FOURTH SUNDAY OF YEAR C (Holocaust Memorial)

God said to the Prophet Jeremiah, ‘Stand up and tell them all I command you’: we pray that this Global Synod will inspire the People of God both to love the Church and to challenge the Church by embracing our call to to be Prophets of Reform and renewal

                                        LORD WE PRAY…
                                        TEACH US HOW TO LOVE…

‘When they heard the words of Jesus everyone was enraged’ – because he spoke of a God whose love was for all peoples: we pray for an end to anti-semitism, racism and discrimination in all its forms, and learn from the horror of the Holocaust and Genocides

                                        LORD WE PRAY…
                                        TEACH US HOW TO LOVE…

‘When I was a child, I used to think and act like a child, but now I put those childish ways behind me!’ We pray God’s blessing and wisdom for all teachers and lecturers in our schools and colleges, for our catechists, for pupils and students that each will help the other into personal growth contributing to the development of a more just and peaceful world; we pray especially for our children and families preparing for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation

                                        LORD WE PRAY…
                                        TEACH US HOW TO LOVE…

‘If I have faith in all fulness, but without love I am nothing at all’: that we will all allow God’s heart of Universal Love to invade our hearts, shaping who we are and what we do, and so be Prophets of Love to our society, to our neighbours and families: may we work to combat the trade in human misery that is trafficking and modern slavery

                                        LORD WE PRAY…
                                        TEACH US HOW TO LOVE…

‘Before you came to be, I consecrated you, loved you’ says God to Jeremiah: we pray healing for all who do not know their unique value, who do not believe in themselves, who cannot experience how infinitely beloved of God they are

                                        LORD WE PRAY…
                                        TEACH US HOW TO LOVE…

With a repentant heart for the harm we Christians have inflicted upon the Jewish people over the centuries, we pray as we mark Holocaust Memorial Day that the world will never forget the horrors done to our sisters and brothers in the Nazi era, and in the other Genocides of past decades – that we will every form of demonising and victimising of those different from us

                                        LORD WE PRAY…
                                        TEACH US HOW TO LOVE…

Jesus’ Love heals:  we pray for all the housebound and sick of our parish, especially …;
we pray too for all who have died recently: … and the victims of street violence in our nation;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time, …; and in particular the 8 Million victims of the Holocaust, together with all who have perished in Genocides whom we remember at this time;

                                        LORD WE PRAY…
                                        TEACH US HOW TO LOVE…

Mary, Mother who loves with her whole being, lead us along the pathways of love

HAIL MARY…

We pray in a moment of silence that Love will be our Centre…

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