FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B

The Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness … With the leadership of our Shepherds Pope Francis and Bishop Declan may we and all Christians seek the wilderness of God’s silence this Lent and further the reform and renewal of the Church of God

               [reader]               LORD DRAW US TO YOURSELF…
               [response]         AND SPEAK TO OUR HEARTS

He was with the wild beasts … as Christians may we reverence all creation and learn to live in communion with our planet and all your creatures; may conflict and war be ended, and a miracle of peace be secured for the peoples of the Middle East, Yemen, Cameroon and Mali

               [reader]               LORD DRAW US TO YOURSELF…
               [response]         AND SPEAK TO OUR HEARTS

The angels looked after him … as a parish community during this Covid pandemic may our caring for each other grow deeper; may we grow as a healing community in the Inner City: we ask God’s blessing upon all who serve and are served, the excluded and vulnerable, through our Food Bank, the Wildgoose Café, Borderlands’, Unseen and One 25 – may we offer healing and hope to the most marginalised and rejected of our community

               [reader]               LORD DRAW US TO YOURSELF…
               [response]         AND SPEAK TO OUR HEARTS

Jesus says, Repent and believe the Good News … may each one of us make space during these days of Lent to confront our own inner demons, invite God’s light into our shadows, let God speak to our hearts and change us, so that we might change our world

               [reader]               LORD DRAW US TO YOURSELF…
               [response]         AND SPEAK TO OUR HEARTS

The Kingdom of God is close at hand … may the CAFOD Lenten Fast Day help us to live this Lent in communion and solidarity with the poorest of the earth,  bringing dignity and hope to those most desperate in their poverty – we pray that all who serve in our relief agencies may never use their power to exploit, but always to respect all to whom they go

               [reader]               LORD DRAW US TO YOURSELF…
               [response]         AND SPEAK TO OUR HEARTS

Jesus proclaimed the Good News from God … thanking God for the Good News of the Covid vaccines, we pray for all health care workers of our nation and all nations; may the sick and housebound of our parish family know Good News of healing and comfort,  especially …
for those who have died recently:  especially …, the victims of the Covid Pandemic and all killed in the conflicts scarring our world at this time
for all whose anniversaries are at this time: …

               [reader]               LORD DRAW US TO YOURSELF…
               [response]         AND SPEAK TO OUR HEARTS   

Mary, Bearer of humanity’s Hope, journey with us along pathways of repentance and peace this Lent…

                                               HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in the silence of God’s desert…

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