FIFTH SUNDAY OF 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 modern forms of slavery, that they will know their dignity; that the leaders of nations and economies will work together to combat the global Coronavirus pandemic and create greater equality of health care provision in the developing nations; for all suffering from famine, racism and class inequality,  and for those surviving in the world’s refugee camps

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

For those who have neglected their life of faith, that in the enforced solitude of these dark days, they will hear and answer the call of Jesus to return to closeness with God;  that this Holy Week all will embrace the Christ who has died for love of them

                       [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

For all serving the sick and victims of the Coronavirus: for nurses, doctors and carers; for the police, emergency services and the army drafted in to support our communities at this time; for those clearing refuse from our streets, those serving our supermarkets and food shops, and all other essential workers 

                           [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 those who died because of the Coronavirus 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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