20th Sunday of the Year – C

Jesus says, ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth’ … may the Church be on fire with the Holy Spirit, proclaiming Good News to the Poor and with the courage of the prophets challenging our world with the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Justice, Love and Peace. 

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…
[Response]                Burn in us with your love

Jesus warns us that faithfulness to him will cause division … we pray for the unity of all Christians in the service of the Kingdom of Light as we challenge the culture of death; in particular we pray for those areas of the world afflicted with division, conflict and violence, especially Syria and the Middle East, Central Africa and Cameroon, and the struggling people of Hong Kong 

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses … we pray for a deeper experience of the Communion of the Saints, knowing that they encourage us to be evermore faithful to Jesus, to keep our gaze upon him

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

‘Let us not lose sight of Jesus, but keep running steadily’ … we pray for our young people as they receive their exam results and prepare for the next phase of their development and education: may they never judge themselves or others by their success, but always value themselves for who they are; we pray especially for all young people tempted to suicide

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

‘The household will be divided…’ Wounded by the verbal attacks on the LGBT+ community from leading bishops in America, Poland, and parts of Africa, we pray encouragement for all our prophetic LGBT+ sisters and brothers who remain part of our Community of Faith despite so much condemnation 

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

For all who are on pilgrimage or holiday at this time, that they will return home safe and refreshed; for all families that holiday time will not be a struggle with stress and poverty but an opportunity to enjoy quality time with one another

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

We pray with faith and trust for the sick, in particular those suffering form Ebola and those caring for them; for the housebound and the depressed:  especially for …
for those who have died recently, especially the murdered PC Andrew Harper, the victims of Ebola in Central Africa and all victims of war and poverty ;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time …

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

   Mary, assumed into Heaven, teach us how to be prophets of the Kingdom as you are…
                                                                                     HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

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