Second Sunday of the Year – Christian Unity and Peace Sunday

That Christians everywhere may embrace the gifts of the Spirit, heed the words of Mary, ‘Do whatever He tells us’ and with courage build unity among all disciples and so be more effectively prophets of peace, challenging all peoples to a loyalty to the whole of humanity beyond any narrow nationalism or tribalism

                              LORD WE PRAY…
                              [response:]    MAKE US ONE, GIVE US PEACE!

The Gifts of the Spirit build the unity of the Body: for all the pastors and leaders of God’s Church, especially Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the President of the World Council of Churches and Free Church Leaders: may they with courage lead us along the pathways of Unity in the Spirit

                              LORD WE PRAY…

That the unity of the Church will serve the peace of the world; that all political leaders will use their power to serve rather than to dominate, to safeguard each person’s dignity and conscience rather than manipulate and repress those who differ – we pray especially for  the Cameroon, Yemen, Central Africa and Zimbabwe

                              LORD WE PRAY…

That the rich world might see how poor it is in humanity and justice; that the poor world may never lose sight of their dignity and power to change injustice and save our earth; that all will recognise that ‘the new word for peace is justice’ in harmony with creation

                              LORD WE PRAY…

That we might all use the gifts the Holy Spirit has given us in action and prayer to fashion a parish in communion with  the diversity of Christian traditions here in the inner city, and so come together to serve peace and justice, caring and compassion, in the service of the Kingdom of God

                              LORD WE PRAY…

For the young people of our Inner City,  especially those caught up in the culture of drugs and violence that they may know their dignity, use their energy creatively and discover the vision of a better world for all

                              LORD WE PRAY…

For the peace of those injured by war and terror, especially those injured in the Nairobi  attack, and for all the sick …
for the eternal peace of all who have died recently, especially … and all victims of war and conflict;
and for life without end for all whose anniversaries are at this time …

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, Mother of the Church and Queen of Peace,  pray with us for One Church serving the Peace of the world

                                  HAIL MARY…

We pray in silence for every human need…

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