19th Sunday of the Year A

That the Church of God will teach us how to pray, to go up the Mountain of God’s Presence and listen to the whispering voice of God deep in the heart and at the centre of the storm: may the renewal of the Church be energised by a renewal of prayer and faith

                       [READER]            LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                       [Response]         Speak to our hearts…

In the midst of the storm Jesus calls out to the world – ‘Courage, it is I! … Come!’ : in the midst of the many crises facing our world at this time, may many search for the the reality of God, taste of the riches of prayer to be found in the Christian tradition, and have the courage to walk towards the Christ of today’s world

                       [READER]            LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                       [Response]         Speak to our hearts…

Like St Paul in today’s second reading and St Edith Stein, we pray for the Jewish People all over the world, that in fidelity to the Covenant with the God of Abraham, the God of Moses, they might discover in Jesus not an enemy but a fulfilment, and in Christians not foes but friends and companions along the Ways of God … we pray also for peace between Israel and Palestine and for the stricken peoples of Lebanon and Yemen and for the freedom of the Uiga Muslims of China

                       [READER]            LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                       [Response]         Speak to our hearts…

This week’s celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration was also the anniversary of dropping the first Atom Bomb on Hiroshima … may humanity be forgiven for unleashing this horror, may we at last lay aside all weapons of mass destruction and transfigure our world not in nuclear holocaust but in radiance of peace: we pray for Peace throughout the Middle East, in Mali, Cameroon and the Darfur

                       [READER]            LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                       [Response]         Speak to our hearts…

We pray for all who live the contemplative life, in monasteries and convents, in hermitages and shanty towns, in ordinary homes and families … may they stand faithfully before the Presence of God with hearts open to listen and love, and encourage us all to the prayer of silent loving and waiting stillness 

                       [READER]            LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                       [Response]         Speak to our hearts…

May the sick and housebound embrace with love their ministry of prayer and intercession, as we now pray for them: for the victims of Covid-19 everywhere and for the thousands injured in Beirut, and for … ;
for those who have died recently: especially … and those killed in the explosion in Beirut together with the victims Covid, war and conflict
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: …

                       [READER]            LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                       [Response]         Speak to our hearts…

Mary, Woman of Prayer, Prophet of Justice and Queen of Peace, pray with us, pray for us ..

HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment’s stillness …

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