THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A

Jesus listened to the distressed disciples:  that the Church may never tire of listening to the pain of the world, and with faith and sensitivity bring the healing of new hope to the broken everywhere

                        [reader:]        LORD, SPEAK YOUR LOVE..
                        [response:]    May your Word burn within us…

Jesus walked alongside the grieving broken ones:  that Christians may walk alongside all who are grieving especially during this pandemic, all who seek peace, all who struggle for justice, especially in theatres of war in our world today: we hold in prayer especially the Rhohinga Muslims seeking safe sanctuary and a dignity of life

                        [reader:]        LORD, SPEAK YOUR LOVE..
                        [response:]    May your Word burn within us…

Jesus spoke His Word to give the two disciples a new beginning:  that we may love the Scriptures, discovering Christ the Living Word each day; may we as a parish family learn to speak that Word to our neighbours who are hungry for truth, meaning and new beginnings

                        [reader:]        LORD, SPEAK YOUR LOVE..
                        [response:]    May your Word burn within us…

Jesus broke the Bread, and their eyes were opened:  that we may find joy and nourishment, love and unity as we too recognise Him alive among us in the Breaking of Bread … at this time when we are unable to receive the Eucharist may our love for the Jesus of the Broken Bread and Shared Cup know no bounds:  we pray also for our children whose celebration of  First Eucharist has been postponed – may it serve only to deepen their hunger and their love for His great gift

                        [reader:]        LORD, SPEAK YOUR LOVE..
                        [response:]    May your Word burn within us…

Jesus stayed with the disciples as darkness fell:  that we may stay with each other in these dark days of Isolation as well as the joyful days of celebration; that our Muslim brothers and sisters may find blessing and a deeper awareness of God during this days of Ramadan Fast, even though they cannot meet for prayer and the shared breaking of the fast; that our Covenant with Poor and our ‘Borderlands’ Charity will enable us to walk alongside those trapped in darkness in the Inner City and beyond

                        [reader:]        LORD, SPEAK YOUR LOVE..
                        [response:]    May your Word burn within us…

Jesus healed the shattered disciples with their broken dreams:  may the sick, lonely and depressed find wholeness and hope in the Risen One: we pray especially for all suffering from the Coronavirus and all who care for them in hospitals, care homes and in their own families;
for all who have died recently,  and all who grieve them at this time when it is not possible to share that grief as we normally would;
and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time:  

                        [reader:]        LORD, SPEAK YOUR LOVE..
                        [response:]    May your Word burn within us…

Mary, mother of the Body of Christ, the Church, pray for us, journey with us…

                                                    HAIL MARY…

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

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