5th SUNDAY LENT YEAR A

For our Universal Pastor, Pope Francis, that God will gift him with strength, wisdom and courage as he serves to unbind the Church from all dysfunction and disunity,  lead us along the paths of reform and renewal and inspire us for mission, that we might proclaim Life to a world seeking to discover how to live with renewed humanity: 

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…
                    [response:]        SET US FREE!

For a world held bound by poverty, drugs, alcohol, injustice and exploitation; for a world imprisoned in cycles of war, violence and the lust for power that leads to aggression; for a world struggling to be free to live in harmony with creation and in peace with each other: that we may have the courage to be prophets of the Justice and Peace of Christ

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

For all held captive and bound by depression and their wounded past, that they experience healing’s freedom; for all who care for or counsel the depressed and emotionally wounded, that wise and profound listening might set free from inner darkness; for the healing of all scarred by memories of terror in the countries from which they have fled

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

For all bound up and entombed in poverty and unemployment, that they will know their dignity; that the leaders of nations and economies will bring justice and hope to the developing nations; for all suffering from famine, racism and class inequality,  and for those held in immigration detention centres

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

For those who have neglected their life of faith, that they will hear and answer the call of Jesus to return to closeness with God;  that this Holy Week we might see them come back to the Christ who has died for love of them; for our Catechumens and our children and their families preparing for Sacraments of Initiation this Easter

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

For the peoples of Syria and Yemen suffering barbaric war and oppression; for all young people drawn towards destructive radicalisation; for those nations torn apart by civil conflict in the Middle East and Africa; for our refugee brothers and sister looking to us in vain for safety and freedom 

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

That the sick be unbound from their suffering by the healing voice of Christ:
that the dead may be unbound for eternal glory, in particular … and all killed in the cycles of war, violence and famine around the world;
and those whose anniversaries are at this time: 

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

Mary, Prophet of the Poor, pray with us to unbind the world of injustice    

HAIL MARY…        

Let us pray for other needs in a moment of silence…

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