

Heavenly Father, by the death and resurrection of Christ the world is reconciled to you. We pray that through your divine mercy we may enjoy the peace of your kingdom in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Third Sunday of Easter

Priest:

We turn to God in prayer and ask him for all our needs.

Reader:

We thank the Lord, for the gift of the young people among us; may they go forth and carry his light into the world of tomorrow. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We pray for Christians and all who love God around the world, we ask for unity in his love, his community, his teaching and his sacraments. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

For all held captive in prisons of bricks and mortar, prisons of disability, prisons of history, hate and discrimination, we pray that the Lord will give them courage and hope. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

We ask Mary, Mother of the Saviour to join her prayers to ours as we say, Hail Mary…

We pray for a few moments in silence for our own special intentions…

Priest:

God, our loving Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of your Son Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Priest:

Today we celebrate Christ as the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep and rose triumphant to lead us along the right path. Let us now pray for the needs of the church and of the world.

Reader:

Let us pray for the Church which has Christ for its shepherd. May the Holy Spirit guide Pope Benedict during these days of scandal and pain to act firmly, wisely and with compassion, especially to those who have suffered abuse, those who have felt ignored, disbelieved or betrayed. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for world leaders and those who govern. May they live and rule with honesty and integrity and so overturn fear and terror; bring harmony where there is violence and hatred and enable peace to flourish. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for priests everywhere in this year dedicated to prayer for their intentions. We pray that Christ the Good Shepherd may be their guide and inspiration so that their witness to the gospel may encourage each of us to live in faith, hope and love with each other. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for vocations to the priestly and religious life. May those you call to work as labourers in your vineyard respond selflessly and, through prayer and guidance, discern how to devote their lives, skills and talents to the service and proclamation of your word. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for parishioners, friends and family who are ill, the infirm and the dying, that in celebrating the death and resurrection of your Son, they may find courage, perseverance and calm. We also remember those who have died recently and all whose anniversaries occur at this time. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray through the intercession of Mary, Seat of Wisdom, as we say: Hail Mary…

In silent prayer we now remember our personal intentions.

Priest:

Father, you call each of us to serve you with joy and faithfulness. Hear the prayers of your people and lead us to the springs of eternal salvation. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Priest

Let us turn to God for all our needs

Reader

In this Easter season, let us pray for fresh heart so that like the disciples we may persevere in the faith and find true freedom in your love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all who mourn. Let them find comfort knowing God’s promise that He will wipe away all tears as creation is made new. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Give us the strength and courage to obey your commandment: Love one another. Help us to fulfill your commandment, undeterred by diffidence or embarrassment. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all those suffering darkness and depression. Give them the courage to face their problems, knowing your love is there to catch us as we fall. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all our young people especially those starting SATS exams next week. May your spirit inspire them to work hard and may they reap their just rewards. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Our Lady, to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our Father, we pray that you will accept these prayers through the grace of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Priest:

Let us pray, in union with our risen Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Counsellor, for the needs of our parish, the whole Church, and the world:

Reader:

For all who hold authority in this world and in the Church, that the Holy Spirit may guide them into the ways of justice, peace and truth, for the good of all people everywhere. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For all politicians involved in the General Election campaign, that they may speak out truthfully and fearlessly, and also for all electors, that they may weigh their words in wisdom. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For all those whose hearts are troubled, through hunger, fear, poverty, sickness or loneliness, or for whatever reason, that the love of Christ may make its home in them and fill them with all peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For the whole creation, men, women, children, plants, animals and the wonders of the universe, that we may all in our various ways give glory and praise to God who creates and sustains us. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

For those who till the earth and those who fish in the oceans to bring food to the world, and for all whose hand is open to give bread to the hungry, that all may enjoy the fruits of the earth. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary our mother in faith to help us with our prayer as we say Hail Mary……

In the time of silence, we mention to the Lord our own needs and intentions.

Priest:

Lord Jesus Christ, you have sent the Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us. May we be more and more open to his kind inspiration, and follow his direction in our lives. Amen

Pentecost Sunday

Priest:

Let us turn to God for all our needs

Reader:

Let us pray for our community, that we may receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Grant us especially the spirit of fortitude needed to do good and resist evil. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for counsellors, therapists, doctors, clergy and all who advise and assist the troubled and perplexed. May your spirit of good counsel help them to guide their clients prudently, to heal them mentally, and to assist their growth toward spiritual maturity. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the universal church: May she always keep alive that spirit of true piety and holiness, which is grounded in your justice, compassion and peace. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We thank you for the gifts of language, conversation and communication, especially in our multilingual parish family. May all who work and speak in your service be filled with awe and wonder in the Lord and, in their different ways, bring joy and hope to all they meet. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As the examination season reaches its climax, we pray for those involved in ‘A’ levels and university examinations: May your spirit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom bring them and all of us true success, by degrees or otherwise, now and in the future. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Our Lady, to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God our father, the spirit of all, we pray that you will accept these prayers through the grace of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Trinity Sunday

Priest:

Let us pray to the Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus, the Son

Reader:

Today an the feast of the Holy Trinity, we pay God the homage of our intellects.. acknowledging the limits of our human wisdom in the face of the infinite wisdom of our Heavenly Father. May we never cease to warship You with humility and Love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We worship the Father who created the world and all within it. We worship the Son, our redeemer and Saviour. We warship the Holy Spirit. God living within us. Three Divine persons-all one and the same God. Grant us the grace to kneel in awesome wonder as we contemplate this mystery. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On Thursday of the this week we will be celebrating another great mystery of our Faith—Corpus Christi. Jesus hiding His Divinity and humanity under- the veil of ordinary bread and wine. May we never cease to receive him in Holy Communion with devotion and love. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

St. Paul tells us that we can look forward to God's glory because of our Faith in Jesus. 'This faith gives us the hope that all will be well in the future. We pray that we may be patient in suffering ..knowing full well that when we trust in God we will not be disappointed. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for peace in our world., especially we think of Iraq an the verge of self government. We pray for victims of terrorism—those who die and those who are injured and bereaved. We pray for a just resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, We pray that people everywhere may recognise that we are all brothers and sisters and that You are the Father of us all. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the young people of our parish who will receive the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion this week, that they remain ever faithful to the Gospel of Christ. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us ask now far the Intercession of Our Blessed Lady as we say together. Hall Mary…

We will pause now for a few moments of silent prayer.

Priest:

Merciful Father, accept these prayers in the name of your son.. Jesus Christ our Lord..

The Ascension of the Lord

Priest:

Let us turn to God for all our needs

Reader:

Let us pray for each other that we may be granted the ‘spirit and wisdom …of what is revealed’ and come to a fuller knowledge and deeper understanding of our faith in the Risen and Glorified Lord. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those searching for a path and a vocation in life, whether religious or secular. May they see ‘what hope his call holds’. Teach us all to value spiritual riches over temporal distractions when making life choices: (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Inspired by Christ and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, the church fights for the soul of Europe and of the world. Let Christian rulers and those in positions of authority recognize that the New Law of our glorified Lord is far above ‘every Sovereignty, Authority, Power or Domination’. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the poor, the oppressed, those in prison and all who bear their present sufferings with patience and fortitude. Help them remain strong in their faith, console and comfort them now, and keep alive in their hearts the hope of your glory for the future. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

The examination season continues with Key Stage 2 and AS levels this week. May everyone who is tested, in whatever way, realize that all earthly successes and failures are lifted to a new advanced level by the Father of glory. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us turn to Our Lady, to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary…

Let us pray for our own intentions in silence.

Priest:

God the Father of glory, we pray that you will accept these prayers through the grace of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Feast of Corpus Christi

Priest:

In faith we bring our requests to God in prayer.

Reader:

We pray for the members of this parish of Christ the King and especially for those who made their first Holy Communion yesterday that we may always reverence the Holy Eucharist and stay faithful members of your Church. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have fallen away from the practice of their religion that their faith may be renewed. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who live in poverty that the leaders of rich nations may fulfil their promises of aid to the poorest nations of the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick in mind or body that they may be healed. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the return of Madeleine McCann to her family; may she be found safe and well. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the dying and for those from this parish who have died recently. (pause) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us ask Our Lady to join her prayers with ours as we say: Hail Mary…..

Now let us bring our own needs to God in silence.

Priest:

Father, we ask you to listen to all our prayers which we make through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Feast of Christ the King

Priest:

Let us turn now to God our Almighty and merciful father, who sent his only Son to be our saviour, that he might look with favour on these prayers of his people.

Reader:

Lord, we pray especially, on this our patronal feast of Christ the King, for this parish, her people and her ministers, that we may each be inspired to follow more closely the example of your Son and promote justice, hope and love to all without exception. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for the youth of this parish, that you may guide them on their journey through life and that they may become influential messengers of your Gospel of faith, hope and love to all they meet. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray that our homes, school and this church may be a community united in our love of God and living examples of the Gospel. Help us to work in collaboration, to support one another and to respect each other’s points of view as we labour together in your vineyard. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray especially today for those in prison. Give them understanding to recognise the hurt, damage and suffering they have caused to their victims, themselves and their families. Help each of us to build a society where forgiveness, rehabilitation and concern overcomes greed, ignorance and inhumanity. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for all who, for whatever reasons, are driven to a life of dependence on drugs or alcohol and for those who feel that nothing in their life matters anymore. Help us to reach out to them by offering practical support, care and our prayers. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for those who suffer illness, the infirm and the dying, that in celebrating the death and resurrection of your Son, they may find courage, perseverance and calmness. We also remember those who have died recently and all whose anniversaries occur at this time. (pause) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray to Our Lady, the Mother of our Saviour, as we say together: Hail Mary…

In the silence of our hearts, let us offer to the Lord our own personal intentions.

Priest:

Father you have given us life that we may become ambassadors for Christ to proclaim your name in word and action. Listen to our prayers and grant us strength to be faithful to the mission you have given us. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.