FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A

Advent is a time of New Beginning for God’s People:  may the whole Church answer God’s call to renewal and reform in this Joyful Season of Repentance,  continue to reveal the merciful face of God and prepare the world for the Lord’s Coming
                                                     LORD WE CRY…
                          [response]    COME LORD JESUS…

Advent is a time of waiting and working:  as we  begin this ‘Year of Communion’ may we live in deeper communion with the poor,  the homeless, the asylum seeker, the refugee and, with renewed courage, wait and work for the dawn of justice for them;  wait and work with hope for peace throughout the Middle East and in conflict torn parts of Africa; wait and work with expectancy for fair trading relationships with the Developing Nations

                                                     LORD WE CRY…

Advent is a time of watching for the Coming of Christ:  that we may make space for prayer and stillness in the midst of this season’s busy-ness and noise;   that we will recognise the Lord as He comes in the silence of prayer and welcome Him as He comes in each other

                                                     LORD WE CRY…

Advent is a time of Mission:  may the Spirit of Jesus guide all in our parish who are our journeying towards Baptism and Confirmation; may we all reach out with a generosity of heart to those who seek meaning and hope, faith and vision for their lives
                                                     LORD WE CRY…

Advent is a time of renewed Vision of a New Heaven and a New Earth: may the Spirit guide us to use our votes in the coming General Election to shape the future of our nation as a place where the stranger is welcomed and the poor raised up
                                                     LORD WE CRY…

Advent is a time of wonder before the Coming of our God:  for our children with their gifts of wonder and awe,  for those who care for them and teach them – their parents, teachers and  catechists; for our young people as they grow in giftedness and hope

                                                     LORD WE CRY…

On this World Aids Day we pray for all who suffer from this disease, all who have been orphaned by this disease and all who research treatment and cure of this disease; we pray also for …. and all the housebound;
We pray too for those who have died recently, especially … and those killed in the terror attack on London Bridge and all victims of the war and poverty;
and those whose anniversaries are at this time:   …

                                                     LORD WE CRY…

Mary of Advent,  teach us to wait and watch,  to hope and love …
                                                    HAIL MARY…

Let us wait in the Advent silence of loving prayer…

FEAST OF CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

We pray for the Church throughout the world … for our unity in love and faithfulness to the Gospel, for our dedication to the Mission of growing the Kingdom upon the Earth, and for our prophets crying out for world-wide solidarity in building Justice in the name of Christ

                                        (reader)            JESUS, WE ASK YOU…
                                       (response)       COME REIGN IN OUR HEARTS

We pray for our world, in beauty and poverty, freedom and slavery, war and peace; we pray in particular for peace in the conflicts the Middle East, in Hong Kong and in Central Africa … may Jesus our King send the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the Earth, may the Kingdom bring to all peoples hope, justice and the reign of God’s love

                                        (reader)            JESUS, WE ASK YOU…

Giving thanks for the young people of the world who have spoken so powerfully about Global Warming, we pray for the healing our creation, for decisive action to halt Climate Change: like St Francis may we reverence all God’s creatures and bring hope of a new world where we will all live in harmony and peace, sharing our common home – the planet

                                        (reader)            JESUS, WE ASK YOU…

We pray for our parish family, for the children baptised today, for all our young people on this National Youth Sunday, especially those preparing for Confirmation: may they catch the adventure of dedicating themselves to the Servant-King who washes our wounded feet: may we be a healing community,  reaching out to the hurting, excluded and the addicted of the Inner City

                                        (reader)            JESUS, WE ASK YOU…

We pray for Christians of every tradition in this area, that Jesus our King will hasten the day when we shall all share the One Bread and the One Cup with joyful and united hearts in service of the Kingdom; we pray too for believers of other Faiths, our Moslem, Buddhist and Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Bahai friends – may we all serve the Goodness and Mercy of God

                                        (reader)            JESUS, WE ASK YOU…

We pray on this National Youth Sunday for all our children and young people and all involved in their education and for our Diocesan Youth Service: may our young people experience their voices being heard and build our Church… may we become a Church where young people can grow free from harm to maturity in Christ and shape with us a 21st Century Church

                                        (reader)            JESUS, WE ASK YOU…

We pray in thankfulness that we are a fellowship of the weak, where the sick, wounded and broken speak Christ’s Kingdom as no others can; so we bring all who are hurting to the Kingdom of wholeness, especially ….
we pray for all who have died recently, especially ….
and in this month of November for all the faithful departed and the forgotten ones with no-one to pray for them; and all whose anniversaries are at this time, in particular …

                                        (reader)            JESUS, WE ASK YOU…

Mary, mother of Christ our King and Servant of the Kingdom, pray with us for a more justice, more love…

                                                                       HAIL MARY…

We pray for other needs in a moment of silence…

33rd SUNDAY YEAR C

That the Church will read the ‘signs of the times’, shine with Healing Light upon a broken world, and offer that world the truth that sets free and the Gospel of love that challenges and heals

                                      [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…
[Response]           Grant us your mercy

In a divided world we pray for the United nations and the European Union that each will serve, in different ways, the human dignity and rights of every person, true justice and an end to poverty throughout the world; for real peace in the Middle East, especially between Israel and Palestine, in Cameroon and the Congo; for an era of reconciliation and hope for all the peoples of the world 

                                      [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

That both the Church and the world will heed Pope Francis’s words this week, as he condemns all persecution and rejection of the LBGT+ community world-wide: may we all grow in a deeper love and acceptance of one another

                                      [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For our overcrowded and under-resourced prisons, for all prisoners and their families, for all who work in the Prison service, for the witness of the Church in prisons through prison Chaplaincies, and for the victims of all crime

                                      [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

On this World Day of the Poor, we pray for the courage to ‘speak Truth to Power’, especially as we prepare for our General Election; may we challenge our society to end the scandal of food poverty in our land

                                      [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For all suffering from floods in the Britain, the forest fires in Australia and California, and drought in Southern Africa: may leaders of nations and global business ‘read the signs of the times’ and act decisively to halt Global warming and heal our planet for future generations

                                      [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For an ever-increasing commitment by our parish family to bring healing and hope to the impoverished, disadvantaged and marginalised: that we will ever more deeply commit our ‘Covenant with the Poor’ 

                                      [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

We pray for all who bear the hardships of physical and mental illness caused by poverty, and for all who care for them; we pray also for all our LGBT+ sisters and brothers wounded in mind or body by persecution or condemnation in their communities; we also for ….
for those who have died recently … and all who grieve them, and also all who have died homeless on our streets
and for all the faithful departed for whom we pray in November, for all whose anniversaries occur at this time … and especially all whom we hold in our prayer on the Transgender Day of Remembrance 

                                      [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray with us that we might live with the priorities of the Gospel…
                                                             HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

REMEMBRANCE SUDAY

That the Universal Church may witness to a higher loyalty than any nationalism, building unity and reconciliation among all the peoples of the Earth as the world continues to be be torn and wounded by war and conflict

                                   [READER]                             LORD WE REMEMBER…
[response:]                           FILL THE WORLD WITH PEACE

That the world’s leaders will seek the ways of peace rather than conflict;  for all those who have the courage to be Peacemakers and Prophets of Justice at the risk of their own lives; that peace with justice, freedom and security will come to all the peoples of the Middle East and Central Africa; that the horror of terror will give way to peace and that the world’s conflicts will give way to reconciliation

                                   [READER]                             LORD WE REMEMBER…

For the men and women who serve in our military forces and for all United Nations Peace-keepers; for all who serve as chaplains in the Armed Forces:  that genuine peace may be safe in their hands and that hatred may find no echo in their hearts

                                   [READER]                             LORD WE REMEMBER…

For the victims of the wars and violence over the years and everywhere in our world, whether in Syria or Darfur, Afghanistan or Iraq, Palestine or Israel, Rwanda or Congo, East Timor or Latin America;  for those permanently scarred by the brutality of war, for those who have lost faith in God and humanity because of the pity of war

                                   [READER]                             LORD WE REMEMBER…

For all who work for a safe world of peace and justice for our children: the United Nations and Pax Christi, the Red Cross/Red Crescent and ‘Medicins Sans Frontier’, the Justice and Peace Commission and the Quakers, for Amnesty International, Aid to the Church in Need and for all who struggle for the Reign of Peace

                                   [READER]                             LORD WE REMEMBER…

For our own parish community as we seek to witness to the peace, mercy and compassion of Christ in the Inner City; for work of Interfaith relationships with the mosques, temples and synagogues of our city … may peace be the mark of our relationships, the manner of our work, and the goal of our mission;

                                   [READER]                             LORD WE REMEMBER…

For those injured in body or mind,  or disillusioned in spirit by war  in every land;  for the sick and hurting especially for ….;
for those who have died recently, especially … and all victims of terrorism and war including refugees who have perished fleeing to freedom;
for all the faithful departed, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time:
and for all who died in the too many wars that have torn at the youth of the past 100 years and more

                                   [READER]                             LORD WE REMEMBER…

Mary, Mother of all Peoples and Queen of Peace, pray with us for peace and humanity on earth…

                                                                                      HAIL MARY…

Let us now pray the minute’s silence of Remembrance

ALL SOULS’ DAY

PRIEST:   Let us pray with faith in the Resurrection, with thankfulness for friends and family who have gone before us, and with hope of that great day when we shall all be united in the eternal love of our God

READER:   For those of our families, parish community and friends who have died in the friendship of Christ, for all in our parish’s 171 year history who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith  … may their memory inspire us to continue our Pilgrimage to God with great love and deep faith…

[Reader]                      Let us pray to the Lord…
[response sung]      JESUS, REMEMBER ME…

For all whose Funerals have been celebrated here at St Nicholas’s this past year,  that they may know eternal life and endless peace before the face of God;  for all who are recently bereaved,  as the pain is still sharp and the darkness still paralysing,  that they may be comforted…

[Reader]                      Let us pray to the Lord…

For those who grieve the loss of the ones they love and experience the emptiness of bereavement … may the Holy Spirit bring them consolation in the dark hours, and the touch of his love in the lonely days, until light begins to dawn…

[Reader]                      Let us pray to the Lord…

For those who have died alone, unloved and unmourned; for all who have perished in the Mediterranean or in our lorry parks in the refugee journey to freedom; for the forgotten ones with no-one to pray for them and yet are so precious in the eyes of our God who never forgets one of his little ones…

[Reader]                      Let us pray to the Lord…

That we may live truly as a people of the Resurrection, passionately in love with life, generously life-giving and valuing and protecting life from the womb to the grave…

[Reader]                      Let us pray to the Lord…

Mary, who mourned your Crucified Son, and shared in the Life of your Risen Jesus, pray for us and all our dead…

                                                                                                HAIL MARY…

We pray in silence for all the departed…

PRIEST:   Lord God, well-spring of all life, hear the cry of our hearts for those we mourn, embrace them in the fire of your tender love and raise them into the fullness of Risen Life, through Your Son and our Brother Jesus, alive forever and ever…

AMEN!

ALL SAINTS’ DAY

On this Feast of Holiness,  may all God’s People respond to the Second Vatican Council’s ‘Universal Call to Holiness’, seek the face of God,  love with the heart of God,  touch the world with the compassionate mercy of God,  and challenge the world with the justice of God

                                        [READER]      COME SPIRIT OF GOD…
[response]     MAKE US HOLY AND WHOLE…

On this Feast of Humanity, may the Spirit who moves where she wills, raise up people of courage and humanity among world leaders,  politicians and opinion makers,  to lead our world to peace and justice,  to challenge the culture of death; may all walk the path to holiness that is struggling for a Better World, a safer planet and a healed global environment

                                          [READER]      COME SPIRIT OF GOD…

On this Feast of the Saints,  we pray for the children and young people of our parish family – that they might be inspired by the adventure of holiness and mission, open their hearts to the Spirit’s many gifts and find their joy in serving Christ: we pray especially for the children and adults baptised and confirmed this past year

                                        [READER]      COME SPIRIT OF GOD…

On the Feast of Wholeness,  we pray that as a parish family we will support and encourage one another to grow in all ways into Christ,  helping each other to deepen our prayer,  enlarge our loving,  find more courage in our witness

                                        [READER]      COME SPIRIT OF GOD…

On this Feast of unknown and unnamed sisters and brothers who have greatly loved,  we pray that we will accept our responsibility to serve the Kingdom, to bear witness to the values of the Gospel, live in communion with creation and proclaim Jesus to the people of the Inner City by the quality of our lives and the endurance of our love as well as by the power of our words

                                        [READER]      COME SPIRIT OF GOD…

On the Feast that celebrates all that is holy and whole,  we ask God’s guidance that the Healing Ministry might develop in our parish family and in our diocese; we pray for the sick and housebound and all who care for them and those who serve them with the Eucharist

                                        [READER]      COME SPIRIT OF GOD…

Mary,  most holy and whole,  Mother of all the Saints, pray for us … 

HAIL MARY…

We pray in silence for one another as we walk the path of holiness together…

31st SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

That Christians everywhere will offer to all the peoples the invitation of Jesus to find salvation, forgiveness and peace by welcoming His love into their hearts and making a place in their lives for mercy and justice

                                          [READER]          LORD WE PRAY…
[Response]       Speak mercy to every heart

The Book of Wisdom says ‘You are merciful to all … you love all that exists’: that peace might replace war in Yemen and Syria, throughout the Middle East and in Central Africa; that leaders everywhere might combat the horror of human trafficking and end this exploitation of the poor and vulnerable

                                          [READER]          LORD WE PRAY…

Zacchaeus restored fourfold all whom he had cheated – that the Global Zacchaeus of the rich minority world might be converted to the cries of the poor majority world and restore that justice and eradicate that poverty and so lead us along the pathways of peace

                                          [READER]          LORD WE PRAY…

For all engaged in the work of safeguarding our children and the vulnerable of our society: for social workers, health workers and the police, for those working within the Church to rectify the damaging mistakes of the past; for more compassionate care for the elderly and disadvantaged of our nation 

                                          [READER]          LORD WE PRAY…

As we approach a new General Election, we pray for integrity, honesty and respect in the political debates, a recovery of the ‘noble vocation of politics’, an end to the abuse suffered by many of our politicians: may we vote according to Gospel principles and for the ‘Common Good’

                                          [READER]          LORD WE PRAY…

We pray for all who bear the hardships of illness and depression, and for all who care for them; we pray especially for …. 
for those who have died recently, in particular …. all who perished in the train fire in Pakistan, the Vietnamese sisters and brothers who died in the lorry and all killed because of knife crime, conflict and war
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time:  

                                          [READER]          LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray with us for all who minister healing in our community…
                                                                         HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence for other needs

30th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

That the Church will throw wide open the gates of God’s Mercy for all peoples, and serve reconciliation and peace in a our conflict ridden world 

                                             [READER]               LORD WE PRAY…
[Response]            Grant us your mercy

For the conversion of many hearts and minds so that peace might replace war in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and in Cameroon and Central Africa; that justice might reign for the poor and oppressed everywhere; that our taxes be used for peace and not for war, for equality and not for the rich

                                             [READER]               LORD WE PRAY…

For God’s wisdom for our national politicians in the current Brexit crisis; for a government that will truly serve the Common Good; for authentic democracy in our nation
                                             [READER]               LORD WE PRAY…

For a renewal of the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the Church and in our own parish – that we might humbly and honestly seek Divine Mercy from our generous God
                                               [READER]               LORD WE PRAY…

For all who today are part of the communion of outcasts on our streets and who like the Tax Collector of today’s Gospel are trapped in a twilight world of corruption, exploitation and addiction, that they might the way to freedom through mercy and healing

                                             [READER]               LORD WE PRAY…

That we might all be more aware of human trafficking and modern slavery which has led to the tragic deaths of our 39 brothers and sisters in the back of the lorry; that we will challenge all exploitation of any human person and seek justice and safety for all migrants and refugees 

                                             [READER]               LORD WE PRAY…

We pray for all who bear the hardships of illness and depression, and for all who care for them; we pray especially for … 
for those who have died recently, in particular … and the victims of trafficking who died in the lorry and all who have died in the perilous refugee journey
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: …. 

                                             [READER]               LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray with us that we might know the joy of a humble and grateful heart…
                                                                                 HAIL MARY…

In a moment’s silence, let us bring other needs to the Lord

29th SUNDAY YEAR C – WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

That the People of God everywhere will be steadfast in prayer and Mission, holding up the weary arms of believers until Justice is truly done for the oppressed and vulnerable of the world   

[READER]         LORD WE ASK…
[Response]      Teach us to pray, teach us to serve

For all who administer justice: judges, magistrates, solicitors; that they might be guided by right judgement and real compassion for the poor, so that the impoverished might know true justice; for all involved in the Home Office and Immigration Tribunals that those seeking asylum will truly be heard and safety be granted: we pray especially Ivan in Detention Centre and for the thousands of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe

[READER]         LORD WE ASK…

For our government and all Members of Parliament that they be guided by the wisdom of the Spirit and the need for the Common Good as they make  far-reaching decisions about the future development of our nation in the current Brexit turmoil

[READER]         LORD WE ASK…

For peace in our conflict-torn world,especially in Kurdish Syria and the Yemen, for peace in turmoil-ridden lives, for peace in disturbed minds and broken relationships, for courageous peace-makers everywhere

[READER]         LORD WE ASK…

For all contemplative communities as their prayer in the heart of the Church supports world-wide mission and holds up our weary hands: that the Body of Christ might continue faithfully to proclaim the Good News to the Poor and heal the wounds of the world

[READER]         LORD WE ASK…

That true justice may come for all who feel oppressed by the Church and its condemnations of diverse sexual identities and orientations, that these sisters and brothers of ours will come to know the fulness of the Freedom of the beloved Children of God 

                                                          [READER]         LORD WE ASK…

We pray for all who bear the hardships of illness and depression, and for all who care for them; we pray especially for all who have wounded in body and mind by hate crime, especially members of the LBGT+ community;
for those who have died recently, especially Fr Michael Saunders, Fr Michael Davies, and all who have died the victims of injustice and war
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time:

[READER]         LORD WE ASK…

  Mary, Woman of Prayer, Seat of Wisdom and Prophet of Justice, pray with us and for us…
                                                             HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

28th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

That God’s People in every land and culture will be faithful to the call of Christ to be a healing community that welcomes the broken and the excluded, revealing the merciful face of the Father; that the Church will truly listen to the Word God is speaking through St John Henry Newman, canonised today

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…
[response]     GATHER YOUR SCATTERED PEOPLE

For those excluded from a just sharing of the Earth’s resources, for those who are victims of fear and discrimination, for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, for those fleeing conflict and poverty in order to build new lives in a new land – may we build a world that cares and welcomes – we pray especially for audacious guidance of the Holy Spirit for the Pan-Amazon Synod in Rome at this time
[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

For those who leave their own families, nations and cultures to cross boundaries and frontiers to bring healing and hope to those with little access to health care;  for all medical staff in war zones; for all who risk their very lives to be Good News to the Poor and Prophets of Justice:

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

For the healing ministry of our parish community, that we will develop as a community that listens, that holds, that heals and that includes all without reservation: that yesterdays Parish Pilgrimage in honour of the Church’s martyrs will lead us all to greater courage in witnessing to Christ and great tenderness to the broken of our world

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

That the conscience of Europe including and especially our own nation will be shaken by the plight of 88,000 unaccompanied refugee children fleeing the terror of conflict and the terror of poverty – may Britain and all Europe learn how to weep again!

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

For all who suffer from leprosy and for all who care for them; for the sick and housebound that they might know that they share in the mission of the Church; we pray in particular for …
for those who have died recently: especially …. and the victims of the renewed conflict in the Middle East
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: …

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

Mary, Servant of healing for the poor and the excluded, help us renew the Church in healing love…
HAIL MARY…

We pray for other needs in a moment of silence…