NEW YEAR – WATCHNIGHT MASS

That God’s People in every land and culture will be faithful to the call of our Baptism to be joyful witnesses of the Gospel of Love and Mercy and to heal the blindness of a world unable to believe; that we will be a people of peace building a New Civilisation of Love in this Year of Our Lord 2021

                          [READER]                  GOD OF PEACE… 
                          [response]                 RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH

In this coming year may those unable to believe seek and find God; may those unable to commit themselves discover the joy of loving God with everything; may those who have left faith behind know again that Jesus is Wisdom made Flesh and God makes sense of all things and alone brings our truest happiness

                          [READER]                  GOD OF PEACE… 
                          [response]                 RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH

That many may hear the call of the Spirit in this coming year to leave all things for the Joy of the Gospel, to risk their very lives if necessary to be Good News to the Poor, Prophets of Justice, Living Bread of Christ in God’s Hands to be broken and given for the Life of the World

                          [READER]                  GOD OF PEACE… 
                          [response]                 RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH

That the worlds of politics and finance, together with all the earth’s peoples, will wake up to the urgent need to work together in solidarity to find adequate solutions to Climate warming and so secure the future of our planet and its population

                          [READER]                  GOD OF PEACE… 
                          [response]                 RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH

That as the Church of the Inner City, the mission of Christ will in the Year that lies ahead come before all else; that the Spirit’s Courage will empower us to be a community of prayer, and of welcome and protection for the refugee and those seeking safe sanctuary among us, for the homeless and the vulnerable; that the work of ‘Borderlands’ will go from strength to strength

                          [READER]                  GOD OF PEACE… 
                          [response]                 RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH

For the families of our Christian Communities throughout this Year of 2021, that we might all embrace the call to prayer and to the mission of Christ and lead our children and young people to serve the Kingdom with a loving heart: we pray especially for our Health care and all key workers during this Covid pandemic

                          [READER]                  GOD OF PEACE… 
                          [response]                 RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH

Despite the ever-present darkness of war and conflict, may this New Year and New Decade bring Peace to the peoples of the Middle East, Yemen and the Holy Land, to the Central Africa and Cameroon: that all people of faith will embrace each other in friendship helping to end religious intolerance and to build One World, discovering that Peace and Mercy is more effective than war

                          [READER]                  GOD OF PEACE… 
                          [response]                 RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH

Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Peace, pray with us for the peace of the world 

[READER]                   HAIL MARY…

We pray for God’s Blessing upon the coming Year in a moment of silence…

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