FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR A – ‘LAETARE’

That God’s People will reject every darkness and choose the Light of Christ, and free our world of injustice and poverty so that all can live together in joy, freedom and equality

                       [reader]               SHINE ON US,  LORD…
                       [response]         WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

Before the harsh darkness of war and violence in Syria and Yemen, before the harsh darkness of the millions in refugee camps yearning for freedom, peace and a place to belong: we stand with their afflicted peoples; we pray the light of peace to come and never be extinguished;

                       [reader]               SHINE ON US,  LORD…
                       [response]         WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

We pray for all who during this Covid Pandemic feel unable to join us in Church for Mass, that they may know that nothing can separate them, from God’s love in Christ: may our live-streamed Services enrich many with the Word proclaimed and connect them to their Eucharistic Community 

                       [reader]               SHINE ON US,  LORD…
                       [response]         WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

We pray for all who are suffering from the effects of Global Warming: rising oceans, more extreme weather conditions and pollution of the oceans – may we see the light and change our life-styles so as to heal our planet for future generations; we pray especially on this Mothers’ Day for all mothers who have to watch their children suffer or die of famine and preventable disease, especially the mothers of the Yemen 

                       [reader]               SHINE ON US,  LORD…
                       [response]         WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

We pray for our mothers on this Mothering Sunday, thanking them for choosing to love us; we pray for mothers who know the sorrow of bereavement or separation, especially those mothers who are forcibly separated from their children because of having to seek safe refuge in a foreign land;  for single mothers as they seek to give all the love needed by their children; for children who do not experience a mother’s love; and for all women whose yearnings for a child has not yet been fulfilled

                       [reader]               SHINE ON US,  LORD…
                       [response]         WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

For our nation and many nations around the world faced with the challenge of the Coronavirus crisis; for our NHS and other nations’ Health Services as they struggle to bring healing to their populations; for a more rapid and equal provision of vaccines to the poorer nations of the world: may we all continue to act responsibly, caring for each other and seeking the common good

                       [reader]               SHINE ON US,  LORD…
                       [response]         WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

For healing for all afflicted with blindness; for light for all trapped in the darkness of depression; for those suffering from the Coronavirus and those who care for them: and especially for …
For all who have died recently, especially victims of war and poverty and those who have died because of COVID 19
and all whose anniversaries are at this time …

                       [reader]               SHINE ON US,  LORD…
                       [response]         WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

Mary,  bring the light of Christ’s love to all mothers and guide the families preparing for a child’s baptism this Easter…

HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

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