Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Mary points the People of God to the Glory of Christ:  may we always reflect the wonder of our Saviour to a world in need of a vision of glory and humanity…

               [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
               [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary, faithful Daughter of Zion, shines with peace to a world wounded by conflicts:  as this weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the final end of the 2nd World War, ending as it did in the criminal devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Atomic destruction, we pray for peace and disarmament throughout the world; but in particular in Mary’s land of Israel and Palestine, throughout the Middle East and conflict-ridden regions of Africa;  we pray also for all women who are abused in war zones – raise up political leaders with the courage to serve the peace of the their people and our world

               [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
               [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary, the exalted poor one, ‘illuminates the dignity and rights of the human person’  (as St Oscar Romero taught) as she challenges us in the Magnificat to raise up the poor and powerless:  that the impoverished and oppressed be at the centre of our mission;  that the homeless,  the unemployed,  those rejected and discriminated against because of race, gender or sexual orientation will know their dignity; that those seeking safe asylum will find hope and encouragement in us and in Mary the Refugee

               [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
               [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary embraces all whom Jesus gives her to love:  we pray for those with special needs,  learning difficulties and for all whose special gifts are not valued; we pray too on this Feast of the Woman clothed in the sun for all women whose equality is not recognised and whose dignity is not respected in Church and State alike

               [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
               [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary walks as a Pilgrim among her poor people: we pray for all who journey the spiritual search – may they embrace faith’s path of questioning, pondering and searching; we pray that having celebrated the Feasts of St Maximilian Kolbe and St Edith Stein, the martyrs of Auswicz we will continue to keep the memory of Holocaust and genocides alive, that they be never repeated

               [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
               [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary is the faithful servant of Christ’s Healing: we pray for all who are depressed and are without hope; for all whose past wounds and imprisons them; for those suffering from Covid around the world and for all who are sick and housebound: …;
As we celebrate Mary’s Resurrection, we pray eternal life for …  all victims of the Beirut explosion, of poverty and hate crime and those killed by war and conflict around the world;
and for Bishop Mervyn and Fr Eric Foxwell  whose anniversaries it is

               [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
               [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary, Assumed into Heaven, pray with us for equality between women and men, and for the poor and oppressed of the world… 

HAIL MARY…

We pray for other needs in a moment of silence…

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