Palm/Passion Sunday

May the Church share the humility of our Servant-King, who comes to His world not with the force of power but with the power of love, and so serve the world in its struggles with a humble compassion: we pray both wisdom and courage for Pope Francis and all our bishops

               [Reader:]               COME CRUCIFIED LORD
               [response:]           GIVE US LIFE!

For the unity of the whole Church gathered at the foot of the Cross this week:  that all Christians in our diverse traditions may move from arrogance to humility, from dogmatism to openness, from division to communion

               [Reader:]               COME CRUCIFIED LORD

For all who hold authority and government in both Church and State, that they may serve the peace of the world, the dignity of every human person, the justice and protection of the innocent and vulnerable, especially refugees and those seeking safe asylum and all victims of human trafficking: we pray for the peace of the Holy Land and the whole Middle East region, with the building of a Fellowship of all believers in the service of a more stable and just world

               [Reader:]               COME CRUCIFIED LORD

For all prisoners: that those held unjustly be released soon; that those rightfully convicted be held in conditions worthy of children of God; that our penal system be reformed to serve rehabilitation more than punishment: we pray for all prison chaplains at this time

               [Reader:]               COME CRUCIFIED LORD

That this Holy Week may see us renew our commitment to Jesus Christ, to his mission of love and mercy in the world;  for the Church’s catechumens receiving Sacraments of Initiation and all those on the ‘Journey of Faith’; that those who have given up their faith may hear again the Good News and return to Christ;  that those who have never believed may find New Life in Christ’s Crucified Love

               [Reader:]               COME CRUCIFIED LORD

That the wounds of Christ may be healing for those addicted to drugs and alcohol, and for the sick of body and mind:   especially for the sick and housebound ….
that the death of Christ will bring eternal life to all who have died recently, especially … and all killed in conflict and war;
for anniversaries at this time ….

               [Reader:]               COME CRUCIFIED LORD

Let us stand with Mary, before the Cross of a suffering world, and pray in particular for a lasting peace in the Land we call ‘Holy’ …  

                            HAIL MARY…

Let us be still before our Crucified God…

5th Sunday Lent Year C

That with the leadership of Pope Francis, the Church will always seek to fling wide open the Gates of God’s Mercy for the world, proclaiming the Gospel of Forgiveness and compassion by actions as well as words  

                    [READER]           LORD WE PRAY …
[response:]         MAKE US BEARERS OF YOUR MERCY …

For the healing of a world of broken relationships and infidelities, a world where sex is debased and not reverenced as sacred, where too many are abused and used

                    [READER]           LORD WE PRAY …

For a peace born of a new mercy, where age-old conflicts are healed by mercy and compassion, where human beings become more important than traditions

                    [READER]           LORD WE PRAY …

For all women and children who are abused and exploited, especially those abused by clergy and religious: that we might build a Church and a society that is safe and protects the dignity of all especially those with little power

                    [READER]           LORD WE PRAY …

For those who have neglected their life of faith, that they will hear and answer the call of Jesus to return to closeness with God;  that this Holy Week we might see them come back to the Christ who has died for love of them; for all Catechumens and all children and their families preparing for Sacraments of Initiation this Easter

                    [READER]           LORD WE PRAY …

For the healing and freedom of the sick and housebound, the depressed and those in mental turmoil, those wounded by war, torture and abuse, and for all who accompany them on the journey to wholeness
that the dead may be unbound for eternal glory, in particular  those who have died on the refugee journey to freedom and all victims of terrorism;
and those whose anniversaries are at this time

                    [READER]           LORD WE PRAY …

Mary Mother of Mercy, pray with us for many to return to your Son Jesus this Easter
                                                     HAIL MARY…

Let us pray for other needs in a moment of silence…

5th SUNDAY 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,  lead 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…

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…

For all bound up and entombed in poverty and unemployment, that they will know their dignity; that the leaders of nations and economies will bring justice and hope to the developing nations; for all suffering from famine, racism and class inequality,  and for those held in immigration detention centres

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

For those who have neglected their life of faith, that they will hear and answer the call of Jesus to return to closeness with God;  that this Holy Week we might see them come back to the Christ who has died for love of them; for our Catechumens and our children and their families preparing for Sacraments of Initiation this Easter

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

For the peoples of Syria and Yemen suffering barbaric war and oppression; for all young people drawn towards destructive radicalisation; for those nations torn apart by civil conflict in the Middle East and Africa; for our refugee brothers and sister looking to us in vain for safety and freedom 

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

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 all killed in the cycles of war, violence and famine around the world;
and those whose anniversaries are at this time: 

                    [READER]          UNBIND US,  LORD…

Mary, Prophet of the Poor, pray with us to unbind the world of injustice    

HAIL MARY…        

Let us pray for other needs in a moment of silence…

4th SUNDAY LENT YEAR C

‘The Father ran to the boy and kissed him’ … may the Church continue to throw open the doors of God’s mercy and forgiveness and draw all people to experience God’s unconditional love for them; may Pope Francis be blessed with energy and courage as he lead us to a more humble and open, transparent and equal Church, renewed to be a more credible witness to the mercy and love of God

[reader]             FORGIVING GOD …
                                                       [people]            TEACH US HOW TO FORGIVE

‘The younger son squandered his money on a life of debauchery’ … that our society which wastes money and energy on so much that dehumanises and destroys be converted to a new set of values and priorities: may our nation leave behind its coarseness of heart

[reader]             FORGIVING GOD …

‘I will leave this place and return to my Father’ … that we might all come to a renewed love for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Forgiveness; that many who have been far from Christ be reconciled with God this Lent; that our priests will minister this Sacrament with the gentleness and compassion of Christ

[reader]             FORGIVING GOD …

‘We are ambassadors for Christ, appealing: be reconciled’ … that by our witness we might bring many to new life in Christ; for miracles of peace and reconciliation in Syria and Yemen, that soon there will be a lasting peace built on freedom and justice; that Britain and all Europe will act with humanity and compassion towards the thousands fleeing war, poverty and conflict

[reader]             FORGIVING GOD …

‘From that year, the Israelites fed on the produce of the land’ … we pray for all who work to land to produce our food; we pray for all our rural communities and for the young people who grow in them; we pray that we will all come to a renewed reverence for the land and its creatures and cease wasting vast quantities of the world’s food

[reader]             FORGIVING GOD …

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; and for children who do not experience a mother’s love; for all women whose yearnings for a child has not yet been fulfilled

[reader]             FORGIVING GOD …

‘For anyone in Christ there is a new creation’ … we pray healing for the sick and housebound, especially those who are terminally ill;
we pray eternal life for all victims of the Cyclone in Southern Africa;
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time:

[reader]             FORGIVING GOD …

May Mary, Mother of the Church, pray with us for all our mothers living and dead, and especially for all refugee mothers…       

HAIL MARY…

We pray in a moment of silence for the Spirit of God to guide the Church at this time…

4th SUNDAY YEAR A

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

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

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

We pray for all the Church’s catechumens as they journey towards the Light of Christ in Easter Sacraments; for our children journeying towards Jesus’ love in Baptism and Eucharist: may they each know God’s blessing and may the joy of following Christ touch their hearts

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

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 

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

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; and for children who do not experience a mother’s love; for all  women whose yearnings for a child has not yet been fulfilled

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

For the young people of the Church that they will speak their voice, their hopes and dreams, and so build a Church where they can belong, a Church that will respond creatively to the yearnings and challenges of young Christians
SHINE ON US,  LORD…

For healing for all afflicted with blindness;  for light for all trapped in the darkness of depression; for the sick,  especially ….
For all who have died recently, especially those who perished in the Cyclone that hit southern Africa, and all who have died of famine and war
and all whose anniversaries are at this time

SHINE ON US,  LORD…

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…

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT – YEAR A

Jesus says, ‘If you only knew what God is offering…’:   that the People of God will always offer our world the living water of the Holy Spirit to heal the brokenness of war,  melt the hardness of violence,  cleanse the sinfulness of oppression and bring humanity to a new birth 

                                                 [reader]          LORD WE THIRST…
                                                 [response]    GIVE US THE WATER OF LIFE!

The woman says, ‘Give me some of that water…’:  as the people of the world thirst for peace and freedom,  may conflict end and the people’s cries be heard, especially throughout the Middle East particularly Syria and Yemen, and in Kashmir and Central Africa; may all the world hear the cries of the women and children caught in war zones and famines of human making

                                                 [reader]          LORD WE THIRST…

Jesus says, ‘Ask and I will give you living water…’:  may we drink deeply from the well of Christ’s love through our prayer, our liturgy, our communion with the poor of the earth – that this Lent will not pass us by, but we will stop and drink from the well of the Holy Spirit’s love and life: we pray especially for the communities and peoples of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe devastated by the Cyclone

                                                 [reader]          LORD WE THIRST…

The woman says, ‘Come and see the man…’: that we will have the courage and the love to share the Gospel of Jesus, the Good News of God’s Mercy, with friends and neighbours, share our love for Him in our streets and communities – we pray for all on our Journey of Faith and all the Catechumens of the Church preparing for Easter Sacraments: may they all know the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives

                                                 [reader]          LORD WE THIRST…

Jesus says, ‘Give me a drink…’:  for an end of Government enforced Destitution and homelessness among our sisters and brothers seeking safe asylum; that we will stop harming our fragile planet, reduce consumption of essential resources, end polluting our earth and its waters;  that our nation will act decisively to provide enough homes for all our people and end the scourge of homelessness

                                                 [reader]          LORD WE THIRST…

Jesus says, ‘the water I shall give will turn into the spring of the Spirit inside you…’: for all parents preparing for the baptism of their children; for our children preparing to find Christ in the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation; for all couples preparing for Christian marriage

                                                 [reader]          LORD WE THIRST…

The woman says, ‘He knew all about me!…’:  for deep healing of the hurts of heart and body known only to Jesus;  for all who suffer Leprosy and the Lepra Charity which serves them; for the sick and all who care for them in hospitals, hospices and nursing homes and in the community;
we pray for all who died recently especially the victims of the Cyclone in Southern Africa
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time:

                                                 [reader]          LORD WE THIRST…

Mary, vessel of the Spirit & Mother of the Church, pray with us for the homeless & all afflicted by our bad weather conditions

                                                                            HAIL MARY… 

Let us drink from the well of silent prayer for a moment…

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT YC

The Transfigured Christ reveals to the company of the disciples the Glory of God within each of us: may the Church reveal to a world, shadowed by war, terror and injustice, the glory of God’s love by our courage to love and care without limit…

[reader]           LORD WE PRAY…
[response]     SHOW US YOUR GLORY!

The Glory of God is humanity fully alive: for all whose dignity is obscured by poverty and famine;  for all whose dignity is denied by discrimination, oppression and torture; for all whose dignity is diminished by addiction and abuse: we pray for the inspiring work of CAFOD as it brings hope to the poorest of the earth

LORD WE PRAY…

The disciples gazed upon Jesus’ glory and listened to the voice of Truth:  that we might grow into a deeper love for the Word of God and a greater sensitivity to the voice of God in the stillness of prayer

LORD WE PRAY…

After the Glory passed, they saw only Jesus: may this Lent be for each of us a profound time of Renewal, a deepening of prayer, a growing in faith, an expansion of Love, and a profound conversion to Jesus; may the Holy Spirit guide the Church to become the Sacrament of the Father’s Mercy for the world
                                                                LORD WE PRAY…

As Abraham was called to leave his land and security to follow the whispers of God deep within him, we ask God’s blessing and guidance as we launch and develop this new ministry to the Catholic LGBT+ community, bringing healing to the wounds of rejection and condemnation; we pray also for all our Muslim brothers and sisters who grieve for those killed in New Zealand – may the hatred which led to this atrocity be challenged by love and mercy and a deepening of friendship among all the children of Abraham

LORD WE PRAY…

They were covered with shadow:  may all who are overshadowed with pain and sickness find healing;  we pray very especially for our Muslim brothers and sisters injured in the New Zealand atrocity, and all who have been traumatised by that terrible event;
that eternal glory may ever shine upon those who have died recently, especially all the victims of the attack on the mosques,  and all who have died of poverty or war
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time

LORD WE PRAY…

Mary,  teach us to listen to the voice of God as you did, as we pray…      

HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in silence for all our Muslim brothers and sisters killed in the attacks in New Zealand

First Sunday of Lent

Jesus is tempted to turn stone into bread:  that God’s People, resisting our cravings for destructive things, will always hunger for the Bread of God’s Word, use only the power that comes from the Gospel and deepen our openness to God and the Good News

[Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…
[response]    STRENGTHEN US TO DO YOUR WILL…

Jesus is tempted to worship power, wealth and ambition:  that the world’s political and business leaders will seek to serve,  not dominate, to share wealth not just accumulate it;  seek the good of their communities, not their own petty ambitions, especially in Zimbabwe, Central Africa, Syria, the Yemen and throughout the Middle East

LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus is tempted to turn miracle into magic and so to avoid the Cross:  that this Lent we may open our hearts more deeply than ever to God’s Loving Mercy, build a Church that  truly expresses the Father’s merciful heart, recognising all people as Children of God and each of the World’s great Faiths as bearers of something of Christ’s Truth and Love: we pray also that our nation and others will show a quality of mercy and humanity towards the wives and children of the defeated Islamic State

LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus held steadfast in the midst of every temptation:  may the journey of this Lent see us grow in faith,  deepen in love,  expand in hope; that prisoners everywhere might be touched this Lent by the strength of Christ to resist their temptations and to grow in the freedom of New Life

LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness … we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as our diocese begins to develop a ministry among the LBGT+ community at St Nicholas of Tolentino Church; may we become more attentive to the Spirit, grow in prayer and use the many opportunities for spiritual growth our parish offers us, especially to meet Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Forgiveness

LORD WE PRAY…

That the sick be healed and not tempted to despair:  we pray especially for the sick and frail, the babies, children and their mothers and all the vulnerable suffering in refugee camps – may they experience humanity’s compassion;
for those who have died recently: especially the babies and vulnerable who died in refugee camps in the Middle East;
and those whose anniversaries occur at this time:

LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, always faithful, pray with us for all Catechumens elected to easter Sacra,ends at this time, and that the Church will be a Sacrament of the Merciful and healing Christ                

                              HAIL MARY… 

Let us pray for other and unknown needs in silence…

ASH WEDNESDAY

‘Proclaim a Fast’ – may God’s people journey the path of repentance these 40 days of Lent and so make room in our hearts for God’s love, for God’s challenging Word, for God’s Renewing Spirit and discover the true happiness of God-centred lives – may our world fast from the injustice and violence that leads to war and embrace the pathways of mercy

LORD IN YOUR MERCY…

‘Give alms’ – may our fasting be a sacred communion with the hungry, the poor and the oppressed of our world, so that our giving might be more than charity but restore justice, and live with courage the ‘Covenant with the Poor’

LORD IN YOUR MERCY…

‘Pray…’ – may this Lent during this Year of Prayer be a real time of committed prayer for us as individual Christians and as a community; may we seek with a renewed love the heart of God, and value the many opportunities for prayer and for Eucharist in our parish life

LORD IN YOUR MERCY…

‘Be reconciled to God’ – as we walk together the desert path of this Lent, may we open our hearts to God’s reconciling mercy and healing spirit; through forgiveness may we grow in deeper unity with God, with each other as a Parish in Communion for Mission, with the world in its need for peace, justice and reconciliation especially throughout the Middle East, central Africa and in the Indian sub-continent

LORD IN YOUR MERCY…

‘Now is the favourable time’ – may each of us hear the call to missionary discipleship and use this Lent to grow in Christ: may the Lord lead us to bring healing and renewal to the Earth and all its creatures, caring for our ‘common home’ before it is too late!  

LORD IN YOUR MERCY…

‘Ambassadors for Christ’ – may the Spirit of God help form in us a new heart and a new spirit in the weeks and months ahead…

LORD IN YOUR MERCY…

Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of Mercy and first and greatest disciple of Jesus, pray for us that this Lent may form Christ in us

HAIL MARY… 

We pray other needs in the ‘secret place’ of our own hearts…

8th Sunday YC

‘The fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher’ – for Pope Francis and the whole College of Bishops as they lead and guide God’s People to deeper fidelity to Christ,  empowering us a missionary disciples and bearers of God love and mercy to our world

[READER]     LORD, WE PRAY…
[response]    THAT WE MIGHT SEE!

‘Take the plank out of your own eye first!’ – as Lent approaches may we grasp the grace of repentance, be ready to be more honest with ourselves, become less judgemental and more merciful and compassionate, welcoming all who have experienced rejection by the Church

[READER]    LORD, WE PRAY…

‘Every tree can be told by its fruit’ – for all who till the soil, farm the land and harvest the seas to bring forth food for the whole world; for greater care of our creation and environment that we like St Francis will live in communion with all creatures

[READER]    LORD, WE PRAY…

‘For a person’s words flow from their heart’ – for honesty and integrity from all politicians and all leaders of the Church, so that confidence can be restored in the institutions that guide our society and offer moral leadership to our world  

[READER]    LORD, WE PRAY…

‘Death, where is your victory, death where is your sting’ – for the end of our addiction to war, brutal repression, knife crime and domestic violence and for the growth of peace in the Middle East, between India and Pakistan, on our streets in our our homes 

[READER]    LORD, WE PRAY…

‘From the store of goodness’ – for the healing of nations and communities, for all dedicated to the healing of the sick and care of elderly and vulnerable, and for the sick and frail of body, mind and spirit …
for those who have recently died, especially victims of crime and war…
for all whose anniversaries are at this time…

[READER]   LORD, WE PRAY…

Mary, who bore from your heart and your womb the most blessed fruit that is our Saviour, Jesus, prayer for us and our world
HAIL MARY… 

We pray other needs in the ‘secret place’ of our own hearts…