Fifth Sunday of lent (Cycle 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  through the Global Synod along the paths of reform and renewal and inspiring 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 – we pray especially for the people of Ukraine and those Russians who oppose the war

                    [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 compassionate 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 in the light of the global Coronavirus pandemic, leaders of nations and economies will work together to 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 those who have neglected their life of faith or been hurt and alienated by the Church, that 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 health care workers, therapists, counsellors and psychiatric practitioners; for all Christian communities that we will embrace the call to be ’God’s field hospital’, safe places of welcome, listening and caring

                    [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 killed both Ukrainian and Russian in the brutality of war
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 and pray with us for our Elected Catechumens, children and families preparing for Easter Baptism    

HAIL MARY…       

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

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