Advent 2 : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Second Sunday of Advent 



With readiness to welcome Christ, who comes each day by His grace, we now present our needs to the Father.




For the Church, that like a herald’s voice in the desert, 

she may never cease proclaiming what is true and just, even when unpopular. 

Lord in your mercy


May we too prepare a way for Christ by our good deeds

Mindful that even the smallest of our works of mercy, 

May bring the love of God to those in need. . Lord in your mercy


For those who live without hope

that they may discover the Good News of the coming of the Son of God

and find their hearts lifted up anew.

Lord, in your mercy.


For those who have died and whose anniversaries occur at this time: 

may they be raised to a new and eternal life. 

Lord in your mercy,


We pray to Mary our Mother and ask her to intercede for us as we say, Hail Mary...


Let us now in silence bring our own intentions to God. 



Father, we hear your call to repentance and rejoice that our salvation is near. Make our hearts and our world ready for the coming of Christ your Son who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Advent Sunday : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Advent Sunday


The Priest introduces the prayers:

Brothers and sisters, as we prepare for the coming of Our Lord Jesus in this Advent season, let us earnestly ask his mercy, as we pray for the Church and for the world.



For the Church, and all Christians,

that they may be more and more aware of their unique mission in the world, and so strive to serve mankind by reflecting Christ in all they say and do. 

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


For the peace of the world,

that those in charge of political affairs may always be conscious that true peace is based upon the dignity of man, whatever his race, colour or creed. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


For the sick and those who care for them,

that the Lord Jesus may heal the sick, rid the world of hunger and protect us from all disasters. 

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


For those departed this life,

that when the Lord Jesus comes again, we may be reunited with them in his everlasting Kingdom. 

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.


We join our prayers with our Lady, as we say: Hail Mary...


Let us pray in silence to the Lord


The Priest concludes the prayers:

Father, you gave us your only Son to prepare us for your kingdom. May our lives be a daily preparation for the day when we see you as you are. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christ the King : The Universal Prayer / Bidding Prayers / Intercessions / Prayer of the Faithful

Bidding Prayers for the Feast of Christ the King



As we acknowledge Christ our Lord and King, let us ask his to remember us in all our needs.



As the Year of Mercy comes to an end, we pray that through the teaching of Pope Francis, the whole Church may be inspired to  live always in mercy, loving God and our neighbour. 

Lord in your mercy, 


For young Christians: that the whole Church may protect and encourage them, 

teaching them the merciful love of God.. 

We pray in particular this weekend for our Diocesan Youth Services.   

Lord in your mercy 


For those suffering hardship and financial difficulties, the sick and housebound of our parish and all those whose worries seem insurmountable, that the Lord may remember them always and grant them comfort. Lord in your mercy


For those who have died. May God give them peace, sustain their families and friends, that Christ our Lord may at last welcome them into his Kingdom. Lord in your mercy


We ask Mary, Queen of Heaven, to remember us as we say, Hail Mary …


Let us pray silently for our own intentions.



Father, you call us to dwell with you in the kingdom of your Son. Remember us always, that he may be our Lord and King for ever and ever. Amen.