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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.