4th SUNDAY YEAR A

That God’s People will reject every darkness and choose the Light of Christ, and free our world of injustice and poverty so that all can live together in joy, freedom and equality
SHINE ON US,  LORD…
                                                                [response]         WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

Before the harsh darkness of war and violence in Syria and Yemen, we stand with their afflicted peoples: before the harsh darkness of the millions in refugee camps yearning for freedom, peace and a place to belong: we pray the light of peace to come and never be extinguished;

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

We pray for all the Church’s catechumens as they journey towards the Light of Christ in Easter Sacraments; for our children journeying towards Jesus’ love in Baptism and Eucharist: may they each know God’s blessing and may the joy of following Christ touch their hearts

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

We pray for all who are suffering from the effects of Global Warming: rising oceans, more extreme weather conditions and pollution of the oceans – may we see the light and change our life-styles so as to heal our planet for future generations; we pray especially on this Mothers’ Day for all mothers who have to watch their children suffer or die of famine and preventable disease 

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

We pray for our mothers on this Mothering Sunday, thanking them for choosing to love us; we pray for mothers who know the sorrow of bereavement or separation, especially those mothers who are forcibly separated from their children because of having to seek safe refuge in a foreign land;  for single mothers as they seek to give all the love needed by their children; and for children who do not experience a mother’s love; for all  women whose yearnings for a child has not yet been fulfilled

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

For the young people of the Church that they will speak their voice, their hopes and dreams, and so build a Church where they can belong, a Church that will respond creatively to the yearnings and challenges of young Christians
SHINE ON US,  LORD…

For healing for all afflicted with blindness;  for light for all trapped in the darkness of depression; for the sick,  especially ….
For all who have died recently, especially those who perished in the Cyclone that hit southern Africa, and all who have died of famine and war
and all whose anniversaries are at this time

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

Mary,  bring the light of Christ’s love to all mothers and guide the families preparing for a child’s baptism this Easter…

HAIL MARY…

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