SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B – PEACE SUNDAY

That Christians everywhere may answer the call of Christ to ‘Come and See’ how He lives in the Peace of God and with courage to become prophets of peace, challenging all peoples to a loyalty to the whole of humanity beyond every narrow nationalism

               [reader:]                               LORD WE PRAY…
               [response:]                         GIVE US YOUR PEACE!

That all those in political leadership may use their power to serve rather than to dominate, to safeguard each person’s dignity and conscience rather than manipulate and repress those who differ from them: we pray in particular for those peoples suffering because of extremist ideologies and the threat of terrorist attack around the world

               [reader:]                               LORD WE PRAY…
               [response:]                         GIVE US YOUR PEACE!

That the rich world might see how poor it is in humanity and justice; that the poor world may never lose sight of their dignity and their power to change injustice and save our earth; that all will recognise the link between poverty and conflict and that ‘the new word for peace is justice’

               [reader:]                               LORD WE PRAY…
               [response:]                         GIVE US YOUR PEACE!

That like Samuel the Prophet we will listen to the Lord as the Spirit challenges us to continue to fashion our parish in the service of peace and justice, a parish community of caring and compassion, a parish in the service of the freedom of the Kingdom

               [reader:]                               LORD WE PRAY…
               [response:]                         GIVE US YOUR PEACE!

For the young people of our Inner City, those who refuse to be caught up in the culture of drugs, violence and barbaric extremism and those who are trapped in these dark worlds: that they may all know their dignity, and use their energy and vision to build a better world for all

               [reader:]                               LORD WE PRAY…
               [response:]                         GIVE US YOUR PEACE!

For the peace of the sick, in particular all suffering from Covid 19 and those health-care workers suffering from physical and mental exhaustion – for …;

for the eternal peace of all who have died recently,  especially …, those who have died of Coronavirus and all killed by extremist terrorism and government repression around the world;
and for life without end for all whose anniversaries are at this time: …,

               [reader:]                               LORD WE PRAY…
               [response:]                         GIVE US YOUR PEACE!

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray with us for true peace throughout the Middle East and reconciliation in all theatres of conflict, especially in Africa

                                                                 HAIL MARY…

We pray in silence for all unknown needs …

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