SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

‘Of course I want to!’ Jesus said: may the Church everywhere be a community of healing, compassion and inclusion, witnessing to the breadth and power of God’s love for the world
(Reader:)                           In a broken world…
(RESPONSE:)               LORD, MAKE US WHOLE…

The lepers ‘must live apart … in desert places … as the unclean’: we pray for all who are excluded from hope and opportunity, from justice and freedom, from peace and equality: we pray for the people of Yemen torn apart by war not of their making; for the ‘Dalets’ (the so-called ‘untouchables’) of India that their dignity and equality will be recognised; for the Ruhynga Muslims in their exile and all the people of Myanmar and of Hong Kong in their struggles for democracy 

(Reader:)                           In a broken world…
(RESPONSE:)               LORD, MAKE US WHOLE…

‘Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God’ says St Paul: that we might learn to glorify God in our work, in our homes, in our families and in our schools – may we bear witness before the world that there is nothing human that is alien to God

(Reader:)                           In a broken world…
(RESPONSE:)               LORD, MAKE US WHOLE…

‘I try to be helpful to all people that they might be saved’ … For all who research cures for the diseases that afflict humanity, especially Covid 19,  HIV/AIDS; that medical science might explore ethical means of research that do not abuse the integrity of human life; that those with incurable and destructive illnesses will resist the temptation to end their own lives, but find a new hope in the God who walks with them

(Reader:)                           In a broken world…
(RESPONSE:)               LORD, MAKE US WHOLE…

‘Jesus could not go openly into any town’ because he touched the leper … For the excluded of our own society: for prisoners. those with mental illness, those with addictions, the victims of prejudice and discrimination, for our sisters and brothers seeking safe sanctuary among us

(Reader:)                           In a broken world…
(RESPONSE:)               LORD, MAKE US WHOLE…

For our children who are being home schooled and for the families seeking to offer them the best education they can; for our teachers and school staff coping with Covid restrictions and providing classes over the internet

(Reader:)                           In a broken world…
(RESPONSE:)               LORD, MAKE US WHOLE…

‘Be healed’ Jesus says to all the broken and hurting of the world, especially those suffering from Covid or war induced famine: we pray for healing for the sick and dying, especially … ;
For all who have died recently, especially …  and all killed in the conflict in Yemen;
And for all whose anniversaries are at this time:

(Reader:)                           In a broken world…
(RESPONSE:)               LORD, MAKE US WHOLE…

Mary, Mother of the Church, Mother of Compassion pray with us, pray for us

                                                                                              HAIL MARY ….

We pray for all the excluded of our world in a moment of silence

 

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