Third Sunday of the Year B – Christian Unity Sunday

‘Follow me…’ cries Jesus: may all God’s people of every tradition and denomination hear the call of Christ to leave behind the divisions and prejudices of past, and walk together in the Spirit of Christ the pathways of unity, mission and peace

               [reader]          LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
               [response]     MAKE US ONE IN YOUR LOVE…

‘I will make you fishers of men’, challenges Jesus: for all the pastors and leaders of God’s Church, especially Pope Francis, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, the Patriarchs of Constantinople and Moscow, the President of the World Council of Churches: may they with courage challenge us to build the unity of Christ the more effectively to serve the peace of the world

               [reader]          LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
               [response]     MAKE US ONE IN YOUR LOVE…

In Damascus God said, ‘Saul, you are to be my witness my witness before all humankind’  … that God’s people will be converted to each other, become one in heart and mind so that we might become the Light of the World drawing all people to the conversion of peace and the strong tenderness of justice: we pray for peace among Jews, Moslems and Christians throughout the Middle East; for peace and freedom in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Central Africa

               [reader]          LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
               [response]     MAKE US ONE IN YOUR LOVE…

Because of the Prophet Jonah, the people of the City of Nineveh changed: we pray that the inauguration of a new president in the United States may the beginning of healing for that bitterly divided nation; that our parish will answer God’s challenge to bring healing and the Good News to the Inner City with all our fellow Christians in Ashley, Easton and Eastville: that we will work and pray with each other for renewed understanding and fresh opportunities for mission and service together

               [reader]          LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
               [response]     MAKE US ONE IN YOUR LOVE…

Jonah warned the People of Nineveh of the destruction they were bringing upon themselves … repenting of the horror of the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews and other Genocides, we pray also for our nation, too at ease with our armaments industry, our trading in weapons of death and the condemnation of our children to poverty, poor diet and the lack of opportunity

               [reader]          LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
               [response]     MAKE US ONE IN YOUR LOVE…

For the sick,  especially the housebound, isolated, addicted and depressed; we also pray for … ;
for those who have died recently: … and all victims of the Covid virus
for all whose anniversaries are at this time: in particular …

               [reader]          LORD JESUS WE PRAY…
               [response]     MAKE US ONE IN YOUR LOVE…

Mary, Mother of the Church, gather us in unity with all Christians…
                                           HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in silence for the peace of the world and the unity of the Church …

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