THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR A

Jesus says, ‘If you only knew what God is offering…’:   that the People of God will always offer our world the living water of the Holy Spirit to heal the brokenness of war,  melt the hardness of violence,  cleanse the sinfulness of oppression and bring humanity to a new birth; we pray especially for Pope Francis and his Pilgrimage of Peace to Iraq and his meetings both with the persecuted Church of the Middle East and the leaders of the Muslim communities

                                   [reader]            LORD WE THIRST…
                                   [response]      GIVE US THE WATER OF LIFE!

The woman says, ‘Give me some of that water…’:  as the people of the world thirst for peace and freedom,  may conflict end and the people’s cries be heard, especially throughout the Middle East particularly Syria and Yemen, and in Cameroon, Mail and Myanmar; may all the world hear the cries of the women and children caught in war zones and famines of human making

                                   [reader]            LORD WE THIRST…
                                   [response]      GIVE US THE WATER OF LIFE!

Jesus says, ‘Ask and I will give you living water…’:  may we drink deeply from the well of Christ’s love through our prayer, our liturgy, our communion with the poor of the earth – that this Lent will not pass us by, but we will stop and drink from the well of the Holy Spirit’s love and life: we pray especially for the communities and peoples of those part of the world that have suffered extreme weather conditions because of Global Warming

                                   [reader]            LORD WE THIRST…
                                   [response]      GIVE US THE WATER OF LIFE!

The woman says, ‘Come and see the man…’: that we will have the courage and the love to share the Gospel of Jesus, the Good News of God’s Mercy, with friends and neighbours, share our love for Him in our streets and communities – we pray for all on our Adult and Youth Journeys of Faith and all the Catechumens of the Church preparing for to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: may they all know the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives

                                   [reader]            LORD WE THIRST…
                                   [response]      GIVE US THE WATER OF LIFE!

Jesus says, ‘Give me a drink…’:  for an end of Government enforced Destitution and homelessness among our sisters and brothers seeking safe asylum; that we will stop harming our fragile planet, reduce consumption of essential resources, end polluting our earth and its waters;  for our NHS and all health care professionals and all caring for the victims of the coronavirus

                                   [reader]            LORD WE THIRST…
                                   [response]      GIVE US THE WATER OF LIFE!

Jesus says, ‘the water I shall give will turn into the spring of the Spirit inside you…’: for our parents preparing for the baptism of their children; for our children soon to begin preparation for the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation; for all couples preparing for Christian marriage

                                   [reader]            LORD WE THIRST…
                                   [response]      GIVE US THE WATER OF LIFE!

The woman says, ‘He knew all about me!…’:  for deep healing of the hurts of heart and body known only to Jesus;  for all suffering from the Coronavirus and all who serve them; for the sick,  especially …;
we pray for all who died recently especially … and the victims of Covid 19 around the world
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time: …

                                   [reader]            LORD WE THIRST…
                                   [response]      GIVE US THE WATER OF LIFE!

Mary, vessel of the Spirit & Mother of the Church, pray with us and for us
                                                               HAIL MARY…

Let us drink from the well of silent prayer for a moment…

 

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