Fifth Sunday of the Year C

Jesus calls the first apostles … may your Church founded on these apostles always have the courage to leave behind whatever impedes the proclamation of the Gospel in our present age and through the Global Synod walk the paths of reform and renewal

                [reader]           LORD WE PRAY…
                [response]     MAY WE SPEAK YOUR WORD…

We pray for our Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, thankful for her 70 years of faithful service to our nations and the nations of the Commonwealth: may the Lord strengthen her and give her joy as she continues to serve her people

               [reader]           LORD WE PRAY…
                [response]     MAY WE SPEAK YOUR WORD…

Jesus sits in the boat teaching the crowds … may a world of too many conflicts and too much injustice have the courage to listen to Jesus the Prophet of Peace,  and risk walking together the ways of peace rather war, justice rather than greed: we pray for peace in the Middle East, Myanmar, Ukraine and Russia

               [reader]           LORD WE PRAY…
                [response]     MAY WE SPEAK YOUR WORD…

God called Isaiah to be His Prophet … may the Spirit empower us to cry out before the governments of Europe, especially our own, with the pain of our refugee and asylum sisters and brothers, cry out for the 70 million refugees world-wide

               [reader]           LORD WE PRAY…
                [response]     MAY WE SPEAK YOUR WORD…

Paul teaches us what he himself was taught, handing on the Tradition … may the children and young people in all our schools thirst for knowledge, especially the liberating truth that is Faith; grow in hope as they grasp hold of opportunity; and develop their skills and gifts to respond to the call to love above all else                                                            

               [reader]           LORD WE PRAY…
                [response]     MAY WE SPEAK YOUR WORD…

The first disciples learned that they had to leave much behind to do the work of Christ … through our sharing in the Synod may we all be open to the new ways of sharing faith and proclaiming the Gospel of healing and hope in our age: we also pray for all whose lives are blighted by lack of work, poverty and homelessness or denied the right to work at all

               [reader]           LORD WE PRAY…
                [response]     MAY WE SPEAK YOUR WORD…

Jesus accepts Isaiah, Peter and Paul with all their sinfulness and shadowed lives … bless and guide our children and their families who are on the journey towards Jesus in the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation

               [reader]           LORD WE PRAY…
                [response]     MAY WE SPEAK YOUR WORD…

Jesus calls us to heal – teach us how to create healing communities of generous compassion and wholeness:  we pray for all suffering from Cancer and all who care for them; and  especially for …;
that the dead be called into life:  especially … and victims of knife and gun crime
and those whose anniversaries occur at this time: … 

               [reader]           LORD WE PRAY…
                [response]     MAY WE SPEAK YOUR WORD…

Mary,  Queen of Apostles and Prophets, servant of Healing, pray for us and with us…

                                             HAIL MARY…

In silence may the Spirit bring us the truth and the peace of Christ…

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