First Sunday of Lent

Jesus is tempted to turn stone into bread:  that God’s People, resisting our cravings for destructive things, will always hunger for the Bread of God’s Word, use only the power that comes from the Gospel and deepen our openness to God and the Good News

[Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…
[response]    STRENGTHEN US TO DO YOUR WILL…

Jesus is tempted to worship power, wealth and ambition:  that the world’s political and business leaders will seek to serve,  not dominate, to share wealth not just accumulate it;  seek the good of their communities, not their own petty ambitions, especially in Zimbabwe, Central Africa, Syria, the Yemen and throughout the Middle East

LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus is tempted to turn miracle into magic and so to avoid the Cross:  that this Lent we may open our hearts more deeply than ever to God’s Loving Mercy, build a Church that  truly expresses the Father’s merciful heart, recognising all people as Children of God and each of the World’s great Faiths as bearers of something of Christ’s Truth and Love: we pray also that our nation and others will show a quality of mercy and humanity towards the wives and children of the defeated Islamic State

LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus held steadfast in the midst of every temptation:  may the journey of this Lent see us grow in faith,  deepen in love,  expand in hope; that prisoners everywhere might be touched this Lent by the strength of Christ to resist their temptations and to grow in the freedom of New Life

LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness … we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as our diocese begins to develop a ministry among the LBGT+ community at St Nicholas of Tolentino Church; may we become more attentive to the Spirit, grow in prayer and use the many opportunities for spiritual growth our parish offers us, especially to meet Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Forgiveness

LORD WE PRAY…

That the sick be healed and not tempted to despair:  we pray especially for the sick and frail, the babies, children and their mothers and all the vulnerable suffering in refugee camps – may they experience humanity’s compassion;
for those who have died recently: especially the babies and vulnerable who died in refugee camps in the Middle East;
and those whose anniversaries occur at this time:

LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, always faithful, pray with us for all Catechumens elected to easter Sacra,ends at this time, and that the Church will be a Sacrament of the Merciful and healing Christ                

                              HAIL MARY… 

Let us pray for other and unknown needs in silence…

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