FEAST OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY

God is perfect Relationship – Love that creates, that both gives and receives, that shares and binds in perfect harmony ….  may the Church everywhere give witness to this creative love and unity, that all people might know their true identity and destiny.

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE
                                         [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is perfect harmony at the heart of creation …. We pray for greater respect and reverence for creation, that we will learn how to harvest the world’s resources without polluting and destroying God’s beautiful creation; we pray too for miracles of peace in our war-torn world, especially among the peoples of the Middle East, Sudan and Central Africa

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God is the community of equality that empowers the poor …. we pray for all people who are denied the basic necessities of life and for all refugees and those seeking safe asylum, in particular those who have fled because of their LGBT+ identity: may we safeguard their dignity, made in God’s Image and Likeness; for all political and Church leaders that they will work with honesty, integrity and commitment for justice and equality of opportunity for all.

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God is diversity in loving unity … we pray for all who have been wounded by the Church’s rejection of their identity and sexuality: may a new acceptance bring healing to the wounded as each person is empowered to offer the gift they are and the gifts they have to enrich the life and mission of God’s People

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God is Unity …. we pray for deeper bonds of friendship and unity between the Churches, in the service of the mission of the Gospel; may we also build together a greater ‘Fellowship of Believers’ as people of different world faiths seeking to build a democratic society of harmony

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God is a love that heals and protects … for the people of the Congo and Uganda, afflicted by the Ebola epidemic, for all medical staff working in those areas, especially those threatened by civil conflict in the Congo

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God listens to our prayer, and knows our every need …. we pray all who are sick and housebound, for all who carry the wounds of rejection of who they are, and especially ….
For all who died recently, especially ….  and those killed in war, conflict and terror, especially in the Sudan, and the refugees who have perished in the waters of the Mediterranean: that they might see God face to face
and for all  whose anniversaries occurs at this time ….

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

Mary, beloved of the Father, dwelling place of the Word made Flesh, overshadowed by the Spirit, pray with us for harmony among all peoples…

HAIL MARY ….

Let us pray, contemplating the God of Love in a moment of silence….

                              

FEAST OF PENTECOST

The Spirit clothes the Church with Divine Love … we pray that the Church, led by Pope Francis, Bishop Declan and the College of Bishops, may unite all peoples, races, classes and cultures in one great human family,  building a universal civilisation of love – we ask that all hearts of stone expressing discrimination of any kind may be challenged to repentance

               [reader]                    JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…
[sung response]   Veni Creator Spiritus

The Spirit reconciles all peoples of the earth … we pray that men and women of violence everywhere will cease resisting the Spirit that urges peace upon them;  that both ordinary people and world leaders everywhere will give themselves to the task of building peace – we pray especially for the the peoples of the Middle East, Palestine/Israel, Sudan and Central Africa

                 [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit renews the face of the earth … we pray that we will learn to live in harmony, and  respect the wonder of creation,  working with God’s creative Spirit to heal our damaged earth and bringing true justice that shares the earth’s abundance with all equally

                [reader]                  JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit showers gifts of ministry and mission upon the People of God… we pray that this Pentecost we will all know a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, welcoming the Spirit’s charismatic gifts to empower us to serve the Kingdom as we continue to develop the mission of our parish: we pray especially for ur young people

                  [reader]                    JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit leads us to the heart of our God … we pray for a deepening of the stillness of prayer in our lives, and for the welling up of praise and thankfulness: may we each know how infinitely we are loved by our God who dwells at the centre of our being

                  [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit sends us out in mission … we pray for all our Parish community that we will be open to God’s ever-new vision for us, together with diverse Christian brothers and sisters, and work to Proclaim Good News and serve the Kingdom in our wider community; that the whole Church  will act with more courage to live out God’s Option for the Poor

                       [reader]                  JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit heals our every wound,  enlightens every darkness:  we pray for all suffering the wounds of war and poverty and for the sick and hurting of our parish family, especially …..
the Spirit raises the dead: for all who have died recently, especially because of war
and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time: …….

                          [reader]   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

Mary of Pentecost,  help us all to open ever wider our hearts to the Spirit as you did …
                                               HAIL MARY…

Let us yield to the Spirit praying within us in a moment of silence…

7th Sunday of Easter – World Communication Sunday

God speaks His Word to all the world and calls us to Unity:  that the Church will use all modern means of Mass Communication and social media to grow in deeper unity and love, in order to speak the Gospel,  the Good News to all our world
                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

Jesus,  the Truth, is Good News to the Poor:  that the new Technologies of Communication might bring home to all the truth about poverty,  and the horror of war;  and constantly challenge us to act with courage to bring peace and justice to our world – we pray especially for the peoples of Syria, Yemen and Central Africa

                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

The Holy Spirit is the divine communication of love:  that the instant communication by radio, TV and the Internet might improve our inter-personal communication,  and bring peoples, nations and races together in mutual understanding in the service of peace, justice and the healing of our planet

                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

The Church is challenged to be the Living Word of God’s life-giving love:  that our parish and the whole Church will answer Jesus’ prayer in today’s Gospel and by our unity in Christ and rootedness in God offer the world a more convincing witness to the Good News of New Life   

                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

The disciples wait in the Upper Room of Hope and Expectation for the coming of the Spirit’s Fire:  we pray for all the young people of our parish; may we all use wisely the tools of modern communication technology without becoming addicted to them; and may all of us this Pentecost welcome the Spirit’s renewal of our lives and community, opening ourselves to Gifts of Mission and Ministry
                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

That our sick and housebound might experience being listened to, embraced in the communion of our love and know they are not alone but one with us: we pray especially for those injured in the shootings in America;
for those who have died recently, especially the victims of the boat crash in the River Danube, of the shooting in America and all killed by war and violence in particular in Syria
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time, in particular the victims of the Rwandan Genocide 25 years ago,

                                                       HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

Mary of the Upper Room, pray with us for the Renewing Gift of the Spirit and for the children and families preparing for Baptism…

                                                        HAIL MARY…

Let us wait in silence upon the Spirit…

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

Jesus is ascended into glory:   that the Church will be faithful to Christ’s commission to be a community in mission,  witnessing to the world by the power of our love – we pray that the Spirit will guide us to use wisely and well the New technologies and social media to communicate the Gospel and its values…
                                                          LORD OF GLORY…
                              [response]     HEAR OUR PRAYER

Jesus is ascended into glory:  that Christians, sharing the priesthood of all believers,  will intercede for the world in its anguish,  act with courage to renew the face of the earth: that governments here and everywhere will with integrity serve the peace of the world, listen to the cries of the poor and build the Common Good

                                                          LORD OF GLORY…

Jesus is ascended into glory:  that the dignity of every human person will be safeguarded;  that oppression, and discrimination, religious persecution and torture will be brought to an end;  that starvation and poverty will be eradicated; that refugees and those seeking asylum will be treated with dignity and compassion; that Christians will give a lead in creating a more just, humane and dignified world

                                                          LORD OF GLORY…

Jesus is ascended into glory:  that we will rejoice in each other’s gifts for ministry and mission, continue to build our Parish as a community of unity and mission, and encourage our young people and all our community to serve the growth of the Kingdom and the proclamation of the Gospel…

                                                          LORD OF GLORY…

Jesus is ascended into glory:  that we might all grow in deeper prayer,  discover the wonder and awe of God,  and wait upon the coming of the Holy Spirit who is life and power for us…

                                                          LORD OF GLORY…

Jesus is ascended into glory:  that the sick be healed and the despairing be uplifted …
for those who have died recently, especially those killed because of war, conflict or poverty;
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time: may all the dead see God face to face and ascend with Jesus into the glory of the Resurrection

                                                          LORD OF GLORY…

Mary teach us to gaze upon the glory of Jesus and wait upon the Spirit’s power…
                                                          HAIL MARY…

Let us pray upon the silence of the Spirit…

Sixth Sunday of Easter

‘We will make our home in you …’ says Jesus – may the People of the Resurrection so love the Risen Lord that we will experience him alive within us, and reaching out into the world through our communities

                                          [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                                          [Response]         Come make your home with us…

‘Peace I leave you…’ says Jesus – may the cries of the world’s victims of war be heard at last,  may peace reign upon the earth: we pray for the peoples of Syria and Yemen, Afghanistan, Palestine and Central Africa; we pray also for the thousands of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe and pray for a change of heart in our government who refuses to welcome them

                                                                              LORD WE PRAY…

‘I go to send you another Advocate, the Holy Spirit…’ says Jesus – may we open our hearts and lives to the Spirit’s gift, grow to know God more profoundly, abandon ourselves to Divine Love, and touch the world in the Spirit’s Power of Loving

                                                                              LORD WE PRAY…

The First Council of the Church welcomed the newcomers who brought many challenges and changes – we pray for the Unity of God’s Church, the openness of Christians to a new world and new generations, for a Church that belongs to young people; we pray for especially for the Little Sisters of Jesus and the many fraternities of Bl Charles de Foucauld as they live the mission of hidden and simple loving

                                                                              LORD WE PRAY…

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid’ says Jesus – may we support with renewed generosity the life and mission of our parish community by our giving of prayer, time, energy and money, in service of the Kingdom: we pray too for God’s guidance for our nations as its politics is in chaos, that the Common Good and values of the Kingdom of God may come to the fore and the cries of the poor be heard above all else.

                                                                              LORD WE PRAY…

‘I give you a Peace the world cannot give…’ says Jesus – for the courageous doctors and nurses of Medecins sans Frontiere as the bring healing into war zones; for all in need of healing and peace in our parish, especially….
for the eternal life of all who have died recently, especially all killed in the world’s war zones and on refugee journeys in hope of freedom;
we pray also for all whose anniversaries occur at this time

                                                                              LORD WE PRAY…

 Let us ask Mary, overshadowed by the Spirit, to pray with us for a New Pentecost…                                                            

                                                                              HAIL MARY…

We pray in the silence of God’s Loving for other needs….

Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C

Jesus says, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified’ … may the Church in every land and of every tradition glorify Jesus by the love we bear for one another and the unity we seek
[Reader]            LORD WE PRAY…
[Response]      Send us in Your Love…

‘I saw a new heaven and a new earth’, writes St John … may our love create justice, struggle for peace and heal our wounded history wherever violence, war and conflict has scarred our humanity – we pray especially for Syria and Yemen, for the Ukraine, for the conflict-torn parts of Africa

LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus urges us, ‘By this love you have for one another will everyone know you are my disciples’ …  may our relationships be deepened, all divisions healed, and may we encourage each other in our gifts and uniqueness so that the power of our love might witness to the Risen Christ

LORD WE PRAY…

‘The world of the past is gone and I am making all things new’ writes St John … We pray that all peoples and the leaders of nations and business may recognise the threats to our beautiful planet and act decisively to end global warming and bring healing to the earth and justice to the poor who will suffer most form climate change

LORD WE PRAY…

‘Paul and Barnabas put fresh heart into the disciples’ as the Acts of the Apostles tell us … may we value and offer the ministry of encouragement to each other, and especially to our young people; and we pray especially for  all men and women preparing for Ordination to ministry in the Church of God

LORD WE PRAY…

‘He will wipe away all tears from their eyes’: we pray for the sick, the housebound, the lonely and the depressed; in particular we pray for ….
‘There will be no more death’ … for all who have died recently, especially …. and all who have perished in war, famine and on the refugee journey, that they will experience Resurrection New Life and Freedom
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time: ….

LORD WE PRAY…

Let us ask Mary, Mother of the Risen Christ, to teach us to love with the heart of Christ
                                                                         HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in silence for other needs…

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C

The Church’s deepest call is to love without limit: we pray for the renewal of the Church and an end to the scourge of clericalism … we pray especially for our Chief Shepherd, Pope Francis, our own Bishop Declan and the whole College of Bishops: with humility and love may they guide us wisely, compassionately and courageously

               [reader:]              LORD YOU CALL US…
[response:]        YOUR WILL BE DONE…

The World’s call is to be human,  and to protect the life and well-being of every person:  that all races and nations will struggle for peace rather than struggle in war: for the peoples of the Middle East, Yemen and South Sudan and the world’s many theatres of conflict

                             LORD YOU CALL US…

Our Parish Community’s call is to embrace Jesus’ challenge to be the Shepherd for the people of the Inner City, a place of welcome for all without exception: may we gather the poor and broken into healing and hope, and the excluded into belonging; following the Shepherd may we reach out to all and inviting them to the Table of the Lord

                             LORD YOU CALL US…

Some are called to ordained ministry or the religious life:  for the students of our Diocese studying for the priesthood in seminaries, especially Henry as he journeys among us here at St Nicks; for those studying for the permanent diaconate in their own parishes;  for our young women and men that they might welcome God’s call to serve with their whole lives in ordained Ministry and Religious Life; for the Church that we might be open to new forms of ordained ministry as the Spirit calls and shapes in our age and for our world

                             LORD YOU CALL US…

All of us are equally called through Baptism and Confirmation to holiness and to ministry:  for our young people and children that they might grow in a sense of vocation, especially those preparing for First Eucharist; for those called to the single life or to Christian marriage may give themselves faithfully to their particular vocation: may we all answer the call to be shepherds one to another, serving the Kingdom and the Gospel, with love for one another and our world;

                             LORD YOU CALL US…

We are all called to life and wholeness:  for those afflicted with hunger and malnutrition, with mental turmoil and disability, for the housebound of our parish, and also for ….
for all who have died recently, especially …. and all who have died of famine or war;
for those whose anniversaries occur at this time:

                              LORD YOU CALL US…

Let us ask Mary, who uttered her ‘Yes’ to God’s Call,  to pray that each will embrace our vocation more profoundly…

                              HAIL MARY…

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

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C

‘Simon Peter, do you love me?’ … Jesus forgives and heals the failures of Peter and the first Apostles:  may Pope Francis be strengthened to lead the Church as a community of forgiveness and mercy, of humility, honesty and renewal … that through our failures we may  grow to love the Lord with such intensity that the world will be challenged to believe

[reader]               LORD WE PRAY…
                                [response]         Send us in the power of your love

The beloved disciple cried out, ‘It is the Lord’ … may all in our society who find it so hard to believe recognise the Lord in all his goodness, life-giving and healing in the midst of our contemporary world of joy and sorrow, hope and hurt

[reader]               LORD WE PRAY…

John saw in his vision all creation praising and worshipping our God … may our parish community grow deeper in its prayerfulness, welcome times of adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist, care for our planet and rejoice to praise the wonder of God in all creation 

[reader]               LORD WE PRAY…

‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men’ says Peter boldly … may we have love’s courage to obey God first, to build a world of equality and freedom, to challenge every injustice, racism and discrimination, safeguarding the dignity of all, especially the vulnerable and those seeking safe refuge and asylum among us and throughout Europe: we pray especially for our brother Azeem, detained this week pending removal to Pakistan where is life is threatened

[reader]               LORD WE PRAY…

‘We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit’ … may we open wide our hearts to the power of the Spirit that will send us out as joyful witnesses to the Good News, prophets of peace and healers of our brothers and sisters; we pray that our young people will catch from us something of the fire of the Spirit – and we also from them

[reader]               LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus healed Peter and the others of their infidelities … may God bring healing and peace to all our hearts, empower us in the healing ministry of this parish, and bring wholeness to all for whom we pray ….
For the final healing of the Resurrection for all who died recently, especially those who are victims of famine, terror and conflict;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time, in particular

[reader]               LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray with us, pray for us…

HAIL MARY…

We pray in a moment of silent love…

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – BIDDING PRAYERS

Thomas remained in doubt until he returned to the community of faith:  for the unity of all God’s Church,  that together we will offer to an unbelieving world a convincing sign of faith, proclaiming the Risen Lord of the Church

                              JESUS IS RISEN…
[response:]   HE IS TRULY RISEN!

Thomas saw and he believed:  for a world that cannot believe because they cannot see;  for a world that cannot believe because they cannot hope;  for a world that cannot believe because they cannot trust – that Christians everywhere and our Parish here will draw many to a renewed faith in the Risen Christ

                              JESUS IS RISEN…

Jesus’ wounds were healing for broken disciples:  may we have the courage to face our own brokenness,  walk with others in their brokenness with an unconditional love,  and allow miracles of healing to flow from our community

                              JESUS IS RISEN…

Jesus sent his disciples to touch the wounds of the world, forgiving and reconciling:  that the Church of God will challenge the madness of knife and gun crimes in our cities and towns; will challenge war and terrorism, creating peace and miracles of new beginnings, especially throughout the Middle East and central Africa; for all communities of Reconciliation – Corrymeela and Rostrevor in Northern Ireland;  Taizé in France;  Pax Christi throughout the world; may we all be living parables of reconciliation

                              JESUS IS RISEN…

Jesus speaks the Easter ‘Peace’:  may we always serve peace in our fractured world:  serve healing for every distressed heart and wounded mind especially those traumatised by refugee journeys; for peace in the streets and homes of the Inner City: we pray especially for all those baptised today and throughout this Easter period

                             JESUS IS RISEN…

Jesus comes among them and heals:  for the sick of body and mind, and for all who are darkened by depression; we pray in particular for ….
May He share His Resurrection with all who have died recently, especially …. and all victims of terror and conflict  and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: Norah Hall and Alan Hope

                              JESUS IS RISEN…

Mary,  sharing most fully the Resurrection of Jesus, pray with us and for us…

HAIL MARY…

We pray for others needs in a  moment of silence

Easter Sunday Bidding Prayers

Jesus is Risen!  May all God’s People shout to the world from the housetops that He is alive among us … may Pope Francis and Bishop Declan give powerful witness to the Resurrection and may our transformed lives speak louder than our words

             [reader]       LORD JESUS…
              [people]           SET US FREE, GIVE US LIFE…

Jesus is Risen!  May the Earth know the Power of Resurrection by nations living in peace, respecting human dignity and the rights of all women and men;  banishing hunger and exploitation from the earth;  protecting  our fragile environment: we pray for peace, freedom and justice for peoples everywhere and especially for the Peoples of the entire Middle East and in Sudan and central Africa

              [reader]   LORD JESUS…

Jesus is Risen!  As we recognise in the Breaking of the Bread the Crucified One alive among us, may we renew our commitment to our Risen Brother, Jesus Christ; our dedication to loving service of one another;  and, as missionary disciples, to witness to his fearless love and transform our city,  our society and our world

               [reader]   LORD JESUS…

Jesus is Risen!  May the Christian Churches of the Inner City grow closer in trust and genuine partnership, to bring the Joy of the Gospel and the Living Hope of the Risen Christ to our streets and communities              

[reader]   LORD JESUS…

Jesus is Risen!  We bring to the Lord our brothers and sisters immersed in Easter Sacraments,  and our children baptised this Easter day: may they each grow always in the love of our Risen Lord: may all parents find joy in sharing faith with their children; may and may our parish family grow in deeper love for each other and profound openness to the Spirit of the Risen One

               [reader]   LORD JESUS…

Jesus is Risen!  May His Passover from death to life be healing for the sick of body and mind:   we pray especially for  all the housebound who have not been able to join us around the Table of the Risen Lord, and for the hundreds injured in the attacks in Sri Lanka; in particular we pray for ….
May He share His Resurrection with all who have died recently: … and all killed in the attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka and in the horror of war and terror, especially in the Middle East;
and we seek Risen Peace for all of our community who have died since our last celebration of Easter Life,  and all whose anniversaries occur at this time:

               [reader]   LORD JESUS…

Mary, destined to share most fully the Resurrection of Your Son,  pray for us that we may live in His love…

                                        HAIL MARY…

We pray for others needs in a moment of silence…