FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR A

For our Universal Pastor, Pope Francis, that God will gift him with strength, wisdom and courage as he serves to unbind the Church from all dysfunction and disunity,  leading us along the paths of reform and renewal and inspire us for mission; that we might proclaim Life to a world seeking to discover how to live with renewed humanity: 

                                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…
                                    [response:]         SET US FREE!

For a world held bound by poverty, drugs, alcohol, injustice and exploitation; for a world imprisoned in cycles of war, violence and the lust for power that leads to aggression; for a world struggling to be free to live in harmony with creation and in peace with each other: that we may have the courage to be prophets of the Justice and Peace of Christ

                                  [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…
                                  [response:]         SET US FREE!

For all held captive and bound by depression and their wounded past, that they experience healing’s freedom; for all who care for or counsel the depressed and emotionally wounded, that wise and profound listening might set free from inner darkness; for the healing of all scarred by memories of terror in the countries from which they have fled

                                  [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…
                                  [response:]         SET US FREE!

For all bound up and entombed in poverty and modern forms of slavery, that they will know their dignity; that the leaders of nations and economies will work together to combat the global Coronavirus pandemic and create greater equality of health care and vaccine provision in the developing nations; for all suffering from famine, racism and class inequality,  and for those enduring life in the world’s refugee camps

                                  [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…
                                  [response:]         SET US FREE!

For our friends among the LBGTQ+ community who have been wounded by the latest Vatican pronouncement; that we might all continue to challenge the Church’s rejection of these valued sisters and brothers in the Body of Christ

                                  [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…
                                  [response:]         SET US FREE!

For those who have neglected their life of faith, that in the enforced solitude of this past year, they might hear and answer the call of Jesus to return to closeness with God;  that in this coming Holy Week many will embrace the Christ who has died for love of them

                                  [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…
                                  [response:]         SET US FREE!

For all serving the sick and victims of the Coronavirus: for nurses, doctors and carers; for the police, emergency services and all essential workers supporting our communities at this time; for all working to roll out the vaccine, especially those holding the Vaccination Clinic here at St Nick’s

                                  [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…
                                  [response:]         SET US FREE!

That the sick be unbound from their suffering by the healing voice of Christ: …
that the dead may be unbound for eternal glory, in particular… and  those who died of the Coronavirus  in this past year
and those whose anniversaries are at this time: …

                                  [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…
                                  [response:]         SET US FREE!

Mary, Prophet of the Poor, help us unbind the world of injustice
                                                                  HAIL MARY… 

Let us pray for other needs including our new catechumens in a moment of silence…

     

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