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…

7th Sunday YC

Jesus says, ‘Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you’ … That the People of God will be a faithful witness of the Wisdom of God which is foolishness to the world, yet the key to its future   

[READER]        LORD WE PRAY..
[Response]     Teach us true Wisdom

Jesus says, ‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate’ … that the Holy Spirit will guide Pope Francis and bishops from around the world gathered in Rome for the ‘Abuse Summit’: with a repentant heart for the crimes of shepherds against the flock of Christ, especially our children and young people, and with compassionate understanding and healing love for the survivors of such abuse, may this summit bring about decisive changes so that our Church may be a safe place for all the grow into Christ

[READER]        LORD WE PRAY..

Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies’ … For a world still trying and failing to resolve conflicts with the brutality of violence and war; for an end to discrimination, anti-semitism and racism of all kinds; for the peoples of Syria and Yemen, for Central Africa and Cameroon and all theatres of conflict

[READER]        LORD WE PRAY..

Jesus says, ‘Give and there will be gifts for you, for the amount you measure out is the amount you will receive’ … For all who are rejected by our society, for all who live on the margins in poverty, homelessness and the darkness of addictions; for all seeking safe asylum and hope in our community

   

[READER]        LORD WE PRAY..

Jesus says, ‘Grant pardon and you will be pardoned’ … As we are soon to enter the Season of Lent, the Time of Repentance, may we seek to be reconciled with all and forgiven by God so that our parishes might live as a sign and servant of mercy and acceptance to all

[READER]        LORD WE PRAY..

Jesus says, ‘Give to everyone without hope of return; be compassionate and do not judge’ , we pray for all in our nation and throughout the world who seek the opportunity of work; for all deprived of the right and dignity of employment, for all who are highly trained and skilled but not able to use those skills, for the Trade Union movement protecting the rights of all workers

[READER]        LORD WE PRAY..

Jesus offers the world a wisdom that saves and heals: we pray for all survivors of child abuse, especially those abused by the shepherds of the Church; we pray also for all the sick in our hospitals and communities and for all who care for them;
We pray for all who have died recently and for all victims of war, violence and famine
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: 

[READER]        LORD WE PRAY..

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray with us for our world…     

HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

6th SUNDAY YC – BIDDINGS PRAYERS

The crowds came to hear the word and to be healed: we pray that everywhere the Church will be a healing community of Word and Welcome, and with courage be Prophets of God’s New World of the Beatitudes 

               [reader]              LORD WE PRAY…

               [response]     SET YOUR PEOPLE FREE…

Jesus voices the cries of the poor and challenges the rich: may the day soon dawn when the plight and hopes of the poor will become the agenda of the powerful and rich, and so create together a more just and peaceful world

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Jeremiah tells us to trust God and be like a tree close beside the waters: may all our diocesan family embrace every opportunity in this Year of Prayer to deepen our loving awareness of God and so drink deeply of the renewing Holy Spirit

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Paul teaches us to live in the hope of the Resurrection: may the vision of life transformed in the Kingdom empower our mission upon the earth to eradicate poverty and improve the quality of life, equality and justice for all peoples

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus blesses and values the little and vulnerable ones: we pray for our diocesan Clifton Children’s Society, as they seek to help our most vulnerable children to new beginnings and loving homes and families

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus heals the crowds who bring their brokenness to him – teach us how to create healing communities of generous compassion and wholeness: 

that the dead be called into life:  especially all who have perished on teh refugee journey to freedom and sanctuary;

and those whose anniversaries occur at this time:  

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Mary,  Mother of the Poor and Prophet of Justice, pray with us for a more equal world… 

HAIL MARY… 

In silence let us bring the suffering people of the Yemen and our own other needs before the God of the Poor …

Fifth Sunday of the Year YC

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 

               [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, especially Yemen,  and for the peoples of Central Africa

                                            LORD WE PRAY…

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 66 million refugees world-wide

                                            LORD WE PRAY…

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

                                            LORD WE PRAY…

The first disciples learned that they had to leave much behind to do the work of Christ … 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, lack of decent wages or denied the right to work at all

                                            LORD WE PRAY…

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 at this time

                                            LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus calls us to heal – teach us how to create healing communities of generous compassion and wholeness;
that the recently dead be called into life, especially all killed in war or who have died on the refugee journey to freedom
and those whose anniversaries occur at this time: 

                                            LORD WE PRAY…

Mary,  Queen of Apostles and Prophets, pray with us for all missionaries…

                                            HAIL MARY…

In silence may the Spirit teach us how to be missionary disciples